and where do we go from here?
Here ya go: the websites I admire most, after ten years of looking at way too many web pages...
I'm not gonna exclude links to brilliant weasels because every word on their site isn't suitable for an seven-year-old kid. You use the 'net, you take your chances. That's the way it is. Consider yourself warned. "Take what you can use, and leave the rest." Live and let live. Etc., etc.
Domain names (such as grrr.net) can change hands overnight, so what used to be tasteful can suddenly become offensive - but best I can tell there are no links to sleaze here.
Got it? Okay.
Sites I use constantly, and those of clever people I know, are marked with a .
- More reference sources
- Christian Classica Ethereal Library
- Classics, hymns, Bibles and study guides in the public domain.
- The biggest Book.
- Christians in recovery
- Links to opponents of Scientology
- More links to opponents of Scientology
- Paranormal News
- The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
- narecovery.org - online meetings and more
- ...and I've got some recovery stuff on this website
Ways to help others
- Heifer Project
- Habitat for Humanity
- Stop Prisoner Rape
- Mercy and Sharing Foundation - a very responsible, effective group helping the children of Haiti
- e-mail a service member
News / opinion / politics / history
- Google News
- The Drudge Report has many links to other news sources
- Fark - perhaps the best communal aggregation of news anywhere
- The Smoking Gun
- Romenesko's Obscure Store and Reading Room - offbeat news items
- Risks Digest - Reports and discussion of... risky modern things
- Need To Know - an incredibly sharp tech observer in England
- The Register - more British coverage of tech stories you may not hear about from the American press
- MacInTouch - news and tips from Apple users
- John Dvorak - tech's king-gadfly, and hardly ever dull.
- For the high-octane version, check out his personal blog
- Scripps-Howard News Service - I used to keep an eye on the "bite-sized pieces from here and there", but many of them are very bleak news items.
- Radio Ink - news about the US radio industry
- News Blues for TV News Insiders
- interesting-people.org digest
- Yeeeup - it's the Constitution of the U.S. of A. Check it out before the rest of it is nullified..
- Voting records of U.S. congressional reptile-sentatives
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Informative and useful sites
One might even say "invaluable"...
- There's no match for Google. Get to know the advanced search capabilities and you'll be amazed what you can find. They also index images and USENET newsgroups, collect news from thousands of websites, and preview the astounding new stuff they're tuning at Google Labs.
- Another indispensible site for movie and TV fans is The Internet Movie Database, even though it was "rescued" by Amazon.com.
- Babelfish translates different languages
- Craigslist is another shining example of the best the Web can be
- Clusty - a fairly intelligent search engine that finds results in, well, clusters
- MadSci Network - answers for some of life's nagging little questions
Stuff worth buying
I've been a customer of these firms - and I recommend 'em.
- Extreme Coffee, the makers of hypercaffinated (formerly Spike).
- Musician's Friend
- CDbaby - give the musicians a bigger cut
- Chank - fonts and more fonts. FAL is proud to have 'Space Toaster', the title font used by the incomparable "Cartoon Planet"... but there's many free fonts available (to set the hook, and it worked here).
- Retail Warehouse - Hey, they're back! I bought a great leather jacket from these folks.
- Nonags - the prime source for freeware, and you can buy an optional 'Nonags Plus' membership to get even more stuff
- KD's - my sunglasses!
- After the store closed in Jackson, CA where I used to stock up I was more careful with my shades... until my last pair slipped out of my jumpsuit somewhere over Acampo. They're not "cool" enough to be at the flea markets anymore, and I hadn't gotten around to seriously hunting 'em down. But then (finally) I remembered the 'net. This may seem like a small thing (at $4 - $8 / pair) but I'm jazzed that ol' 50's style, authentic KD's are still around. Go buy some. An old-school motorcycle parts shop or swap meet might come through with 'em too. The lesson here, umm, is to look online before wondering if something isn't being made or sold anymore.
- Real Goods - renewable energy and back-to-nature products
- Gall's - aimed at law enforcement, with many things you can't find anywhere else
- EdealsEtc.com - online coupons and discounts
- DealCatcher - more free online coupons
...and I intend to buy from these companies...
- Sportsmen's Guide - some items are exclusive and others are distinctive, though their shipping and handling charges were ridiculous. Hopefully that's changed.
- (What's with "handling" charges anyway? Paying the shipping clerks used to be a cost center, another one of those inevitable expenses that are part of doing business. I make it a point to choose firms that don't tack on these bogus "handling" charges (or at least those who minimize this ripoff).
- C.C. Crane
- Sock Heaven - Steve Taylor
Humor / satire / parody
- Welcome to NegativWorldWideWebland - so much to recommend, here... and be sure to check out Squant
- Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
- FAL.net - a shameless self-promotional plug.
- I might as well add Cinema Insomnia too, then.
- The Door Magazine - a huge influence (for the good, I like to think)
- Ship of Fools - the British Wittenburg Door equivalent that's become a rallying point on this side of the pond too
Fun stuff on the web
- persinality type indicator - a rough approximation, but still informative
- High-level description of the personality types (Grrr = INTP, nearly INFP, according to a full MTBI)
- Many other personality tests (Grrr = 68% freak)
- Speak 'n Spell - java app
- The Longevity Game - "How long can you expedct to live?"
- Internet Anagram Server
- Mental Contamination Meter - java app - sign in with your mouse, get an amusing response
- The Net Junkie Primer - lessons 'IRL'
- Trivia Wars
- Phil's interactive Julia - an AI simulator that converses with you
- Nocturnal Society - for us night cats
- Morse Code Engine from BBC produces visible/audible dits & dots
- Doodle Recognition Applet - an amazing java app - mouse-written character recognition
- Mister Poll
- Talossa - "Since 1979, an Independent, Sovereign Country in the Heart of North America"
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Cartoons & illustrations
- Working Menucha - Tom the gifted / twisted one
- Joe Forkan - Staggering Heights wunderkind
- PostModern AnXst - Greg Beda, the nearly-magnificent creator of Zeke & Goulash
- TOONAPALOOZA! - Jen Seng
- Acredale - go go Apathy Cat!
- Red Journal - talented artist from Costa Rica
- Cartoonists.net - member web sites of Cartoonists Northwest
- Frinkism.com - online artist collective
- The Figure Drawing Lab
- The How-To Guide to Comics
- The Underground Comics Archive - "the final destination for all cartoonists"
Photos / films / movies / video
- Old photos from the U.S. Library of Congress
- Some of the photos I've taken
- Historical Nuclear Weapons Test Films
- You know I have to plug ChristianBrothersPiano.com, my brother's main website...
- Broun Fellinis - best jazz trio in the SF Bay Area
- Harmony Central - guitar tabs
- Kate Bush fansite
- Jack Tempchin - underappreciated songwriter who helped shape folk-rock
- The Gutenberg Project - this is where the web really shines. Many thousands of books in the public domain are available. Better yet, they're free.
You can even get involved in the proofreading of newly added works at the Distributed Proofreaders site...
- Norse Mythology
- Northvegr - The Prose Edda (Anderson Translation)
- The Mythopoeic Society - focusing on fantastic and mythic literature, especially that of the Inklings
- The Charles Williams Society
- Into the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis - this exhaustive site includes audio clips and forums
- audio of C.S. Lewis reading an excerpt from Mere Christianity
- George Orwell - this incredible site has his novels and essays available! At least check out the quotes...
- I think 1984 is becoming more pertinent all the time
- Stephen Crane Society Home Page
(yeah, I know, the grouping is pretty arbitrary)
- Sauna.org - webmastered by FAL co-conspirator Gary K.
- Robert Persig - author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
- MOQ.org - Methods of Quality, after the example of Robert Pirsig
- Philip K. Dick - and hunt here for some quotes
- Baen Free Library
- east of the web - short stories
- Storymania - "the writing and reviewing community marketplace"
- 36 Dramatic Situations
- Merriam-Webster dictionary and thesaurus
- Snopes.com - Urban Legends Reference Pages
- Refdesk.com - self-billed as "the single best source for facts", and it might just be correct
- Research-It - "quick access to the best Internet tools"
- Internet Public Library - reference materials, images, books and more
- rhyming dictionary
- Writers' Free Reference - has some categories you won't find on the other reference sites
- US ZIP code lookup
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and many reference books
- faqs.org - "Frequently asked questions" from all over the place
- Encyclopedia Mythica - "encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion"
Travel & transportation
- TigerMap - custom maps from the U.S. Census Bureau
- California highway conditions - including closures/chain req's.
- Lonely Planet Online - it's a big ol' world, and the USA is the exception rather than the rule(r)
bikes & cages
Here's a tip - these dudes aren't choirboys.
- David Mann art gallery and other good links
- CrazyBikerHouse - a ton of links and info
- Ronnie Cramer's Motorcycle Web Index
- ABATE of California - motorcyclist's rights and safety
- Bandit's Bikernet - news, articles, cartoons, fiction
- West Coast Classic Cougar - my '68 was the car I "shoulda never let get away"
Weather & other natural sciences
- Accuweather for Sacramento
- - Intellicast wind forecast for Northern California
- Latest West Coast satellite image from NOAA
- Continental US Viewport - real-time views of climate threats and infrared satellile shots, assembled by incident.com
- recent California/Nevada earthquakes
- Worldwide Earthquake activity
- Snowpack levels for the Sierras
- Heavens-Above! - observe satellites and astronomical events
- Jargon File, the online version of The New Hackers' Dictionary
- IRT.org - web tech tips and answers, extremely helpful for me in the past
- Sun Java info for beginners like me
- SQL tutorial
- SANS Internet Storm Center - suspicious / malicious activity targeted at the millions of servers which comprise the Internet
- TCP/UDP port numbers
- The-cabinet.com - some nice, quick IP and domain extension lookup tools
- - HTTP status codes
- hex encoding of punctuation in URIs
- "Why web usage statistics are (worse than) meaningless" - required reading for web geeks, by Jeffrey Goldberg
- Creative Commons - an alternative to copyright
- Creating New Newsgroups
- and if you don't haunt alt.config for a long time before proceeding, don't expect much success
Computing / privacy / anonymity
- NoNags - free software and shareware
- Majorgeeks.com - software downloads and news
- Computer virus hoaxes debunked by Sophos
- Find the version of your Macromedia Flash browser plug-in
- Netscape Unofficial FAQ - A small group of people helped untold numbers of Netscape users during chaotic times. This site is the outgrowth of all their hard work, and it's still invaluable for Mozilla / Firefox / Thunderbird users.
- Katie.com belonged to a British woman four years before an unrelated book with that title was published in 2000 - and the "author's" attorney is said to have threatened the domain owner with legal action (?) in 2004. The resulting uproar was finally followed by a retitling of the book, but the implications for domain name ownership were frightening. I think Penguin Puttnam and Katie Tarbox are thoroughly despicable, and I make a point of keeping my money away from them. Evil and arrogance at its worst. (News accounts and synopses of the whole saga can be found by following that link.)
- Shell Extension City - tweaking the monopolistic operating system
- Decoding the Windows "task manager" items - reclaim your RAM
- Nostabo.net - web home of Richard Barnes, an open source software advocate worth watching
- AnalogX - free software, web tools... and original music
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- Privacy Foundation - researching "research the privacy and security implications of this highly networked world"
- "welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance..."
- How to disappear in America - Written a while ago, but updated and still thought-provoking
- The Mozilla Museum
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Great "deceased" links
Gone, but not forgotten
- (www.mattsphotos.com/bikerslang/travel.html) Biker slang
- (www.biker.com) Personal site of a tough geek
- (www.cuttlefish.net/nemeton/) Nemeton - the official website of The Shamen
- (www.onlinerecovery.org) Recovery Online was amazing.
- (www.FreeSoft.org/CIE/Course/index.htm) Freesoft.org courses
- (viking.no/e/life/index.html) Viking daily life
- (www.netzone.com/~serene1/shelp.htm) Download the AA Big Book
- (www.thecruzados.com) Cruzados - a band I miss
- (world-wide-glide.com) World Wide Glide
- (www2.csn.net/~rosenz/TheRoad/TheRoad.html) The Road Out Of Town
- (www.well.com/user/fap/foia.htm) U.S. Freedom of Information Act info
- (www.voyager.co.nz/~amilo/bulb.html) the Light Bulb Joke page
- (www.serve.com/AngelLady/index.html) AngelLady's Web Wanders - reciprocal link
- (www.businesspark.demon.co.uk/brain/brain.htm) Brain of the Internet - a really hard pattern-sequence competition
- (www.radix.net/~graziano/) old Cougars, as in Merc...
- (www.motor-city.com) www.motor-city.com
- (home.earthlink.net/~newsouth/fear.htm) Fear of a New South
- (www.empirenet.com/~rdaeley/authors/lewis.html) C.S. Lewis
- (www.datatext.co.uk/library/wilde/stories/chapters.htm) Oscar Wilde
- (www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Sands/8570/) Glowy
- (itchy.calarts.edu/~kip/) Kip can write. Oh yeah.
- (www.ledet.com/steven/) Bayou scribbling
- (pubweb.parc.xerox.com/map/db=usa/ht=45.00/lat=39.38/lon=-99.29/wd=90.00?270,133) Xerox PARC map server
- (www.radix.net/~graziano/) old Cougars - the best cages ever made
- (www.bikersjournal.com/welcome.html) Bikers' Journal
- (destruction.mc.net) destruction.mc.net
- (vger.rutgers.edu/~ravi/bike/) Ravi - motorcycle links and info
- (www.getnet.com/~rmkg/) Mozilla Preservation Society
- (members.tripod.com/~comx) CoMxerO, the legendary Robmiester
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