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October 12, 2014
A long trip into the wilderness
tl;dr: This is ShortFormBlog’s last post. I’m going to play with another idea, tentatively called DataSlam, over this way.
On January 1, 2009, I started ShortFormBlog with the hope of building it into a pretty cool place for news, numbers, quotes, blurbs, and a few other things. It was a great thing to work on for a good long time, and it even had some success and a few people loved the dang thing.
But after a couple of abortive efforts to rekindle my personal interest in the site, I think now’s a good time to admit that it’s time to put it to rest. I’m getting older, and I have other things in my life that take precedence (you know, being married and stuff like that), and I admit that it would be nicer to experiment on a smaller scale, just to see what happens next and not force myself to do any one thing creatively.
So this is peace out. But I’ll always remember what became of SFB. You can build something yourself and watch it go somewhere. You can put your heart in things and see it grow. But it’s good to admit when the off switch should probably stay off.
Five sites you should read on Tumblr in SFB’s place:
BrooklynMutt: Peter Wade has been a great friend over the years and a man whose work I greatly respect. He’s always super-modest about his considerable skill. He has no reason to be.
Evan Fleischer: One of Tumblr’s most underrated minds.
PopCultureBrain: Why this guy isn’t writing for Entertainment Weekly, I’ll never know.
Mike Hedrick: A writer whose intelligence and clarity can knock you on your ass. He’s gotten a few bylines in the NYT.
Laughterkey: The best reblogger in the game.
Peace out folks. ShortFormBlog may be gone, but I’m not: I’m going to be playing with a new idea over this way. I’m calling it DataSlam (for now). Consider it my difficult, unformed second album. Old-school SFB will remain up in archive form.
It’s been good. — Ernie @ SFB

A long trip into the wilderness

tl;dr: This is ShortFormBlog’s last post. I’m going to play with another idea, tentatively called DataSlam, over this way.

On January 1, 2009, I started ShortFormBlog with the hope of building it into a pretty cool place for news, numbers, quotes, blurbs, and a few other things. It was a great thing to work on for a good long time, and it even had some success and a few people loved the dang thing.

But after a couple of abortive efforts to rekindle my personal interest in the site, I think now’s a good time to admit that it’s time to put it to rest. I’m getting older, and I have other things in my life that take precedence (you know, being married and stuff like that), and I admit that it would be nicer to experiment on a smaller scale, just to see what happens next and not force myself to do any one thing creatively.

So this is peace out. But I’ll always remember what became of SFB. You can build something yourself and watch it go somewhere. You can put your heart in things and see it grow. But it’s good to admit when the off switch should probably stay off.

Five sites you should read on Tumblr in SFB’s place:

BrooklynMutt: Peter Wade has been a great friend over the years and a man whose work I greatly respect. He’s always super-modest about his considerable skill. He has no reason to be.

Evan Fleischer: One of Tumblr’s most underrated minds.

PopCultureBrain: Why this guy isn’t writing for Entertainment Weekly, I’ll never know.

Mike Hedrick: A writer whose intelligence and clarity can knock you on your ass. He’s gotten a few bylines in the NYT.

Laughterkey: The best reblogger in the game.

Peace out folks. ShortFormBlog may be gone, but I’m not: I’m going to be playing with a new idea over this way. I’m calling it DataSlam (for now). Consider it my difficult, unformed second album. Old-school SFB will remain up in archive form.

It’s been good. — Ernie @ SFB

21:05 // 1 week ago
October 3, 2014
Every decent writer has to have a great tool.  My tool of choice has long been the Mac-based Markdown editor Mou. Created as a spare-time project by a developer named Chen Luo, the editor is now the target of an IndieGoGo campaign, which you can donate to over here.
Mou makes writing such a pleasure, and I’ve written thousands of articles on it over the years. But it’s long been running on donations, only. A crowdfunding campaign could truly push it over the edge as it aims for more features. Consider this an endorsement of an amazing tool. — Ernie @ SFB

Every decent writer has to have a great tool.  My tool of choice has long been the Mac-based Markdown editor Mou. Created as a spare-time project by a developer named Chen Luo, the editor is now the target of an IndieGoGo campaign, which you can donate to over here.

Mou makes writing such a pleasure, and I’ve written thousands of articles on it over the years. But it’s long been running on donations, only. A crowdfunding campaign could truly push it over the edge as it aims for more features. Consider this an endorsement of an amazing tool. — Ernie @ SFB

10:26 // 2 weeks ago
October 2, 2014
22:07 // 2 weeks ago
October 1, 2014
The Internet is not broken, and does not need to be fixed. Left-wing extremists have been crying wolf for the past decade about the harm to the Internet if the federal government didn’t regulate it. Not only were they wrong, but the Internet has exploded with innovation. Do not regulate the Internet. The best way to keep it open and free is what has kept it open and free all along—no government intervention.

There’s an organization out there called American Commitment that is preying on stupid people who see things through Amurikkah-tinted glasses by reframing the debate on net neutrality into a “government takeover” of the internet. If you are one of the 2.4 million people who signed this petition, you are among the 2.4 million stupidest people in the country. Just thought I should tell you so you can learn to embrace your stupidity and realize that you’re letting some jackasses paid for by the Koch family feed your brain with mind-numbing bullshit.

May you see the error of your ways and spend a couple of minutes researching the jerks that are brainwashing you. Thanks. — Ernie @ SFB

15:10 // 2 weeks ago
brooklynmutt:



bonafide celeb over here

brooklynmutt:

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bonafide celeb over here

11:33 // 2 weeks ago
September 30, 2014
Spoiler alert: Here’s the major plot twist in that upcoming live-action Tetris movie.

Spoiler alert: Here’s the major plot twist in that upcoming live-action Tetris movie.

23:39 // 3 weeks ago
It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.
They’re making a movie based on Tetris for some reason. The director is the guy who did Mortal Kombat.
23:35 // 3 weeks ago
Some schools, such as Princeton and Harvard, have fewer than five veterans in their undergraduate student bodies.
The Ivy League has pretty much been off-limits to vets, though there are a couple nonprofits working on that.
23:26 // 3 weeks ago
Sesame Street turns 45 years old this year. How have they managed to keep things going so long? They’ve kept focused on their mission, which as it turns out does not involve Cookie Monster eating nothing but cookies.

Sesame Street turns 45 years old this year. How have they managed to keep things going so long? They’ve kept focused on their mission, which as it turns out does not involve Cookie Monster eating nothing but cookies.

12:17 // 3 weeks ago

markcoatney:

imageoscillite:

Don Hertzfeldt’s The Simpsons couch gag is a wonder.

Oh. Oh my.

I agree with this writer for The Verge. Beautiful and brilliant—I would love to see a full episode like this.

10:57 // 3 weeks ago