December 29th, 2003 | Published in Uncategorized
Early start on resolutions this year by cleaning out my
adding a few links to the sidebar.
New on the blogroll:
Gretchin Lair, whom I
met through Sven (whose link I’ve changed to reflect his personal
blog). Gretchin and I come in contact most through stuff to do with
projects on the puddingbowl server. Good people. I read her
personal blog frequently, and she falls under the “people who blog
whom I’ve met” rule for my blogroll.
href=”http://talkingpointsmemo.com”>Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo href=”http://www.polytropos.org/”>Polytropos
href=”http://talkingpointsmemo.com”>Josh Marshall’s Talking Points
Memois the token political blog.
href=”http://www.polytropos.org/”>Polytroposcovers stuff that
interests me, and he’s a friend of a friend.
I’ve added buttons to the side for links to the OPML and HTML
versions of my personal reading list, which has also undergone some
heavy revising, mostly to purge it of political blogs and feeds, which
have managed to make a normally exciting time of the political cycle
an aggravating experience. “People reacting to a reaction to Howard
Dean reacting to some news” makes for stultifying and boring reading,
especially when, at the end of chasing down the root of the entire
flapdoodle concerned, there’s nothing there and I realize I’ve just
spent ten minutes reading a TCP-enabled game of telephone.
So the political short list is now:
- Josh Marshall, because I think he’s reasonable. Plenty reactive, but thoughtful about it. Generally one link away from the source article to which he’s reacting.
- Reason’s Hit and Run, because I like keeping up with libertarians and they’ve got a good cross-section. Jim Henley for an outlook that’s less the hard-eyed “toss ’em off my lifeboat and let god sort ’em out” libertarianism of some unseasoned reptiles I knew in college. He seems more informed by a genuine belief in the utility of libertarian leanings.
- TalkLeft because Jeralyn Merritt’s heart is in the right place and she’s also a primary source linker.
- Whiskey Bar and Electrolite for being generally thoughtful and occasionally breaking out something that feels like back story.
These folks, I should point out, are not all-season political
friends. My patience with the crew at Hit and Run, for instance,
would probably be exhausted much more quickly if it weren’t for the
war in Iraq: I’m not particularly thrilled with the stupid “massive
concentrations of arbitrary authority and power are fine as long as
they aren’t originating with devil gubmint” reductionism I pick up in
its discussion area. I think a lot of liberal bloggers are becoming
far too glib in their quest to out-soundbite the right.
So I guess I’m in the market for good political blogs:
Source-linking, thoughtful, and informed all score big. Reactive
links to Ann Coulter’s latest outrage are automatic disqualifiers.
Snippy attempts to ding Instapundit for his typical gutless innuendo
and “heh”-ing are also disqualifiers. Pages that link to mirrors of
Andrew Sullivan’s barebacking ad are also unwelcome.
Outside the political arena, the rest of the list is much skinnier
than it was a week ago, when I had 75 or 80 sites. I took a few out I
wish I hadn’t, so they’ll be going back in as I miss them over the
next few days. New are
and Snappy the Clam (who
isn’t new to me, and who continues to provide about the right amount
of snappage at some of the more self-satisfied prats roaming the
Dropping in currency to the point I think they’ll be going away are
Slashdot, which isn’t keeping up with much of anything these days; and
MetaFilter, because its political stuff is almost invariably lame and
Sites that don’t bother to syndicate aren’t on the list, either. I’ve
got a few of them bookmarked and I’ll see about a way of including
them in a list somehow.