Quality of information vs. hot news
I have also been enjoying reading Thomas Passin's Exployer's Guide to the Semantic Web which is a very good introduction to the high level details of the Semantic Web without getting bogged down in too many implementation details - a high level view or RDF, Topic Maps, OWL and ontologies.
I have also been working very hard to produce high quality material: I have (more or less) suspended my consulting business while I am writing my new book on Ruby and Ruby on Rails for enterprise development. Spending over 40 hours a week on a writing project that I really believe in is tremendously satisfying. After "living and breathing" Java development since Java 1.0 beta I am both thankful for a change and I also find myself changing my philosophy on development: favor simpler and appropriate technologies in order to spend more effort on problem solving. Mastering the J2EE stack was a fun multi-year effort but now I view J2EE as appropriate for a smaller range of problems than I used to.