Welcome to The Skwib, your host for the 157th edition of the Carnival of the Vanities. Before we get on to the posts, a quick (shameless) plug for a new Carnival we’ve started here at The Skwib — The Carnival of Satire. If you’ve got satirical posts or feel an urge for satire coming on, please send them our way. Details are here, and the carnival form from Ferdy is here. Is it a form of satire to add another carnival to an already bulging list of them? Yes, yes, it is, but we just don’t care!
You will see there is no real attempt at organizing the posts, except for a handful that particularly appealed to The Skwib, for a variety of idiosyncratic reasons. No judgment is implied or offered. Our favorite category, humor, is at the end, and the posts we liked most of those are at the very end.
The Skwib’s picks this week (in no particular order)
When I was a kid my favorite relative was Uncle Caveman. After school we’d all go play in his cave, and every once in a while he would eat one of us. It wasn’t until later that I found out that Uncle Caveman was a bear.
Laurence Simon at This Blog Is Full Of Crap sends an excellent post that does some much-needed fact checking in Revisionist history from the Houston Chronicle editorial staff. Now, we have not done our own research on the issues, so we’re just taking his word for it. That said, I’m willing to trust. It’s a reasoned, balanced argument, the kind that really, I would prefer to see in political posts. It also gets a nod of approval from Jay Tea at Wizbang in his post, “I’m serious damnit!”. He did not submit this post to the Carnival, but it rounds out the context for Simon’s piece, and it’s edifying to see two writers tackling issues in a serious tone, rather than with satire.
Chicken Little at Chicken Fried Life describes how it can sometimes be a challenge Relating To People At Work I found this posting particularly poignant, as will anyone who’s ever hurt someone else’s feelings in advertently.
David St Lawrence at Ripples: post-corporate adventures gives us quite an entertaining read about how the Blogads logo redesign has some “experts” in an uproar.
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
— Leonard Cohen
Adam Gurri at Sophistpundit presents The entire content of the Roberts hearings: A Sophistpundit Exclusive!
Charlie Quidnunc at Rip & Read Blogger Podcast presents Rip & Read Blogger Podcast: Roberts Hearings and commentary
The Bostonian Exile at Letters from the Bostonian Exile presents MSM Reports “Pledge Unconstitutional”, Misses Bigger Story.
Marketing, PR & Media
I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one.
Barry Welford at The Other Bloke’s Blog suggests that Listening To Customers May Not Be Customer-Centric
Wayne Hurlbert at Blog Business World offers some good marketing and pr advice in Blog and website visitor traffic: Finding offline sources
Natalie Bennett at Philobiblon presents
Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture- Review
Environment & Katrina-related
It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
–Charles Caleb Colton
Ethics, Morality & Culture
Culture is roughly anything we do and the monkeys don’t.
Bussorah at Strange Justice argues What Utter Garbage: They Should Have Given Her a Medal.
Human Interest, Personal, How-To & Highway Safety
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
Humor & Grotesquerie
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
–E. B. White
And to finish off, here are:
Favorite picks in the humor category
The “nearly funny” Ed Adkins [his description, not mine]at ed adkins dot com presents the problem he’s having with a certain Canadian udder-licking celeb in Tom Green Wants You To Have Sex With Me. Also, there are grizzly bears in this post.
The Raving Atheist at The Raving Atheist presents Atheist Blogger Demolished by “Duh, It’s Faith” Comment
Ahistoricality at Ahistoricality gives us some food for thought in Diet of the Penguins. I love the concept of Extreme Adventure Dieting. May I suggest that the creature the dieters must protect is a tapeworm? That would make the whole thing even more extreme.
Thanks to one and all for the great reading and the chance to host this puppy. Next week the Carnival moves on to expatriates unite, and you can find more information about this grand-pappy of carnivals at the natal host of the Carnival of the Vanities Siflay Hraka.
And remember, we’d love to see your satire for our first edition of The Carnival of Satire.