Okay, I know I just posted a link about Hurricane Sandy, but since I’m stuck at home and weather is the main thing on my mind today, here’s another link. UM-Weather: Home has been around since 1994, which is forever in Internet years, and it has a massive list of links to the best weather info on the Net. There are 150 links to North American weather sites, lots of radar and satellite sites, city-by-city forecasts, ski weather sites, weather cams, weather maps, and lots more. The University of Michigan is a premier educational institution, so you can trust the sites they link to. If you don’t bookmark any other weather site, you should bookmark this one.
For millions of people who live on the East Coast of the United States this is a scary time, with “Perfect Storm” conditions coming together to create massive destruction in a wide swath across the Mid-Atlantic states. If you want to keep up on the progress of Hurricane Sandy and the other storms that are supposed to collide with it, go to the National Hurricane Center, where you’ll find satellite maps, forecasts, updated warnings, projections, and lots of other data. This is a good site to bookmark, because it has lots of useful information during hurricane season, although people in the Mid-Atlantic region don’t normally have to worry about hurricanes and tropical storms to this extent. Although, with global warming on the rise, maybe we’ll have to prepare for these kind of storms more frequently.
You can waste a lot of time on the Web, so that’s why it’s nice to have a home page on your Web browser that has links to all the sites you use the most — that way you can be sure you’ll be as efficient as possible. The Hot Sheet Web Directory makes a great starting page, because it has links to dozens of useful sites. It has links to sites in categories like: Government, Health, History, News, Reference, Science, Sports, Shopping, Travel, Technology, Utilities, Weather, and much more.
You just scroll down the page and click on the link you need. It’s a simple, no-frills page with lots of links so you’ll spend your time getting information instead of just looking at at pretty pictures. Check out the Hot Sheet Web Directory, and save time in your Web browsing.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is often criticized for spending billions of dollars on space exploration when “we could use that money here on Earth”, as some people say. Well, I’ve always been a fan of NASA’s and this site — Everyday Items Developed By NASA shows you why the space agency is worth every dollar we taxpayers put into it. Besides helping us land on the moon and explore the solar system, NASA scientists have developed dozens of products that have eventually found their way to consumers here on Earth. Things like artificial limbs, cell phone cameras, MRI and CAT scans, solar panels, and UV-blocking sunglasses were all developed as a result of NASA research. This Web site has links to 20 such products and explanations of how they were developed. It will make you appreciate NASA even more!
What a great concept — to interview interesting people about five books they would recommend to anyone. FiveBooks | The Browser. has interviews with philosophers, poets, scientists, theologians, politicians, movie directors (Woody Allen), and they talk about books that influenced them. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the minds of some very creative, deep thinkers and the interviews are filled with ideas, not gossip. The interviews are short, but they’ll make you think. There are links to each book that is discussed, so you can buy it if it sounds interesting. It’s a book lover’s delight!
Ever get excited about buying a book for your Kindle, only to find out it’s not available in ebook form yet? It’s happened to me a number of times. I love reading books on my Kindle, but not every book is available in electronic format yet. That’s why eReaderIQ.com is so great — it lets you know when your favorite books are available on the Kindle, so you can download them right away. Not only that, this site tells you about recent price drops for specific ebooks, as well publishing a list of free ebooks. You can set up a watch list to find out when a certain book is available on Kindle, or when its price drops, or even if it is being offered for free.
If you love reading ebooks, this is definitely a site to bookmark.
There are so many times when you need to use photos these days — for Web sites, blogs, newsletters, ebooks, etc., and it would be expensive if you had to pay each time you need to use another one. That’s why 12 Amazing And Free Stock Photo Resources is such a great site. It has links to photo archives where you can download photos and use them for free, usually with just some type of attribution. There are thousands of photos available in these databases, and you can pretty much find what you need for whatever project you’re working on. So, the next time you need a picture, check out this list!