Post from August 8, 2014 (↻ June 9, 2021), filed under Everything Else.
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I always like to learn what people turn to for information, education, and also entertainment. In particular what they deem most excellent. That’s part of trying to be open. Yet, learning about people’s sources typically requires inquiring directly.
Here I’m extrovert and share some of the sources that inform and excite me. I admit the vain-humble hope that there’s interest in these favorites, and perhaps that they inspire. But I also like to pay simple hommage to the sources themselves; after all, I employ a thorough process with temporary subscriptions and regular reviews, carefully curating what I read as part of my media diet. And so I think what makes it through the process is both worth while and worth promoting.
The following are exclusively sources that offer feeds. Due to their convenience, feeds make the majority of my everyday information input. Books, mailing lists, and newsletters are other pillars of my intake but much harder to pull and share. The structure matches the way I organize my feeds. The only difference is that I omit a selection of control feeds that relate to my works. The order is alphabetical.
- The Diplomat (feed)
- The Economist (feed)
- Foreign Affairs (feed)
- heise (feed) *
- The Intercept (feed)
- kicker (feed)
I used to follow a wide array of news sites, such as Al Jazeera, China Central Television, FAZ, Haaretz, the Moscow Times, NPR, or Süddeutsche. I temporarily suspended many subscriptions because of increased sensitivity to media bias and to experiment with more distance to everyday reporting. (In general this collection reflects low tide, as lately I’ve cut down on other sources, particularly technical ones, as well.)
- The Art of Manliness (feed)
- Boing Boing (feed)
- Fantastic Man (feed)
- Freedom to Tinker (feed)
- F_ck You Very Much (feed)
- Google Blog (feed)
- Google Operating System (feed)
- Hang the Bankers (feed)
- International Institute for Strategic Studies (feed overview) *
- Know Your Meme (feed) *
- LensCulture (feed) *
- National Geographic (PROOF) (feed) *
- Planet Performance (feed) *
- Privacy International (feed)
- La Quadrature du Net (feed) *
- Speed Tweak of the Week (feed)
- Spielverlagerung (feed)
- Stop the Cyborgs (feed)
- W3C (CSS Working Group) (feed)
- WebAIM (feed) *
- WHATWG (feed)
- Wissensmanufaktur (feed) *
- World Policy Institute (feed)
- Becker, Kraig (feed)
- Cornellà, Joan (feed)
- Fung, Kaiser (feed)
- Graham, Paul (feed)
- Heilmann, Christian (feed) *
- Kelly, Kevin (feed)
- Kerr, James (feed) *
- Mace, Michael (feed)
- Marlinspike, Moxie (feed) *
- Moralez, Uno (feed) *
- Norman, Donald (feed)
- Pavlina, Steve (feed)
- Laja, Peep (feed) *
- Schneier, Bruce (feed)
- von Leitner, Felix (feed) *
This as a snapshot. It’s revealing in that it uncovers some of my secondary interests, such as photography or football; it’s also deceptive in that it’s just one said pillar, and in that for some topics, like philosophy, excellent feed-equipped sites are rather hard to come by. In any case, here we are.
* Currently under review. This is part of my process to avoid information overkill. Review reasons range from verifying new sources to re-confirming matches with my priorities to flagging what appears near-dead.
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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