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Slashfilm, otherwise known as /Film, is the kind of blog film geeks like me die for.  Back in 2005 the blog was launched by film critic Peter Sciretta, and in the six years since its inception /Film has become one of the blogosphere’s largest film communities. Run by Sciretta and a team of four or five contributing writers, it’s heaven for both the casual moviegoer as well as the more serious film connoisseur.

/Film is the go-to for industry news, trailer premieres, film reviews, interviews, information on special deals and random finds from the web–something I tend to geek out over. Over the years, the blog has expanded to cover topics that extend beyond the film universe, including television and the occasional tidbit on celebrity gossip. The blog has also added its weekly podcast series /FilmCast, which has featured interviews with and commentary from big names like directors Kevin Smith (“Clerks”) and Rian Johnson (“Brick”).

As a frequent /Film visitor, I have found it to be a great forum for discussion with other film geeks like myself. It’s one of the few blogs where I find the comments section equally as intriguing as the actual content of the posts. I would especially recommend browsing the comments of anything having to do with comic books.

-Dee Lockett

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I love infographics. They’re informative, graphically appealing and usually more fun than simply reading a block of text. I get my daily dose of infographics from the Daily Infographic, a site which offers its readers just what the title says: a new infographic everyday. The infographics can be about anything and everything–from the germs that collect on your tech items to the art and science of s’mores.

Reading The Daily Infographic is a great way to find out a lot of useless information about a bunch of random topics. You’ll always find out things you never knew before like, for example, that in Kim Jong Il’s biography, it says he injects himself with the blood of virgins to keep himself young. Aside from just the information the graphics give, they’re really well-designed and interesting.

-Diana Pearl

We’re used to getting the usual travel postcards, holiday postcards and reminders to get our teeth cleaned postcards in the mail. They never really had any special messages behind them; the static Christmas family pose and forced smiles are about all you get. You lose interest and toss the cards in the trash.

Frank Warren, however, came up with a unique way to reveal secrets–anonymously–through postcards. At first a community art project, his idea spread globally as people sent in postcards of secrets. Known as “PostSecret,” the postcards became works of art from those who carefully constructed them by hand. There are four books out in the series, but my favorite one is “A Lifetime of Secrets: A Post SecretBook.”

The postcards in the book reveal the artists’ deepest fears, darkest desires, shameful regrets and craziest obsessions. There are some we might look down on (“His wife doesn’t know he gave me this card AND an ORGASM on Valentine’s Day”), while there are others we can relate to (“I fantasize about rejecting the apologies that I know will never come”).

Some reveal the strangest dreams (“I feel really bad when I have sexual fantasies about the dead”), while there are others that are shocking (“Everyone who knew me before 9/11 believes I’m dead”). Powerfully emotional, the project took on a life of its own as it exposed our fantasies, aspirations and frailties; it touches on every aspect of human experience.

-Vania Myers

I still kept my old Valentine’s Day card for my secret crush from elementary school. My handwriting was…a little rough, and my words were simple, but at the time, I meant everything I said. Did I love this boy? Well, maybe not. But he did make fourth grade a little bit more interesting for me.

For those who are in love, have ever been in love, or just fell out it it: “Dear Old Love” is for you. It’s a collection of love notes to the ex-lovers and ex-I-wish-we-were-lovers. These notes tell of what went wrong, why it happened, and the mistakes that the writers, and the hopeful-receivers, made.

There are stories that are bluntly mean, utterly hilarious and heartbreakingly touching. Small truths. Big truths. Truths you may not have recognized before, or perhaps you know all too well. Does this all sound a bit contradictory? No more contradictory than love itself. Yeah. Love is crazy. Which is probably why it causes people to say and do such funny things–many of which are hilariously captured here in “Dear Old Love” in just under 200 pages. What happened after these notes were written? Whether there was closure or not, these notes have one thing in common: they come from the heart.

-Vania Myers

Discussing fashion is not merely limited to apparel, accessories and footwear. Beauty is arguably the biggest grossing avenue in the industry. Fragrance, cosmetics, and hair products bring in the majority of revenue.

Despite how simple makeup can look, it can be surprisingly complicated. Some of us find it quite daunting not knowing which products to buy or not having the funds to just go out and try everything until discovering the gem that will change everything. With that said, I offer a bit of solace to the confusion: Into the Gloss. It is both a beauty blog and a fantastic resource.

Featured are interviews with designers, magazine editors, stylists and just about anyone who can offer a bit of guidance. The blog is informative and conducted in an “as told to” format, which makes the information easy to receive and simulates a conversation. Plus, Emily Weiss, editor of the blog, takes beautiful pictures. I want a beautiful beauty counter of my own.

-Nadjma Sako

If it is true that “to err is human,” then “Shortcomings” by Adrian Tomine is one of the most human graphic novels that I have encountered in a good long while.

Populated by a cast of delightfully flawed characters, “Shortcomings” explores just that–the ways in which we fall short. Ben Tanaka is insecure, angry, depressed and lonely, which causes him to drive away the women who would try to love him. Struggling with internalized (as well as external) racism, Ben flounders in his romantic relationships and questionable preference for white women.

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Dan Clowes’ graphic novel, “Ghost World” tells the story of Enid Coleslaw and her best friend Rebecca during the months between their high school graduation and the following October. The girls curse a lot, obsess over freaks and strange events in their lives and eventually come to realize their childhood friendship may not survive their transition into adulthood.

They find themselves in that strange no man’s land of graduation, where they have just spent 18 years of their lives becoming the people they are and now they have to decide who they really want to be and what they really want to do. They have their whole lives ahead of them, but no driving passion. Instead, they pass the days criticizing popular culture and the strange cast of characters that live around their town, all the while finding themselves growing into different people.

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