January 12, 2005

Blogs of Wonder and Delight

From growabrain

There is so much to be aggravated at around the Web, I have to remind myself, from time to time, that surfing should also be a good time, a pleasure. To do this, I make sure to keep a selection of great sites that always deliver something of value and/or entertainment in my toolbar.

Here's five "Toolbar Favorites" that, if you don't know about them already, you should.

43 Folders is an outgrowth -- and now perhaps the leading site -- of the GTD cult.

If you don't know what that is, you should. At any rate the site is supposedly "all about productivity" and contains numerous pointers and aids in that regard. But it is also delightfully idiosyncratic and its host has an engaging voice and an admirable intensity about his subject.

43 Folders is rather Mac-centric, but not to the exclusion of the PC realm thanks to the commenters. Suffice it to say, I click to this site every day and am disappointed when there's nothing new. Always a good sign. Go there and get your "Hipster PDA" on. I did. Now, if I could only remember to carry it and use it.

Hanan Levin's growabrain is one of those amazing "How does he do it?" pages that not only has one new thing a day, but many things. growabrain is a vast potpourri of subjects, objects and predicates. Funny, serious, thought-provoking and, at times, jaw-dropping links.All stack up in nice little crispy Napoleons of links.

Levin's email sig reads:

Hanan Levin ""The Champion Company" Real estate and Blogging . Tel. 951-682-6826 "OverĀ 400 properties SoldĀ since 2/11/00" "Over 700,000 visitors on www.growabrain.net since 4/19/03 "
Which tells you everything you need to know about his priorities. When housing prices come down in SoCal, I'm visiting his office. If they don't come down I'll continue to visit growabrain.

SciScoop || Exploring Tomorrow is a labor of love by Rickey James and Drog to make a slashdot science and science fiction site without the attitude. It works too. This is where I check for new and important stories in all the sciences. It is also where I post stories that I think others interested in science should see. Plus, it has the best collection of science sidebar links I've ever seen. This is one-stop shopping for keeping up with the sciences.

Eurocentric but with a broad range of interests, things magazine - all things big and small is updated daily with fresh links that concern popular culture, architecture, music, trendy-deco design sites, photography, and all things cutting edge. They hone their edge a bit too fine at times, but every day brings at least three out of five items to your attention that should be brought to your attention if you want to know the flavor of the current culture.

By far the most arcane of this group Giornale Nuovo puts the q in "quirk." One man's taste in the vintage cultures of Europe and their artifacts, Giornale specializes in finding obscure but beautiful examples of European art from the 15th to the early 20th century, scanning them, and putting them up in lavish, large .jpegs. Add in erudite commentary by Gionale's chief scribe and this is a page that continues to fascinate because it makes everything very old brand new.

Anything but arcane is my newest addition (today) to my "Toolbar Favorites," Football Fans And Beyond. Deep bloggers may recognize this site as the one that started in late 2004 to dissuade the Web that John Kerry knew anything at all about football.
It seems to have risen again after its primary purpose was fulfilled and, with the addition of "and Beyond," seems to be finding its legs. Whether it can sustain itself is not known at present, but any page that can present "2004's Top Ten Ass-Kickings Given by Christopher Hitchens" and make it work, deserves my attention and yours for the present.

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