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What's Your Site Rotation? 109

joeljkp asks: "Nearly everyone has a news rotation — that list of sites you visit each day to catch up on the latest in whatever you're into, be it foreign affairs or knitting. I usually do the rounds at BBC News, The New York Times, and a couple local papers. What have you found that keeps you informed and entertained every day?"
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What's Your Site Rotation?

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  • by aicrules (819392) on Friday April 06, 2007 @01:49PM (#18637677) back to Slashdot...and so on...sometimes I'll view the google cache version of Slashdot and pretend like I found a bunch of dupe stories which makes me feel better about myself.
  • by eln (21727) on Friday April 06, 2007 @01:50PM (#18637681) Homepage
    Yahoo, CNN, various newspapers from places I live or have lived in the past few years, clown porn sites, ESPN, xkcd and Penny Arcade (MWF). Pretty standard stuff, really.
    • by Elad Alon (835764)
      You said Penny-Arcade twice.
    • by Redlazer (786403)
      Well, i use the Google Personalized homepage, so i tend to check everything several times a day.

      I usually check Slashdot, Ars Technica, Nintendo Wii Fanboy, Penny Arcade, Ctrl+Alt+Del, and VG Cats.


  • The more entertaining, the better. Slashdot, Technocrat, and The Register get visited daily. In addition to this, I also go for TV shows that are basically aggregators-for-entertainment: Lou Dobbs Tonight & This Week, The Daily Show with John Stewart, and The Colbert Report. I especially like commentators who disagree with me on economics- that way I get the "liberal free market" point of view as well.

    Newspapers are best only for local news. For that, I mainly depend on The Oregonian, Washington C
    • The manager from the State Library wrote back with this explaination:
      Hello Ted,

      Thank you for your email. No, you aren't obtuse in the slightest. We do not use any Eastern Oregon newspaper sources for our eClips product. We review 3 valley titles (Oregonian, Salem Statesman-Journal, Eugene Register-Guard), and one from Southern Oregon....the Medford Mail-Tribune.

      Why don't we use content from Eastern Oregon? Here's the reason. The content from the larger Eastern Oregon sources like the Bend Bulletin or
  • Well... (Score:5, Funny)

    by frakir (760204) <ockhamrazor@yahoo . c om> on Friday April 06, 2007 @01:55PM (#18637777)
    My sites rotate full rotation in about 24 hours with respect to the Sun, depending slightly on the season. Average rotation with respect to far star background is 23 h 56 m 4.091 s.
    • My sites rotate full rotation in about 24 hours with respect to the Sun, depending slightly on the season. Average rotation with respect to far star background is 23 h 56 m 4.091 s.

      The Progression and Evolution of a Smart-Ass Reply:

      First Iteration: "Well, you obviously haven't heard of my Mars-based colo startup..."

      Second Iteration, after considering the original statement a bit more: "Actually, with respect to the sun, your normal sites only proceed through approximately 1/365 of a rotation. With

      • by pipatron (966506)

        a full rotation in about 24 hours is about right

        Dear Sir/Madam Smart-Ass. I'm sorry to inform you, but you are being redundant in this sentence. Please improve.

        Smart-Ass, Sr.

  • - guild website

    wait 10 min and do it again
  • No Rotation (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Cap'nPedro (987782)
    I don't have a rotation, instead I have RSS feeds on my Google personalized homepage. Apart from that, I just have a bookmark that opens all my current favorite comics in new tabs.
  • My list is pretty short, thanks to RSS. Google Reader [] filled up with all my 216 feeds, including Slashdot. (I don't read all 216.) Bloglines [] is also pretty good. Google News [] with saved searches for all my favorite topics. Not Easy [] for semi-random news. This sometimes helps me catch news I'd otherwise miss. Reddit [] for social news with much higher SNR and nicer design than Digg. For entertainment: / random [] for IRC quotes. [] (plug for a friend's 'zine :) Dear Abby [] for the occasiona
  • by Devar (312672) []
  • I like to balance Pacifica and Fox News. One day, they may have a viewpoint or opinion in common, and I want to see that. Just kidding, I know better than that. Seriously, I use the BBC, Reuters, and Google News for general news sources and the Economist for "gravitas".
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by VJ42 (860241) *
      You laugh, but I actually do like to visit Fox News, Al Jazeera and other sites that challenge my opinion, just to get some balance. If I spent all day at slashdot, with the occasional detour to the BBC, and other news sites that I agree with, or at least don't stray far from the centre ground (i.e. Places like the Telegraph and the Guardian (yes, I'm english)) my world view would become incredibly biased. Instead, I like to give myself some perspective by reading opinions that challenge my own in the extre
      • by El Torico (732160) *
        Honestly, I did try Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya as well as Fox News, but I just couldn't stomach the ridiculous levels of pandering that those sources exhibit, which is why I can't take CNN seriously either. I try to read El Pais or ABC when in Spain, but my Spanish is not what it should be. Aside from the BBC's constant nagging about Africa and their obvious guilt about being English, I know I can get a measured (if not unbiased) view of the world.

        I read the Economist and the Atlantic; they both show oppos
  • /., dilbert & userfriendly. I get the rest of the news from the radio during drive time. The net isn't iedal for while I'm driving...

    Myspace to keep up with about 50 teenagers, and for tube amps.

    That translates into way too much time on the net each week, but oh well.
  • I use MyPortal [] - nice Firefox add-on.
  • Blogs (Score:5, Interesting)

    by zero1101 (444838) on Friday April 06, 2007 @02:10PM (#18638089) Homepage
    Mostly blogs and mailing lists. I am in security, so I try to keep up with the latest and greatest. I have my Google homepage set up with a "Security" tab that contains the RSS feeds from:
    Matasano Chargen
    MSRC Blog
    Sunbelt Blog
    Securiteam Blog
    F-Secure blog
    SecurityFocus news
    Arbor Networks blog
    Websense blog exploit feed

    There are some on here that are due to be removed, and some others I'd like to add. I also read mailing lists Bugtraq, Full Disclosure, DailyDave, and Funsec among others.

    As an aside, the Google customized homepage has a feature where, when you add a new tab, you can have it auto-populate with content related to the name of the tab. For example, if I create a new tab called "Linux", it populates it with:
    LXer Linux News
    DistroWatch news ...etc
  • I can't believe people are leaving out the onion. Definitely better than CNN or Fox!

    Anyways....My true list:
    The Economist
    The New York Times
    Ars Technica
    The Onion
  • [] [] []
    then I usually head back to slashdot and start all over again, grumbling about the lack of new posts before I give up and read from the firehose and rinse, wash, repeat.
  • that list of sites you visit each day to catch up

    Who visits a list of sites each day anymore? That's the whole point of RSS. Subscribe to lots of stuff, and then skim the headlines for interesting articles, just like a [printed] newspaper.
    • I tried RSS back when it was new. I gave up within 48 hours, because it simply isn't structured enough to track busy sites like Slashdot efficiently. I can just as easily glance at half a dozen home pages (if that) when I'm browsing, each of them set to display the stories I actually care about.

  • -> ->
  • For my Firefox extension, Morning Coffee. It helps you organize those daily sites so the ones that update sporadically can be viewed at the right intervals. 7 []
  • Slashdot -> Arstechnica -> Happypenguin -> warren25smash -> Ian Crossland.

    Very little slips past both Slashdot and Ars, although Slashdot is more concise, and avoids the bias of ars. But Ars has more in-depth articles. Happypenguin, to see if my games have been updated, warren for "political commentary". Warren is as biased as hell, but he's fairly rational, and tends to cover the most important stuff. Then, I round things out with a bit of crossmack, just because it feels good.
  • by linvir (970218)



    Contrary to current trends, the only site out of all of those in which I participate regularly is Slashdot. I don't even have accounts on any of the other forums. Some I only really visit because it's an old habit, notably the two webcomics and And yes, Digg is firmly in the 'entertainment' column, fo

    • by plover (150551) *
      OK, thank you VERY MUCH for that link to Questionable Content. I've been reading his strips for hours and hours now, and he's got a lot more.
  • (although they're getting so poor that I don't rely on it, it's just a traditional start page for me), Yahoo for personalized news picks, Fark, Slashdot, Weather Underground, and then WorldNews ( for more international stuff. GameKnot for chess. Those are the only websites I need anymore.
  • the e-mail servers I administer
    my personal WebMail (Oil and Treasuries) Does anyone else invest? (check my portfolio) (Auction results) (check on spam) (more spam)
    • by jfengel (409917)
      Does anyone else invest?

      I do, but not on a daily-basis sort of way. In a perfect world I start using a product/service before it becomes news, though that happens far less today than during the dotcom boom. I'm playing with a small enough amount of money that if I traded frequently the fees would eat up my profits.

      I suppose if I were to use margin leverage I could have enough money to make it worthwhile, but I'm just not that brave these days. Back during the bubble, when they were giving out money in ba

  • My daily fix is usually this (not necessarily in order): [] -- for the tech stuff [] -- for more intelligent discourse of current events [] -- for when I'm too tired to think [] -- to keep up w/ new releases

    I hit the occasional online comic once in a while (too lazy to add URLs): Sinfest, Order of the Stick, & Penny Arcade.

    Google is the launching point for 95% of my other online time, helping me find pages on stuff I'm researching.

  • I usually hit up my email then Slashdot, usually followed by CNET, then it's on to Gamespot, 1Up, The Escapist, BBC, CNN, and lastly a quick stop at PennyArcade to check for the latest laugh. These tend to occupy a full 8 hours if I read through the user comments and make some posts (like this one!). Small Disclaimer: You may wonder what I do for a living but I work for a small company who's business tends to fluctuate quite heavily which may or may not provide me with a insane amount of free time at work.
  • Gmail (Score:5, Funny)

    by MikeTheMan (944825) on Friday April 06, 2007 @02:42PM (#18638597)
    Ooh, I wonder if I got any email.

    Damn, no email.

    Oh, I wonder if I got any email...
  • I visit the following: Slashdot, [] Gmail, [] Technocrat, [] CommunityWiki, [] Unalog, [] Kuro5hin, [] Planet GNOME, [] Planet Inkscape, [] Planet RDF, [] and Planet HCI. []

    Depleting those, ...
    Planet KDE, [] WorldChanging, [] Citizendium:RC, [], [] Digg, [] and

    YouTube. []

  • Slashdot
    Linux Today
    Yahoo News
    Google News
  • I stick to the basic normals: [] [] [] []
    http://yourstupidifyoubelievethesearerealwebsites. net/ []

    You know, just the basics...
  • Mainly /., Digg, Blue's News, Neatorama, Boing Boing, VideoSift, etc.
  • I just have everything I like fed to my Google homepage. I can even read the whole article without having to actually going to the website the feed came from with some feeds. I do not have a rotation of sites either, I only read something if the title/desc sounds like something I might want to read.
  • Something Positive, Order of the Stick & Erfworld, Slashdot, Google News, Questionable Content, MegaTokyo, Penny Arcade, Ctrl-Alt-Delete, User Friendly, Red Meat, Sinfest, Neverwinter Vault
  • by endianx (1006895)
    Slashdot, BBC, CNN, Fox News, GUComics, The Onion
  • What I'd like is a button that launches all my regular bookmarks intelligently.
    So I'll always get slashdot and bbc news etc but once a day I'll additionally get Userfriendly and Dilbert. Once a week I'll get lwn for example.

    Does this exist as a 'fox extension?
  • I do something called the ESPN/Slashdot shuffle. I read one, , read the other, do something else, then when I get bored I load them again, over and over until I realize I'm reloading the same goddamn sites over and over again. It's a vicious cycle.
  • I use RSS for, Merriam-Webster's word of the day, Reuters World News feed, the Weather Underground, commics, and a couple of little feeds from teeny sites that I won't subject to potential slashdotting. I also use a humoungous bookmark folder titled "Fun Stuff"... which contains, um, fun stuff... and one called News... which contains ... disinformation?
  • Salon, Slashdot, Fark, the Economist and whatever else I find on those sites.
  • My rotation goes like this:
    • by hobbesx (259250)
      My rotation goes like this: ...Minnesota.
      Minneapolis... ...Minnesota...

      Let me guess: You're a Californian? ;)
  • About 13 rpm.

    - RG>
  • by dprovine (140134) on Friday April 06, 2007 @03:33PM (#18639421)

    At least once a week, I try to visit,,,, and The point of a World-Wide Web, it seems to me, is to encounter things from all around the world. ArabNews often has the most amazing cartoons, such as this one: [].

    Another interesting source is, which has English translations of articles from foreign sources. Many sites have different material for locals than they have for foreigners, and it's interesting to see what they say in their own languages.

    Every week or so I also hit a few political sites, such as and, again to get different views on different issues.

    For general knowledge, I hit The Numbers Guy at the Wall Street Journal, Bruce Schneier's blog at and

    • by Iago515 (862958)

      Thanks, I've already added a couple of those sites to my bookmarks, too bad they don't have RSS feeds. Ill look at some of the rest of them in a bit.

      As for me, being Canadian, (but living in Europe) and using a lot of politics with my teaching (English teacher), I try and keep a diversified list. I'll try and list them more by theme than amount visited.

      The CBC [] - Dissapointing RSS feed, they don't have too much/day, but it's always good to see what they have to say on Canadian politcs.
      The Globe []

      • by epine (68316)
        As a Canadian, I cycle through most of the same sites. Add "Not Even Wrong", SciTechDaily, aldaily, edge.opg, and until quite recently Wired. I tried to read Lubos once or twice, I just can't do it. Something bad happened to Wired after the ownership changed. aldaily and are not what they used to be, either. Hate the new three-column format at the NYTimes. I read half as much content there since that style change. If I'm super bored and listless, I click on the lower left link on CNN and rea
    • by newsblaze (894675) * [] - of course! and always checking on Google News.
  • Once I went here []
    I downloaded the "rss-aol.rdf" file (it's huge).
    I isolated the technology section.
    Stripped it down to just it's links (
    Then I loaded them all in to my rss reader (~1000 or more 2003)
    Then I finally decided that getting a story published on slashdot wasn't really that important.
  • by wampus (1932)
    Fark, cybernations, slashdot, fark, fark, boingboing, slashdot, fark, sensibleerection if I am bored, digg if I am REALLY bored. Penny Arcade on MWF. as needed, and anything else work related through the day.
  • Rotation (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Wargalas (1085155) [] [] [] [] []
  • Check the wx forecast []
    Google headlines plus local content []
    Mea culpa []
    One of the few remaining exponents of in-depth journalism []

    If slack time presents itself, I'll trawl around Gizmodo, some aggregator-type sites related to ongoing r&d, and see if there's anything cool on TradeMe [].
  • Slashdot, digg, my wikipedia watchlist, ubuntu forums, youtube, and my favorite j-pop forum. My internet addictions expand until they consume all of my free time. Eliminate one, and another takes its place.
  • XKCD - It is the best comics ever.
    Slashdot - News for nerds.
    The Daily WTF - What not to do.
    Slashdot - WTF, did I just let a dupe on my list?
    Random Page On Wikipedia - It's days of fun, and hundreds of tabs.
    Slashdot - It's this new news site I found for nerds.
    Fleshbot - This is the one I visit most. ;) - You know, for actual news and stuff. Sometimes I leave an NPR stream on.

  • slashdot, drudge, nasawatch, spacedaily,, (great forum), cnn, wonkette (sometimes). Also, several blogs including Jon Goff's excellent Selenian Boondocks.

    Oh, and I read the actual newspaper, on dead trees.
  • [] - Fun, nerdy webcomic. [] - Has likely the best general automotive and games forums around. [] / [] / [] - The sites that post deals every day have gotten me some awesome bargains in the past. [] - Duh. [] - Duh x 2.
  • I surf in this order: > >
    And by then I'm bored again!
  • (blatant plug)
  • Slashdot, a rss aggregator/portal site I made just for myself that exists only on my computer, and Digg
  • It's interesting: all these comments and only one has made reference to the fact that checking so many sites all the time must take a lot of time. Wow. I really appreciate LWN; it takes just about every Linux news source there is and puts it in one nice weekly edition. Yeah, I still end up checking feeds during the week that LWN will cover anyway...but it's nice in principle. :)

    BTW, what about RSS? Sounds like a lot of people here aren't even using it. I just use Akregator, or Google Reader if I'm not
  • First Surf of The Day

    Slashdot [] The Milwaukee Journal [] Gnews [] Fark [] Digg [] Mac OS X Hints [] Google Calendar [] [] Upper Room [] [] Google Personalized Home Page [] [] My Stumbleupon Page [] [] BuzzFeed [] [] Brookfield Now [] [] Facebook [] []Three Random Stumbles

    After the first run it is /., jsonline, Gnews, Fark, and Digg.

  • [] *cough* ;)
  • [] (Bill Simmons' column, NBA, MLB NFL section in that order) [] (MLB, NBA, NFL) [] (duh...) [] (although I just check the RSS feed lately...) [] [] (Philippine news)

    From there I usually branch out into different sites. I do keep a lot of RSS feeds that mainly get linked from those sites (Truehoop, Deadspin, Wages of wins, Extremetech, etc.). It's really easier and more efficient to just check RSS
  • Daily: [] I like to start every day with the Astronomy Picture of the Day [] and the daily Woot. [] Then I'll visit Slashdot about 30 times each day, [] and I'm surprised more people didn't list Techbargains. I can't stay off this site. [] Finally, I'll spend countless hours each day viewing stupid YTMNDs.

    Few times a week: [] Movie trailers, keeps you up to date o
  • by zolaar (764683) on Saturday April 07, 2007 @02:54AM (#18644295)
    Do you still think I'm pretty? Do you look at other girls?

    It's okay if you say yes, I won't get mad...

    Love XOXOXOXO,

  • Are there other sites? Didn't know that.
  • Daily:
    1. - Connect with friends, save on cellphone bill
    2. - Tech news
    3. - Humor
  • isn't that what blogs and rss are for, so you can see the best of other people's rotations?

    So anyway I do slashdot, fark, boingboing, and [H]ardOCP on a daily basis. in google reader I subscribe to computerworld, sans internet security digest, f-secure antivirus blog, and the 'recent knowledgebase articles for windows xp' and 2003 from Mickeysoft. Also in google reader are the kind of sites I started out my post by mentioning: COOP's blog, Lore Sjoberg's blog, the Jalopy Journal, a few motorcycle aggregator
  • I wish I never started on this internet thing, now I can't stop [].
  • Years ago I read comp.risks weekly or whenever the newsgroup postings came out, but after several months I noticed the trust I had of anything that had anything to do with computers was getting less ... and less ...
  • Great site; one of the first I check out (along with NY Times). Good tips for everyday life to help increase productivity and whatnot.

    Check it out: []

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