A compendium of Recomendo





Not enough people know about Jason Kottke’s blog, Kottke. Jason’s official full time job is to surf around the web looking for truly interesting stuff, which he posts along with a paragraph of why he found it remarkable. He creates a handful daily, and has for 18 unbelievable years! No clickbait, no barrage of ads, no soap box. Just old-school blogging about neat things. — KK

Near future must read

The juiciest source I know for what’s new in the world of artificial intelligence, biotech, and the near future is the free weekly newsletter from Azeem Azhar called Exponential Review. His succinct list of links, annotated with his remarks and degree of confidence of its importance, are a telegraphic way to keep up easily and quickly. I’ve found more good stuff from him that no one else is pointing to. — KK

The curiously named blog “Spoon & Tamago” is the best way to keep up with the latest art, design, fads, and lifestyle innovations from Japan. They also offer a nice feature: curated “guides” to Tokyo via interesting long-term residents. Well crafted well-designed site, as might be expected. Add ‘em to your RSS feed. — KK

Benedict Evans

For pithy brilliant insight into the contours of our digital future, I’m following Benedict Evans on Twitter, and I subscribe to his weekly newsletter. He is creative, quantitative, plausible and fun. — KK

Morning routine inspiration

At My Morning Routine, you can search the morning routines of 215+ interesting and successful people by profession, age, wake-up time and more. Their stats page has some interesting insights and is updated weekly (like 66% of those interviewed wake up and meditate, and the majority of them prefer to drink water before coffee and eat fruit for breakfast). — CD 

Marriage Minute

I really look forward to getting the twice-weekly Marriage Minute by The Gottman Institute. The advice given is based on more than 40 years of research and the emails are always a quick read. It’s definitely inspired me in my first year of marriage. Here’s there most recent one about self soothing. — CD 

Person I am following

I follow Patrick Collison on Twitter. He posts regularly (but not obsessively), with a high-signal to noise ratio, a broad interest in the usual tech, science, and bookish things, but with the occasional quirk to keep me surprised. — KK

Cartoonist instagram

Cartoonist Danny Hellman did a lot of illustrations for Boing Boing when it was a zine in the 1990s. His Instagram feed reveals his fascination with European cemetery statuary, and his photos reveal some striking examples. — MF

LiarTown USA

Designer Sean Tejaratchi’s website LiarTownUSA contains Sean’s profoundly absurd (and occasionally R-rated) parody book covers, TV show credits, collectible plates, store signs, and advertising ephemera. He’s a genius. — MF

Useful newsletter

Most of the email newsletters I subscribe to go unread. Kevin Rose’s The Journal is one I always read. Kevin points to interesting science articles (The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation), finds provocative quotes (“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.“), and reviews products and apps that he finds useful. — MF


I follow a lot of blogs on Feedly, the RSS reader. A favorite blog that reads well in RSS is Futurism — it’s a steady stream of new ideas, inventions, and experiments from a wide range of sciences and technology. Their headlines are long and descriptive (often sufficient) rather than click-baity.— KK

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