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Stuff I have found to be useful at some time or another. Other stuff that is entertaining. Plus stuff that keeps distracted from work.
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- Going Car-Free
- Secular, Skepticism, Origins, Evolution
- Political Satire and Campaign
- Books and Writers
- General Humour
- Ken Kifer's Bike Pages
- Don't just read the bicycle pages - the whole site is an inspiration. Ken was killed by a drunk driver earlier this year, and his many friends have promised to keep his site up and running.
- Myra Van Inwegen's Bike Articles
- Useful collection of articles about all things cycling
- Bike Reader
- Occasional C+ contributor Scott Munn keeps the Bike Reader pages filled with Humour and general interest articles. Plenty to keep you amused
- Welcome To Velo Vision Magazine
- The Other Side of cycling. Alternative cycling.
- Byke Kultuur Never
- More humour and general stuff, with a bias towards recumbents.
- Sheldon Brown
- Everything you wanted to know about bicycles but were afraid to ask. Advice about everything to do with cycling. Very reliable information, but remember, it's not gospel.
- Maker of the Chameleon 105. The best handling folding bicycle available
- HP Velotechnik
- For full details of the StreetMachine, and the rest of the Velotechnik stable
- Saracen Cycles
- Now mainly producing bikes for the downhill market, there are also a couple of good road bikes in the stable
- Welcome To Falcon Cycles
- Parent company of Claud Butler, maker of the San Remo
- British Human Power Club
- First stop if you want to get any information on HPVs and recumbents in general.
- The Folding Society
- More info on Folding Bicycles
- WISIL - The Recumbent & HPV Information Center
- Based in Wisconsin, so there's an American Perspective to this site. Lots of very good information and help on Recumbents.
- CTC - the UK's national cyclists organisation - Home
- Cyclists' Touring Club, aimed mainly at the Touring, Commuting and Leisure Cyclist. Local "DAs" or District Associations around the country - there's bound to be a group near you. Very good legal services if you need help in the event of an accident.
- A support group for those bereaved or injured in Road Accidents.
- Car Busters
- Tools for the grassroots global car-free culture.
- Carfree Cities
- The Web Site is mainly there to flog the book. But still worth visiting. More tools and resources.
- Dinosaurs Against Fossil Fuels
- These Velocipedosaurs, often seen riding around Vancouver BC, have come down in time through a fractal time flux to deconstruct the culture of fossil burning, and to beat the cr@p out of SUV drivers who park in cycle lanes.
- British Academy of Audiology
- New parent body overseeing Audiology in the UK. Formed from the merger of the organisations representing Scientists, Technicians and Therapists.
- The Audiology Resources Website
- New Audiology site which looks quite promising. Also one of the few Audiology fora I have come across
- Universe Today
- Fairly up-to-date news on what's happening in Space. News on Missions, Exploration, Research.
- Pacific Astronomical Society
- Simply the Best Astronomical Site I have found on the web so far.
- Bad Astronomy
- Conspiracy Theorists, the Uninformed, and the Media often talk a load of cr@p about astronomy and science in general. Here's where to go when you want to de-bunk some of the popular myths.
- NASA - Home
- What NASA are doing.
- The World of Richard Dawkins
- Background to the work of Richard Dawkins, Charles Simyoni Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, at Oxford University.
- The Infidels
- Portal to the Secular Web
- Atheist Alliance
- Another Portal and collection of resources for the atheist.
- The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Founded by the stage magician James Randi, CSICOP aims to de-bunk all kinds of paranormal nonsense.
- The Skeptics Society
- More resources for the Skeptic
- Helping you to let go of religion. All it is is a psychological prop. You can easily let go.
- Darwin Fish and Evolve Fish sales
- Goodies for freethinkers. An American site, and with nothing similar in the UK (yet), you need to pay to advertise your independence
- University of Ediacara
- Hasn't been updated for quite a few years, but there is still some interesting stuff here. Most discussion takes place in the virtual Student Bar, the Panda's Thumb
- Exploring the Creation-Evolution Controversy
- Archive site containing the best from the talk.origins newsgroup.
- Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
- Scientific discussion of memetics, looking at how ideas, customs and cultures are passed on through generations.
Humour N.B. If you are a born-again christian, then the following two web sites may cause offence. They really take the p!ss out of born-agains. Anyone else, Enjoy!
- Landover Baptist
- America's Best Christian
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- A broad group seeking and campaigning for environmental solutions
- Stop Esso
- Esso (and the American parent, Exxon) are destroying the planet. Boycott Esso, and fight back against their environmental crimes.
- Ethical Consumer
- Helpiing you shop without destroying the planet. Reviews and publishes the Social and Environmental Records of the companies behind the brands.
- boycott bush
- A listing of companies and individuals who are supporting and funding the campaign to re-elect Bush.
- Blair Faced Lies
- An alternative to the lies and half-truths Tony B~Liar and the rest of his 'government' constantly put out.
- Throne Out - the British Anti Monarchy and Republican site
- Often wickedly funny, a campaign group for the removal of the monarchy. Often a good source of anti-royal gossip
- REPUBLIC: Campaign for an Elected Head of State
- Similar to the above, but more serious in tone.
- The Smirking Chimp
- Who else? It's the great Dubya Show
- Rudy Rucker's Home Page.
- Scientist, Mathematician and Science Fiction / Science Fact writer. Some good little programmes available for download (Windoze only) to demonstrate some of the mathematical studies.
- Jasper Fforde Homepage
- Of Jasper Fforde's writing, the only description I can come up with is 'weird'. I've seen it filed under general fiction, literary fiction, science fiction. Don't think anyone can quite agree.
- Thursday Next - Home Page
- Home page of the hero of Jasper Fforde's novels. Taking the sillyness even further
- Christopher Brookmyre
- Scottish Author of what are loosely described as 'Crime' novels. Always very funny. Someone with a sense of the macabre.
- Neal Stephenson
- Science Fiction Author. Author of one of the great novels of CyberPunk (Snow Crash), and one of the great novels of CypherPunk (Cryptonomicon).
- On-line encyclopaedia, to which everyone in the world can contribute. If something's missing, you write the article, it's peer-reviewed, then added to the site.
- If you're on-line and need a definition, then Bartleby is a good resource. It's an American site though, so beware the spellings. Also includes Thesaurus, Quotation Dictionary, and other reference books. Allowing for the "Spelling Caveat", this is an excellent resource.
- Peter's Evil Overlord List
- What not to do when you've captured James Bond.
- Your Online Source For Everything Evil
- No good being an Evil Overlord if you can't arm your Legions of Darkness.
- I Need Coffee
- All sorts of information about Coffee and Coffee Culture.
- The Ardbeg Distillery
- Of all Scotland's Malt Whiskeys, the island malts are by far the best. Islay has the cream of the crop; Laphroaig is the famous one, but Ardbeg just pips Bowmore to the post as Scotland's Best Malt
- Wychwood Brewery Co. Ltd.
- WhassaMatter, Lager Boy, afraid you might taste something???
- Heather Ale
- Brewed for centuries, Fraoch is the traditional Heather Ale of Scotland. A wonderful taste, and I'd really recommend you track down a bottle or two...
- A Quarter of...
- All those wonderful, tooth-rotting, appetite-destroying confections from your childhood, that can't be had for love nor money these days. Get them here. A big selection of those bygone sweets. No King's OddFellows though.
- A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down
- Somewhere relaxing to go on your lunch-break. While away the time, and be distracted from going back to work.
- The original and still the best. Buy an Apple Macintosh, and you'll never look back.
- Excellent (but Mac only) HTML Editor. Very good tool for learning HTML as you're constructing a site.
- Freshly Squeezed Software
- Couple of neat little utilities, together with FTPeel, an excellent FTP Client. Again, Mac only.
- Lemke Software
- Makers of Graphic Converter, possibly the most useful piece of utility software ever written. Converts one graphic format into another. All those images with wierd extensions you get as attachments and were never able to open - now you can (probably). And that's just the start. Does all sorts of other editing and converting. Conversion tools are better than Photoshop.
- Ever had one of those days when you just can't get anything running properly on the computer? You lose a file. You run out of allocated time earlier than you thought. Your password won't allow you access to the system. In short, nothing works. In all probability, he's been at the system. Meet the Bastard Operator From Hell.
- User Friendly the Comic Strip
- Home of the Dust Puppy, and other surreal wierdness. Very funny, just pay them a visit.
- The Code of the Geeks
- Needed to de-code the Geek Code Block which can be found in the .sig of many Commputer Geeks.
- The Jargon File
- Everything you need to know about the world of computers and its slightly odd inhabitants, you can learn here
- GNU's Not Unix!
- Richard Stallman's Home Page. GNU resources. One of the Founders of the Free Software Movement.
- Eric Raymond's Home Page
- More from the Free Software Foundation.
The World Wide Web
- If you're fed up with the constant annoyances of Internet Explorer, then pay a visit to the Mozilla Site. From the huge Mozilla Browser to the stripped down basics of Camino, you'll find a browser which is good for your system.
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- Writing the standards for the World Wide Web, ensuring that it remains open to all, and trying to ensure that one single browser (you know who I'm talking about!) doesn't hijack the internet.
- Dave Raggett's Introduction to HTML
- Another How-To on HTML. Veyr good introduction, and one to which I keep referring. As part of the W3C, this is as standards-compliant as you will find.