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Interested new writers should go here instead.

Are you a writer? Would you like to increase your visibility, hone your skills, and reach a very large and growing audience? Then Blogcritics may be for you.

We are an online magazine covering music, books, film, TV, video, politics, culture, sports, gaming, science, technology, the Internet – just about everything. We can always use reviews, news and commentary articles on any of these subjects, or pretty much anything that is interesting and well-written. Please take a look around the site to get a feel for how we approach things.

All we ask is that you give your best effort: we are, after all, “a sinister cabal of superior bloggers.” If you do not have a blog or site of some kind, we can still work with you, but we would like to see an example or two of your writing.

We would also like you to try to contribute at least once a week — the more you contribute, the more you get out of it — but this is a suggestion, not a rule.

Blogcritics is an excellent way to gain wide exposure for your blog, your writing, your ideas, and to get free review copies of CDs, DVDs, books, games, concert and movie tickets, access to interviews, press releases, story ideas, and much more. Blogcritics.org is a community of writers and editors working together to improve their skills and reach the widest audience possible.

If this makes sense for you, just send me an email (click on my name below) with your name and/or the name you write under, your site URL, and your primary areas of interest and we’ll get you signed up. We are also always looking for editors. Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing from you!
Eric Olsen

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.
  • Who has recently read any top-notch leadership books or blogs? Please post your comments or thoughts on my blog at:
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  • I’m a blogger. As a matter of fact I’m crazy about blogging. I’m a critic. As a matter if fact I’m crazy about critiquing. Looking for a blogcritic, you’re reading from one.

  • Eric Olsen

    then please send me an email per the last paragraph above

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    I love fishing, and I love blogging. Look out world.

    2 more fishing blogs…

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  • Hello, I run an investing blog with the latest news and insights in the world of investing.

    Please consider allowing me to join.

    Thanks,

    Karl

  • I am definetly a blogger, I think I can use words well and I can bitch about people. I really like P!nk, I want to blog about her!!! I enjoy this. HAHAHA….

  • Please can I join your blog critics?!!? I really think I will be good at it!
    Please allow me!!! xx

  • sharawn

    this is for all of those faggots trying to blame it on phil anselmo. dont get pissed at him because some psycho took all of his aggression out on dimebag.dont get me wrong, its a sad tragedy that dime’s gone. i fuckin read superjoint rituals lyrics and i fuckin loved them, you dont see me thinking that it was meant towards dimebag, fuck all you phil bashers, thanx to you , now we dont have phil or dimebag anymore, because of the media. and lets admit it once and for all, phil stayed true to metal with down and superjoint, and viking crown, now on the other hand damage plan fuckin sucked!!!!!!!!!

  • Um Sharawn wrong thread to post your comment in…

  • Eric Olsen

    those interested in joining, please read the above carefully and follow the instructions – ability to follow instructions is key to successful membership in anything

    Thanks

  • Eric –

    If you wouldn’t mind revealing your Secret Evil Plan: where do you see Blog Critics going from here? What big things, what landmarks might it hit in the next year?

    ~ Eric B., Member of the Sinister Cabal

  • Eric Olsen

    basically, retaining our independent spirit and edge while moving more into the mainstream: becoming seen as a fully legitimate news, opinion and information source – we are almost there

  • I hope that this sinister plan of yours won’t require me to shut the hell up!!!

  • Eric Olsen

    we don’t want anyone to shut the hell up – we just want to keep getting better and better with our presentation and editing

  • I knew that…I was testing you! In case you were wondering…you passed!

  • Eric Olsen

    as did YOU

  • How do I invite someone to join blogcritics?

  • Send them an email telling them to check the site out. If they are interested, have them send Eric an email. His email is in the post at top.

    If they read your blog, you could always post a thread about how much you enjoy blogcritics and encourage them to visit and join through a link you put in your thread. That would probably get more than one person to join and would increase the amount of stuff you could read in one place (here) anyway, and if it’s from your blog, you know it will be from people who have similar interests to you.

  • Joe

    Don’t know if this fit’s here or not. This is absolutely without question the largest marketing campaign ever launched in the home businessindustry!!
    AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT! The Clock is Ticking…
    You need to get in before this Massive Marketing Wave begins.
    YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS
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  • It had to come. The Nigerian Finance Minister now has a blogspot of his own. Sounds like he has a great idea, but what he needs is a spell- and grammar-checker. [grin]

  • Eric Olsen

    good point Dr. Pat – I am now running into the phenomenon of the “clearly (perhaps crassly) commercial blog,” which is defined as commerce first and information as distant second as opposed to information, ideas and writing acumen being supported by ads or affiliate programs. I don’t see the former offering much to Blogcritics, but I don’t want to be a hypocrite either since we are a “commercial” site. I can see the difference clearly — it’s the arrangement of the cart and horse that makes the difference — but it’s hard to come up with an objective definition.

  • I hope that it is sufficient for readers of BlogCritics to point out the difference. As you say, it’s fairly obvious when encountered, even if hard to codify.

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  • I’ve been seriously considering starting ablog site. Blogcritics.org is clearly a great source for information and inspiration.

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    KingofBad is the world’s only Web site that gives away unregister domain names daily! (We think we’re the world’s only web site doing this, we’re not 100% sure. I’m bad that way.) As domain speculators say of their offerings on eBay, the domains on KingofBad are very rare, one-of-a-kind, and all available at the time of posting. But unlike eBay, our domains don’t sell for $500, $10,000 or even $1 million — because they’re all free. Yes, that’s right, folks, free. We don’t own them anyway. Some of the recommendations are funny, serious, and some potentially good ideas for certain subject areas. In real life, the KingofBad is a journalist.

  • Wow — you’re “all about” it, MST. Right on.

  • I do not know if I am blogcritic material or not. I am just a freelance writer with a very big mouth.

    I have always wanted to be part of a sinister cabal, however. Must I purchase a special robe to wear?

    Bob

  • Hello!

    I recently started a blog that I wanted limited to reviews and critiques. I didn’t want it to be a personal journal like others. I only posted two reviews but stalled because it wasn’t on a site like this and didn’t feel like it mattered. Can I try blogging here? This is the blog set up I’m looking for!

  • Eric Olsen

    sure Steve, just send me an email as it states above

  • jake

    this site is crazy

  • This site is crazy?

    No, it’s not. YOU’RE crazy.

    Shut up, yes it is. We’re crazy.

    Oh yeah? Well if it’s so crazy, why don’t you just head yourself off to Crazy Town?

    Maybe I will.

    Fine, then just go.

    Will these voices ever stop?

    I doubt it.

  • Are you the real you ?
    Or is it the you shaped by the society ?

    Depressed ?
    Motivated ?
    Want to break out of medicore life ?

  • I would like to be considered as a Blog critic!

    Thank you…valhall

  • Eric Olsen

    just send me an email – thanks!

  • Tristan

    oh my goddess!

    i started the BLOG ~~~~~~~~
    http://witchery.myblogsite.com

    i sent eric his e-mail~~

    but i forgot about the ROBE………..

    oh my..

    must it be of a certain fabric..
    (perhaps ~~~ FURrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…??)

    heh ….heh………..

  • sydney

    Excuse my ignorance, but I’m curious about the details.

    Why do you need a URl to become a member?

    Is their no framework for posting withing the site itself? Do we need to post on our own site and then upload it to the BC server?

    Anywya, maybe that doesnt even make sense. I dont know the internet tech stuff…

  • Eric Olsen

    do you have a site?

  • sydney

    umm no I don’t. Is that a problem?

  • May I suggest – Blogger? It’s free and easy…

  • sydney

    Are you just trying to get rid of me Dr. Pat?

    Your probably one of my enemies arn’t you?

    How can I trust you?

    (You see… I like going to battle with the enemies I’ve made here. So I’d prefer to stay at BC)

  • But, sydney, you need a blog to be a blogger, doncha see? And that’s why Eric asks for your blog URL, which you can’t give him if you don’t have one…

    Because it’s “a sinister cabal of bloggers,” and until you are one, you’re just another drive-by commenter. If you’re cool with that, pass on the free URL.

  • For now, you must have a blog somewhere in order to join Blogcritics. Go ahead, start up a free site at Blogger, then come knocking again. It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes. 🙂

    Perhaps someday soon we’ll offer people the chance to have a blog right here at blogcritics.org, but that day is not today.

  • sydney

    Ok I see…. didnt know how the whole thing worked…

  • Tristan

    sydney~~~

    Dr Pat is correct and Blogger is a good one…

    Please do not feel “lonely”–I’m kinda getting a good chuckle out of this as what you are going through is exactly what I went through when I 1st found BlogCritics also–and I felt the same feelings you are also.

    At first I really loved the site–tried to follow the directions as best I could–was a little unsure in that area, not being a geek-techee, etc., and tried to “contribute” to “feel worthy” of “being here”—-
    and encountered a few that instead of reaching out to “help” the “newbie”–used it as a venue to be sarcastic of the “newbie” (thus showing their friends they had allready cultivated on here how bright and witty they were!!!) —
    which of course left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth–after I’d been so excited and happy to have found what I thought was place of similar-minded intelligent people that encouraged and supported each other…!

    So please don’t get discouraged and do anticipate that it is a forum where there are many on here with disparate viewpoints and some will reply to innocuous and well-intentioned posts with rather rude bashing; it just seems to be the nature of the game here.

  • This is my review site where I review individual songs – one by one – indepth single song reviews – rather than album reviews – taking into account the way many people listen to music now – one mp3 at a time.

  • [signal to noise]…daily rants on politics, life, media and the general state of the world

    A little background…
    I live in Washington, D.C. and work for a major media organization. I’m overly educated, underpaid and not entirely what you would call “motivated.” I get by. And for now, that’s good enough. I used to strive for perfection. I used to want to be more than just another cog in the machinery, but now I’m reserved to making the most of what I have without making a big fuss of things.

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  • uao

    tristan’s reply to sydney made me recall me first days at Blogcritics about a month ago.

    Some of my first articles didn’t fly very well here, and people let me know it. I got some sarcasm and withering remarks.

    But I’m grateful to those who made them; they really were telling me things about my writing I needed to hear, even if it wasn’t fun to hear it.

    I credit this sinister cabal with really helping me become a much better writer and reviewer. And convincing me to do things like fact check, and take spelling seriously and the like.

    New Blogcritcs members may undergo a similar uncomfortable experience. But if you take what people say here to heart, even if they say it with sarcasm, you may see that they’re actually doing you a favor.

    So I’d just like to thank the gang here for roughing me up a little in the beginning. I needed it.

    Blogcritics has been an excellent experience, better than a journalism 101 class. And I’ve come to admire respect and appreciate the regulars here very much, and I’m grateful for the guidence they’ve given me.

    Eric has been great, too, very helpful and friendly.

    I hope he’s convinced a few people out there to join up; the more there are, the better the experience will be for all of us.

  • HW Saxton

    Eric, have you ever thought of doing
    a “Best Of B.C” type round up sometime
    in the future.So many good writers have come and gone.Stopped in for a quick visit,left hilarious remarks(Bricklayer)
    never posted proper and so on.It could be hilarious and mighty entertaining to
    boot.It would put all on the same level
    from those of us with a handful posts amd a decent one out of those to those
    who oughta be in syndication in a really
    big way. The Duke,yerself,Shark,MacDiva,
    and so many others.Just a thought.

    It could be sold on line by subject or
    compiled in book form with a story on
    how you came to this arena in the first place. Narrative between various topics
    and a million other ideas.Just curious.

    H.W. Saxton

  • hi! a prolific blogger here, witty, charming, opinionated, and comes with a smallish but loyal built in audience.

    what I’m lacking is a properly installed mail client in order to do that handy dandy 1 click email to eric. I’ve been shuffling around in here for awhile now, great site by the way, yet i’ve failed miserably in my efforts to turn up a written eddress.

    I wrote a couple reviews for The Weblog Review, and got a pretty lousy review done on my own blog as the reviewer was not overly impressed with my pink template from Blogger. Cie le vie, eh?

    I also wrote a 30 day wonder novel for NaNoWriMo last November which was fast loose and sloppy, sorta like me. (Of COURSE it’s linked, sheesh) I’m now hard at work on the 3rd book in that series and having a blast writing down and dirty stuff.

    I’m attempting to hustle up some sort of corporate sponsorship that would be willing to fund a gigantic BlogBash for a bunch of cool bloggers internationally. I modestly percieve this party as becoming the Burning Blog Festival, I’ve got enough room in my desert to host a few thousand folks for a week or three.

    I LIKE you guys, I really really like you, may I play too?

  • Lynn Fuller

    Hi Eric,

    First of all, as for the comment #8, that “a black man couldn’t be something in the U.S.A … so bring him down!” is a bunch of bull. I was one of Michael Jackson’s biggest fans. I can’t tell you one person I knew of (especially in the ’80s) who didn’t think he was the most gifted artist of all time….black or white, so what’s going on here has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

    My question to all those who are so adamant that he is innocent is this…why are allegations only relating to boys? Why did Michael mostly only have boys at his home? If he was such a giver of love and his intentions were so innocent, why didn’t he love little girls too? Didn’t he want to make them feel “special” too? And why was he always alone with these boys? He had kids of his own. Why don’t I ever hear any mention of his kids being a part of these parties? Why would his kids be sleeping in their own rooms when he was sleeping in his bedroom with these boys?

    I have a daughter and when she was young and I was baby-sitting for a friend’s child I wouldn’t even think twice of not letting her be part of the party; regardless if the friend’s child was a boy or a girl. has anyone ever asked about these things? I haven’t watched the trial on a daily basis and maybe this stuff has been covered. If it has please let me know because I would really like to know the answers to my questions.

    Would like some insight.

  • Hello! Hope you’ll consider my little weblog for inclusion!

    http://capitalregionpeople.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

  • One question: If I join Blogcritics, will everything that I post to my personal blog automatically feed to Blogcritics? I post a lot, but only 1 out of 10 or so posts would be the type of material that you would probably want to appear here. I do reviews and cultural commentary, but also quite a few one-sentence link-type posts, posts which are merely references to previous posts, etc.

  • bhw

    No, you have to join BC and manually post here, so you pick the items that appear here.

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  • Great!

  • I AM the most critical blogger in the known universe. Visit my site and be overwhelmed by my withering barrage of anti-establishment vitriol.

    Fear it.

    Thought-Criminal.com

    http://www.thought-criminal.com

  • I would like to review books.

  • Eric Olsen

    guys, if you would like to join Blogcritics, just follow the instructions in the post – thanks!

  • The Desperate Housewife

    The desperate housewife is all the craze. Even Laura Bush was considered a comedienne when she told an audience that she was a desperate housewife.

    She also told the audience that the president went to bed,every night, at 9:00 p.m. If she considers herself a desperate housewife because the president goes to bed early then the country is desperate also.

    What makes him so tired? He does not have sex with his wife and he does not do anyhing for our country.

    Maybe they should make a television series called The Desperate Country.

  • Nick Jones

    OK, we got one recommendation of Blogger for beginners – any others?

  • Nick Jones

    Damn, I screwed that up.

    OK, we got one recommendation of Blogger for beginners – any others?

  • How can a radio station claim to be a sports talk radio station and NOT talk about sports? I recommend listening on-line at http://www.theticket.com and see if someone can answer that for me.

    By the way, I just sent an e-mail to become a blog critic. This looks like fun!

    Have a good weekend!

    Lew

  • Approximately how long between asking for inclusion, and emailing the info, can a response be expected?

  • Cranky heroin addict reviews books and offers scabrous commentary.

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  • Jim

    I’m not sure if I qualify as a critic, but I do a daily critique of the music I hear on Sirius Satellite Radio during my morning commute.

    The Paradise River Patrol
    http://www.jimlukach.com/blog/

  • The Zenith Angle just came out in paperback, and I heartily recommend.

  • dee

    I am a blogger. I am blogging every day and looking for more places to blog. I prefer it over chat rooms.

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  • All of y’all:

    To become a BlogCritic, just follow the directions above and send an e-mail to Eric Olsen.

    Thanks!

  • Um…yeah…if you could come in on saturday and read this, that would be great. Thanks, Peter.

  • When Peter gets back, I’ll give him the message.

    Have a nice day!

  • Hello, I write a blog about politics and social issues as seen through the lense of my Christianity. I know that is unusual, but it is what I enjoy. Take a gander and all attempts to engage in civil discussion are enjoyed.

    Tom

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  • I discovered Blogcritics today at Jolly Blogger. I like what you are doing and would enjoy being a part of it. It’s always a pleasure to find something new….and good, too!

  • Cool site, guys.

  • Deep into a mid-nite wandering
    Through the blog-slog dimly wondering,
    Have I been here before, meandering?
    Did you read my blatant pandering?
    Can I be heard above my own ranting
    As arrows piecing flesh, dogs panting
    To chew on bones of those recanting
    Any knowing, every one, all understanding
    For the torture, unrelenting?…
    I digress from former planning…
    To write with you for readers; fanning
    Out from the solitary banning
    By scorching heat of this Red state’s flaming

  • Firstly, I have to say that this is my new favourite site. I hope to contribute to blogcritics in the future.

    My new website is called Eightyford.com, there you can find reviews, opinion pieces, and current events. I post about my graphic design business, and offer free graphic design to any blogger who needs some help. All I ask for is a link.

  • Favourite site! How about favorite?

  • What is The Sean Show?
    Music postings/reviews twice a week? Weekly reviews of cool comic books? Weekly installments of a culture/art/internet oddity ‘zine? A weekly advice column called ‘I’m Just Sayin’ Is All’? Social/Political Rants? Yeah, it’s all that. Plus I frequently babble about things happening in my life as a means of sorting them out. It’s surprisingly effective, and cheaper than therapy.

    Oh, yeah, about me: early 30something, DC-living, semi-reformed white trash, homo punk bastard who enjoys outsider art/graf, cartoons, collecting vintage shirts, skating, DJing and poking fun at damn near everything.

    Love me, or else.

  • Please take a look at my site…I would love to be part of your merry band of bloggers!

    What’s the turnaround time for membership? 🙂

    Thanks for your consideration,
    Sudiegirl
    “America’s favorite bipolar redhead”

  • The url http://nuclearsuitcase.blogspot.com is very frightening. I’m not sure if this gent is genuine or these events in Europe are actually happening, but if any of it is true we are all in a world of serious trouble shortly.

    E. Yerbury
    Cramlington on Tyne, UK

  • long url

  • Hi! I am a blogger with http://www.blog.com.np.
    I usually write on mundane matters, but what I see is there lies the meaning of life.Check me out under the pen name Dashing Deep.

  • ANybody who would like to become a Blogcritic is welcome to exercise their reading comprehension skills and find out how to do so in the above post.

  • Eric Olsen

    yes, it’s a very small test of sorts: since successfully working as a Blogcritic requires a certain amount of following directions, we ask people to follow the directions in the post above to become a member – kind of like a #2 pencil

  • A test that so many fail!

  • Eric Olsen

    better now than later

  • Bennett

    If at first you don’t succeed, read the post again.

  • Eric Olsen

    and it’s open book

  • Is this gonna be on the test?

  • Eric Olsen

    a small test, more like a testy

  • I can’t remember the last time my testes were tested.

  • Eric Olsen

    it takes a fair amount of testicular fortitude to hand those testes over to the tester

  • Bennett

    Years ago the doc found a small bumb on one. Sez a “leetle operation” was needed. Sez “deliver the testie”.

    I sez “Where to?”

    Walked out.

    Second doc sez “keep an eye on it”.

    I have, no prob.

    True story.

  • Eric Olsen

    great story, but doesn’t it hurt your neck?

  • That’s what hidden cameras are for.

  • Bennett

    Hyuk! And it tickles!

  • Why do you make it so hard to post. I’ve had friends visit, then email me. How do you put up a post. Maybe you could have a box at the top. Would you like to be a blogcritic. When you say join blogcritics, some might shy away, thinking $$$, committment, SS#. Just a thought from the Christian Right.

  • This thread is a riot!!

  • Bennett

    JB – see comment #96. Funny, I’d think yer buddies would have no problems followng instructions…

  • Just wanted to say that I already e-mailed…Just want to contribute…yes siree…I wonder…is there a #5 Pencil?….

  • Just follow the directions/instructions, Rayne… therein lies the Path to Enlightenment…

  • It must be a very weird path then. Sort of like the yellow brick road…except not yellow.

  • Marcia L. Neil

    With regard to this, it’s becoming more than somewhat apparent that the ‘Caltrain suicides’ may actually be a population control scheme of the Ray Bradbury genre. With regard to fark.com link to news.messages.yahoo.com and the two message board entries titled, ‘Bush: Taking a shit spurs economy’ and ‘Re: Bush: Taking a shit spurs econom’, can we accomodate the perspective that a dirty hand in the air leads to an igno-minious demise as a media-described public nuisance, with no hint of an un-savory past except among law enforce-ment politicos? Wasn’t Levi-Strauss supposed to be weathering a lawsuit about low-rise pants? And, to top the cake, there in the terminal e-mail line-up is numbered a strange communication from an outfit ready to relay the latest input about ‘sex-offenders’ in reader zip code — just a click to know which guys are in dire straits and finish last — this in a district which borders a district where Wells Fargo Bank charges overdraft fees which match the cross-street municipal bus line number, and near a city park where managed-sink-holes are labeled as
    ‘lakes’.

    With the knowledge that telephone call-demand strategies allowed a misinter-pretation of the ‘SUNY’ acronymn to be implemented as a foray into the ‘Sunni’ region of Iraq [ha, ha? it should have been spelled out?], the distinct possi-bility that Ray Bradbury fans are mapping out individual disgrace and demise can hardly be discounted.

    {AM I a blogcritic?)

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  • Marcia L. Neil

    Weblogs are intended to present alarmist co-relations. As further example, after an AOL chat session which introduced intended discussion about the atmosphere near oil refineries (one on Aruba) and the egos of oil industry personnel relative to the prevention of volcanoes, a mere few weeks later the Colima volcano erupted again! Is that a hint that the region needs a [new] oil refinery? There should always be a place to post such conjectures.

  • Marcia, you’re either really nutty or that’s some funny satire of blog wonkery.

    That is all.

  • sinead Connolly

    Davinci code…. the usual thing, read it all before in Holy Blood, Holy grail! Christ had a wife, cathars and all that blah blah blah… if youre really interested in christian theology and spirituality read the likes of CS Lewis or Cardinal Basil Hume and leave this done to death plagiarism alone!If however it`s a detective thriller you seek then im sure the Nancy Drew series would be right up your street, that is if you still take the Davinci code seriously

  • sinead Connolly

    Also, will somebody tell the film industy to stop making the likes of “the sin eater”! just stop it. now.

  • Is this thread where the crazy people go to ramble now?

    That is all.

  • with karate ill kik ur ass

    what is this crazy crazy page 4?!! and y is ther an Eric berlin and an Eric Olsen?R they two different ppl?

  • It’s Olsen’s Checkpoint Charlie alter ego for when he travels in Berlin behind the Iron Curtain.

    Are you trying to blow someone’s cover, Karate Kid?

    I still think Hillary Swank has been cheated out of one more Oscar, for her performance as Mister Miyagi’s limber mentor in The Next Karate Kid. She ably filled Ralph Macchio’s dojo slippers after he turned 50. That little Italian kid was crazy young-looking and weird — he was like 30-something when he made those Karate Kid movies and like 40 when he did My Cousin Vinny. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but he was way, way older than you’d think.

    That is all.

  • with karate ill kik ur ass

    nope bob, i just always found it weird that they had almost the smae names and the same personalty (from wat i can tell from their posts) and they were two different ppl.

  • Berlin is Olsen’s younger, punkier, artsier Mini-Me.

    That is all.

  • Eric Olsen

    it is indeed hard to believe that with over 1000 writers, two of them would be named “Eric” – I believe we should get Mulder and Scully on the case

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    what is this blog all about i was looking around and found this

  • Hey Eric,

    I sent you an email but I thought I’d leave a comment about joining as well. My site is http://www.errantfool.com. It’s somewhat eclectic collection of my own personal views and opinions on all things under the sun.

  • The two Erics: Maybe we should lift the latest comments and make a post out of them. No, really!

    Funniest thing in here since the “testes testing”…

  • DrPat — I missed the Eric bits above until now. Indeed, true hilarity.

    And just for the record: I do not believe I am an EO clone. We just happen to share the same first name.

    Resistance is futile.

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  • I review books and movies and hold book and movie discussions – as well as comment on the news media – at my blog: http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com

    I’m emailing in a minute to join this site.

    My blog is currently starting a discussion of the new Harry Potter book so come on over and check it out.

  • Have been blogging over at MyTown for a little over a year now. A lot of my stuff has been re-printed by a number of other sites, so joining Blogcritics seems like a good idea. My last posting here got an interesting if not altogether specific response from the writer I critiqued. So whaddya say? Would love to be a part of this.

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  • Marcia L. Neil

    I don’t have an URL. Shouldn’t unusual material be posted somewhere [why not here?], rather than be routed into, say, the ‘Church of Satan’?

  • ok so how do I and mt blog(s) join BlogCritics?
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  • Hi, is it OK to just critique my own movie? That’s what I do pretty much in my blog, even though the movies isn’t finished due to unfathomable computer problems. Someone talked about cross-posting, so if I could write the same things about my movie in my blog and here, that would be great.

    Are we supposed to post our interest here and send an email, too?

  • Oh wow Sondra, that sounds like such fun. We’d all love to hear the fascinating details of an unfinished movie, over and over and over.

    Don’t bother with the email, it’s not important. Just keep checking back here until you see your comment blinking green. That means you are a member of blogcritics, and further instructions will arrive by email…

  • You can only self-review if traveling through time and accidentally run into yourself.

    Be sure not to look yourself in the eye though. I’ve heard that can really taint your review.

  • Heh! Good one, Mark.

  • Anthony Grande

    Eric, considering my history would would you ever let me be a blogger.

  • Eric Olsen

    reality is stranger than fiction: consistent expression of self-control and responsibility would be a determining factor

  • Hello Eric, you know, why be a blogger?

    I think you can be a vlogger:)

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  • Eric,

    I’m already a BlogCritic and need your help.

    I’m out of town on my laptop, and I don’t have the link add a post to the blogcritics site and I seem to have misplaced your e-mail address.

    Can you write to me at my AOL address, please, with the link? Thanks!

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  • Marcia L. Neil

    Reference: E-mail reply received dated
    9/26/2005
    Subject: ‘Book Review’ contribution

    Mr. Olsen;

    I cannot continuously churn out content which can be posted to your wp.blogcritics.org web-site, as out-lined within your membership descrip-tion, but can only offer occasional postings.

    Thank you for the opportunity to parti-cipate in website ”blog activity.

  • I first came across blogcritics a year ago when I first started my blog and was denied membership. I’m assuming that it was becasue I had very little content. Im writing again to see if there is a possibility of being reconsidered for membership. I have gained a lot of useful information here and think I also have information to share.

  • Not to be difficult Glen, but I wanted to check out your site to see if there was anything to it- and the link from your name is dead. Not making much quick progress that way.

  • Hollywood Shall Be Saved

    Yesterday a friend returned from the newly opened Hong Kong Disney and the next-gen theater there. Consumer consensus is that Hollywood shall be saved.

    The new movie technology, premiering near you soon, provides a completely different sensory experience than regular movie going or home viewing. And, it seems this new experience is worth the time, money and trouble to actually get off the couch and go to a theater.

    In a new, elaborate rite we will all don special optic glasses and have enough of our senses jammed that we’ll really step, again, in to the experience of story.

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  • uao

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  • Bennett

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    That’s funny!

  • Bennett

    I dunno, “Get Rick Quick” has its fan base. You might have something.

  • uao

    “Get Rick Quick” would be a great “Kill Bill” knock-off title. Anyone who wants it, it’s yours; just give me a point on the front. We’ll do lunch.

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  • How do I join? The ‘JOIN BLOGCRITICS’ brings me to this article.

  • Gee, apologies folks, I should have read the article to the end….

  • I woke up this morning with a bad hangover, and my Blogcritic was missing again. This happens all the time. It’s detachable.

  • Actually, Charlie, this isn’t the place for anything like that anyway. There are open threads on a number of issues where you can post anything you like; try the politics open thread.

    You can use a service like tinyurl.com to create a link without ampersands in it that will survive the spam filter.

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  • Eric Olsen

    simply follow the instructions above to the light, Kenny, thanks

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  • Nov. 4th, 2005 | 11:58 am
    sonics: 50 years of swank jazz via mp3 technology
    Friday, November 04, 2005

    It is the sort of Fall Friday where anything in the world seems possible and right; by extension, of the wonderful transformation permeating through the air, soil, clouds, and buildings. I walked the lovely Bella to work and stayed for coffee so all could get their “little man” fill; again, I am reminded just how easy it is for our kids to grow up with such big heads and swelled egos. Everywhere we go love clings to them like the static manna from the heavens; it humbles me greatly to think of the extreme ways in which children instill that magic feeling that so many adults chase without ever uttering more then a peep. The autumn is a season ripe for all things Swayne: jazz, coffee at all hours of the day, rippling earth tones, sweaters, and good books. I went to the library this morning on the way back with little guy—because get this: If you are poor you can go to the free library and get shit to read, watch, or listen to. Shocking how futuristic our world is these days huh? So I had already formulated my ideal trip to the library (a branch I have not visited-though it is closer to our house) my first disappointment came when yet another branch (The one in Italian market no less) has not one slender volume of Italo Calvino-Italy’s finest export since Leonardo. I could probably write a very crippling and caustic travel book on libraries across America who fail to stock some of the most important writers of anytime-let alone the supposed post-modern ubermeterosexualhipster world; however, it is to no avail and haven’t the heart to argue with the world any longer for the above mentioned children offer the worlds biggest diversion into complete avoidance of the rest of civilization except through media outlets of one’s choice. So I moved on-picked up a taught and concise biography of Leonardo da Vinci; because I have a copy of both of his notebooks, sitting in a frigid storage cube 1500 miles away and I awoke with a picture of his in my head. I also had been hungering to finish volume 2 of the Sherlock Holmes stories-which 3 years ago I abandoned in haste in my effort to fall faster, madder, and deeper in love with my muse. I also found a terrific 70’s version of a book on Coltrane which consists of quotes by everyone who played with or grew up with him. Which me and the boy have found quite exhilarating thus far on our Friday afternoon…though Charles Mingus has bullied Coltrane back down the list on the mp3 mix playing in the kitchen as we sit. I came across this bit of conversation on Coltrane from the otherworldly Rashan Roland Kirk:

    “Coltrane and I used to get together and talk about mouthpieces and reeds and music. One night we were down in the Village listening to Max Roach, and John talked about how he felt ‘ up against a wall’ in his music because a lot of the musicians had told him that what he was doing “wasn’t hip enough.” Talk like that used to give john a bad case of the blues.”

    That sums up the ultimate irony in life to me, the very idea that Coltrane, man above peer in terms of the history and the pure art of jazz; was just like all of us—a frail and complex emotional dependent soul just trying to blend both the artistic side of our selves with what the world demands. Its Friday people…slow down and look at the leaves, hum a little made up music-these beautiful micro-seconds are like the magnetism of a baby…genuine, pure, and soundless in their wisdom and glory.

  • Program on the emergence of civilization.

    “14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
    13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
    None from the sub-Saharan African continent. ”
    Favor.
    And disfavor.

    They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it’s applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

    The roots of racism are not of this earth.

    Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

    The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

    AIDS in Africa.

    Organizational Heirarchy
    Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

    1. MUCK – perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as “god”
    2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
    3. Evil/disfavored aliens – runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

    Terrestrial management:

    4. Chinese/egyptians – this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
    5. Romans – they answer to the egyptians
    6. Mafia – the real-world interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
    7. Jews, corporation, women, politician – Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

    Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
    1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

    Many Muslims are being used like the Germans and Japanese of WWII::being used to hurt others and envoke condemnation upon their people.

    They can affect the weather and Hurricane Katrina was accomplished for many reasons and involves many interests, as anything this historical is::
    1. Take heat off Sheenhan/Iraq, protecting profitable war machine/private war contracts
    2. Gentrification. New Orleans median home price of $84k is among the lowest in major American cities, certainly among desirable cities.

    Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying “He has more money than god.” There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says “I’m too old and rich for this.”

    This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.
    god is evil because of money.

    I don’t want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.

    But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won’t help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help me.

    The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, market domination being one clue, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

    I offer an example of historical proportions:::

    People point to Walmart and cry “anti-union”.

    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems.
    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil (disfavored).
    I believe the coining of the term “Uncle Sam” was a clue alluding to just this.
    The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no hope.

    Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals. Malcontents.
    Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they “decided” who they didn’t want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
    The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren’t their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

    Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient’s hierarchical organization.
    Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
    Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
    Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.

    Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. These seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
    And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.

    Since Buddism doesn’t recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
    It was set up this way. Perhaps dyanstic thrones had a say, but maybe not.
    Budda was the Asian’s Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. “They came up at the same time for a reason.”

    Simpson’s foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. “Last one you ever suspect.”
    “You’ll see lots of nuns where you’re going:::hell!!!” St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
    Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

    Jews maim the body formed in the image of “god”, and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ.
    I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
    Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
    What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
    And if it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
    Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.

    I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack “god’s” most favored people will pay for it dearly one day.

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  • Catana

    I discovered Blogcritics fairly recently and have grown to love it. I’m just getting up and running with a new blog and may apply here when I have it more together.

    Curious as to why you don’t delete the spam and the nutters from your comments. And the idiots who want to be Blogcritics but can’t follow directions.

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  • Of all the brilliance that Toni Morrison has contributed to American literary criticism, Beloved is her greatest gift. Morrison does more than analyze academia’s failure to incorporate or recognize the other-than-white perspective in literature. She offers an alternative narrative and style that seems completely appropriate. With Beloved she provides an authentic depiction of the trauma that was life after slavery. The strange and un-conforming world that Sethe inhabits is made real by Morrison’s ability to infiltrate the imagination. Morrison’s language justly portrays how haunted Sethe and her children are by the suffering they endured in slavery. Sethe represents the collective unconsciousness that has been so adamantly denied by the literary canon.

    Any weakness suggested in the texts perceptible disturbance or confusion belongs to the readers’ inability to accept their own inexperience with the genre. Morrison’s purposefulness of place and creation of rememory is exceptional. The excuse of unfamiliarity is not an acceptable critical stand. What may seem to be too painful, such as the depiction of the white men taking Sethe’s milk, is exactly what is missing from the token slave narratives that are accepted.

    Morrison refuses to allow her readers to romanticize blackness. She wants you to love Sethe, not for what she could be as a free woman, but what she is as a tortured woman. As readers we are not allowed to rely on comfortably common images. Instead she develops a magical and lasting forum for a deserving and inescapable reality. Beloved makes you question what you know about trees, houses, men, guilt, and the meanness of love. By using what is unimaginable to the white-man-made reader, Morrison introduces the cyclical language of repetition and oral traditions. In this way Morrison does not tell Sethe tragic story, Sethe tells hers own story. Sethe is given the opportunity to represent herself. Beloved is not written with the careful intentions of winning the reception of a white audience. Beloved exists to rightfully signify a missing narrative in American literature.

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  • THE GREAT DEMOCRAT NIGHTMARE

    As most Democratic politicians gleefully rub their hands in eager expectation of considerable mid-term election gains, I would think that more than a mere few are far-visioned enough to also worry about the forthcoming potential disaster of 2008.

    It may be inconsequential how thoroughly the Bush presidency may have been trashed, the situation in Iraq has developed, or how far the price of oil may have risen. Fact is that Bush is not running for re-election and the American electorate has shown a pronounced trend to vote for the individual(s) and not the party when it comes to Executive offices.

    Reagan turned the Democrat South to shambles and now the prospect of a Rudy/Condoleeza ticket threathens what is left of the old FDR coalition, the taken-for-granted black vote, and the right to choose plurality in the woman vote. The potential disaster for the Democrat party could be one of cataclismic proportions.

    They are facing the prospect of running against a ticket that requires no name recognition. It can adequately present itself with first name familiarity, one only shared by the Hillary on their roster. Unlike an Ivy-league flavored oil-moneyed sprout who talks like a good old-boy at the head of a ticket, they will be facing a no-nonsense proven administrator, an uncompromisingly principled law and order man, the survivor of personal emotional and medical crises, a truly compassionate conservative, and a right to choose one at that. Worst of all, in an environment that has become increasingly distrustful of “spin,” in Rudy they will be facing the potential “no spin” candidate of the century.

    Condoleeza complements rather than compromises the package. She also lacks the silver spoon at birth and is piling on international experiemce and credentials at a rate that make her a vice-presidential force not seen since the days of Nixon. She will keep enough black and female voters at home not willing to vote against her, if nothing else, to endanger most taken for granted Democrat urban strongholds, as well as Califormia.

    The postponed Hillary/Rudy match is prime time fare. Hillary’s own nomination would be subject to a mortal wound if she were polled unable to carry the state of New York in a Presidential election. Sure, she is a present Senator, but she did she run against her most powerful opponent? One that increased in stature immensely after 9/11? How many New Yorkers may think deep down of her as a carpet-bagger? Does she genuinely cheer for the Yankees or the Mets? Cheering for neither may be unacceptable.

    It seems to me apparent that this potential Republican presidential ticket must be prevented at all costs by the Democrats. The Republican far right, religious bigots, and right to life single issuers, would be the only ones willing to sacrifice a major victory and an historical party realignment in order to prevent it, and they may not be enough.

    Democrats will have to pull no punches and implement the prescribed smear, innuendo, and other commonplace tactics early enough that their effect will coincide with the maximum Republican opposition well before the primary process. It may well turn out to be the dirtiest political effort of the century in order to succeed, far eclipsing that mounted against Goldmater, or just a bit more recently by Brown against Reagan in the California governor’s race.

    I would not be surprised if tacticians stoop to reaching into the barrel to seek evidence of the young Giuliani having had a fist-fight with a black boy in grammar school, or seek to capitalize on family police records, MAFIA associations, black sheeps of one sort or another. Failing everything, they will get into his marital difficulties, maybe even hint at pedophilia. With Ms Rice, they will dig up that she may have refused to donate to sickle-cell anemia research, turned down an invitation to speak before some black activist group ready to bushwack her, bought her clothes at some store that had future or past charges of discrimination brought against it.

    Will Democrats try to sell it to them? I don’t think they will have any other choice. Will enough Americans buy it? I hope not. And if not, the dark cloud will hover over the Democrat fortunes for generations. Shortly after the midterm elections, beating up on Bush will be tantamount to beating a dead horse. It will be time to get ready for the live ones.

  • This thread is hilarious! I don’t know how I missed it for so long. I especially love the posts masquerading as comments (like the last one.)

    I’d vote for Condi, BTW, Satyr, but I’m not so sure about Rudy.

  • Hi Eric:

    I can’t access your e-mail link, so I just wanted to let you know that I have published many critical/review pieces for NYC papers–mostly books, pop music, and art. Since I’m not doing a crit-related blog, I was interested in finding out more about how to become a BlogCritic now or in future.

    My postmodernism post, Pomo for dummies from a psycho, might give you an idea of my current take on cultural criticism. In any case, hope you can e-mail some more info, even if you can’t check out the site. Many thanks!

  • Dear MazeBorn,

    Being a newbie, I am not sure I am fully cognizant of the distinction between, blogs, posts, and comments. The (whatever) was meant to be an opinion. The hilarity you found in it was meant to be either a compliment, or a put-down. I am not sure which, and it really doesn’t matter, as neither does whether you’d personally vote for the ticket as I presented it.

    I set forth the proposition that the Democrats would be hard-pressed to beat it. I also opined that it would greatly damage their “gimme” black/feminist base possibly way beyond the election. Do you disagree, or disagree with these premises?

    If you disagree, who would you propose to constitute the Republican ticket?

  • My apologies to everyone. My blog-manager (smile) did not make it clear to me that the purpose of this forum is to comment on existing blogs rather than use it as a personal forum.

    My blog-site is available to all to punish me for me for my ignorance and indiscretion, unitentional though they may have been.

    Again, sorry.

  • HERE GOES: This is my TOP 10 ‘BEST’ CD List for 2005 (and in No Particular Order)

    (1.) NINE INCH NAILS…………………WITH TEETH

    With Teeth blisters from the start with “All the Love in the World,” and tracks like “The Collector” take full advantage of Dave Grohl’s sledgehammer drumming. Reznor stretches occasionally, trying out different tactics, from crunchy, overtly commercial rave-ups (“The Hand That Feeds”) to borderline New Wave (“Only”). With Teeth ends up being the most focused record in the NIN catalog. –

    (2.) FOO FIGHTERS……………………IN YOUR HONOR

    While he was drumming with Nirvana, Dave Grohl was recording original songs at home that never received public release. Those tapes would become the foundation of Foo Fighters! In Your Honor pulls off a neat trick: by stretching out, the Foo Fighters not only have expanded their sound, but they’ve found the core of why their music works, so they now have better songs and deliver them more effectively. It makes for certainly their most consistent, arguably their ‘Best’ album yet.

    (3.) AUDIOSLAVE………………………OUT OF EXILE

    Singer/songwriter Chris Cornell contributes a slate of songs that would have done his former band Soundgarden proud. Standout songs include “Your Time Has Come,” “The Worm”, “Doesn’t Remind Me” and the hook-rich, optimistic back-to-the-future power ballad in “Be Yourself”. With the crisp production and mixing of Rick Rubin and Brendan O’Brien, respectively, OUT OF EXILE raises the bar for the quartet on all levels.

    (4.) BETTER THAN EZRA…………….BEFORE THE ROBOTS

    As of May 2005, it’s been 10 years since Better than Ezra bounded up the charts with the unsinkable hit “Good,” which is just about long enough for modern rock fans. Before the Robots represents a bold but pleasingly poppy rebound. Check out tracks “Lifetime,” my personal favorite of the bunch, “A Southern Thang” and “Juicy”!

    (5.) ROBERT PLANT……………………MIGHTY REARRANGER

    Mighty Rearranger draws out the best qualities of Robert Plant’s otherworldly voice, surrounding it with rich Middle Eastern textures, soft blues and psychedelic accents. Standout songs include “Shine It All Around and “Tin Pan Valley,”. MIGHTY REARRANGER recalls the drive and passion of Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin’s strongest work taking the explosive riffs, compulsive guitar hooks and mind boggling arrangements that Zeppelin was known for.

    (6.) FIONA APPLE……………………..EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE

    Fiona Apple’s reputation for exceptional albums, proving that it was well worth the six-year wait. EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE features her signature style, with her soulful, slightly mischievous voice, witty lyrics and adventurous arrangements that incorporate an arsenal of organs (Farfisa, Optigan, etc.), marimba, Moog bass, and other unusual instrumentation, Standout tracks include “Parting Gift.” EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE more than lives up to the superlative in its title.

    (7.)EELS…………………………………..BLINKING LIGHTS & OTHER REVELATIONS

    This double-disc set reinforces Mark Everett’s status as one of America’s finest underrated pop songwriters, demonstrating once again that his anguish is to our benefit. (“If You See Natalie,” “Last Time We Spoke,” “Dust of Ages”). The song “To Lick Your Boots,” was co-written by and features R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, while ex-Lovin’ Spoonful frontman John Sebastian lends a hand on the instrumental “Dusk: A Peach in the Orchard.” “Going Fetal,” which imagines an anxiety-based dance craze, utilizing a Tom Waits vocal sample.

    (8.) GARBAGE……………………………BLEED LIKE ME

    Garbage’s BLEED LIKE ME is a welcome return to form for Garbage. When lead singer Shirley Manson isn’t purring lines like “Hey, baby can you bleed like me” over the moody synth washes of the title cut, she’s striking a defiant pose over the Kim Deal-like bass lines of “Sex Is Not the Enemy.” Elsewhere, the echoing guitars and rumbling bass of “Run Baby Run” bring to mind a delicious fusion of New Order and the Cure. The bands longtime friend and associate Dave Grohl even puts in a memorable drumming appearance amid a wall of guitars on the roaring opening cut, “Bad Boyfriend.”

    (9.) THE WHITE STRIPES……………GET BEHIND ME SATAN

    2005’s GET BEHIND ME SATAN highlights frontman Jack White’s fascinatingly unpredictable nature. Songs you need to hear include the blistering single “Blue Orchid”), and “As Ugly As I Seem”) And as always, Meg White is on hand with her extraordinary unpolished, cymbal-heavy drumming. SATAN is a restless record, and the duo uses that energy to maximum effect, easily making this the White Stripes’ most dynamic album to date

    (10.) SHERYL CROW………………….WILDFLOWER

    Wildflower has all the ingredients to move Sheryl Crow one step closer to Hall of Fame status. Glistening vocals, flawless production, and catchy songs rub up against one another in all the right places. These ingredients pop up on the George Harrison-esque “Where Has All the Love Gone” and on the piano ballad “Always on Your Side” reminding you that Crow can reflect and reveal as convincingly as she can rock. On the spacy “Chances Are,” she sings of being “…lost inside a daydream.” The measure of her talent, ripe and reappraisal-resistant, is her ability to consistently bring us inside the bubble with her.

  • Solitaire

    I dont have a blog site, does that mean I can’t post here?

    ^S^

  • Cheers from one blogger to another!

  • Hey David! Good to see you here. If you decide to become a Blog Critic and submit articles here, be ready to argue your case. And the comers come at you from all sides. Most of the time, I can back you up…

    Check out some of the pieces I sent here.

    Reuven
    Master of Ceremonies, Root & Branch Assn Ltd.

  • Eric Olsen

    anyone can comment, of course, but to be a member and post stories, we ask that you have a blog or site of some kind

  • JFK:NEW EVIDENCE

  • Ray

    I am so happy to be here as a BlogCritic! 🙂

    Check out my site and my blog, too: http://itheauthor.blogspot.com.

    Also, if anyone wants to review my new book, just ask. My publisher will send you review materials.

  • NBD

    I like the fact that that joining is by personal invitation. It has the feeling of exclusive club.

  • alice colburn

    do anyone love guns n roses or meat loaf if soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo write bk

  • Can anyone help me? I can’t remember my username. 🙁

  • Eric Olsen

    didn’t you get my email? YOur user name is your name

  • Oh, I’m sorry, Eric

    I just saw the e-mail. Thanks

  • Eric Olsen

    no prob, just wanted to make sure you got it

  • I am blogger marketer,

    Can i join blogcritics?

    my blog

  • Can I apply here instead of sending a cumbersome mail?

    Primary Areas of Interest:
    1. Critical examination of new buzzwords on the Internet…
    2. Exploring new technologies.
    3. Testing new software from usability and feasibility PoV
    4. Astronomy

    Biggest negative:
    Calling a Spade a Spade.

  • Greening the 2006 Winter Olympic Games by Environmental Artist David Jakupca

    David Jakupca of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) comments on the sustainable practises used in Turin, Italy to make the XX Olympic Games the first certified green Olympic Games in Europe

    Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) February 17, 2006 — At Turin, Italy everything is ready for the Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games. The opening show, staged with the collaboration of more than 3,500 volunteers and 250 staff, will begin tomorrow at 8 o’clock local time under tight security.

    More than 2,500 athletes from 85 nations competing in 15 different disciplines have arrived in Turin and have moved in the eco-friendly buildings of the new Olympic Villages, constructed of pollution-free materials.

    These will be the first certified green Olympic Games in Europe, a face of which the Torino Organizing Committee XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC) is very proud.

    Both the XX Olympic Winter Games and the IX Paralympic Winter Games of Torino achieved this green designation by applying the ecological tools provided by the EU – the European Community system for the control and management of the environment, the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, and the European Eco-Classification system.

    TOROC President Valentino Castellani said Olympics organizers decided to adopt these tools “to help us reach the objectives that we had set for environmental sustainability.” Ensuring a climate-friendly Olympics is one of the cornerstones of TOROC’s plans.

    “Mega events, both cultural and athletic, have a significant and long-lasting impact on the environment,” said David Jakupca, internationally recognized as the Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement and founder of ICEA. “I hope the experience of Torino will serve as a stimulus for the organizers of sports events in the future.”

    The Cleveland 2004 International Children’s Games environmental performance received an International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) Environmental Award for “clean and green” games by adhering to strict standards not only in sport, but also in the environment and sustainable development.

    The ICEA Award aimed at contributing to the assessment of the environmental footprint of the International hildren’s Games, the award gives the green component of the Games a high score.

    Marks were given to areas such as environmental planning and evaluation, protection of fragile natural and cultural areas, waste management and water conservation, and the use of environmentally friendly construction technologies.
    The highest marks were awarded to the areas of public transport, improvement of existing infrastructure, and promotion of sustainable environmental awareness.

    “Beyond the value learned from good sportsmanship, the International Children’s Games should also be a showcase for the highest environmental standards of sustainable development,” said David Jakupca, Director of ICEA.

    During the 2006 Olympic Games, a delegation from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) led by Executive Director Klaus Toepfer will participate in a ‘green dinner’ on February 15 to celebrate the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol on February 16.

    The Heritage Climate TORINO (HECTOR) project is designed to make the Winter Olympics carbon neural. By supporting forestry, energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes both at home and abroad, the Torino Olympics will be able to offset the estimated 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide that will be generated during the 16 days of the Games.

    An extensive monitoring plan was developed for the entire Olympic area which includes 16 environmental indicators, including water cycle, air quality, soil use, energy consumption, waste production, ecosystems, landscape, and urban environment.

    Suppliers of good and services involved in the Games were considered and selected based on the ecological quality of their products.

    In line with the European eco-label for hotel services, TOROC is promoting an eco-label trademark to tourist sites and 12 hotels in the Olympic areas and provided the technical support necessary for them to obtain cortication. They are designed with a floral logo, symbol of environmental friendliness.

    A new initiative – Refrigerants, Naturally! – forms part of this environmental component of the Games. Two of the official sponsors of the Olympic Games, McDonald’s Corporation and the Coco Cola Company, are the founders of Refrigerants, Naturally! Together with Unilever.

    This voluntary initiative, supported by UNEP and Greenpeace, is promoting alternative point-of-sale refrigeration technology in the food and beverage industry that safeguards the climate as well as the ozone layer.

    Coca Cola has deployed more than 1,000 beverage machines at the Torino Games that use carbon dioxide as the refrigerant. These machines eliminate the need for ozone-damaging chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) and hydroflurocarbons (HFCs).

    If this technology were adopted globally on a large scale, it could make a significant improvement in this industry sector’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time safeguarding the Earth’s protective ozone shield, UNEP said.

    The TOROC waste management plan is designed with the goal of reducing to zero the quantity of waste destined for rubbish dumps.

    The plan combines recycling of 68 percent of the organic and other dry waste material produced during the Games with an efficient system of energy retrieval – 32 percent of the waste will be transformed into fuel.

    Waste production is being discouraged by the use of bio-polymers in disposable tableware and a reduction in the use of paper for communication and information purposes.

    Sports events like the Olympic Games require years of work on a vast scale in terms of infrastructures, facilities and buildings, the organizers recognized. These public works draw on natural resources like water, air and the land, and they leave affect the environment of the region involved.

    “This is why TOROC decided to adopt a long-term approach to the Olympic Games, considering right from the start the regulations and the tools provided by the European Union to safeguard the environment,” the organizers said.

    “The success of a big sports event,” said President of the Piemonte Region Mercedes Bresso, “is measured by its capacity to generate positive effects over a medium and long period for the territory that hosts it. When we organized the Olympic Games of Torino 2006, we thought first of all, that we had to leave a long-lasting legacy of development and sustainability for the citizens and for the territory.”

    Bresso said, “The Torino 2006 projects that we supported and funded are meant to develop permanent practices of energy savings and CO2 control, in line with the Kyoto Protocol.”

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  • I sent in an e-mail as directed in the original post and haven’t heard anything back yet. Is that address still good? After sending, I noticed the date on the entry. If there is a new address, could it be posted here? Or sent to me? I’d appreciate it.

  • Rant’s, Raves, & Random Thoughts

  • Someone needs to clean-up the comments.

    [Done. Thanks for pointing it out. Comments Editor]

  • Hello Eric,

    I’ve submitted my request to join the elite Blogcritics cabal to you via e-mail. In fact, you may get it twice. When I use the link to your email at Blogcritics, I can’t really tell if it actually sends. Which is why the second mail from my own server.

    So I’m basically interested in becoming a Blogcritic. This is actually my second (not counting tonight’s possible “daily double”)submission to you this week.

    You can check out both my resume (The Rocket; Tower Records Pulse: Spin; The Source and others) as well as my most recent, umm…”work”, at my blog The World Wide Glen, which you’ll find

    I cover a variety of topics there…they include everything from culture to politics to even weird stuff like UFOs and professional wrestling I have my guilty pleasures OK?. Which should make me an even stronger candidate for this sinister little band of scribes…right?

    But my primary focus is music.

    I’ve submitted an article to you on spec for Blogcritics via the same email you requested. It’s basically my take, as a diehard fan, on this week’s news that Bruce Springsteen’s next record is a going to be a folky tribute to Pete Seeger.

    I’m not happy about that by the way.

    So, I have submitted this for your approval, and hopefully, for admittance into your elite cabal. It’s in your mailbox (possibly twice for which I again apologize if that proves to be the case).

    Check it out and I hope to hear from you soon.

    In case you haven’t figured it out, I want in to Blogcritics okay?

    Sincerely,

    Glen Boyd

  • Someone needs to clean-up the comments.

  • Forgive my ignorance in such matters but what is RSS???
    Jet

  • Katfish

    This is a series of observations. It’s not my intention to write like some columnist and wax eloquent on any given subject.

    A year or two ago, someone observed that our current President is like the Emperor’s New Clothes – surrounding himself with aides who dare not say a disparaging word to him and that all was better in the world than it really was. Like Iraq and our economy.

    Has anyone seen a President so out of touch? He acts like our vote doesn’t count – like there are enough votes from others to counter us.

    Changing his Chief of Staff won’t work – the damage has already been done. His colleagues should consider the long term consequences of being connected to the Republican Party. He’s poisoning it.

    Some economists (particularly those in the White House) say our economy is, to put it mildly, doing fine – in spite of the Big Three automakers (Ford, GM and Chrysler) laying off thousands of workers and closing plants around the country.

    Am I the only one who finds something wrong with this picture?

    There’s no way that we can compete in a World Economy unless we lower our lifestyles to that of the countries we’re competing against, and cast aside the laws we have in protecting the environment. By that time, we all will be living in shacks.

    I thought this country was suppose to take care of its own – at least that was what Franklin Roosevelt had in mind when he started Social Security.

    President Bush wanted to revamp Social Security not because he was concerned about our future – he wanted to help his business friends cut costs. Don’t expect AARP to be of any help either – they have about as much bite as a toothless dog.

    Instead of those “where are they now” shows about rock stars, they should show one about their fans. I’ll bet a lot of them are not very well off these days (including yours truly) – and to think we bought their records and made them rich.

    Look out any window to see what’s going on…

    I saw George Will’s latest column about illegal immigration – he never mentions about employers who knowingly hire them. That negates whatever points he was making on the subject. In other words, he must be one of those employers, too. Way to go, George.

    Unless our government arrests employers who hire illegal immigrants, nothing about this issue will be solved.

    I don’t know how many times I see someone on TV say, “follow your dreams”. It must be a lie.

    We’ll call you when you’re six years old
    And drag you to the factory
    To train your brain for eighteen years
    With promise of security
    But then you’re free
    And forty years you waste to chase the dollar sign
    So you may die in Florida
    At the pleasant age of sixty nine

    Yesterday, some students at Cal State San Marcos staged a mock same-sex wedding. Coming up: heroin addicts getting fixed.

  • hi friends, im really happy to be here. do visit my blogs ; softykid.blogspot.com
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  • I have set up a blog that focuses on ‘meta-issues’ in education and society, and attempts to address such questions as whether the humanities in education have any meaning anymore; whether technology alienates or helps people affiliate (I suspect the former). I am interested in being a blog critic; background includes Ph.D. in communications, fiction writer, essay writer, public policy analyst. I developing some ideas for a piece entitled ‘The Hypocrisy of Bloggers?’ The question mark is because I’m not sure. What I have observed is that it is ironic that the so-called democratic nature of blogging has arisen in a society that celebrates the self-centeredness of the individual. Could many in the blog community be manifestly contributing to a public dialogue but latently be trying to assert their uniqueness via small-time celebrity? My own designs in either or both of these causes can be found at http://www.inthetext.com

  • I cover the familiar territory of American Popular Culture commenting on movies, TV, music, celebrities, magazines, fashion, relationships and current events but I do it from the basic premise that people are frequently fokking idiots.

    Plus, you’ll get practical advice for everyday life like, “How to tell if you’re a gambler.”
    Top Ten lists like, “10 Creatures Not to Get Reincarnated As.”
    And “How to’s” like how to make a quick buck – see, “Jesus on ebay.”

  • The Man

    B.I.G killed him so stop sniffing but you could check anyone an they would tell u but fuck crip’s Terry

  • I love blogcritics. They have been a great source of right and left wing advice…mostly left wing.

    Heloise

  • I’d love to become a blogcritic, how do I sign up?

  • reggie von woic

    Awwww, who else thinks that Olsen has a cute smile .

  • It gives insights about VoIP Technology

  • I “L” shelby c. …

  • We will be coming into mid-term elections very soon. We NEED to get Bush AND his administration out of office NOW.

    The only way this can be accomplished is for our leaders in the Democratic party to initiate Impeachment procedures NOW.

    If they insist on being derelict in their duties to perform in the best interest of the people who put them in office then it is our duty at Novembers elections to REMOVE all incumbents from their seats and vote for leadership.

    We have never needed the strength in representation in the Democratic Party that we do now. Our Future as free citizens and as a respected World Power is totally dependant on how the Democratic leaders respond to our plight NOW.
    No excuses, no ‘let’s try a different approach’, nothing other than impeachment.We’ve already allowed this situation to grow to monsterous proportions !

    This administration has demonstrated time and time again it’s inability to be truthful or empathetic to the American public (at the cost of thousands of lives) or to take to task issues which are critical, not only to America, to a well balanced economy, to ending our involvement in war in the Middle East, to environmental issues and enforcing the laws on immigration.

    These issues are only scratching the surface of the subterfuge this administration has engaged in from the beginning of Bush’s bid for the Presidency in 2000.

    Until we wake up and realize the quagmire in which we’ve become steeped we will only sink deeper in dispair. You may not feel it’s full effects now but when the proverbial ‘shit hits the fan’ the only umbrellas will be had by people or entitys with a high 7 to 8 digit net worth !
    We can do only one of two things at this junction.
    Demand that our Democratic leaders do the Job that we elected them to and initiate procedures to remove (Impeach) the entire Bush administration (as there is no longer ‘1 bad apple’) or BE AFRAID,,be VERY afraid !!

  • oh:) that much noise must be a wonderful ego booster for Colsen. Who doesn’t like so many remarks and mentions.

  • always available to give opinions.

  • Anything that has the words cabal and evil is for me!
    My site is a pleasant mix of my art, my views on the word, and my faboo new buddy, Multiple Sclerosis.

  • Hi Eric,

    Would love to join, but your email address appears to be out of order…

    Have a look at this Blog and Podcast for IT Professionals:

  • I’m interested in becoming a blog critic. I found a link to this page on Top 55 Blog sites and I like what I’ve read thus far. My blog offers humor, cynacism, and attitude…all good traits for blog critics to have.

    My blog is located at: literaryillusions.com
    A lot of it is politically based, though I manage to get in plenty of slams at the celebutantes of Hollywood as well.

  • Heloise

    Hi Eric,

    Please consider me for an official blog critic.

    Netemara

  • I’ve just been staying at home not getting anything done. I guess it doesn’t bother me. Shrug. I haven’t been up to anything. I haven’t gotten much done today.

  • I would like to know what requirements you have for submission of my reviews on your blog. I am currently an online music critic who reviews what is commonly known as “Power Pop” and/or “Adult Alternative Music.” My website is http://www.powerpopaholic.com. My reviews are brief, but I can elaborate on any subject if I feel it is needed.
    Thanks.


    Aaron Kupferberg
    http://www.powerpopaholic.com

  • Umm… when it says “personal attacks are not allowed” does that mean I can’t attack myself? Because, like, I find email very cumbersome and, like, I hate myself for that. And because I say “like” so many times.

    I know how to read and I know that if I want to become part of the evil cabal I have to email this Eric person with my URL (funny, until today I thought that was an acronym for a certain “female problem”). Anyway, does that mean I’m not qualified for blogcritics.org?

    The wit here is priceless! I may start a blog on these posts alone.

  • Hi

    I would like that, if you have a little time, to take a look in our web site and say your opinion in our book of visits. This website is dedicated to the artwork of the sculptor Manuel Pereira da Silva.

    Best Regards,

    Pedro Nunes

  • Liz

    Hi! newbie here!

  • I want to join also in your site. I will contribute. Hope to get accepted

  • Eric…I’d very much love to join this jolly Cabalistic group, but I can’t get your link to work…is it me? Or you…

  • So is nobody allowed to join any longer? Is the cabal closed for good or just repairs? 🙂

  • Minnette Goodman

    Dear Mr. Marcus

    I just had the pleasure of reading your wonderful article about my boy Steve.

    Thank you for rembering some of the same feelings I have
    each time I listen to him. As my eldest son Steve never failed
    to amaze me and reading other compliments of his musical
    abilities is most appreciated.

    Again, thanks from this grateful mom.

    Minnette Goodman

  • THE DANGERS OF “THE CLOSET”

    In the wake of all of the recent sex scandals in the past couple of years in Washington and elsewhere in the news that often get lost when the scandals involve politicians. I believe that the “closet” needs to be mentioned and understood. I believe it will provide the necessary context from which to view some of these scandals. The closet, meaning where people hide their sexual orientation whether one is a man or woman but particularly I am speaking of men at this time because I believe men use the closet even more often than woman because of societies very narrow view and expectations of what behaviors are considered appropriate for men. Woman can be Tomboys much easier than men can be sissies. Of course not all gay men are effeminate by a long shot but that is a stereotypical image of gay men and therefore many men attempt to cover up any behaviors they may have and believe may be dead giveaways. Often men, gay and straight, will practice stereotypical masculine behaviors to thwart any suspicion often out of fear and often out of necessity, particularly if they feel pressure to do so to protect their careers or career advancement. However, many gay men for a variety of reasons whether they have difficulties reconciling their religious views with their natural inner feelings and same sex attractions or also may do so out of fear of social denunciation. These men will then join the incredible numbers of men that are also hiding in the closet.

    The fear of being discovered can be enormous and absolutely terrifying. These men will often then do what they believe society expects from them. They will often marry and have children perhaps out of desperation in an always unsuccessful attempt at trying to make these natural longings go away and try and hide these powerful feelings of attraction that we all know very well and have experienced ourselves whether toward the same sex or the opposite sex, its all the same. They may also marry and have homosexual secret liaisons with men and feel terrible guilt in doing so. They will do their very best to compartmentalize their lives the best that they can, but I believe and have found that the longer one stays in the closet the more damage is done to them emotionally. It is very difficult to compartmentalize for a long period of time these very powerful feelings without developing some emotional problems to varying degrees. Also many develop coping mechanisms such as addictive behaviors of all sorts whether they be alcoholism, prescription or non prescription abuse. They may develop addictions to pornography sexual addiction or other self-destructive ways of acting out. Once again unfortunately the longer one stays in the closet there will also then be more victims because of their closeted lifestyle choice. The victims may be their wives and children, their friends, parents and siblings, all feeling like they have been betrayed if their true nature is discovered as it was for ex-governor of New Jersey, Mr. McGreevy. I feel very sad for the victims as well as I very much understand the sadness and despair he and many others feel once the truth comes out. For some it is just too unbearable and suicide seems like the only alternative to ending their pain and shame.

    Society needs to take some responsibility with this matter of the closet by being more accepting of alternative lifestyles. Without the closet just think of how much less pain many people and families would have to endure. Not only the ones that feel that living in the closet is their only alternative but for the victims that find themselves feeling betrayed and the breaking up of families. We as a culture have some soul searching to do on this matter and not be so self-involved and self-righteous. There are a variety of ways of loving and living. We need to accept that what seems to be normal for some is not necessarily normal for all. With what I have just said in no way excuses men from making wrong choices that victimize others such as the despicable and irresponsible behaviors demonstrated by the now ex-congressmen Foley. I’m not even going to go so far as to say his closet behaviors are the reason for his behavior. I don’t know. I don’t know him. However as I said the closet can cause deep and very troubling emotional problems that can manifest in abhorrent behaviors. This may or may not be the cause of his behaviors. However one thing I do know is that he does know what’s right and wrong and as he surely knew, his attractions to under aged teens is not only illegal but inappropriate an attraction and should have sought therapy before creating victims.

    One can read more about this issue and many other disturbing issues involving gay culture of today in my new book; “why gay men do what they do”, an inside look at gay culture.

  • I would be very interested in becoming a member of blogcritic. Please get back to me with how…

    Sam

  • Good luck Sam! I’ve been waiting for a response for about a month now. Don’t know what the problem is but there IS a problem.

  • Angeni/Sam: Have either of you actually read the article above? The last paragraph reads:-

    “If this makes sense for you, just send me an email (click on my name below) with your name and/or the name you write under, your blog URL, and your primary areas of interest and we’ll get you signed up. We are also always looking for editors. Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing from you!”

    Right after that is the email link to contact our esteemed leader. If there is a problem, it’s probably that you haven’t sent an email to Eric…

  • Why yes, Christopher Rose, I have; have *you* tried clicking on the name below? Because I can’t speak for Sam, but when I tried to do as requested, a number of times actually, I found it was a dead link. Otherwise I wouldn’t be using ‘comments’ to try & get Eric’s attention. =)

  • Then I’m a bit mystified Angeni; every time I click on Eric’s name an email opens ready for me to write to him.

    Where precisely are you clicking?

  • Mark Saleski

    it’s on the next line right after the last sentence (“…look forward to hearing from you.”)

  • Mark & Christopher; that’s the ‘name’ link I’m clicking, but I’m now totally mystified if you guys can get it to work, why can’t I? I’ve single-clicked, doubled-clicked & sat patient waiting for *something* to happen. I don’t even get the ‘engaged’ indicator at the top of my monitor.(??) I don’t know where else to go with this & was hoping perhaps Eric would contact me instead.
    Does anyone have an idea why others can get the link to work then, but I can’t? It’s not like I don’t know computers; I’ve had my own message board for 12 years.

  • Angeni, if you are looking in the right place, when you hover the cursor of your mouse over his name, you can see the email address or right click and copy it. If that doesn’t work I can only assume you are indeed looking in the wrong place…

  • Christopher, I know I have the right place ‘cuz when I hover my cursor over his name it turns blue suggesting it’s a hyperlink. But if I left-click it, nothing happens. If I right-click it, I’m given some choices; one is ‘copy link location’ the other is ‘copy email location’. Neither gives me anything.

    My third choice is to copy the properties address which gives me his address & I’m going to have to break it up here because the site won’t allow emails to be given…see my luck? But there’s erroneous spacing in two spots within the address so you can see I got the right one.

    mailto: ecolsen 2003 @cs.com

    But not so quick! When I go thru’ Outlook Express using this addie, I get a daimon failure notice! I’ve exhausted every idea I have for what’s wrong… =( I’m really destined not to be a part of this group for sure. I figured today of all days being Friday the 13th, I’d maybe be able to break thru’ the shield. Aah well! LOL!

  • Well, Angeni, I’ve emailed your last comment to Eric so let’s see if he gets it.

    I’ve no idea what a daimon failure notice is so I can’t help you there but, if it cheers you up at all, I’m in Spain and here they consider Tuesday the 13th to be unlucky not Friday, so maybe there’s hope for you yet!

  • I would like to join blogcritics.org
    I’m a novelist with mainly teen/adult drama/romance novels, band promoter,bass guitarist, lyric/music writer, singer.
    For the first band I would like to tell you about, check out AvantGuarde.
    This hard-hitting,pummeling band hails out of Washington,DC-soon to hit the world. Their debut album,Out of the Darkness is available for your listening pleasure. They are writing their second album now as well as planning merch and shows.
    [Personal contact info deleted]

  • Eric Olsen

    I just verifed that the email address listed in conjunction with the name above is correct. The porblem is likely with your browser. The address listed in #244 is correct if you remove the spaces. Email addresses never have spaces in them

  • Eric;
    Email addresses never have spaces in them

    Yes, I know they don’t…I *had* to type it that way in the post here in order to get around the site disallowing me to post it.
    I’ve just tried again to use the copied email addie so maybe the curse of the 13th is over & you receive something. Thanks. =)

  • Okay I’m trying to stay convinced I’m not losing my mind, but my most recent attempt got me this message once again. And I’ve had to alter the email addresses because this page won’t allow the publishing of emails as per this error message when I tried.

    “Error: Please don’t include an email address on this public web page. Thank you.”

    But rest assured, I am using the right address with a “@” in place of the asterisk.

    From : < ********hotmail.com>
    Sent : Saturday, October 14, 2006 12:21 PM
    To : (my address not allowed either)
    Subject : Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

    This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

    Delivery to the following recipients failed.

    mailto:ecolsen 20038*cs.com

    Have you been receiving email from other people at this addie?

  • Angeni as well as replacing the asterisk with an @ as you mentioned you also have an 8 after 2003 that shouldn’t be there.Try it without the 8 and see how you get on.
    Hope that helps.

  • And take out the mailto:

  • Ian & Matthew;
    Thanks both of you for the suggestions, I do appreciate the help everyone is trying to give…
    Both the “mailto” (which came from my returned mail) & the “8” weren’t in the original email I sent to Eric. The mailto was a part of the ‘failed mail’ I copied to bring here & the “8” was my sloppy finger when replacing the ‘@’ with the asterisk. It’s a good thing I don’t own a gun or I’d surely shoot myself in the foot. But I will continue to try reaching Eric if for no other reason than to prve it can be done. Thanks guys!

  • hi i would like to join
    let me know how

  • coachcyrus read the article above and follow the instructions.

  • Paul Lappen

    Eric,
    I have written to you twice in the last couple of days at ee-see-olsen-twothousandthree-at-cee-ess-dot-com (no, I didn’t enter it like that) looking to become one of your book reviewers. Both times the messages bounced back to me. What’s up?

    I don’t have a blog, but I do have a website called Dead Trees Review with nearly 600 book reviews that I have written over the last 10 years.

  • Eric Olsen

    Paul, I am very sorry and concerned to hear that – what do the emails say about why they were returned? I am not aware of any problems with my email. Is there any reason why AOL/Compuserve would be blocking your email service?

  • I love South African music and I love blogging…

  • Paul Lappen

    Eric, I got an answer from Yahoo as to why I can’t email you. The problem is with AOL (Error message 554 HVU:B1 – “There is at least 1 URL in your email that is generating substantial complaints from AOL members”).
    Yahoo suggested that I send the whole message to postmaster-at-aol.com. The message bounced right back to me for the same reason.
    I put the whole error message on my website, but I can’t tell you where, because when I put in the address, I get “ERROR: Banned Word” here. Sigh.

  • dudeness52

    would u like an apple pie with that?

  • I write a pretty decent blog but I’m not sure if I actually fit any niche in Blogcritics. It’s intimidating. I’m petrified of rejection. Sigh.

  • I am not sure what blog critics is all about. I am a writer that has several blogs.

  • i write the truth that worth hurt you the most..that’s the main principle of this blog of mine. visit my URL:

  • OK, I have been blogging for years, but my current blog is more political, social, philosophical, controversial, broadly-based and just plain strange than anything I’ve done before. I write, I select, I comment on the world, and on my world.

    Check it out. Is it “superior”? Is anything that has to call itself that such?

    Tune in.

  • hmmm. Dosh said he/she was petrified of rejection, I can’t say that I blame’em. I write a few blogs Reality Wired | It’s On My Tv | Idol Junkies. These keep me pretty busy but it might be interesting to give this a go. I think I’ll have to find my email.

  • Please, please don’t ask why I’m reading this article since I am clearly already a Blogcritic. Maybe I was having my doubts. At anyrate, I got “stuck” reading the comments and was sucked in to the hilarity, banter and cosmic mystery of the two “Eric’s”. (shockingly enough my brother’s name is Eric…are either of you my brother????) Needless to say, I think if any of these commentors were able to overcome their struggles to become Blogcritics (Hey Glen Boyd! I see you there in #206!) we should come up with an article titled “When They Were Idiots: The Transformation Into a Blogcritic”. Feel free to include me in the article for posting this comment!

  • I love that you advertise in mental_floss. Instant credibility. An e-mail has been sent.

  • I’m emailing in a minute to join this site.

  • I am a blog writer. Do you have a submit blog here? Where am I going to add my blog here? Thanks!

    I also love to make a comment on any blog, is that a job of blog critic?

  • is there any open slots as a writer??

  • Kate Harding

    Eric,
    Your email is not working, or at least everything I try to send is bouncing back to me.

  • Should the articles be technical ?

  • Okay
    I mean there alot of parents out there who have kids but dont like them worth crap. So why in the heck do the parents even think about having children knowing that they just gone treat them like dogs?

  • Mary

    did. wow!

  • Are contributions exclusively submitted directly to Blogcritics or are there rss/autofeed options?

    Also, I certainly love to drape my own blog posts with unnecessary profanity. Is this acceptable to the Blogcritics’ ToS? What if it’s really CHOICE profanity?

  • Do you have to actually WRITE your blog to be a blogger or blog critic?
    I post things that I get in email, mainly jokes, stories, videos and anything else I think is interesting but it is usually just jokes :o)

  • Hello there everyone! I’m back! God, looking back on the way I used to speak is so embarassing! lol ahh well, I’ve grown up now, it’s been about two years since I’ve visited this site! I totally forgot about it, I will try and keep visiting on a regular basis so I can bitch about people and share my opinions etc. it would also be interesting to see what other people think about what I say. Eh ehhh!!! Oh yeah and P!nk still rocks! haha

  • eva g. wojcikiewicz

    I would like to become a blog critic; I regret that I did not follow up an offer to become a reviewer for a major metropolitan newspaper years ago so relish the opportunity to get my reviews out of my system. I notice that REPULSION is the ‘movie of the week’ and am enchanted because I think Polanski was (is) brilliant.

  • Catey

    hilarious

  • I have been a Blog Critic for a few months now, and just got my first paying from exposure from the site!

  • Hi I maintain a blog about linux security and computer security in general. I would like to be a blogcritic.

  • Having used myspace a little too much for my blogging, I thought this might be a good avenue to discuss music, education and performance among you all. (Maybe an occasional lyric or two) For those who are interested, tag along. For others, I too am looking for a good recipe for chicken pot pie.

  • Eric – you have mail. At least I hope you have mail…I emailed you a couple of days ago because I was unable to login to the entry page. The second I hit submit, my name & password disappear leaving the spaces blank again. The problem still exists today & I’ve checked with the MT people. Everything seems to be okay at that end, so if you could look to see if there’s a problem at this end I’d be eternally grateful. Sure would like to post something. =(

  • M;y user name could be “RRR” Please see email I sent to Mr. Olson.

  • I think this is a great place for sharing comments about articles. From what I have seen, there is plenty to learn here.

    I have a new soccer blog going and if you guys are free, do drop by and have a look. Comments and feedback are welcome.

    John
    SoccerNet Live

  • This blog is a political blog which I update frequently – I love to read and see other blogs – please check it out.

  • I’m a blogcritic with regards to politics especially the 2008 Campaign. Get quick discerning commentary that reveals to you the real campaign strategy. Most recently, I revealed where the Clintons are really hiding their eggs.

  • Heather

    Do the reviews submitted have to be reviews of brand new things? Can you read/watch review anything?

  • Heather, you can indeed review anything that interests you, although it obviously makes more sense that reviews are fairly contemporary.

  • I’m very new to blogging, but also very keen to improve and develop as a writer. My blog‘s latest entries are an experience with scientology and a review of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
    Any constructive criticism is much appreciated.

  • This is nice. I am not really a writer and I dont think I have the skill. But I am interested to be a part here to learn more about writing and to promote my blog.

  • Recently, I bought an XM radio and I have been enjoying listening to MLB games this summer. However, I must point out that I have never seen myself as a baseball fan. I don’t even have a favorite team. My guess, since I listen to the games, is it stems from me enjoying listening to Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola call games on Saturday afternoons back when I was a kid.

    Anyway, just as I was to listen to a Red Sox game it dawned on me that I had not eaten dinner yet. Since the game had not started, because of a rain delay, I decided to pickup some pasta from Fazoli’s, which is just ten minutes from the house. As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a man and a woman sitting in a car kissing, not thinking anything of it, I went to pick up my food.

    As I walked out of Fazoli’s, that’s when I saw it, the woman had her head in the guy’s lap. I will leave the rest to your imagination but, I think we know where this story would be headed if, I went into further detail. As I guy, I can appreciate a woman who would be so giving, just as much as any guy. Nevertheless, come on, a Fazoli’s parking lot, in broad daylight.

    Please… get a room!

    The only noodle I want to be thinking of (or seeing for that matter) is my pasta, not your girlfriend going down on yours.

  • If effort was all it took, my blog would have a huge readership – but then again ……

    I’m sure every blogger feels the same !

    Have a look at “Caledonian Comment” please.

  • If you liked “House of God,” by Samuel Shem, I have to recomend you keep an eye peeled for his latest offering “The Spirit of the Place.” It’s available now.

  • YEP, she’s back and she’s Black. After repeated HATER RAIDS by the LAPD, Sister Somayah has been fighting yet another battle in reespect to her health. This time, she’s afraid that it is more an alone-type fight rather than a together fight, because the growth they say she has in her lung is truly making it a challenge for her to get around anymore.

    YES, Sister Somayah came all this way to make sure WE ALL GET TO MEDICATE ON OUR HEALING HERB.

    SINGING is how most people have come to know Sister Somayah BEFORE the medical marijuana era.

    Since the medical marijuana era, there has been little singing or gathering in cultural places to indulge in the healing herb(s), as it had become a ‘tradition’ to gather on FRIDAY nites…i.e “FAMILY NITE”, listening to our own jazz and black-folk, and word musicians captivate families who thought they were out for a simple ‘Black family nite’ out.

    SISTER SOMAYAH wants YOU to join her campaign to bring healing to the community by way of singing healing songs……..using healing tones.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT HEALING TONES AND HEALING SONGS… .. LEARN MORE ABOUT SINGING TO HEAL ONESELF AND HEAL OTHERS IN SONG….Heal the planet, heal the nation, heal the family, heal those you care for and most of all HEAL THYSELF.

  • I’m game to be a BlogCritic especially as it pertains to film, books, music, TV or web TV content. Please see writing samples.

    Thanks!

    -Kim

  • blog reviews

  • be glad when I can post my own content

  • I have been looking around for a home to blog from. I have found some sights I consider like-minded but also found them not very responsible.

    I looked at BC again. You already have a large following, a helpful community and you support blogs on a variety of topics.

    So I will be signing-up with Blogcritics.

  • How do you join?

  • I’m a passionate food blogger and would love to review cookbooks for Tastes!

  • Valor Alexander

    Dear BlogCritics: Can you really collect and show the internet message-article critics, comments, complaints of caricaturist editor Valor Alexander at your special suitance? I have classic, expressive and formalist ideas, minds, opinions, projects as solutions in that disorders. You can order them as better with cartoons also from my books. They might be at your environ. They are yours and belong to everybody. Certainly before put my different, interesting ideas at BlogCritics. Are my comments always feedbacks for biggest awards at that branche; is it thrue? Valor Alexander

  • How do you classify yourself when you can’t be classified? Just curious. I don’t know how to describe us 🙁