I thought you might be interested in some of my favorite websites.
You may be wondering, where exactly does Bobby go when he “surfs the web.” And “how does he keep in touch with the world when he’s surrounded by a language he can’t understand?” Here are some of the sites I am loyal to (in no particular order). You might notice some similarities….some themes, perhaps. And I invite you to check them out. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)
This is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” You can search for talks on a large number of topics, or search by qualities (e.g., inspiring, funny, persuasive, etc.) as rated by previous viewers. One favorite is: Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality’s riddle.
This is an online magazine of news, politics, and culture. It combines humor and insight in thoughtful analyses of current events and political news. Some recent stories include: “The eight times in US history the Vice-President did something that mattered,” “Dark Shadows – It will remind you why you once liked Johnny Depp,” and “Everything you know about buttermilk is wrong.”
HSX (Hollywood Stock Exchange)
This is a free stock market game, that I have been playing for over 15 years. Actually, it is an online prediction market with over 100,000 players. Simulated money is used to bet on the performance of various components of the entertainment industry including upcoming films, actors and directors, themed funds, new tv shows, and film-related options.
Motto: Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done. I love this site because it is full of information on…how to do things. There is a wide range of topics including: technology, money, cooking, DIY, and communication. Some recent stories include: “Make an Emergency “Get Home Bag” to Keep at Work,” “Why You Should Watch and Record Video in 720p Instead of 1080i,” “Five Best Online Custom Clothing Stores,” and “Five Things You Buy That Don’t Actually Work The Way You Think”
Motto: Curating eclectic interestingness from culture’s collective brain. A recent find – this site has countless fascinating articles. Some recent stories include: “Mark Twain on Plagiarism and Originality: “All Ideas Are Second-Hand’,” “Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired,” “Maurice Sendak’s Unreleased Drawings and Intaglio Prints,” and “100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design.”
Motto: Where knowledge junkies get their fix. In the US, I had a subscription to their magazine and was less likely to view the website. But now, this is where I go for trivia. If you are interested in learning trivial things, check it out. They also have many themed quizzes, an “amazing fact generator,” and a popular twitter feed. Some recent stories include: “The 9 Worst Moms in the Animal Kingdom,” “11 Signs, Announcements, and Disclaimers That Are No Longer Necessary,” “The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished,” and “The Time They Found Those Bodies in Ben Franklin’s Basement.”
Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. I am really only directing you to this website because it is a source to download their podcasts. I download them from itunes. This is a weekly hour-long podcast that is produced by WNYC (New York) and distributed by NPR. Their shows are about fascinating topics and are too complex for me to explain; you have to listen for yourself. I recommend the “patient zero” or “cities” episodes. I listen to this while running (honest!) and while walking to/from school in the morning.
A thorough resource for planning travel, domestic or international. Search for a city and find hotels and restaurants (which have reviews left by previous viewers), “things to do” lists, and a message forum where you can have your questions answered by those in the know.
It’s a wiki (like wikipedia) but for travel. You can enter a place in the search box and find thorough information. I like it because these entries seem to have little tips and “things you wish you knew before going…” that other sites don’t have. For example, say you want to go to Portland, Oregon. Look at this wealth of detailed info. A word of warning: It is a wiki, which means anyone can change the text.
Did you think I would have a list of favorite websites without anything baseball? This is where I go daily for important baseball information: transaction news, interviews with management, links to local team news… It will keep you informed with what is happening in MLB, but it won’t tell you who won yesterday or how your favorite player did.
So there you have it. Opinions?