Books are a dying breed these days so it’s nice to see that some people on the interwebs still respect the joy of a crisp page-turn and a nice binding. Blurb offers an online publishing service that, for as little as $4.95, allows you to create, design and publish your very own book, whether it be your first novel or a photo journal of your travels. It’s an inspiring idea, the software is easy to use and you can even purchase other people’s book creations or sell your own for profit!
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We’re forever indebted to Josh Schwartz for creating The O.C. and Gossip Girl so we were first in virtual line to check out his new online series. Set at a fictional Los Angeles rock club (but shot at The Echo), Rockville, CA follows the angsty drama within a group of twenty-something club goers and also features live performances from up-and-coming indie acts like The Kooks and Lykke Li. Each ep runs about five minutes so you’ll be able to whip through them in no time and then check out the online extras.
In honor of our eco-friendly issue, we encourage you to check out this green media outlet that covers sustainability and all things environmental in a much cooler-than-expected way. Primarily, it’s a blog featuring articles and updates on everything from transportation and politics to design and fashion, but it also boasts a newsletter, video segments, a weekly radio show and a user-generated blog. Best of all it’s delivered with a sleek, modern style that will cut down on that dirty hippie feeling.
We’ve all been caught in a sticky sitch that has warranted a spitting of those words. What fmylife.com has done is create a virtual venting ground, where you can anonymously spill your story for everyone’s enjoyment and end it with a cathartic “FML.” The user comments are almost as funny as the anecdotes themselves, the most recent of which involves a severely allergic dude and his girlfriend’s cat. We just wish we’d found this site before spending all that money on therapy. FML.
Apart from reading this very page, a neat way of discovering shiny new websites is via the Favorite Website Awards site. Established back in 2000, they recognize the latest and most cutting edge website designs and select a Site of the Day, then a Site of the Month and finally the winning Site of the Year. Sure, a lot of the chosen sites are for product advertising, things like Cheetos, Adidas and Nokia, but they all feature innovative web design and are definitely worth a look for any avid web surfer.
Of course, Perez does a tip-top job delivering your daily batch of bitchy goss but if you ever need a second wave of celeb-based snippets, then ONTD will certainly deliver. Frequently updated throughout the day, it’s a short-form blog that posts videos, photos, news and links about all things celebrity and entertainment, then gives its community of savvy, cynical readers a chance to comment until their fingers are sore. No mercy!