Tuesday, November 30, 2004

More Than An Atlas

Lot's of facts and useful information links arranged specific to each of the 50 United States of America. - State homepage, capitol tours, cams, constitution, driving rules, election links, genealogical resources, newspapers, maps, political representatives, state symbols, tax forms, topography, tourism, veteran affairs, weather, and more.

Monday, November 29, 2004

I Can See My House From Here

HomeTownLocator gazetteer: Census Data, this site allows you to browse physical and cultural features of the United States, arranged by individual state. From each state listing, you can learn about various physical and cultural attributes within each county, such as hospitals, bays, airports, oilfield, and post offices. After browsing a list of each type of feature, you can elect to view an aerial photograph of the feature and its environs as well. Census 2000 information may be browsed by city, town, village, county, or zip code. You can also use the My House feature to obtain a photo of the street you live on and use a distance finder to calculate the distance between two cities, towns, or zip codes.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Whole Memory

Launched in July 2002, The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known. This includes: Government files, Corporate memos, Court documents (incl. lawsuits and transcripts), Police reports and eyewitness statements, Congressional testimony, Reports (governmental and non-governmental), Maps, patents, Web pages, Photographs, video, and sound recordings, News articles, Books (and portions of books). The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we're not supposed to know (or that we're supposed to forget).

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Sing and Dance

I hear America Sing, a Performing Arts Reading Room, Music, Theater and Dance Collections from the Library of Congress.

Patriotic Melodies -- See, hear, and learn more about some of our nation's most beloved music. Hear the Library of Congress March!

The Gerry Mulligan Collection -- Composer, arranger, performer and band leader; hear Mulligan, in his own words, on music & history. New scores, recordings and discography added!

Dolly Parton and Country Music -- Country music singer/songwriter and pop culture icon; learn about Parton's musical roots and find out more about the history of country music.

The Katherine Dunham Collection -- Performer, choreographer, and teacher, Dunham changed the face of American modern dance.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Bleeding Hearts

Liberalhearts.com uniting Democrats, Greens, animal lovers & environmentalists who are like in mind and liberal in love! Over 9 million matches served in 8 years. And because the website is built by and for progressive Democrat & Green Party singles you've got an important head start in an environment with kindred spirits who are passionate about what they believe in. If you choose to upgrade your FREE membership, 10 to 75% of the fee is donated to liberal hearted organizations.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Military Reporting, Then and Now

Then, Stars and Stripes, 1918-1919: part of the Library of Congress' newly announced project to put hundreds of American newspapers online in digital searchable format from microfilm, this database lets you search or browse pages from the paper. And now.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Scream 4

The illicit trade in art and cultural artifacts is a major category of international crime. This includes theft of individual works of art, illegal export of objects protected by international laws, and pillaging of archaeological sites. Art theft is an international problem requiring cooperation at all levels of law enforcement. To aid in this endeavor, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) established the National Stolen Art File (NSAF) to assist law enforcement agencies in resolving this ever increasing problem.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Gobble Gobble

Let's Talk Turkey, from the Food Network -- The Epicurious Thanksgiving Survival Guide -- Holiday Cooking Tips from the National Turkey Federation -- Thanksgiving Recipe Central from AllRecipes.com.

Thank you to the Free Range Librarian for finding these links.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Jingle Jargon or Legal Lexicon

Looking for the definition of a term in a particular subject can be difficult and time consuming. That's where the Glossarist can help you look. Just choose a subject or search for the industry you are interested in at the top. Languages are evolving and changing all the time and if we don't keep up then fairly soon we simply won't understand what others are saying. The Glosserist put together a compendium of glossaries on various subjects so you can find the best definitions of terms in which you are interested.

Thank you to Ray for pointing me to this resource.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

'X' marks the Spot

Old maps, early maps - non-current maps in general - are the subject of this site. Whether you are an academic, family historian, collector, teacher, parent or surfer. This site has information about old maps, both on the web and in the real world. The site's 100 'pages' offer comment and guidance, and over 3,000 annotated links - selected for relevance and quality. As the information is logically organised in a directory structure, you should easily find what you want.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

I Do

Marriage records have been a great help to many genealogy and family history researchers, providing valuable information and clues to an ancestor's or relative's marriage. Over the last few years, many people and organizations have been publishing marriage record archives on the Internet. Some with thousands of records, others with millions. Presented on this website are individual "State Guides" designed to show you where all the best marriage record archives and databases are found.

Cognito Ergo Sum

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy was designed from its inception, September 1995, as a dynamic reference work. What is a dynamic reference work? It's where each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Warm Fire and a Good Book

"Between 1935 and 1960, the paperback revolution created a new industry overnight, permanently changed our understanding of 'the book, helped to democratize reading by increasing readership and eroding the lines between 'high' and 'low' literature, and created its own, unique genres and forms of expression." There are links here to cover art, articles, and an animated timeline.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Corrupts Absolutely

Transparency International, the only international non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption, brings civil society, business, and governments together in a powerful global coalition. TI, through its International Secretariat and more than 85 independent national chapters around the world, works at both the national and international level to curb both the supply and demand of corruption. In the international arena, TI raises awareness about the damaging effects of corruption, advocates policy reform, works towards the implementation of multilateral conventions and subsequently monitors compliance by governments, corporations and banks. At the national level, chapters work to increase levels of accountability and transparency, monitoring the performance of key institutions and pressing for necessary reforms in a non-party political manner.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Family Tree

LinkPendium, a 1,109,200 link directory of genealogical resources. An excellent resource and link directory compilation of a million plus resources for genealogy by Karen Isaacson and Brian Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

From Scratch

As a kid, did you ever wonder how things were made? I know I did. I love Chocolate. At the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at the Stanford University Web site, you can watch things being built. All kinds of things--like cars, candies and clothes. The choice is yours. I clicked on the virtual tour and watched a Chocolate Bar being made from scratch. It took nearly five and a half minutes--on film, anyways. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy How Everyday Things Are Made. Anyone will like watching raw stuff become finished stuff through manufacturing.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Tag Team

Team Marketing Report (TMR) offers the most encyclopedic directory of sporting associations, leagues, venues, teams, and tournaments in the world. The New England Patriots lead this years Fan Cost Index survey. The survey now in its 12th year, tracks the cost of attendance for a family of four. The FCI includes: four average-price tickets; four small soft drinks; two small beers; four hot dogs; two game programs; parking; and two adult-size caps.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

I Have a Dream

What are the toughest tasks in sports? USA TODAY's Sports staff took up the challenge to produce a top-10 list. I am generally a sports misanthrope, but this is the type of article I can appreciate. I have always dreamed about what it might be like to be a sports superstar, instead I must be content with being pedantic pundit. Click here to read the Cover story that kicked off the series.
Thank you to Ray for bring the article to my attention.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Can I Bum a Token?

Tonights site provides detailed information about the New York City subways. Find technical information about the trains, including abandoned or unused tunnels, abandoned stations, brief history, maps dating back to 1880, and information about the signals. Also provides a glossary, a FAQ, images of the subway cars, and information about other trains and subways in New York, the U.S., and around the world.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Flapper to Valley Girl

CrazyFads.com from 1920 to 1990 they list all of the craziest fads that have come and gone. Go back a few decades and read about the silly to serious fads that helped change our society and create a pop-culture. Want to know which fads your parents experienced? What about the ones you experienced yourself? Maybe you will start a new fad yourself after reading some of the crazy fads .

Thursday, November 11, 2004


Over one million people all over the world have joined local Meetup Groups. In the last two years, Meetup Groups have brought communities together, shaken up politics, given people a voice…and had a lot of fun. A Meetup Group shares a cause or interest and meets regularly face-to-face. There are literally thousands of local Meetup Groups for thousands of interests. I want to point out one Meetup Group in particular, Stop the Draft Meetup Groups worldwide. Meet other local people who want to Stop the Draft in the US. Organize with others to discourage the reinstatement of the draft and help set up an infrastructure to help people avoid a reinstated draft.

This in response to Lisa's comment to a post on Electronic Ephemera.

Every is Vote Sacred

VotersUnite! is a national non-partisan organization dedicated to fair and accurate elections. It focuses on distributing well-researched information to elections officials, elected officials, the media, and the public; as well as providing activists with information they need to work toward transparent elections in their communities.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Give Peace a Chance

Your Guide to the Religions of the World. This BBS site provides basic information about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I'll get the Popcorn

For questions about movies, my first resource is the Internet Movie Database. It is easy to search, is such a popular site that mistakes are corrected quickly, and is a fun place to catch trailers of both upcoming movies and those dating back to the 30s.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Representative Government

WhiteHouseForSale.org is a project of Public Citizen, a national, nonprofit public interest organization with 160,000 members that was founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

They fight for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.

The web site is managed by Congress Watch. Congress Watch champions consumer interests before the U.S. Congress and serves as a government watchdog. It lobbies to strengthen health, safety and environmental protections; demand an end to corporate subsidies; fight to preserve citizen access to the courts to redress corporate wrongdoing; and seek to ensure a strong democracy by exposing the harmful impact of money in politics and advocating for comprehensive campaign finance reform.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Day Tripper

With Smithsonian.TV why bother with long lines, screaming kids, and admission fees? This multimedia gateway from the Smithsonian brings the museum to you -- free of charge. From the comfort of home, you can still cruise the mall, drop in on the elephants and tigers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a host of the Smithsonian's holdings without breaking a sweat. Where else can you chat about the world of art with Cheech? Heck, there's even a nostalgic look at baseball, sports fans. Whether you're a Civil War history buff or simply fascinated with the solar system, this site offers a rare look at America's attic. Put on those headphones and click away. It's instant entertainment.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Five by Five

The Harvard Classics, the most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume '5-foot shelf of books' and the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century. The Five-Foot Shelf, with its introductions, notes, guides to reading, and exhaustive indexes, may claim to constitute a reading course unparalleled in comprehensiveness and authority.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Coach Potato

Most people watch several hours of television each day. Some long- running shows become a part of our lives. How many times have you altered plans because you had to catch The Sopranos or needed to find out if the castaways ever get off Gilligan's Island? (which they did in a reunion show)

TV Tome lists just about every show ever created. Along with introductory information, you'll find an episode guide and cast list. The fun part is the goofs guide--a collection of mistakes and contradictory statements made by characters.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

And Justice for All

The individuals charged with dispensing justice in our society have a direct impact on all of our rights, as well as on protecting the environment, workers, and consumers. The nation's federal judges - who are appointed for life - must be moderate, fair and impartial. What could be more important than saving our courts from extremist ideologues? The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation's oldest, largest, and most diverse civil rights coalition, has launched the Save Our Courts campaign to oppose the Bush administration's extremist nominees to the federal courts.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Depths of Hell

Kerry concedes. I don't even know how to express my devastation over the realization that there will be four more years.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Vote Early and Often

The Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections is a free internet resource providing results of U.S. Presidential Elections to the world community. Data is collected from many official sources and presented here in one convenient location. On Tuesday, they plan to update the time-line starting at 7:10pm. Update cadence is every 30 minutes at about 10 past and 40 past each hour. State and county-level results will be posted once states reach ~ 90% precinct reporting, but not starting until around 10pm. On Wednesday morning, preliminary state and county data will be on-line. County maps will also be available.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Our Future

Over 100 Prominent Americans — citizen activists and policy experts concerned about the country and the planet — joined together to launch and build the Campaign for America's Future. They are challenging the big money corporate agenda by encouraging Americans to speak up — to discuss and debate a new vision of an economy and a future that works for all of us.
America's Future insists that the question of falling wages and rising insecurity be placed at the center of our national debate. They challenge those who suggest that nothing can be done and expose the conservative agenda that has made things worse. America's Future works to revitalize a progressive agenda, and fights to make this economy work for working people once again.