10 3 / 2012


This video of North Koreans mourning the death of leader Kim Jong Il is mesmerizing and terrifying.

10 3 / 2012

09 3 / 2012


Tumblr Insights: Election 2012 Report

With the U.S. presidential campaign already off to a roaring start, news from the Republican primary contests has been a major topic across Tumblr. As we near another crescendo in Florida, we were curious how the campaign—from the numerous debates and rallies, to election ads and gaffes—has played out so far in terms of the type and quantity of attention received by each candidate on Tumblr.

The first graph shows how frequently each candidate’s name appeared in posts. The second shows other tags most frequently associated with each candidate. We’re most impressed with the viral power of one creative concept blog: When Rick Perry’s Unpopular Opinions sprang up as a parody of one of Perry’s campaign videos, he easily became the most blogged candidate overnight.

Our Insights team will be bringing you more data as the campaigns progress!

09 3 / 2012


Here’s Drew’s Inauguration Day story:

Where was I, three years ago?

I had been in London for two weeks on Inauguration Day. Most of my friends had gone down to DC for the event and I was crushed that I couldn’t be there, especially having worked for the campaign and thrown a raucous party on…

09 3 / 2012

08 3 / 2012


An abridged list, in no particular order.
  • Edmund Wilson
  • poststructuralism
  • the Situationists
  • “extrainstitutional intellectualism”
  • bourbon
  • “proletarian meta-narrative”
  • the Lost Generation
  • Cornell
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Jonathan Lethem
  • The Paris Review
  • paradigm
  • Jacques Derrida
  • French…

08 3 / 2012


“Mommy, they are just like me.” 

My oldest son is six years old and in love for the first time.  He is in love with Blaine from Glee. 

For those who don’t know Blaine is a boy…a gay boy, the boyfriend of one of the main characters, Kurt.

This isn’t a ‘he thinks Blaine is really cool’ kind of love.  It is a mooning at a picture of Blaine’s face for a half hour followed by a wistful “He’s so pretty” kind of love.

He loves the episode where two boys kiss.  My son will call people in from other parts of the house to make sure they don’t miss his ‘favorite part.’  He’s been known to rewind it and watch it over again…and force other to, as well, if he doesn’t think people have been paying enough attention.

This infatuation doesn’t bother me or his father.  We live in a very hip-liberal neighborhood, many of our friends are gay, and idea of having a gay son isn’t something that bothers either of us.  Our son is going to be who he is, and it is our job to love him.  End of story.

He is also six.  Six year olds get obsessed with all kinds of things.  This might not mean anything at all.  We always joke that he’s either gay, or we have the best blackmail material in the history of mankind when he’s a 16 year old straight boy. (Take that naked bath time pictures!)

Then the other day we were traveling across the state listening to the Warblers album (of course), and in the middle of Candles, my son pipes up from the back seat.

“Mommy, Kurt and Blaine are boyfriends.”

“Yes, they are,” I affirm.

“They don’t like kissing girls.  They just kiss boys.”

“That’s true.”

“Mommy, they are just like me.”

“That’s great, baby.  You know I love you no matter what?”

“I know…” I could hear him rolling his eyes at me.

When we got home I recapped this conversation to his Dad, and we stood simply looking into each other’s eyes for a moment.  Then we smiled.

“So if at 16 he wants to make a big announcement at the dinner table, we can say ‘You told us when you were six.  Pass the carrots’ and he’ll be disappointed we stole his big dramatic moment,” my husband says with a laugh and hugs me.

Only time will tell if my son is gay, but if he is I am glad he’s mine.  I am glad he has been born into our family.  A family full of people who will love and accept him.  People who will never want him to change.  With parents who will look forward to dancing at his wedding.

And I have to admit, Blaine would be a really cute son-in-law.

08 3 / 2012


What do those numbers add up to? Mobile updates. We have a bunch coming over the next few weeks.
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What do those numbers add up to? Mobile updates. We have a bunch coming over the next few weeks.

If you have any requests, please make sure to send them to support@tumblr.com!

07 3 / 2012


Watch Kristina and the Dolls video premiere of ‘Be Mine’ featuring footage from Beastly. Beastly opens this Friday, March 4th!

07 3 / 2012