27 May 2008

Blogs white people like

So I've been keeping a blog for a while now, but I've never actually been someone who reads other blogs much. Or at least, reads certain blogs regularly. But now there are a couple that I do, so I may as well pimp them.

The first is Stuff White People Like. They describe it thusly: 'This is a scientific approach to highlight and explain stuff white people like. They are pretty predictable.' Indeed they identify universal truths of white people (or more the the point, 'liberal' or lefty middleclass white people).

So far there are about 100 topics, with #1 being coffee, #2: Religions that their parents don’t belong to ("Mostly they are into religion that fits really well into their homes or wardrobe and doesn’t require them to do very much").

They've got better lately, eg Scarves ("He’s clearly more sensitive to wind, so he’s probably more sensitive in general. You should totally date him"), and Bumper Stickers ("If you have decided that you want to improve your status with white people by applying a bumper sticker to your car do not make the assumption that you can just use anything! Stickers that support right wing politics, guns, patriotism, war, or hunting are all unacceptable. It is also unacceptable to use a sticker with a clever slogan that does not support a left wing political cause. Any of these stickers will likely end any chance you had of befriending a white person").

Almost as funny as the postings are the readers' responses. Most get the idea and add their own personal but equally cynical insights.

The other blog I loved straight from the first read is The Paupered Chef. It's written by chefs, with each entry devoted to a particular gastronomic delight, from the everyday (the science of the perfect hardboiled egg)to the exotic (who knew you needed pig jowls for the prefect carbonara?) and location-specific (Madrid and San Sebastian).

Mouthwatering and inspirational.

PS props to Celia for enjoying these as much as I do!

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