And I'm constantly amazed at the amount of research that's in some lesser-known blogs of high quality. The Eternal Golden Braid has regular features such as "Martian Picture of the Day", plus many links to interesting stories.
Nitpickers Guide to Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy
The Robot Aircraft that Eats Flies for Fuel
And I see from the EGB's link to the Solar Weather that we have an X-class Solar Flare going *pop* at the moment. Happy New Year.