I have to give a shout out to a new blog I've been "reading" called Hot Chicks with Douchebags. I'd found it once before but after a quick laugh I'd forgotten all about it. Not this time. Hilarious stuff.
Clearly you can deduce that with a name such as that, the content might not be safe for your workplace. But check it out when you get home. And then check your Flickr accounts for potential submissions.
I officially protest this rating. This little blog trinket didn't find one single f-bomb (even though there are some) and I get slapped with the dreaded NC-17. What the hell? I mean, crap... what kind of ass would kill or hurt such a great blog like mine with their suck poop rating like this?
This article comes from the Seattle Stranger, a fine name for a newspaper if I do say so myself. I do find it strange (see what I did there?) that the author makes a point to note that the woman who was fired is "good looking". That's an odd detail to throw in there out of nowhere, even if she is attractive.
Nintendo Contractor Fired for Blog By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee
On August 31, Jessica Zenner was driving her 3-year-old son to day care when her BlackBerry rang. It was the human resources director at Zenner's work calling to tell her she was fired. The cause, Zenner says, was because her bosses at Nintendo discovered her personal blog, Inexcusable Behavior.
Zenner, a good-looking 23-year-old redhead who's married with a kid and lives in Redmond, can now be added to the ever-growing list of casualties in the workplace war on blogs. A Delta Air Lines flight attendant was famously fired for her blog in 2004. A programmer at Google and a barista at Starbucks have also been punted to the unemployment line after their bosses discovered their online journals. These employees weren't sharing company secrets. All they did was participate in the great American pastime: bitching about work.
Large tech companies like Microsoft have yet to put official blog policies in place. In an e-mail, a Microsoft spokeswoman said her company simply encourages employees to "be smart when blogging." Incidentally, Microsoft fired a temp worker for his blog in 2003 after he posted a picture of several Macs arriving at Microsoft's offices.
Zenner says she was never informed of any blog policy at Nintendo, but even so, she wrote under the pen name "Jessica Carr"—although she posted pictures of herself on her site—and never mentioned her employer by name. Somehow, Zenner's bosses at Nintendo still found her site.
Zenner's page—inexcusablebehavior.spaces.live.com, which she refers to as her "daily mental vomit"—is essentially an online diary. She rambles about lunches with friends, smoking, old movies, and boob jobs. Zenner's former job as a technical recruiter at Nintendo—although she's technically a contract employee through Parker Services—was not directly referenced on her site. She also mentions several of her coworkers, although not by name, which is what Zenner thinks got her fired.
One post on Zenner's blog—titled "The Daily Weed"—begins with her disputing her friends' perception that she is a pothead. She digresses into a wry tirade against one of her bosses: "One plus about working with [a] hormonal, facial-hair-growing, frumpy [woman] is that I have found a new excuse to drink heavily," Zenner writes. "My gut tells me that this woman hasn't been fucked in years."
"We get a lot of calls from people who have been accused of defamation when they're blogging anonymously," says Rebecca Jeschke, a spokesperson for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "In most cases, these charges of defamation are pretty weak. There's a very strong tradition of anonymous speech in America and it's protected in the First Amendment."
However, Jeschke says labor laws vary from state to state, so free speech may not always be enough to protect a blogger from getting pink-slipped. According to the Washington State Attorney General's Office, there isn't anything in current Washington State law that specifically protects bloggers.
Nintendo spokeswoman Perrin Kaplin says Nintendo doesn't bar employees from having blogs, but "we generally don't encourage them." However, contradicting Zenner, Kaplin says, "[Zenner] was expressly discouraged from doing what she did. I've seen everything that she's written and it's really not work appropriate."
Now, Zenner is job hunting, taking care of her child and waiting for her husband to get back from a tour of duty in Iraq. "Thank god one of us is working." She sighs. "Ten years ago, someone would never get fired for their blog. This is such a sign of the times."
I've had a website in some form or another since 1996. And every 2-3 years I get a bug up my ass about making changes and redesigning. I'm in that mood now.
I'm thinking that my blog needs a new name. Something wacky, easier to remember, and without a pesky dash in the title (which kills a domain faster than giving it the .net extension). You know, something like www.dangerslacks.com or www.whoreisland.com. The problem is, I can't come up with names to save my life. Everything I think of is either totally lame or already taken.
That's where you faithful readers come in. The five or six of you who are still reading this are probably my friends and know my content better than anyone else. What kind of name should I pick for the "new" blog? Any suggestions?
I'm closing the comments section for this one, instead asking you to email me your suggestions.
Just recently I launched a new blog called SaveSNL.com, where I'll be discussing the socio-economic impact of the world's grain market and how it relates to the policies of the Carter administration.
Ha! I kid. Duh. Seriously, it's a new blog all about Saturday Night Live. You know... that once great sketch comedy show that's gone all to hell lately? I'd tell you more about it but, really, why not just go there yourself and see what it's all about? Again, that's SaveSNL.com.
This week's new tenant is Bonanza Jellybean. Her name comes from the book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and I'm glad she's taking it from the book instead of the hideous film adaptation. Bonus #1.
The color scheme initially drew me to this site. I figured it would stand out against my template and would catch your eye. It's all about the traffic, after all.
Then, some of this from her About Me section caught my eye:
I am southern, but I try not to be a redneck. I do not watch Nascar,
have any rebel flags in my possession or listen to Toby Keith. I do
think Gretchen Wilson needs to be hung from a Confederate flagpole by
her hair extensions. I do eat grits, okra and liver pudding. I do not
handle rattlesnakes in church on Sunday, nor have I ever "gotten the
spirit." I do not think of Myrtle Beach as the only place to vacation.
I do not drive an American car, but my husband has a big American
truck. I do not hunt or fish. I do eat fried chicken. If you know the
south you understand what I'm saying- if you don't but think you do,
KEEP YOUR STEREOTYPES TO YOURSELF. WE'RE NOT ALL LIKE THAT, I PROMISE.
And then, a little later:
I love college football, pro football, any football, and I can spend
hours posting on football websites. I yell at the TV. I demand silence
during games. Understand that in my world Seminoles do not commit pass
interference, play dirty or get involved in off-field altercations
unless they were set up. FSU uniforms (garnet tops, gold pants) are
better than anything Versace EVER thought of. Florida Gators are the
source of all evil in the universe and must be punished daily.
The last sentence there is one of the greatest ever constructed, and if I can find a way I'll reward her with a free "bonus" week of rent here just for that. So check out this fine blogger, won't you? Thank you.
Having been a film critic for over half a decade, one becomes familiar with the phrase "Those who can, do. Those who can't, review."
I came across a blog one day called I Talk Too Much, which usually reviews three or so blogs a day as submitted by the owners of said blogs. And the reviewers show no mercy. Misspellings? You're screwed. Using a somewhat common template? Hide under a desk. Get your sidebars under control. And look out if you're Malaysian.
Anyway, I submitted The Watercooler and they finally got around to tearing me a new one. Really though it's nothing I haven't heard before...
The template is weird and boring with a quote from the author in place of a header - weird… boring.
The first 2 posts contain YouTube videos - let me tell you here that I
don’t like when someone relies on videos in his or her posts, it smacks
of laziness. The third post is a review of “Grandma’s Boy”... I’ve seen
enough, if you’re the type of person who would not only watch that
movie, but admit to watching it… I’ve lost all interest in anything you
would have to say.
Constructive Criticism? Write something funny once in a while… or just
something original. Oh, and 20 categories in the sidebar? Not necessary
in the least.
Casual Slack is the perfect time-waster, and I mean that in the best possible way. Short rants, funny videos, celebrities, haiku... there's always something new to give you a chuckle or three.
Jen powers Blogger, and so I will now review the few details she gives about herself on her Blogger profile:
I Love Timmy (who?). I Like Bagels (bagels are yummy). I Hate Working (preach it sister!). I Like Laughing (that's a reach). I Love Animals (animals rock!). I Love the Outdoors (ewww). I Like Mt. Biking (I like Mt. Dew). I Like Flowers (boo!). I Like Movies (yay movies!). I Hate Conflict (yay conflict hatred!).
So you can see, the majority of things she likes/hates meet with DVDguy's stamp of approval. And she gets major kudos for her list of favorite movies, which includes these DVDguy Recommended Titles: Office Space, Aliens, Best in Show, The Shawshank Redemption, and Pulp Fiction. She's allowed one totally off the wall choice, which she's used on The Shipping News. Hmm. At least it wasn't The Life of David Gale.
So check her out, won't you? Thank you. Leave her lots of comments, and tell her that The Watercooler says she's the cat's pajamas.