Tuesday, June 26, 2007

RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT

You ever just want to blow off some steam, work up a good rant, record it, and publish it as a podcast for everyone on the planet to listen to? Well, Deborah over at Rantamonica did, and now you are all set to enjoy the fruits of her inability to internalize anger.

Rantamonica is set in Santa Monica, California, a town known as an upper-class seaside neighborhood by those who don't live there. Deborah makes clear that there is a lot more (or a lot less, depending on level of optimism) to Santa Monica than that. In one podcast, she stands on her balcony complaining about the idiot across the way who is using a chainsaw to trim his trees at seven in the morning. You can mostly understand Deborah over the roar of the chainsaw, and it's this type of ambiant noise that adds realism to the podcast and sets it aside from all the lifeless, studio-produced crud out there.

I recommend that you go to iTunes immediately, do a search for "Rantamonica", and subscribe. Believe me, it's far better to let someone else do your ranting for you. Why raise your own blood pressure?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Prepare to be Mutated!

Club Mutant is a diary-style blog that has gone through some sort of alternate-universe mutation. It appears to be the blog of [some woman whose name we don't know] who was put in an asylum because her parents were disturbed by her odd behavior. But, over the course of the blog (which is still in progress) we are learning that her odd behavior is caused by latent psychic powers!

Making things even more interesting, the universe of Club Mutant has more than just this one psychic babe in it. It's like our world mutated some time in the early twenty-first century and some people began to have psychic powers. What a cool premise!

The blog is very entertaining to read. It's not just a constant blather about "psychic powers" or some kind of secret screed on the "foolishness" of skeptics who should have seen that these things were real all along. Instead, it is a realistic portrayal of the troubles of a woman who has discovered that she is very, very different from most of the people around here. The majority of the posts so far are about her relationships, her friends, what she does all day -- the kinds of things that a real blogger would talk about.

Club Mutant is entertaining, compelling, and immersive. Give it a read and keep up with the story -- or some day, when it's incredibly lengthy and popular, you're going to hate yourself for not getting in on the ground floor.

We're back!

Technical and legal problems took The Quote Whore out of circulation for a few months (well, half a year or so), but everything is cleared up now. We lost a couple of old posts, so apologies to anyone whose post is now vapor (if you want it back, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do).

So, cutting to the chase, send me your money and let's get this party restarted!