Plugapalooza: Lottie’s Lounge

Josh Davis and I both worked at Amazon.com during the zenith of Dotcom Mania. While most of us, upon escaping the clutches of the World's Largest Bookstore, just staggered into similar careers elsewhere -- customer service, IT support, website design, and the like -- Josh had Big Dreams, and set out to pursue them. He studied mixology, became a bartender,

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A Hashbrown Named Desire

The following post was inspired by the eighty-second suggestion in No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog, which was randomly selected by Tom Fakes of CRAZ8. I bought some frozen hashbrowns. The cooking directions say "Microwave for 90 seconds, if desired." I'm glad they specified that they should only be cooked when desired. I

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Plugapalooza: Conservatize Me

I was a party for John Moe the other night, celebrating his new job, when someone asked how he and I had become friends. "Hah hah -- that's a funny story," I said. "See, a few years back he was the head writer for a local comedy program called Rewind, and I would sometimes submit sketches. Since John was also

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Red Suspenders

The following post was inspired by the thirty-sixth suggestion in No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog, which was randomly selected by Jan Ives of Dr Jan's Tips From The Top. To: Ma Baldwin From: Matthew Baldwin Date: Jan 26, 2007 11:58 AM Subject: Embarrassing photo Hi, mom. This week my defective yeti posts

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Plugapalooza: Cringe

On my top ten list of Internet Crushes, Sarah Brown's name appears three or four times. For years she has been revealing funny and embarrassing details about herself via Que Sera Sera; now she's letting the whole NetarWeb in on the action with Cringe, which she describes as "A monthly reading series ... [in which] brave souls come forward and

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Plugapalooza: Alternadad

I don't actually know Neal Pollack, and even calling him an "Internet friend" would be a stretch, but I am nonetheless indebted to him for his unwitting contribution to this site. A few months after I started defective yeti I wrote about an event I attended, in which Neal was interviewed by John Hodgman. The post gained me some measure

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Plugapalooza

All this week (and next!) I will be making posts based Mighty Girl's book No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog. In preparation for the event I asked readers to send me numbers from 1 to 100; I am now writing entries based on the corresponding suggestions from the book. Today's randomly selected writing

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Plugapalooza: Sarrett-Adams Games

I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, reading GAMES Magazine, when I first learned of a board game publication called The Game Report, which hailed from my hometown of Seattle and was written entirely by one man, Peter Sarrett. I looked Peter up upon my return to the states, joined his game group, and even started writing game reviews

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The Cliche Rotation Project

The following post was inspired by the fourteenth suggestion in No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog, which was randomly selected by Jon Deal of Ransom-Note-Typography. Jon posted a video today in honor of the occasion, so you should definitely check it out. Despite crotchety old men like me carping about acronyms like "LOL"

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