I'm becomming an Internet radio junkie. Radio Rivendell plays great music to read and write fantasy, and anything else, by. Recommended!
I also adore Folk Alley, which offers folk (you probably guessed that), acoustic, and Celtic music.
If you’re a Renaissance Festival music geek like me, click here or here.
I know that some day, somewhere, this site will be useful to someone: it's a resource where you can find a recording of just about any sound you can imagine. Haven't you ever wondered what a grebe sounds like? Finally, here's your chance to find out.
Hear the words that changed the world. From Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech to Lou Gehrig's farewell to baseball, this vast collection is drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The ArtsLes Miserables is my all-time favorite musical. Rent is a close second, along with Oklahoma, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins. My very favorite (non-musical) play is The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard.Want to catch a play in Atlanta? Visit the Atlanta Performs page for a complete list of theatre companies. My first ever paying job was in a play at the Alliance Theatre. I can't say enough good stuff about Atlanta's amazing Center for Puppetry Arts.
Please check out this new publisher of "magic" eBooks: ePic Adventures, Inc.
Speaking of theatre, Didaskalia: Ancient Theater Today is an excellent resource on Greek and Roman drama, dance and music. Anywhere, at any hour, experience a modern play on the Web. Bravo!
Now this is priceless ... a site with recordings to show how the pronunciation of vowels in English has changed through the centuries, from Middle English to more recent times.
Here's an excellent resource for Internet Museums. This site by the WebMuseum includes an artist index, glossary, and an enormous collection of images of paintings.
Earthpages offers essays, articles, links, and references on politics, culture, religion, myth, psychology, and much, much more.
This is a terrific online Library of the Fantastic. You'll find some great stuff there, so don't miss it. On a related note, here's one for retro concepts of the future.
This is just plain amazing, and lovely: fanned book spines as art!
This is fun ... if you're a shameless and hopeless romantic like me, visit the Pre-Raphaelite site.
I find this site on Sensuality in Memorial (graveyard) Art fascinating. This guy's matte painting work is just stunning.
Here's some lovely Celtic artwork for t-shirts, cards and more. This exceptionally cool page is an on-line exhibit about life and culture in the Middle Ages.
Speaking of the Middle Ages, if you're interested in costuming and arms, check these out. They are excellent, but the first three are my very favorites:
- Museum Replicas, Limited (I want too many of their swords!)
- Excalibur Leather
- Center Stage Costumes (I must have their Musketeer costume, and that pirate coat ....)
- Chivalry Sports
- Threads of Time
- Valentine Armouries
Ever wanted to learn the fine art of stage fencing and swashbuckling? With a rapier, say, or a sword and a cloak? Believe it or not, I have. I found some good information here. I'm planning to take some lessons from the Atlanta Stage Combat Group. Well, some day.
Some of my favorite artists include John Waterhouse, Maxfield Parrish, Vincent Van Gogh (of course), Brian Froud, M.C. Escher, N.C. Wyeth, Arthur Rackham, Thomas Canty, Alan Lee and George Perez.
This site which has all the covers of the Astounding/Analog science fiction magazine in chronological order. You'll find some absolutely wonderful stuff here.
Here you'll find a marvelous page on The Golden Age of Illustration (including works by Arthur Rackham, Howard Pile, Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and many others). My friend Lee Verner steered me to this library of Fantastic Images.
Symbols.com offers the world's largest online encyclopedia of graphic symbols, ranging from from ideograms carved in mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men to hobo signs and subway graffiti.
And if you happen to like comics, here's a link to just about every site on the 'Net. Or check in with Superman. Or go straight to the official DC Comics page. Newsarama and Comics Continuum keep you up to date with all the latest.
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Film and Television
Click this site to see how your favorite movie should have ended.
If you love and miss the the TV series Firefly as much as I do, or if you haven't seen Firefly yet, rent or buy the DVDs! You'll thank me later. I promise.
How many times have we used the phrase "way too much time on his hands" when taliing about a Web site someone has made? Well, this might be the trump card. This guy is documenting all the TV episode crossovers he can find. And he found plenty, including the Addams Family/Batman crossover!
The Encyclopedia of Television includes more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.
If you like MOVIES as much as I do, you'll always want to know what's coming up. Here are two really great sites for getting the very latest news, reliable gossip and rumors: the new and improved Ain't It Cool News and CHUD, based right here in Atlanta. We're just getting warmed up. There's also Dark Horizons, Mania, IGN Filmforce, Airlock Alpha, and Filmjerk.
This may not sitll be news, but here's the latest scoop on The Lord of the Rings and, soon, The Hobbit, all at The One Ring.
Like comic book movies? Hey, check out this (exhaustive!) history of the coolest car ever, the Batmobile!
Speaking of movies, here's a nice (and free!) library of film scripts. Here is a good site for Independent Film Makers.
I watch way too much TV (favorites: Jeopardy!, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, M*A*S*H, Pushing Daisies, Northern Exposure, Scrubs, Cheers, Chuck, Eli Stone, the Star Treks, and Twin Peaks). I also adore musicals (my favorites are Les Miserables, Rent, Oklahoma, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins) and I never miss a chance to watch Rudolf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and all those Christmas specials.
My favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, Casablanca, most of the Disney animated classics, the first two Star Wars movies, The Thin Man, The Princess Bride, The Big Chill, Errol Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Muppet Movie, and Field of Dreams.
If you love Christmas Specials as much as I do, don't miss Absolute Grinch.
Remember those cool (and downright weird) Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday Morning shows? Like H.R. Puffnstuf, the Bugaloos and my own favorite, Land of the Lost? If so, visit Krofft.net or join Marshall, Will, and Holly in the Land of the Lost
Sean Connery was the real James Bond (although I confess I think Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig are great) and Clayton Moore was the real Lone Ranger.
Are you a Disney fan? Visit Mickey Mouse on the web.
Take a virtual trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. If you're heading to one of the Disney Parks, keep your eyes open for Hidden Mickeys!
Here's a page on one of my very favorite rides, The Haunted Mansion! This site takes you back stage at Walt Disney World. Yesterland takes you to Disney attractions now vanished.