My Favorite Blogs

November 29th, 2007

Whoops, I forgot to post this yesterday!

Boing Boing – Boing Boing is only one of two blogs that I’ve continuously subscribed to since I began using newsfeeds in 2004 (the other feed is the very-awesome-but-not-top-five-for-me Kottke.org). The team of bloggers that powers their posts is the best writing team on the web. While for the most part the blog covers the weird and the wonderful, it has healthy doses of politics, current events, important technology-related legal issues (thanks to Cory Doctorow), pictures of unicorns and furries (good going, Xeni Jardin) and a zillion other things. Boing Boing is certainly the center of the ‘blogosphere‘ – there’s no use linking to a post there because chances are if your blog has readers, they’re reading Boing Boing too!

Freakonomics – I’ve only been reading this blog for a few months since I read the book by the same name – and it’s indispensable for helping me to look at things from an economists’ perspective. As novel as the stories mentioned in the book are – they only show how the rationalization that an economic perspective. I was particularly moved by Steven Levitt’s vlog about voting from an economist’s perspective – that one vote isn’t worth the effort to actually cast it – which comes across as very counter-intuitive. But really, how much power does one person have against the masses? There’s always going to be blocks of people voting because they’re part of the political subculture (politics is it’s own subculture now, btw – most people don’t care about politics anymore and the hardcore ones who do have their own rules and slang. Anyway, Freakonomics is a must-have blog for anyone with an shred of interest in how society works.

TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) – I’m an unapologetic Mac nerd. And I need a constant feed of Apple-related news – which TUAW gives me with irreverency and an objective, if Apple-centric, perspective.

Lifehacker – “Self improvement is masturbation,” said Tyler Durden in my favorite movie. I personally think of it as applying to people who exercise and eat healthy foods because they think it will make them more beautiful – not those of us trying to live a more full life. Lifehacker, along with a dozen other websites (I’d mention them but they all really say the same things), is an excellent resource for tips on living happy, healthy, and getting things done.

Core77’s Design Blog – I like things that are well-designed and clever. And Core77 more than delivers.

I didn’t add it to my original top 5 blogs list because there was already an Apple-related blog, but John Gruber’s Daring Fireball, despite it’s somewhat limited niche (advanced level and above Mac users), is one of the best written and most thought out blogs currently being maintained. He’s thought out everything about his blog – from the logo to the page layout to the font used to the scope of Daring Fireball’s content. It’s an attention to detail I can only try to attain. Maybe when I have a better grasp of web development. This post was the one that got me to re-do Budaeli.

The next post will be on my favorite podcasts, I promise!



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