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#53862 - 09/03/02 07:13 AM Just generally great websites
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For whatever reason, we don't seem to have a topic just to blather on about websites we like. (If we do, someone bump it up and embarrass me, please.)

Anyway, found this just now, and can't believe I never saw it before:

Big Bad Chinese Mama

It's so great.

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#53863 - 09/03/02 08:25 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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It's hardly ever updated (like, once a year, tops). but Blair still makes me laugh so much I can't speak. It was the first ever e-zine I ever read (in 1996, yikes), and it's just...genius.
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#53864 - 09/12/02 06:55 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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oh my, Deborah. I just went to visit Big Bad Chinese Mama
-- that's one heck of a site. The best part is that they are pretending to be a porn site.

I still love The Brunching Shuttlecocks even if I don't visit every day.

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#53865 - 09/13/02 09:28 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Amen to Brunching and Blair. May I suggest Chickenhead ? I especially love the fake banner ads. And the Meat wallpaper.

And, thanks to the News Radio freaks over at TWop, edited to add this . It's not so much a site as just a really cool thing. "If you don't know concentration, which gives you peculiar pleasure, your life looks like hell." So, so true.


[This message has been edited by Masha (edited September 13, 2002).]

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#53866 - 09/17/02 01:41 PM Re: Just generally great websites
Annie
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I love Popcult: http://www.popcultmag.com/index.html

And I like Off the Telly to keep abreast of TV happenings in Britain: http://www.offthetelly.co.uk

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#53867 - 09/18/02 05:17 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Big Bad Chinese Mama is excellent, thanks deborah! the Onion is always excellent, Bush sending troops to the West Nile... heh.

I love the reviews at holecity.com , generally very snarky and very fun, and their story on the Russian mob/ figure skating scandal made me laugh out loud - "What kind of sissified mob is this?"

And BettyBowers.com has some damn funny satire too in a very "holier than thou" kind of way.

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#53868 - 09/19/02 11:06 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Well, as a television whore, I spend most of my time here Our lovely deborah is too modest to say anything, but she's doing a fabulous job moderating and recapping .
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#53869 - 09/19/02 05:49 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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 Quote:
Originally posted by october:
Well, as a television whore, I spend most of my time here Our lovely deborah is too modest to say anything, but she's doing a fabulous job moderating and recapping .


Yes, she does. I just ran across her interview with Vern through this last recap, and I am a jealous, jealous woman. If M. Giant wasn't such a hottie, I might be tempted.

And as I am sure you are all aware, we should be going to TWoP whenever possible, and then some more, and clicking on all of the ads.

Also, I live to spend time at E-Mode . I don't usually like personality tests, but these can be kind of fun.

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#53870 - 09/20/02 09:11 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Thanks, guys. And Vern's the best.
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#53871 - 09/20/02 10:48 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Besides the usual DHAK suspects (Tomato Nation, TWoP, Hissyfit, Fametracker), I've been wasting lots of time lately at Art of the Mix , which is a wonderfully addictive site for mix tapers.
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#53872 - 09/20/02 12:40 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Thank you for that one, goovie. I've sent that site to a friend of mine who's the king of compilations.
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#53873 - 10/11/02 09:22 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I found this by accident, it was in the url history of a computer at school. Oh California. in passing
Sort of a journal-once-removed in a way.
I also recommend:
For graphic novels, vintage illustrations, etc: bud plant
you might also like:
highwater books
For stargazing: night skywatching
also
anagram cheats (ashram cant age)
Lurid Paperback of the Week
the institute of official cheer
wordspy
(I enjoy but have no ties to any of these)
scary google search of the day: tissue box cover collect

edited: typing

[This message has been edited by ruad (edited October 11, 2002).]

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#53874 - 04/07/03 09:56 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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refdesk.com (links to everything)

qvc.com (shopping)

thehungersite.com (intro to 5 different sites where you can "contribute" food/money every day by clicking)
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#53875 - 04/08/03 06:38 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Originally posted by rustee:
thehungersite.com (intro to 5 different sites where you can "contribute" food/money every day by clicking)
Yes, this is a great site. You can contribute cups of food, save rainforest etc. for free. Also, if you shop online through links from their site, a percentage of what you spend goes toward the causes. I have it bookmarked and at work I start my morning with clicking donations. Makes a very positive start to the day.

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#53876 - 04/08/03 05:47 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Besides TWoP, sites I visit everyday include:

The Movie Quote Contest Page for movie fanatics,
and
The Leaky Cauldron for all things Harry Potter.

Also, useful for writers, Sources.com that contains contact info for all sorts of people who are willing to talk to the media.

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#53877 - 04/13/03 04:52 AM Re: Just generally great websites
eanja
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What nifty links everyone has been posting! A couple others I check on a regular basis are The Daily Tao and Sars' Tomato Nation .
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#53878 - 04/21/03 08:15 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Bored.com

The BEST site ever. Hop on if you're bored, and you'll find a HUGE list of interesting, funny, and just plain weird links to browse.

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#53879 - 05/08/03 10:59 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I don't think I've mentioned this here, but this is one of my new favorite sites: Toothpaste for Dinner .
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#53880 - 05/11/03 10:10 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Oh my god, that's the best thing I've ever seen.

"I have affixed two pencils to my head with tape so all who get lost in the cubicle maze will meet a grizzly death from OFFICE MINOTAUR!!!"

Excuse me while I go look for some pencils and tape and do just that.

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#53881 - 05/20/03 03:13 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Since I am now officially addicted to Chicklit, what other good forums out there do you people read? The only one I check out sometimes is The Usual Suspects but I know there are others out there. I'd love to participate in a political or issue-oriented forum, and the concept of on-line forums as a whole is rather intriguing and so I'd like to do some sampling. My pseudo-librarian self wishes there was a master index for such sites, but likely there is not. Recommendations?
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#53882 - 05/21/03 10:04 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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The Straight Dope has well run message boards, with intelligent topics of conversation.
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#53883 - 05/21/03 11:27 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Our own Keckler has been nominated for a Diarist.net site award , for her awesome journal The Grub Report .
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#53884 - 05/21/03 11:48 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Hey, Keckler's site looks great! While I was there I snagged a recipe for roast potatoes that I'm going to try.

For discussion sites, there are always metafilter and threewayaction .

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#53885 - 05/21/03 04:47 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Joe Sorren--the artist\'s website . My connection to his work is that I once lived in Flagstaff, where he hails from. He painted this incredible mural against a curved wall in downtown Flagstaff, which I am very, very fond of. There's something so delightful about his characters. So absolutely odd. Great website. Great art.
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#53886 - 05/22/03 10:00 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Kivrin - that mural is so wonderful!

There's a town on the island here that is "famous" for its murals and I've always hated it. The murals are horrible sentimental ugly things, IMHO. So I've always kinda hated murals.

But THAT mural is fabulous.

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#53887 - 05/22/03 10:26 PM Re: Just generally great websites
Kivrin
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It is very cool. I am surprised the City of Flagstaff allowed it. The town was a lot more conservative when I lived there in the 1970's/80's. Sorren painted the mural in 2000. I love to sit beside it, with my afternoon tea, when I visit.
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#53888 - 05/26/03 08:17 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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 Quote:
Originally posted by megancita:
Since I am now officially addicted to Chicklit, what other good forums out there do you people read? The only one I check out sometimes is The Usual Suspects but I know there are others out there. I'd love to participate in a political or issue-oriented forum, and the concept of on-line forums as a whole is rather intriguing and so I'd like to do some sampling. My pseudo-librarian self wishes there was a master index for such sites, but likely there is not. Recommendations?
Well, I help run a community called Persnickety and we try to have some good discussions on political topics, etc. (ie. the Respond and Think forums), and we have quite a few members that are very passionate about that stuff, but I think we've been a little lazy in that area lately due to lack of fresh blood. Hm, I'm bad for plugging my forums when I've just recently joined, but if anyone wants to check it out, that would be great.

I'm actually on the hunt for good forums myself lately, which is what brings me here. This one looks pretty great.
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#53889 - 05/30/03 02:01 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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 Quote:
Originally posted by anna chrona:

For discussion sites, there are always metafilter and threewayaction .
Dang, I guess I was wrong. 3WA is shutting down. Everyone is saying their goodbyes. It's quite sad, as that was what I can only think to describe as a close-knit group of 5,000 people.

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#53890 - 06/01/03 08:21 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Actually, it's possible that 3WA will be saved. Not over yet, if I remember correctly.

If y'all like Big Bad Chinese Mama, may I also reccommend Angry Little Asian Girl . Same sort of sentiments, but done with a little six year old girl who likes to flick people off. I own two of the T-shirts.

Also, there's ljdrama.org for those who like to watch the fights that go on in LiveJournals (watch out, though...it can get somewhat mean), and The Story About the Baby , which details how this baby girl is raised. It'd not what you'd think it is. Trust me. I read this religiously as soon as I found it.

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#53891 - 06/01/03 09:41 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I like http://www.homestarrunner.com, especially the various start pages and the Strong Bad emails (.../sbemail.html). Nice use of Flash, and funny, too.
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#53892 - 06/02/03 04:15 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I really love allmusic.com . It has tons of information on artists, albums and music types.
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#53893 - 06/04/03 03:40 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Another one some of the folks here might appreciate: The Word Detective
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#53894 - 06/04/03 05:56 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Wow, Threeway is leaving cyberspace? What happened?
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#53895 - 06/04/03 06:53 PM Re: Just generally great websites
ruad
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Some of the opinions expressed on the following site are not very mature. But I was laughing so hard:
http://www.mycathatesyou.com
and also, the frightening:
http://www.tubcat.com

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#53896 - 06/20/03 02:05 AM Re: Just generally great websites
Georgina
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lind: yes! Strongbad email. Funny. Really funny.

I haunt this site weekly. (Now that I've read all of the pre-existing content, I check back on Tuesdays for new stories.)

other people\'s stories

The premise of the site is for people to tell stories that belong to other people. Stories told to you, stories heard through the grapevine, any story just as long as it's not your story.

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#53897 - 06/22/03 04:19 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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sorry-double post.
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#53898 - 06/22/03 04:26 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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If you are obsessed with shows,then these sites must be on your favorites. While most focus on Broadway and Off-Broadway,most sites include stuff from regional productions:

http://www.playbill.com
The wesbite of Playbill magazine. It has up-to-date news on theater (Broadway,Off-Broadway,regional theater,West End news,etc),interviews,all kinds of good stuff.

http://www.talkinbroadway.com
Features the All That Chat! message board,which is quite controversial in some circles. Discussions can get heated.

http://www.theatermania.com
Peter Filichia,who wrote for the defunct Theater Week,has an excellent column here.

http://www.broadwaynewyork.com
This is a commerical site that sells theater and New York memorabilia. http://www.footlight.com is a great place to get obscure show recordings.

http://www.broadway.com

http://www.broadwayworld.com

Great sites as well.

http://www.broadwaystars.com
Excellent as well.

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#53899 - 07/27/03 06:32 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I've been reading Jugglezine for years and only just now as I was reading an article did it occur to me that some of you might like it too. It calls itself "an unassuming e-zine about balancing work and life" and I couldn't possibly describe it any better. It's especially good, in my opinion, for those of us who are self-employed and/or working from home, but anyone who faces that challenge of balancing work and life would probably enjoy it.

Its main topic areas are Design (it's sponsored by Herman Miller but that fact is handled so subtly that I didn't even realize it until I had been reading it for some time), Issues, Lifestyles, Technology, Time Management, Work, and Working at Home, so there's stuff to suit lots of different needs and interests. I hope some of you enjoy it as much as I have.

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#53900 - 08/08/03 02:05 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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My favorite website right now is the Julie/Julia Project , where a woman living in a small apartment in NYC has set out to cook all of the recipes from Julia Child's massive Mastering the Art of French Cooking within the space of a year. And the amazing thing is that she has only about two weeks' worth of recipes left. The writing is truly witty and entertaining and the whole project is inspiring.
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#53901 - 08/10/03 10:21 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Orchid, I know, isn't it great? I just started reading it two months ago. You're right, it is inspiring. Julie's work inspired me to drag out some recipes she'd done and try them myself.
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#53902 - 08/11/03 10:16 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I loved this particular site SatireWire (because you can read and we have a web site) for the longest time, and then the sole writer/owner moved on to other projects. Site's still up and still making me laugh. This is one of the funniest stories I had ever read regarding the Bush administration.

Then these blogs are my favorites, for all the right reasons... OpenBrackets which has wonderful writing by Gail Armstrong, Textism which is written by Dean Allen and very witty (if sometimes too techie for me) and finally, Bookslut is perfect for the sheer biblioholism.
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#53903 - 09/05/03 09:54 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I just discovered (via a friend on LiveJournal) Digs Magazine , which describes itself as "an online home and living magazine aimed at the post-college, pre-parenthood quasi-adult set."

Thought that might apply to some of us here.

As well, they link to ChickLit!

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#53904 - 09/07/03 05:41 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I didn't like the actual website so much as the idea, but:

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th!

As we don't have a thread for listing such observances, I figured it would work here.

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#53905 - 12/02/03 12:38 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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This one started up in the last couple of months:

Put Down The Donut

I like the fresh, no-nonsense approach to weight loss that they take. Might be helpful as we head into the annual eating season...

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#53906 - 12/05/03 02:45 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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This is a great site for those who love words, with an extremely civil forum that is populated by some unique and remarkably intelligent personalities: The Agora

Posters on the Agora hail from all parts of the globe and are very welcoming! I'm known over there as Stickler.
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#53907 - 01/07/04 01:16 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Would friendster.com fit into this category, has anyone tried it out and felt ok with it?
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#53908 - 01/07/04 12:11 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Friendster is slow and has a lot of bugs, but otherwise okay.

I can't believe no one has mentioned Found Magazine yet. The notes section is particularly engaging.

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#53909 - 01/30/04 06:38 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Two of my current favorites (entirely unrelated to each other by theme, content, or execution):

Chocolate & Zucchini --a French woman who feels very, very deeply about food. Gorgeous photos, tantalizing food, quite nice writing.

Save the Adverb --quickly!

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#53910 - 01/30/04 08:03 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Great, Masha, just what I need, another food blog. Heh. Can't wait to show that one to Mr Catness.

Just as well, she can fill in for when Keckler hasn't posted a new recipe.

Has anyone else seen Lisa Schmeiser's The Rage Diaries ? She writes for teevee.org and TWoP (sobell? yes?) and her own site is now a daily stop for me.

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#53911 - 03/30/04 02:38 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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This site - Library Career Romances - really made my day. It fills me with glee to know that these librarian romance novels exist. “Starring heroines…who find love amidst the glamour of card catalogues, microfilm readers, and bookmobiles”. Hee! The titles! The jackets! I could not help but laugh at the excerpts. I’m determined to track a few of these books down for the fun of it.
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#53912 - 03/30/04 10:48 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Those? Are awesome. Must find.
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#53913 - 03/31/04 06:10 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Our very own marykmac is writing a PhD topic about novels such as that.

ETA: No, wait. Hers are about secretaries, not librarians.

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#53914 - 03/31/04 10:34 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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So, the librarian love topic is still available? Suddenly, I find a whole new reason to consider grad school.
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#53915 - 05/25/04 03:01 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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The Morning News is one of my daily pit stops. It's been around for a few years, and it publishes media critiques and writings by a number of different writers. It's always smart and frequently quite funny. A couple of my recent favourites pieces:

  • Behind the Scenes: Untitled Fall Project - a fictional dialogue between Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on the massive bombing of their recent film (excerpt: "If we’re not going to be filmed, why are we even going to college?")
  • Reading with the Enemy - a funny and insightful journal by a writer who tests his die-hard liberal beliefs and goes on an all-conservative-media diet for one month

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#53916 - 06/15/04 04:24 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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If you haven't been getting your Mental Multivitamin , you should go, and go now!
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Here's my recipe for growing readers, thinkers, and autodidacts: Read to your children. Everywhere. Everything. From the moment they arrive in your life. Read. Talk. Think aloud so they can hear. Put books in their hands, under their pillows, in their knapsacks. Give books as gifts. Make a celebration out of their first library card. Let them learn to read like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. On your lap as you struggle through a difficult text. At your elbow as you read the daily newspaper. Beside you as you rediscover The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
And Doppelganger, I love the Morning News. Found it through another site, Defective Yeti .
(It is good to see you around!)

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#53917 - 06/15/04 11:27 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Doppelganger, thanks so much for The Morning News! (And especially for the Olsen Twins of Doom article. I'm still snickering.)

How have I never found The Morning News and Mental Multivitamin before?

And I have nothing to offer in exchange. I hang my head in shame.

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#53918 - 06/16/04 08:51 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I've just started watching Bighappyfunhouse , a found photograph site. There's a sort of theme each day, with maybe 4-6 old photographs that fit into the theme.
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#53919 - 06/16/04 03:29 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Thank you voiceofreason! I'm always looking for found photograph sites. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.

editing to contribute to the list. . .

One of my favorite sites is www.learningtoloveyoumore.com
It's an interactive art project site set-up by perfomance/video artist Miranda July. They give out assignments for crazy fun projects, which often then get displayed in major galleries. It's fun to look, and may inspire you to try a few. Miranda used to run an amazing video chain letter site, aimed specifically at girls, and this one is also lady-centered.

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#53920 - 06/16/04 08:32 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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originally posted by voiceofreason:
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I've just started watching Bighappyfunhouse, a found photograph site. There's a sort of theme each day, with maybe 4-6 old photographs that fit into the theme.
This site is just great! I'd never heard of the concept - "found photographs". I'm bookmarking the site now. Thanks for the tip.

fun, fun, fun.

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#53921 - 06/17/04 12:01 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Hey, mentalmultivitamin linked back to chicklit! And said nice things! And after two years here I still can't post without having to go back and edit!
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#53922 - 06/17/04 07:16 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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There are some great found photos here .

Another site I've been meaning to recommend for a while is MuslimWakeUp! It's a really diverse and progressive site about all kinds of subjects related to Islam. There is a ton of material there -- news, editorials, commentary, columns (including one called "Sex & the Umma" -- umma is the worldwide Muslim community), interviews, reports, fiction, poetry, etc., etc. Very interesting reading for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

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#53923 - 06/24/04 02:33 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Hey, I totally forgot about this thread after I posted weeks back. I love the new recommendations. I've bookmarked Mental Multivitamin, Defective Yeti, and the found photos site. Thanks, all! I've been looking for more constructive ways to kill time at work.

PrimulaMary, I'm glad you liked the Olsens piece. It made me laugh out loud several times while I was reading it. Which is always fun to explain when you work in an open-concept office.

I'll leave you with a link that someone just forwarded to me this morning: www.GroupHug.us

It's an anonymous confessional site, and some of the posts are hysterical. My co-workers and I spent about an hour reading the best ones aloud to each other from our respective desks, and we finally had to tear ourselves away to get some actual work done. (excerpt: "When I split with my ex-girlfriend I told her it was because things "just aren't working out"... Really it's because she has a funny shaped head and smelt like soup...")

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#53924 - 07/14/04 08:44 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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homestarrunner.com

Witty cartoons. Need I say more?
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#53925 - 07/16/04 08:02 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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oh, I LOVE homestarrunner.com - totally my favorite site, especially the Strong Bad e-mails. If you haven't been there yet, GO NOW. RUN!
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#53926 - 07/24/04 09:16 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Though it is far from politically correct, raw, disconcerting and seems to be put together by hyper active skate boarding 17-year-old boys, I really love Vice Magazine .

If you've never seen it before, I recommend going to the back issues...the photo issue doesn't do it justice.

It's definitely not a G-rated site.

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#53927 - 07/27/04 11:59 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I'm sure most people got the bush/kerry bit on www.jibjab.com in their email in the past week, but if you didn't - check it out. Very funny.
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#53928 - 07/27/04 01:08 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Speaking of homestarrunner.com, if you haven't checked out Strongbad's email this week, do so at once . You can thank me later. This one might just rank up there with Trogdor.

portuguesa_nova, if you like Vice, you might be interested in this video interview with the lads who founded it. We conducted it in an S&M dungeon in Toronto. Believe it or not, they're actually articulate 30-somethings.

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#53929 - 08/01/04 08:34 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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portuguesa_nova, if you like Vice, you might be interested in this video interview with the lads who founded it. We conducted it in an S&M dungeon in Toronto. Believe it or not, they're actually articulate 30-somethings. [/QB]
:) Thanks for this. Very interesting. Did the magazine start in Canada? I'd never heard of it or seen it in Chicago til' a British friend told me about it.

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#53930 - 08/03/04 12:27 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Yup, it started in Montreal at least ten years ago. It moved to NYC about three years ago, if I recall correctly. I love me some Vice, especially the Dos and Don'ts, even though my worst fear is seeing myself on the Don'ts page someday.
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#53931 - 08/05/04 11:59 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I can't believe I haven't mentioned explodingdog.com here before. The guy draws pictures based on titles that people send in. They range from poignant to violent to funny to just plain weird, with these oddly charming stick figures with very large heads, and an assortment of other creatures.

They make excellent computer wallpaper.

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#53932 - 09/12/04 03:22 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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There's a new online magazine aimed at South Asian women that I ran into today: Nirali Magazine . One of the founders has an online journal I read. It looks pretty interesting.
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Nirali, which means "different" in several South Asian languages, is just that—a different kind of magazine for today's modern South Asian American woman. Published monthly online, Nirali Magazine reflects the identity, needs and interests of South Asian American women all over the United States.

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#53933 - 10/01/04 04:09 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Following a link from the "Personality and other kinds of tests on the Internet" thread, I found this:

The Gallery of Regrettable Food .

Since I'm ostensibly working, I have to settle for making little stifled squeaky noises rather than laughing my arse off, but this is the funniest thing I've seen in a long while. The commentaries are as good as the pictures.

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#53934 - 10/11/04 10:01 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I've just discovered Literary Mama - 'a literary magazine for the maternally inclined.' Good stuff.
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#53935 - 10/11/04 12:20 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Originally posted by VegetarianOnHiatus:
The Gallery of Regrettable Food .


Edited because I type faster than I think.
Ooo yes, Lileks is good! I've been following his blog for a while, he's quite an interesting guy.

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#53936 - 11/22/04 11:34 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Mr D found something else for me today: The Rockall Times . It seems to be a sort of British satire and mockery site, in similar vein to The Onion . Things to laugh at all over, although some of them were blocked by my work intranet. Motto: There's Fuc*k all on Rockall.

An amusing satire piece here: Fierce battle rages around news hyperbole!

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#53937 - 11/23/04 12:50 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Three loud cheers for The Rockall Times! And for more specialized satire...

Landover Baptist Church - Where The Worthwhile Worship

and

Mrs. Betty Bowers - America's Best Christian
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#53938 - 11/23/04 01:27 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Oh ye gods, I've seen that Betty Bowers thing before. Scary! And very funny.
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#53939 - 07/18/05 03:59 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I've just spent an hour playing with google earth hacks , a feature site for google earth , google's satellite map program. The 'random cool stuff' section is incredible - I had no idea there were so many massive oil spills in northern Africa. There are also some very funky Escher-esque shots of cities, where two satellite pictures cross and the buildings are bending toward each other. In some places you can see individual cars, it's that close. Google earth is fun enough in itself, but with this site you can go to all the cool places other people have found. Hackneyed sentiment it might be, but the world is an amazing place.
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#53940 - 07/18/05 04:47 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Goo, Mr. Lud and I were just talking about Google Earth. He downloaded the app to our PC so we could teach some geography to our girls and be able to show them where various relatives live. But there are all sorts of things you can do with it that are so cool. I haven't played with it enough, though.
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#53941 - 10/24/05 06:25 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Just got Google Earth. As others mentioned, it's really cool.

I spent a very pleasant afternoon visiting all of the houses I have lived in, in 9 cities and 5 Canadian provinces. I visited farms, parks, and waterfalls I have known, and checked out where friends from university live now. Also checked out Europe and Africa, watched National Geographic videos, wandered the streets of Rome and much more. Everyone should Google Earth!

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#53942 - 10/24/05 09:27 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I'm a huge fan of Google Earth!

I've been to Malibu and Capetown, South Africa. So cool! The Californian compounds are completely recognizable with their circular driveways, swimming pools and tennis courts, etc. Then I zero into I-don't-know-where, Africa, and all constructions are round (that really struck me).
The National Geographic contribution to the African "flyover" is completely captivating.

I also challenge myself by trying to pinpoint landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty (which took me forever to get), Sydney Opera House, Eiffel Tower, etc. The most impressive thing I've seen on there is the Golden Gate Bridge - magnificent!

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#53943 - 11/25/05 09:09 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I really like 63 days at the moment, about this woman's horrible experiences at a young offenders 'wilderness program'.

Also good is the breast cancer . They have really great products and you can do the clicking thing like the hunger site someone else mentioned.

Snapshots is great with a mix of books, music and films.

Oh and quite a cute gaming comic is VGCats and of course who could forget Squirreley Wrath ?

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#53944 - 12/05/05 01:47 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I just came across this website. It's just the thing to check out all of the salient points of your favourite charities before you decide where your payroll charity deductions should go.

Charity Navigator

The downside? It is a bit US-centric, but some of the internationals are in there too.

You can find out how much a charity spends on admin vs. programs vs. fundraising etc. How much the CEO makes and how much of the total revenue that corresponds to.

Wow.

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#53945 - 12/09/05 05:18 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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What do y'all think of mcsweeneys.net?

Dave Eggers always pisses me off, and I get all ruffled about what passes for literature these days (much of it is more like blogging), but somehow... I can't help reading it.

I tell myself I'm passing time at work.
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#53946 - 12/14/05 04:05 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I don't think I've seen this site posted here. I've just discovered it myself, and I'm enjoying the 2005 "The Year in Media Errors and Corrections." My special favorite is their typo of the year, "this November Reuters report about the recall of "beef panties."
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#53947 - 01/25/06 08:08 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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PostSecret

This site belongs to a guy who distributed tens of thousands of self-addressed postcards inviting people to share a secret anonymously. He gets tons of replies. The website, updated weekly, shares the ones that people have mailed in. People make their own cards too, some of which are amazing. Lots of the messages are funny or weird but some are painfully poignant.

There's also a book now, of course: PostSecret : Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (which just went on my wish list).

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#53948 - 06/28/06 07:00 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Slight temporary misuse of this topic, sorry, but the question doesn’t merit a whole new thread. I’m hoping someone may have already surfed round the medical info websites, and be able to fast-forward me through the web-clutter to the good sites. The subject I want to research is strokes, and ‘stroke-like symptoms’.

Can I just reassure you I’m not sitting typing with a pain down my left arm, trying to work out what to do next. A family member, in good health, has had very mild symptoms thoroughly investigated, and now we want to inform ourselves better about the subject. All recommendations gratefully received.

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#53949 - 06/28/06 08:21 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Polly#2, I've always been happy with Yahoo! Health . They usually start out with a basic description of a disease and then branch out into many pages of more detailed info.
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#53950 - 06/28/06 02:36 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Another excellent medical website for lay people is Medline Plus . It's run by the US National Library of Medicine, and it includes lots of links to more specific organizations.
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#53951 - 06/28/06 04:20 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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I apologize if I found discovered this link through Chicklit, but I'm really unsure.

Gadling is an extremely interesting travel site/blog that I frequent. It's updated multiple times daily and is just full of quirky news stories and travel ideas that make me want to jump on the next train to Malawi.

I've spent countless hours (possibly better spent reading, or, say, working.) reading through the past entries. And considering I am on the 68th page and have only made it as far back as March 20th, I think getting through the entire six years the site has been up and running will take about just that...six years.

Anyways, it's a ton of good fun, and recommends books on occaision as well. (As well as literary festivals, tours, and all that jazz.)

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#53952 - 06/29/06 01:00 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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polly#2, you may also find emedicine useful.
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#53953 - 07/03/06 09:02 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Thanks to sophietje , orlando2 and voiceofreason , for the medical website recommendations – they’re all v good portals. Still reading.
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#53954 - 01/22/07 12:05 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Supposing a respectable middle aged lady lawyer in a tweed skirt, twin set and pearls wanted to take a short break in her working day by reading an interview with Green Day, or Mos Def, or other age-inappropriate pop culture stuff, what websites would get her directly to the well written stuff, bypassing all the fan-blog-clutter that Google brings up?
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#53955 - 01/23/07 08:15 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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Related (vaguely) to polly#2's medical inquiry: I'm looking for an information resource that would translate medication information between countries.

Specifically, I'm living in the U.S., but visited an Irish doctor over Christmas, back in Dublin (Ireland, not Ohio). He suggested a few simple (very cheap + non-prescription) items, which worked a treat in Dublin. But I can't find them here. I don't know if it's a matter of nomenclature, or if these things just don't exist in America, like proper Cadbury's.

Anyone know of a website that could help me? Last resort, I could just find a doctor here, but that seems silly.

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#53956 - 01/23/07 01:24 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Sounds like there may be an empty niche market for you, Polly. 'Tweed Rock'? 'Twin Sets and Drumkits'?

But I'm afraid I can't think of any actual websites, just imaginary ones.

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#53957 - 01/23/07 01:34 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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DreadPirate, I work in a library at a school of pharmacy, and we have lots of resources that would provide the information you're looking for but they're all things we have to keep password-protected. I'd be happy to look something up for you, though, if you don't mind handing health information over to a stranger! Or if you have access to a library associated with a health sciences training program of some kind you might also have access to some of these on your own -- MICROMEDEX and Clinical Pharmacology are probably the most likely to be useful for you.

Your pharmacist could probably also answer your question, if it's more convenient to stop off at the local pharmacy rather than calling/going to the doctor.

(It's a pretty slow day at the reference desk, I'm afraid.)

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#53958 - 01/23/07 01:40 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Thoroughly off topic now, DreadPirate, but, rather than comparing brand names on a website, if you still have the packaging from the Irish stuff, would a US pharmacy read the ingredients off the side and find you the closest US equivalent?

In an attempt to bring this back on topic, if you’ve thrown all the packaging into the bin, you might find it easier to find a website with the ingredients of what you bought in Ireland, than a website which compares brand names.

Off now to create a Growing Old Disgracefully site to fill that market niche -

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#53959 - 01/24/07 10:27 AM Re: Just generally great websites
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I can't remember if I got to this site the first time by way of a recommendation by someone here... This blog, BibliOdyssey is one of my favourite places to spend time. It has so much to offer...and archives that you can savour over time. Lately I love to leaf through historic manuscripts and artwork and herbaria (yes, I am possibly one of the world's most un-cool people). I think being able to see these things that are being digitalized all around the world is one of the very best uses of the web. I always wonder why so many people want to look at web porn, when sites like BibliOdyssey exist, or the digital collections of the world's great libraries.
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#53960 - 01/24/07 10:50 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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Funny how the really cool people always describe themselves as the opposite, crumpet2. Thanks for the lovely link.
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#53961 - 01/29/07 04:28 PM Re: Just generally great websites
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My tastes are varied, but here are some favorites!

Godey\'s Lady\'s Book

- a fun look at the popular Godey's Lady's book from the Victorian age.

Fashion Era

- clothes, fashion, home life of different eras.

Project Gutenberg

- e-books, woohoo!

Cotswolds

- a site I go to and imagine myself living there!

Manor House

- a really cool PBS show on recreating the Manor life of the servants and the privleged lives from Edwardian England. Info on the age.

Stressless country

- a couple's journey to simplicity...sign me up!

Gratefulness.org

- a beautiful website to give me a boost.

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#84793 - 11/05/07 05:05 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: vanillabean]
Kivrin
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*bumping fo ClairyH*
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#84798 - 11/06/07 05:30 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: deborah]
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(Am still getting to know this forum!!)

I came across this really fantastic online Blog recently - I was wondering if any of you have ever seen it?

The reason is, I am dying to know more about this woman - she calls herself Elisabeth and her blog is written so delightfully! I am addicted!

Check it out and see what you think...

http://wineglasslogistics.blogspot.com/

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#85104 - 12/14/07 02:15 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: ClairyH]
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I am looking for a web service, and I think that if it exists one of you web-savvy people is going to know about it.

Basically, I want a movie showtimes website which, when you input the movie you want and your geographic location, will not just say "Movie not playing in your area" but rather, will tell you where the closest theater is.

My problem is I live in Kalamazoo, and I want to see Juno, but by no stretch of the imagination does Kalamazoo meet the criteria of the usual "limited release" cities. Still, if I knew the movie was playing in Battle Creek or Grand Rapids or Royal Oak or Ann Arbor or wherever, I might take the time to drive there and see it. But it gets tiring to type all those cities into the searches.

I want a website which says "Closest theater--30 miles" or "80 miles" or "1254 miles" or whatever, just so I know what I'm dealing with. Does anybody know of one?

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#85115 - 12/15/07 03:31 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Erin W]
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Erin W, have you tried Rotten Tomatoes or Fandango? Fandango will list the theaters closest to your zip code. Oh, I can't wait to see Juno!
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#85118 - 12/16/07 01:49 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Kivrin]
Erin W
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Thanks for the suggestions, Kivrin, but they both do just what it is that bugs me. They will list all the movies which are, in fact, playing in my zip code, but if the movie I want is not playing in that specific zip code, it will just say "Not playing in your area" as opposed to telling me where the movie is playing. I want to know how far I am from the movie I want to see so that I can decide if it's worth the drive.

Otherwise, I just end up waiting...waiting...waiting for the DVD release. (I will be in Chicago during New Years' week...I guess I can try to see Juno while I'm there!)

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#85120 - 12/16/07 04:10 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Erin W]
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Erin W,

(Sorry, this is veering off-topic! Will continue in movie thread...)
You can try looking on Juno's website: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/juno

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#85188 - 12/30/07 05:17 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: sophietje]
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I just discovered this marvellous collection of feminist blog posts,
The Carnival of Feminists
Each carnival is hosted by a different feminist blog, and bloggers send submissions to the host. The topics are extremely diverse and interesting, and there are fewer dead links than I expected. It's a great way to discover new blogs.

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#85195 - 12/30/07 11:07 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: kuhliloach]
Kivrin
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Feminist Carnival reminds me of a site that I enjoy a lot called Feminist SF-the Blog!.
I've also been really having fun reading Mamapop. Perfect for when you are in the mood for celebrity gossip and the pop-culture related musings of very funny women!

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#85641 - 02/27/08 09:36 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Kivrin]
LaSalleUGirl
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A friend of mine just told me about an awesome website called DailyLit. You subscribe to a book and they e-mail you 1,000-word sections on a regular basis (you get to pick between daily, on weekdays, or MWF). As long as the book is in the public domain the service is free. More contemporary books have a fee involved. I just signed up to get Wuthering Heights e-mailed to me in 165 installments.

http://www.dailylit.com/

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#85647 - 02/27/08 11:41 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: LaSalleUGirl]
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I've recently discovered http://www.swaptree.com. You list a bunch of books (and/or CDs, DVDs, video games) that you have to trade and a bunch that you want, and then the site matches you up with other people who want what you have and have what you want. It even can arrange 3-way swaps, which is awesome! Then when it matches you up, you mail out your thing and you get what you want in the mail. It's free too, except for paying for postage! Sadly, only USA residents can use it so far, but I bet they'll be making the jump to Canada pretty soon.
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#85655 - 02/28/08 09:08 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: VegetarianOnHiatus]
viva
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VoH, how cool! I see a book purge in my future when I get them out of storage.
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#86362 - 07/14/08 10:39 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: goovie]
essay
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I have to put a word in here for Declan Burke's fantastic website, Crime Always Pays. http://crimealwayspays.blogspot.com/ I happened on this Irish site by chance when Burke cited a review I'd written of The Truth Commissioner for our local paper. He has an easy air, but is in fact quite meticulous. Plus a darling daughter whom he dubs Princess Liliput, who gets a lot of airtime, but really, not too much. If you want want a website that will keep you up to date on all things noir, this is the place to go. I've already got quite a backlog of things to read, and I haven't even been viewing it that long.
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#86399 - 07/21/08 03:13 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: essay]
Kivrin
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For those of you who love PostSecret as much as I do, I recently discovered Common Ties--equally as heart-breakingly real and human.
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#86407 - 07/23/08 10:42 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Kivrin]
StephA
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Wow, Kivrin, that site is addictive! Thanks for the link!
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#86410 - 07/23/08 01:50 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: StephA]
Kivrin
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It is. You can spend a lot of time thinking about how you might answer the questions for yourself. They will pay you $50 for each of your answers that they decide to use.
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#86679 - 09/17/08 01:02 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Kivrin]
ken_m
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I don't know where to put this request, but I think it fits best here. In preparation for Baby_m's arrival, I am hoping to find the lyrics to French-language children's songs. (He seems to enjoy being sung to, and the plan is for me to speak French to him as much as possible so he has a facility for it when the time comes to consider French immersion schooling.)

The thing is, I remember the tunes of half a dozen songs we used to sing in elementary school, but (except for Frere Jacques and Allouette, which barely have lyrics), only a handful of words from each.

Since the Internet has everything else...does anybody know of a website that might help me?

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#86680 - 09/18/08 12:07 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: ken_m]
essay
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Wonder if this one might fit the bill, ken_m?

http://www.mamalisa.com/?p=22&t=ec&c=22

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#86681 - 09/18/08 06:50 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: essay]
ken_m
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Wow. That is perfect. It has all my old favourites and many others I don't think I ever knew. Thanks!
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#86687 - 09/19/08 12:10 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: ken_m]
essay
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Great, ken_m! I had a feeling that my word search might have just done the trick.
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#90744 - 03/16/11 12:46 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: essay]
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I've been all about foreveryoungadult.com lately. Because any site that has an Anne of Green Gables drinking game is all right by me.

I also want to take the time to pimp my friend's comic at erfworld.com. It's mostly in jokes about gaming but there's also a lot of sharp plays on words and blink and you'll miss it pop culture references as well as a riveting story.


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#90745 - 03/16/11 12:49 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Daisy Clover]
LaSalleUGirl
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Daisy Clover, I saw that Anne of Green Gables drinking game the other day -- LOVE it! It never occurred to me that it was part of a bigger site, though. I'll have to check it out.

(RE: UBB code: if you click on the Reply button at the bottom of any post instead of typing in the Quick Reply box at the bottom of the page, you'll get a WYSIWYG editor to help with the code.)

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#90855 - 05/08/11 08:59 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Daisy Clover]
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If you ever want to escape your life and wander Paris on a sunny day for a bit, wandering Paris 26 Gigapixels zooming in and out and around is pretty amazing (especially in full-screen mode on a large monitor!).

http://www.paris-26-gigapixels.com/index-en.html

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#90862 - 05/10/11 12:06 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: CaitlinM2]
essay
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Looks great, Caitlin.
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#91698 - 09/28/12 06:17 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: essay]
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Ok, some great suggestions. Thank you guys :)

My turn. My favourite websites for daily visits to make me smile:

1 http://www.wwtdd.com yes, a bit crass sometimes, but generally funny and 'real'.
2 http://www.popdonk.com very witty stuff, but brief enough for a quick daily dose.
3 http://www.celebitchy.com I love the opinions expressed, almost, actually BETTER than magazines.

So what are your faves guys? I'd love to add some more quality to my daily distractions.

Bellpop :)

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#91719 - 11/01/12 10:06 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: Bellpop]
LaSalleUGirl
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Recently, I got a bunch of e-books through the Humble Bundle deal (http://www.humblebundle.com/) -- have you heard about that? This version of the deal is closed, but I think they're going to do it again. Basically, they got a bunch of authors together and asked them to try an experiment: offer one book apiece and allow customers to pay whatever they want for the "bundle." Each customer then gets to determine how much of their purchase price goes to the authors, how much goes to charity, and how much goes to the website for hosting the deal. If you are willing to pay more than whatever the current average payment is, you can unlock additional books. After I had already purchased the bundle, they added even more books -- which I was still eligible to download without paying more. (I feel absurdly guilty about that. I would totally have paid more money to get the additional books.)

I follow a couple of the authors on Twitter, and they seem to be quite happy with what they got out of the deal, so I suspect everyone involved will conclude that the experiment was successful and worth another shot.

It's worth keeping an eye out to see if additional bundles are forthcoming. The first round was all sci-fi / fantasy stuff, with some webcomics tossed in at the end. I don't know whether they will stick with that theme, or try for other genres.

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#92364 - 04/04/14 12:17 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: LaSalleUGirl]
TraceyB
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I don't know if any of you ever read Television Without Pity or if you've kept up with it since the sale to Bravo/NBC, but they announced last week that they're shutting down. Today is the last day the main site will be up. The forums will remain up until May 31, and a couple of days ago NBC announced that the recaps will be archived, so we can still read them.

I used to spend hours on that site. Chicklit's founder, Deborah, was a recapper there for a while - I used to read her Trading Spaces recaps and I think she also did The West Wing. Deborah's recap of the Trading Spaces episode where Hildi glued straw to the walls of a living room has been mentioned in the "favorite recaps" thread.

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#92368 - 04/11/14 01:56 AM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: TraceyB]
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TraceyB, I also used to spend a lot of time at TWOP (and have continued to read certain recaps and forums now and then), and it was Deborah's Trading Spaces recaps that led me to Chicklit originally. Despite spending way less time there in more recent years, I'll miss the thoughtful, intelligent forum posts (with all their enforced decorum).
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#92443 - 09/28/14 04:28 PM Re: Just generally great websites [Re: CaitlinM2]
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TWOP has been completely down for a few days now. End of access to archives, perhaps? I'm genuinely upset. I still go back and reread Gilmore Girls recaps during my lunch at work.
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