On a semi-regular basis, we'll offer you a short-list of notable, odd and indulgent websites. You might say this is our shot at “engaging our readers” or “providing interactive content.” To be honest, folks, we're simply here to help you waste your time in the best possible way because, really, you're productive for only 15 minutes of every hour, so why not allow us to help you spend those other 45.
Let them have blogs
Hey, Iraq may have begun its final descent into a bloody civil war—but at least now that Saddam's out of power, Iraqi bloggers can blog freely and fearlessly about life during wartime. Iraqthemodel.blogspot.com is perhaps the most astute of the bunch, kicking U.S. media ass in its coverage of the attack on the Shia shrine in Samarra. The blog, authored by a guy named Omar, offers a mix of educated opinion, a lot of cultural insight and some solid reporting. The blog also features links to a couple dozen other Iraqi blogs, like bagh dadgirl.blogspot.com (who seems to have an odd, yet endearing, fascination with kittens). “A good day in Iraq: Today the weather was very nice, no cars and no bombs,” she writes. Kinda makes those mismatched socks you're wearing not such a big deal.
We felt a little sorry for the guy when he was indicted, him having a broken foot and all—and it was raining in D.C. that day, too. Wet concrete + crutches + a million journalists willing to do anything for a quote = real potential for disaster. Lo siento, Scooter. But the sympathy we felt for you at that moment we saw you tottering around sans a friend in the world doesn't mean we're giving a single dime to the Scooter Libby Defense Fund. Not even you, Fred Thompson, ex-senator turned Law & Order DA turned Libby-lover, can convince me to whip out the Visa. www.scooterlibby.com
Oh so fugly
Warning: this website is of no intellectual or cultural value whatsoever, though you might be able to convince yourself of the latter if fascination with celebrity is an American cultural value. The writing, however, is top-notch. What the writing references is something you'll have to see for yourself. Hint: It makes the dull and frizzy among us feel better about our sloppy selves. www.gofugyourself.typepad.com
Now get back to work. —W.M.