Thursday, February 25, 2010

Food for the Hungry Mind

In our continuing quest to understand all sorts of things and all sorts of people, we find ourselves occasionally checking out a weird and wonderful assortment of publications. The habit was first planted nearly 20 years ago, when giant book superstores (first Borders and then Barnes & Noble) brought us the wonders of a giant assortment of publications about nearly any topic you could imagine. A few years after that, the web began serving up a thousand, or perhaps a million, times more than that in terms of variety. We love coming across articles such as this, from a magazine for chief information officers: about the weirdest online niche social networks. Any of these appeal to you?

12 Comments:

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Kass said...

Mustaches, goths, karaoke - oh my.
Some seemed just dumb (analyzing dreams daily, the virtual blessing site), but I would check out the In Their Prime - keep your mind sharp site -
but then I think I'm accomplishing the same thing by keeping up with your blog.

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Now there's one of the nicest compliments we've ever received, from one of the nicest readers we've ever had. Thanks.

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger Britta Waller said...

One of the biggest responses we ever got to a magazine piece was writing about the unofficial club of people who want to visit all 50 states by age 50. I think I might make it, having hit 42 by my mid-30s.

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

42 is an impressive number for such a young whipersnapper. This reminds me a little of the guys who try to take in a game at each major league baseball park. It can be quite an adventure.

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger Kim said...

I was giggling at the sites until I hit IntellectConnect.com.

After spending grueling hours (unsuccessfully) trying to help my HS child in advanced geometry, next time I'll send her there.

Gosh, it sure wasn't that hard when *I* was her age, but then again, I was exhausted from walking that 10 miles uphill to school both ways.

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You walked that same route, Kim? Gosh, we have something else in common. I think I'm going to take a closer look at the two sites you and Kass gravitated toward. That's a good enough reason for me.

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

Just found at a thrift store for 3 bucks an old game called Quinto, which is like number-theory Scrabble. I'm also looking for old Scrabble games, so I can use the letter blocks to make typography for some photo ideas I've had. Weird, I know. But thinking in weird directions is what keeps us all young and flexible.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

It's like that motto for Austin, Texas: Keep Austin Weird. It also happens to be a place full of intellectual surprises, new music, software startups and general innovation.

 
At 9:12 AM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

I’m puzzled by the question on Ncludr.com:

"If two apples fall from the window of a six story building, with a wind speed of 10 MPH in the middle of winter, and one of the apples has a bite out of it, which of the apples will fall first?"

Surely they mean which one will land first?

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I'm guessing that is what they meant, Jim.

 
At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

Wow - that IS an interesting assortment of networks, John. "Niche" is right.

As a baby boomer myself though, I always wonder why the photos on those sites look like people so much older than me???

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Funny how often that subject of Baby Boomers being forced to come to terms with their age comes up these days. We're all frozen at 35 in our own minds.

 

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