Dog-sledding in the District, one man’s hobby is Reddit’s spectacle

January 5, 2014
This commute is cooler than yours. (Thinkstock) This commute is cooler than yours. (Thinkstock)

The cold is coming on strong — both in temperature and, for some of us, as a virus. But for one local guy, the cold — especially if it’s accompanied by snow — is bringing opportunity in the form of his very own D.C. Iditarod. And just in case you dislike epic dog races, your Blog Log’s rounded up a whole slew of bits about a bunch of other subjects skidding around the Web, as well. Enjoy!

“Oh, the dogsled guy!” — redditor Triwulf at reddit.com reacts to another user’s photograph that shows a man being pulled on a sled along the C&O Canal Towpath by three huskies. Triwulf went on to note that this man and his dogs have been spotted before — even without snow. When it’s not snowing, writes Triwulf, the man rides his bike or scooter with his dogs.

“In making this profile, I made sure my creation touched on every major facet of being truly horrible: mean, spoiled, lazy, racist, manipulative, and willfully ignorant, and I threw in a little gold digging just for funzies. — Alli Reed at cracked.com tells a terrible/hilarious tale about the time she set up a fake profile on OkCupid to test whether men would overlook a terrible personality for good looks. Perhaps not surprisingly, many men did. Reed says her fake profile “AaronCarterFan” received over 150 messages in 24 hours.

“Gladiator II had the potential to be absolutely terrible, but in [Ridley] Scott’s hands and with a redraft or two from the writers of the original it could have been epic.” — blogger ChrisDavies24 at oneroomwithaview.com discusses the never-made sequel to “Gladiator,” the Oscar-winning film directed by Ridley Scott that starred Russell Crowe. According to lore, Crowe hired Australian musician Nick Cave to pen the sequel, which recently surfaced online. The sequel begins with Crowe’s character Maximus wandering in purgatory before being resurrected to help defend beleaguered Christians in Rome who are being slaughtered by the Roman Empire.

“I’m gonna listen to the Llewyn Davis album again. Fare thee well, my honeys.” — @aoscott, a New York Times film critic, unknowingly provides content for an ad promoting the film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The ad, which took up a whole page in Saturday’s New York Times, features Scott’s tweet framed by several inches of blank space with the added words of “The best picture of the year” near the bottom. In response to seeing his prominently placed tweet Scott said, “We have reached a strange new place in marketing.” Indeed.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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