I explored MERLIN.
I found Technorati and Topix.net easiest methods for finding feeds. I did not like the look and feel of Feedster or Syndic8.com. As for Synic8.com, I did not try a search. It wasn't very aesthetically pleasing... which isn't a reason, but it did contribute to my not using it.
On another note... who knew there were blogs about James Dean!!!