Sunday, December 19, 2010

WOTD (Website of the Day)

Today's WOTB or Website of the Day is Post Secret.

Post Secret is a project run by Frank Warren. Quite simply, people from around the world send in their secrets (on post cards) to Mr. Warren, who lives in Maryland. Mr. Warren then posts a select group of them on the community website and publishes most of the others in the Post Secret books (there are now five).

Post Secret is really interesting as it brings out a lot of secrets that people would otherwise never reveal. Adding to this is the anonymity of the senders. Without the identities of the postcards' authors, nothing truly personal about the secrets can be revealed. This leaves readers to wonder and speculate if they know the sender or if the secret is related to them.

The secrets have also shed light on a number of social issues, the main one being suicide. Confessions made by post card are almost impossible to trace, and this has led to a number of secrets relating to death, suicide and depression. Though somber, these secrets also led to a lot of good, such as the Suicide Hotline being publicized on the Post Secret website.

All in all, Post Secret is an interesting project and social experiment. What secret would you send in? Have you already sent one?

The Post Secret website is updated every Sunday, and Post Secret books are available at most major book stores and online.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

POTD (Podcast of the Day)

I am going to confess that I am a complete nerd.

I like NPR (National Public Radio), and I love their show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

WWDTM is a weekly show that combines quizzes, interviews, poems, comedy and news. It's a great way to get a weekly briefing on what's been going on in the world. There are about 6-7 different segments during each show, and the segments vary from week to week. Among things that change weekly are also the show's panelists, the group of 3 people (usually intellectuals and/or authors/writers) who answer most of the show's questions. Each week the show's guests also change and can range from former government officials (Madeleine Albright) to computer geniuses (Steve Wozniak). Guests are asked onto the show to play the game "Not My Job" during which they answer questions about, well as you would guess, occupations that usually have nothing to do with them.

All in all, WWDTM is fun and slightly geeky, and I always giggle when I'm listening. Not just for intellectuals, or die-hard NPR fans, WWDTM is a show for everyone who likes to keep up with current events.

WWDTM is available through the NPR website, app and as a (FREE!) podcast on iTunes.

Long time no see!

Dear Blog,

I'm sorry for neglecting you. Who knew 17 credits meant having no time to eat, sleep or blog? (Well, besides on Tumblr, where clicking reblog is the easiest thing in the world.)

My resolution for 2011 (besides eating 3 proper meals a day and exercising more) is to post regularly on here.

I think I'm going to go towards more "TOTD" or Thoughts of the Day, instead of pictures. This is all because of how annoying it is to crop, rotate and upload pictures everyday. So, expect more musings and personal philosophies from me in the future!

Love,
A