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This wins at Hurricane Irene

I’m underwhelmed at being underwhelmed all the time. Which is why it’s good we have the internet to enhance news events.

Via New York Shitty:

 

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I launched a new website! So fresh and so clean clean compared to the previous serviceable but technically anachronistic webface. It’s funny how simplifying a web page can take way longer and be much more complicated than creating a ludicrously loud one littered with links.

check it out, whynot? www.timdonnelly.com. It just screams “hire me for your special projects investigations desk/hip young sarcastic magazine” doesn’t it?

Walk Around the Blog: Brokelyn.com: Brooklyn Review

Me and Sarah of Team Brokelyn, featured on Brooklyn Independent TV’s Walk Around the Blog segment last week. All the facial hair closeups you can stand!

Walk Around the Blog: Brokelyn.com: Want to find a great freebie on craigslist, or the perfect way to shop and save? Brokelyn bloggers can hook you up! The online magazine's mission is to celebrate Brooklyn, no matter how crummy the economy gets. We take a look at how they uncover the hidden deals on this Walk around the Blog. From Brooklyn Independent Television's Brooklyn Review, episode 37. Original a … Read More

via BRIC Community Media

Hipster Ariel

Hipster Ariel is my favorite meme in a long time for its sheer spiraling ludicrisity, and this is maybe my favorite one (after the “in the Aeroplane UNDER THE SEA” one of course:

See also: Hipster Gandalf. And

Inverted Soapbox Heartily endorses

Comedy Death Ray Radio!

 

If modern comedy has a movement against the oppression of staid and soul-crushing pop comedy, CDR is its Radio Free Europe.

If you aren’t listening to it, your life is probably more unpleasant and unfunny than you realize. The free-wheeling improv conversations and character bits are whimsical catnip for the brain, and the guest stars (from Weird Al and Patton Oswalt to Garfunkle & Oates and Aziz Ansari) all sound like old friends just making funny in someone’s living room. But the real highlight is the characters: keep your ears out for Bill Cosby Bukowski (creator of jello-etry), El Chupacabra and Dame Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

For more, check out splitsiders Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts.

(thx to Conal for turning me on to this last year)

 

A reporting lesson you don’t learn in J school

Here’s a key lesson I’m obliged to pass on to aspiring reporters out there (aspiring reporters? Do they still exist? *echooo echoo echoooo…..*). You should already know the hard basics about things like following up on FOIA requests, firmly shaking hands with officials while looking them in the eye, getting home numbers for late follow-up questions and all so forth, even (if you spent some time under the tutelage of Decent Reporters) how to camp out in the waiting room and sit there until the source who was avoiding your calls comes out of their office. One of the best (though obvious) pieces of advice I received early on was from the reporter who was the Wall Street Journal’s White House correspondent in 2003 (and a DBK alumna!) who said, “When you’re interviewing someone on a touchy subject, drop your question and then shut the hell up. Make them fill the awkward silence.”

But here’s one no one explicitly tells you in J school: become an expert at charming secretaries.

I don’t mean you should do this disingenuously: in addition to being the gatekeepers to the town managers, representatives, lawyers or other decision makers, secretaries are often the friendliest people you’ll meet while navigating the commonly cantankerous quarters of city hall. They’re most likely not directly engaged in the actual decision making so your probing won’t threaten to thrust them into the spotlight. But they know where to find things and how to get people on the phone and  — most importantly — they’re the only one standing between your message and the desk of the person you’re trying to reach.

They’re also often stressed and under-appreciated, with no one stopping to ask about their day. Just little touches of friendliness will win them over to your side.

Secretaries: the key to any scrappy young reporter’s heart.

This also ensure you’re doing the other key lesson you should have learned in J school: getting off your ass, get out of the office and go report.

Just a thought.

The Year in Cracked Rearview

Seeing as I spend a lot of time writing here — which I do because I enjoy, though it’s hard to escape the feeling of always standing on a ledge and squealing into the abyss, along with thousands of other people who are screaming into their own self-indulgent voids — I figured I should give some content a small chance at a second life. Here then are the top 10 Inverted Soapbox posts of 2010, by traffic numbers. I’m not posting the actual traffic stats (because they would reveal exactly how vast and echoing the void truly is), and I will note that a vast majority of traffic to this site still comes from random google image searching, lingering Hipster Grifter fans or sloppy Beth Costentino stalkers. But a few, like the Chipotle one and the Amazon packaging rant, actually made legitimate rounds, though I was sad to see my interview with Darius Rucker did not create the huge traffic boost I was hoping for. YA USED ME DARIUS.

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