★ Five (Merlin Mann) Sites Worth Visiting

I’ve written about Merlin Mann in the past. His Inbox Zero talk is still as relevant today as when he first gave it — possibly more relevant with the information overload that some of us deal with daily. While he may post in fits and starts (with good reason), it is always a pleasure when he comes roaring back with both guns blazing.
Imagine then my delight today when my RSS reader showed not one, not two, but four updates to the 5ives web site. If you’ve never visited the site, here’s a little background.

> 5ives is a collection of lists of five things.

> It is written by a person called Merlin Mann — a stony recluse who probably lives in a tree somewhere in Northern California. Little is known about Merlin apart from what can be gleaned by the caregivers who collect his waste and deliver fresh boxes of Kleenex™ for him to wear on his feet.

You get the idea. But just for some clarification, here’s one list that he posted today.

Five terrible fake Jane Austen novels

  1. Rash and Rationality
  2. Punk and Punctuality
  3. Beast and Bestiality
  4. Funk and Functionality
  5. Fried and Credulous

He has such fine original wit. Not to mention the site as a whole is a great parody on the paradigm of list posts. I’m not sure whether this was his original intention, but it turned out to be a good tongue-in-cheek joke on linkbait sites.

Speaking of lists, what would this post be without the list to accompany the title? Without further blathering, here are the five (Merlin Mann) sites worth visiting.

  1. 5ives — What more can I say that I haven’t already about this site. It’s funny. Go read it and subscribe. Good little chunks of humor here.
  2. 43 Folders — Possibly the premier site on the application of the Getting Things Done system. Great articles, good community, and quality guest author posts as well.
  3. kung fu grippe — It’s a Tumblog. Quotes, pictures, videos, funny stuff.
  4. Merlin Mann — Merlin’s bio site. This is a good jumping point for all of the other sites and events, but also the place to go to contact him if you would like him to speak at an event or just to send general feedback, although you might prefer to follow Merlin on Twitter. I do. It’s worth the click.
  5. You Look Nice Today — I’ve recommended this podcast before, but if you missed it, I am recommending it again. Along with Scott Simpson and Adam Lisagor, Merlin will take you on a hilarious audio adventure.

Get clicking and enjoy!