Blog Digest

11 Sep 2008

Find out where to get your stock tips and your daily fill of cute kitties in this week’s Blog Digest

The Mole

The Mole is a bit like The Stig in Top Gear. He is a contributor to the Paddy Power Trader blog and his identity cannot be revealed, but he is at the top of his game in the financial world and charts the highs and lows of the stock market on a daily basis in this blog.

Now, I do not know the first thing about investments, bonds, shares and the stock market, but this blog is well-written and easy to follow.

Besides, there is a category in the main blog labelled ‘Dummies Guide’ and I recommend a visit here if you need to feel out the lay of the investor’s land.

Online Competitions

If investing actual money is not your scene and you just want to use the web to get free stuff, then maybe this is the blog for you.

When I was a kid, I used to wonder what my chances were if I entered every single competition in the newspapers and those ‘dingo ate my baby’ magazines that my mother bought.

The drawback was paying for loads of envelopes and stamps – if only the interweb had been around when I was a wee lass. This blog gives links to lots and lots of online competitions and there’s nothing to lose (and only the threat of more spam to gain!).

I’ll let you know if I win anything …

The Irish Medical Times Blog

There aren’t really enough specialist news blogs in Ireland – I was reading an IT/medical blog until February when it stopped updating – but this one is pretty reliable and gives a good overview of the economy, society and education in relation to health and medicine.

Interestingly, from reading the lifestyle section, you get a sense of the worrying trend of a normalisation of cosmetic procedures, with Botox wine bars springing up in California, while Irish women are beginning to pop into clinics during lunchtime for a quick brow freeze.

Lolcats (pictured)

For anyone who doesn’t know what Lolcats is, this is probably one of the most famous blogs on the web and all because it involves bizarre or funny cat pictures sent in by enthusiastic owners, complete with a caption in a kind of babyspeak now officially known as lolspeak.

While this sounds a bit crazy, I urge you to pay a visit. It is a fascinating example of the unique cultural memes that have arisen solely online and spread like wildfire. Also, I iz lovin’ da cute kittehs!

By Marie Boran