One A Day Picks of the Week 28th June – 4th July

In a week full of World Cup shocks and the second half of a vintage Wimbledon, the #oneaday crew steadfastly ignored the sporting action – not too difficult for some, admittedly – to focus on their blogging.

My favourite post from Adam Englebright’s Doctor Who-less corner of the internet this week doesn’t add up to much three links. But who cares when they’re all brilliant? The Kotaku parody is particularly on the money. Also, The Nerd Rage Blog is a great name for a blog, and it has a nifty new look. So there.

Ian Dransfield recounts the dawning realisation that, as you’re attending a friend’s wedding, you have to officially become an adult. It’s a truly significant moment in a person’s life, often ignored by cultural commentators, but not #oneaday. We’re the blogging collective that tells it like it really is. Yeah.

One of the most heartwarming pieces I’ve read in a while comes from Jennifer Allen whose sense of belonging rather happily may just have been found. Pete Davison, meanwhile, is having some epic – and epically weird – dreams. Less fondue before bed, methinks.

Talking of weird, there was apparently a big ‘watercooler moment’ on True Blood this week, only Rhiarti was duped into thinking it to be more interesting and exciting than it was. The moral: don’t believe the hype. (Oh, and you’re totally right about that Dexter scene. Shudder.)

Elsewhere, Andy Johnson talks about his exceptional Popmatters piece on Black Sabbath, and Mat Murray blogs while drunk, winning a nod here for the picture that accompanies the piece (and also for being so charmingly apologetic thereafter).

Krystian Majewski’s excellent occasional series, Videogames in Other Media, makes a winning return this week, while George Kokoris has an axe to grind about videogame violence. And surprise, Mike Grant, because you’ve got two pieces in this week’s round-up, if only because The Country With The Dragging Crap View is easily the worst/best punning title of a #oneaday entry. Probably ever.

And so we go from something light-hearted to something altogether more serious. It would feel trite to give Daniel Lipscombe a Post of the Week award, but his astonishing, courageous account of his young daughter’s untimely passing is absolutely worthy of your attention. If you can cope with the extremely upsetting content, then the start of his recollection is a beautiful and moving piece of writing. My heart goes out to him, and I only hope his words provide some comfort to those experiencing similar trauma.


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