Here are some things I’ve found on the Web, which I like:
Home of such awe inspiring creations as the traffic jam washing line, instant laser mower, giant ant credit card protection, a new logo for New Zealand and many more. To quote the Halfbakery’s creators, “The Halfbakery is a communal database of original, fictitious inventions, edited by its users. It was created by people who like to speculate, both as a form of satire and as a form of creative expression.” I have posted a few inventions of my own here, under the name ‘Nononoyes’.
Illustrator Biographies (www.bpib.com):
Despite being a poorly designed site, this is a must see for anyone with the slightest affection for great illustrators. Its collection of biographies and images is far from comprehensive, but what’s there is brilliant. It includes the comic book greats, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman and Bernie Krigstein, along with two great favourites of mine, W. Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle. Captain America and St. Trinian’s together in one site; heaven.
An on-line museum of around 1,000 ancient and not so ancient computers. It features such wonders as the Univox 41N, cheek by jowl with more familiar devices, including the Commodore PET and our old friend, the Tandy / Radio Shack TRS-80 (in all its incarnations). Oh, and Sir Clive Sinclair’s creations also enjoy a comfortable dotage here, with regularly plumped up pillows and a comfy chair facing the duck pond.
Ropers Knots Page (www.realknots.com):
Ever wondered how to tie a Josephine Knot, or what the Dutch for ‘Sheet bend’ is? It’s all here, along with advice on the best knot for every occasion and how to tie it.
Television Tunes.com (www.televisiontunes.com):
A huge archive of over 7,000 TV tunes, past and present. Listen on-line, or download the MP3. Sigh to “White Horses”, groove to “Miami Vice” and click your fingers to “The Addams Family”. Oh, here’s another, similar site: www.televisiontunes.co.uk. Ooh, this one includes old adverts, with video clips: www.tellytunes.com.
The Test Card Gallery (www.meldrum.co.uk/mhp/testcard):
Remember the old TV test card, which used to be broadcast for the majority of the time, occasionally interspersed with grainy black and white television programmes? No? Well, they’re all here.
This Day in Music (www.thisdayinmusic.com):
The ultimate reference site for everything to do with pop and rock music history. That’s a bit of a short description for such a monumental site but, well, it does what it says on the tin.
World Wide Words (www.worldwidewords.org):
The origins and meanings of thousands of International English words and phrases. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, send something in and Michael Quinion might add it to the site (he is very busy though). I prefer to just browse and make happy discoveries, such as the origin of the term ‘bated breath’ (yes that is the correct spelling) and an explanation of how ‘Horlicks’ came to be used as deprecatory slang.
I had to put this one in, since it’s mine: “Colin Goode finds himself transported to another universe – Zobeland – as a result of a combination of dodgy electrical equipment and flatulence. Two rival Zobelander factions believe he is the key to controlling both their universe and ours. Who can Colin trust and dare he ever break wind again?” If you like my blog, you might enjoy this too. If you do, please let me know.
If you know of anything on the Web, which you think I might like, please post a comment with a link and I’ll have a look at it. If I like it, I’ll add it to this list. If I don’t, I’ll put it in a little yellow bucket at the end of the garden.
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