INFORMATION, HISTORY & REFERENCE
HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHIES American National Biography Online
The premier biographical work on people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. You'll find profiles of more than 18,000 men and women from all walks of American life, from the well-known to the infamous to the obscure.
HISTORY OF MYTHOLOGY Encyclopedia Mythica
An online encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend.
ONLINE LITERATURE The Literature Network
The Literature Network offers searchable online literature. They currently have over 300 full books and over 1000 short stories and poems by over 90 authors... enabling me to find my all-time favorite book passage!
DICTIONARY SEARCH OneLook Dictionaries
One web site. Many, many dictionaries. Define words, translate words, find words, even a reverse dictionary... it's all here.
SEMANTIC RHYMING DICTIONARY RhymeZone.com
There are no English words that rhyme with "purple", but there are 88 results for "love".
"To quote or not to quote", that is the question.
EMAIL HOAXS & URBAN LEGENDS UrbanLegends.com
Rule of thumb: if that email is too crazy to be true, it's probably not true. So before you forward that notorious $285 cookie recipe to hundreds of your closest friends, check here first.
AREA DECODER areadecoder.com
Enter a city > Find the area code * OR * Enter an area code > Find the region
DOMAIN REGISTRATION domainsite.com
A low-cost domain-registration service.
NATURE, SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT
WEATHER: FORECASTING NOAA/National Weather Service
Not as flashy as the Weather Channel's site at weather.com but better information. When there is a hurricane lurking in the Atlantic, check out their killer satellite photos of the impending storm.
WEATHER: HURRICANES Hurricane Tracker
This is a great java applet that graphically shows the path & intensity of notorious hurricanes from the past and present.
SPACE EXPLORATION NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Fascinating photos, information, and multimedia about our final frontier.
SCIENCE NOVA Online
A visit to this irresistible site will likely absorb many hours of your day. You have been warned.
ROBOTS Robot Hall of Fame
No kidding. 2003 inductees include: HAL 9000, Mars Pathfinder Sojourner Rover, and R2-D2. In 2004, I'm campaigning hard for Robot from "Lost in Space".
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM greenpeace.org
Save the seas, protect the forests, nix the nukes... Bottom line: be nice to the planet.
OUTDOORS Outside Online
Outside magazine's web site. Lots of good articles gear, and travel tips.
MOVIE INFORMATION Internet Movie Database
The Mother of All Movie Databases. Everything you always wanted to know about movies but didn't know who to ask.
MOVIE REVIEWS Roger Ebert/Chicago Sun-Times
The latest movie reviews from Roger Ebert.
MOVIE REVIEWS & INFORMATION Rotten Tomatoes
A well-designed site that combines movie reviews, photos, trailers, credit information, and comparison shopping. They even provide an "average rating" that defines what percentage of tomatoes thrown by critics were rotten!
MOVIE HISTORY NY Times: Best 1,000 Movies
The best 1,000 movies ever made according to the New York Times.
MOVIE RENTALS Netflix
I haven't spent a dime at Blockbuster in two years... or paid a penny in overtime fees. Yeah, their success has moved them out of the 'best kept secret' category, but at an average of $2 per DVD rental, it works for me.
MUSIC COMMENTARY The Rough Guide to Rock
This used to be the ultimate book for information on bands & albums... now it's the ultimate online guide to rock music history. They also have online guides for classical and world music.
MUSIC INFORMATION AMG All Music
A great online database on all things music. It is currently a bit buggy & slow due to a recent redesign of the site.
MUSIC DOWNLOADING iTunes
For $1 per song, you (legally) get an mp3 file of your new favorite song AND get to help keep Apple in business!
MUSIC HISTORY The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
A good web site and a great museum. If you're ever in Cleveland, don't miss it... and allow at least six hours for a proper visit. The web site's interactive "Time Line" does a nice job of highlighting hundreds of artists and thousands of songs & events from the history of rock & roll.
ART, DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM pem.org
The Peabody Essex Museum’s collections, 2.4 million works of art, architecture, and culture, are singular among American museums.
SISTINE CHAPEL Sistine Chapel ceiling
Take a virtual tour of The Vatican's Sistine Chapel.
THE FRENCH NATIONAL MONUMENTS MONUM.fr
An elegant site with information about Notre Dame, the Arc de Trionphe, Mont Saint Michel, and others.
FINE ART IMAGES The Bridgeman Art Library
A central source for fine art images, representing museums, galleries, and artists throughout the world.
ONLINE PRINTING 4by6.com
Get 4-color business cards and postcards printed online... cheap!
STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY Age Photostock
Age has great stock photography for less $ than Corbis or Getty.
DIGITAL CAMERA REVIEWS Steve's Digicams
Comprehensive reviews of virutally every digital camera on the market, including actual photographs taken with each camera.
SPIRITUALITY & WELLNESS
This wonderful site thoughtfully addresses many aspects of spirituality and encompasses many points of view.
UNITY Unity Online
Unity helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. They support all people in their individual quest to know God and find healing in their lives. They also publish "The Daily Word".
THE VATICAN The Vatican Online
The official site for the Vatican is also, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous sites on the web.
DON MIGUEL RUIZ miguelruiz.com
"The Four Agreements", written by Don Miguel Ruiz, is one of the most important books I've ever read. He eloquently shares the ancient Toltec wisdom and helps others develop practical tools that, when used by anyone, can result in consistent and long-term personal transformation.
CAROLYN MYSS myss.com
This is a beautiful web site by a very gifted teacher and author.
CHERYL RICHARDSON cherylrichardson.com
A pioneer in the field of personal coaching, the author of "Take Time For Your Life", and a regular on "Oprah", Cheryl is also a local resident of our town of Newburyport.
HISTORY OF MUSLIM MuslimHeritage.com
I don't know much about the Muslim faith, but this is an impressive web site. The "Virtual Civilization" is my favorite.
SHOPPING & RETAIL
LINGERIE Night & Day Lingerie
New England's loveliest lingerie store getting the best price
ART MUSEUM STORE Museum of Modern Art online store
Gifts as designed by Alvar Aalto, Alvar Aalto, Charles & Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others.
ONLINE SHOPPING epinions.com
A great way to comparison shop online and ensure that you're getting the best price. This clean, well-designed site also solicits and emphacizes the opinions of users.
BUDGET SHOPPING Overstock.com
Great prices on 'overstocked' items
FLOATY PENS floaty.com
Have you ever wondered where to get those 'floaty' pens? You know, those pens with liquid in the see-through chamber that has things floating inside? Look no further.
FUN & GAMES
Their parody of "This Land is Your Land" starring John Kerry as the 'liberal weiner' and George W. Bush as the 'right-wing nutjob' is a classic!
COMEDY/VIDEO Straight Talk from White House West
Join Will Ferrell for a behind-the-scenes look at “White House West” in Crawford, Texas.
LANGUAGE Homer Simpson in the Oxford English Dictionary
”D’oh!” is now official and has finally made it into the dictionary. What took so long?!? And what is Webster's waiting for??!
ROLLER COASTER MANIA CoasterForce.com
If you've got roller coasters in your blood, like me, you'll get a kick out of this site. The 'Park Videos' are well done.
SANTA'S VILLAGE NorthPole.com
Includes many free activities: write to Santa, read stories, sing Karaoke, send e-cards, find recipes, play games and puzzles, print stories to color—even put you or your child in a personalized story!
PURPLE COW by Seth Godin
In business (and in life), make the choice to be remarkable check it out at amazon.com
THE POWER OF INTENTION by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Learning to co-create your world your way check it out at amazon.com
A DESIGNER'S ART by Paul Rand
One of the greatest books on Graphic Design, written by the man who initially hated my thesis check it out at amazon.com
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ: A Pop-up Adaptation
by L. Frank Baum, Robert Sabuda
Sabuda creates the most extraordinary pop-up books that you've ever seen - this edition includes green sunglasses with which to gaze upon The Emerald City check it out at amazon.com
SHOOTING DIGITAL by Mikkel Aaland
An excellent primer on the technique and art of photography with a digital camera check it out at amazon.com
THE TIPPING POINT by Malcom Gladwell
An informative and entertaining book about social psychology and "that magic moment when an idea crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire" check it out at amazon.com
ENVISIONING INFORMATION by Edward R. Tufte
Tufte is the guru of information design check it out at amazon.com
A RETURN TO LOVE by Marianne Williamson
This book changed my life check it out at amazon.com
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