Opera, the fastest browser on earth-- an alternative to Netscape and Internet Explorer
 Arachnophilia, "careware" HTML editor
 IrfanView, freeware graphics viewer
 WinShogi, freeware Shogi (Japanese chess) program
 Lynx, a freeware browser that displays sites as plain text only, no pictures, lightning fast
 K-Meleon, a freeware browser-- fast, simple, streamlined, but highly capable. K-Meleon is Mozilla on rollerblades!

computer privacy

GRC  Steve Gibson's excellent site!

Electronic Privacy Information Center  a good place to visit for information and resources

SafeWeb  encrypted anonymizing proxy-- protect your websurfing privacy, super easy to use  {11/17/01-- SafeWeb is out of business for the time being... But keep it bookmarked, it's worth watching}

JAP (Java Anon Proxy)  encrypted anonymizing proxy-- requires software download, free for now. Highly secure, and easy to use once set up, though set-up is slightly technical

Tor  encrypted anonymizing proxy-- this new offering from The Free Haven Project already looks quite promising. Free. Setup and use are fairly technical

Anonymouse  anonymizing proxy-- plus anonymous e-mail and anonymous posting to newsgroups

AdSubtract  blocks cookies and banner ads-- the basic version is free for a trial period

Privoxy  blocks cookies, banner ads, and unwanted popups-- easy to install, settings are rather technical to change though you shouldn't really need to change them-- and it's free!

ZoneAlarm  firewall, free for personal use

AdAware  freeware, will detect and remove spyware from your computer

stop look listen

WLS Newstalk 890 AM  My favorite talk radio station for many years now-- especially Don Wade & Roma early weekday mornings, and Roe Conn & Garry Meier weekday afternoons. WLS is in Chicago, but you can listen to it over the Net from anywhere.

Virtual Tuner  Listen to radio and watch TV over the Internet. Find links to thousands of stations here.

3WK Underground Radio  Alternative music. Listen only over the Internet.

The Dancing Baby Mega-Site  Featuring "Dancing Baby" movies and animations.

Shatner Rocks!  Back in the late 60's, William Shatner (Captain Kirk on the old Star Trek series) recorded these bizarre renditions-- which sound like an insane, screeching, demented, spaced-out parody of Shakespeare. Problem is, Shatner meant it seriously...  You can do anything at!

Trogdor the Burninator  "Burninating the countryside, burninating the peasants... and the Trogdor comes in the NIGHT!!!"

Everybody to the Limit  "Come on, fhqwhgads, I said come on, fhqwhgads, everybody to the limit, everybody to the limit..." Strong Bad stars in his own music video. Directed by The Cheat.

Switch to Linux  "We were negotiating with the Pentagon. We had a Blue Screen of Death. That was the last straw! When you're holding the moon for ransom, you value stability in an application. Linux gives us the power we need to crush those who oppose us..."


Dean's World  "Defending the liberal tradition in history, politics, science and philosophy." Dean and visitors discuss and debate ideas and current events. Of all the blogs I follow, this is probably the most interesting, and certainly the most intelligent.

E Pluribus Unum  Ara Rubyan is a cool dude. Plus, anybody who can read Jack Kerouac, hitchhike at age 20 across the continent to San Francisco, and just happen to bump immediately into Allen Ginsberg at the other end, has got to have major mojo.

The Gantry Launchpad  Casey Tompkins is intelligent. A gentleman. Rational without being unreasonable about it. And congenitally and unstintingly sane. You thought we're living through "The Crazy Years" now? Yeah, we are— but don't worry, there are still folks like Casey out there.

The Queen of All Evil  If conservatism is evil, then Rosemary's the queen! Hail to the Queen of All Evil! Hail to the Queen of All Good! Hail to the Queen of All!

Up With Beauty!  Steven Malcolm Anderson is a true conservative and a true original, and a man of honor and deep integrity. Plus, hey, he likes Oswald Spengler!

Gut Rumbles  Acidman is a 52-year-old twice-divorced wine-drinking Georgia cracker with an attitude and a half

Dr. Weevil  Punditry, Pedantry, Poetry, and Pie ("Mmmmm... Pie!")— Plus, hey, the man's a Latin scholar!

Accidental Verbosity  Jay & Deb met over the web, got married, and their two blogs are now one

Solport   An Independent's view of current events, science, and science fiction... by Admiral Quixote

From Behind the Wall of Sleep  "I contracted West Nile Encephalitis in early August 2002; it hit me pretty hard. It made me tired and fuzzy, but I thought if I wrote a little, I might not feel quite so bad. This is the result..."


Where's George?  Enter the serial number of a dollar bill here, then track its whereabouts online! This has got to be one of the niftiest "useless ideas" I've ever seen, or else maybe it's a test run for the New World Order (Novus Ordo Seclorum)  ;-)

My Where's George? User Profile  Check it out!

GPÜCH  Pronounced "Push," it's an art rock band that my friend Greg plays in. They play all original music, they've got a distinctive sound, and they're good... What can I say? You've got to hear them if you're in Madison, Wisconsin sometime! And what's more, I hear there's a CD in the works...

Anagrams  Take any name or phrase, see what you get when you scramble the letters. Try it with your name. Try it with your friends' names!

Slide Rule Universe  The slide rule site!

Outback Australia: Big Red Tour  How to travel by 4 wheel drive in the Outback

The Chess Variant Pages  The many faces of Caissa: Japanese chess, Chinese chess, and so on

Card Games  The rules of every card game you've ever heard of, and then some

Gainax's Evangelion Page  Official webpage of the Japanese anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion."

Anime Web Turnpike  Zillions of anime related sites, including hundreds of Eva sites.

Bell Labs Text-to-Speech  You type it in, it speaks it back to you... quick, before mom comes back within earshot!

The Drudge Report  Good old-fashioned yellow journalism, with tons of links to other news sites.

SlashDot  "News for nerds-- stuff that matters." With a slant toward Linux and open source.

Kuro5hin  "Technology and culture, from the trenches."

The Schumin Web  Ben Schumin is an ordinary 21-year-old college student, with his own website where he chronicles ordinary stuff. So how did Ben Schumin become something of a web celebrity? You'll be asking yourself this question, as you keep returning to Ben's site again and again and again and again...  Your first reaction may be, "What's this site up to, anyway?!" Then you'll see it's humble deep wisdom for "non-escalating verbal self-defense-- how to change the mood when people are mean": "You should comb your hair, Peter." --"Anything else? Either way you win."


Hutt River Province  "Independent Sovereign State in West Australia," ruled over by H.R.H. Prince Leonard. Here's another very nice Hutt River Province website.

Alien Abduction Experience & Research  "Have you been abducted? Take our Alien Abduction Survey."

2012 Unlimited  The cycles of the Mayan calendar will come to an end in the year 2012. And so will the world.

Die Screaming With Sharp Things in Your Head!  A collection of impaled garden gnomes.

UltraSonics--America's Secret Police  Yes, UltraSonics--the top secret group which operates above the law, to terrorize innocent residents of New Jersey with advanced nonlethal acoustic weapons! Their evil conspiracy is revealed here, for the very first time-- by a man who, for the past two years, has been persecuted by UltraSonics!

Hidden Mickeys  Did you know Mickey Mouse is hidden all over the place? At Disney World, and other places...

Sam Sloan  Okay, let's see if I've got this straight... Sam's daughter was kidnaped by a well known TV evangelist, and forcibly enrolled in the Marine Corps, where she has been turned into a martial-arts killing machine. While Sam's mother, a retired psychiatrist, was kidnaped from a hospital in Bangkok, by another tentacle of the vast conspiracy. Meanwhile Sam Sloan, a rumpled New York cab driver, is a one-man X-Files. One of the most complicated sites I've ever seen anywhere.

Japanese English  Here's a logo emblazoned on a frying pan: "CHARMY! We have a talk about our the party. It is pleasant to cooking with Miss Rabbit of the Charmy series."

Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird  A weekly column. Check it out!

Kiss This Guy-- The Archive of Misheard Lyrics  Ever hear the words to a song, and hear them wrong? Then this is the site for you!

Braces Are Beautiful  "If you are looking for pictures of people wearing braces, you have found a great place. My page originally concentrated on pictures of people with braces 'as seen on TV'. I now also have scans of 'still' pictures I have collected over the years."

Witch Doctor's Grimoire  An artist of dubious talent calls himself a witch doctor, and embarks on a quest for his "Dream Girl," who for some reason has to be left-handed.

Eric Conveys an Emotion  Happiness, sadness, anger, fear, annoyed, etc. You can "make a request" for an emotion for Eric to convey, and he will add it to his "pending list"...

Dreams of Keys  For years, somebody has been keeping a "dream journal." Of nothing but dreams about keys. House keys, car keys, computer keys, musical keys. Over half a meg of weird dreams about keys.

Human Spontaneous Invisibility  "In the summer of 1994, I became aware of a very strange phenomenon, human spontaneous involuntary invisibility, which was apparently happening to people in the U.S." Well, land sakes! It seems all sorts of folks are just turning invisible!

Richard C. Hoagland  Former science journalist now peddles conspiracy theories. The secrets of the Face on Mars! Put there by aliens, it holds, in the lines and angles of its geometry, the secret to infinite hyperdimensional energy. Why NASA denies its existence.

Major Ed Dames  As an operative in the CIA's top-secret Operation Grill Flame, Ed Dames learned to use the psychic power of "remote viewing" to spy on the Russkies, locate lost objects, and view the moons of Jupiter close-up. Now he will teach you how to do "remote viewing," through an interactive training kit.

Red Elk  This "inter-tribal medicine man" will teach you how to fly, how to turn invisible, or even how to teleport yourself over long distances ("very dangerous!"). He warns of the lizards from inside the earth, which want to get into your pants! Oh, and Red Elk also asks that you send him $2 and a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes.

The Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics  "It is a little known fact that Ms. Spears is an expert in semiconductor physics. Not content with just singing, in the following pages she will guide you in the fundamentals of the vital laser components that have made it possible to hear her super music in a digital format."

The Prime Number Shitting Bear  Yes, for those who are mathematically inclined, here's an animated cartoon bear who stands there shitting prime numbers!

Black People Love Us  Meet Sally and Johnny, two clueless grinning white preppies who proudly proclaim, "Hey, some of our best friends are black!"


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