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Niche Blog Friday: PlayGroundology April 9, 2010

Posted by pupfiction in Just for Fun, Niche Blogs.
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What is it about playgrounds that are so intriguing? A sense of nostalgia? A lost sense of innocence? A yearning for the simpler pleasures of life? Whatever the draw is for you, PlayGroundology is a blog you will want to check out. PlayGroundology is a blog dedicated to sharing “all things bright, beautiful and occasionally tarnished about the world of playgrounds. What I found most intriguing were [1] the awesome design of some of these structures and [2] the completely dangerous, now-banned structures. While many of the latter will make you wonder how these things were ever legal, one must also wonder if our overly-litigious, overly-protective society hasn’t killed the element of fun. Make sure to click links to the Flickr galleries dedicated to cataloging specific aspects of playgrounds.

From Hanami's Flickr Stream

From the Neato Coolville Municipal Playground (Set) on Flickr

'Helicopter' ride photo from the I Played at Dennis the Menace Park and lived Set

(Thanks to Matt Bucher for the lead!)

Niche Blog Friday: Ads Gone Bad March 19, 2010

Posted by pupfiction in Niche Blogs, Uncategorized.
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This blog is hit or miss but as it is fairly new I think it shows great promise. I was led to this blog from Information Today, in an article discussing the inefficacy of online advertisements. What I found most interesting was exactly what this blog monitors – the humorous and unexpected results of ads based solely on textual content of the web page. As the about page states, “AdsGoneBad.com is a collection of bad contextual ads, poorly placed display ads, viral videos mocking ads, and anything else that makes media buyers, planners and anyone working in the online advertising industry just scratch their head and chuckle.” Check out the whole blog here.

Niche Blog Friday: My Life is Average March 12, 2010

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Are you the kind of person who is easily amused by the most mundane occurrences? Do you frequently hold back from sharing every uneventful detail of your day because you know it will bore the heck out of your spouse? Well now you can vent those humdrum tidbits from your life on a blog that will inexplicably make you smile – My Life is Average. The blog describes itself as a “place to share your everyday mediocrity. It is a place to post the mundane things in your life, and read about what makes life normal for other people.” Here’s some recent examples:

Today, I passed a mental institution where the slogan was, “We’re all here because we aren’t all there.” I couldn’t stop laughing. MLIA

Today, I got mad because I noticed that L is on the right side of the keyboard, and R is on the left side of the keyboard. MLIA

Today, I realized that the saying “Some say potato, some say potato,” really doesn’t translate through text. MLIA

Today I was driving slowly down a narrow street and another car passed by. As it passed the driver rolled down the window, stuck his hand out and yelled, “HI FIVE!”. But I just kept driving because I didn’t want to look weird. MLIA.

Today, I was driving behind a very dirty van and noticed written in the muck was “I wish my wife was this dirty”. I laughed. MLIA

Make sure to check out the whole blog here!

Niche Blog Friday: Black and WTF March 5, 2010

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This is a great blog full of black and white photos that will make you say ‘WTF?‘ It’s nice to know that people were kooky even before the birth of viral videos! Enjoy!

Niche Blog Friday: Crappy Taxidermy February 5, 2010

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Replace “crappy” with “awesome” and you’ll have a more apt name for this blog dedicated to collecting photographs of strange feats of taxidermy. Does it get more niche than this? Here are some good ones, but check out the whole blog here. (And amazingly, I did stumble across one that was NSFW so watch out!)