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January 1, 2013
Hey guys, it’s our birthday: The stuff we learned in 2012
After finishing your champagne, Nosh on some cake! As you may or may not know, ShortFormBlog started in earnest on January 1, 2009, and things have kind of gone pretty crazy since then. Among the milestones we hit this year? A nice little mention from Time Magazine, a night at the Shorty Awards (where I got a chance to say hey to the We Are the 99 Percent folks), and some of our coolest articles ever. But we got into this because of the news, so with that said, hit the jump to see our favorite stories from 2012, displayed Summary Sandwich style. — Ernie @ SFB
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The year’s biggest story, and what we learned from covering it The Chicago Sun-Times nailed it earlier this week, rough as it is to admit. With two major shootings and the major debate it caused, it’s the year of the gun. The question is, will things change in 2013?
How Hurricane Sandy brought us together after the storm In 2011, a hurricane got fairly close to causing major damage to NYC. In 2012, it actually happened. The monetary toll was high; so was the resiliency.
The year that politics went totally flip(-flop) The trend started in 2011 with a smiling Herman Cain. In 2012, we got Etch-a-Sketches, doghouses and binders full of women. Will 2013 be a year off?
Oh yeah, Obama won a second term or something Nate Silver called it. Though the president had a fallow period after the first debate, he eventually made it back. And he got on the cover of Time, too.
The ever-precarious situation in Sryia Syria was very volatile in 2012, but we kept you guys up to date. Meanwhile, there’s already too much drama around Benghazi, so let’s focus on those lost.
The opportunities we got to stretch our wings and try new things One of the best things we got to try in 2012 was The Pitch, an experiment in writing long-form articles. We also got the chance to experiment with the form a little, which was a real joy.
» And again, thank you: The reason SFB has continued to be fun after all this time has been because of the people we get to chat with and talk about the news with through this site. Seeing a post of ours impact so many people is awesome, and it’s something we look forward to doing in 2013. So again, thank you, from the entire team. (photo by Mamapyjama/Flickr)

Hey guys, it’s our birthday: The stuff we learned in 2012

After finishing your champagne, Nosh on some cake! As you may or may not know, ShortFormBlog started in earnest on January 1, 2009, and things have kind of gone pretty crazy since then. Among the milestones we hit this year? A nice little mention from Time Magazine, a night at the Shorty Awards (where I got a chance to say hey to the We Are the 99 Percent folks), and some of our coolest articles ever. But we got into this because of the news, so with that said, hit the jump to see our favorite stories from 2012, displayed Summary Sandwich style. — Ernie @ SFB

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0:35 // 1 year ago
April 11, 2012

Tumblr is working with Spotify on a new audio embed feature Spotify calls “Play.” This is what Lala used to do before Apple bought it out and closed the service. But unlike Lala, this is an HTML5 iFrame embed, meaning it will work on iPads, conceivably. Finally, a company is doing this again. Here’s our favorite pop song that gets really creepy if you think about the lyrics too much, The Sugarcubes’ “Birthday.”

(Source: Spotify)

8:04 // 2 years ago
June 9, 2011
16:49 // 2 years ago
February 16, 2011

Another year, another absurdly lavish party for Kim Jong-Il

  • yay birthday For Kim Jong-Il, that is. The “1984”-esque ruler was feted with figure skating, an elaborate festival, and blossoming “Kimjongilia” flowers, which are seeded to bloom on his birthday every year. Of course, North Korea is one of the world’s foremost users of concentration camps, so perhaps the party lacked spontaneity.
  • boo birthday In one of the rare South Korean rituals of open antagonism to the North, balloons were released into the sky, drifting into North Korea bearing anti-Kim Jong-Il messages, and information about the uprising in Egypt. But with a society literally focused entirely around reverence of the Dear Leader, Hosni Mubarak never had it so good. source

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13:13 // 3 years ago