James May, yes the one from top gear writes some good stuff now and then;

James May’s lost man skills

We may be dab hands at whipping up a cheese soufflé, but our tools lie unloved, gathering dust at the end of the garden. It’s time for men to get practical and create a new DIY boom Read More

Also worth a visit is the “Compendium of Useful Information” sometimes a bit apocalyptic, but most information is useful.

Then I came across this video from TED, where Richard Preston is talking about the ecosystem in giant Redwood trees.