I bought King Dork when Krucoff was pimping it out a year or two ago. I only made it through the first dozen or so pages before I left it in a bag that I lost in the Annex or the Orchard Bar or some such place that a Lewitinn was probably responsible for me attending.
Anyway, I bought it again just before Christmas. I had intended to give it to a teenager I know as a gift. But I started reading it again and rediscovered how amazingly funny it is. I really haven’t laughed that much while reading a novel since I discovered the funnier Waugh books in college.
If you are the kind of person who doesn’t mind laughing while reading, you should pick it up.
Too obvious? The aging indie rocker’s Auld Lang Syne? I think I can get away with it by classifying under the “Educating Katie” series. Anyway, it was customary for the audience to join the band on stage for this one. Go and do likewise.
Help me out here. I’ve watched all of five minutes of one Jersey Shore episode and have read exactly zero words of “analysis” or commentary or what-have-you on the Internet so I’m sure this has been covered. Now tell me, how old is “The Situation” supposed to be? He’s like 38, right?
so right now im sitting in a parking lot of AACC at Arundel Mills trying to see if i can change my pre-calc class down to a easier one, i mean i havent done math for like 2.5 years so i need to move down, i dont know why i chose to take this class in the first place. grr school.
So i told my father i quit my job and about my ticket yesterday, he took it well. For those who dont know i got pulled over in bowie at the beggining of august for “blowing” a red light. i did not commit this hanous offence, therefore im taking the CPL to court to appeal it. we shall see.
i am also really excited for this weekend. kelly and her family are taking me to a beach house somewhere i dont know where it is, but im excited, after this day i have met her whole family, now just to find the time to take her to michican to meet the rest of mine, including my self rightous cousin who thinks women are the best thing since men.
Also i;ve been talking with doug meager, the owner of Rolly Pollies in severna park and crofton. i worked there in 2007-2008 and i got fired for using the facility inproperly. so that was the only job i ever got fired from, and now im pretty sure im going to get a job back by them. Thank you doug for giving me a second chance maybe. we shall see about that as well
well for now that is all, i have to go see my couseler at 1:30 and untill then im going to sit in the food court and chill.
Hi, my name is Daniel Sieradski. I’m a 30 year-old Brooklynite, an on-again, off-again observant Jew, and a progressive Jewish community activist.
For over 10 years, I have been working as a web designer, digital strategist, and blogger within the Jewish community. In that time, I have worked for dozens of community based organizations on a freelance basis, as a full-time staff member for the JCC in Manhattan, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Repair the World, and founded various ventures of my own, including the pioneering progressive Jewish blog Jewschool.com, an Israeli-Palestinian hip-hop collective known as Corner Prophets, and a web application called ShulShopper that helps people find a prayer congregation that suits their personal spiritual needs.
Throughout the last decade, I’ve had many ideas for innovative projects that I believe would benefit the Jewish community, and the world beyond, immensely. And since the very beginning, I have been working to get my own organization, Jew It Yourself (formerly known as Matzat), off the ground, so that I could devote myself to my projects on a full-time basis. But I have met considerable challenges doing so.
Partly, these challenges have consisted of acquiring preliminary funding (a topic I’ve written on recently), rising above my own maturity level (I started out when I was 20 and, as a smart-alecky blogger, developed a reputation for being something of a lightning rod), and overcoming the fact that I’m more of an idea man than a businessman: I like to focus on the creative end of my projects much more than the particulars of grant writing and bookkeeping. For these reasons, among others, I recently concluded that the likelihood of my projects ever seeing the light of day — or those that are currently works-in-progress acquiring the necessary support to bring them to fruition — are slim to none.
That’s why I’ve decided, beginning New Year’s Day, that I will be posting the details of one of my project ideas every day for 31 consecutive days. Each day, I will explain the thinking behind, the argument for, the execution of, and the expected outcomes and benefits of each and every one of these projects. What I hope to achieve in doing so is to attract collaborators, executors, funders and general community support for these ideas so that wherever interest lies, we, collectively, can move forward in seeing these ideas manifest. I also hope to spark an open discussion about innovation, addressing the emerging needs of 21st century Jewry, and the role of establishment Jewish organizations in providing for the needs of the Jewish public.
I certainly don’t expect to do all of these projects myself. Really, I’m hoping folks will step forward and say, “I want to do that,” whether as individuals or organizations. I’m not looking for a paycheck here, so much as to make an impact. Therefore, if you see something here you’re amped up about that you want to take the lead on, give me a holler and I’ll help you get the ball rolling. And while it’s not about me, but about seeing these projects come to life, please don’t be a total jerk and steal the ideas here and call ‘em your own. I promise, if you work with me, the project will turn out much better than if you go it alone.
That said, not every one of these ideas is a winner. And not every one is necessarily original either — some of them I’m sure others have already thought of, while others still are direct extensions of others’ existing work (which I intend to credit fully). Most are ideas for web applications, some are web publications, and some are ideas for new organizations all together. And not every one of them is parochial even — some have uses beyond the Jewish community. Yet what connects them, is that each one brings something to the table that I believe to be truly revolutionary and transformative — things that have the potential to alter the Jewish world as we know it. And that’s what I’m in it for: A revitalized, renewed, and refreshing Jewish existence. It’s the only thing I’ve ever truly been for.
So, as we begin 2010, let us together look towards the future for what is possible for the Jewish people should we put our minds, our hands and our wallets to it.
Though it won’t indicate that the L.E.S. “started” six years ago, it’s basically covering the change over the same territory… I moved out a month ago up to a quiet and semi-tasteful part of Kips Bay, probably where I belonged in the first place. Almost, but not quite, a two year stay. Won’t miss much.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time on the Internet, some of it regrettable but mostly worthwhile, as I’m sure you have. Do we not sense patterns? Katie Bakes on Mike Wise’s Tiger Woods article: “I know I did. It’s a little too real. Haven’t we all found ourselves on one side or another of that voicemail?”
Disclosure: Beyond having some common friends, Salkin and I are at an impasse because of snipey blog comments I’ve written about his writing. I’ve attended three of his Festivus parties (he owns the topic). I enjoy mentioning and repeating this transgression.
Should have pitched this to Formspring, Brian Van.
They are driven by pure greed and narrow profit-seeking for themselves. They always get their way, and they always will as long as you poor stupid bastards buy the line that when the government raises their taxes, it is taking something away from you. It is the alliance of the Neoliberal super-rich with the new lower middle class populists led by W. and now by Sarah Palin that produces clown politics in the US unmatched in most advanced industrial countries with the possible exception of Italy.
Ha! I do love a good lefty rant and yeah, I’m linking to Juan Cole. What of it? I just wish he had waited a little longer to break out the “you poor stupid bastards” attack because that’s not really the tone of his article. Mainly it’s depressing.
Curious about the site’s matching algorithm, I set up my own profile. Because I already knew what a woman’s experience on Match was like, I posed as a male version of myself. I bumped my height up two inches and used a rather nebbishy-looking Facebook friend’s profile photo as my own.
The resulting persona, SensitiveDude450, was a five-foot-nine-inch, “athletic and toned” 27-year-old Jew with an annual salary in the mid five figures. He liked yoga and cats. And while some women did look at his profile during the month I spent on the site, no one ever sent him an e-mail or even a “wink.”
The female version of me is buying a new vibrator.
“TV advertising used to work like this: you sat on your sofa while creatives were paid to throw a bucket of shit in your face. Today you’re expected to sit on the bucket, fill it with your own shit, and tip it over your head while filming yourself on your mobile. Then you upload the video to the creatives. You do the work; they still get paid.”—
This is precisely what I don’t understand about the hundreds of talented people who make very creative entries for contests put forth by companies like Doritos and McDonald’s every year. You are doing advertising for them, with no more bait than promise of a near-worthless “reward” and the promise of “exposure” even though these companies have advertising budgets of millions of dollars. Making a Doritos commerical does nothing to benefit you and everything to benefit them, and yet every year my email is bombarded with requests to “vote for my Doritos commercial!”
Stop using your creativity to benefit companies who gleefully exploit it for their own gain. There is a big difference between doing spec ads that can get you work and doing free work for a multi-billion dollar company.
I was just making a snarky Ayn Rand joke/comment when I finally realized what it was that annoys me so much about anyone who even displays a micro-second of stiffening spine why I cast about of my many derisive comments about the entire Objectivist enterprise: I stopped defending Tolkien about eight minutes after I read it, back in 1982, over a series of long Saturday afternoons, while listening to Abacab over and over (I only had like three cassettes). I (sort of) enjoyed it at the time, but there is no lingering resentment if someone makes a Middle-Earth joke now. It wasn’t a waste of time (any more than reading The Fountainhead, though I will admitted I only skimmed the last 200 pages), but arguing otherwise now would be.