Saturday, January 10, 2004

Weekend update: The weekly reference collection/research gleanings:

Two weeks' worth of links, but list is fairly short, due to holidays.

The useful links....

Reference :
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has the Iraq WMD study.
  • 100 most misspelled words in English from
  • Godchecker: "Your guide to the gods".
  • Encyclopedia Titanica has a database of passengers.
  • Google Year End Zeitgeist: recaps searches of 2003.
  • War Times Journal directory of Web sites on war.
  • Best Places to Live, 2004, from Money magazine.
  • Climate of 2003 report from National Climatic Data Center.
  • Year in Review from Infoplease. (Month by month.)
  • Top searches in 2003 in Yahoo.
  • Mad Cow USA: 1997 book.
  • MODIS from NASA, has 'real-time' images from space.
  • Eyeballing Gitmo: lots of maps and photos of the base at Guantanamo. Part of, which reports on lots of sentitive places/issues.
  • Find a Florida State Park.
  • Florida Hospital Services Guide has a searchable database of hospitals and conditions.
  • Plays by Zora Neal Hurston at Library of Congress.
  • Hadn't looked at this in a long time, but it's a useful way to get information about a Web site's popularity, etc. Here's the report on Note chart showing hits: big spike end of Sept (Marlins?) and a couple more in July and Aug.
  • Wayback Machine Toolbar. Find the link on this page and drag it to your browser toolbar to easily find old versions of a Web site from The Internet Archive.
  • J-Net's top sites for journalists, 2003
  • Norm Solomon's P.U.Litzer awards for 2003.
  • Newspaper Mottoes: fun list from Loyola New Orleans.
  • Airline Passenger Misconduct Reports. Lots of them. This is fascinating.
  • Kids Count Census data: has regional profiles, rankings, stats on children's welfare from 2000 Census.
    Governments, Politics:
  • from the Annenberg Center, a site analysing political bull, run by Brooks Jackson. (via
  • Census Facts for Features: 2004 Election. Interesting statistics.
  • Top 50 boys and girls' names in the UK, 2003.
  • FreeBMD: a volunteer project entering the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, searchable from 1837-1983 (but not complete).
  • search: this site now offering searches of today's Op-Ed pages.
  • Washington Post Archive, 1877-1986: search PDF archive, get fulltext for $2.95 per story.
    Public Records: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • Best blogs of 2003.
  • Big list of blog search engines.
  • The Charmed Life of Neil Bush in the Washington Post.
  • The Revealer daily review of religion and journalism from NYU.
  • Vitamin Q: a random listing of trivia lists.
  • The Know-How of Knotting. Useful interactive graphic from St. Pete Times.
  • Penguin Warehouse: I thought this was a joke but it appears real. Penguins as pets?
  • BollyWhat? learn all about 'Bollywood'.
  • Snow Day: a refreshing Flash game.


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