Here you have arrived at the obligatory links page. Now, I've thought for a while, and I really can't imagine anything more uninteresting than looking at a bunch of somebody's favorite links. So you see, I'm confident that this page will feel right at home with the other pages on this site. Look, I had no choice, really. Personal web pages must always have a list of links. A sort of heretofore unwritten rule that must be followed. I've tried to provide somewhat of a gloss, for those (like Doug Mandell) who are into this sort of thing. Oh, and for the record I know that "links de oblige" is not french for "obligatory links;" it just should be.
NewsSlashdot.org: News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters.
Salon Magazine: News/Culture/Commentary site. It limits its content to non-subscribers, but still a great site. The only site that I pay money to view. It's that good.
Wired News: Excellent articles on the wired culture.
Ars Technica: Excellent blog, similar to Slashdot, but perhaps a bit more technical. There are not nearly as many submissions as Slashdot, but they tend to be more thoughtful.
NPR.org: All the great NPR shows available on the internet.
The Filthy Critic: A great movie reviewer. He's about as harsh as they get, but he's always entertaining.
IMDb: stands for Internet Movie Database. Excellent, fast, and hassle-free source for movie information.
ESPN.com: Best online sports coverage I've found.
The Sports Guy: Hilarious column on sports and guy culture. The sort of site I check everyday even though new articles only come up once or twice a week.
IGN Playstation 2: This site offers great news, previews and reviews of Playstation 2 games. Unfortunately, they've been feeling the squeeze and have locked much of their content under a premium service. Still, all the content does become available eventually, and it's a good place to go.
KCRW.org: An LA radio station that has escaped corporate agglomorization. I particularly like "Morning becomes Eclectic," a nice play on words on the classic Eugene O'Neill tragedy "Mourning Becomes Electra." It takes its name very seriously, as the hosts interview just about any kind of musician there is, and a few non-musicians to boot. Great stuff.
Artistsbobdylan.com: This site has news, liner notes, lyrics and the usual stuff. What's great is that there is a minute-long clip of every song in the troubadour's catalog in RealAudio. Furthermore, there are a number of rare songs and live recordings available at full-length. It's a very well-made site, but it's got somewhat of a corporate feel to it. You can tell that his Bobness has very little to do with it. Not that I blame him.
cowboyjunkies.com: On the flip side, the Cowboy Junkies website is band-maintained. As a result, it's a bit raw, but has tons of cool stuff for the fan.
SHEEBA: is Jane Siberry's website. She's pretty good at keeping the place interesting.
I also visit and enjoy Indigo Girls', Maria McKee's, and Michelle Malone's websites.
These sites all blend in together for me. I check them to keep up on computer hardware (me? a nerd? no...) and do research here before buying anything. I like Tom's Hardware the best, but Anandtech and Ars Technica have some nice features (such as buying recommendations).
The Register: British technology news.
Japanese<=> English Dictionary: This is a nice, free dictionary; it helped me get through college. You don't need a japanese computer to view the characters on this site, by the way. Site also contains many interesting links about Japan and Japanese on the web.
WordReference.com: A nice multi-language dictionary.
Babelfish: Real-time website translation. Totally sweet.
The Vaults of Erowid: A great resource on the subject of drug politics.