Denouement 2019: Websites

denouement Dec 14, 2019

Every year, I read way more articles than I should. Some of it is useful information (i.e. life pro tips), other is general knowledge, and the remainder is junk. I usually read my content via RSS feed by way of Feedly and Pocket. Unlike other sections of the denouement, I’ll only share the good stuff.

This section is likely to be much shorter in future years as I’ve inserted sites I’ve read along the years rather than just ones I’ve discovered this year.


Budget Bytes / Minimalist Baker

Yeah, I know. I’ve already started off terribly by putting two entries together. I like cooking, and I like learning about cooking.

The former site gives me cheap recipes that taste good, and the latter allows me to cater to an increasing amount of vegetarian and vegan friends. What’s not to like?

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Digital Foundry

Digital Foundry is a sub-section of the perhaps the best general video game website on the planet, Eurogamer. DF provides technical analysis of games and gaming hardware. If you’re that geeky or want to learn more about the technology that powers your favorite interactive experiences, there’s no place better.

Start with their analysis of the positively reviewed but polarizing game, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.

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Passion of the Weiss

PotW is the best music blog I have ever come across. The authors come from every walk of life and don’t shy away from having it influence their writing, and how the music has influenced their lives.

While hip-hop heavy, they have published intricate articles and interviews with rock and electronic musicians too.

Start with the comprehensive Rapper of the Decade series.

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Stratechery

Like a bit of industry analysis? Ben Thompson has you covered with weekly analysis of the strategies deployed by tech companies both big and small. I haven’t yet subscribed to his paid content. But his free content is definitely worth a read.

Start with the 2018 Year in Review.

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The Whitehouse Address

TWA is a football fan’s wet dream. Deep-dive psychological and tactical analysis of the world’s most popular sport. They also trace the evolution of football in recent years, as well as provide suggestions on how to approach youth development in the future.

Start with a look into the societal challenges that young black footballer faces in the UK. The website looks at a certain Raheem Sterling as a case study. You might have heard of him.

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The Wirecutter

The Wirecutter is the first place I check when I want to purchase something. Their reviews cover everything from the best toilet seat to the best backup system. The team also shares their methodology for how they have chosen that product or service, and often provide more expensive or cheaper alternatives.

I don’t follow their recommendations blindly, but they serve as good starting points to finding something that I will buy. Please remember that they often do not recommend the best possible choice, but often it’s the best for the widest possible audience.

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Twenty Sided Tale

Shamus Young has been running his blog for as long as I’ve started reading content seriously on the internet. There’s no way I can do a short description that does him justice.

His content has ranged from half-year long retrospectives on games, to a compelling autobiography, to critical analysis of the video game industry, to the trials and tribulations of programming and music production today. The man does it all.

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Van Schneider

Tobias Van Schneider is a German-born designer who plies his trade in New York and one of his claims to fame is his work as lead product designer & art director at Spotify. He runs a blog that covers design, user experience and everything related.

His most interesting content is the Design Around the World series, where he interviews an agency in a different country to get their perspective on design in general and shed some light on the developments in that specific region.

I think this type of content is extremely important as design has a tendency to become homogenized due to the influence Silicon Valley exerts on the rest of the world in terms of user and customer experience. We need to have more local people tackle the unique design challenges with skills and competencies that are universal.

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Wait But Why

WBW is one of my top 3 favorite websites. Full of long-form content that makes my brain hurt and has me re-reading just to make sure I understand the implications on society and my personal being. Then I dip into a mostly level-headed comment section and my convictions and beliefs tested.

Right now, the wonder team is working on a frankly, biblical series called The Story of Us which is an attempt to provide a detailed analysis of society at a macro and micro level. On second thought, start on Tim’s experiences traveling to 5 countries chosen by the site’s readers (spoiler: Russia, Japan, Nigeria, Iraq, and Greenland).

Happy reading :)

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