Links Page

Below are links to some of my favorite sites on the ‘Net, organized for your convenience! Note that any sites marked as NSFW are “not safe for work” and should only be accessed from home. If you’re absolutely sure that your company is cool with it, go ahead and try it from the office, but remember: you were warned!

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Personal Stuff

Church of Our Saviour – My “home parish” even though I no longer live in Atlanta. It’s an Anglo-Catholic church, which means that it’s Anglican (Episcopal) but is very traditional both in theology and practice. If you need your religion to be “intellectual” yet “orthodox”, this is the place for you! Sunday’s 11:00 High Mass is sung and services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are also offered. If you’d like a quick explanation about what “Anglo-Catholic” means, check out this excellent page from Grace Church in Newark, NJ.

Anglican Church in North America – If you feel that the Episcopal Church has become too liberal and too political, look for a parish in the Anglican Church in North America, a Christian denomination in the Anglican tradition with 21 dioceses in the United States and Canada, 722 congregations and 291 ministry partner congregations serving more than 100,000 Christians in North America.

Alpha Soda – The family of a good friend of mine owns this awesome restaurant, which has been an Alpharetta, Georgia institution since the late 1920s. Alpha Soda originally offered soda fountain fare like hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken and meatloaf. In recent years they have remodeled both the restaurant and the menu, so you can enjoy contemporary fare like Maryland crab cakes and New Zealand lamb in a relaxing Art Deco atmosphere. If you’re anywhere near Alpharetta and you’re hungry, Alpha Soda is the place to be!

The Flannery O’Connor\Andalusia Foundation – This site is all about the home place of the best author the state of Georgia ever produced: Flannery O’Connor! O’Connor is one of my all-time favorite authors, mainly because she could cram more meaning into a single paragraph than Faulkner could in 100 pages. It sometimes takes several readings for me to fully grasp the point O’Connor was trying to make, but when it hits, it hits like ten tons of Orthodox Catholic bricks!

Radio Stations – My all-time favorite radio station is Absolute Radio (formerly known as Virgin Radio). This London-based station offers multiple streams, including decade-specific stations. Another favorite of mine is WREK, the student-run station at Georgia Tech (get it? Ramblin’ Wreck? WREK?). WREK offers Georgia Tech sports and their eclectic music shows online, as well as their HD subchannel(s). There is also a 7-day archive of past shows. For many years, my alma mater’s radio station – WRAS (Album88, “the voice of Georgia State University”) – refused to stream online… which sucked, because it played such a HUGE role in my teenage music development! However, I just noticed (on 02/29/2012) that the station finally has their own domain name, and has completely overhauled their site (which says “streaming coming soon”). So there’s that. Another favorite station is East Village Radio, an Internet-only radio station from NYC. If you’d like a more local version of EVR, Plaza Midwood Community Radio rocks Charlotte in a similar way.

The “ToAsTOr” – A friend of mine from my Pathfire days wanted to build a PC that looked a little different, so he went out and bought a circa-1960 General Electric toaster and added a mini-ITX board and all the other components he needed to make a working PC out of a toaster! It’s a bit dated now, but was super-cool back in 2001 when started on it! I’m proud to say I know him!

Tech News

Ars Technica – The number one overall tech site on the Internet. Ars has news and reviews of the latest stuff in the Windows, Mac and Linux world, as well as home audio\video and PC accessories. Ars also has a *huge* online forum where helpful geeks can answer any IT question you might have as well as the infamous “Lounge”, where you can chill and kick it with your geek brethren.

ActiveWin – A news aggregator site – that is, a site that doesn’t have a lot of original content, but collects news and information from various online sources – based on the Microsoft Windows platform. Check in at this site every day – as I do – and you’ll have a great understanding where Windows is going. It also has many “sister sites’ like ActiveXbox and ActiveDVD.

Betanews – A site dedicated to the latest news about beta (testing) software. If you enjoy the cutting edge, check in to this site and be the first on your block to be running the latest programs! Sadly, it’s not interesting enough for a daily visit, but definitely worth a weekly stop.

Neowin.net – This tech news site gained fame for getting their hands on leaked betas from Microsoft. They always have screenshots and links to the latest and greatest MS stuff, as well as news about the entire computing market – Windows, Linux, file sharing, etc. An excellent site worth a daily visit!

Bink.nu – Yet another news aggregator site, Bink became famous for pulling stunts similar to Neowin.net – posting screenshots of internal MS software releases, how to tweak Windows into doing stuff that MS doesn’t want you to do, etc. Good for an occasional visit.

Engadget – These folks bring you news about every conceivable gadget under the sun… from cool new mobile phones to portable music and video players to video game consoles to… the crazy Japanese obsession with USB-powered devices! They also have some general IT news, but it’s nowhere near as comprehensive as other sites like Ars or Neowin.

Mopo.ca – A blog that focuses on the silly side of tech\IT news. Recent stories included posts about how the new Jaguar was designed after Kate Winslet’s body, alarming news that bicycling can make women’s genitals less sensitive, how to build your own flash drive out of a bowling ball, and how to turn your pee blue by drinking methylene blue.

The Exchange Team Blog – The official blog of the Microsoft Exchange team. If you want the latest news and information about Exchange, this blog has quickly become the web’s premiere place for it.

Tech Utilities

Astalavista NSFW – Have you ever downloaded a shareware program that needed a serial number to be “unlocked”? Or a downloaded a “demo” version of a program that expired after a set time period or was “crippled” it its features? If so, Astalavista is there to help! This site allows you to search for “cracks” (programs that make shareware fully functional) and “key generators” (programs that generate serial numbers for programs). Beware that this site is all about porn pop-ups, so aside from the illicit nature of the actual Astalavista site, you have that to deal with too. DO NOT visit this site from work unless you’re absolutely sure that it’s OK with your company! UPDATE: Astalavista is still around, but it seems that many of their contributing websites have taken to adding viruses\malware to their downloads (in addition to the actual keygen\cracks). The trouble is, they using a filename for the trojan\malware that is very close to the name of the “legitimate” keygen or crack. So you unzip a file, only to see two very similar files – which one do you click on? Don’t go here any more if you don’t have up-to-date virus protection!

DNS Stuff - This site has just about every network tool you could possibly need to have. You can do pings and traceroutes, WHOIS lookups (including IPWHOIS and IP Routing), as well as HTML validators and and general domain info. And it’s lightning fast and presented in a simple, elegant (if cicra-1997) interface. I use DNS Stuff at least a couple of times a week!

Whatis – Whatis is a great glossary site for learning about tech stuff. It has thousands of entries for just about any tech term you can think of, and also has their famous “every file format in the world” section, which is great for figuring out what that .WQF file a friend sent you is. Although I am “old school”, there are still tons of tech things I don’t know that much about; when I need to get my learn on, this is where I turn.

Zamar – An online file conversion website, Zamar can convert sound and video files, images and documents from one format to another. The service is free, but file sizes are capped at 100MB. Just go to the site, attach your file, tell if which output format you want, then wait for Zamar to send you an email with a link to download your converted file(s).

Video2Mp3 – Ever wanted to convert a YouTube video to an mp3? This site does it – for free – and, if possible, it’ll encode it at 256kbps, far better quality than the other YouTube converters out there.

KeepVid – Ever wanted to actually keep a video from YouTube, Google Video, iFilm, or some other streaming site? Just go to KeepVid, enter the URL of the file in question, and KeepVid will snag it for you.

MailBigFile.com – A file transfer website. If you’ve ever needed to send a large file to someone, you’re probably familiar with these sites: just select the file you want to upload, enter the recipient’s email address and click “upload” – the site gets the file from you and sends a download link via email to your recipient. It couldn’t be simpler! The free part of the site requires no registration and supports files up to 300MB.

Random Tech Stuff

ReactOS – Interesting but pointless. There’s all kinds of talk about alternative operating systems these days, and most of the talk is about Linux. Those of us (including yours truly) who hate Linux should check out ReactOS, an open-source attempt to create an operating system that’s 100% compatible with Microsoft Windows XP. ReactOS looks like Windows, uses the same hardware drivers as Windows, and can run Windows programs… but it’s free! Sadly, development on the OS is as slow as a glacier: Windows 11 will probably come out before ReactOS ever hits an initial release.

The GUI Gallery – See how far we’ve come in this collection of user interface screen captures. Includes screen shots of most versions of Windows (even rare shots of a very early pre-Windows 1.0 demo), most Apple derivatives (Lisa, OpenStep, and GEOS), and *nix variants. They even have a “Miscellaneous” section with such gems as Amiga, BeOS, DECWindows and even some Microsoft OS/2 shots! Be sure to check their links page for even more GUI history stuff – even Microsoft Bob has his day here! Also, enjoy the circa-1997 look of the site, which is amusing for something called the “GUI Gallery”!

Giveaway of the Day – This site contracts with shareware makers to offer a free software product each day.

Sports

Pro Football Talk – Mike Florio is a pretty divisive figure in football media. Most either love him or hate him. But, in my opinion, PFT is the best site for breaking NFL news on the web. Yeah, sometimes they jump the gun and get it wrong, but most of the time they’re spot-on.

Behind the Steel Curtain – My favorite Pittsburgh Steelers blog. And trust me – I’ve looked at many Steelers blogs over the years. Some of them more or less shut down during the offseason. Others weren’t much more than “Our team rocks! Your team sucks!” affairs. BTSC offers plenty of combine and draft coverage, and while it’s certainly biased in favor of the Steelers, they’re not afraid to say “we looked like crap last night”.

Football Outsiders – A football site that is “attempt[ing] to bring objective analysis to football that matches the revolution in baseball writing and analysis over the past 20 years”. The site is usually freakishly accurate, and also has lots of interesting articles about football-related items (such as how parking lots are designed for stadiums, front office news, etc.). Any true football fan should bookmark this site!

From the Rumble Seat – My favorite blog about Georgia Tech football. Occasionally talks about other sports too – especially basketball and baseball. But the focus is mostly on football… the only sport that matters!

Entertainment

DVDTalk – One of my long-time favorites, DVDTalk has all the latest news and info about DVDs and movies. They have especially great forums for DVDs, general movie, TV and music talk, hot bargains or dealing with online merchants.

Rotten Tomatoes – This site reviews of thousands of movies. Their famous “tomatometer” aggregates reviews of movies from both critics and Average Joes so everyone gets their say – because just ‘cos Leonard Maltin liked it, that doesn’t mean that you will!

Ain’t It Cool News NSFW - Sometimes they’re dead-on. Other times they’re way off. Either way, AICN has all the latest gossip and news about movie and DVD releases. Although it has a bent towards geek and “comic book guy” type movies there’s enough here for everybody – if you can deal with their ugly website. I tagged this as NSFW because of the abundance of foul language on the site; if your company isn’t cool with that sort of thing, check it out from home!

IMDB – The Internet Movie Database has information about tens of thousands of movies. Want to know who starred in a certain film? Want to know the name of a film but can only remember one of the actors names? IMDB has got you covered.

Film Threat – A movie industry blog. This one focuses on indie films, although it also covers “mainstream Hollywood” too.

Movie Mistakes – Huge site catalogs thousands of flubs in movies, from the unintentional (the gorilla wearing a wrist watch in 2001: A Space Odyssey) to sloppy research (wrong Confederate-era flags in Gods and Generals) to bad editing (The Joker’s hand prints on the paintings in Batman). Fun stuff to read, but sometimes goes a bit overboard – like noting a scene in Titanic where Jack tells Rose that he lived near a lake in Wisconsin that didn’t actually exist until 1918.

Life In The Office – A blog for fans of the American version of The Office. The site offers recaps, audio clips, links to YouTube and NBC streaming video, and also reminds you of upcoming Office-related stuff (like actors doing TV and radio interviews).

Pop Candy – The blog of USA Today columnist Whitney Matheson, Pop Candy is your all around one-stop shop for pop culture news, especially for 25-35 year-olds who are too old for MTV but don’t yet drive a minivan. I really like the blog, as her tastes (music: R.E.M, TV: The Office) seem to mirror mine. Readers are constantly sending her links to goofy websites, like a site that ranks the Top 10 Hottest Disney Ladies! She also has a podcast and also answers your pop culture questions several times a week.

Pandora Internet Radio – Go there and enter the name of one of your favorite artists, and the site will find similar music and stream it for you. Unlike other sites that do this via human organization, Pandora judges your music tastes based on the Music Genome Project, an experiment that breaks music down into hundreds of attributes (“genomes”) and compares them via machine. You might be surprised at what Pandora finds for you!

Last.fm – Having said that, I’m not a huge Pandora fan. It seems as if their music selection is “a mile wide, but an inch deep”, at least as far as my taste in music is concerned. If you prefer the human touch, try Last.fm, a site that tracks what you listen to and not only offers you suggestions based on that, but also hooks you up with other users with similar music tastes. I’ve found that it works MUCH BETTER for me than Pandora.

MadonnaTribe – My favorite Internet site about my all-time favorite diva. Get the latest news, links to cool remixes and get your 411 on in the forums (ooops! the forums are currently closed to new members! Sorry!).

Humor

The Onion NSFW – You’ve probably already been to the Internet’s premier “faux news” site… Lord knows The Onion has been around for ages! Generally speaking, The Onion is probably work safe most of the time, but if your company is in any way touchy about this sort of thing… well, it’s better to be safe than fired!

BBSpot NSFW - Laugh-out-loud funny IT humor site. It’s “faux-news” like The Onion, and the headlines are just too funny: “EU Required to ‘Unbundle Scotland’ in Microsoft Counter-Suit” and “Which Nigerian Spammer Are You?” hehehehehe.. if you don’t get it… well, that’s your tough luck! Mostly work-safe, but tagged as NSFW for occasional lapses. UPDATE: I don’t know why, but the site hasn’t been updated since Thanksgiving 2011.

Worse Than Failure (also known as “The Daily WTF”) – Another IT humor site, this one based on folks sharing real-life takes of IT woe. Be warned that this site is slanted heavily towards coding and database access, so much of the humor goes right over my head (and I’ve been doing IT support\consulting for years!)

Landover Baptist NSFW - A hilarious spoof on evangelical Christian churches, Landover Baptist is all about God, Guns, Guts, Glory and (White) America! Because it’s spoofing a church website, it doesn’t have any bad language or nudity, but it has some questionable racial and\or social content. For example, a recent headline read: “Where on Earth Did Negroes Really Come From?”, so you probably don’t want this site on your desktop when the boss pops in your cube or showing up in your company’s firewall logs. The best part is the “Reader Mail” section, where they post emails from (generally liberal white) people who think the site is real.

The Superficial NSFW - The Superficial is a site that has snarky commentary and celebrity pictures. But whilst the site skewers celebrities, at the same time it offers plenty of high-resolution pictures of said celebrities, so the site actually perpetuates the superficial myth it claims to hate so much. Ironic, huh? Tagged as NSFW for gratuitous talk of celebrity T&A, even if actual nudity is pretty rare on the site.

Clubbo Records – This hilarious site spoofs indie record labels. While some of the humor is totally in your face, much of the humor is quite subtle. If you were ever a regular at a “Comic Book Guy” type of record store, you really need to check this site out. But beware – if you’re not careful you can spend an hour or more at the site! Truly fun and interactive humor! Site is work safe unless your office is completely uptight.

Ebola Monkey Man – Have you ever received an email from “Mustaphar Rahim, the son of late Mr Godfrey Rahim of blessed memory, one time by politicalappointee chairman of Angolan Diamond mining Corperation” who needs your help with the small matter of smuggling “$25,800.000 (twenty-five Million united State dollars)” out of Angola? We all probably have, yet most of us never reply to them. Well, the people at Ebola Monkey Man sure have – posing as gangsta rappers, the heads of huge corporations, etc. And they string along those Nigerian scammers like you wouldn’t believe! The next time you get one of these in your inbox, you might be tempted to reply!

Knowledge

Snopes – Ever get an email from someone you know is fake, but can’t necessarily prove it? Head on over the Snopes, the Internet’s #1 site for debunking urban legends. The site has sections dedicated to various “offline” legends, as well as special sections dedicated to email hoaxes and trick photography. They also have a sleepy message board… which is mysterious, given the site’s *huge* popularity.

Wikipedia – Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the past ten years, you know whatthis site is all about! There are currently 3,861,000 articles on the site and it’s growing by the day. Keep in mind that anyone can write or edit one of the articles, so the site if rife with errors; Wikipedia is a great starting point for beginning research, though.

How Stuff Works – As you might imagine, this site is all about how ordinary things like CD players and washing machines work. It’s fascinating stuff, all explained in plain English. It comes in handy when a device is giving you trouble, yet is absorbing enough just to browse.

Damn Interesting – This site has dozens of articles on fascinating topics within the subjects of medicine, science, history and more. Whether discussing the Principality of Sealand, nuclear fusion, the Holocaust, hydrogen injection, the nature of lightning, Howard Dully’s lobotomy techniques, Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS), Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) or the day a B-25 aircraft crashed into the Empire State Building, you’ll always find something… well, damn interesting at the site! Aside from the possibly NSFW domain name, the site is 100% OK for surfing at work.

Politics

Gates of Vienna – A right-leaning blog, with special emphasis on “the Muslim question”, especially as it relates to Europe.

Grouchy Old Cripple in Atlanta – Another right-leaning blog, also with special emphasis on “the Muslim question”. Not nearly as erudite as other blogs, this site is fun in a “Samuel Adams\street fighter” kind of way.

American Thinker – Yet another right-leaning blog, this one is perhaps the most general on the list. Although the site currently has lots of articles about Iraq and Islamic Fascism, there are also articles about freedom of speech, why Jews don’t vote for the GOP, Target banning the Salvation Army this holiday season… even one on Britain’s NHS and why Americans don’t want that here.

The Recording Industry vs. The People – Run by Ty Rogers and Ray Beckerman, two New York City lawyers who are fighting against the RIAA for Fair Use Rights and against RIAA’s “sue everyone” tactics. A must-view (at least once).

Shopping

Amazon – I’m sure you know Amazon.com – after all, it’s THE online store. But if you’ve never shopped at Amazon UK or Amazon Canada you might be missing out on some good deals! If you’re in the market for an import CD it’s almost always cheaper to buy it from Amazon UK than Amazon US, even with pricier shipping from the UK. For example, I bought Bananarama’s Drama CD for £10.38 ($17.97, including shipping) from Amazon UK whilst the same disc from Amazon US would have cost $34.47 (plus shipping). And Amazon Canada sometimes has good deals on DVD box sets; since Canada uses Region 1 and NTSC any Canadian DVD will play in a U.S. machine. A few years back, Amazon US had the Band of Brothers DVD set at the “pre-sale” price of US$89.95; at the same time, Amazon Canada had the exact same set for CAN$89.45. At that time this was around $53 American dollars – a huge savings!

Zappos – The best damn online shoe store ever! Zappos has a huge selection, great prices and outstanding customer service. Most orders ship the same day you place them. Every order I’ve placed with them has been upgraded to overnight shipping free of charge, and every order comes with a pre-printed, pre-paid UPS return label in case the shoes don’t fit properly or aren’t to your liking. Ordering a new pair of Docs on a Monday afternoon and having them in hand by 10am the next day is AWESOME! I just can’t say enough good stuff about these folks!

NewEgg – Newegg is my favorite online store for computer parts. They don’t always have the lowest price on a part for your computer, but most of the time they do. They also ship very quickly, and offer FREE shipping on many items!

Geeks.com – Geeks.com isn’t exactly a “salvage yard”, but they are known for having great deals on older technology. If you need a part for an ancient PC, or need a scanner or some speakers and don’t mind using yesterday’s models, geeks.com is for you. They’re been around forever and have always given me great service in the past!

J-List NSFW - J-List is a site that sells wonderfully wacky items from Japan – including goofy T-shirts, region-free DVD players, bento boxes, anime, nudie calendars and adult toys! The prices are reasonable but the shipping can sometimes be a bit slow: although J-List has a warehouse in San Diego, many of the items are shipped directly from Japan, so it might take a while. Listed as NSFW for adult content; they also have a work-safe site called J-Box that has all of their non-adult items.

Think Geek – Need to buy a gift for a geek? Stop searching – your store is here! I personally want just about everything they sell – from “No I Won’t Fix Your Computer” and other funny geek t-shirts to super geeky gear – like USB watches, high-tech flashlights and cube toys. It’s the FAO Schwartz for the geek set! I still wear my “RTFM” t-shirt at least once a week!

Discount Magazines – Magazines make the lion’s share of their money from selling ads. So the more readers they have, the more money they can charge companies for their ad space. Many magazines will almost give away their magazine as a way of increasing their readership. And that’s where discountmagazines.com comes in. The site offers yearly subscriptions to around fifty magazines for $5.95/year and has cheap deals on other magazines as well. I paid only $5.95 for a year’s worth (51 issues) of OK! magazine, a savings of $195 over the cover price, and around $65 than the second-best deal I could find online. Miss Lisa also signed up for several magazines that interested her – she paid less than $30 for yearly subscriptions to 5 different magazines… Score!

Other

The Truth About Cars – Although the site’s name seems to indicate some horrible hidden secret about automobiles, it’s really just a non-biased blog about new cars and the automotive industry. The premise of the site is that many of the mainstream sources for automotive news – like Car and Driver magazine – have to suck up to the manufacturers so much that they can’t offer truly unbiased reviews of the cars; since TTAC doesn’t suck up, it’s free to tell the truth about what’s bad (and good!) about cars. And while Car and Driver frequently tests cars you’ll never be able to drive, TTAC has a more down-to-earth approach and reviews Toyota Camrys instead of AMG Hammers.

Abandoned Tube Stations – This site (along with this other site) explore many of London’s old and “disused” tube stations. I stumbled on to this site while researching the Underground for a recent trip to London and ending up spending hours at the sites. It sounds silly, but it’s just plain fascinating to see the old Underground stations – many of which still have the propaganda posters hanging in them from their days as bomb shelters in WWII. Absolutely fascinating stuff! Did you know that the Royal Mail used to have it’s own subway system used to deliver mail?? Cool, no? If London’s not your bag, check out a similar site dedicated to derelict stations on the NYC subway. If this subject matter in general interests you, check out Subterranea Britannica too!

SpyNumbers.Com – For years now, shortwave radio junkies have reported stations that pop up out of nowhere, broadcast a simple tune, then repeat a set of numbers over and over for sometimes hours at a time… then disappear forever. Here’s a sample of one in MP3 format (1.73MB, zipped for your protection!) Are they spy agencies sending instructions to agents in the field? Communication between drug dealers? No one knows for sure, but what’s certain is that some spy agencies – including the CIA, MI-6 and the Mossad – own and operate at least some of these stations – the sample file I just linked to is a rather famous one called the “Lincolnshire Poacher” after the tune that’s played in the middle of the recording. It is known that MI-6 owns the station which broadcasts the Poacher’s signal from Cyprus. “Building a mystery”?? For sure!

Justice for Kirsty – Popular English singer Kirsty MacColl was killed in a boating accident off Cozumel, Mexico on December 18, 2000. The boat that killed Kirsty was allegedly piloted by Guillermo González Nova, the chairman of CCM, one of Mexico’s largest retail businesses. Let’s be honest here: “Mexican justice” isn’t very good, even on its best day. And when the alleged murderer just happens to be one of Mexico’s wealthiest men, any subsequent investigation can be… well, suspect. Nova initially admitted that he was piloting the boat, but later claimed that an assistant was at the wheel. He also claimed that the boat was doing 1-2 knots in the restricted area, whilst eyewitnesses and the damage done to Kirsty’s body indicate otherwise. Nova’s assistant was eventually found guilty of culpable homicide – a token sentence to be sure, as Mexican maritime law (like most countries) normally assigns blame to the captain of the vessel, regardless of who’s actually piloting the boat at the time (Exxon Valdez, anyone?). But because Mexican law also assesses criminal fines based on the convicted’s ability to pay, the assistant had to pay a fine of just 650 Mexican pesos (US $60.59) as well as restitution of 1034 pesos (US $99.27) to Kirsty’s family. Had Nova been convicted, restitution payments would make likely been in the millions of dollars. Justice for Kirsty seeks to have the Mexican government re-open the case and produce real – not token – results. Go to the site to find out how you can help.

Liam’s Pictures From Old Books – I stumbled upon this awesome site whilst looking for desktop wallpapers of Westminster Abbey. As you might guess from the name, this site has thousands of scans of pictures from old books. What you might not know is that many pictures are offered in a variety of resolutions (up to 2000×2000 or larger!) and all of the images are in the public domain in the US (or out of copyright in Canada), so you can use them as you see fit. I came for Westminster Abbey, but stayed and looked through several old books. Although the site has scans of several 500+ year old books, I found myself fascinated by the 1880s-1910 era British photography books. Seeing the rolling green hills of England in grainy black and white held some kind of fascination for me.

FlyerTalk – Have a question about airlines? Chances are that someone in the FlyerTalk forums has an answer for you! Although the site is geared towards frequent flyers – you might get abbreviation anxiety in some of the threads and wonder if they’re actually speaking English – the good denizens of the site will certainly help you in any way that they can.

Multichannel News – This hopelessly boring site has tons of news about broadcasting and cable operators. So why did I decide to list it here? Well, it’s one of the few places in the world where you can actually GET NEWS about what your cable provider is planning for the future. Want to know if your cable company is going to get a certain channel or carry a certain brand of DVR? This is the place to find out, even if most of it is so boring it’ll make your eyes glaze over. Why cable companies aren’t more open and honest with their customers is beyond me; it’s just sad that we (as consumers) have to visit trade websites to find out what they’re up to!

Electronic Frontier Foundation – One of the most important groups in our digital world, EFF is fighting against huge companies that want to erode our rights via campaign contributions. Whether defending folks from silly RIAA or DMCA lawsuits, fighting for free speech against the corporate copyright holders of Barney the Dinosaur, or taking states to task over shoddy e-voting machines, the EFF is there. I’ve donated to them… have you?