Go Jackets! Go Braves!
The folks at The Braves Show are nothing if not opinionated. Sometimes loony, sometimes insightful, they are often worth a read. It’s a great spot for news and rumors, too. Talking Chop, Rowland’s Office, and Braves Journal are also really good fan-driven sources for updates on my home team. Capital Avenue Club offers especially insightful analysis.
I think Thomas Boswell is the greatest sports writer living on the planet. His book Why Time Begins on Opening Day proves he's one of our best writers, period. Do not, I repeat, do not miss it.
David O'Brien at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution does a pretty darn good job covering the Braves.
Baseball is, of course, the greatest sport known to man. Here's a good on-line Baseball Encyclopedia. This is another terrific baseball reference site, and the Baseball Library is incredible. Don’t miss MLB Trade Rumors.
Here is a terrific resource for Minor League Baseball. Highly recommended!
Here you can see the original, live action Lord of the Rings film in stunning black and white. This is amazing.
For more Tolkien laughs, click here. The true geeks (we know who we are) will enjoy this Source Criticism Analysis of The Lord of the Rings. If you know what that means, this site is for you. Speaking of Tolkien humor, the photo to the left was stolen, er, borrowed from here.
The funniest sites on the entire Web are:
Don't miss the Book of Ratings and the Self-Made Critic, all that is left of the sorely-missed Brunching Shuttlecocks. Maybe my favorite of all: Geoffrey Chaucer hath a blog. Zug is a scream. Be sure to check out the pranks page on the site.
If you love Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer and, um, Middle English Viking sagas, this is for you. Priceless!
Don't forget to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19.
For the funniest video clips ever, see what you missed on The Daily Show and Colbert Nation.
How can you not love Calvin and Hobbes?
You won't believe what they could get away with on Rainbow, an old British kids' show
Speaking of the British and getting away with things ... I'm a huge John Cleese fan; don't miss his brand new Web site. The official Web site of Terry Jones is a hoot! And even thought-provoking, too, if you're not careful. Don't you dare miss it.
If you're a fantasy writer like me, or if you're interested in mysticism or archetypal psychology, you've scrolled down to the right place. Want to know what's ahead? Here is a site where you can have your Tarot cards read online. Tarot Lore is one of the most impressive online divination sites I’ve come across. This is another groovy Tarot site. Both sites let you choose from a variety of decks and layout spreads. If you're interested in the connections between Qabala and Tarot, click here. It's cool. Lisa Tenzin-Dolma’s The Glastonbury Tarot is my favorite of all although, alas, the online version is not presently available. These sites are great help for when you’re stuck while writing.
Or, if you prefer something a bit different, try the Voice of the Woods oracle or Brian Froud's Faery Oracle. Fun.
If you don't have a comics page handy, you can find your horoscope here or here.
History and News
The Historical Atlas is really amazing Internet reference, all the work of one person.
HyperHistory Online navigates through 3,000 years of world history with links to important persons of world historical importance, civilization timelines, events and facts, and historical maps.
Every hour, 10x10 scans several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.
In an election year, or any other year for that matter, here's a a nonpartisan site where you can check the facts behind politician's claims. On a related note, the best way to stay informed, more important now than ever, is to read more than once news source. My favorite newspapers, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Times of London, are all available on the Web.
I’m a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings Online multiplayer online game, and a proud member of the Kinship of the Chosen.
Some day, these guys are going to build my castle! My car will come from here.
The Word Detective is not only one of the funniest sites around, it's also a marvelous resource for the origins of words and phrases.
So is Paul dead?
If you want to know what time it is, the human clock is the niftiest way I know to find out. Now this is just plain cool. And patriotic, too.
This intriguing site offers diagrams of the tallest buildings in various cities.
The Moonlit Road is an intriguing collection of Southern ghost stories.
Like bar trivia as much as I do? This site on pub trivia answers is a gold mine. I love it. Speaking of pubs and bars, I am very fond of craft beers and ales. Here's a terrific source for craft beer in Georgia and the southeast.
The forgotten marvel of the 19th Century: Boilerplate! Need a Death Ray, Atomic Blaster, or New Combat Robot for your Space Age Lounge? Click on the giant robot.
Speaking of cool, tap the rhyhm of the song on the space bar and this site will try to identify it. Amazing.
The Free Public Records Directory is the largest directory of links to free public record databases on the Internet. Find business information, corporate filings, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, offenders, inmates, criminal and civil court filings, and much more.
Robert's Rules of Order: In 1876 General Henry M. Robert set out to bring the rules of the American Congress to members of ordinary societies with the publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order. It sold half a million copies before this revision of 1915 and made Robert's name synonymous with the orderly rule of reason in deliberative societies.
Speaking of looking ahead, here's a site for people who like to think ahead: the Long Bets foundation is designed to promote longterm thinking. I find it fascinating.
As a Mac junkie, I have to recommend Apple Insider and Mac Rumors.