Monday, February 28, 2005

Here Comes the Judge

The Federal Judges Biographical Database provides information about all judges who have served on the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court and other life-tenured courts since 1789. You can create customized lists of judges based on multiple categories, including nominating president, type of court, dates of service, and demographic groups.

Sunday, February 27, 2005


The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Gold Medal

You can search the Olympic Games Database to discover who won a game in a particular year, and the city from which they came, and you can see a map with the cities of the winners marked. 263 Olympiads, more than 32 Events, more than 170 cities, more than 600 victors.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Tomatoe Toss

Created by movie-buff Senh Duong in 1998, Rotten Tomatoes has grown to become a premier destination for both casual movie-goers and film buffs alike. Over 2.7 million readers each month use Rotten Tomatoes as a dependable resource and objective coverage of movies and videos. And no wonder. With more than 100,000 titles and 360,000 review links in its ever-growing Tomatoe Picker database, Rotten Tomatoes offers a fun and informative way to discover the critical reaction on movies from the nation's top print and online film critics, neatly summarized via the Tomatometer™.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

In Thier Own Words

Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations. is designed as a service to the research community by making freely available all of the presidential recordings, along with relevant research materials, so that scholars, teachers, students, and the public can hear and use these remarkable tapes for themselves.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Political Machine

The President's Appointees: The President appoints thousands of people to help formulate, enforce, and carry out policies - particularly those outlined in his inaugural address - and budgets that affect us every day. Do you know who these people are? Use the graphical interface to explore the thousands of appointed positions and learn about the people who hold them.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Critic's Pick

Browse or search 10,000 New York Times movie reviews. Included in the free review archive are all films reviewed since 1980, reviews of all Best Picture Academy Award winners, as well as The New York Times guide to Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Name that Show

EPGuides contains Episode Lists for over 2500 TV shows.Each list contains titles and airdates. For many of these shows there is also a more detailed episode guide at TV Tome, with guest stars and plot summaries.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Heat Wave

Weatherbase has collected, from a number of sources, comprehensive information for 16,439 cities worldwide, by far the most easy-to-use, relevant, comprehensive source on the Internet. You can select a region to the right, or search for a city, state, province or country. Curious about the average snowfall in October in Aspen? Want to know if you'll have good beach weather in March in Crete? Wondering about the average temperature in October in Perth?

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Value-pak is the world's largest searchable database of classic print ads. This is a wonderful archive of print ads from the '40s to the present day in a variety of categories. You can search by category, by decade, even by year. The "what are you looking for" search box allows you to type in a brand name and even a specific model name.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Hypertext Library

The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the 250+ VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.

Thursday, February 17, 2005


The Early Modern Women Database provides links to Web resources useful for the study of women in early modern Europe and the Americas. It focuses on the period from ca. 1500 to ca. 1800 and includes links to Web sites about the Medieval period and 19th Century as well. Resources have been selected for their scholarly value by librarians of the University of Maryland Libraries. Materials range from bibliographic databases to full-text resources, images, and sound recordings.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Maitre Fromager

The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research was established in 1986. The World Cheese Exchange Database includes information on over 1400 cheeses. You can Sorted by Name, Sorted by Nationality or Search the database.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Hard Science

The Physical Sciences Resource Center is a web-based databank that provides K-20 teachers links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources in the physical sciences. All materials are classified by their grade level, topic, and activity type, and have descriptions outlining their content. Information about authors, publishers, costs, and copyright is also provided. Educators can use the PSRC to find curriculum materials for all grade levels, classroom demonstrations, labs, online learning material, evaluation instruments, and articles about approaches to science education. The collection can be searched by keyword and author's name and organization, or browsed by topic, type of resource, or grade level.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Sing with Me

GRAMMY Search database lets you find GRAMMY winners by name of the award recipient, by categories within a genre, by year, by title of work and/or by the artist performing the work. With the exception of the category field, which requires that you first select a genre, you may use as few or as many of the available search fields.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Hockey Puck, the internet's largest repository of hockey data. You will find a Statistics Archive; the standings and player statistics for nearly every professional hockey player. You will find information for almost all professional leagues that iced a team -- not just the NHL. And there is a tremendous amount of amateur stats listed as well. Draft Pick Archive; here is an archive of all the amateur players ever drafted in both the NHL and WHA drafts. You can view each draft class to see their NHL/WHA performance, and you can look up all the draft picks by your favorite team. Logo Archive; there have been hundreds of teams to play professional hockey over the years. Every year a dozen more seem to pop up. You can now see the logos of many of those teams in this archive. Trading Card Archive; this archive contains checklists of nearly every hockey card set ever made. There is a wealth of information on minor league card sets. In addition you can get a checklist of nearly any hockey player, both NHL and minor pro, who has a trading card. NHL Player Lists; this archive features different ways of looking at NHL players. You can see an alphabetical list of every NHL player, a list of players who only played in a single NHL game, or a list of players who only appeared in the NHL playoffs. Player Awards; here is an archive of the different player awards/trophies that have been presented in various leagues over the years. You can view by both league and by the type of award (MVP, for example).

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Write History

The history of credit cards. The history of cell phones. The history of contact lenses. The history of...well, the history of “you name it”. Whatever history you need, it’s here. This website is for informative articles about the history of all those things you’ve always wondered about. There are 146 current and future topics covered. This site started in 2004, and is seeking authors to write more articles.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Do You Believe

BeliefNet is multifaith and independent, with columnists that include some of the leading thinkers, clergy and writers in the fields of religion, spirituality and morality - spanning an enormous range of ideologies and approaches. It provides reliable, fair, and insightful information.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Starlight Express

Astronomy Picture of the Day, discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


The Great Buildings Collection is a gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Father of Science Fiction

The Jules Verne Collection, a comprehensive library of Jules Verne works in electronic form, French, English, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Danish, and Polish: 48 novels, 20 short stories, 4 essays, 5 plays, 6 poems, 2 speeches and 5 interviews. Jules Verne, a pioneer of science fiction, was born on this date in 1828. Verne wrote of traveling through space, underwater and around the globe in his books, From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870) and his best-seller, Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

Monday, February 07, 2005

Super Bowl

I'm sure somebody will be interested in Super Bowl History. You can find Recaps of all 38 Super Bowls give you the flavor of what happened every year, Game stats for all 38 Super Bowls, and the Most Valuable Player award winners. The most, the least, the longest and the shortest are all there in this comprehensive listing of Super Bowl records. Check out the regular season stats, All-time standings for every team to make it to the Big Game. Your complete list for who sang the anthem, complete list for every performer and complete list of the halftime for all Super Bowls. See which Hall of Famers played in the Super Bowl, and get a complete breakdown of Hall of Famers in each game. Plus Play-off history, Playoffs Standings, Playoffs Records, Conference Championship Results, Divisional Playoffs Results, and Wild Card Playoffs Results.

Sunday, February 06, 2005


I present the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations. This online version contains the unedited contents of the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.). However, it does contain an incredible amount of information that is remarkably relevant today.

(I am on vacation in the snow, and I have a compulsion to post daily, thus you may have noticed the fiction of one post a day.)

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Catholic Canon

The Catholic Encyclopedia, as its name implies, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine. What the Church teaches and has taught. The struggles, triumphs, and the achievements of members -- all come within the scope of the Catholic Encyclopedia. Actual work on the Encyclopedia was begun in January, 1905. It was completed in April, 1914.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Pinball Wizard

The Internet Pinball Machine Database — also known as the IPD or IPDB — is a comprehensive, searchable listing of virtually every pinball machine ever made. The database is constantly expanding, but currently includes 24,248 images of 4,720 games and 2,255 other game related files, as well as links to other pinball websites, all arranged by machine. The database also includes pitch & bat baseball games, cocktail table machines, bingos, and payout machines, when they have a pinball theme. It may also include information on some obscure games that are not pinball machines but sometimes are confused as them. The data in this database has been laboriously gathered by the Editors, over many years, from books, photographs, flyers, web sites, pinball manufacturers, collectors' personal records, and of course the pinball machines themselves. Most of the actual photographs in the database came from various collectors — over 770 different contributors to date.

Thursday, February 03, 2005


Luciferous Logolepsy, a collection of over 9,000 obscure english words. Though the definition of an "english" word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, derivative, archaic or abandoned words in what we loosely define as the "English Language", that a clear-cut definition seems impossible. For the purposes of this project though, words are included that may stretch any basic definitions. Particular attention has been paid to archaic words, as they tend to be more evocative - as if their very age lends additional meaning or overtones. Current personal favorites include "skirr", "epicaricacy" and "schizothemia".

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Bonus Site

Tonight at 9PM Eastern, President Bush delivers the 'State of the Union' address to a joint session of Congress. This Information Please site lists all previous State of the Union Addresses of U.S. Presidents since Washington.

Lead to Gold

The Alchemy Website, Over 90 megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 1300 sections and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 2000 images, over 200 complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Build It

Structurae offers you information on works of structural engineering, architecture or construction through time, history and from around the world. The documentation begins at the time of the pyramids in Egypt and Roman construction, continues to Romanesque and Gothic churches and through to the Industrial Revolution all the way to today and beyond. Structurae deals mostly with bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, stadiums, towers, etc. Explore this site to discover the marvelous works of structural engineering.