This page has been getting increasingly not-so-useful, so I am in the process of phasing it out and moving the better links (and adding new ones) to more relevant sites. Perhaps I can still keep this page as a sort of "index."
The Astronomy links have already moved to my Comet & Eclipse Page, and the Music links will be reorganized and updated and added to music-related pages such as those here and here. Links related to Microbiology (including nursing education) will soon be added here and here.
November 28, 2012
Biology, Chemistry and Medicine:
Words and Music:
- The full-service site of Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer of cutting-edge science fiction and mystery. This website gives great advice and instruction on how to write.
- On his website, the mystery & thriller novelist Timothy Hallinan has a soundtrack for his new novel that was composed by Stephen Cohn. Once upon a time these guys were in a very obscure late-60s band. Their individual, ongoing projects and renewed collaboration portend more great things to come. You can learn a lot about what a writer struggles with on Tim's site.
- Master of all musical instruments and a great vocalist in his own right, Mike Botts wrote some classic road journals on touring with Bread and Dan Fogelberg.
- My favorite newspaper: The Simpson Street Free Press.
- Evan Morris' Word Detective.
- Quinn's Devious Dictionary.
- To which word did Al Gore bring new meaning upon being observed dancing the macarena? Click here.
- Here is a dependable all-purpose subsitute word – suitable for all occasions.
- Do a Google or Yahoo search for the phrase "Mars is only a candy company" (with the quotation marks) and find out who said that and in what context.
- Interfering with my English education but fueling my imagination when I was a little kid in the 1950s: Pogo and Li'l Abner.
- Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.
- Class acts that help me stay awake during my road trips include my kopilot Kellie who sings like no other – and also the following (an old list – not in any particular order): Francoise Hardy, Margo Guryan, Paolo Conte, Curt Boettcher's productions (including The GoldeBriars and Sandy Salisbury), Dan Fogelberg, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Burnette (his old demos occupy a unique niche in American folk music), Crash Test Dummies, James Griffin (including the many Bread songs on which he was the lead vocalist), The Pixies, Sixpence None the Richer, Diane Renay, and Paul McCartney.
- Good radio listening on long road trips includes To the Best of Our Knowledge, The University of the Air and Garage Logic.
- During my radio days, I played everything and then some by Roy Orbison, James Griffin (above), P.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele, Anton Bruckner, Edward MacDowell, Alkan, and Moondog.
- The ultimate Roy Orbison info archive is here. Likewise, here is a complete Buddy Holly biosessionography!
- Willa's Journal is a site full of personal insights and neat photos.
- "Leading the Web to Its Full Potential" is the World Wide Web Consortium.
- A great web history site can be found here and includes an "emulator" where you can view web pages as an old browser would render them. Takes you back to the "good old days" of the late 20th Century when browsering could be as much fun as browsing.
- NCSA (at UIUC) has removed a lot of its classic archived web history pages but still has the Mosaic browser available for download! Click here. Mosaic 3.0 Beta 4 for the Mac could (and still can) read web pages aloud for you!
- A good HTML tutorial is here.
- Download the iCab browser, and it will speak and also critique your HTML!