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61.  The Conscience of a Liberal

You'd need a Nobel Prize in economics to figure out what went wrong with the economy and how to get it back on track. Paul Krugman has one. The Princeton economics professor and New York Times columnist won a 2008 Nobel for his work on international trade theory, but it's his clear, penetrating blog entries that make the dismal science understandable and even entertaining for everyday folks. The Conscience of a Liberal acts as a kind of digital supplement to Krugman's twice-weekly Times column, providing expanded coverage and additional insights into the unfolding economic mess. Krugman was one of the few economists to predict the burst of the bubble before the numbers proved him right, reason enough to pay attention as he analyzes the government's efforts to get things back on track.

62.  Crooks and Liars

Today, Crooks and Liars is among the most widely read political blogs on the Web, and Amato — now known in blog circles as "the Vlogfather" — is recognized as a pioneer of video blogging. The video selections — snippets from government press briefings, Congressional hearings and TV talk shows — are the sort of clips that Jon Stewart uses for fodder, but this is a chance to see the video in its original unintentionally humorous context. Amato leans liberal, but his blog is an equal opportunity attack dog, taking a bite out of the crooks and liars on both sides of the aisle.

63.  Generacion Y

This blog delivers daily dispatches from one of the few places where it's still dangerous to be a blogger: Cuba. Yoani Sánchez, a 38-year-old Havana webmaster and editor, launched Generacion Y as what she calls "an exercise in cowardice," because it lets her say things she can't say out loud in Cuba. Sánchez documents the prevailing sense of "endophobia" in Cuba — fear of what will happen after Castro's reign ends — as well as the discontent of young Cubans eager for change. There are also oddly wistful reminisces of her youth, like receiving free candy and soda at school thanks to Soviet Union subsidies. Sánchez's own photos accompany many of the entries, which offer a fascinating and brave peek behind the curtain of a still-closed society.

64.  Slashfood

Slashfood is a site for people who are serious about what they put in their bodies, the blogosphere's answer to "smart food" books like Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. Packed with useful food tips, Slashfood tells you what to do with leftover heavy cream (make cream scones, bread pudding, Alfredo sauce, or herbed sauce for fish) or how to feed yourself for $15 a week (hope you like oatmeal.) There are scads of recipes, which can be searched by protein or category (comfort food, organic) or holiday (Thanksgiving, Passover). In a squat-and-gobble culture, Slashfood is food for thought.

65. The Official Google Blog

The official Google blog is a self-serving site dedicated to advancing the viewpoints of a multi-billion dollar company. And guess what? It's great. That's because the company in question runs the (free) search engine that's on almost everybody's computer, and the blog is full of helpful tips on getting the most out of it. There's info on integrating headlines from Google News onto your webpage, a look at a new service that uses Google Maps to help you find local hotels, restaurants and entertainment and send the info to your mobile phone, and a description of Google Earth's stunning new service that lets users drop below the surface of the ocean and explore the nooks and crannies of the seafloor in 3D. There's even information on the occasional Google goof, like the recent glitch that mistakenly flashed the message "This site may harm your computer" beside every search result.

66.  Synthesis

Synthesis, written by engineer and marketer Shafeen Charania, is that rarest of digital creatures: a blog about ideas. The posts on synthesis are long by blog standards, and cover serious topics like education, healthcare, geopolitics and leadership, but Charania's writing is accessible and engaging. A recent post notes how Barack Obama's campaign strategy is similar to that espoused by Sun Tzu in The Art of War ("The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him") and points out some uncomfortable truths about why healthcare in the U.S. is broken synthesis is not just smarter than the average blog — it's practically at the head of the class.

67.  The Bleat

bleat is the work of James Lileks, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and serial collector of strange and wonderful pop cultural ephemera. The blog is a daily diary of a somewhat anal retentive Fargo native doing ordinary things like dropping his daughter off at school and going to meetings at work, punctuated by gleeful dumpster dives into pop culture history. There's an impressive and curiously evocative collection of old match books, lots of campy print and TV ads from the black-and-white era, a detailed look at weird currency from foreign countries and what it reveals about the local populace, and an alarmingly extensive gallery of interior decorating horrors from the 70s. If all of this seems like an exuberant waste of time, then you're getting the idea. It's the perfect way to kill that interminably long hour before you knock off work.

68.  Film

Film (pronounced Slashfilm) was launched in 2005 as an alternative movie news and review blog, a kind of online bridge between the reel world and the real world. It's a great place for serious movie buffs to find out what their favorite actress or director plans to do next, to see a trailer or movie poster for a film that's months away from release, or to check out behind-the-scenes photos from films in production. The blog takes movies and video games seriously, but isn't afraid to call a dog a dog ("SEGA Announces Iron Man 2 Video Game; Will Probably Suck"). Slashfilm is especially strong at evaluating the indie scene, providing deep coverage of the SXSW and Sundance film festivals, and a weekly column provides a handy roundup of the latest DVD releases.

69.  Deadspin

Deadspin is a blog for the sports fan who loves the game but realizes that there's plenty of action happening off the field. Averaging more than 10 million page views per month, Deadspin is the web's most popular sports blog, a reliably snarky sports reporter that pretty much ignores the score of last night's game and focuses instead on the controversies and scandals that cling to modern sports heroes like Saran Wrap. Deadspin even breaks the occasional sports story; — it was first to report that Mark McGwire's brother is shopping a book that claims the baseball slugger first started taking steroids in 1994. Deadspin calls out not only sports stars, but also those who revere them, in particular TV announcers. The blog's "Media Approval Ratings" feature invites readers to sound off on various sports media personalities, an exercise which often turns into an online public flogging.

70.  Dooce

Blogging has been around less than a decade, but Heather Armstrong can rightly call herself an old hand. The 33-year old Salt Lake City resident launched back in February 2001, and had a brief moment in the national spotlight a year later when she was fired from her job because she had written about people in her workplace. Years later, dooce is still going strong, a highly personal and often funny account of parenthood, pregnancy, struggles with depression and cancer, and life as a former Mormon living among Mormons. Dooce's strength is its unflinching honesty. There are plenty of blogs out there that recount the wonders of pregnancy, but few bloggers manage to cut to the chase as quickly as Armstrong: "Sometimes when I'm trying to roll out of bed in the morning I'm like, whose boobs are these?"

71.  Pioneer Woman

A decade ago, Ree Drummond moved from Los Angeles, where she wore black pumps to work everyday, to live on a dusty cattle ranch in the Midwest. Her blog is a chronicle of her fitful transition from a spoiled city girl to a homey ranch wife, sort of a digital age version of "Green Acres." There are posts about chipping dried cow poop from boots, frying calf nuts and a running "wild tale of romance and cow manure," recounting how she met her rancher husband and became a pioneer wife. Drummond's blog is no hayseed effort; it's a slick-looking site that posts her photography, home remodeling tips, poetry, and recipes of dishes she's whipped up in her own kitchen. (When she makes ranch-style chicken, it's the real deal.) The blog also features periodic "Give That Photo a Name" contests, with the winners receiving real prizes. Like Green Acres, this is the place to be for farm living.

72.  Said the Gramophone

A daily sampler of "really good songs" as judged by the three Canadian music fans who compile the site. Launched in March 2003, Said the Gramophone was one of the first mp3 blogs that actually let you download and listen to the music being described. And when it comes to music, hearing is believing. How many times have you bought a CD on the recommendation of a magazine or newspaper review only to find the music sounded nothing like the description? Said the Gramophone solves that problem, although you have to act fast on listening to the music — all songs are removed from the blog within a week or two of posting. The capsule reviews are reliably thoughtful with occasional forays into the surreal, and most songs are accompanied by a link in case you want to buy them immediately. It's a great, low-risk way to get turned on to new music.

73.  Detention Slip

This blog will send you over the edge. Detention Slip bills itself as "your daily cheat sheet for education news," but almost all of the news is bad in a really big way. Consider these recent entries: "Second grader brings heroin to school," "Texas schools allow teachers to carry guns," and "Student Banned After Setting Teen's Turban on Fire." The blog solicits juicy tips from readers, and it's clear the site has a strong following among teachers who enjoy reading about students worse than their own. There's also a contest that asks teachers to submit their most outrageous or ridiculous detention slips. Telling tales out of school has seldom been this entertaining.

74.  Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy is the work of Phil Plait, a good astronomer who used to work on the Hubble Space Telescope, a device which started off bad but ended up good. Got it? Plait is a born skeptic — his blog regularly battles the misuses of science in daily life, in addition to praising the wonders of legitimate research. Whether its debunking the theory that the measles vaccine causes autism or taking on conspiracy theorists who insist that NASA faked the moon landings, Plait is a voice of reason amidst the nonsense of non-science. Bad Astronomy is also a reliable guide to the latest in good astronomy, like the stunning recent photos of Centaurus, an elliptical galaxy with a massive black hole at its core.


This highly trafficked gossip blog, written by sometimes actor and fulltime celebrity hound Mario Lavandeira, mines the usual Jessica Simpson/Brad Pitt/Jennifer Anniston territory. But blog rivals like do a much better job at uncovering real celeb scoops and providing original video and documents. Leaving PerezHilton to serve up the stalest dish of all: yesterday's celebrity news.

76.  Daily Kos

Founded in May 26, 2002, Daily Kos is the premier online political community with 2 million unique visitors per month and 300,000 registered users. It is at once a news organization, community, and activist hub. Among luminaries posting diaries on the site are President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and dozens of other senators, congressmen, and governors. Even more exciting than that, however, are the hundreds of thousands of regular Americans that have used Daily Kos to shape a political world once the exclusive domain of the rich, connected, and powerful.

77.  Post Secret

PostSecret's premise is old by now — anonymous people send in secrets on postcards that are scanned and posted online. But the endlessly fascinating array of responses makes this blog worth a return visit. PostSecret has even branched out beyond the Web. After an anonymous illegal immigrant posted pledging to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge because the person "didn't belong," thousands of fans of the blog joined a Facebook group to urge the person to reconsider. Some devotees even held a rally at the bridge. Was the post real? Did the person see the response? The fact that there is no answer to these questions only adds to the blog's mystique.

78.  Climate Progress

Climate Progress is dedicated to providing the progressive perspective on climate science, climate solutions, and climate politics. It is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

Climate Progress began as a hobby but quickly became a full-time passion for Joe Romm, a physics Ph.D. from MIT who worked for the Rockefeller Foundation during the Cold War, focusing on global security threats, and later at the Department of Energy. After Romm's brother lost a house during Hurricane Katrina, Romm took it upon himself to research whether his brother should rebuild in the New Orleans region. He has been writing about the topic ever since. Viewing climate change through the prism of national security, Romm analyzes breaking energy news and the relevant research, but most important, he challenges the beliefs and conclusions of the mainstream media on climate-change issues. Go get 'em, Joe.

79.  HiLobrow

HiLobrow is a p-HiLo-sophical blog edited by Matthew Battles and Joshua Glenn.

Pop culture beautifully pops in this hip discussion of obscure writers, amazing art and the kind of cool but forgotten songs that only come to you in the shower. There seem to be few boundaries as to where HiLobrow's conversations can go, but that's a big part of its charm. It is a potpourri of intellectualism, culture trends, unexpected artistic creations and out-of-the-box personalities. The blog's tagline is "Middlebrow is not the solution." We couldn't agree more.

80.  Hipster Runoff

HIPSTER RUNOFF is a blog worth blogging abt, created by Carles that is trying 2 stay relevant. It blogs abt buzzbands, alt_stuff, and memes.

HIPSTER RUNOFF is a blog worth blogging about.

HIPSTER RUNOFF is commonly referred to as 'HRO.'

Some claim that HIPSTER RUNOFF is 'no longer relevant.'

HIPSTER RUNOFF is maintained by 'Carles', an 'anonymous' webblogger.
In 2010, HIPSTER RUNOFF was named blog of the year by Time Magazine.

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