WWW Stuff


Search engines and general reference databases.
Places around the world.
Net weirdness and other oddities.
"Useful" things on the wounderous web.
Web on the Web

Search Engines & Web Databases

Places with searchable indexes of topics on the net, and most of them are searched by the Google, Meta Crawler, Web Crawler, Scirus (science-specific), IXquick, Dogpile, All The Web, and Wired magazine's HotBot. Turbo 10. Lists of new stuff on the Web are provided by NCSA and New Too.

References: encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and the internet movie database.

This is a geographically-indexed database of WWW Servers. And this is a sensitive map of worldwide WWW Servers. The Finnish FUNET also provides interesting (but useful?) links.

The WWW Virtual Library's Subject Catalogue lists a large number of topics. The BoWeb (Best of Web) awards provides a lot of useful links. Of course, you could just pick a server at random and see what you find.

This is a often sluggish link to more reference material (the US census, etc.). Heck, you can even find discussions of banned books and electronic censorship, the peace/enviro/social issues (and valuable links to related groups), or entertainment like at VoyagerCo.

Sightseeing for the Couch-Potato Traveler

You can see the effects of war in Croatia, and if that inspires you politcally, tell the president at the White House. While in D.C., you can visit the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museum (and if you're in a museum mood, hop over to peruse the Louvre, or any other museums around the world). If all that gets to be too much, take a peaceful hike through Rocky Mountain National Park or escape to Arcosanti for a while. Or, find the best places to live in the U.S.A. with the census bureau's map servers, where you can locate Boulder, a beautiful place Where The Buffalo Roam (which was made into a movie). But to find a specific address, anywhere in the USA, check out this very excellent street map generator Or, check out Burning Man performance art gathering in the Nevada desert. Or, if you can't get there, try some interactive performance art.

Net Weirdness and Other Oddities

I may or may not be the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Usenet Oracle knows. If you have a penchant for the bizarre in general, you may enjoy the Annals of Improbable Research (published by and for Scientific Elites and Scientific Illiterates), or reading some occasionally amusing comics. Be sure to tell a friend or send a postcard (or a complaint or an insult of one type or another). And if you are tired of being here now, why not time-travel to the 1960's, and maybe you'll meet Timothy Leary? Or, are you more hip to plug in to Alternative-X and TeleCircus at San Francisco's The Well? It's more fun than going to college.

Purportedly "Useful" Stuff

Then, of course, there are the practical ascpects of the net such as currency exchange rates (I prefer this one), which can tell you how many Apple Computers would a $1,000,000 bill buy, the current weather, news from NPR, downloading some software, and help adjusting your monitor's gamma. And you can use the Fed Ex Tracking Form to help you find the SPAM you mailed yesterday. And here is some information on Dihydrogen Monoxide.

Recursivity: The Web about The Web

For newbies (and aren't we all at sometimes?) and reference, there is Virtual Library covering all things webby, a Beginner's Guide to HTML and a general (if writing pages makes you sick, this doctor can help find out what ails your aching pages, as can this document validation service {someday, I'll edit my web pages with EMACS [and that's a faq, Jack]}), restrict access with user authentication using NCSA HTTPd, and browse these collections of images and special characters and miscellanioud graphics to spice up your HTML documents. But beware to avoid the mistakes of excess of the Top Ten things NOT to do on a Home Page. For more internettiquitte, lore, and jargon check out EFF's (Extended) Guide to The Internet!!! (formerly Big Dummy's) This is offered on EUnet in Germany. Also, some guy created an Internet Roadmap and Class.

A key is a small thing next to the door it opens.

--- Ursula K. LeGuin.

We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

--- Professor Robert Silensky of California University

Joel Parker (joel@boulder.swri.edu)