The City Pages seems to have been embarassed out of doing best left-and-right-wing blogs this year. Was it because Dan Lacey’s tone-perfect riposte (selling his “award” on EBay) skewered them to the heart? Or was it because any award that puts “Clucking Stoop” and “best” in the same paragraph (unless followed by “emetic”) is so absurd on its face that liberal bloggers rose as one in embarassment to demand they never, ever do that again?
It matters not. The City Pages got out of the kitchen, opting for a “Best Local Blog” category.
And the winner?
Unlike so many bloggers, Carik doesn’t use his platform to disgorge treatises on his political views or journal the minutiae of his daily life. Instead, his stripped-down site simply offers links to other web pages he finds interesting, with perhaps a sentence or two of comment, as if he’s doing this simply as a public service. What sets Mediation apart, however, is the sheer range of Carik’s posts. There seems to be no area of human endeavor he isn’t interested in: politics and current events, science and mathematics, art, music, theater, pop culture, history—it’s all grist for his digital mill. In recent weeks, for example, visitors found links to a complex maze puzzle, a YouTube video of a 10-year-old Japanese girl playing Kansas’s “Carry on My Wayward Son” on an electronic organ, a Business Week article criticizing the Treasury Department’s plan to overhaul the financial regulatory system, and a story on the smallest black hole yet discovered. His posts are almost always informative, oddly fascinating, or amusing.
Kind of like Instapundit?