Alpha Media Group closed Blender magazine on March 26, 2009. I learned a lot from this magazine and I've subscribed for several years.
Blender was started in 1994, by Jason Pearson, David Cherry and Regina Joseph as the first digital CD-ROM magazine.
Blender took a distinctly laddish turn when purchased by Alpha Media, who also publish Maxim. It didn't seem like quite the sort of thing you would expect to see in a Connecticut household. (Cover girls are strictly NOCD.)
But even at it's most voluptuous, Blender had wonderful writers. I was a fan of Josh Eels work. And in the current issue has a great story about Kelly Clarkson by Michael Joseph Gross. It's thoughtful. He notices that Clarkson drops her accent all of a sudden, but leaves it to us to figure out what this might mean.