Noteworthy Links

Posted By on July 24, 2006

Or
“The Top 5e-20% of the Internet”

.: Astute readers will have noticed that I have not updated this blog very often during its latter half of existence. If you are one of those readers, you might also have wondered what I devote my time towards in lieu of blogging. My answer is a long and tedious one, but fortunately there is an aspect of it that I am willing to share because I believe it will be of interest to you. I speak, of course, of my daily internet reading ritual. The following are links that I frequent and whole-heartedly endorse:

ScienceBlogs.
.: If I had to pick just one website to read for the rest of my life, it would be this one. Unfortunately, most of the contributors of SB are several years older than myself, and they would probably cease blogging once they were dead. (This is relevant only if we assume I do not prematurely perish from unnatural or heretofore-undetected-natural causes.) Home to 40+ bloggers of science and even a token non-scientist, ScienceBlogs is the first on my list of sites checked every day.

YTMND.com
.: Crass, juvenile, offensive, unoriginal, and dumb are just a few adjectives that describe 95% of the pages at YTMND.com. Luckily, there are over 315,000 pages, so that leaves us with about 15,000 good ones. Here are a few of my favorites: AhhhHhhAaHHh, 50 Cent vs Thomas the Tank Engine, and Bloodsport Van Damme Does Mentos.

BoingBoing
.: Like Fark, but with longer headlines. BoingBoing is one of the few sites that wasn’t blocked by my workplace (they’ve since loosened their restrictions), and like a morphine-drip-obsessed hamster I would repeatedly hit “refresh” throughout the day hoping to score another hit. I realized that a new post didn’t come every time I hit the button, but I also didn’t want to spend a second not reading the latest update about comic books (which I don’t read), DIY gizmos (which I don’t build), copyright laws (which I don’t heed), and whatever various interesting but for me ultimately useless information they might post.

StumbleUpon
.: Not technically a site a visit often, but a networking tool that I frequently use to find sites that may interest me. Here’s how it works: I list a whole bunch of topics that I’m interested in and click the “Stumble!” button; in turn, it takes me to a webpage that other people with similar interests have marked “good.” At this point I could either approve or disapprove of the current site, and StumbleUpon makes a note of my decision, thus fine-tuning their results to give me pages I’m more likely to enjoy. These are just a few of the pages I found while stumbling: Hey Ya Charlie Brown, Sand Faces, and The Official God FAQ.

CraigsList
.: There’s a section for every city where people can post items which they are giving away for free. Sure, the items are usually unwanted animals, moving boxes, or broken television sets, but they’re free!

Talk.Origins
.: The premiere website for refuting creationist nonsense. Along with BoingBoing, it was one of the few sites not blocked by my workplace a while back, so I spent quite a few hours of downtime perusing the immeasurably useful Index to Creationist Claims. Almost every single conceivable argument made against evolution — and there are quite a few arguments which any rational person would, in retrospect, consider somewhat inconceivable to begin with– has been succinctly refuted. Useful for bugging your creationist friend. “Have you read the Index yet? Why not?”

.: That’s all for now. I do apologize if this post lacks any original content, but on the plus side I have given you links to a half dozen webpages which are far more worthy of your time than this one.

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2 Responses to “Noteworthy Links”

  1. Gigi says:

    Been there. Done that. Heard it.

  2. Mat says:

    It was news to me, I liked seeing them.

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