Lambda the Ultimate is also a rare gem of a community on the internet and likewise I'd still be reading it if I wasn't trying to care less about design and more about hustle right now. I'm really interested in dataflow programming and I've learned a lot by searching through previous discussions on the concept at LtU.
Planet Debian: http://planet.debian.org/
Planet Freedesktop: http://planet.freedesktop.org/
Planet GNOME: http://planet.gnome.org/
Kernel Planet: http://planet.kernel.org/
Planet Mozilla: http://planet.mozilla.org/
- Planet Python: http://planet.python.org/
- Planet Django: http://www.planetdjango.org/
The following are interesting if you're user of the Linux distribution and sometimes overlap with other planets (ie. Gnome):
- Planet Fedora: http://planet.fedoraproject.org/
- Planet Ubuntu: http://planet.ubuntu.com/
- Planet Perl Iron Man: http://ironman.enlightenedperl.org/
- Planet Lisp: http://planet.lisp.org/
- Planet Clojure: http://planet.clojure.in/
It's not a blog, but a collection of weekly email newsletters.
Great way to keep up with changes in these areas once a week, and pretty much the only third-party emails I not only look forward to receiving, but actually open and read.
With regards to Python, I believe http://www.pythonweekly.com/ was inspired by my newsletters. I don't run it but have seen a few issues. There is also http://pycoders.com/ and I know those guys too. Both have a similar structure and approach to mine. Hopefully I can buy/partner with one of them someday rather than launch my own ;-)
http://www.43rumors.com/ - Micro four thirds camera news, only interesting if you have one or are going to buy one.
http://www.greencarcongress.com/ - Automotive sector technologies. This is the engineering style site: just mostly text and more in depth press releases. No fancy word plays or car show girls. I do wonder though, why we are not in a better position as a new massively improved cheap battery technology is discovered every week...
http://planet3.org/ - Climate scientists write thoughtfully. Also in the comments. It's not as massive as realclimate and it's much less formal.
Emily Lakdawalla writes some very good explanations of space science for the Planetary Society - very accessible, but with more detail and intelligence (IMHO) than you get from other media outlets.
By following the links and discussions, you can get pretty deep into it; down to the published papers in respectable journals and granted patents. But be warned, there are a lot of crack pots that pollute the matters (as expected for this category). So you have to take what's good, and throw away what's bad. But it does give you a different perspective on things.
If it's good enough it will make it's way on here. If not, there's no point in me repeatedly checking their site or collecting it into a big RSS dump where I have to wade through 99% crap to get to the good bits.
Hacker News does a great job of giving me the HREFs I like to click on and that's one of the reasons I keep coming back.
See just how wrong things can, and do, go.
Nice to see some people from EPITA doing cool stuff :-)
I have both technical AI type posts and also a bit of religion.
Then there's Old New Thing, LtU and John Resig's blog, but those are less obscure.
It's interesting to see the tools he uses and the problems he encounters, useful when you do some amount of admin on your VPS.
http://ericlippert.com/ and http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericlippert/ and
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ (general web design / dev)
http://www.alistapart.com/ (long form web design / front-end)
http://createdigitalmusic.com/ (digital music / software)
http://www.creativeapplications.net/ (new-media art)
And a handful of unpopular ones:
http://www.ribbonfarm.com/ (absolutely my favorite blog in the world – self-describes as "refactored perception)
http://www.tempobook.com/blog/ (same author as above, posts related to his last book)
http://worrydream.com/feed.xml (not really a blog, but Bret Victor writes some of the best long-form articles on interaction design around – read all of them)
http://www2.technologyreview.com/rss/video_rss.aspx (Tech Review videos, sparsely updated – mainly because the editor's interviews are awesome/hilarious)
http://idlewords.com/ (breathtaking travel blog from the founder of Pinboard)
http://www.loper-os.org/ (awesome / hilarious posts by a software heretic on the general terrible state of things in technology – keeps me in touch with Alan Kay-esque thinking)
http://we-make-money-not-art.com/ (the only contemporary art blog I like from a very dedicated Italian writer)
http://vagueterrain.net/ (occasionally published digital art magazine, themed topics, guest curated)
http://theixdlibrary.com/ (occasional classic UX articles)
http://www.markboulton.co.uk/ (occasional forward-thinking posts on web design, focus on layout and grids)
http://informationarchitects.net/ (same as above, but focus on typography)
All of these feeds have been selected for a very high signal to noise ratio and most of them are updated only occasionally (which I prefer), with the exception of Smashing and DailyJS.
I also like http://lesswrong.com/ but I think its pretty well known.
I think of Venkat Rao as a combination of that sort of scientific rationalism with the sort of old-school intellectualism that can only come from reading an epic quantity of literature and taking a truly skeptical attitude toward everything. Keeps the fanaticism in check and results in a much more subtle and interesting point of view.
Heck, keep in touch with Alan Kay and his minions: vpri.org/writings/
http://hydraraptor.blogspot.com/ 3d printers
http://pipeline.corante.com/ pharmaceutical development
http://howtospotapsychopath.com/ all sorts of stuff
PS: Awesome thread! So many nuggets.
By far the most comprehensive, most underrated Python framework (actually, any web framework) that I know of. Incredibly complete library. Fantastic community. Most responsive project creator/manager-place is a dream.
Slava always has great live presentations and has a great blog.
Mix of interesting technical articles (most related to search and information retrieval) and tech industry prognostication.
I frequently see an interesting project posted on hackaday, then a few days later it has gone 'viral' on engadget, lifehacker, hn, ars etc...
never ceases to have interesting, substantive content.