Note: this page is not intended as anything but something useful to which I can set my home page and thus be able to find the
sites I check frequently from a variety of machines. You are welcome to mail me amusing links; they may or may not make it
on here. Many thanks to the wise and wonderful Dana for this idea.
News and Search Engines
This is one of the workhorses of search engines, and actually the one I use the most when wanting to do a keyword search. Gotta love that being able to exclude/include words. Actually, altavista's kinda fun to just stick odd words in and see what emerges.
Another big search engine. Here's where I go if I want categorical
searches, or if i just want to poke around looking for cool links.
Billed as "daily news for the skeptical citizen", MJ Interactive is a good site for leftie news. Their Must Reads section is a good compilation from across the web, although I wish there were more of it. Still, that's why we have the Drudge Report.
Wild Feed is the companion website to the television series, Wild Feed TV. It shows the raw satellite transmissions used to send video clips between tv stations. While not a news site per se, it does provide an interesting look at the back end of the Media Machine.
Slashdot's one of the best sites around for cutting edge techie news. Lots of geekly commentary, incisive and up to date. Highly recommended.
I love Wired, although I loved it more back when it wasn't quite so... mainstream. Still, good for catching up on current high tech issues, if you don't mind some of the obsessive focussing on its own image.
Driving directions and traffic reports. I'm sure I'd use this more if I had a car.
Some solid, literate commentary here. Jerry Pournelle usually has an interesting column, among a sea of other columnists.
Slate's cute, no denying it, and the journals series is invariably intriguing. At times it still seems to be figuring out what its web identity really is, however, and growing pains occasionally mar its pages.
Links to newspapers across the globe, organized by continent.
The Washington Post
Surely no page would be complete without a link to the Post? Adding the NYT seemed like overkill after that.
Scholarly Internet Resource Collections. Not the most intuitive interface in the world, but it does the trick, once you get the hang of it.
I find this an awfully handy site, particularly when reading a doc spec where the writer has assumed we all know the same acronyms. Basic (no pun intended) dictionary of computer terms, thorough without being condescending.
How Stuff Works
Okay, this is cool. This is just plain cool. Go here for answers to questions like why coffee is addictive or why it's hard to start a car in the winter or why CDs reflect rainbow colors...Has the official Cat 'Neat n' Nifty' seal of approval.
If one must be a pawn of the mass media, one should at least know what's on.... I'm sure there must be some other reason to have this. But there it is.
Part of Wired, so it's really kinda silly to have both of these listed. Webmonkey link here, as well as suck.com, both worthy websites.
Funny site, and the Random Knowledge Generator rocks. Think of it as a slightly less organized version of Why Things Work.
The Drudge Report
Lotsa links to other news pages, including the LA Times, BBC, Chicago Tribune, and a plethora of columnists.
Here it all is, lotsa mainstream media, in an unadulterated dose. Personally, I think you should be able to click on the ticker and jump to the story it's describing, but maybe it's an imperfect world.
What's not to like about the Atlantic, at least as far as lit and poetry go? Nicely navigable, and you can search for content from past issues.
British mag, which one might describe as a slightly more readable version of Scientific American. Usually pretty on top of scientific trends.
Posts a list of sites particularly noteable for their hatespeech and intolerance. A little out of date, but one supposes this would be something (regrettably) difficult to keep up on.
More politics and less artsy fartsy than the Atlantic, and with a slightly different slant, and well, generally people know this mag, so why am I bothering describing it? Read it if it's useful.
Your basic one stop shopping for health related stuff. Fitness, nutrition, press releases, news, etc. Sure would be nice if they had a women's health section.
I don't think you can be alive in the American nineties without being aware of the allure of day trading. They charge more for online trades than some of the other sites, but they've been decent, and the cost per trade drops considerably if you do a lot of it. Free checking, and all of the other requisite perks.
The Motley Fool
But for info about what to do with an online trading service, this might be the best possible bet. Smart, sane and up to date advice, and the site never ever makes the mistake of taking itself too seriously. Lots of good exchange between readers, often about stuff like paying off creditcard debt.
Click for various offers and get various financial rewards back. This actually is how I ended up with E*Trade, and bagged 75 bucks for doing it. If you sign up for Cybergold, do me a favor and enter my email, email@example.com as the way you heard about it? It means a big fifty cents to me, and you know how those quarters add up after a while... well, that's my hope, at any rate.
I could insert various sayings about wise consumerism here, but gosh, haven't we heard them all? I was raised in a household that faithfully looked up the appropriate article in CD before buying, and hence I continue in the path of my progenitor.
As far as I'm concerned, my bank invented this just so I could track those damn ATM withdrawals that I always forget to write down. Thanks, guys.
Okay, this is kinda dorky but fun. People enter the serial numbers of their bills in here and the idea is to be able to track their movement around the country. Or it could just be a government plot, designed to make us cooperate with the data gathering on our private lives.
Consumer Info Center
Discount Flights Homepage
Humor and Cultural Nostalgia
Land of the Lost
Noguchi Garden Museum
UserFriendly The Silicon Valley Tarot
Bob's Fridge Door
The Language Guild of the Fodorim Grognard
Computer Resources and Web Design
Museum of Web Art
Design for Life
The Music of the Internet
NOAA Photo Library
Web Pages That Suck
Yale Web Style Guide
Literature, Music and Wordgames
Cirque de Cliche
ELizabethan Curse Generator
Human Rights Watch
Medical Research Modernization Ctr.
Biodiversity Conservatin Info-System
Natural Heritage Network
Natl Biological Info Infrastructure
More Northwest Wines
Pike Street Market webcam
EarthShare of Washington