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TUSB Writing Contest: Six Word Stories

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Hemingway's decent submission to our contest.

The Unofficial Stanford Blog’s latest contest:

Prove your wit by submitting entries.

Who has time for long stories?

Six words, no fewer, no more.

Submit via email, twitter, or comments.

Use hashtag or subject line “sixwordstory”.

Unlimited entries, prizes for the best.

Writer’s Block? Here are good examples:

I did! For the whole post!

One tree – thousand matches. One match…

Scientists just broke up; no chemistry.

From ugly duckling to beautiful cassoulet.

Emo cowboys draw weapons, shoot themselves.

Escape velocity meant nothing without her.

It sounded better seventeen hotdogs ago.

Good luck! Enter by February 27th.

TUSB Redesigned!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

For all of you reading remotely, I recommend you click through to check out the new design for The Unofficial Stanford Blog. The last site design lasted for about a year, but we wanted to move to a more open, minimalist style. The functionality is largely the same, but here are a few of the big changes:

  • Our header is all new. We wanted to move some of the content out of the sidebar up into the header to add more space on the right
  • The background has gone white. We’re suckers for what’s trendy in web design, and we wanted to get rid of stuff. Hopefully the site feels less noisy now
  • We’ve added a few more buttons on posts for tweeting and general social media links. Beyond general exposure, we also want to have tighter integration with social media, so click away at those
  • We’ll be starting a regular email digest of our content, so if you’re not already following us on an RSS feed or somewhere else, subscribe for that, too. Link either here or in the upper-right

If you have any comments on the redesign, feel free to let us know either below or in email at We’ll take positive comments and criticism, and if there are any features that are now missing or that you would like to see us add, or if you find any of the bugs that I’m certain ended up in there, let know about that, too. We’re flexible with changing the design, and if you have some ideas, we would love to hear them.

The last thing for this post is to thank the people who worked on this redesign. Josh tirelessly pushed for and worked through the redesign, and absolutely deserves credit for making it happen. Justin, our aesthetician, is responsible for why the site looks so much better than the last one, and without him, we very easily could’ve made things worse. Kristi will likely be taking over responsibility for maintaining the tech side of the blog, and she already helped out a ton on making the changes to the site.

I hope you like it! Let us know what you think.