By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
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By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
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A post she wishes she'd never written: I wrote something about Ann Curry on the Today show. She was growing her hair out. I wrote a post about how I didn't like it, how she looked better with a bob. Then I found out she was growing it out for Locks of Love. That was the lowest of the low. Other than that, I stand by everything I've written.
Provel, yes or no? I like Provel. I'm a St. Louis native. I'll eat it.
— Keegan Hamilton
Urban Science Adventures! by Danielle Lee, a graduate student in biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, examines the flora and fauna of the city of St. Louis. She's posted photos of such things as animal tracks on her back porch and chicory growing in the parking lot of an abandoned factory in north St. Louis. Lee also discusses the need for racial and gender diversity in the sciences. One of her blog posts was selected for the anthology Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs, which comes out this spring.
How long has your blog existed? Since the summer of 2006.
Why did you start this blog? My friend and I were doing a summer science program for high-school students. We were assisting teachers in biology lab classes at Normandy High School and noticed that students were not receptive to science in the classroom, but to more hands-on stuff. The blog was an outlet for writing things up. It's a page for the scientifically nascent.
When she blogs: The frequency has gone down lately since I'm defending my dissertation in a matter of days. But before I got so busy, I'd blog at night to post the next morning.
When was the last time you thought about stopping your blog? It never crossed my mind.
What was your most memorable comment? On one of my posts about diversity issues, another grad student, an African American woman, posted about the frustration of being a black person in science. You're a minority on both sides. You feel like you're always double-speaking, especially when you're talking with your family and friends. You have to convince your family that science is not out to hurt African American people.
Bloggers she loves: Dr. Isis, who writes On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess. She's a physiologist, and she writes about how amazingly hot she is. She's confronting the idea that women in science are frumpy and unattractive.
Provel, yes or no? No!
— Aimee Levitt
By day, Gabe Hartwig is the creative director for Go!, the Post-Dispatch's entertainment section. But by night, he's keeping an eye out for weaves — i.e., hair extensions — orphaned on the streets of St. Louis. At his blog, Girl, You Lost Your Weave, Hartwig collects weave news and, of course, pictures of the forlorn faux locks.
When did you start this blog and how did you get the idea for it? I started the blog last September. I had been walking along the streets and taking pictures of these weaves and putting them on Facebook. People would say, "God, you should get a blog for these things." So I did that. I got lazy a few months last year and stopped blogging. [In] January I picked it back up again, and it's been a huge success ever since.
Where and what time of day do you blog? Usually from home at night. I don't do it every day — I set up like a week's worth [of posts] at a time.
What do you like least about blogging? I don't know. That's a hard question. I guess marketing myself.
How do you find your material? Do you have a Google alert for "weave"? Sometimes I post news tidbits — those are from a Google alert. The rest of it's just from my walk to work and my walk home every day. And then people share what they find with me.
Is St. Louis an epicenter for weaves? I think it really is. There are a couple of other cities who would tell you the same thing, but we are a little special. Probably twice a week.
What about the city makes it an epicenter? The places I've noticed downtown happen to be not the cleanest places, but they're also in the vicinity of where you can get weaves, which helps. One of the best places downtown is within a block of a wig store and a braiding place. Maybe there's something to people losing them on their way in or out, or something.
Provel: Yes or no? No.
— Annie Zaleski
St. Louis likes to think that sports are matters of life and death. The truth is they exist purely for entertainment. Even though they're locals who love the Cardinals as much as the next guy, the four bloggers behind Joe-SportsFan— Josh Bacott, Patrick Imig, Jason Major and Matt Sebek — like to keep things in perspective and "celebrate the absurdity of professional sports" with irreverent posts that poke fun at announcers, coaches, athletes and fans. Think Deadspin minus the mean-spirited snark and with more mustache jokes. Here's Sebek's take on the six-year-old site.