I didn't realize Bob Mackey was an animation fan too. Just thought he was a gamer dude.
He's the renaissance man of geek culture journalism.
As for the being in the animation loop...Cartoon Brew is a good and bad place to check out. They have some honest-to-goodness good links, they keep up to date on news, and Jerry has written some pretty good opinion pieces.
But Amid...he's the definition of "those who can't do, teach." Or rather, "those who can't do, teach...those who can't teach, review." He's the Pitchfork Media of the animation world, building up some indie animators, burning down the mainstream for simply "being too mainstream."
He pretends to stand up for the little guy, and yet every cartoon he picks to appear on the blog is A) done by an indie animator who is already universally acclaimed or B) a student film from RISD, CalArts, or Sheridan.
He is, in short, a douche.