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Blogger Doug Ross announced the winners of the 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards. Sixty-five categories, 98 winners. How that adds up to 50 I don’t know. But we’ll let Doug Ross’ puzzling math skills slide, just this once.

“The moment you’ve been waiting for is here,” Ross wrote. “The votes are in. The anxious nominees’ fingernails have been chewed down to the quick, the most prestigious new media awards in the conservative blogosphere.”

The awards recognize a variety of blogs and websites “operating in the conservative hemisphere of the Internet, all of which have worked tirelessly to promote conservatism, free market capitalism, fiscal sanity, the sovereignty of the individual and otherwise protect America from the cockroach-like Statists – some in very unique ways.”

Congratulations to all and a drumroll please …

The “Best All Around Blogging Award” goes to the following:

Jammie Wearing Fool
Jeff Dunetz
Nice Deb
Robert Stacy McCain
Sara Noble
Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Warner Todd Huston
William Teach

To see all 65 categories and the winners within each, (be sure to visit their linked sites), click over to Doug Ross’ Director Blue, a website in and of itself deserving of the “All-Around Good-Guy Award.”

A couple of sites I’ll add to help Doug make it an even 100:

Western Rifle Shooters Association – Best provider of important links to other interesting sites.

Bastion of Liberty – Some of the best thought pieces around.

Surfin’ Safari Bonus Awards go to to: Sipsey Street Irregulars and War On Guns, both tireless guardians of the 2nd Amendment.

Keep this handy

If and when the holstered law enforcement officers pull you over, pull out this info graphic, which spells out your rights. Print it. Keep it in your wallet, purse, or glove box. You never know when that flashing red and blue light will shine for you.

For the full text of the pamphlet, click here.

On the Vine

For the uninitiated, Vine is a mobile service that lets you create and share short, looping videos. Videos you post to Vine will appear on your Vine profile and the timelines of your Vine followers. Posts can also be shared to Twitter or Facebook. For more info, click here.

Twitter has now launched Vine for the Web, a new site that lets you browse your home feed and view videos in full screen TV mode. You can also “like,” comment upon and share Vines, as well as visit your favorite users’ Vine profiles, and share your own with others so they can see your posts.

Head to vine.co and login with your Vine account.

Related: Six simple tips on making your Vine video.

Twitterverse

Speaking of Twitter, 2013 was quite a year for the worldwide bluebird. According to TheNextWeb, “Twitter’s most significant moment of 2013 came on November 7 when it listed on the New York Stock Exchange as TWTR.

“Twitter’s IPO saw a number of long-serving employees and investors net considerable returns,” TheNextWeb continued. “Co-founder Evan Williams was the single biggest winner with $2.6 billion, chairman Jack Dorsey got $1.06 billion, Union Square Ventures netted the most out of its investors to the tune of $1.3 billion.”

Fast facts:

  • 100,000,000: the number of daily active users on Twitter
  • 25 million: the number of times President Obama’s victory tweet was viewed on Twitter’s platform and distributed offline in print and broadcast media
  • 3 million: the number of applications that have been registered by developers
  • 2,000: the number of employees that work at Twitter

For more Twitter financial fast facts, click here.

Baby, it’s cold outside!

A lot of people on the East Coast were well-warned about the impending snowstorm, and when Fox host Megyn Kelly bantered with Fox senior meteorologist Janice Dean about the severe weather, she caught Dean off guard, leaving her momentarily speechless.

Here’s why:

Dr. Evil

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is an active Twitterer. Not one to let an opportunity get by, the prolific senator tweeted this image of Dr. Evil on Jan. 2, which quickly attracted nearly 4,000 retweets within a short time. Dr. Evil is a fictional character who was portrayed by actor Mike Myers in the “Austin Powers” film series in which Dr. Evil is the antagonist and Austin Powers’ nemesis.

All that glitters …

Who da thunk it? Glitter nail polish is one of the recommended ways with which to be sure your laptop has not been tampered. How? The random glitter patterns. Read about it here.

Unforgettable

Sixteen-year-old Marlana VanHoose sang the National Anthem before a UK vs. Ole Miss women’s basketball game in 2012. VanHoose is blind and was born with Cytomegalovirus. Though she was unable to see the crowd she sang before, they weren’t likely to forget seeing her perform. Neither will you. Watch the video here.

Reflections

Folks who have seen this have left the following comments: “They were beautiful and touching. And as someone who is turning 50 this weekend, I can really relate to them.”

“Thank you for posting. What an interesting series of pictures.”

What they and many others with similar sentiments are referring to is a series of images by photographer Tom Hussey whose photos illustrate just how much we change over the course of our lives and how shocking it sometimes seems to note the passage of time.

As one blogger wrote, “These will grip your soul.”

They certainly will.

 

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