Here are some of the websites I read most frequently, and which are the sources for most of the archive.
Kottke.org. A blog by Jason Kottke, who lives in New York. About “the liberal arts 2.0,” kottke.org links to a whole range of design, culture, science and other interesting things. Difficult to describe but you can pick it up in 5 minutes.
BoingBoing.net. “A directory of wonderful things,” collects tech culture and politics, DIY (“making”), science, zombies, other cool-nerd kinds of things and a distressing amount of steampunk. Difficult to keep up with but always lots of interesting things.
Waxy.org. More technology and web esoterica. Kind of like the above two, melded and then boiled down to a sort of essence.
BLDGBLOG. Discovered this through kottke.org, it’s a collection of short essays on ideas and developments in architecture. Has some of the coolest stuff.
Hilobrow. Culture blog firmly opposed to the middlebrow but totally up for anything else. Has a curious fascination with classifying generations. I just went back there and remembered what a great design it has; reading stuff on RSS you miss out on that stuff.
Arts and Letters Daily. Updates every day with a new collection of links. Enormous repository of essays and criticism; addictive and time consuming but good for you.
The Awl. With the tagline “Be less stupid” it clearly thinks a lot of itself. It can sometimes seem like a New York blogging in-crowd kind of thing but despite frequent snarkery and a fair amount of pretension, it’s consistently good.
Improbable Research. Where to get your science esoterica; the home of the Ig Nobel prizes and the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Smart writing about computer games.
Sleep Talkin’ Man. Recordings of a man who says things like “I think I’ll become a decimal point. Cause it’s got the power to make things look small or big, all at the same time. I want to have such power. Mmmm, power,” in his sleep. Also, things that are much, much more offensive. And funnier.
The Rumpus. Books website founded by author Stephen Elliott. They have monthly events in San Francisco and now in New York as well.
Lone Gunman. Lloyd Morgan blogs about psychology, marketing, behaviour and other things related to, I guess, how we live and how we could or should live. If that doesn’t sound too pretentious.
The Big Picture. Collections of news photos on current topics. Some of the best viewing on the internet.
Submitted for your Perusal. Things to read and look at… It’s in the title.
The Millions. Book review website, I only just started following but it seems really good.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Website of the literary quarterly founded by Dave Eggers. Has a good range of pieces: I like their recurring feature “Get to know an internet commenter,” in which the author collects a series of comments left by the same person on a particular website.
Slate magazine. Has a lot of good writing on current affairs. Also a good anthropological guide to the concerns of liberal America.
Nature news. Handy summaries of recent developments in science, covering policy as well as research.
Lifehacker. It’s about getting things done better and more efficiently, whether that’s keeping your computer running properly or making your own bacon. Like the whole of the Gawker network, the pace at which this site is updated is almost frightening. But amidst the noise there’s usually some pretty useful advice.
The Calculable. Daily collections of new links to interesting stuff. Kind of like otherpi, but more rigorous (it’s calculable because it always updates at 8am, Oslo time).