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essential websites

   Discussion: essential websites
lawrence · 19 years, 7 months ago
everyone should add google, wikipedia and snopes to their browser bookmarks, and consult them periodically.

any other good ones I've forgotten?
Andrea Krause Back · 19 years, 7 months ago

I learn a lot from straightdope.com. Not so much a reference but it would do folks good to read all the archives! :)

J. Andrew World Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
Perhaps it's just me, but I think http://www.jandrewworld.com is an essential website!
nate... Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I actually tend to use m-w.com instead of dictionary... just because it's usually faster. (both to type and to load)

Both are good though. *nodsnods*
lawrence Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
yeah, I've gotten used to using that one, too, but it seems google does definitions now, too (granted, using dictionary.com, but it's still pretty cool to have a single source for searches and definitions.)
Misch Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I have my Mozilla Firefox browser set so that I just type "dict word" into the address bar, and it pulls up a definiton for that page.

How to do it:
Create a bookmark in Mozilla for:
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=%s

With the keyword: dict

Example:
dict schadenfreude
goovie is married! Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
i use m-w.com *constantly* at work to make sure the syllabic divisions in our pieces are correct.

come on, admit it. you wish you had my job.

a big word to the sites lawrence listed. especially google. google google google. learn to use it, and learn to love it, and you may never ask another stupid question again.

gordon already mentioned imdb, so i'll suggest all music guide, which is the closest i've found to an "internet music database.

and chicagoans should definitely bookmark gapers block.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I also mentioned AMG, it was my first link.
goovie is married! Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
sorry, i was too distracted by the gratuitous quotation mark in the baseball reference link. :P
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
yeh but I can never remember about the hyphen :-)
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 19 years, 7 months ago

Dood, I love m-w.com, mostly 'cause it's my last name abbreviation. :oD

lawrence Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
US Naval Observatory Time

I find time.gov much simpler to use, as it does pretty much nothing more than tell you the time in the US time zone you pick. (at least, it's good if you just want to set your watch. :)
nate... · 19 years, 7 months ago
TinyUrl.com (and the slightly less useful, but far more amusing HugeUrl.com . heheh)

NOAA weather forcasts

Pollen.com
dave "buh" Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
nycsubway.org
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
(testimony to support the shameless self-plug):
oh, most definitely...that is such a great and informative site.
Mamalissa! Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
www.forgotten-ny.com is a fantastic resource for New York/History/Transit geeks.
Josh Woodward · 19 years, 7 months ago
I'm sure you're all using Mozilla, so here's my favorite little mozilla trick that allows you to assign an alias to a given website's search. For instance, to look up the word "blah", I type "d blah" into my URL bar and it looks the word up at Dictionary.com. Or "yp chinese" looks for chinese restaurants in my area using Yahoo! Yellow Pages. "map Ann Arbor, MI" gives me a map. Etc.
Mamalissa! · 19 years, 7 months ago
Ever want to check out fun webpages, but don't have the time/motivation to search yourself? Check out memepool for all your waste of time needs.
Josh Woodward Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I used to love that site, but it's gone downhill in the past few years. No posts from May 21st - the 27th, wow.
lawrence Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
it's still pretty good, though, when it does get new posts.

I think it's pretty cool, though, that it gained such outside popularity - I remember when it started and pretty much only people at CMU knew about it.
dgodwin · 19 years, 7 months ago
slashdot.org and fark.com for all my news

fatwallet.com, techbargains.com and forums.anandtech.com for hot deals

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