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Another Nickel In The Machine is a blog about 20th century London, its history, its culture and its music.
I am a doctoral student in cultural anthropology from New York University embarking on my year of fieldwork in Quito, Ecuador. I study the sex industry in Quito's historic center, which until very recently was the designated red-light district of the city. My blog shares my thoughts, observations, and adventures of my days on the streets. *I am also making a documentary film on the women I work with.
Polis
Polis is a collaborative blog about cities, with a global scope. It is a space for regular contributors and readers to share ideas and information about anything and everything urban, from multiple lenses. Our contributors come from a range of perspectives – from planning to art to architecture to social science. We have lived in cities as far-flung as Barcelona, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, London, Moscow, Mumbai, and New York. We have worked in places like Bogota, Dhaka and San Salvador. We have walked the streets of Bangkok, Istanbul, São Paulo, Singapore, and Tehran.  
 
Cities are as old as civilization, but 2009 is the year we officially became an urban species. As cities grow and the globe shrinks, we hope to be part of the conversation.  
 
This blog has its roots as a spinoff of Where, also a collaborative blog about cities. When Where dotted its last sentence in August 2009, we decided to create a new forum to continue thinking out loud about cities.
NYC Grid
NYC Grid is an exploration and documentation of New York neighborhoods- street by street and block by block. Since moving here seven years ago, I've found myself roaming around taking photos and videos, but with no real goal in mind. I've decided to focus that energy into this site. Each post at NYC Grid focuses on one block, a small segment of street (for example: 26th street between 8th and 9th avenues, or Ludlow between Grand and Broome) where I will attempt to document anything of interest, be it architectural, cultural, or just a good place to get a burrito.
The Sexademic
Jessi Fischer is a writer, academic dilettante, public speaker, and sex educator for universities, high schools and outreach organizations. She is the proud 2009 Jim Brogan Teaching Scholarship recipient, the runner up for the 2008 John W. Kinch Humanitarian Award and a fund raising organizer for San Francisco Sex Information. Her educational background is a blend of academic theory, sexual biology, research training, cultural analysis, product knowledge, and sex education for the general population. She has completed over 120 hours of sex education training and holds a Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University.
I'm a privacy pragmatist, writing about the intersection of law, technology, social media and our personal information.
The Record
This is The Record, a blog about music news produced as a collaboration between NPR’s Arts Desk and NPR Music. Every day we’ll be talking about the music you hear — and why. We’ll take a close look at the machines that influence what you hear, when, how much it costs and where the money goes, who works with whom and who really shouldn’t have.  
 
We’ll be talking to the people who leave their fingerprints on a song as it makes its way from an idea in a musician’s brain to a file on your computer. We’re tossing a wide net out there, but it’s one knit together by a collective obsession with the unfolding conversation between musicians and listeners and an agreement that disagreements can make that conversation better.  
 
You’ll find us asking “Why?” a lot. For example, we’ll ask why trends develop, examine how critical consensus forms and report on the events that change the way we all get, and use, music. We'll also point you in the direction of things on the web we think are worth your time.
The Other 98%
If we’ve learned anything since President Obama took office, it’s that the fundamental changes most Americans long for will be impossible until we end the stranglehold that big corporations and their lobbyists have on our democracy.  
 
The public wants results, and solutions to many of our biggest problems are ready to go. But these solutions aren’t even on the table in Washington, because an army of corporate lobbyists stands in the way.  
 
To fight back, we need a massive new movement to kick corporate lobbyists out of DC, hold our elected officials accountable, and fix our democracy to make Washington work for the other 98% of us.
One Picture Stories
Stories pictured, written and painted with an iPhone.
The Grand Narrative
Like the tagline says, The Grand Narrative is about discussing Korean sociology through gender, advertising and popular culture, and in the process has become one of the leading internet sources for English information on Korean gender issues, advertising, and popular-culture, even getting mentions in such sources as TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and Jezebel.  
 
Ironically, this focus was not my original intention, but with Korea having such dubious honors as: the lowest birthrate in the world; the largest wage gap between men and women in the OECD; the lowest percentage of working women in the OECD; and actresses being sued by companies they endorse for coming public about being beaten by their husbands, then what soon emerges as the virtual gender apartheid that exists here renders those topics essential to understanding Korean society.  
 
More surprisingly perhaps, I also cover advertising and popular culture for much the same reasons that I cover gender, as given that Korea’s accelerated development has rendered one’s generation here just as much a marker as, say race is in the US, then not only do both best represent and capture the uniquely fleeting Korean zeitgeist that I’m so in love with, but with young Koreans’ parents’ experiences often being so irrelevant to their own then they provide a source of identity for them that shouldn’t be underestimated either.
“Why a geek site specifically for women?”  
 
Now, some...people aren’t putting any particular slant on these words, they’re just genuinely interested in what the nerdy female has to say that needs a whole website to contain it. But some of these people are concerned that the entire idea of a site just for girl geeks is counterproductive at best, and sexist pandering at worst.
 
 
The Mary Sue is here to say one thing, and one thing emphatically: skeptical geek women, we know where you are coming from.  
 
We know the point at which you would be satisfied is to just be able to geek out with all geeks, of any gender, without feeling like your femininity is front and center for scrutiny. To not feel like you have to work harder than guys to prove that you’re genuinely into geek culture. We want simple things, like to be able to visit a comic book store without feeling out of place. To be able to buy a video game without getting the sense that the cashier thinks we’re buying it for someone else.  
 
But mainly we just want to be able to pursue our hobbies with the other people who share them. We want to play with the boys...
 
 
Modern Mythology
Rather than avoiding the unsettling, the unusual, the intense, the arcane, we embrace it. There is nothing "cookie-cutter" about any of our the media we support or produce: they are all home-grown and independently produced. There are no focus groups. There is no formula aside from pushing our boundaries. You will find yourself entertained, edified, horrified, aroused and even possibly disgusted. In other words, everything you hoped to get out of college, for a fraction of the price. Take a trip with us.
Write Research
Oli Conner – I am a senior uk researcher for OnePoll Research.  
 
his second interesting blog
AmericanShaft
softcore soul. eye candy. sex on wheels. wheels. heels. stems. legs. eye contact. posture. fashion. photography. film. erotica. exotica. color. retro, vintage. design.  
 
i'm a stylist, designer, furniture maker, videographer, collector, gallery owner, and so on..  
 
candy. for free. bug free, where possible.
Downtown From Behind
Downtown From Behind is a photography blog by Bridget Fleming showcasing back views of bicycle riders on the streets of New York City's lower Manhattan. Every street below 14th photographed from behind of people riding their bikes.