today is Gothamist’s birthday, its 10

Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung celebrating Chinese New Year by Tien Mao

congratulations jen, jake and the team of Gothamist

one of the hardest things to do on the internet is to have a successful blog

and to have one that makes a little money is extremely rare.

what Gothamist has been able to do over the last decade

inspite/despite digg reddit facebook twitter

while keeping it really real

is more than a miracle.

its an inspiration.

long live the mothership!

photo of Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung celebrating 2009 Chinese New Year by Tien Mao

jessica asks “Have you always been beautiful, or was it a process?”

reading the dead treemy outward appearance is everything to me.

because clothes make the man

and a healthy diet and clean living lead to a more vibrant aura

and flawless skin

ive done my best to loyally wear exclusively what

my mom gives me at christmas

and i dine daily at mcdonalds jack n the box or burger king.

sure i hike a few times a month

and eat sushi with karisa after bible study on sundays

but i immediately sneak in a donut or three

and a bottle of whole milk, for the long drive home.

so yes jessica, this beauty process is ongoing.

Tucsonan asks, “god has tasked you to add 3 commandments that relates to all today’s technology. whatcha got?”

fascinating question, Tucsonan because if i answer this wrong i could be sent to eternal damnation as per the very last sentence of the bible, which of course being in the Revelation of John (22:18) which reads, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy in this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will strike him with the plagues that are written in this book.”

so lets slide into this delicately.

if there would be 13 commandments, an unusual number in regards to the good book, for sure, the 11th commandment would probably be Jesus’s “final commandment” from John 13 where he tells his disciples about the importance of love.

“Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

so id make the 11th commandment:  When in doubt, love like a hippie.

our relationship with plants and animals has been confusing, religiously, for a long time. and yet in the early part of Genesis (1:29-30), God laid out how he felt we should relate to them. Despite the fact that it’s basically on page 2 of many bibles, most people overlook it. therefore maybe it should be a commandment.

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

therfore the 12th commandment could be: All the plants and animals are here for your use. Duh.

the 13th commandment  isn’t biblical but it should be: Thou shalt not allow the designated hitter to poison baseball.

Now go in peace.