Time magazine has nominated its top 25 best blogs for 2009 — plus the year’s most overrated blogs. Making the “top” list for the second year in a row are interweb stalwarts like MetaFilter, The Huffington Post (that’s a blog now?), Lifehacker, Freakonomics, BoingBoing and Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish.

Notable and (in our opinion) worthy new additions include political Vlog kings Crooks and Liars, web 2.0 wunderkinds Mashable, NYT economist Paul Krugman, sporty snarkers Deadspin and political pundits Talking Points Memo.

Slightly more controversial is in the inclusion of Dooce (an irrefutable hall-of-famer, but one of the best blogs of 2009? Not so sure), Got2BeGreen (a good green blog, but better than TreeHugger and Grist?) and the Official Google Blog (interesting and informative, but ultimately a PR exercise).

Making the move from “top” to “overrated” is Daily Kos (now “rudderless” without Bush), TechCrunch (“irrelevant” since the Silicon Valley bust) and Gawker (kicking media and business titans while they’re down in the recession is too cruel, apparently).

Also getting the thumbs down is “Wall Street’s loudest and most obnoxious cheerleader” Jim Cramer’s blog, and Perez Hilton (duh — although one might argue that Hilton is so widely maligned by the blogosphere now, that he is not, in fact, overrated, and could indeed come full circle due to backlash. The mind boggles).

Still, while not quite a definitive 2009 “State of the blog-nation”, it’s a good little list with some eminently worthy nominations and a few new bookmarks to add to the collection.

– Ruth Brown

Buzz Aldrin wins MasterChef. According to News.com.au earlier today, not only are Google letting people explore the moon in Google Earth, they’re also rewriting history, declaring Buzz Aldrin as the first person to walk on the moon. We’d like to say it was a one-off subbing error but unfortunately, it’s not the first time this week they’ve confused first with second place.

Josh Taylor

MasterChef: Not a show, more a huge piece of research. A giant piece of real research into the Australian character has just been completed. You can access it for free. If you watched the final of Masterchef Australia … you took part in the study … now we know the kinds of women Australia loves at this moment. Po is attractive, creative, experimental, hard working, organised, gutsy, determined, and ready to laugh.

Julie is middle class, a little overweight, obsessed with her family, a bit messy, brave, undaunted, focussed physically tough, and good humoured. Australian marketing community, meet your ideal consumer. 4 million Aussies say so. — Tony Richardson, AdNotes

Who’s better informed, newspaper readers or web surfers? What if there were no newspapers anymore? Some people, mainly newspaper reporters and publishers, are warning that this is where we’re heading. And they declare, as with a single loud voice, “You’ll be sorry!” To save ourselves 50 cents or a buck, they say, we will be denying ourselves crucial knowledge that we need to be well-informed citizens of a democracy. — Michael Kinsley, Slate

ABC 1’s Midday Report today was all about the technical marvel of the moon landings today. Pity they couldn’t emulate it. At the end of the bulletin, newsreader Deborah Rice signed off, ahead of a playout of the famous landing footage. Nothing happened. She kept her eyes on the desk, looking pensive. Five seconds, eight seconds. She shuffled papers. Ten seconds twelve. She picked up the papers and rapped them firmly on the desk edge to really get them straight. She did the same thing sideways. At last, the eagle landed – and the rose could finally wilt — Guy Rundle.

Balance your media diet. Practicing good nutrition keeps your mind sharp, your body fit, and your life long. The same could be said for consuming media. (Seriously, knowledge is power.) When you add it all up, the average American spends roughly nine hours a day glued to some kind of screen, and like your diet, quality is as important as quantity.

Here are Wired‘s suggested servings for optimal media health. — Jason Lee, Wired

£2m boost for independent investigative journalism bureau. Independent investigative journalism in Britain has just got a terrific boost. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been given a £2m grant by the Potter charity foundation. It is the first major contribution to the investigations fund, a not-for-profit initiative backed by a group of experienced investigative reporters. — Roy Greenslade, The Guardian

Guardian winning newspaper-URL tweet war. Other people have tweeted (or retweeted) the Guardian’s URLs 328,288 times over the last four months — way more than any other UK newspaper. — Malcolm Coles, Online Journalism Blog

Accidental Billionaires. The idea for Facebook made Mark Zuckerberg rich for life, but a new book by Ben Mezrich argues he did it the old-fashioned way — he stole it … Mark Zuckerberg may be Facebook’s best-known creator, but Eduardo Saverin was an integral player from the start. He was the first person Zuckerberg talked to about the idea. He was there when the site launched. He gave Zuckerberg and a few others the seed money to start Facebook: $18,000 the first summer the Web site’s original employees set to work in California. Then, he slowly moved out of the picture. — Samuel P. Jacobs, The Daily Beast