My New Weird Job

Dear WUvians,

Just a brief note to let you know I recently landed a new, part-time writing gig as the weird news "expert" for About.com. Of course, I'm very aware that I'm not anything like a weird news expert when compared to Chuck. But hey, it's their term, not mine. (Chuck tells me he was offered the job back in the 1990s, but didn't take it.)

The deal is to produce 8 short articles a month, on any topic related to weird news that strikes my fancy. Or more broadly, weird stuff in general. The focus will be on themes in weirdness, rather than breaking weird news. I've already got two articles posted: 12 facts about poop that falls from planes and the people it hits and 7 logo design disasters that made headlines.

The latter article, I should note, was inspired by one of Chuck's recent columns in which he mentioned the state of Tennessee's minimalist new logo, produced at a cost of $46,000. I expect I'll be getting a lot of ideas from here at WU and fleshing them out in more detail over at About.com, and that'll give me the opportunity to crosslink from there back to here. So it'll kinda be like a marriage between the two sites. And I'll periodically give everyone a heads up here when I've posted new material there.

In other words, all the weirdness will continue as usual here. But 8 times a month I'll also be posting over there. So overall, an increase in weirdness!

-Alex
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 19, 2015
     Category: Alex





Comments
Way to go, Alex! You are spreading the Weird Gospel!
Posted by Paul on 06/19/15 at 03:32 PM
As Mark Russell once put it when asked how he created his political satire, "Usually I just rip and read." :lol:
Posted by KDP on 06/19/15 at 04:20 PM
Congrats Alex! I'd suggest that you ALWAYS post a link here about when you post there. I'm sure About.com won't mind the extra bump in traffic.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/20/15 at 12:58 AM
Congrats Alex. Your one post about logos reminded me of my Medusa Pinball Machine. I have the prototype backglass on mine. But Bally made the artist redo the lady as the original had the lady looking like she had a slit between the legs.

http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1565&picno=38344
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/20/15 at 11:17 AM
That's great Alex! Congrats to About.com on their good luck of landing you. xo
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/21/15 at 10:24 AM
I enjoy the museum as well as WU. Will be popping over to About as well now 😊
Posted by Courtney on 06/21/15 at 08:32 PM
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