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  • Digg.com5 star - trending stuff
  • LifeHacker5 star is a blog about dealing with life. It has a lot of gadgets and leading edge toys, also.
  • gHacks5 star is a blog about new software including games and freeware. It also contains reviews of useful browser add-ons.
  • MakeUseOf is a site that reports on cool Web sites, software, and technology.
  • You Should Know Subreddit - discussion group for know-it-alls.
  • Redditlist shows which subreddit groups are largest vs those who are growing according to the number of subscribers.
  • Techcrunch - tech blog.
  • AskVG - general blog with some great tech info on useful tweaks for Windows 10, Firefox, Chrome, and other common software.
  • MetaFilter - general blog with a lot of not so apparent gems.
  • Reddit has articles that are currently popular (aka trending).
  • Huffington Post
  • ChangeMyView5 star is a subreddit discussion that challenges participants to state a view and let others respond. The challenge is measured by keeping track of how many positions are changed (deltas). The group is very well moderated and well mannered.
  • Reuters is a great news site.
  • The Verge is full of trending technology news.
  • The Consumerist has news mostly about consumer abuse, recalls, advice, with some humor thrown in. It reads a lot better than that sounds.
  • Popurls5 star aggregates the most popular stories on several aggregator sites like digg, Metafilter, and Slashdot.
  • Technical.ly/philly has news and rumor about what is happening in the technical areas of Philadelphia.
  • Five Sites That Give Two Sides of the News Story - from the MakeUseOf folks.
  • Tech Hive - sponsored by PC Computing, is a tech news and reviews site.
  • CNET Blogs - is a collection of blogs related to a variety of topics, mostly technological, electronic, or gadget oriented.
  • RealSimple - recipes, household tips, advice, etc. Help for simplifying life.
  • Brit & Co - recipes, household tips, advice, etc. Interesting ideas.
  • BGR Boy Genius Report is a blog with tech news and other interesting things.
  • Mashable.com is a blog related to generally whatever is buzzing at the time.
  • Today is a companion site for the TV show. Covers less serious news and media trends.
  • Straight Dope is a blog that attempts to uncover the straight dope on myths and urban lengends. "Fighting ignorance since 1973 - it's taking longer than we thought"
  • BoingBoing is a blog about unusual ideas and things.
  • Techmeme Leader Board - shows a list of sources of news sorted by how many times the reference showed up in the postings of the day. Good source of aggregator news sites.
  • DonationCoder Blog is a daily blog of interesting software and Web sites.
  • How to Geek is a troubleshooting blog that has evolved into reviews of just about everything interesting.
  • The Windows Club news and new stuff in the Windows world.
  • ILoveFreeSoftware is a nice freeware blog.
  • Freeware Genius - reviews of free software.
  • Huffington Post Tech
  • CNN Download Blog has daily reviews of free downloads.
  • Online Tech Tips Free Software - short reviews of free software in a blog style.
  • Cybernet News is a daily blog of interesting software and Web sites - similar to Donation Coder.
  • AppScout - reviews of mostly free software.
  • Addictive Tips - software blog.
  • dottech.org is another software blog. Freeware, software reviews, and other stuff.
  • Softpedia - news on freeware - shows a list of newly updated programs.
  • The Cheapskate is a blog from CNet that discusses new free software and other cheap stuff.
  • Gizmos Freeware has freeware and reviews, how-to's, support forums, etc. Nice comparative style shows top 3 or four programs in a category with brief but useful reviews.
  • DistroWatch - tracks the open source community, reports news, and reviews new software.
  • Random Good Stuff - blog.
  • GadgeTell - a blog with tech news and other interesting things.
  • Walyou is a gadget blog. Very cool stuff.
  • The Cool Hunter - a blog that finds the cool stuff in many areas including tech, entertainment, fashion, etc.
  • The Cleverest - blog full of clever stuff.
  • Innovation Station has short videos of trending technology and innovative ideas.
  • Fark - weird, unusual, and funny sites.
  • TED5 star This site is like YouTube for smart folks. It is a collection of ideas, lectures, performances, etc.
  • Best Ten TED Talks according to Lifehacker
  • Alternatives to TED Talks - list is reported by Lifehacker
  • CNet Blogs is a collection of blogs about technology mostly.
  • Web Talk is a tech blog with very short postings. Good stuff.
  • Listverse is a collection of 'top ten' lists.
  • 10 x 10 Interesting and strange site. A 10 by 10 cube of pictures taken from world-wide media is presented as a snapshot of the times. Each picture has a word associated with it so you also get a list of the top 100 words in the news. You can click on the picture to get the source. In case you don't know what is happening.
  • WMFU's Beware of the Blog - and now for something different. Very different. Not updated since 2015.
  • 43 Folders is a blog aimed at increasing productivity and making life a little easier
  • Emailaddresses - collection of free Web-based services including email, reminders, calendars, to-do lists, etc.
  • The New Quarter is the US Mint site about the new quarter.
  • Science Frontiers is the bimonthly newsletter providing digests of reports that describe scientific anomalies; that is, those observations and facts that challenge prevailing scientific paradigms.
  • Milk and Cookies has all kinds of fun stuff including short movies. Lots of weird and very funny stuff here.
  • CarTalk is two guys (Tom and Ray) having fun with car stuff. Includes RealAudio recordings of their radio show. The site also is home to the virtual "dope slap".
  • Brendan's Phone Anagram Generator generates words from a seven digit telephone number for those of us who have enough numbers in our lives.
  • PhoneSpell lets you enter a phone number and it will give you all of the combinations of equivalent letters for those of us who need that kind of thing.
  • Internet Marketing Ninjas translates phone numbers into words.
  • History Channel includes historical events that occurred 'on this date in the past'.
  • Black and Decker includes questions and answers about tools.
  • Coastal Tools sells tools at a discount. They also have a question and answer section where you can get your question answered within 24 hours.
  • What Happened on This Date will tell you the things that happened on the date that you select.
  • E! Online is the companion to the E! (Entertainment) TV channel.
  • Dead Runner's Society has a variety of information about running.
  • National Park Service ParkNet
  • The Complete Hamster Site has tips on feeding, breeding...feeding, breeding... I have to admit that it is pretty complete.
  • Brain Pickings is a site that offers thoughts on life - very creative thoughts.
  • Airline Disasters from all over the world, from 1920's to present day. The database shows the airline, airplane model, number of deaths, and synopsis of report, if any.
  • Ken Blackburn's Paper Airplanes - he holds the record for paper airplane flying.
  • Best Paper Airplane with detailed instructions on how to build it.
  • Crayola
  • Putty World has all kinds of Silly Putty including stuff that changes colors with the temperature.
  • CNN has news.
  • Butterfly Website has a lot of very good quality photos from a variety of photographers.
  • The Jim Henson Company
  • Boeing Corporation has great pictures of the aircraft that they have produced and are planning to build.
  • Optical Delusions with some good explanations for what you think you see.
  • Optical Illusions Etc. - a blog of sorts, certainly a collection of graphics strange, unusual, and delusional.
  • Illusion Contest is an annual contest of best optical illusions.
  • Patterns of Minimal Math glories in mathematical patterns in everyday objects.
  • Puzzle World - Many puzzles including impossible objects like a Rubik's cube in a bottle.
  • Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey
  • Cirque du Soleil is the fantastic "Sun Circus". Site includes very short clips of the various shows.
  • Answering Machine Sound Files just in case you're low on imagination. But how do you get the sound from the computer into the answering machine?
  • The Setup - is a blog about the tools that creative, productive people use. Unlike the rest of us shmucks
  • Ball Parks - everything you wanted do know about ball parks and stadiums in the US. Includes sections on basketball, hockey, football, and baseball.
  • Baseball America covering baseball in high school up through the major leagues.
  • Baseball Primer has baseball for the thinking fan.
  • Superbad OK, I'm not really sure what this site wants to be. The graphics are cryptic if not arty. But like a Laurie Anderson piece, you keep looking, not quite able to make sense out of what you see.
  • College Student is aimed at college students. Has goofy news stories, surveys, bookstore, etc.
  • Family.com is the Disney site for families. Information about parenting, education, chat, food, crafts, e-cards, etc.
  • Parent.net is about parenting.
  • Stereograms
  • Stereogram Examples
  • Eye Tricks includes optical illusions, sight puzzles, and stereograms.
  • Akiyoshi's Illusion Pages - visual illusions that will make you sick if you stare at them too long.
  • Airliners You probably don't know how much you don't know about airplanes. This place has pictures of every mechanical flying machine, paint schemes, accident reports, cabin layouts, seating charts for commercial aircraft, a forum, and news.
  • The Kiss teaches you how to kiss. Also has stories and tips about kissing.
  • Earthquakes has information on very recent earthquakes. This site is not meant for the casual surfer; terminology and graphics are presented without explanation.
  • Lionel is about toy trains. It has a lot of their product online so you can look (but don't touch).
  • The History of M&Ms tells you all about M&Ms like why the red ones were taken out.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales unvarnished, from the National Geographic folks.
  • Bizarre Stuff You Can Do in the Kitchen is about experimenting with everyday materials.
  • eHow is another how-to collection. Large variety of subjects including relationships, gardening, finance, auto, etc. - some how-to articles have links to additional material such as books.
  • New York Guerilla Kids' Childrens Film Festival
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Eddy's Thimble SIB Pier - That's 'ship in a bottle' for the uninitiated. These are incredibly small model ships in very small containers. Check out the one in a movie projector bulb.
  • The Great Outdoors is the companion site to the Great Outdoor Network on cable TV.
  • Experimental Balloon and Airship Association is about airships and blimps, including homemade jobs.
  • The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II is a standard in psychological testing. You may find out something about yourself.
  • Mike's Electric Stuff has some very dangerous and very cool things that are powered by electricity. Also includes other wacky stuff related to assorted electrical devices.
  • Time Capsule You enter your birthday and it tells you what happened on that date: news, politics, prices, songs, etc.
  • I Should Be Working is full of diversions from work. Entertaining.
  • Rocket Guy
  • The All Gauge Page is for weekend train modelers. Simple stuff for the occasional hobbyist.
  • Handspeak is all about sign language.
  • Bowling Zone has everything you wanted to know about bowling.
  • International Collection of Tongue Twisters
  • PCGS is all about rare coins and their evaluation.
  • Fall in Pennsylvania is a collection of cams that you can access to view the changing leaves throughout the state.
  • Firehouse has all sorts of info on fire fighting and emergency helpers - news, forums, commercial products, gifts, etc.
  • SoundPortraits is a collection of sound recordings of various people in various stages of life.
  • Skeptic's Dictionary is a collection of material associated with dubious ideas such as Yeti, unicorns, questionable therapies, etc.
  • The Great Seal certainly has more information than you knew about the Great Seal of the USA.
  • History Wired is a Smithsonian site that is perfect for browsing. The site shows various objects that are more or less indicative of their times.
  • American Folklore covers a wide variety of folks tales.
  • Moon Trees This site tracks the trees grown from seeds taken on a moon mission.
  • The Big Cartoon Database has episode guides and synopses.
  • Prairie Home Companion
  • Coverups - for the paranoid among us.
  • World Mysteries
  • TerraFly unbelievable detail about neighborhoods along with an aerial view. Kind of cumbersome to use but only because of its wealth of data..
  • Memory Improvement has exercises designed to improve memory.
  • The Card Stacker - Bryan Berg, the card stacker. Saying this guy stacks cards is like saying that DaVinci invents - what an understatement.
  • Cloud Appreciation Society has everything that you would want to know, and some things you would never imagine knowing about clouds.
  • Creative Commons - 'flexible copyright' - 'some rights reserved' (mostly free) material including audio, photos, art, movies, educational material, etc..
  • Gallery of Fluid Motion has super slow motion videos of fluids interacting with other substances. Topics include: Raindrop impact on a sandy surface, laser impact on a drop of water, submerged laminar jet impingement, etc. Good stuff.
  • Dreamies - Bill Holt's very short movies - good stuff.
  • Internet Archive is a nonprofit endeavor to archive text, images, video, software, etc. and allow free access to the material. You can spend a lot of time here.
  • Worth1000 is a collection of photos, many of which have been creatively altered using Photoshop or other imaging software.
  • Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools - a collection of tools and art or tools that are art - not sure which.
  • 50 Outrage Reducers or how to handle someone when you have to give them bad news.
  • Sheepfilms is a guy who does very creative, short, flash animation films.
  • The Most Important Thing My Father Taught Me is a collection of 'most important things' from ordinary folks.
  • Gyro - a Spirograph for the digital age.
  • Take5 - 5 minute lecture videos on a variety of subjects from the University of Texas faculty.
  • DonationCoder Humor This is a collection of sites that are strange, funny, or unusual as submitted by the public. Great time waster.
  • IP-Address - enter an IP address and get a map of where the address is geographically located.
  • PaperToys.com has a variety of projects that show you how to make toys out of paper.
  • Reviewing the Evidence - thoughtful and thorough reviews of the evidence in various mysteries, strange stuff, etc.
  • Kako Ueda - cut paper art. The more you see of this stuff, the more you are amazed.
  • Ian's Shoelace Site - shows you how to tie shoelaces 'correctly'. The site has an amazing amount of detail about simple knots.
  • eBaum's World - has all of the viral videos that you could want.
  • SimplyNoise is just that - white noise - like the kind in the doctor's office. It drowns out other noise so you can meditate or concentrate.
  • MindHacks is a blog on psychology and neuroscience. Some interesting stuff.
  • Hack a Day is a blog about serious hacks.
  • HackerThings sells stuff that hackers might find interesting like Aluminum Foam or Temperature Sensitive Glass.
  • Instructables is a collection of DIY videos that show you how to make things including food.
  • WonderHowTo is a DIY how-to site that may be the best site for actually useful how-to tips.
  • PsyBlog is a pretty intense blog about psychology and the workings of the mind.
  • Rules of Thumb is a collection of rules of thumb. Like how to build a museum, how to choose a pineapple, etc.
  • 5 Sites to Recharge Your Mind is a collection of Web sites that collect design submissions for logos, business cards, letterhead, Web banners, etc. Something might strike a nerve and generate a new idea.
  • Steve Jobs at the Smithsonian - two giants.
  • Lifes Little Mysteries - is a site about the stranger things in life, like life on Venus, mud monsters, etc.
  • Microsoft Community Blogs Microsoft blogs written by their employees on various Microsoft technologies
  • Google Blog
  • Oracle Blog
  • Mashable.com - is a blog related to generally whatever is buzzing at the time.
  • Slashdot - is a blog by geeks for geeks.
  • CIO Blog - is a blog for CIO's.
  • BuzzFeed is full of stories that celebrate cuteness and weirdness.
  • UpWorthy is full of news stories that folks like to pass on to one another either because they are politically hot, cute, uplifting, touching, etc.
  • Quartz - business news digest that covers a lot of ground.
  • Endless Lift is a fascinating blog about making very simple things that fly like balsa wood gliders or flying disks. Check out these very thorough instructions for getting a rubber band powered glider to obey your commands.
  • GrowaBrain5 star A great collection of very imaginative and entertaining sites but it hasn't been updated since 2010.
  • List of Common Misconceptions - from the Wikipedia, this is a list of commonly accepted untruths and misconceptions.
Good Surfing

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