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July 06, 2006

How I find this stuff

The other day in response to my post about George W Bush's stunning rendition of U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday we were asked "where we find this stuff."

I thought now might be as good a time as any to share my daily or semidaily sites that I visit.

I have to admit, I take a inordinate amount of pride in my bookmarks. This is actually a fairly recent trend, as before about 5 months ago I didn't even use book marks. But then I took some time to learn how to put them in folders, and from then on I was hooked.

For my "looking for something unique and interesting" moments, I'll go to Metafilter, Lifehacker, Coudal Partners, and BoingBoing. I've found by checking them out often I come across some very unique, thought-provoking and funny stuff.

When I want rumors about really nerdy stuff, like Apple products, I'll check out The Unofficial Apple Weblog, MacRumors, Macminute. Great analysis and in depth Mac writing can be found at DaringFireball.net too.When I want to get even geekier I'll check out video game sites like joystiq, kotaku, gonintendo, and WiiFanboy. (I don't know why, but I find reading the comments, especially the battles between Sony and Nintendo Fans, to be incredibly interesting. For general techy nerdiness, I like to read Gizmodo.

One of the more interesting sites on the internet, in my opinion, is Ask Metafilter. I'll check this site out a couple of times a day, because it's just so fascinating. In general, people just ask questions about anything and the nearly 40,000 members of the Metafilter community answer them. But those 40,000 people are very smart and very experienced and often come up with some great answers that are worth reading. (Note: I've also found the Metafilter community skews towards being a little more athiest, nerdy, and liberal then your average community, all of which make them even more fascinating to read for me.) For other interesting reads I'll check out the online magazine Slate, the new articles at Christianity Today, consumer based issues at the Consumerist, and environmental concerns at Treehugger.

I don't know why, it's probably because I loved Disney World and movies growing up (and still do love Disney World and Disneyland, while I hope for an animation revival with the Pixar merger), but Disney related discussion and articles also interest me. For these things, I'll check out Jim Hill Media, MiceAge, and LaughingPlace.

When it comes to music, I'll read the "industry insider" discussion boards at The Velvet Rope (the film and TV topics are good there too), and I'll follow the weekly record sales and rumors at HITS Daily Double. Also, punknews.org keeps you up to date on a whole lot of good music.

For movies, I like following the box office returns and predictions at BoxOfficeMojo, and reading about upcoming release rumors and reviews at Ain't It Cool. For other filmmaking news, I'll check out Cinematical. For screenwriting tips and discussion, I like to read screenwriter John August's blog.

Oh yeah, blogs. Well the following are the ones I check often (other then this one you are reading right now). DarbyDinatale.com, yeah I know I'm married to her but it's a great weblog to read as she mixes heart-wrenching memories with humorous insights, BoySetFire.org, another site that could update a little more these days (cough cough, Josh), but when they do it's great. MyNym, who was a visitor to our site, riled up the waters, accused us of being Nazi lovin' anti-Christs, declared a self-imposed ban on posting here, then started his own weblog, where he has a small band of devoted followers who hang on his every written word (and there are many of them). A recently started weblog is Mindy Kempista's mom/art blog MinMusings, which features a great overall design and excellent art in progress. He doesn't update it enough, but I check Jason Jazman's blog every day too. I used to love to check out the ugly bassmon's blog too. .. but Josh discontinued it. It makes me sad even now.

Two design related weblogs that I used to read everyday but I think the writers have gotten too busy because they update maybe once a quarter now are WhatDoIKnow.org and JasonSantaMaria.com. But I'll still check them out, hoping for something new.

Well, so I've shared mine. And before you accuse me of being on the internet all day, it doesn't take that long to check through these sites because of the joys of RSS feeds (which basically tell you when something new has posted to a site). . . I can get through all of those in about 10 minutes, unless there is something that is really interesting, but then I'm learning and being enlightened.

Do you have any good sites that I've missed here?

Posted by jason on July 6, 2006 11:10 AM


Personally I'm a HUGE fan of thelookmachine.com there is always something interesting/funny there...(NO I'M NOT A SUCK UP SO STOP SAYING THAT! LOL)

But honestly I like to check out slashdot.org for my techy news. Since they cover such a broad range of topics...plus I love the polls and better yet the user posted responses some are really funny.

For goofy funny mostly inappropriate for work stuff I do enjoy ebaumsworld.com that is a funny one but most people know about that one.

Finally I like to drop by hockeytraderumors.com because well I'm one of those hockey players that just isn't anywhere near good enough to play in the AHL, ECHL, NHL or the BYHL (Back Yard Hockey League) LOL But I love to play and I love the game (INSERT SHAMELESS FLYERS PLUG HERE: LET'S GO FLYERS!) But this keeps me up on the latest trades around the NHL. So those are some of my sites...Next...

Posted by: Jagang on July 6, 2006 03:25 PM

no espn.com?

Posted by: Anonymous on July 6, 2006 07:10 PM

oh yeah I have all the sports sites too, but at this point, with philly sports all in the toilet, I don't check them all that often.

but I'll stop by espn, philly.com, stuff like that.

Posted by: jason on July 7, 2006 12:59 AM

Jas- Thanks for the plug! I'll have to pay you back once I figure a way to bring The Look Machine into an entry.

Posted by: Mindy on July 7, 2006 09:13 PM

Woo.. i appriciate the shout out.

You might want to add Fark.com to your bookmarks. Its always good for bizzare links/stories

Posted by: jaysonjaz on July 9, 2006 05:05 PM

We demand some new posts!!!

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