Some miscellaneous links I put on my very first home page in 1997 eventually got collected into a page of their own (this one). However, a few years ago I found it difficult to keep up, as so many of the links (as well as my interests) were changing. With the former intention of phasing out this links page altogether, I moved the astronomy-related links to my Comet and Eclipse page and many of those related to music to Buddy Holly and Bread. (Don't let anyone tell you Bread was just a soft-rock group. Such should be the dictionary example of "ludicrous.")
The following are a few interesting things that will be kept up and added to as we continue.
July 4, 2014
Biology and Chemistry:
History and Exploration:
- Some old maps which eventually center on Sawyer and Washburn Counties in Northwest Wisconsin.
- Here begins a set of five pages which detail some of the streams that feed Lake Itasca from which the Mississippi River takes off to the Gulf of Mexico. Those interested in the early all-too-obscure explorers of that region should check the literature review here which also includes links concerning the common source of the Brule and St. Croix Rivers, another one of my geographic interests.
- Among many other accomplishments, James Allen was (1) the first to fix the geographical location of the point at which the Mississippi River leaves Lake Itasca, (2) the first to record the presence of brook trout on the Brule, and (3) the organizer of the Mormon Battalion whose intent was to help the Mormons escape persecution in the Midwest at the time of the Mexican-American War.
- (many more to come)
- 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.
- Also useful to writers is Tim Hallinan's site which includes advice on how to finish your novel. You can learn a lot about what a writer struggles with on Tim's site. You can also find out about how his early band in the mid-'60s went on to morph into Bread!
- Ambrose Redmoon's famous saying has been embraced by many, no matter what their political persuasion.
- Evan Morris' Word Detective. This was one of my go-to-often sites when I finally got into the internet back aroud 1995, and it's still doing its monthly thing after all these years.
- Quinn's Devious Dictionary was another favored site almost two decades ago. It appears to be all gone now, but a sample is found here.
- Do a web 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 language development – but fueling my imagination when I was a little kid in the 1950s – were Pogo and Li'l Abner. Their respective official websites (which may or may not be presently available) are here and here.
- Another long-time favorite comic strip was Our Boarding House which ended its daily run on December 22, 1984 with Major Hoople striking it rich with a solar-energy idea that finally paid off.
- There is a Canadian band called Major Hoople's Boarding House whose website is here!
- More Words (and Music) to come!
- "Leading the Web to Its Full Potential" is the World Wide Web Consortium.
- Taking you back to the "good old days" of the late 20th Century – when browsering could be as much fun as browsing – here is a comparison of various classic web browsers.
- Back almost two decades ago, I got a lot of enjoyment using the old state-of-the-art and speech-capable NCSA Mosaic 3.0beta4 for the Mac. Such cannot be used for active (and secure!) web browsing any more, but it appears one can still download a version of the old Mosaic browser for off-line fun here.
- Way back then, I developed my own HTML routine with templates I still utilize. A marketed HTML editor has never been my thing. For those who may enjoy doing it "manually," check out the "HTML Tutorial" along with the "HTML Cheat Sheet" which has a full list of all HTML elements and goes along with HTML5.
- For the Mac, you can download the iCab browser, and it will critique your HTML!
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