Tuesday, April 15, 2008

taggage baggage

Fairly recently, but still too long ago to be decently responding only now, I was tagged by the lovely and talented Leazwell on a link meme, whereby you link five of your favourite sites and then tag five others to do the same. This seems to me to be a great way to discover more compelling, weird, informative or otherwise fun sites on the internetz.

Because, you know we don't spend near enough time surfing.

I find the sites I click upon the most tend to vary with the season (i.e. the Calgary Folk Music
Festival site in the spring, as they gradually announce the lineup) or with events (i.e. Ticketmaster, as concerts are announced), but there are certain sites that I do access regularly and consistently:

- Stat Counter.com - okay, this is a trifle embarrassing to admit, as it makes me look like even more of a narcissistic navel-gazer than I really am, but it really is fascinating to see where the people who access my blog come from in this big crazy world, and what brought them there.

Besides my own name, "chirping power chord" and "getting rid of woodpeckers" seem to be pretty consistently used, and these make sense, but every now and then I get some perplexing gem like "mary's infamous sexy limo ride", "scoring smack in edinburgh", or "laundered fun washer fantasy me inside". You can't make this shit up.

- ChartAttack - I'm a sucker for music zines, and since ChartAttack is Canadian, it gives a better homegrown perspective than a lot of the others. Plus the writers are drop-dead sassy and often have me snorting coffee through my nose, and in Chart's real-life paper version, the editors have printed every letter I have ever sent them, thereby forever establishing them as a quality publication.

- Pitchfork - the layout is a little hard to navigate, with too many columns of links, but that's also part of the appeal - you can get completely lost in here (which is nice sometimes). Plus with the recent launch of pitchfork.tv, you can see some neato performances and videos that aren't easily available elsewhere.

- I Can Has Cheeseburger? - lolcats are cute and funny, don't judge me!

- cbc.ca - everything you need to be a Canadian - news, weather, cbc radio programs - both
streamed and on podcast, weather, radio 3 for the new music, television, weather. It's your basic primer in Canadiana, really. And if you are a real CBC junkie nerd, you can listen to your favourite CBC radio program on streaming audio, while listening to another one on the radio. Awesome.

I tag:

Urban Blonde

Gifted Typist
Dr Monkey von Monkerstein

Have at it, you crazy linketty linkers!


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Tag acknowledged. I shall comply soon.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You're a mensch, Dr M, and sassy to boot. Looking forward to reading your choices.

BeckEye said...

Stat Counter is the greatest. It's not so much narcissistic as it is "wow, look at all the freaks who are on the Internetz."

Gifted Typist said...

OK, I'm it. I already visit most of your picks but will browse the rest.

I'm a Stat Counter girl too.
I like the way you make your stat counter public. In the blog world,that's like standing up before everyone and disrobing.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's just us freaks all looking at amazement at one another, Beckeye. What's not to love?

I'm looking forward to checking out your linky pleasures, Gifted. See you on Stat Counter, where we walk around with our bathrobes open.

Allison said...

Stat Counter is much fun. Today someone searched "Mr Dressup Theme Song" to get to my blog. You really can't make that up.

justacoolcat said...

I like the morgue image.

mellowlee said...

Fun tag, thanks Barb!
I'm going to have to check out Chart Attack and Pitchfork more. I usually only check them when you post a link from one of them :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Isn't that the truth, Al? Mr Dressup, bless! Yesterday I had "chickenballs britpop", which was pretty sweet.

Morgues are the coolest, JustA, and Dr G, Medical Examiner would surely approve of that pic.

I'm a sucker for those sites, Mel. Today one of the writers on Pitchfork called Thom Yorke "old drum face". It was awesome.

Anonymous said...

Ha, ha, don't feel bad, you tagged me about a year ago, I caught it late, meant to be a good sport and play but never got around to it. I still remember two of the questions. I should post them soon.


Holy Mother of God!

Thanks for making me pee my pants when I read I've been tagged.

Back off to my blog to make up stuff. HA!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You should, Leazwell. It'll all be fresh and new to me, as I can't remember anything longer than 3 days anyway.

Oooh I'm glad it was such a thrill for you, Urban. I can't wait to read your lists.

Joe said...

Ah, yes, I can has cheezburger. Always a fun place to visit. I just responded to the tag, and thank you!

Toccata said...

I could never find my way around Pitchfork and gave up. I kind of like http://radio3.cbc.ca/ You have to be willing to surf a bit but that's where I was first introduced to Great Lake Swimmers!

I have got to take a look at chart attack. That one I don't know.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And you picked some fine links, too, Bubs. Thanks for playing along.

I was spending a lot of time at Radio 3 for a while, Toccata, but that sort of tapered off. I need to go back, as I am sure I have missed a lot of good music. Any site that introduces people to Great Lake Swimmers has got my vote!