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In Pursuit of the Trivial moved (and created a local music calendar already)

There’s a new blog banner in town.

After the redesign at the beginning of the year, that means there’s a new town for In Pursuit of the Trivial. We’ve moved from Central New York to San Francisco for the time being and the site’s local focus will shift appropriately. While not all the blog content is strictly location-based (essay about a Kickstarter for an LCD Soundsystem fan documentary?), the stuff that is now gets a west coast makeover… like the monthly music calendar for instance (see after the jump).

The move should allow for more writing time in general so hopefully posts labeled “site info” that try to explain away weeks of nothing will also evaporate. Until then, check the shows in SF after the jump and try to recognize the new organic type above.

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Introducing: In Pursuit of the Trivial 2.0

The new year is as good a time as any for a new outlook here at In Pursuit of the Trivial. The site has  operated under the same scheme since launching in 2007. That’s a solid three years without major change (try to find a college student who hasn’t grown in that same period of time).

With that in mind, I took a two-month hiatus to reconsider, refocus, redesign and relaunch with a fresh start in 2011.  It’s not that blogging about irrelevant aspects of culture needed to be done away with, but some fine-tuning was necessary. Here’s a quick rundown of the major changes: Continue reading

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No recent posts does not equate to no recent work

Science & Nature Post
Written by Nathan Mattise

Between planning for Europe and working through the kinks of a domain redesign (anyone with Firefox links/table adapability knowledge?),  I haven’t been good at keeping up with the blogging here (or at Diners Without Frosted Tips for that matter).

Consider this a promise that when my days are filled with 9-to-5’s instead of the Underground and sightseeing, that will change for the better. Until then, check out the newest diner review, see the site redesign process and read on for occassional Twitter updates.

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A year, a decade and a posting hiatus all come to an end…

Happy Holidays folks. It’s been a long month of real world obligations producing bloging inactivity here at  In Pursuit of the Trivial. With every culture documentarians’ favorite time of the year (and in this instance, decade) coming up however, all that extra think-time can’t be left to waste.

Introducing year two of the In Pursuit of the Trivial (now annual?) week full of end of the year lists, the WFOEOTYL for short.

There’s always tons of list making at this point and it’s no different here. To see some examples from the recent past, here’s how the 2008 WFOEOTYLs went down. There’s even a 2009  WFOMYLs to browse and reflect how just six months can shake things up. Those aren’t even my most recent lists because just last week I had a hand in a Syracuse Music Year In Review and a Best Meals of ’09.

For the In Pursuit of the Trivial 2009 lists (and a special 2000s decade list), check back Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week. Afterward you can find them all linked from this post throughout early January. Topics are TBA but, based on our history, you can expect a lot of it to be audible.

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Trivial Links: How we spent our November blogging time…

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Look, just because I’ve neglected my 3-day-a-week posting schedule here at In Pursuit of the Trivial doesn’t mean I’m being lazy.

I’ve simply been busy (which in some contexts, is certainly a suitable pseudo-synonym for lazy).

Here’s a look at work being done this November as the return of “Five Signs” looms…

  • Ira Glass came to Syracuse and made my journalistic career at the ripe age of 24. I interviewed Glass,  had my interview picked up by two local and one national outlet and then made a low-grade video tribute to all of it (while managing to sneak in my L4D2 fanaticism).

(Links today from The NewsHouse, InsideSU, Syracuse.com, USA Today’s Pop Candy, Diners Without Frosted Tips, Questions for Ira Glass, You Tube, Vimeo, The Baking Chin)

Got something for next week’s Trivial Links? E-mail it in.

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“Questions for Ira Glass” goes live today.

If you’ve been keeping up with your In Pursuit of the Trivial news, you know today is a big day.

Questions for Ira Glass goes live today.

We’re right around two months until Glass’s appearance in Syracuse so check over there daily to see what life inquiries might be tossed his way.

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What’s one more blog? Especially if it’s for Ira Glass…

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

I hate to have long periods of time without posts, even professional blogs avoid it knowing it could deter traffic in the short-term future. Unlike professional bloggers, I make my living working with students. Two weeks of 14-hour a day student training isn’t optional.

Instead of leaving the site completely dark until late August, consider this a heads up that Trivial Links could be the only thing seen around here for a bit.

I will make sure I get some bit of daily writing though. So introducing my latest blogging endeavor. Continue reading

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