Posts Tagged ‘online’

Like everyone else, I have various sites bookmarked in my browsers. Using one just now, I figured I’d share some of them with you today.

There’s no particular order to them, nor any particular “Oh, my gods, you have to use this one” to them; they’re just sites I have bookmarked that are, or have been, useful to me over the years.

So, here are three dozen or so such sites.

One of my favourite ‘pass the time’ sites: Radio Garden
Pick a spot on the movable globe, and listen to radio stations from that place. Fully searchable.

Library of British and Irish law case judgments
I’ve used this site more in the past few years than I ever thought I would. A bit clunky in design, but excellent resource.

Readers of the blog will know how often I rely on this site; superb renditions of maps but not how you’re used to seeing them; where the size of counties is linked to population, or coffee exports, or eduction, or age… or covid transmission.

Real Time HTML editor
Type HTML in the text area at the top of the page, and it will appear in the frame below as it would look on a web page.

An old favourite: The Wayback Machine
Look back at what web pages used to look like…

Talking of way back when, remember when you used to get emails that now, when you look at them, they have winmail.dat attachments, and you can’t no longer open them? Well, now you can, on winmail.dat

There are plenty of versions of this one, but this is the original: The Powers of Ten page
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

Movie and TV scripts library and Movie Scripts online
Many, many, many scripts available from both of the above.

That fictional movie they had inside that movie you were watching? That fake tv show they had inside the tv show you saw? It’s here.

TV and movie themes
Pretty much every tv theme you could think of. Useful if you want a new ringtone, say…

Quote Investigator
Don’t believe that quote attribution you’ve seen online? Check it out here.

UPI – Weird News
What it says – weird news from around the world.

Online PDF Converter
Useful for combining various pages into one PDF

Remove the background of any image; it’s very very good at what it does.

Phrase Finder
Useful for discovering the origins of English language phrases and idioms

Two for Parliamentary nerds
Erskine May
-The bible for the British Parliament’s rules and procedures
Hansard – the actual stuff said in Parliament.

Markdown Text
Useful for Discord and anything where you want to use Markdown formatting
Merge and crossfade two or more audio streams

Time And Date
Good for time and date calculations…

Oh Gods, You’re Getting Old?
…and to feel your age while checking those calculations

Ok, you’ve got Shazam for ‘what’s that tune that’s playing right now’ but if you want to find the song that played in that movie or tv episode. Welcome to TuneFind.

Useful site to check whether your login has been captured in a data breach

Not quite as comprehensive as it claims to be but still pretty useful most of the time; how to get through to actual people for customer service

Unsplash and Pixabay
Two useful sites for royalty free images. I prefer Unsplash, and it’s what I use most of the time for this blog, but Pixabay is pretty good as well.

A pretty good library of user manuals for tech; if you’ve lost the manual for your printer, tv, computer… this will likely have it.

OK, to end with, some very enjoyable – to me, anyways – wastes of time:

The Restart Page
A very silly ‘waste of time’ site: different operating systems start up processes

In the same vein: The Museum of Endangered Sounds
A place to play; oh, the sounds they have…

Or of course you could waste time with Bongo Cat.

And if you need something else, there’s always The Bored Button
Click and find something… new, something thats’s not… boring.

Of course, sometimes, you just have to Scream Into The Void
So do so.


See you tomorrow, with… something else.



Sixty-one days. Sixty-one posts. One 2022 slowly approaching.

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This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to the new year. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

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Posted: 21 October 2011 in skills, writing
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Ah, the cures of online communication. Dammit, the curse of online communixation.

A few years ago, a columnist, bemoaning the apparent lack of knowledge of proper grammar and punctuation among the British public, wrote a column in which he challenged his readership to discover the three grammatical errors which he’d deliberately inserted into the column. Of course, his readership found two of the errors. They didn’t find the third… However, they did find nine additional errors of which the columnist was entirely unaware.

That episode mentioned, I’ll apologise in advance for any unintentional typos in this piece…

I’ve thought for some time that in addition to the languages written, spoken and understood by those communicating online, there should be a new language deemed to exist, the language and practice of Tyop.

(And before anyone answers with the infamous ‘study’ from Cambridge that demonstrated that the order of letters within words is unimportant to reading comprehension, might I direct you here? Thank you.)

Nowadays, I’m coming to believe that learning to read Tyop is, and will be, as important a language to understand and read fluently, as English, and every student should certainly receive training in it.

Now while, in the early days of online communication, typos merely referred to unintentionally incorrect spelling of a word wrong, I think the language of Tyop extends to, for example, hitting “Reply All” on an email instead of “Reply”.

Also to un-noticed predictive text or auto-correct screwing around with the word you intended to use, to texting someone in error because their name is next to someone else’s in your address book, and, especially on Twitter, sending what’s meant as a Direct Message (i.e. a private message intended for one person) out into the world as a public tweet.

(And, seriously, if you haven’t visited wherein people have posted screen dumps of examples of predictive texts/ autocorrect going wrong, you really should…)

I’m pretty sure I’ve done all of those, and unless you’re not on one of the aforementioned services, you’ve probably done it as well.

It can be horribly embarrassing, depending, obviously, upon the content of the message. Or it can be amusing.

But usually embarrassing.

A boss of mine, replying to an email to me at work, once hit “Reply All” instead of Reply. The resulting reaction from pretty much every recipient was… “ah well, it happened to him, welcome to the club.” It would have been far more embarrassing had the boss included, as he’d intended to but changed his mind at the last minute, a request for my opinion as to a senior person’s request for a pay increase, complete with the numbers involved.

The world, I seriously believe, is divided into two types of people: those who’ve hit the wrong button when sending a message and posted something public that should have been private, etc. and those who haven’t… yet.

If you’re in the second group, don’t worry, you’ll move across sooner or latr. Damn, I meant latter. Or latté.

Oh, you know what I mean.