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What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby ouroborus4 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:36 am

I've been following a few blogs for a while now, but to be honest I'm kinda bored with them and looking for something new to read. Besides Blaska and Dave, which are both pretty horrible in my opinion, what blogs do you read?

I've been following http://dane101.com to keep up on some local news, but I'm not really that impressed. I've also been looking at some psychology blogs including http://mindhacks.com and http://www.neurosciencemarketing.com/blog/. I randomly came across http://www.agaponzie.blogspot.com and find some of the ideas interesting, but there's not much there yet.

What's some new content I can read that will keep me engaged and help pass the time? Do you have a personal blog you'd like to share?
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:13 am

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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby ouroborus4 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:24 am

What's boring is over 60 posts about whether Blaska should have been let go or not. The internet is filled with content, and I'm just trying to find out recommendations for something good. Would you be so critical if I asked what's a good book? Why is a blog different? What do you read online?
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby narcoleptish » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:19 pm

Agree about the Blaska discussions. In my admittedly limited exposure to blogs, they've just been one person's daily ramblings. The internet has given everyone a newspaper column, whether they can write or not, and I'm not interested in fishing for that one walleye in a lake full of carp. So I don't have any recommendations for you. I read this forum, a little news, scan craigslist for deals, and sometimes play with google earth or bing birdseye view. That's about it.

I wasn't trying to be critical of you, just being my smartass self.

Actually I do have one, Postsecret is a nice quick entertaining read that changes weekly.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby Detritus » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:03 pm

Without knowing what your interests are other than politics, it's hard to recommend blogs. The best ones (I think) are focused on specific topics, and do not replace generalized essaying.

Interested in language and willing to skim content that sometimes goes well over specificity and into specialization? Try Language Log, a cooperative blog by several dozen actual linguists headed by Geoffrey Pullum.

Another collaborative blog, but this one about China, is The China Beat, helmed by Kate Merkel-Hess, a historian at Penn. Or interested in China from the perspective of a talented Chinese writer now living in the US? Try Inside-Out China by Xujun Eberlein.

New music? Dusted Magazine, run by Otis Hart of NPR has a stable of writers reviewing everything from noise to chimurenga.

Economics? Sure, there's the Freakonomics folks, but more technical information can be found at Econbrowser, run by James Hamilton (UCSD) and the UW's own Menzie Chinn (now on Obama's board of economic advisors).

Science and woo that masquerades as science? Can't beat Ben Goldacre's Bad Science. He's also a technology nerd of the first water, which means he often posts bizarre stuff like video of the theme song from "Dr Who" created with Tesla coils (here on youtube, but I first saw it on Bad Science).

Give us some guidance!
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby Meade » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:25 pm

I suppose I could tell you http://www.thedailypage.com/search/?searchSite=althouse&imageField.x=14&imageField.y=1 the most widely read blog in the state of Wisconsin, but you probably already read it.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:31 pm

I'm not much for blogs. About the only ones I read regularly are a couple sports blogs, mainly when I visit espn.com. Then I check out the Big 10 blog and the NFC North blog.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby bdog » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:00 pm

Meade wrote:I suppose I could tell you http://www.thedailypage.com/search/?searchSite=althouse&imageField.x=14&imageField.y=1 the most widely read blog in the state of Wisconsin, but you probably already read it.

I like the Althouse blog.

Don't follow anyone in particular but Yoga Journal has a lot of good bloggers.

I used to read a blog by a guy from Janesville who lost a ton of weight and got into triathlons. Failed to finish Ironman twice and then finally completed it this September. I think he is done with blogging now. Kinda wonder if he will go to pot now that he has reached his goal.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby snoqueen » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:14 pm

I like this one:
http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/

The blogger, James Rowen, now works out of Milwaukee but he was Soglin's right-hand man during the first Soglin administration. He writes about statewide environmental matters among other things.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:27 pm

snoqueen wrote:The blogger, James Rowen, now works out of Milwaukee but he was Soglin's right-hand man during the first Soglin administration.

The other top Soglin assistant at that time was Phil Ball, who has posted here (rarely). The last one was mighty strange.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby bdog » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:39 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
snoqueen wrote:The blogger, James Rowen, now works out of Milwaukee but he was Soglin's right-hand man during the first Soglin administration.

The other top Soglin assistant at that time was Phil Ball, who has posted here (rarely). The last one was mighty strange.

Heh; that last post from Phil Ball made me laugh out loud. I like Phil Ball's sense of humor.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby fennel » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:35 pm

Illusory Tenant is very good for political reporting, especially on points of law. (Primarily Wisconsin.)
Uppity Wisconsin is worth checking in on regularly.

I'm not sure Lawrence Lessig is blogging so much anymore, but he's an excellent commentator on issues of political corruption and the commodification of scholarship and culture.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:38 pm

bdog wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:
snoqueen wrote:The blogger, James Rowen, now works out of Milwaukee but he was Soglin's right-hand man during the first Soglin administration.

The other top Soglin assistant at that time was Phil Ball, who has posted here (rarely). The last one was mighty strange.

Heh; that last post from Phil Ball made me laugh out loud. I like Phil Ball's sense of humor.

Oh, I understoof his attempt at humor, but it was a little too Hunter S. Thompson for me. We already have gozer for that.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby ouroborus4 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:34 pm

Detritus wrote:Without knowing what your interests are other than politics, it's hard to recommend blogs. The best ones (I think) are focused on specific topics, and do not replace generalized essaying.

Interested in language and willing to skim content that sometimes goes well over specificity and into specialization? Try Language Log, a cooperative blog by several dozen actual linguists headed by Geoffrey Pullum.

Another collaborative blog, but this one about China, is The China Beat, helmed by Kate Merkel-Hess, a historian at Penn. Or interested in China from the perspective of a talented Chinese writer now living in the US? Try Inside-Out China by Xujun Eberlein.

New music? Dusted Magazine, run by Otis Hart of NPR has a stable of writers reviewing everything from noise to chimurenga.

Economics? Sure, there's the Freakonomics folks, but more technical information can be found at Econbrowser, run by James Hamilton (UCSD) and the UW's own Menzie Chinn (now on Obama's board of economic advisors).

Science and woo that masquerades as science? Can't beat Ben Goldacre's Bad Science. He's also a technology nerd of the first water, which means he often posts bizarre stuff like video of the theme song from "Dr Who" created with Tesla coils (here on youtube, but I first saw it on Bad Science).

Give us some guidance!



Thanks for the feedback. I like the language blog and I've read the bad science blogs before. I guess my interests are pretty broad. I like science. I like politics, history, economics, math, music, the list goes on. I'm open to pretty much anything as long as it's intruiging and/or well written.
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Re: What Blogs Do You Read?

Postby holyghost » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:17 am

Some fun (neuro)science blogs:

http://neuroskeptic.blogspot.com/
http://www.talyarkoni.org/blog/
http://neurocritic.blogspot.com/

don't know if these count as the kind of blogs you are looking for, but they are amusing nonetheless:

http://www.cakewrecks.com/
hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/
http://www.madisonatoz.com/
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