This Year-End List Will Make You Fat–Read It Anyway was originally published on City Desk on Dec. 29, 2008, at 11:26 am
Ok, so maybe PC Mag’s list of 100 best blogs by itself won’t make you fat, but it might inspire you to spend an extra hour or two in front of your computer, perusing these great blogs. And that’s time that you could (should?) spend on a treadmill, digging spandex out of your crack and willing undigested carbs to ooze out of your pores.
Because no one has time to incorporate 100 blogs into a Google reader, I tackled the list and picked a handful of really good blogs which you should all incorporate into your reading schedules. Enjoy! (Click through for the truncated list, descriptions, and links).
- The Big Picture: “The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, entries are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery - with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.”
- The Beat: “The news blog of comic culture.”
- Garfield - Garfield: “Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.”
- Got Medieval: “Got Medieval* is a blog. You may have heard of them. The blog was originally conceived as a place to gripe about how the mainstream media does not understand the Middle Ages, but it has drifted evolved to include discussions of medieval marginalia, Angelina Jolie, and <strike>-tag jokes. The posts are often punctuated with superfluous Pratchettesque footnotes.**
Got Medieval is written by Carl S. Pyrdum, III, a graduate student in Medieval Studies at Yale University, who is currently living in Macon, GA, while he finishes his dissertation and looks for a proper academic job. Carl has a Bacon Number of 4, easily the lowest Bacon number of any proper academic medievalist.***”
- Indexed: Pencils, scheaves of notebook paper, and life.
- InventorSpot: Weird inventions. (Later tonight I’m going to sketch up my Lawn Lazer and send it in.)
Lots of other notables (including every Gawker blog except Gawker itself). Sites that didn’t make PC Mag’s list that I highly recommend include Juxtapoz (lowbrow & underground art), Vive Cool City (video site out of Australia–jaw-droppingly edgy), and 10 Zen Monkeys (tech feature writing).
Reader recs welcome in the comments.