QDBIf you have ever spent some time on IRC then you will appreciate the Quote Database, qdb.us The site can at times be a bit slow and does toss out the odd php or database error but nothing can bring back your memories of IRC better. QDB is a repository of funny IRC conversation snippets submitted by users and gives viewers the option of rating each one as good or bad. Many of them are a bit off-color (too much so for here!) but here is one example:
(myst) so what about you? anything interesting?
(Joshua) i'm writting a book and i just left a naked lady in her bed seconds before her roommates came home.
(Joshua) it was like *pulls on pants* *roommates walk in*
(myst) what's your book about?
(Joshua) yup, you're a chick
Kavli Institute for Theoretical PhysicsJust found quite the treasure trove of physics/astronomy related podcasts. The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at U. California Santa Barbara has a very nice site up including podcasts of many of their conferences, public lectures and colloquia. If the handful of podcasts we have opened so far are any indication, there are a limited number of still photos of blackboards and the like embedded with the audio. Good stuff!
3D Ski MapsHere is an interesting site for the snowboard and ski crowd: 3dskimaps.com It is surprising nobody has managed to do something like this before now (maybe they have and we just don't know). 3dskimaps shows the mountain map(s) not just with the trails but in 3d perspective with color coding to indicate trail steepness. This is a great thing to print out and bring with you on your trip and tuck in your jacket pocket to answer the inevitable 'how steep do you think that really is?' Only a limited number of mountains so far but hopefully more soon.
Phet SimulationsPhet Simulations stands for PHysics Education Technology Simulations and is a series of free java and flash based 'experiments' to help the student (or just curious) understand a number of basic physics concepts from topical areas such as statics to thermodynamics and nuclear physics. Most are well done and fun to play around with.
United NuclearThis site, store actually, is in the same genre of Edmund Scientific. Its kind of cool just checking out some of the stuff they have. DHS has been giving them quite a bit of grief over their chemistry kits which can be used for model rocketry as noted in a recent Wired story. And it is quite sad to note society has stooped so low that it is illegal in Texas to buy certain flasks or beakers without registering with the Department of Public Safety to declare that they will not be used to make drugs. I'm sure the government next will be espousing 'virtual' chemistry sets for kids.
Glue AdviceWithout a doubt one day you will need this link. This to That is a website which tells you which brands of glue work to glue two things together, ie plastic to metal, along with some tips on surface perparation. Nothing fancy here, just some handy info.
PubSubPubSub is a nice site for keeping track of new content as it appears on the net. From the description:
Today, PubSub reads over 23 million weblogs, more than 50,000 internet newsgroups and all SEC (EDGAR) filings. In the coming months, we'll be adding many more streams of data, so stay tuned!
So at this time it is more 'blog' focused but depending what you are interested in that is ok. I have found it is best to use a very narrow query to avoid spurious results.