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What are your favorite RSS feeds?

I particularly enjoy Voice of America for political news, Hacker News for tech news, and a Craig's list filter for particular cars in my area (since I might be getting one soon).

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  1. cfabbro
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    This is probably not what most would expect for an answer to this question, but the vast majority of my favorite RSS feeds are actually from YouTube. Despite all the various controversies and...

    This is probably not what most would expect for an answer to this question, but the vast majority of my favorite RSS feeds are actually from YouTube. Despite all the various controversies and google's screw-ups running it over the years, I think YouTube is still one of the absolute best content sources on the net. And even though the "bell" notification system on the site is basically completely useless, thankfully every YouTube channel has an automatically included/created RSS feed... so you can just ignore YouTube's built-in systems entirely and use whatever RSS reader you prefer to keep tabs on all the newly released content by your favorite channels. I do this using Thunderbird, since it has incredibly powerful custom sorting and filtering rules that you can set up for managing and organizing all your various RSS feeds.

    As for which of those feeds are my "favorites"? That honestly varies tremendously month to month, as my interest in certain subjects waxes/wanes, and I change up my feed filters to reflect that. However some of the channels which I have been subscribed to for many years and have never really stopped watching for any significant lengths of time are:

    Aquachigger (USA based Metal Detectorist & Caver)
    Ashens (OG Unboxer)
    Bon Appétit (Cooking related, Love all their stuff!)
    Computerphile (Compsci made understandable and interesting)
    Deep Digger Dan + Travel Trolls TV (UK based Metal Detectorist, Caravaners & Travel Vloggers)
    Eater (Cooking related, I only watch Prime Time)
    emmymadeinjapan (Food, Recipe and Kitchen Gadget reviewer)
    First We Feast (Food related, I only watch Hot Ones & The Burger Show)
    Forgotten Weapons (Small Arms and Military History videos)
    Game Grumps (OG videogame Let's Play'ers)
    Good Mythical Morning (OG Internet Variety Show)
    Historia Civilis (Roman Civil, Political and Military History mini-documentaries)
    InRangeTV (Firearms related content, and they also run practical shooting competitions)
    Invicta (similar to Historia Civilis these days, but not limited to Roman history)
    KEXP Radio (Music related, Love all their stuff!)
    Kings and Generals (Ditto to Invicta)
    LEMMiNO (thoroughly researched, rational explorations of Conspiracy & Unsolved Mystery stories).
    Modern History TV (Medieval History videos)
    Nardwuar (The Human Serviette) (Canadian Icon, music industry interviewer, madman, genius)
    NileRed (Chemistry and Science videos)
    NPR Music (Music related, Love all their stuff!)
    Numberphile (Maths made understandable and interesting)
    NurdRage (High level Chemistry made understandable)
    Objectivity (Science History & Archival stuff made interesting)
    Periodic Videos (Chemistry made understandable and interesting)
    Primitive Technology (builds shelters, makes pottery/tools/etc in the wild using "primitive" techniques)
    RedLetterMedia (Movie related, <3 all their content, especially Best of the Worst)
    SmarterEveryDay (Does a bit of everything, but mostly science/engineering/tech related)
    Steve1989MREInfo (the OG King of Military Ration reviews, surprisingly captivating)
    The Slow Mo Guys (Super high-speed slow-mo videos... pretty silly content, but fun)
    Tom Scott (Does a bit of everything)
    Townsends (18th Century Cooking and Living History videos)

    p.s. If you want to add a YouTube channel to your RSS reader, you simply need to copy/paste the channel URL to it, which has a built in feed, or you can export your entire subscribed channel list all at once by clicking "Export to RSS readers" at the bottom of the Subscription Manager page and importing that OPML file into your RSS reader.

    13 votes
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    Bauke
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    The Factorio Blog has an RSS feed, which is great to keep up with if you like Factorio. I also listen to the Tildes GitLab Activity feed (button in the top-right to get the feed) for any new...

    The Factorio Blog has an RSS feed, which is great to keep up with if you like Factorio.

    I also listen to the Tildes GitLab Activity feed (button in the top-right to get the feed) for any new developments. :P

    Apart from that though, my RSS feed is mostly YouTube subscriptions which Cfabbro has explained how to get in his comment and all the RSS feeds for my games on Steam, which I've written a program for to automatically get for me.

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    1. Crespyl
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      Hah, I haven't even played Factorio in ages and I still keep up with their blog posts. They do a great job of breaking down the interesting technical challenges of the game and how they arrived at...

      Hah, I haven't even played Factorio in ages and I still keep up with their blog posts. They do a great job of breaking down the interesting technical challenges of the game and how they arrived at their solutions. It doesn't hurt that the games internals are interesting in many of the same ways that the game itself is interesting.

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  3. skybrian
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    I'm subscribed to way too many but here are a few: I assume most people have seen Slate Star Codex, but if not then you might start with his Top Posts. Scott Alexander is a psychiatrist with close...

    I'm subscribed to way too many but here are a few:

    • I assume most people have seen Slate Star Codex, but if not then you might start with his Top Posts. Scott Alexander is a psychiatrist with close ties to the rationality / effective altruism crowd. He writes in-depth but highly-opinionated articles about various topics in medicine, science, and history.

    • Matt Levine writes a funny column about financial absurdities. It's often rather insider stuff but I find it educational since I'm not in that industry. The full text of his column is available by email. (It's not RSS but I can still forward it to NewsBlur.)

    • Hackaday's blog is very high-traffic and random but I like to skim it for interesting tech tips now that I'm doing an electronics project.

    • For excellent science writing (often about animals) l like Ed Yong's column at the Atlantic.

    • Marginal Revolution is written by two economics professors and has a lot of non-economics links too. Tyler Cowen also does interesting interviews. (I don't watch video interviews but I read the transcripts.) Note that they are conservative but still quite broad-minded.

    • The Morning Paper summarizes one interesting computer science paper a day during the school year. I mostly skim but it seems like it's a good way to learn a little about newish CS research.

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  4. pseudolobster
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    Here's a previous discussion about this with some great feeds in it to get started.

    Here's a previous discussion about this with some great feeds in it to get started.

    6 votes
  5. deoh
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    Filfre and its new companion the Analogue Antiquarian always have good content. Their author also regularly collects the blog posts into ebooks, which is great (he has just done so with the...

    Filfre and its new companion the Analogue Antiquarian always have good content. Their author also regularly collects the blog posts into ebooks, which is great (he has just done so with the Piramid of Giza-related blog posts, which I recommend!)

    3 votes
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    cardigan
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    I'm subscribed to about 30 different RSS feeds. Most of them wouldn't be interesting to other people, so I'll say that I use them to track development on a few free software projects, read Quaker...

    I'm subscribed to about 30 different RSS feeds. Most of them wouldn't be interesting to other people, so I'll say that I use them to track development on a few free software projects, read Quaker publications like Friends Journal, and follow the kindred spirits I've found online over the years. The last category makes up the majority of my feeds and is an equal mix of poets and programmers.

    I encourage people to follow other people and to stay away from aggregators as much as possible. Too many users approach RSS in the same way as other social media feeds, relying on aggregators to provide a ceaseless stream of notifications in the same way that more toxic networks do. Instead of always looking for something new, you should be strict about the number of times you check it during the day, and use the extra time to think more critically about what you do read. When you can, you should view the web version of the site only when you feel motivated to say something about what you've read, and never as a reflex. This helps to differentiate reading from television.

    I read RSS through a combination of Gnus and Gwene. Together these eliminate the difference between feeds and email for me, and I'm able to receive both at the same time and in the same way. Both are set up to look for new articles at a specific time interval, and I don't divert from that.

    I look forward to RSS support in Tildes.

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      vivaria
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      You might like FraidyCat, then. They seem to have exactly the same view as you, and this was the motivation for them creating their own reader extension. From the extension webpage:

      I encourage people to follow other people and to stay away from aggregators as much as possible. Too many users approach RSS in the same way as other social media feeds, relying on aggregators to provide a ceaseless stream of notifications in the same way that more toxic networks do.

      You might like FraidyCat, then. They seem to have exactly the same view as you, and this was the motivation for them creating their own reader extension. From the extension webpage:

      There is no news feed. Rather than showing you a massive inbox of new posts to sort through, you see a list of recently active individuals. No one can noisily take over this page, since every follow has a summary that takes up a mere two lines.

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      1. ThiccPad
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        I gave it a dap but it didn’t work on twitter feed The way it separates feed based on frequency is kinda odd as well The YouTube feed is not chronologically ordered

        I gave it a dap but it didn’t work on twitter feed

        The way it separates feed based on frequency is kinda odd as well

        The YouTube feed is not chronologically ordered

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