"Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there."
Sites of the day
These links point to sites that are updated one or more times daily.
- SMUG. My friend Leslie's great
zine, with more New York City attitude than you can possibly imagine.
- Salon. I used to visit
it every day, but I don't like it nearly so much since their most recent
redesign and their fawning attentions on whiny rich Boomers with spoiled
kids named Tyler and Brittany.
- The Onion. How I love The
- C'est Need to Know! -- bills
itself as "the weekly high-tech sarcastic update for the UK."
Always a fun read; comes out on Fridays.
- FEED. Lots of smart writing
about interesting stuff.
- Robot Wisdom -- one of my
favorite sites these days. An intelligent, thought-provoking Weblog
with some great Webcam pages. The owner seems very prickly when it's
suggested to him that not all Weblogs are created alike, though.
- Memepool -- "life support
for the terminally bored."
- RinkWorks. Home to the
best collection of stupid computer user stories I've ever seen, plus
the hilarious Book-a-Minute condensed books, and lots more.
- The Internet Movie Database.
- The All-Music Guide -- a
great search engine for just about every song and artist you can think of.
- Dogman's page. His
resume and AOL Geek of the Week Gallery kill me.
- My Boot -- check out the
movies page, especially if you have a fast connection.
- Where's Fatso?
- Addicted to Stuff. "One
only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to
make them stop."
Frequently Asked Questions lists for all the Usenet newsgroups that
have them. Still useful, and still maintained.
- The Dead People Server.
- The MIT Gallery
of Hacks. At MIT, a hack is a prank or a practical joke, or even
a visit to a part of campus where you shouldn't be (like the top of the
Green Building or one of the domes). This page has lots of great pictures
of things like a fake campus police car atop the Great Dome (I never
made it there, alas, but I did get to the top of the small one), along
with descriptions of some of the best hacks perpetrated in recent years.
- Spatula City.
All spatulas, all the time. What the Web was like in '95.
- Useless Web Pages.
- The Captain James T. Kirk
Sing-Along Page. Visit this page. Be awed.
- Cyrano's Valentine
- The Nose Pages.
Software and toys
- Ambrosia Software, a company that
develops Macintosh shareware that rocks. I particularly recommend Apeiron, a
game based on Centipede, and Chiral, which is sort of Tetris for chemists.
- LucasArts, George Lucas's
software company. They produce some fantastic games. We lost at
least a week to Sam and Max Hit the Road.
- RealNetworks, software that enables
you to listen to audio or watch video in real time. Listen to Jim
Hightower's daily rants, tune in to CBC Radio, and more.
- Imagine Radio. Program
your own radio station in RealAudio.
The Web has changed a lot since I put this site up in late 1994.
I used to link stuff like Alta Vista and Lycos and WebCrawler and
HotBot, but I'm not doing that anymore.
Most of the search engines have turned themselves into "portals,"
with Yahoo-style directories and news tickers and animated graphics
and people finders and ads for free email addresses and and and...
and they all look more or less alike. Feh. When I go to a search
engine page, I want a good search engine. That's all.
So: the biggest advance in search engine technology recently seems to be
Google. It lists sites according
to how many other sites link to them, so you know the first few sites
listed are well-respected by others on the Web. Scott Rosenberg,
a columnist on Salon,
points out that a couple of graduate students came up with Google, and
says, "That a couple of grad students could build a better search
engine than a whole raft of media and technology companies with
stock-market valuations in the billions does not speak well of how
these firms are spending their budgets." Heh.
Oh yeah, and Ask Jeeves is kind of
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