While I have a distaste for new year celebrations, I see a lot of value in a periodic review of certain habits. One habit that needs to be reviewed a lot is what I call my information diet. That is, the sources of news and other stuff that bring me information.
The two main things I use are Feedly for RSS feeds and Pocket Casts for podcasts. I also subscribe to several newsletters to feed me things that RSS feeds wont. Usually things other people read. I also go on Reddit, but it’s a dark place and usually a waste of time.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, at all times I have several database searches set up to work with whatever I’m researching/studying at the time to keep me up to date with the latest literature in my field (enlightenment philosophy – for now).
I thought of writing up a list of everything I get, but I daunted by that task, I gave up. Instead, here is an all too brief, non-specific list of things I like to keep updated on:
- 3:AM Magazine
- Warren Ellis’ newsletter and blog
- Wired Magazine
- Boing Boing
- The Guardian
- Daily Nous
- Progressive Geographies
- Fast Company
- BBC World News
The list is quite long beyond this, but these are the websites that I care the most about.
I cut podcasts down significantly, but here’s a brief list of what I like most still:
- XLR8R Podcast
- Resident Advisor Podcast
- In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg
- Philosophy Can Ruin Your Life
- Philosophy Bites
- Bleep Podcast
There are a number of ambient music podcasts that I like, but they seem to have stopped updating.
Information is addictive. And time consuming. The important thing, something I’m still always grappling with, is the balance one must find between this information diet and writing. I always feel like I don’t write enough. But I always write.