Happy Valentine’s Day, Journos

For those of us (like me) who find red roses, chocolate hearts and balloons mind-numbingly uninventive, the Nerd Valentine tumblog has a selection of very cute gift ideas. Honestly, I think this blog convinced me not to hate Valentine’s Day this year.

choc pie

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Journolove in card form

Mark Luckie of media blog 10,000 words has been designing Valentine’s card for journalists for the past two years (check them out here and here), including charming notes like “My love for you will never -30-” or “Let’s do it AP Style.”

This year, Luckie asked for submissions via the Twitter hashtag #journolove. My favorite Twitter submission is Jess Rudis’ (unfortunately it didn’t make the site, but another idea of hers did).

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Check out the other picks for this year’s journo Valentines.

“You might have a face for radio, but I love you just the same”

NPR joined the fun with printable Valentine’s cards, including “If I told you how much I loved you, I’d violate Rule 47 CFR Part 73 of the FCC Radio Broadcast Rules.” On pink background, of course.

NPR valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Degrees of nerdiness

Or how modern media is enabling the very character traits that made me highly unpopular in elementary school. I’m still emotionally scarred, but I think my inner geek is finally getting its revenge. Here’s proof.
paper clips

As if the stacks of magazines I have at home weren’t enough, I still cut out articles from newspapers. Admittedly, not that often. It’s much more pratical to bookmark those pieces online! The result is below.


Yes, I might be the only person on the Internet who has about 20 different folders for bookmarks, each with at least 20 links inside. That in addition to my Diigo bookmarks (Diigo is a social bookmarking tool similar to delicious).

Twitter I use even more enthusiastically – and it shows. Among the illustrous crowd I follow are many journalists (naturally) and news organizations (also, naturally). Then there’s ChartPorn. And Information=Beautiful. And Wired’s blogs on science and national security.

global marine life

Some interactive maps are mainly colorful. Click on image for link. Via @ChartPornOrg

In case you’re not yet convinced I was a nerd before being a nerd became cool:

At least I’m not alone.