Saturday Review 8-23-08

Bulletin Board
****** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT here TOMORROW, so be sure to check back!

******Blog Action Day 2008 will be held on October 15 – this year’s issue topic is “Poverty.” Find out more here.
(I haven’t signed up yet as a participant myself, but I think it’s good
to have plenty of lead time for these things, so I wanted to help get
the word out now.)

New in Google Reader

The Big Piece of Cake, via AllMediocre
Citizen Reader, via Savvy Working Gal
Unfinished Rambling(s), yet another blog by the Unfinished Person who brings you Just A (Reading) Fool and a few other blogs besides (this guy is EVERYWHERE!)

Random reading
My most recent post at the LA Moms Blog, a twist on this post from a few weeks ago

Learning to love a job you don’t love any more (even if you don’t need to read this one, I did), or finding a way to work in the job you truly DO love

A quick overview of the good news and bad news re: blogging and copyrights

Will blogs save books? Who says they’re in trouble? That’s probably news to all of my book-blogging buddies, as Trish argues quite well.

bloggers are total meme fiends – they love to do them, they’re more
than happy to be invited (tagged) to do them, and they’re quick to tag
others to play too. But would you rather be left alone to participate
in only the memes you choose for yourself, and not be tagged? Here you go: via the aforementioned (Reading) Fool, this badge is the blog equivalent of a “No Solicitation” sign to ward off tagging.

fail the “Twitter cool” test – I follow more people than I have
followers (especially since I try to weed out the spammers). But I like
the way Amy spins that.

Take a trip to the Iowa State Fair with Sunshine (and hopefully, the weather will be nice too)!

I know a lot of people who utterly love this song, including me: the complete lyrics to “Hallelujah.”

Spam subject lines of the week
I won’t quote directly because I’m afraid of the weird searches that might end up here, but to sum up: Poor Britney – she’s in the hot seat again for auctioning her children on eBay. And not only does she have Alzheimer’s, but her “girl parts” have escaped from rehab and she wants a divorce from them (and really, who could blame her? They’ve definitely caused her some trouble).

Book wishlist

Inglorious, by Joanna Kavenna
The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know is Wrong, by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd (for my stepdaughter, the would-be zookeeper)

Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. I can’t wait to find out what your announcement is. I hope it’s good news! Thanks for the links! I found the two work related articles particularly interesting. I hope you have a great weekend, Florinda. I’ll be by throughout the day to catch up on the posts I haven’t had a chance to comment on yet. Parker’s been sick and it threw off my rhythm a bit. πŸ™ But then, I always seem to have some excuse for being behind, don’t I? Haha

  2. Literary Feline – It’s actually about something that YOU made possible, Wendy! (I’ll bet you’re extra-curious now…)

    Both the work-related articles hit close to home for me, I must say – glad you found them interesting too.

    Hope Parker is feeling better, and that Anya hasn’t caught whatever he has! (FYI to everyone else – Parker and Anya are Literary Feline’s own felines.)

  3. Thanks for the warning! I was planning on doing the BlogBlast for Education again on Oct. 15, but I don’t want to compete with that!

  4. April – No, they’re both important issues and deserve their own days. I’m glad you’re planning another Blog Blast for Education; not sure if I’ll participate in the next one, but as soon as you have a date and a new button for it, I’ll definitely help promote it!

  5. I like the Twitter post. I have exactly half as many followers as I follow. huh? Anyway, most of them are spam I think. Oh, well.

    The Unfinished guy has a ton of blogs. I can barely keep up with one!

    No hint on the surprise? I’m not very good at waiting. πŸ™‚

  6. Mike – I stopped paying much attention to my Twitter follower/following numbers after the first couple of weeks – it was too much like worrying about my (lack of) popularity in high school.

    I think I subscribe to three of Unfinished/Reading Fool’s five blogs. You might want to check out his running blog, actually.

    7:30 tomorrow morning. It’s really not that big a deal, but I have to admit that stirring the hype is fun :-D.

  7. Florinda, I mean to tell you earlier, really, thanks for all the kind comments. You really have been quite an influence on me (in a good way, of course)– and I enjoy reading your reviews each Saturday as well as your blog throughout the week (although naturally, I can’t relate to all your “mommy bloggers” posts πŸ™‚ ).

    The badge for no memes actually comes from a blogger named Rob Kroese (aka Diesel) at Mattress Police. For those who want to use the badge, he’ll actually send Grundhir out to exact revenge on the ones who send the memes.

  8. Unfinished Person – Thanks so much for your kind words! It’s always better to be a GOOD influence, although I’ve heard that from a few folks this week, and I must say it makes me nervous – in a good way, of course. I don’t want to let anyone down :-)!

    And I have to tell you how impressed I am that you keep FIVE blogs going with good content! I look forward to reading your posts every day, no matter where they show up.