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28. Internet reads

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Oh, internet, you give us so much at once!  how ever are we to separate the wheat from the chaff?  perhaps by recommending stuff to one another..  Well, here are a couple sites/blogs/RSS-Feeds (aside from all of your own sites, of course) that I try to keep up with. They are in no particular order.  And my citing them doesn’t make them my favourite, either.  They’re simply some of the more interesting feeds piling up in my feed reader at the moment.

1. The Opinionator – The Opinionator serves as an RSS-feed/blogroll by two NYTime Editors, Tobin Harshaw and Chris Suellentrop.  These two help me keep my liberal, left-leaning, socialist bias on the up-and-up by feeding me various tidbits of info (and opinions on said info) from around the blogosphere.  This being an election year in the US, the Opinionator seems to be consumed by party-politcs and the media.  Of course, it’s almost always an election year in the US, so this could be par for course – which wouldn’t be a bad thing.

2. Stanley Fish – Stanley Fish is an ass.  But he’s also the smartest and most apolitical person you’ll ever meet.  The Distinguished Professor of EVERYTHING is generally loved and hated simultaneously by all his critics.  Why? Because he’s always right, even when you know he ought to be wrong. Although I can’t stand reading his real academic prose because his snooty academic-ese turns me off and I want to disagree with his principles, I often find myself shaking my fist and shouting, “Damn you, Fish!” because I find myself agreeing with him time and again.  But this blog is not academics.  Fish’s blog is incredible writing on the state of academics and the humanities in America; he also dishes up fine commentary on politics, too.  And it isn’t too often that he talks about Milton, that horse’s ass, even if he did re-write the book on the man and his poem.

3. Icethetics – I’m of two minds when it comes to Icethetics (formerly the NHL Tournament of Logos).  On the one hand, I find greater pleasure surveying what the hockey players are wearing on the ice than I what they’re actually on the ice, so this site appeals to me quite a bit.  On the other hand, the blogger devotes a lot of time to people who create new and/or fantasy sweaters and logos for the NHL teams.  And although a lot of these people are great graphic designers and know their way around the entire Adobe CS suite, sometimes they just want to mess with stuff because they can, and then readers respond by saying “oh man that new redwings sweater rocks my socks!” when it really doesn’t.  Come on now, of all the teams that need a sweater redesign in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings certainly isn’t one of them.  While some real classy designs have come forward (have a look at this straw-coloured Minnesota sweater, third from the bottom, on the right side, for example), this website basically gives some fools the chance to think they’re doing a service to the NHL by breaking out the crayolas.  It’s like handing over matches to a pyromaniac.  and for that, I feel a little guilty to continue to read this feed.

4. Soccer By Ives – This is another site I’m of two minds about, but still keep in the feed reader anyway.  SBI is a really good MLS blog, and a great source to keep up on news about the league and about soccer in NA, in general.  SBI, however, spends way too much time talking about Ives’s favourite team, Red Bull New York, and not enough time about general league news.  His team-by-team coverage is inconsistent, too.  Several “correspondents”/fans attend games and then write up their thoughts.  But until Ives finds dedicated fans willing to come to the fore in every city, this blog remains an intermittent read.

5. The Art of Memory – this blog is subtitled “adventures in minimalism”, and it doesn’t have anything to do with IKEA.  AoM puts its nets out on the web and trawls for stunning images.  Sometimes they’re of hummingbirds aflutter, and other times, they’re of simple lined drawings and diagrams from old scientific or botanist manuals.  I’m going to get tangential for a moment, but many of the drawings this blogger posts reminds me of the drawings Thomas Browne ruminated on in the Anatomie of Melancholy in the mid-17th Century.  These drawing caught the eye of both Sebald and Borges (as I’ve mentioned too many times before), and I’ve been dwelling on those dwellings for over three years now.  AoM is sometimes the record of life I want to create myself, so props to this dude.

6. If Charlier Parker Was A Gunslinger… – One-stop pop-culture shopping.  I can’t remember how I discovered Tom Sutpen’s website, but I’m forever in its debt.  If you don’t have this blog in your feed, then you’re missing out. Sutpen and his team (including a local entertainment reporter, I believe), post five different photographs of classic American Celebrity (more or less) every day. Rock.  (Incidentally, Sutpen has started another blogging creation, called Illusion Travels by Streetcar.  I haven’t got far into it yet, but it definitely worth its salt, as well.)

7. The Turner Report – Garth goes on and on and on and on.  And we love him for it.  Here’s an MP who generally does care what you think.  You may disagree with him, or you may not care what he thinks, but you still gotta give him props for refusing to clap like a trained seal when asked.

8. To Halifax and Gone – This is one for some local flair.  I discovered this website via the “tag surfer” last summer, and it has remained a nice read since.  In short, a librarian had up-and-moved from California to Halifax, and has documented her first year here.  Following the writer as she discovers those subtle things that separate Canadians from Americans (which we couldn’t ever figure out ourselves) makes for an interesting read.  I also have got to smile whenever she mentions the fine pints at the Henry House, which really is a local pub for the south-end, I guess.

9. The Other Librarian – One more piece of local flavour.  This guy’s an MLIS/MPA grad, so he was one of the first blogs to appear when I googled those letters with “Dal”.  I find it a little odd that not more MLIS grads from Dal make their presence known on the net, but so be it.  At any rate, The Other Librarian always has a few neat things to say about MLISing, the HPL, and Web 2.0, so I’m always keen to read it.



Written by mitchellirons

July 18, 2008 at 8:48 pm

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