2010 Favourite Things Online.
#1 - Slates Cultural Gabfest- A podcast fresh from New York City's - Slate Magazine. This is THE SHOW about the week in pop-culture. I have enjoyed many hours walking with the Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner keeping me up to date with the latest in movies, various musics and literature.
Yes, I admit it has one weakness, as the US is a little bit ahead of Australia sometimes you have no idea what they are talking about because often movies/products are released stateside first before the rest of the world, but they put in 'spoiler alerts' if you don't want to find out the details of the latest Matt Damon think piece.
I recommend you subscribe to the weekly Culture Gabfest podcast feed via iTunes.
#2 - Boing Boing Blog; I love the way it mixes humour with science and technology news. It is also no slouch in reporting on the political arena either.
Above - This pair of early rescue masks, shown above, dates from between the mid-1800s and World War I. They look a bit familiar, right? Almost a 100 years before Darth Vader and 3-CPO hit the big screen in "Star Wars" in 1977, these two smoke helmets were worn by firefighters carrying our rescues in smoke-logged buildings.
I can't really explain more. Just visit and explore.
#3 - Near Map. Near Map makes Google Earth look myopic. Near Map's provides an amazing level of detail because imagery is actually taken from an aircraft, and is higher res than a satellite.
#4 - Drinkster - Philip White's wine blog. This year Whitey covered geology, history, urban planning, water rights and Krug.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: DRINKSTER WORLD’S 2ND BEST WINE SITE!
“ ... irreverent, guffaw provoking blog ... perfect for when the wine world gets too depressing ... knits solid news and events to titles like Paris Dumps Jugs For Cans in Top Blomo ... irresistible ... ” WSJ’s wine expert, Alice Feiring
PHILIP WHITE AND GEOLOGIST JEFF OLLIVER WORKING ON THE SA GOVERNMENT'S McLAREN VALE GEOLOGY MAP - photo KATE ELMES
#5 Hootsuite - Social Media Dashboard. I am disorganised at the best of times and Hootsuite is a great tool for keeping track of everything I like online. It is not sexy, but it is practical.