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Best of Ephblog

A couple of weeks ago, Jeff Z came up with a great idea:

Random thought on potential Ephblog feature: although I recently tweaked David for applauding his own prior post, it did get me to thinking, there is no best of Ephblog or anything like that for new readers to glance at … maybe on one designated day some of the regular authors could each pick 5-10 of their favorite past posts and compile links to such posts in a single post on the main page? It seems a bit egomaniacal if one person does it, but if we all do, less so …

With that in mind, take a moment to think about the posts that have caught your fancy. If you can remember them well enough to fish them out of  “Categories”, or through “Search”, then make a link in your comment. If you don’t have the time or inclination to find the post, or only vaguely remember the discussion, then give us a hint and we can try to sleuth it out.

I have created a new category called “Best of Ephblog”, and your nominations will deem a post gets filed into this category.

So, take a little stroll down EB Memory Lane, and let us know what comes up. I will start off with a few of my own favorites, and link them in Comments.

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#1 Comment By Jr. Mom On October 3, 2009 @ 11:57 am

I have a lot of favorites, but some of the most fun for me, were those that gave me an idea of what life at Williams is like. I did not experience anything remotely like it in my college years, and was completely enthralled when I first saw it.

As well, any parent here, will attest to what you go through when you send your children off to school, in my case to a place that was so unfamiliar to me. And to boot, my frosh was not particularly forthcoming on the details of the place and his day-to-day life. He is more so now, but nonetheless, there were a few posts here on EB that helped me to know more about Williams.

The first one was authored by JG (I love her posts and hope she finds time to do more). It started out being exactly what the title suggests. But, I asked a question early on (#7), and bloggers came out of the woodwork to provide the answers, morphing the entire thread into what turned out to be, a terrific treasure hunt on my next trip to Williamstown. I hope it can provide that same pleasure to anyone else planning a visit to the campus.

Voila, I present: The Purple Pub Update.

#2 Comment By PTC On October 3, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

Easy day. This series from Swarts.

http://www.ephblog.com/2008/07/01/just-one-more/

#3 Comment By jeffz On October 3, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

Thanks Junior Mom! You should also repost this on a weekday when more folks will see it.

I agree with Dick’s final comment on this post:

http://www.ephblog.com/2007/12/10/a-deafening-silence/

Probably should be one from this series also (not sure which would be the best choice), which represents more of DK’s best:

http://www.ephblog.com/category/annual-events/911-posts/

I like this one for the comments even more than the original post:

http://www.ephblog.com/2009/08/06/play-with-tiles/

There should be at least one representative post from the Noah library series.

Finally, this may be self-indulgent since I was the author, but really, it was the product of a collective effort:

http://www.ephblog.com/2009/09/08/things-to-do-in-billsville-when-youre-dead-post-in-progress/

#4 Comment By jeffz On October 3, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

Oh, and PTC, agreed; I seem to recall one post when someone (maybe Ronit) collected all the Swart / Paresky images in one post, so that one if we could locate would probably be the best for the “best of.”

#5 Comment By Dick Swart On October 3, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

For me, the EphBlog post on Noah and the need for books at the reservation library is not only a favorite, but a shining example of the potential of this blog: the combination of a strong Williams tie, an active participant, and a chance for response in a specific form.
http://www.ephblog.com/2009/03/16/15165/

Now, in my usual style of non-Williams related, I will tack on references about reservations, American Indian artists, healers. print-making, and horse gentling.

The Umatilla Reservation is east about two hours from Hood River and the home of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, a world class print making studio.
http://www.crowsshadow.org/pages/home

The First Friday shows in the Hood last evening include this knockout show of American Indian artists printing at Crow’s Shadow, most from the Northwest, at the Columbia Gallery Art Center.

And an amazing story in the NYT today on an Indian healer and horse-gentler:
http://happydays.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/we-dont-surrender-until-we-have-to/

See also
http://www.nmai.si.edu/subpage.cfm?subpage=exhibitions&second=dc&third=current
http://www.nmai.si.edu/subpage.cfm?subpage=exhibitions&second=ny&third=current

#6 Comment By David On October 3, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

Previous related discussion here, which also reminds me how much I miss commentator “&”. Please come back!

#7 Comment By JeffZ On October 4, 2009 @ 11:13 am

If we can nominate an entire series of posts, I’ll go with Diana’s photo ID series and Paresky video / photo series.

I will also pimp out the best of my own sports posts:

Williams-Amherst football:

http://www.ephblog.com/2007/11/08/gameday-prep/

Williams-Amherst basketball:

http://www.ephblog.com/2008/01/10/williams-vs-amherst-hoops-edition/

and women’s athletic success:

http://www.ephblog.com/2009/05/31/year-of-the-ephwoman/