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- Your guide to the dense jungle that is the Internet.
- A very good and non-bloated audio player.
- My second favorite audio player.
- My favorite web browser.
- My second favorite web browser.
- Google Chrome
- A browser that is currently in beta. It's looking interesting. I particularly like its intuitive and non-intrusive in-document search.
- Makes your XP shine like a neutron star.
- An application launcher.
- What does 'defenestration' mean?
- Online Etymology Dictionary
- What's the story behind the word 'campus'?
- How do UPC bar codes work?
- Can DVI carry analog signals?
- The Phrontistery
- What's an exequy?
- TV Tropes
- What are Precursors, and why do they always leave technology behind?
- Isn't a hallucidation a contradiction in terms?
- What are hot Jupiters?
- A very good text editor. It does line numbering, keyword highlighting, and regex searching. It doesn't do code folding.
- MetaPad replaces Notepad.
- An excellent text editor. Has most (if not all) of the features of TextPad, and in addition does code folding (I now use Notepad++ for editing).
- Tells you everything about your computer.
- Microsoft PowerToys
- Small programs that make life in Windows XP happier (I like CmdHere.exe and PowerCalc.exe).
- Sysinternals Suite
- Small programs that make troubleshooting your computer easier.
- 3D Logic
- Make non-overlapping colored paths on a cube's six faces.
- Achievement Unlocked
- A meta-game if there ever was one.
- Help a brick get out of its room.
- The Hapland series
- Make things work and then escape through a portal.
- This is the Only Level
- The same level repeats but with different rules each time.
- Untangle a planar graph.
- Awesome ball game with neat music.
- Cave Story
- A sweet 2D side-scrolling action-adventure game. You find yourself underground, in a cave system. Be sure to pick up the Deluxe edition, as it contains the OST as MP3s, a level editor, and a small game called Ikachan.
- Elasto Mania
- An unrealistic (and therefore fun) 2D motocross game. See Moposite for replays and high scores.
- A ball game. I mean, a puzzle game. I mean, a dexterity game. I mean, an action game.
- A 2D side-scroller inventory game. "The Knytt was abducted by an alien!" If you like Knytt, check out Knytt Stories and the other games.
- You play a ninja who has to escape rooms by doing what ninjas do best (escaping rooms).
- Narbacular Drop
- The precursor to Valve's Portal.
- A ball game. See Neverball Hall of Fame for replays and high scores.
- Shyguy's Cave of Death
- Pick up coins and avoid everything else.
- Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection
- A lot of small, fun puzzle games. My favorites are Inertia and Net.
- A good clone of the classic Sokoban warehouse game. Push boxes into designated areas.
- An emulator (sort of) for DDR. Hit arrows in sync to the music's beat. See Bemanistyle for music.
- TrackMania Nations
- A free racer. If you like Nations, why don't you consider buying TrackMania United and its prequels? See TMX for more goodies.
- The Ur-Quan Masters
- A mind-blowing science fiction game. UQM is Star Control 2 for modern computers, but it has some extra features like voice acting. Be sure to use The Ultronomicon in your adventures around the Milky Way.
- A DOS emulator. Useful for playing really, really old games (pre-1990s, say).
- An emulator for Doom, Doom II, Hexen, and Heretic. Supports mouse-look and vertical viewing.
- An emulator for Duke Nukem 3D. Hail to the king, baby!
- The de facto Sega Genesis emulator.
- The best GameBoy emulator that I've found.
- Tile World
- An emulator for Chip's Challenge.
- Helpful user-submitted walkthroughs, maps, and in-depth FAQs for a lot of games.
- Similar to GameFAQs, only for indie games.
- [The Commander Keen series] Beware Robo Red.
- The Vault
- [The Fallout series] Did you know that the Jefferson Memorial has been converted to a water purification plant?
- Combine OverWiki
- [The Half-Life series] Did you know that the voice actor of Alyx Vance, Merle Dandridge, also supplies Alyx' face?
- [The Halo series] Did you realize that Graveminds speak in trochaic heptameter?
- Encyclopedia Hiigara
- [The Homeworld series] Did you know that the Khar-Toba was only one of many exile ships?
- Encyclopedia Twinsunica
- [Little Big Adventure] Don't get too close to the Supergros.
- [Minecraft] A surprisingly addictive game about mining and crafting.
- The Ultronomicon
- [Ur-Quan Masters] The game doesn't have any form of a tutorial, so you might want to use the Ultronomicon extensively.
I know them very well and talk to them frequently.
- Even Alander
- A 3D designer and a good friend for many years.
I think these people are interesting.
- Eric S. Raymond
- Maintainer of the Jargon File.
- Jakob Nielsen
- A bi-weekly column dealing with web design.
- Jean-François Im
- A software engineering undergrad in Montreal.
- Jeff Dee
- An artwork designer known for his work in the AD&D books, as well as an outspoken atheist.
- John Walker
- Founder of Autodesk. His site is huge and contains all manner of interesting things.
- A self-described polymath.
- Paul Graham
- Paul Graham is an excellent essayist.
- Phil Plait
- Also known as the Bad Astronomer.
- Sam Hughes
- Things Of Interest, and the title doesn't lie.
- Stephan T. Lavavej
- A software developer at Microsoft. Reading his site was what pushed me into learning HTML and creating a web site of my own.
- Charles Darwin Online
- Contains all things Darwin.
- Deep Green
- A beautiful way to visualize the bewildering tree of green plants. (On the Hyperbolic Trees page is the Research Tree, which contains a dizzying amount of species.)
- Ebon Musings
- Reflections beneath the Milky Way.
- A supremely excellent (Conway's) Game of Life simulator which lets you write custom rules, making for extremely interesting results.
- The blog of PZ Myers, a developmental biologist at the University of Minnesota, Morris.
- Rationally Speaking
- The web site of Massimo Pigliucci.
- Contains all things Richard Dawkins (and more).
- Symphony of Science
- Uses Auto-Tune for good, not evil.
- Explains what evolution is all about, and explores evolution/creationism confrontations.
- A library of free audio books.
- Project Gutenberg
- A library of books in the public domain.
- The Doors of Perception
- A very short book recounting Aldous Huxley's experimentation with mescaline.
- Published in 1665, Micrographia contains wonderful illustrations of various insects and plants, drawn from images gained from looking down a microscope. (The book is also famous for coining the word "cell".) This Flash version has useful curator's notes.
- Kunstformen der Natur
- Insanely high resolution images of the pages from this famous book from 1904 by Ernst Haeckel. (The title is German and means "Artforms of Nature".)
- Has an online store of MP3 songs. My Life and Schizofren are awesome.
- Has lots of free songs. Breathing Silence and Naked Angel are magical.
- Aural Planet
- Awesome downtempo trance. Blue Water Cave and Have You Ever Been are sweet.
- Labworks makes mostly vocal trance (mmm, female voices). My favorites are Summerbreeze (Aura Remix) and Two Worlds (Airplay Edit).
- Lynne Music
- Bjørn Lynne is best known for composing the music to the Worms games and his site offers a selection of songs for download.
- NiCe Music
- Has lots of hours-long mixes. Yummy.
- Shadow of the Beat
- Makes drum-and-bass-ish music.
- Sonic Mayhem
- Makes action-type music.
- Xerxes Music
- Downtempo electronic-type music.
- Hosts lots of quality remixes for game music.
- Has tons of hour-long mixes. Great stuff for having in the background when working.
- Galbadia Hotel
- Look no further for game OSTs and anime music.
- Point of Inquiry
- PoI interviews prominent intellectuals, philosophers, and scientists.
- The Thomas Jefferson Hour
- A weekly podcast dealing with Thomas Jefferson and his views. The show is made by a scholar impersonating Jefferson being interviewed.
- Google Earth
- Lets you explore the Earth.
- World Wind
- Also lets you explore the Earth, but with more statistics.
- Lets you explore the universe. Check out The Celestia Motherlode for things with which to populate that virtual universe.
- Lots of amateur art. You can buy prints (I have four).
- Bathsheba Grossman
- Grossman makes mathematical art (I own the Large Scale Model).
- Art of Greg Martin
- Makes neato space pictures.
- Draws majestic characters and apocalyptic scenery.
- Draws wonderfully pretty ladies.
- Draws super hero-type women and plain pretty women. (Not all SFW.)
- Mostly space renderings.
- Draws strong women. Sexy!
- Awesome vistas.
- Draws awesome manga, but unfortunately the gallery is tiny.
- Draws mostly NSFW women.
- Draws various things, including pretty women, Final Fantasy, and Ninja Gaiden.
- Visible Earth
- Our planet is grand and beautiful.
- Beyond Belief I and II
- Two very interesting annual symposia on science and religion. The first is vastly superior to the second, but Peter Atkins made the second one not suck. (I can't wait for the third.)
- Canadian sketch comedy group.
- the show with Ze Frank
- A discontinued show about news and stuff. (Ze Frank is my Dear and Glorious Leader!)
- Growing Up in the Universe
- A children's lecture on evolution by natural selection, I mean by Richard Dawkins.
- Animating Fracture
- I, for one, want to shoot steel balls through walls of ceramic and PVC.
- I, for one, want to hurl galaxies at each other.
- Falling Sand Game
- I, for one, want to watch sand and other miscellaneous particles fall.
- Ronald Fedkiw's simulations
- I, for one, want to serve water from a hollow Buddha statue.
- Cyanide and Happiness
- A stick-figure comic with revoltingly funny jokes. Therefore, only mature minds should read it.
- Multi-author comic with some neat ideas.
MWF (or other three-days-a-week schedule)
Monday and Thursday (or other two-days-a-week schedule)
- Sublime and concentrated funny.
- Drawing Board
- Creatively charming comic combining character and carefree carousal.
- Dresden Codak
- What you get when you are high on science.
- Flow diagrams and funny slides.
- Nearing Zero
- Jokes for nerds, jokes for nerds.
- What if pixels had philosophy?
- Crazy stuff in everyday life.
- VG Cats
- Funny cats making comments on games.
- A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible
- Dreamy musings, disjointed stories. Sadly no more.
- Big Science and Proverbs
- Two discontinued comics by Albert Sweigart which ran in The Daily Texan, a student newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin. I think almost all of the Big Science ones are hilarious. Proverbs occasionally falls flat.
- A comic about an alternate story for Half-Life 2 (sadly discontinued).
- Geeky comic about life, the universe, and subatomic particles (seems to be discontinued).
- Minimalist musings on various things of interest (seems not to update any longer).