Back in my day, we had to click links ourselves. We woke at the crack of dawn to surf the information superhighway. The World Wide Web was a series of tubes, not an algorithmic feed. They were simpler times.
Really though, algorithms will always suck at showing you something new. This hand-picked list of interesting things on the Web might not be any better, but it is presented here in hope of this, anyway.
Search the independent web. You might not find the thing you set out for, but you might just find yourself.