March 8, 2007

Normally I avoid memes like the plague. Cuz really, yanno, they are like the plague. You're supposed to infect another three or five or ten blogs with the same little meme-virus that you just caught from some well meaning person or vague acquaintance.

But this one makes sense. The Thinking Blogger Award to me is less about a meme and much more about discovering good, new reads than being a silly meme. So ... I'm proud to accept this Thinking Blogger award from Life at the Edge (and the absolutely faaaaabulous MsDemmie) ... and I'd like to beat her for naming two of the people I would have awarded this to, except, of course, she'd like that too much. comments/what.gif
(Of course, she felt that way when Matt and Sue tagged her ... so I think it's just a part of the way this works!)

First here are the rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote. Here is a silver version and a gold version.

All right ... five blogs which make me think ... not five blogs which I simply like ... cuz there are plenty of those out there that I enjoy. For instance, I love the heck out of Nonsense Served Almost Daily ... but because it makes me laugh. It does make me think ... and Mikster asks me to think when we chat ... not that I do because, well, that's work and stuff, but he asks anyway. But the blog is a much needed way to relax and remember to laugh instead of (imagine big booming voice here) Making Me THINK. (Okay, you can stop with that voice now. Geez, did you hafta make it so loud? Booming isn't always LOUD, yanno.) Anyhow ... blogs which make me think ... in no particular order:

star.png RohDesign ... Something over a year ago, decided that I needed to go back to drawing again. Like a lot of kids I did it for a long time and thought about pursuing drafting or technical drawing ... or cartooning. At any rate, when I decided to go back to my early love of drawing, I did a few google searches to look at others' sketches with the intention to practice off of others' stuff at first so I could begin to learn how they saw the lines ... and how I did. Mike's SketchToons were exactly what I was looking for ... and then his kind, kind comments when I posted my attempt at mimicry was very much appreciated. His posts about design and being a working artist/graphic designer/ad-marketing guy always make me think. Particularly when he talks about the right tools for the right job and audience, something I've always believed in as well. (Sometimes digital, sometimes analog.)

Damn, I'm long-winded. My English teachers throughout my schooling would be shocked.

star.png Photoshop X ... despite the fact that it hasn't been updated in AGES. There are some great tutorials here ... and those always make me think ... and get the creative juices flowing.

star.png Identity Crisis ... Life the universe and everything in this blog. I admire Suzy tremendously for her bravery and her stubborn tenacity ... and especially her storytelling voice. Amazing blog.

star.pngMartian Anthropologist ... who better to make you think than a Valentine Michael Smith analog?

star.png Living with Multiple Personalities ... whether Cat is talking about current events in her life or re-telling the story of her therapy process and learning to live with not just past events ... but the effect that those events had on her developing personality (and leading to the development of multiple personalities) ... Cat always makes me think. I'm fascinated by the ways in which children cope with events that simply go far beyond the pale and into the realm of what most of us would find unbelievable. Having been through bits of similar experiences myself ... I find the coping mechanisms fascinating ... and Cat's honesty endearing.

All right ... there's my five. Hopefully you'll click and enjoy a few of them.

Tomorrow or over the weekend, I hope to have a review of a new feature from the great folks at GoodStorm ... yanno, the place where I have my t-shirts set up. Like the one with this design on it (click to hit the store):

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Smash said:

Tearstains on my pillowcase...

March 11, 2007 1:05 PM


MsDemmie said:

Thank you for taking this in the spirit it was intended - there are some great reads there and a lot to make you think - thank you.

March 12, 2007 12:34 PM


mike said:

Well I'd hope no one would ever blame my blog on little thought as I put into it anyway.

Thenaks for the mention though pumpkin

March 13, 2007 5:11 PM


Mike Rohde said:

Ender, thanks so much for the mention. I saw this the day you posted it, but being pretty busy, it's taken a little while to get here and comment. You are very kind my friend.

I guess I need to feed the meme and do a post myself... :-)

March 15, 2007 3:14 PM
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