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5 Other Places

D Christian Harrison - August 10, 2009

While I love Nine Moons (and even visit By Common Consent and Times & Seasons, from time to time), I must admit that my life online doesn’t revolve around the Bloggernacle™. In fact, of the eight or so hours a day I spend online (work, mostly), I’d say only a few precious moments each morning are spent among the saints. What, pray tell, could possibly tempt me away from the iron-alloy rod? Well … lemme tell you.

I won’t bore you with a list of all 600+ feeds in my newsreader. Instead, I’ll just hand pick a few gems:

1001 Rules for My Unborn Son — part of a larger library of “daddy” and “dude” sites I follow (Cool Tools, The Art of Manliness), 1001 Rules is a delightful compendium of wisdom, wit (ahem), and music. Start at the beginning.

TED Talks — I love having my world view challenged (occasionally). These folks who bill themselves as “ideas worth spreading”, offer “riveting talks by remarkable people”. And they do it with charm and panache. My favorite? A must-watch 15 minute talk on the Liberal and Conservative mindsets.

Cute Overload — sometimes kittens (or puppies, or something else, entirely) are just what the doctor ordered for a bad day. Be sure to check out the Rules of Cuteness.

Front Porch Republic (found via the inimitable Russell Fox) — I am, most of all, a political creature. As a child, I dreamt of being king of a small, sovereign state carved out of Montana (apparently I wasn’t alone). But practical considerations suggested I work within the system. The folks at FPP write much that resonates with the best of me. I think they may resonate with you, too.

Player-vs-Player (a close second would have been Looking for Group) — online comics are my guilty pleasure. And PvP is the best-written, best-drawn, geekiest, and funniest of them all. No need to start at the beginning, you can catch-up with the character bios. Or just buy a t-shirt.


  1. These are some great sites (not that I need any more excuses for wasting time online). I have liked TED for a while now but most of the others are new to me. Thanks for sharing them.

    Comment by MCQ — August 10, 2009 @ 11:21 am

  2. Indexed.

    Comment by marta — August 10, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  3. Thank you so much for the Front Porch Republic. A true gem that I have been looking for without knowing it.

    Comment by Kent (MC) — August 10, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  4. That TED talk was really interesting. Makes me glad I’m a centrist. :)

    Comment by Susan M — August 11, 2009 @ 8:20 am

  5. I absolutely LOVE the TED talk. It really helps me see the world with more clarity — and inspires me to evidence (what does he call it?) moral humility.

    Comment by Silus Grok — August 11, 2009 @ 9:18 am

  6. Yeah, thanks for sharing this. I liked the animal pictures.

    Comment by annegb — August 16, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

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