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Niche Blog Friday: OfficeSupplyGeek May 27, 2011

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Highlighting Niche Blogs was always one of the most fun and interesting parts of maintaining Infomavens Desktop. Sometimes, we found blogs that were highly specific or outrageous or hilarious. This time, I thought maybe we’d ease back into it with a site that is a little more standard. The OfficeSupplyGeek blog has actually expanded since I first saw it to a full site focused on various office supply products. Like any other site that collects information about cool tools, they examine, review and discuss supplies that make office work easier, more efficient or innovative. I know, this isn’t exactly an “OMG that’s awesome, I’m going to share this link with all my friends” type niche blog. But well, I too have an obsession with office supplies, particularly writing implements, so I am personally fascinated by this site. And btw, my birthday is coming.

Here We Go Again! May 26, 2011

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It might seem like it’s been a long time since this blog was active. And, well, that’s sort of true. However – just because we haven’t been writing here doesn’t mean we haven’t been reading (a lot) and keeping an eye out for good stuff to share here.

During our “vacation” (I’ll explain my use of “vacation” in the next Monday Book Review on The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz) we’ve been busy with real life and work. But like I said, we’ve been absorbing all kinds of media and information, and if I don’t get back to sharing, I might explode! So watch out – we’re back!

Friday Niche Blog: When Parents Text January 14, 2011

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Ever get a text from your mom or dad, and think WTF? Maybe they said something ridiculous? Maybe it was something really mom-like and she shouldn’t have that kind of reach when you’re not home?

I read about today’s niche blog this morning in Entertainment Weekly Magazine, and decided to check it out.  Some of these posts had me laughing out loud – at work!  I’m going to get caught blogging if I keep checking this site – but don’t let that stop you. Tons more at When Parents Text.

Sold

Mom: are you coming home this weekend?
Me: I haven’t decided yet..
Mom: I am making your bed up and making cookies and all of your favorite foods and lining your pillows with ten dollar bills

 

TP

mom: just an fyi i had to buy more toilet paper today we have some serious butt wipers in this house

 

Thinking of You

Mom: The deli next door is cooking bacon and I thought of you. Miss you.

Garbanzo

Mom: Have you ever noticed how much garbanzo beans look like little butts? Like being mooned by soup

 

 

There’s sooo many more, I had a hard time deciding when to stop sharing them… Do yourself some good, and check these out.

 

 

Niche Blog Friday: I Can Has Babies!!! December 10, 2010

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Lately, we’ve had babies on the brain here at Infomavens’ Desktop, and in honor of the newest (and certainly most adorable) info-lover, today’s niche blog is a collection of silly baby photos from the folks over at I Can Has Cheezburger.  I’m only going to put up one of the pictures here – but do yourself a favor and check out a few more; some of them are sooo cute!

Pretty cute!

Friday Niche Blog : My Jello Americans November 12, 2010

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Too fun not to share: My Jello Americans.
These women are artists who make lots of scrumptious-looking Jello treats… and lots of somewhat repulsive ones too. But whether you think they look delicious or disgusting, there’s no denying this: they are amazing!

Coconut Wedding Cake

Peach Iced Tea

Poppy Zeed Brite

 

Van Ghost

Neopolitan Ice Cream Sandwich

Who needs candy or soda when you could get a paperback? August 9, 2010

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Instead of candy – this early vending machine dispensed Paperback books. Called the Penguincubator, and developed by the founder of Penguin books, it was designed to help cheaply distribute books to the masses.

Story at Publishing Perspectives, via the always fascinating Mental_Floss.

Niche blog: Unitard Universe August 6, 2010

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This week’s niche blog, Unitard Universe, is an impressive collection of over 150 pages of photos of Celebrities, Musicians, Superheros, Fashion Models, and Pop Culture Icons all wearing the rarely flattering, usually disturbing, sometimes nightmarish, Unitard. This is where I’d typically say, “Enjoy!” however, perhaps today it is better to say, “Good Luck!”

Some are old photos... but were unitards ever really acceptable style?


Alicia Keys - not the worst of the bunch...


Oh, but then there's Antonio Sabato Jr. Yikes!


Sometimes, the unitard is a fashion statement... (this one is Dolce & Gabbana)


And of course, the always classic, Charo!

Book Review Monday: The View From Saturday August 4, 2010

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I have been on a Young Adult book kick lately. I borrowed a whole pile of books for the summer from a nearby middle school. I happen to be on good terms with the librarian – so I had no limit and no late fees!

It was fun exploring the shelves, remembering books I loved when I was a kid and finding new books by beloved authors, such as the one reviewed today. E.L. Konigsburg is the author of one of my most favorite YA books. I was so excited when I found her other books, that I borrowed 3 of them!

The View From Saturday is a Newbury Medal winning story about a group of students who form an Academic competition team and how they came together as a group on their own terms. They each have their own story, but in that “what a small world” kind of way, their stories intertwine with each other through extended relatives, new marriages, new jobs, and school bullies on the bus. One of the young boys takes the initiative to recognize there is something special about each of them, and knows just how to appeal to each one in a way that starts the group on its way to becoming the close friends club they call The Souls. They are each incredibly intelligent, eccentric individuals with just the right life experience to facilitate excellence in academic competition. Like any well-crafted novel, you get the feeling their whole lives have prepared them for this one moment, and what a moment! It’s no spoiler to point out that you know the whole time they must win the competition – but the climax of the story coincides with that moment, at which they win not only the competition, but also the hearts of their audience, their teachers, the reader, and each other. They may be an odd bunch, but they are odd together and you will love them for it!

Niche Blog Friday: Mila’s Daydreams July 30, 2010

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This blog has been making the rounds on the net this week, and it is just absolutely precious! A mom sets up the scenes she imagines her baby is dreaming about while she naps. Please go visit her blog to see many more! Enjoy!

November 2, 2010 UPDATE: Unfortunately, advertisers and others have be using unauthorized copies of these pictures and the photographer/mother has removed all but one from her own site. What was an absolutely gorgeous display of creativity and preciousness has been spoiled by disrespectful, greedy and malicious people. Although the mother has graciously permitted individuals to leave a few pictures on our sites, out of respect for her, her work, and especially the adorable Mila, we have chosen to take ours down. We wish them both the best of luck in all their pursuits, artistic and otherwise.

Horse-drawn Bookmobile? July 29, 2010

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Check out this image of what may be the first Bookmobile in the United States. Made in 1905 for the Washington County Library in Maryland, it was only around for 5 years before it was tragically, hit and destroyed by a train! Two years later it was finally replaced, but by a motorized version.

via Neatorama.

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