Friday, January 25, 2008

2007 Chess Blog Awards

Obviously unaffected by the writer's strike,'s Mark Weeks announced his first annual "Chess Blog Awards" on January 13. For over a year, Mark has been posting an excellent column titled "Elsewhere on the Web," where he has taken note of the more interesting chess blog posts of the past month. Apparently he has been logging every interesting post and has put together a list of the top dozen high scorers (see above). Though I didn't win the "Oscar" (which went to Temposchlucker), I was pleased to note that my blog ranked rather well, and in very good company!



Anonymous Payday Loan Advocate said...

On October 5, 2008, the CW Network premiered a new TV show from the creators of The Sopranos. The new show is called Easy Money. The show is about a family that owns and operates a “high-interest loan” business called Prestige Payday Loans. It’s pretty typical to see shows being unrealistic when it comes to what actually happens in real life. After watching one of the trailers for Easy Money, as well as a few of the episode synopses, I can tell that the premise for the show is based solely on vicious media stereotypes. Think about the last time you saw a news story either online or on television news talking about the payday loan industry. Chances are, the story spun tales of “real” people’s troubles getting stuck in an “endless cycle of debt.” According to such “articles,” these cycles of debt all started when these people needed to borrow money to pay for a surprise expense. Stories like this are further proof that most news networks sensationalize controversial issues for the sake of winning the ratings wars. It seems like the CW is doing the same in an effort to recover viewers lost during the Writer’s Strike. One preview opens with the tag line, “for this family of loan sharks, money is easy.” It will be interesting to see how the show’s creators misconstrue the payday loan industry throughout the upcoming episodes.

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