Friday Delights

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Red Peppers

Attention professors and adjuncts – are you hot? If not, writer John Warner has advice to help you ramp up the chili pepper ratings over at McSweeney’s.

Actually, McSweeney’s recent archives offer a few interesting takes on how the new web impacts life – or might have impacted life. Check out Amazon.com’s Recommendation Algorithm Applies to Life Events by Maribeth Mooney and Proust Discovers LiveJournal by Summer Block Kumar.

And speaking of LiveJournal and other ugc, there has been a lot of attention in the media this week to the BlogHer | Compass study that revealed what many of us already knew: Blogging is mainstream. No one needed to tell me that.

But what is even more fascinating – and less touted – is that a sizable portion of the 16-million-strong league of lady bloggers falls into the “mature” age demographic. A full fourth (if my math is correct) of those who actively use and keep blogs (4 million women) are over 50. You can read more over at BlogHer.

This article in HOW magazine explains how monthly “creative jams” at the Dallas firm Mason-Baronet keep things lively. My first thought after reading this was that I wanted to suggest something like this at work. Then I broadened my thinking to include home as well. I’ll let you know if either suggested is met with delight.

Have a delightful weekend.

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