Nicole tagged me (and I barely felt a thing!) with a meme that originated with Rachel Singer Gordon, so let me come clean: I read blogs and frequent websites that have little or nothing to do with libraries. No one was more shocked than me to find this out. After further rumination, I have to say I like this meme. It lets us librarian-types show what we look at in our secret identities.
Here are five of my favorite not-so-much-with-the-library blogs:
Boing Boing — This seems to be popular choice amongst the biblioblogger set, and rightly so. It’s a happy mutant theme park of madcap art, exploration, cool toys, mad science, weird places, pop culture celebrations, skepticism, wide-eyed enthusiasm, and rants against copyright exploitation.
The Comics Curmudgeon — A guy named Josh reads newspaper comic strips and mocks them mercilessly. I love it! It’s also significant to me, because…well, let me reveal a little more about myself: when I was younger, I wanted to be a cartoonist. My dream was to have my own daily comic strip in the funny pages. What tickles me about The Comics Curmudgeon is that the comics he savages are about as funny and well-written as the ones I did when I was 10.
Lifehacker — Another popular choice for library bloggers, and again it’s no big surprise. This blog is chock full of useful advice, handy tips, and links to cool software downloads. I think every Firefox extension I use I originally found out about on Lifehacker.
Wil Wheaton –Yes, that Wil Wheaton, the actor from Stand By Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation. It turns out, he’s not just an actor, he’s a total geek (he plays role-playing games and uses Linux!), an unrepentant smartass (his reviews of ST:TNG episodes are hilarious!), and a sensitive and funny writer. Which makes him, in my book, a very cool dude.
Glenn Greenwald’s Unclaimed Territory — Even if you’re not a paying subscriber to Salon (and I’m not), it’s worth clicking through the ad everyday to read Greenwald’s blog. Granted, his posts are usually much longer than I like my blogs to be, but he really nails a lot of what’s going on in the US government and media. He’s one of the few Americans I know of who has been consistently pointing out the dangerous, insidious authoritarianism of the Bush Administration and its most vocal supporters. He’s a sharp boy, our Glenn.
So there you have it. The meme goes on, Rachel. Now, rather than tag five people to continue this meme, I’ll say this: if you’re reading this and you haven’t yet posted about this, consider yourself tagged. You’re it!