5 Geeky Blogs You’ve Got To Read

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If you’re a geek, you likely spend a lot of time on the Internet. Why not make the most of your time with some of the freshest blogs around? The following is a faction of the list compiled by Laura Yates about the top geeky blogs you need to check out to stay entertained and updated on all things geeky.

1. Boing Boing

This “directory of wonderful things” started in 1988 as a ‘zine. Boing Boing covers a number of topics that geeks love, including internet memes, science fiction, movies, music, and other cool nerd stuff. Contributors include founder Mark Frauenfelder, Xeni Jardin, science fiction author Cory Doctorow, and others. The site is also a focal point for activism about online freedom, like opposition to the DMCA.

2. FiveThirtyEight

This site is best known for its predictions of US presidential elections based on opinion polls, but Nate Silver’s true love is statistics. The site covers topics like sports and medicine through a probablistic lens, which makes for fascinating reading.

3. xkcd

While xkcd is best known as a geeky webcomic, creator Randall Munroe also maintains a blog, which he calls a “blag.” It hasn’t been updated for a while, but Munroe’s What If? series was extremely popular. The What If? blog takes Munroe’s humorous approach of the comic’s trademark “romance, sarcasm, math, and language” style and applied them to hypothetical science questions, with hilarious results. The blog was popular enough to be published in book form.

4. The Worst Things for Sale

Have you ever looked at items on Amazon and wondered, “Who on Earth would buy that?” Well, Drew Fairweather, creator of the popular webcomics Toothpaste for Dinner and Married to the Sea, set out to answer that. The Worst Things For Sale catalogues the most ridiculous items sold on Amazon, and the most ridiculous reviews. Whether too expensive or too weird, Fairweather demolishes terrible products his trademark snark. A chemist by training, he takes a particularly harsh view of quack medicines.

5. Ars Technica

Ars Technica distinguishes itself from a lot of other tech sites by its in-depth reporting, going into the nitty-gritty technical details of new products. The site has also done some lengthy series on the history of some failed tech products like the Amiga and the OS/2 operating system. This is a site for those who really know about tech.


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