Thursday, March 31, 2005


The Ethnologue: Languages of the World is a web and print publication of SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics), a Christian linguistic service organization which studies lesser-known languages primarily to provide the speakers with native language biblical texts. It contains statistics for 6,809 languages (2000 edition) and gives the number of speakers, location, dialects, linguistic affiliations, availability of the Bible, etc. It is currently the most comprehensive existing language inventory, along with the Linguasphere Register (pay site, which is why I have the free Christian site listed primary).

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Book Finder

At Fantastic Fiction you'll find information on over 120,000 books. There are bibliographies for over 6,000 authors. Find an author bibliography by name, genre or by book. Once you find the book you want follow a link to buy it new or used.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Foreign Opinion

Each business day, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Research produces an Issue Focus of foreign media commentary on a major foreign policy issue or related event. These reports provide a global round-up of editorials and op-ed commentary from major newspapers, magazines and broadcast media around the world. Following a one-page analysis of the commentary, readers will find block quotes sorted by geographic region and country. An Issue Focus normally covers one to three weeks of editorial opinion.

Monday, March 28, 2005

The Profiler

ZoomInfo is a summarization search engine that finds, understands and extracts the latest online information about people and companies and delivers it to you in concise and useful summaries.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Matter of Opinion

OpinionSource is a public service of the Jack D. Hidary Foundation focused on the needs of thought leaders worldwide. Every day there are hundreds of editorials written in the world's major papers. These pieces reflect the thoughts of key shapers in our society and influence other leaders as they develop and implement policies and business decisions. OpinionSource delivers previews, context and links to major op-eds and editorials around the world including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post in the United States, the Financial Times in Europe, five leading Chinese papers including South China Morning Post and Economic Daily as well as Middle Eastern papers including Al Jazeera and Ha'aretz.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Public Oversite

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. The purpose of TRAC is to provide the American people -- and institutions of oversight such as Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars and lawyers -- with comprehensive information about federal staffing, spending, and the enforcement activities of the federal government.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Slippery Slope

World oil market and oil price chronologies covering 1970-2004, from the Department of Energy.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Gone Fishin'

We (Ryan, Erin & I) are going on vacation to Disneyland! I'll be back Tuesday.

Is the Place to Be

TV Acres is an on-line subject guide that quickly finds information about the "Characters, Places & Things" that appeared on television programs broadcast in the USA from the 1940s to the present - during Prime Time & Saturday mornings. They even have an official theme song.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

States Rights or Right States

The Pew Charitable Trusts' public service website, has published online every weekday except holidays since Jan. 25, 1999. Staffed entirely by professional journalists, it was originally envisioned primarily as a resource for newsmen and newswomen who cover state government. Delivering these news-gatherers timely tips and research material on state policy innovations and trends, enabling them to make their reporting more informative and useful to consumers. has archived the full text of the governors' state of the state addresses since 2000.The site helps to inform public debate of important state-level issues such as healthcare, tax and budget policy, the environment, welfare reform and other issues that in recent years have not gotten the media attention they deserve. Readership has grown far beyond the original target audience and now includes thousands of state officials, students of state government and ordinary citizens who want to keep track of what's going on in their state capitol and in other states throughout the country.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Atlapedia Online contains key facts and statistics on countries of the world. The Countries A to Z section, provides facts, figures and statistical data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, economy & more. The World Maps section, provides full color physical maps and political maps for regions of the world.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Swooosh, basketball stats from Wilt to LeBron. Team stats, coaching records, and game results as well.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Touchdown, football stats and game results for most of pro football history. Games scores for each team, pro bowlers for each season and a list of notable non-skill players for each team in NFL history.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Bery Bery Good to Me, find statistics from 1871 to the present for major league players, teams, and leagues. Complete post-season and managerial data is included as well along with other interesting features including The Baseball Travel Guide where you can find all the baseball close to you from Akron to Yuma.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Ephemeral Film

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 48,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and some 1,600 (soon to be 2,000) key titles are available here. The collection currently contains over 10% of the total production of ephemeral films between 1927 and 1987, and it may be the most complete and varied collection in existence of films from these poorly preserved genres.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Watching America

WatchingAmerica reflects global opinion about the United States, helping Americans and non-Americans alike understand what the world thinks of current issues that involve the U.S. Brings together new from six continents, 158 news publications, in countries from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. WatchingAmerica makes available in English articles written about the U.S. by foreigners, often for foreign audiences, and often in other languages. Since WatchingAmerica offers its own translations, you will be able to enjoy articles that are not available in English anywhere else.

Special Edition: St. Patrick's Day

Kick back, enjoy St. Patrick's Day and have a pint of Guinness (gives you strength), and read about the history of Ireland, of St. Pat himself, and just for completeness get the backround on Green.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Celluloid Revelry

The Film Festival website, online since 1995, provides a great resource about past and present film festivals from all over the world. You can read the latest headline news about the festivals, read coverage of the proceedings, and search an incredible database of information. You can sign up to receive the free weekly newsletter and view a selection of popular video clips culled from recent festivals.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action alerts to respond to corporate activity around the globe. They provide articles about and by people who are directly affected by corporate-led globalization as well as with others fighting for corporate accountability, human rights, social and environmental justice. The site has news, information, exposes, analysis and first person accounts. Updates on CorpWatch campaigns, including the Alliance for a Corporate Free UN, the Climate Justice Initiative and our Greenwash Awards. A hands-on guide to doing your own on-line research on corporations. And cctivist alerts and information on how you can get involved in grassroots action.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Paper Presidents

The American Presidency Project (also known as, was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The archives currently contain over 52,000 documents related to the study of the American Presidency. The American Presidency Project is the only online resource providing without charge, the Public Papers of the presidents: Hoover to Clinton (1993-June 2000) & G.W. Bush (January -June 2001)

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Sell that Junker

Kelly Blue Book, this online guide provides free values and pricing on new and used cars. New car pricing includes invoice, MSRP and New Car Blue Book Values.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Frame It

Artcyclopedia has collected great art online, from over 8,100 famous painters, sculptors and photographers, at 1800 art museum sites & 150,000 artworks collected image archives worldwide, and other online resources with over 60,000 links.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Greasy Palms

Companies, labor unions, and other organizations spent $1.45 billion on lobbying Washington in 1999.'s Lobbyists Database has got the lobbying totals for the last three years for everyone from AAI Corp to Zurich Financial. You can use the search engine below to look for a company, lobbying firm or individual lobbyist or you can search for the total spending by a particular industry. Lobbyists have to file semi-annual reports with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House identifying their clients, the lobbyists working for each client, and the amount of income they receive. Companies have to report their overall lobbying expenditures and the names of any lobbyists employed as part of an in-house lobbying effort. Data are periodically updated to reflect late filings and amendments.

Thursday, March 10, 2005


Envirofacts, a single point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data. This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information. Information in Envirofacts is accessible in a variety of ways from the homepage. Envirofacts Quick Start allows you to retrieve a sampling of information pertaining to your area by entering a specific ZIP Code, City and State, or County and State. If you want more in-depth information about a particular subject area, you may select from a list of available Topics, which includes Waste, Water, Toxics, Air, Radiation, Land, Other, and Maps.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

State of Education

State Education Data Profiles, search for statewide information in elementary/secondary education, postsecondary education and selected demographics for all states in the U.S. Use the dropdown box or the map of the United States to select up to 4 states to compare. You will also get data on U.S. averages and the ability to graph the results.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

How the Other Half Lives

The American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) is a project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and acts to preserve quantitative data on American religion, to improve access to this data, to increase the use of the data, and to allow comparisons across data files. The ARDA collection includes data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations and denominations).

Monday, March 07, 2005

Sherman, Set the Wayback Machine

Internet Archive: Wayback Machine, browse through 30 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported, but there are some researcher tools that perform similar functions.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Stop, What's that Sound

Stop Violence Against Women, fact sheets, news, current campaigns, related links, and more about a global human rights scandal that affects us all. Topics include rape as a tool of war or armed conflict, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, HIV/AIDS, and human rights. From Amnesty International USA.

In Memory of the founder of Amnesty International, Peter Benenson, died at the age of 83.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

State of Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts site provides more than 400 different health topics for all 50 states, accessible via an interactive map, by category or by keyword search. Data presented are a selection of key health and health policy issues collected from a variety of public and private sources, including: original Kaiser Family Foundation reports, data from public websites, and information purchased from private organizations.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Word Quota

Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, with over 9,000 quotations from 4,000 sources organized into 25 categories and 60 sections, this comprehensive reference work contains words of wit and wisdom from such modern notables as Ezra Pound, Henry Kissinger, George Orwell, Dorothy Parker, and Desmond Tutu.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Physics Mind Map

HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Food Glorious Food

All Recipes website, started in 1997 by a group of Web developers with a passion for cooking, has over 26,000 recipes for the consideration of the discerning epicurean. Users may just elect to search for a recipe from the top of the site's homepage, or they may want to browse the recipes by collection, such as desserts, pasta dishes, or soups.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

World Tour of Libraries

The following online library exhibits are all brought to you by the Library of Congress. Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library & Renaissance Culture. This exhibition at the Library of Congress is "an attempt on the part of the Vatican Library at a distance of over sixty years to express its gratitude to all those from North America who contributed so forcefully to "the common convenience of the learned" which is at the heart of the Vatican Library..." Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Each of the main sections (Monarchs & Monasteries, Path to Royal Absolutism, Rise and Fall of the Absolute Monarchy, and From Empire to Democracy) include interesting scans and tidbits of information. Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library. More information and better scans than the above though no thumbnails. Book lovers might enjoy this exhibit's "Renaissance Fine Bindings." Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship. This exhibition "brings before the American people a selection from the scrolls which have been the subject of intense public interest."