When 140 characters just aren't enough...
It's been a long while since I've compiled a 'recommended reading' list. I used to produce one before restrictor-plate qualifying sessions, but with 500 miles of Pocono ahead, it seems like a reasonable opportunity to offer helpful suggestions. No formal endorsement is implied - simply kernels of knowledge and entertainment. Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the Comments section below. Enjoy!
Fun / Humor / Bizarro / Scary / Surreal
-- SlushPile Hell: a literary agent shares some of the best, worst and funniest unsolicited author submissions.
-- People of WalMart: Self-explanitory and also now an iPhone app.
-- Christian Nightmares: When good intentions go bad. VERY bad. Check out the video above. If you dare. Howwwwwwl-le-lu-yah!
-- Awkward Family Photos: Who doesn't have a few of these in the family scrapbooks?
-- Friends of Irony: Ironic photos galore!
-- Overheard in the Office: providing joy for those of us who have a solitary home office.
-- Hot Chicks with Douchebags: Need we say more? See: "guido."
-- Sports Grid: Part of the new MEDIAite web sites, Sports Grid compiles a wide array of data to determine rankings of athletes and teams, producing ever-changing "Power Grids" (see above) and "Hype Index."
Automobiles / Motorsports
-- Autosport: Exhaustive and comprehensive coverage of motorsports around the world.
-- Racer: Similar to Autosport, with a slightly more American slant.
-- James Allen on F1: A smart look inside the F1 world.
-- Jalopnik: An always entertaining look at anything on four wheels. Just when you think you've seen it all.
News / Business
-- New York Times News Skimmer: The most sleek and efficient design I've seen to quickly grasp the headlines in many different categories.
-- The Lefsetz Letter: This blog is primarily about the music business, but Lefsetz is a prolific writer with ideas that apply across the board.
-- Seth's Blog: Seth Godin is a must-read for daily marketing and business insights.
-- Freakonomics Blog: If you enjoyed either Freakonomics book, you can find the same entertaining analysis online in their blog. Who knew economics could be so entertaining?
-- Slate.com: News, politics,entertainment and culture all in one locale.
-- Rolling Stone / Matt Taibbi: Rolling Stone garnered a lot of attention for their recent long-form feature about Gen. McChrystal, but they've always had in-depth reporting on many serious topics. Matt Taibbi is always good for an unique and entertaining viewpoint.
-- Brizzly: My favorite way to view and manage Twitter. Help wrangle control on your Tweets and your news feed.