Greatest sites on the Internet
The title of this page is one of the most inaccurate statements in the world. This is because my view of
the World Wide Web might not be your view of the World Wide Web. Over the year, there has been a small,
select number of websites that have really impressed me with their overall feel, functionality and
usefulness, the uniqueness of design and the quality of content that I felt I should spare them their own
special corner on Dedoimedo.
There is no particular order to the listed sites - you should really invest a little bit of time and
check them all. Moreover, I assigned categories, which roughly denote the spirit and/or nature of these
domains, e.g. humor, science, art, unique, games, etc. Since the Dedoimedo theme revamp in early 2018, new
entries will be added to the top of the list. If you have website suggestions that you feel like might be
worthy of inclusion, don't hesitate to contact me, but please make sure to
clearly state your affiliation. Enjoy!
December 2020: Military Factory, Altervista
June 2020: Awaken With JP, RTINGS
January 2020: Digital Photography Preview, Arnoldum
Category: Military, Technology
Like things what go boom boom? Me too! If you find interest and joy in big, complex and expensive machines that can alternatively bring democracy and autocracy to various countries and territories around the globe, then you surely want to visit Military Factory.
Army ranks, navy ships, armored vehicles, combat aircraft, special forces, past and present conflicts, it's all there. Military Factory showcases thousands of systems, vehicles and vessels, each article accompanied with tons of photos and illustrations, detailed technical specifications, and often, a compelling background story. Encyclopedia cum history cum gadgets for grown boys! Military Factory has it all, and it's a superbly engaging, practical repository of excellent miltech information.
Software is like a skin rash. The more you pick at it, the more annoying it becomes. Indeed, for people deeply invested in IT technology, there runs a thin red line between critical passion and hatred, and most casual observers can't tell the two apart. Case in point: a simple domain titled: An IT guy corner. Behind this verbose and uninspiring title, behind the simple and unassuming Web page design, there lurks a wealth of well-documented data about one person's journey through tech for which the said owner has drawn more flak than a WWII bomber.
In excruciating detail, the IT guy details his escapade across Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and then some. There aren't many articles, but they are all quite entertaining to read, and crammed with useful information. If you need some sobering up from the modern nonsense we are forced to use to communicate with the world, An IT guy corner is the finest dose of hangover medicine.
As Arthur C. Clarke never said, any sufficiently advanced trolling is indistinguishable from the truth.
Which ties into this entry, because I am not sure if its owner is serious or not, but he sure as
Gluten-free hell is funny. Awaken With JP is a series of video posts on Youtube - hence the somewhat
unusual link to a Youtube channel rather than a fairly skeleton official Awaken With JP site - debating
all that is fad, modern, hip, woke, whatever you want to call them, trendy topics that afflict the casual
I harbor great disdain for the entire spectrum of new-age bullshit. And I often feel a need to sit down
and rant about it. But then, one person saved me all the trouble, because he has so eloquently discussed
them in short, deadpan clips. Topics range from how to get offended, to Flat Earth, to vegans, selfies,
Gluten once again, millennials of course, and other choice subjects. Whatever JP's intention is, this
Ginger Ninja cum Jesus-looking trollster delivers a masterful performance.
Category: Hardware, Technology
Buying stuff online is easy. Buying good stuff, not so. You need to have patience and be willing and
able to sift through tons of superficial advertorials, fake reviews, and useless information laced with
still more ads. 'Twould be nice if there be sources where you go, read and then know exactly what you need
to do. RTINGS to the rescue.
This nerdy site does super-in-depth product reviews across a range of tech and electronics, including
computer monitors, televisions, headphones, and other office peripherals. Each review comes with loads of
detail, but you get a clear sense of what the product offers, and how it scales and compares to similar
items out there on the market. You start your journey covered in a fog of confusion and come out knowing
exactly what you need. Sounds like mission accomplished. If you're after high-quality, no-nonsense
hardware gear for your computing things, RTINGS is a bottomless well of solid, methodically tested,
methodically presented information. I like.
People take pictures, all the time, even when they shouldn't - like their restaurant food or selfies, for that matter. And they do it using all manner of devices, from lowly phones to sophisticated, expensive SLR with lenses that wouldn't shame Hubble. Indeed, if photography is more than just a social reflex to you, then you will want to know which camera to buy for your occasional visual memoirs.
Digital Photography Review, or DPReview in short, is a great resource of all things camera. Shopping for a budget device? Check. Shopping for something pro? Check. Tons of specs, detailed reviews, highly useful, practical and relatable guides, plus a very decent and surprisingly friendly forum. I've used DPReview advice many times over the years, and I'm very happy with the throve of information I've absorbed since. If you're in the mood for some technology plus good vibe (like Cheers), this is a nice spot to visit. Quite recommended.
Few people define the 80s better than the Gubernator: the epitome of masculinity, swagger, casual violence, and of course, the bestest one-liners in the history of cinema. Few people are better remembered for their words, be they Rennaissance philosophers or modern-day politicians. Going to cinema, or more aptly, sitting down to play some grainy VHS and watch Arnold kick ass, one would soon be exposed to scene after scene of delightful, cheesy, out-of-this-world quotes. You came looking for copper (or choppa), and you found gold.
Now, you can enjoy all of that in a condensed manner. Arnoldum is a digital shrine to the Gubernator and his quotes. Just choose your favorite one-liner and hit the play button. It's all there, from Predator to Commando (the finest movie of all time) to Junior to Twins. Well, there's one quote by Arnie cum Joey P. Brenner from Raw Deal missing, but hey, we'll let that skip. Great fun so ... stick around!
Category: Humor, Software, Tech
Sometimes, a rather unassuming website name can hide a lot of goodies under its cloak of modesty. The
Register is a good example. Think Dad's Army meets IT meets science. That's the crux of The Register, a
very neat and humor-flavored (or rather humour-flavor, this being the British site and all) domain that
dabbles in all things hax0ry and technological.
The Register covers a lot of topics, in details sans drama and shock that seem to be the tools of the
trade nowadays, approaching every article with stoic cynicism, solid depth and enough technobabble to keep
professionally minded people engaged and enthused. In a world of rapidly diminishing returns, a shrinking
Internet and an even-decreasing value of written words, The Register is a bastion of engineering,
programming and sysad wizardry.
Category: Blog, Software
Last time I updated this category, I covered a blog with foreign - Russian - roots. As I promised a
few years back, I'm trying to add more international stuff in here, because there's only so much wit you
can convey in one language. Which is why the author of vas3k (notice the pun) does that in two - yes, you
guessed it, Russian and English. But that along isn't enough to make include a website on this page.
Vasily's blog may be a new thing, but it comes loaded with rich, colorful articles full of
self-deprecating humor and tongue-in-cheek references to the steaming pile of buzzword dung that is
polluting the oceans of the Web. In between funny sketches and intelligent jokes, you get clever,
detailed, in-depth overview of technical subjects, mostly the modern stuff - AI/ML, blockchain, smart
homes, and such. Quite recommended, especially if you feel disenchanted with the digital Utopia we've
been promised but never given some twenty years ago.
Rarely do I come across personal blogs that are really captivating. I'm talking honesty, insight, engaging writing styles, inherent tragedy of those programmatically inflicted, and disillusionment with the buzzwordy nonsense that we call technology today. Now and then, a gem surfaces up, and Tonksy's digital memoirs happens to qualify.
The site covers mostly proper coding stuff but also some software philosophy, and there'a mandatory portrait of the author with a balalaika and a laptop, in the snow, of course. Nikita's espirit de letter is to the point, to the point no faking, he covers UX design - a lost art in the modern-day mobile madness. Worth a read, even if you don't necessary hammer the keyboard for a living.
Category: Entertainment, Humor
New action, old action, action action. The Action Elite! I mean seriously, how wrong can you go with a website that has Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme on its front page? Indeed, The Action Elite is a website dedicated to movies packed with blazing guns, exploding things, car chases, and tons of sweet 80s cliches. Ergo, let off some steam Bennett.
If you, like me, have grown up in the bestest of decades (80s of course), before social media and superficial intelligence as a service, then you have spent a good portion of your youth watching martial arts and serious firepower on VHS. And it is always good to find websites where a large portion of the action [sic] is reserved for this fine period of time, history and class. Now, The Action Elite covers movies both old and young, contemporary and classic, B quality and straight to video legends. Worth checking if you like your moving pictures to be weighed in unnammed stunts body count and awesome one-liners.
Category: Math, Science
You aren't an expert until you can teach the subject to others. I find this slogan to ring true, but we can take it even one step further. You aren't an expert until you can explain the subject to those without any prior knowledge in the domain. BetterExplained embodies this concept to the core. 'Tis a website dedicated to education, teaching mathematical concepts in a simple, friendly, intuitive manner.
The site owner, Kalid Azad, invests a lot of time and energy explaining calculus, computer science, business ideas, and more. Each topic is laid out in detail, written in a very interesting and engaging manner despite the nerdy nature of the matter at hand, and finally, Kalid doesn't just tell you how something is done, but also why. You learn the philosophy of mathematics, not just formulas. Quite engaging and fun.
Category: Hardware, Linux
Phoronix is a website dedicated to Linux. More specifically, Linux hardware reviews, performance and open-source benchmarks. In a world dominated by fluff, hard numbers are hard [sic] to come by, and Phoronix is one of the few sources that follows the rigor of proper experiment. For the past fourteen years, it has provided consistent, practical information on Linux systems, their speed and how well Linux works on various hardware platforms, using its own custom-built test suite.
If you'd like to know whether you should use open-source or proprietary GPU drivers, whether to buy this or that processor and what kernel to run on it, how long your battery will last, or how your latest Linux game is going to behave, Phoronix is a great place to start your quest. One of the few remaining bastions of quality in the diminishing realm of Tux. Quite recommended.
Category: Science, Space
Atomic Rockets is a website dedicated to Robert A. Heinlein and Sir Arthur C. Clarke. What that means,
in tech parlance, is that aims to be scientifically accurate. If you've never read these two authors, then
you should be made aware of the fact they always tried to make their sci-fi plausible, i.e. more science
less technobabble. There's a whole more lot to be said about these giants, their role in the Big Three in
science fiction and whatnot, but the focus is on Atomic Rockets.
On this fine site, you will find pages upon pages of articles debunking popular sci-fi myths, not
unlike the 10 classic mistakes articles I've written, focusing on the cliches and silly ideas that we
see in TV series and movies, space travel in general, and everything you'd need to send humanity into the
vast expanse of vacuum that surrounds us. Like having an all-female Japanese crew, what. Well, if you're
intrigued, you love sci-fi, you live science, or all three, please hop yonder and read.
If you do not speak Italian, now is a good time to learn, because some of the finest comic strips ever
to grace the paper are of the Italian persuasion. No rush, as the publishing house has been around since
1940, and its colorful characters have stirred many a heart over the decades. Zagor, Martin Mystere,
Dylan Dog, Tex Willer, Commandante Mark, you name it.
What makes Bonelli comics appealing is the simplicity of art, and the flawed nature of the
protagonists. They are the good guys, but they aren't perfect, invulnerable or morality role models.
Far from it, Bonelli's works come loaded with controversy, violence and even subtle politics. But beyond
and above all that, you get solid action and fun. Refreshing, recommended, eternal.
I got my first Bob Ross instruction manual when I was 14. Fast forward many years later, framed
painting of my own creation still lurk out there, with splendid nature vistas that blend talent with
technique, a testament of how wonderful and practical that booklet was. Indeed, if there's one
contemporary artist who managed to make art so easily accessible to the public, it's Bob Ross.
The Joy of Painting isn't the most elegant of websites - it still has that retro early 2000s look, but
behind the archaic veneer, you will find the wonderful legacy of Bob Ross's work. Watching his show is
akin to listening to classical music. Relaxing, meditational, fun. In a world full of would-be artistic
filth, this is a pristine, untouched corner of what art really means. Do not forget to check the official
Youtube channel too, which has all of the episodes available for watching. Learn and enjoy.
You would not normally expect Dedoimedo to recommend a development-oriented resource as one of the
greatest sites on the Web, but despite its nerdy nature and even nerdier name, Stack Overflow is a very
handy, very useful domain for figuring out 'how to ...' on pretty much anything code wise. The best thing
is, it actually works.
Spend a while on Stack Overflow, and you will realize that the issue you are facing affects others,
too. Many people ask the same questions as you, face the same problems as you do, and the community is
rather willing to step in and help, often with several colorful, imaginative approaches and solutions.
Most of the time, the focus will be on the technical side of the question and less on philosophy and
ideology. You will be able to actually discuss the nuts 'n' bolts of your problem rather than debate the
'why' and 'what for' of it. In a way, Stack Overflow is another online repository of knowledge. Only it
offers more accurate and relevant information than most, which is why it has warranted itself a place in
this most hallowed halls of glory. Highly recommended, regardless of what kind of digital language you
Category: Blog, Tech
Are you or have you ever been employed in the tech industry? Then you probably have watched Office
Space and realized the absurdity of your work environment. But that was then, the old Y2K Bubble era. A
lot has changed since, and by that, I mean there are many new acronyms and methodologies to make your IT
life ever more miserable than it already is. Most people keep silent, suck it up, and enjoy the quiche
they get paid. Some do not.
Michael O. Church used to write about politics and technology and why the two should not mix before
he decided to quit the game and focus of having fun. Admirable. But then, there are many an IT folk who
have done the same. However, some, like Michael, tell a pretty good story about it. You know a compelling
storyteller when you see one. Or rather, read one. You find yourself actually READING his words rather
than skimming. You feel engaged by sharp prose and eloquence. Michael's best work is definitely his
AGILE/SCRUM J'accuse, but the rest of the blog also merits attention. Smart, elegant, fun.
I do not like politics. But I do like political spoofs. What I call Realpolitik. My top-three favorite
TV series is Yes, (Prime) Minister, and it's such a delight to watch, you feel like you've stepped out of
a classical music concert, all blissful and serene. So where I'm going with this? NewsThump.
This is a spoof news and satire website, similar to The Daily Mash and The Onion. The basic idea is
familiar: take the absurd and make it absurder. Even more so when you laugh at the pointless political
reality that the plebs so much relish. Indeed, I've found myself browsing and reading and enjoying, and
that's what it's all about. When 99% of all websites you visit barely deserve the mouse click under your
finger, the refreshing experience of finding valuable content is priceless. Thanks Mark for another
Weird historic facts, odd places, oddest facts about weirdest places, culture and nature. Atlas
Obscura covers them all, but to make it more interesting, it usually goes for the less obvious, the
less popular, the hidden and the forgotten in its narrative. Which is why it tickled my eye and
left me browsing more than a day's worth of Internet.
The word de jour is Obscure, and that is what Atlas Obscura specializes in. A eclectic rainbow
of topics from every corner and cranny of the world, delivered with nice photography, spicy stories
and always an engaging angle. Should you feel bored and jaded with your run-of-the-mill social
media, you might want to sample from a higher cuisine. This website fits the bill.
Category: Linux, Open Source, Vlog
I am not fond of video blogs. Or any sort of casting. Normally, I do not have time nor patience
to sit and listen/watch, in real time, other people debate topics of life, philosophy, science and
technology. Without participating myself. The presenters must have exceptional skills to keep me
engaged. Indeed, Jupiter Broadcasting is an exception to the rule.
Covering a broad mix of open-source related themes, with some security and privacy thrown into
the equation, Jupiter Brodcasting has been delivering consistent, intelligent content for a long
number of years now. I even admit to watching a few myself. Again, normally, I zone out within
seconds. Not here. Keeping the audience happy is all about blood and sex, but failing that, it's a
matter of substance, persistence, practical topics, and true passion. You can't fake those. Well
worth your time, even if videos might not be your preferred way of absorbing information. There's
something zen-like in dedicating an hour or two of your time and coming out a winner.
xkcd is a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. In other words, it's a web comic
that only people with a certain, borderline-personality mind set will find rather amusing. Geeks.
Physicists. People like me. Not really a surprise, since the owner and author of xkcd.com is a
physicist. Go figure.
On topic, xkcd is a wondrous creation. It's a phenomenal website, with tons of great comics.
Mostly three-imagers, like Dilbert, with as much spice and wit. Not only will you appreciate the
sheer, audacious simplicity of the artwork, you will be amazed by the punchline. Or rather,
blowtorched through the guts. xkcd takes life and spins it into a crazy mesh of surreal, horrendous
There's only one downside to the whole story; xkcd takes intelligence and a very special sense
of humor to understand. Without those, you'll merely be staring at some rather plain sketches and
wondering why comparisons between vi and emacs could be so hilarious. Geeks worldwide, this is your
new portal. Come by and enjoy.
Rent a German (alas, dead link)
Fancy some international culture? So why not rent a German over the weekend? Yes, that's right.
There's a website that lets you rent Germans. They don't come cheap, but they are definitely worth
rentagerman.de is a website that specializes in the German [sic] rental service. It offers a
wide range of Germans for your personal and social needs. You can select Germans for all sorts of
activities. You may want to take them to a party, take them to a hike in the mountains or lodge
them over at your house. You can even bring them to your workplace and impress your co-workers. You
may also rent entire families. Whatever you choose, you are in for a treat. Germans are curteous,
punctual and great with anything mechanical. Your satisfaction is guranteed.
Native Germans who join the program as rentees will also receive a hefty discount in the rental
fees. What more, Rent A German community is a happy and vibrant one and will come to your aid
should you need any assistance with hosting your rented Germans. This includes tips and howtos,
including a support package with poems and sauerkraut. The website also offers T-shirts for sale.
Feel like being unique and friendly, buy one and wear one.
Badmovies.org is probably the first place you should go to for any movie review. Skip IMDB, skip
Wikipedia, skip search engines, and go here. This website will tell you all you need to know about
the flick you're about to watch, provided it's B class or higher, alphabetically. Quoting from the
official FAQ, Badmovies.org is a review website dedicated to bad movies, b-movies, and cult films.
It is maintained and almost exclusively written by Andrew Borntreger, Gunnery Sergeant USMC and
champion of cinematic disasters, at your service. He kindly asks you not to worry about the
So why bad movies, he persists. The reason is, he likes them. And you should do. We should feel
lucky that he can spell Neanderthal. Now, he might not be able to write pretty reviews like some,
but he can sure kick their ass, QFT - Quoted For Truth. There you go. On a serious note, the site
is hilarious, good ole school fun all the way. Reviews are colorful, intelligent, witty, written
with style well beyond the self-proclaimed modesty on behalf of the author and owner. A rare gem.
Hurry before a giant antimatter space buzzard devours thee!
Category: Computer games
Briefly quoting the original About Us page, HeavenGames serves as a portal to over two dozen
well-groomed sites covering mainly RTS and City-Building genres. With nearly 250,000 registered
users, more than 35,000 downloadable content items, like game patches, mods, maps, scenarios, and
addons, and highly detailed tutorials and guides on how to master some of the finest RTS titles of
all time, HeavenGames is a precious gem for connoisseurs of classic strategy.
Over at HeavenGames, you will find a wealth of useful information and software for a handful of
gaming masterpieces, including many Dedoimedo favorites like Caesar III, Age of Empires, Medieval
2: Total War, Empire Earth, Zeus, and many others. If you fancy a nostalgia chat with fellow
gamers, a word or three on battle tactics, games fixes or perhaps utilities that extend the basic
behavior, a handful of beautiful screenshots, or just plain good information, then you've come to
the right place. You can't go wrong with HeavenGames. This should be your first mission in your
strategy campaign. Highly recommended for any RTS fan or lover. A true paradise.
Category: Computer games
Steam is a digital gaming platform. Not the only one, for sure, but definitely among the most
popular ones, and surely the best. Why, you may ask. Well, it's a combination of factors. Steam
offers a nice blend of affordable content, flexiblity and fun. Last but not the least, Linux.
Recently, the Valve Corporation has made a very bold move of supporting Linux, and finally, this
means proper gaming for the users and fans of this operating system, or systems if you will, and
possibly a real chance of leaving the world of Microsoft behind. Most commendable.
But Linux is only a small face of the whole story. In the several years I have been using the
platform, I can list only good things. Ease of use, convenience, extra content, fast and reliable
downloads, good security, the fact your games are not limited in the number of installs and
uninstalls, the fact you can replicate them between computers as you please. Then, you get a wealth
of new and old titles, continuous updates, patches and improvements, perks, goodies, giveaways,
sales, and promitions. Steam has it all. If you're looking for a comprehensive management platform
for your games, look no further.
Category: News, Technology
What do you mean? A Linux guy recommending a website mostly dedicated to Windows? Yes.
Established in 2005, Ghacks is a domain offering articles and tutorials on popular technology, many
thousands of them. You may say so what, but what entitles is to being here is the consistency,
quality and actual helpfulness of content.
I have deliberated for a while if Ghacks ought to be included here. But the result is quite
simple. If it shows up in my short browser history of things actually worth reading online, then
the answer is yes. Indeed, Ghacks is a pretty good, colorful resource of information on mostly
Windows, but also all things browsery, with a pinch of Google and Android for good measure. Should
keep you entertained on a rainy day. Well recommended.
If you read British car magazines, two things will have become apparent to you over the years.
No matter what vehicle is being reviewed, nothing drives as good as Mini, and nothing is as refined
as Jag. This national pride creeps in almost everywhere, making objective judgment difficult. Not
so with What Car? That's not a question, the question mark is an essential part of the site's name.
What Car? may be the least glamorous of them all, with few ads, in-depth data-laden articles, a
very simple and unassuming website, and honest reviews. When cars ought to be slayed, they are
slayed, regardless what country code the manufacturer bears. You get no-nonsense information when
you need it, and it can be quite refreshing compared to the 100% supercar hyperbole in rival print.
Plus, normal stuff for mortals, too. Extremely highly recommended for petrol heads, and people
looking for simple, brutal, to-the-point car reviews that are low in bias and flash.
Category: Art, Humor, Unique
Bent Objects is an extremely witty, extremely unique, hence filed here, website created and
designed by one Terry Border, an arteest, not an artist. Whatever his fancy title may be in the
neo-posh circles, the man knows his way around art and taking simple, mundane, everyday items and
turning them into objects of quirky adoration.
Still not with me? Then imagine a potato performing live surgery on a tomato. With me so far?
Imagine peeled bananas having sex. What do you think grim brulee is, excuse my lack of all them
French apostrophe thingies. Think anything ordinary, organic and inorganic you can find in your
home, add some wires, strike a pose, and you get brilliant art. Not words, no fancy declarations,
no political statement, just simple visual pleasure by a great mind. As an aspiring artist wannabe,
I can only only appreciate this kind of word. Lovely jubbly.
More foreign stuff so to speak. Another unimposing, visually spartan Linux portal that might
warrant your attention and possible use of a translation engine is abclinuxu.cz, a Czech site
dedicated to all things Linux. News, games, robotics, consumer hardware, software reviews. It's all
there, pretty detailed, pretty elaborate, and quite interesting.
Abclinuxu could benefit from a stylistic refresh, but since its authors are busy writing for
several other sites, it's unlikely the site will receive much aesthetic love any time soon. Let
that not fool you. New articles spring to life daily, and all of it is very relevant. Again, if
you're in a mood for more than just the expected spin from English sites, you should visit
Abclinuxu, if only for an athropologic exercise in how people from different parts of the world and
different culture perceive and use technology. A lesson in international e-wisdom.
If there's a site with a less imposing title and visual design, you might as well ping me,
because I can't think of any. Yet, the quality of contents offered by LWN is inversely proportional
to its humble and understated 1996 look and feel. In fact, LWN is where you go when you feel your
mind needs a bit of challenge.
Yonder, you shall find a lot of gently boring stuff, like kernel versions, security
vulnerability advistories and patches and nerdy discussion involving a lot of underscore and
parentheses characters. But then, you will also find sharp, engaging stories on Linux ethics,
politics and people, long reviews of software and operating systems, as well as thorough discussion
about bleeding technologies and the future of Linux. Some of the content is available for
subscribed users, but we can forgive that. Bottom line, with so much touch-enamored nonsense out
there, LWN is one of the steadfast bastions of sanity, quality and top-notch nerdiness. Plus the
stuff written there is actually useful, too. Take a peek.
Recently, I have decided to include non-English sites to this fine hall of fame, because, well,
Internet. Why not. And this means I can proudly announce another great international resource of
technology, heise.de. While The H, the Englishs-speaking site closely related to heise online has
closed shopped a while back, the German-powered portal blodly marches on. So what is it all
Heise online offers colorful, in-depth, down-to-earth articles on popular technology, including
cyber warfare and security agencies, mobile phones and their related operating systems, Windows,
Linux, although in disguise, and tons of science. If you're interested in a non-usual spin on the
comings and goings in the hi-tech world, without the PC smear and monotony, then you will not mind
using some kind of software to get the meaning of those Umlauted words, in case German is not your
native tongue. There.
Up until now, the Greatest sites section has been reserved to English-language pages only. Not
any more. I have decided to expand and include a variety of international cuisine, because a)
success is not limited to the Commonwealth and former rebel colonies, and b) we will be having more
such candidates soon. Our first one is Linux Za Sve, a Croatian domain dedicated to Linux.
Anyhow, Linux Za Sve is a portal dedicated to open-source news, Linux reviews, rumors and hot
stories in the technology world, and other related topics. Not unlike so many other sites, but the
content is written with style, dedication, accuracy, and significant length, indicating more than
just a lukewarm attempt to grab views. There's real passion involved, and it shows. If you're
looking for a refreshing new angle about Linux, without the usual Silicon Valley hype, then you
might want to give this site its due look. Struggling? Use a translator. There.
Just when I thought Australia had nothing funny to offer, there cometh David Thorne, King Trolle
Extraordinaire. This Ozzie guy is the most patient, most polite, most tiresome troll in the
Universe, or at the very least, the southern hemisphere of our planet. So you may be wondering,
what is this site all about and who the hell is David Thorne?
David Thorne is just a guy who likes to document his life's adventures in long, tedious emails
with subjects running many iterations of Re: re:, to the very crushing defeat of his enemies. It
started with an innocent overdue account paid with a seven-legged spider drawing. And so, the
legend was born. Since, David is continuously challenging the world with his immaculate verbal
torture, never one to raise his voice, never one to resort to simple, common insult. And for some
reason, people never get the clue, sticking to their wooden performance, falling into the same trap
over and over again. If you ever needed advice on how to handle sales reps, boring neighbors and
people you don't like, you must visit David's site. Ultimately funny.
AROnline is a very interesting and unique site about cars. Well, cars and politics. British cars
and politics. Car politics. BMC really. MG. All that was British and motoring and slowly ended. So
we're talking the glorious days of the empire, World War II and onwards, into the sunset that came
about sometime in the 80s and 90s.
Sounds like a boring topic. But wait a momemt. Have you always been fascinated by magazine
prints from the 70s, with their grainty look, retro-orange and brown coloring, and mini skirts?
Have you always wondered what happened in the automotive world long before you born? AROnline
brings you that olden feel, with tons of great info, reviews od classics long gone, and snippets of
magnificent past. Jaguar, Triumph, Vauxhall, Hillman, Reliant, you will find them all here. A
surprisingly well-tailored, non-pretentious and rich site for car enthusiasts.
This website has a mission. It asks you, boldly, Tired of crappy software? Indeed. Quite often,
new versions of your favorite programs come out now and then, blessed with an extra dose of
oligophrenia. So you get fidgety and start searching for your next best alternative software. Look
AlternativeTo has one mission: helping you find the right software for your computer, mobile
phone or tablet. The main focus of this nifty site is to give you alternatives to software you
already know and want to replace, y'know, the annoying kind. The recommendations are based on a
vast pool of user experience and participation, so you have the global, collective power of
Internet smarts to your aid. AlternativeTo is very simple to navigate and use. For any selected
software, you get likes, comments, questions, reviews, as well as suggestions to yet more
alternatives. This is your one-stop software shop, mainsteam or not. Highly recommended.
The best way to annoy, abuse and dishearten the mediocre people is to point out just how average
they are, tell them how they are drones in the beehive collective, members of the Borg collective,
and so forth. Only you do it in a polite, sophisticated way that does not give them any time to
raise their defensive barriers. Enter You Are Not So Smart.
The title might be a giveaway. But not so harshly worded to dissuade most. Then, you start
reading, and the site elaborates into all those situations where people delude themselves about
their uniqueness, their unwarranted self importance, the choices and compromises they make,
self-convincing, fallacies, procrastination, and more. Quite a bit of food for thought, and if you
happen to be above all those earthly matters, you will enjoy yourself oh so immensely reading about
the plebes and their woes. A jolly good resource for mental exercise.
We must thank Charles Darwin for two things: one, his contribution to science; two, the above
website, which probably would never have come into being without Charles Darwin. Well, what is it
all about? Well, it's about Evolution, of course! Only, it takes a rather unorthodox approach to
basic natural advancement of the most advanced species, homo sapiens.
Darwin Awards is dedicated to all those people unique enough to remove themselves from the
evolutionary cycle by taking revolutionary actions. In other words, it is dedicated to people whose
stupidity is only surpassed by their somewhat sad if humorous demise. If you still have no idea
what I'm talking about, Darwin Awards documents deaths. However, not just any deaths. It chronicles
the most bizarre, unbelievable and improbable deaths, so stupid that they actually border on
genius. We are talking about people juggling live hand grenades, people falling off rooftops while
engaged in intercourse (the so-called Luftwaffen Grotesque), people bringing the roof down while
still inside the building, and other most merry occurrences.
So, if you're in for a treat that so politically incorrectly reminds us of our finality, you
should step a few moments reading Darwin Awards. After that, you will realize that evolution also
includes a by-product, the so-called regression, in which case the present exemplars only lived (or
rather, died) to prove Darwin's theory even truer.
Category: Fantasy, Science Fiction
sffworld.com is a website dedicated to Science Fiction & fantasy. One of many, you might
say. So what makes a reader flip, flip, flip web pages until they stumble upon one where something
catches their eye and they stay? Chance? Perhaps. Either way, I am glad to have discovered
If you're inclined to like any of the two genres listed above, then sffworld.com has quite a bit
in store for you. Official reviews of books, stories, movies, and games, a comics section, blogs, a
rich art gallery, a vibrant forum where you can discuss science and fiction and fantasy at length.
For those enamored by the out-of-this world thrills, they will find a handsome dose of healthy
entertainment yonder. Quite recommended.
My Robot Nation (alas, dead link)
Category: Computer games
While people are busy glorifying touchscreen devices, they seem to forget a super-awesome
invention called 3D printing, first seen in the early 80s Sergio Bonelli's Martin Mystere Indiana
Jones slash X Files style comic strip adventure, long before there was either Indiana Jones or X
files. In one of the strips, the hero seems to have discovered some alien technology keys, and you
could replicate them in this large 3D erosion device. Fast forward thirty some years, and you have
3D printing for real.
My Robot Nation encompasses all this sci-fi fun by allowing you to create your own robots using
an interactive WebGL/HTML5 applet, where you can specify the size, body parts, shape, color,
weapons, and all other little details, and then, once you are satisfied with your design, place an
order for the robot to be printed in 3D! How more awesome can this get? Honestly, My Robot Nation
is great fun. And an awesome idea for a holiday present.
Category: Computer games
Abandonia is a website dedicated to abandonware, software literally abandoned by their
developers. The site's primary focus are MS-DOS era games. Abandonia lists more than 4,000 games,
including screenshots and detailed reviews, game popularity rating, including user votes, as well
as current market status, thus you can know whether a particular game title is still being sold,
whether it's been abandoned and if there are any restrictions or IP protections still in place.
Abandonia catalog lists only games that are no longer officially supported or sold by their vendors
and avoids any material that could be considered warez, an all too blurry boundary in the realm of
abandoned software. The website works on the non-profit basis, with volunteer community
contributions from fans.
If you're a DOS gamer, apart from the DOSBox site, which offers the superb DOS emulator that
allows you to play old games with ease on modern operating systems, Abandonia is the one place you
want to visit. It will become your staging ground into the world of nostalgia and DOS games, with
links and pointers to many other sister and brother sites offering similar content, more game
reviews, tips and tricks, and other useful information. Abandonia is a rich, vibrant, high-quality
site with a bottomless well of goodies. Must visit.
Do you like cars? Sure. That's what Top Gear is for, right. But sometimes, just sometimes, you
may want pure car facts without any of the humor. When you're in a mood for serious automotive info
hunting, you need a reliable source of car reviews. This is where parkers.co.uk steps in.
The site may be oriented for British audience, therefore some of the car names, models and
engines may never see sunlight in your native country, but overall, the site will be extremely
useful and valuable for just about any motor head, as long as they don't mind reading proper
English, with extra ous and such. Parkers is a very sober website, where you can find long and
detailed reviews about cars. Articles stretch page after page of great information, comparisons to
competition, tons of pictures, running costs, known issues, buying and selling tips and prices, and
more. Extremely handy. Just ignore the righthand steering wheel and the GPB price tags and you'll
be fine. Alongside Top Gear, the best car resource all around.
OSNews is a computing news web site, with a focus on operating systems and geeky technology. The
site does not focus on any one particular platform, trying to cater to a wide audience of users.
Most of OSNews followers are the so-called elite of the technology world, skilled computers users
and people with a keen interest in new and future technologies. Read, geeks.
The site content is mostly written by a small group of regular editors, but it also contains
lots of guest articles and numerous contributions from its readers. You will find pretty much
anything you need, including news, humor, hardware, software and operating system reviews, software
development, games, gifts, and more. The website also servers a special version for mobile
OSNews offers a rich, varied and high-quality content on a wide range of topics. With lively
discussion and a professional audience of writers and readers, you are bound to discover lots of
new, exciting topics and learn about the computing world. Highly recommended for everyone,
especially the more geeky inclined among you.
Disclaimer: I happen to have written an occasional article or two
for OSNews; if you smell bias, run away!
Working with media files can be a difficult task. Basically, you have music and video, but
things get a little more complicated than that. There's MPEG-1/2/3/4, there's AVI. What's a
difference between a container format and the actual codec? Is there any difference at all? What
about OGG and MKV? How can you stream that raw video from your camera to your DVD player? Then, you
have encryption, DRM, subtitles, shrinking, ripping, a ton of topics that are not as trivial as one
might expect. What do you do? Visit Doom9, of course.
Doom9 is a website that specializes in providing media-related solutions to the user, from
simple, basic understanding of formats, codecs and tools to complex, advanced stuff like
audio-video editting and transcoding, digital TV, high-definition streaming, region-free playback,
and more. This phenomenal site offers a wealth of knowledge and proven tips that should help you
master and enjoy your media.
You will also find detailed guides and a plenty of examples on using a variety of media programs
and utilities. If you have any questions related to your music and videos, you will find the answer
over at Doom9.
NirSoft is an unassuming name of a wonderful online resource for Windows users, run by Nif
Sofer. An experienced developer in a range of programming and Web languages, Nir Sofer started the
website as a personal hobby, but it soon turned into a major portal for Windows owners
What makes NirSoft unique is the range, quality and simplicity of small, powerful tools that you
can use to significantly enhance your computer usage. Network sniffers, password recovery tools,
Web browser utilities, uninstallers, command-line tools, audio/video programs, Nir has them all.
Ask any semi-serious Windows user and they'll tell you that sooner or later, they've come across
NirSoft programs and used them wisely.
Windows users looking for a rich repertoire of excellent, can-do-all, Swiss Army knife-style
programs should definitely hop by NirSoft and download them all. There shall come a moment when you
will need them.
Category: Computer games
Armor Games is all about Flash. And games ... Flash games. Armor Games contains a wealth of
Flash games that you can play inside any browser on any operating system, making it extremely
appealing to non-Windows users, people who frequently travel and cannot lug along a case full of
game installation discs or computer users with weak machines who cannot afford high-end graphics
for classic, full-blown titles. Armor Games will also appeal to less avid gamers and hobbyist
looking for simple entertainment.
What makes Armor Games special is the quantity and quality of content offered. You will have a
choice of hundreds of games to play, across a range of genres. Most are done with style and care,
with attention to details, including reasonable visual appeal and good sound effects. Armor Games
has its own community of developers, making it more than just a hosting site.
I have discussed Armor Games in my
sixth Linux gaming article, where I
presented some of the many fine titles you can play, including the highly popular and addictive
Crush The Castle, the War of the Worlds style, melancholic Arrow of Time, and the multiplayer Armor
Wars. I would like to thank Searching_ _ _ for exposing me to Armor Games!
Ever considering buying a piece of digital equipment of some sort? A camera, a laptop, maybe an
extra stick of computer memory, or maybe a new hard disk? Ever wondered if that best-buy PC you
have is any good? Or why your neighbor's seemingly weak graphic card outperforms yours? If you
have, then you should have come to Tom's Hardware website for an enlightening glance or five. All
your questions would have been answered.
Tom's Hardware is THE one website you should visit whenever and wherever you encounter even the
slightest doubt about the usage, cost, performance, reliability, or compatibility of any hardware
part of any computer-like device. The website offers a straggering multitude of articles of all
kinds of hardware-related topics, including performance benchmarks, usage guides, troubleshooting
tips and tricks, best buy offers, and more. And it's not all about plain ole computers, either. SSD
drives, smart phones, future Web and computing technologies, all have their special corner at Tom's
Hardware. Once you start browsing the maze of goodies, you'll never want to leave.
On top of all these, you get a newsletter, a rich forum, plenty of whitepapers, and there's even
shopping to be done, on numerous languages of the Planet. Tom's Hardware is so much more than just
a hobbyist, enthusiastic benchmarking workshop. It's the shrine of hardware. It's where silicon
parts live or die. A total must for anyone owning as little as a mobile phone.
Category: Freeware, Software
One of the biggest challenges that Windows users are facing daily is finding the right sources
of information on the right topics. The online world of Windows data is prone to abuse. For every
benevolent howto, there is a hundred others, either badly written or offering semi-tested advice or
even deliberately proposing irrelevant suggestions, wrapped around allegedly free solutions and
shady marketing. Being able to focus the information into a single, reliable channel is very
Gizmo's Freeware Review is a website that should solve this problem. It started as a site
listing reviews on best freeware for Windows and expanded into a wiki-style operation with
contributions from dozens of writers. The information is sorted into categories, like Games, System
Tools, Programming, Security, Desktop & GUI, and others, usually featuring one or more "best
XYZ" articles. Plus, there's a forum, too, where you can learn valuable information from a wide
community of users.
If you're a Windows user and have a need for lots of useful tips and tricks, recommendations,
reviews, and links, Gizmo's site is a good choice. The wide variety of articles on a range of
topics will satisfy newbies and experts alike.
Disclaimer: I happen to be an editor for techsupportalert.com; if
you smell bias, run away!
Raiden's Realm (alas, dead link)
Raiden's Realm is a community tech site dedicated to Linux, BSD and open source software. The
website is geared toward all users, from beginners to pros. Among the featured material, you will
find distro reviews, news articles and software recommendations, contributed by a number of
authors. The site also has a forum, where you can share ideas with fellow members. Last but not the
least, the site owner, Steve Lake is a self-proclaimed prose writer, just like me!
On Raiden's Realm, you will also find a wealth of short sci-fi stories and novel teasers, which
gives you yet another reason beyond strictly technical and geeky stuff to stop by and visit. For
open-minded people who like to take it easy and still learn something new, Raiden's Realm is an
Category: Linux, Open Source
DistroWatch is the de-facto UNIX/Linux portal. The website maintains a long comprehensive
database on hundreds of UNIX-based operating systems, mainly Linux distributions, but also BSD,
Solaris, and others. Each operating system is listed on a separate page, with links to the official
site and forums, downloads, reviews by third parties, screenshots, documentation, and more.
Additionally, a brief summary and a list of packages is given for each title. It is a tremendously
valuable site, with tons of excellent information on just about anything to do with non-Microsoft
DistroWatch also features a highly popular weekly news bulletin, bringing news on distro
releases, development in software and the open-source world, and other interesting items. You can
also buy software on DistroWatch, in case you do not have available Internet resources for big
downloads. Furthermore, the DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking list is considered one of the most
accurate popularity meters for UNIX/Linux distributions. If you like the world of open-source,
Linux, BSD, and related, DistroWatch is the best source to start looking for help, information, and
well-written, impartial reviews. The website is available in 20+ languages.
This may sound like a boring choice, but think about it. Many people spend hours of their life
typing all kinds of documents. Quite often, many of us, even native English speakers, will reach
for a dictionary to see if their choice of wording and phrasing is appropriate - or perhaps look up
an alternative meaning for a word, to make their sentence sound posh - or even check if they made
some horrible spelling mistake somewhere.
Dictionary.com is an excellent source of all this information, delivered in a simple and precise
fashion. The site is effective and non-obtrusive. Furthermore, this online dictionary also offers a
Thesaurus and encyclopedia entries, which makes it a very useful interactive tool for both
improving your documents and learning new things ... in English.
Who said the Communism has lost? It's alive and kicking. But not in its original incarnation,
though. Communism has been made true by the Open Source Community. SourceForge is the web's
greatest development and download repository of open-source software. This is one place where money
and greed are not the champions; rather, cooperation, transparency of information and just cause
SourceForge offers a huge choice of excellent, FREE software in virtually every field of
computing. If you ever have a need for a certain application, your wisest choice would be to check
out SourceForge first before heading off elsewhere and bleeding off your hard-earned money.
Sometimes, quite often actually, small and out-of-spotlight little programs that you can find on
SourceForge will prove worthier than the big, mainstream stereotype-ware we have been brainwashed
to use. Great projects like a variety of
Open Office, and many others are the offspring of the Open
Category: Development, Web
W3Schools is one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly sources for learning web design.
The site is well structures by topics, including HTML, XML, Browser scripting, Server scripting,
Multimedia, and others. All of the categories are sorted in chapters, accompanied with rich
tutorials, beginning with basic concepts and simple example, slowing evolving and becoming more
complex, allowing novices and veterans alike to find the required material. I must confess that I
have acquired a fair deal of my web design knowledge from the W3Schools.
Unlike many online tutorials trying to teach you web design, W3Schools aim at doing it
right. Proper use of code and compliance with international
standards is no less important than good layout and quality design. You will be surprised at the
sheer number of sites that do NOT conform with W3C standards. Whether you merely wish to refresh
your knowledge or start from the scratch, W3Schools is probably the best place to start building
This site is rather NSFW, so time your clicks carefully!
In a nutshell, OGLAF is a raunchy comic strip laced with sexual innuendo, fantasy-themed story
lines, and good general humor that goes beyond squirrels, magical beasts, mythical tales,
witchcraft, village gossip, fairytale bravery, and overall silliness.
Most episodes have their own plot, but some do follow an arching thread that span across many
weeks and months of colorful pictures. Speaking of color, OGLAF is a beautifully styled piece of
work, even if you may find your brain reacting defensively to some of the messages told on its
crusty, laminated digital pages. Safely away from corporal proxies and a watchful eye of
misunderstanding friends and family, OGLAF makes for a delightful, refreshing comic read.
The Daily Mash is unto the UK what The Onion is unto the USA. In other words, a satirical news
site that takes parody to the extreme. However, the geopolitical affiliation does not mean you
cannot appreciate the humor and tone, you just need the right mental frequency to tune in to the
nonsense and fun.
In a world polluted by media feces that glorify the sensational and extrapolate on the bad, The
Daily Mash is a pleasing, soul-soothing departure from the crap highway into the forest of
sophistication, gentle intellectual superiority complexes, mild narcissism, and Monty Pythonesque
frolicking. Quite recommended, especially if you are bored with real life. BTW, thanks Mark, for
If you have labored, no, slaved as a white-collar little borg in a large company, preferrably in
the hi-tech sector, you will have sworn that the Dilbert comic is the product of one of your
colleagues, because it rings oh so damn accurate and true. And this is because Scott Adams, the man
behind this creation, is a genius, and has successfully managed to capture the life-withering
spirit of large corporations in his work.
Dilbert parodies bureaucracy in all its ugly shapes and forms, be it stupud policies, pointless
regulations, audits, or just silly activities for the sake of activities. You've seen them all, and
you've hated them all, and Dibert is in fact you. There's a lot more to be said, but it is best if
you just head over to the official site and start reading the strip. It will help you cope with the
shrinking size of your cubicle. Bloody awesome.
We have talked about Only Fools and Horses before. It was my first entry on this page, one of
the first and very best websites talking about the very best sitcom in the world. However, sadly,
for reasons unbeknownst to me, BBC decided to pull their jolly official page down, making the entry
a dead one. No worries, there's a better one yet.
Only Fools and Horses Appreciation Society is a fans' website dedicated to the escapades of Del
and Rodney and their chums. You get a bit of everything, news, media, fun and games, spin offs,
talk about characters, and more. Even the search box is funny, and it reads: He Who Dares,
Searches! Anyhow, if you are even a small fan of this most awesome sitcom, then you ought to browse
ofah.net for a few hidden gems. Hopefully, this site will live on for much longer. Much
What if? is a subdomain of xkcd, a highly popular web comic of romance, sarcasm, math, and
language. In theory, it should not classify as its own standalone site. However, I am most glad to
see there are other people discussing stupid physical questions, akin to my fart levitation and the
limits of human erection. And yonder, you will find a plenty of those.
Randall helps the common man figure out crucial things, discussing delicate and highly relevant
topics like if it's possible to stop a train with bullets, hair dryer planetary risks and
Intergallactic Cessna. All of these and more, backed up by a plenty of links to no-nonsense
scientific articles hosted at various .gov sites, so you know they are badass. Anyhow, what if? is
a most pleasant humoristic addition to my geek list, and you should definitely visit the site, even
if your physics knowledge may not be that much improved after reading it.
This site is not suitable for children!
After much pondering, I decided to include Encyclopedia Dramatica into the Hall of Fame. The
simple reason is, it's too good not to be included, political correctness be damned. I've already
given you a somewhat lengthy, prosaic explanation into the history and character of this site in my
Trolling guide, so we can skip on some of the philosophy and focus on the good parts. Encyclopedia
Dramatica is a mild shock site, designed to be funny and stupid and annoying all at the same time,
with the ultimate goal of destabilizing everyone's mental state into a brown boson soup. Nothing is
The site is rude and coarse, parents be warned, intended for people with IQ over 9,000. Your
initial reaction to reading most of the stuff will be synonymous to using DU sabot rounds against
plush red teddies on the Valentine's Day, but if you look beyond the inane and grossly unfunny, you
will discover uncanny levels of truth and wit that borderline on napalm genius. At the end of the
day, if you can put your silly ego aside and focus on the fun stuff, you will have enjoyed yourself
immensely, laughing at the absurdity of the collective human intelligence. Most importantly, don't
take anything too seriously. And if you do appreciate a healthy dose of mind coitus now and then,
Encyclopedia Dramatica is definitely for you.
If the very title of this website offenders you somehow in some way, then you probably suffer
from a severe case of humor deficiency. Taking websites with such a clear, simple mission statement
with nothing less than a healthy dose of amusement is the wrong way to approach life. MABTW is run
by Dick Masterson, a guy with Top Gun aviator sunglasses and a mustache that comes straight from
the Wild West rule book. His mission is to show the world of men the perils of women, so they can
learn, avoid and live in a man-safe environment. Of course, he puts it more eloquently, using big
words like tenets, squeamish, unequivocally, and such, and manages to dodge the man-woman paradox
of can't live with them, can't live without them. If there ever were a man to epitomize the make me
a sandwich phenomenon, it would be Dick Masterston.
Other than philisophy, the site offers religiously funny page after page of in-your-face QED of
how Dick victored over women, as well as explaining in almost scientific terms all the things that
bother him as well as the manrace. Not surprisingly, many a follower to be found yonder constitute
women of all kinds and types, including those falling into the eternal troll trap, as well as those
less bothered by outrageously insulting humor that the author aims at. However, being a Maddox's
pal and buddy, he can't afford anything less. Quite joyful, and not at all wicked as you might
suspect. The retro-mirror to society. And funny. Oh, there's a book too, if you want it all tightly
compressed into one giant tome of wisdom and lulz.
The name Dave Barry may not strike you as familiar if you don't know who Harry Anderson is, if
you do not live in Florida and read Miami Herald or if you happen not to have the right kind of
humor to appreciate Dave's work. Beneath the rugged veneer of a hardcore journalist enjoying the
dry and cool Miami summers beats the heart of a man who can best be described as Web 2.0 Woody
Allen sans the depressive fatalism sans the hot young women clinging to his sleeve.
Dave Barry is a funny guy, first and foremost, and some of his character oozes onto the pages he
writes. His humor has the lightweight cynicism kind you can easily script into TV series and
movies, which has been done with quite some success. Best of all, even if you're not an American
and don't really find your way down the local politics alley, you can still appreciate the subtle
clash of Gator fans meet Russian nuclear weapons smugglers meet people who invented low-flow
toilets. Gypsy fun, Miami style, wrapped in a total lack of reason. And if you think 4chan invented
some of the coolest memes around, just Google Dave's OIYDWYMTTY(NY)G. Aha!
Weebl's Stuff is one of those rare gems that you discover by accident. It happened to me. Long
ago, someone sent me a link to a funny, super-addictive Flash clip called Badger Badger Badger. OK,
so it's a dozen cute furry things dancing, some mushrooms and a snake. Well, that's the genius of
animation is so popular that it even has its
wiki entry. But The Badger Song is
only a tiny facet of Weebl's jolly repertoire. Cartoons, animations, games, web comics, and there
are user contributions too, as well as wacky discussions in the forum. Most of the work includes
catchy techno-like music, surreal dialogue, silly lyrics, and absurd topics, as you want it to be,
For example, what would you think of a Flash clip called Turd Eating Cat? My thoughts exactly.
Tons of unexpected enjoyment. On a serious note, Weebl's Stuff is a must. Whether you're in a mood
for quirky music, psychodelic relaxation, brusque WTF fun, or just some cuddly spinning down after
a long day of crunching your mental cogwheels, this cartoon gem will do the work. Enjoyski.
To quote the About page ... BEGIN QUOTE Hi. I'm Allie. If I had to explain myself in six words,
those words would be heroic, caring, alert and flammable. That's only four words. Oh well, I guess
I should have thought of that before I started writing. Too late now. END QUOTE Yes, you get the
Hyperbole and a Half is an extremely witty, enterntaining site discussing worldly topics through
a series of long, on-purpose badly drawn cartoons. The article begin with a punchline, strays off
in a random direction loosely following the general idea and then return with vengeance. Boom, you
did not expect that. What makes the site unique is the writing style, borderline Asperger Syndrome
and Pythonesque United States Mid-West styles mixed and shaken, not stirred, with a touch of
mathematics and female geekiness.
There's no one-line that I could use to describe Hyperbole and a Half. But it's listed here for
the sheer quality of humor, witty innocence laced with fluffy malevolence and the spicy art. In
other words, you have to be a really good painter to draw a really bad one. Or just a bad one. But
here, the first rule applies. When you're in a mood for tons of good humor in bright colors,
Hyperbole and a Half delivers the goods.
LOLCat Bible (alas, dead link)
Who said theology has to be boring? Well, quite a lot of people. But if you drop the somber, sin
and punishment theme and focus on the actual content, dab it in some good humor and slang it
heavily, you can actually create a universal topic that will cater to anyone. Name of the game:
LOLCat Bible is a wiki-style site dedicated to translating the entire Old and New Testaments
into the LOLCat speech. Common terms and proper grammar are replaced with the liberal LOLCat
language, with some of the main characters in the scriptures replaced with feline counterparts.
Sounds messy and might even be considered an insult, but if you look beyond the plain written, you
might see a different picture.
In its unique, slightly offensive but unintended way, the LOLCat parody actually makes religion
more accessible to those normally less inclined to practice it. Even if you read the LOLCat Bible
for the sake of fun and mockery, you will still be exposed to religious texts, learning a bit about
how things were in the olden days, translated into a sort of laidback Ally G lingo. The project's
humor crosses the barrier between believers and atheists and makes everyone have a good read.
Whatever you may think of the Bible, LOLCats is an excellent portal of history and humor
Top Gear is a British car show, the best rated and most popular in the world. For a very good
reason. It's a blast. You get tons of great cars, truckloads of humor and stunning camera work.
What more could a man ask for, except maybe studio audience composed entirely of hot women?
With the brick-faced charm of anti-environmentalist scousers, the show's three hosts, Jeremy,
Richard and James do a fanastic job of roadtesting cars across the globe, with not a single boring
moment. While most people may assume Top Gear is mainly about cars, the truth it is, it's
mostly about cars. The show is, first and foremost, one titanic
standup show. Imagine Monty Python, only done entirely in the back of Austin Metro. That's what I'm
Seriously, for any petrol/diesel head, Top Gear is the ultimate form of entertainment. Make sure
you check out the official website. It has years of video footage and breathtaking imagery, lots of
excellent reviews spiced with sophisticated humor and tons of tips for the international car
driver. Must see.
Linux Hater's Blog (alas, dead link)
Category: Blog, Humor, Linux
Sometimes, the best way to explain or prove something to someone is by showing them the exact
opposite of what they are looking for. For instance, how do you explain white to someone? You show
them black and tell them that white is the other way around.
Linux Hater's Blog is a website that deals in polarity. While most of us grumble about software
we use, Linux Hater's Blog (LHB) categorically hates everything that has to do with Linux, which
both makes it funny and offers an interesting perspective on what Linux is.
The LHB's anonymous editor (or editors) is mostly likely a diehard Linux fan who seeks to
educate on peace by preaching war sermons. Furthermore, the radical attitude is also a tremendous
traffic boost, as I have eloquently explained in my
Website traffic guide, but the irony of this is lost of
many excited and offended Linux users who simply can't refuse to take the bait.
Because of this, taking LHB seriously is somewhat difficult, although he raises many valid
points overall. Better yet, the extreme tone turns the entire affair into an extremely pleasurable
ordeal. Nevertheless, no matter what is said and how it is said, you have to give the author credit
- and lots of it. Persisting in so much hatred takes a lot of effort and staying funny along the
way even more so.
If you're looking into some politically incorrect education on Linux sprinkled with cunningly
sophisticated humor bordering between lame and genius, LHB is the place you should go. You may get
angry or learn little, but at least, you will laugh long and hard.
Pythonline (alas, dead link)
Category: Humor, Monty Python
Monty Python is probably the main reason why British are the greatest nation on Earth. They have
created the finest piece of comedy EVER - Monty Python. When the humble team of six smart British
guys aired their first sketch of Flying Circus in 1969, the history was made. Monty Python became
the pillarstone by which modern comedy was made and judged.
The Python guys also made a number of films, including Life of Brian and the Meaning of Life and
also individually participated in dozens of other films, series and sketches, including legendary
titles like Fawlty Towers (see below) and A Fish Called Wanda.
The heroic deeds of Monty Python across four decades of work are documented on the official site
called Pythonline, maintained by Eric Idle. Pythonline has it all - most importantly links to most
popular and highest rated Monty Python sketches like the Ministry of Silly Walks, Argument Clinic,
Galaxy Song, the Parrot Sketch, and others, all of which you can also be downloaded from Youtube.
Furthermore, there's lots of music, a crazy forum, and more superb stuff. If you consider yourself
a member of human race, ergo ipso facto you like Monty Python, therefore you should visit
Fawlty Towers (alas, dead link)
John Cleese, one of the fantastic six of the Monty Python cast created new definitions for
obnoxious and misanthrope when we created the character of Basil Fawlty, the owner of the Fawlty
Towers hotel. The sheer snobbish stubbornness with which Basil gets into trouble every minute of
every episode makes for some of the finest moments in human behavior ever screened. Three decades
later, Fawlty Tower is undoubtedly one of the funniest British comedies, alongside 'Allo 'Allo,
Only Fools and Horses, and Black Adder.
Fawlty Towers website pays tribute to this great show. The site details the history of how
Fawlty Towers began , apparently based on a true story, details the episodes and casts, has an A-Z
Fawlty guide, quizzes, trivia, and other interesting stuff. Like other websites dedicated to
predominantly dark British humor featured on this page, Fawlty Towers is about self-indulgence,
nostalgia and quite a bit of fun.
Cafe Rene is the first place you should go to if you have any questions or doubts regarding
'Allo 'Allo! Well, 'Allo 'Allo! is one of the great classic British comedies, which, like most
others, came to life following the Monty Python revolution in the early 70s. Alongside Fawlty
Towers, Only Fools and Horses, Black Adder, Yes Minister, and many others, 'Allo! 'Allo! dominated
the humor scene of the 80s and still remains one of the wittiest and funniest pieces ever made. It
tells the story of a cowardly French café owner, René Artois, who leads a very brave life. He
cheats on his wife with both of his waitresses, promising both to marry them after the war - but he
stays with his wife Edith because she owns the café. To make things even more complicated, René
is fancied by the German lieutenant Gruber. He collaborates with the Germans, in trying to steal
ancient paintings while simultaneously helping the French resistance rescue downed British pilots.
And this is only the tip of the iceberg.
'Allo 'Allo! tells the war story in a very different light from what one might expect. The
Germans are more interested in drinking and getting rich than actually fighting. The de Gaulle
resistance hate the Communists more than the Germans. And the British are charmingly dumb. Don't
forget the sex innuendo on almost every occasion.
The sit-com ran 9 series, with 82 episodes, plus numerous Christmas specials. Everything you
might want to know about 'Allo 'Allo! can be read on Cafe Rene. It might not be the prettiest or
the most up-to-date site, but it is definitely fun and well-written.
This is truly one of the finer websites ever made, definitely not because of its crappy design
but because of its excellent, masterpiece contents. The site is all about the personal, egocentric,
egomaniacal, narcissistic super-obsession of one guy's love with himself, Mr. Maddox. However,
every single work on his website is written with utter brilliance. It's raw, funny and extremely
cunning. It's no small wonder it's one of the more popular websites out there. Be warned though,
it's not for the feeble-hearted, overly-cultivated, extra-refined, weak, or enlightened souls.
Maddox thinks he's a pirate, although I cannot image what Utah has to do with pirates, unless
they have found a way to sail a boat across the Salt Lake. He's recently written a book, called
The Alphabet of Manliness, which has instantly
become popular and ranks very high in book sales. So there you go, Maddox, you got a free spitshine
from me, even though you never answered my emails. Sniff. EDIT: He did answer me, so I humbly
retract my last sentence. You're the man.
Wilders Security Forums is probably one of the more versatile security forums on the net. It is
rather quite balanced. On one hand, it offers quite a lot of useful information in a number of
forum rooms; on the other, it does that without overwhelming and confusing clutter. The forum is
clean, intuitive and easily navigable. Some of the sub-forum rooms on the site are official support
forums for a number of leading computer security products, like Acronis, Eset, ewido, and more.
Other rooms are dedicated to general security topics like firewalls, anti-virus software, privacy
issues, and other. Wilders Security Forums has a great staff and a vibrant community that will
offer help and advice to any newcomer. For a typical computer user - most of us really - it is
probably the best overall security-conscious informative and support site on the web.
Category: Mathematics, Science
Warning, the following suite may be unsuitable for wider audiences due to its ultra-nerdy
mathematical nature. What is it, pray, you may ask. It's a powerful computation engine that
interprets natural language questions and instructions to do some really funky calculations. In
other words, it blinded me with science!
Ever wondered how much volume a thousand Barbie Girl dolls displace? Or the speed of the nearest
galaxy? Or the angular momentum of a squirrel's tail? Or how many ping pong balls fit into the hull
of a Boeing 747? Wolfram Alpha can help you with these crucial existential slash work interview
questions. It's powerful and useful, the two attributes any modern technology ought to have. If
only. On a more serious level, if you be nerd, you be using this engine to aid your brain's
queries. Highly recommended for any sort of scientific or mathematical research. But do be careful
A site with the word popular in its name sounds like a paradox, or an oxymoron if you will, and
you may immediately feel like it's designed for people who struggle with the basics of science,
like amino acids or Quantum physics. The thing is, Popular Mechanics repository of science, tech
and nerdy facts is worth an occasional dabble.
The site does profess its demographics to be mid-30 men in love with their gadgets and a decent
income, so if you qualify and think of yourself as a (wo)man of the world, you might appreciate the
content. Some of the stuff may be watered down for masses, but there's a plenty of good articles
that are both deep and fun. The blend of historical, futuristc and factual is done with elegance
with style, and this portal could keep you entertained on a rainy day. Or a sunny one, if you like
your solar panels. You get the drift. Oh, the site has articles on cars, too. Hence, the drift.
Here's another encyclopedia-like site for you, this one called Uncyclopedia. While AE is best
describes as the humor equivalent of a bit drill to your knee, Uncyclopedia is a more light-hearted
variant approaching the sensation of a kneed groin, ten seconds after. A funny site you may even
share with people of somewhat reduced intelligence.
The site was recommended by a reader, and upon further exploration, it does merit its own
mention in this most hallowed of categories. Uncyclopedia's stated goal is to provide the world's
misinformation in the least redeeming and most searingly sarcastic and humorous way possible,
through satire. And it works quite well. You get a handsome dose of humor, sans the uber-shock of
AE, so all parts of the spectrum are covered. Lovely, witty, entertaining, a definite stop on your
autobahn to enlightenment. Or not.
Category: Paranormal, Science
More science. Well, sort of. This curiously titled website is dedicated to promote scientific
inquiry and critical investigation. But what makes it really interesting is that it focuses on
controversial, extraordinary, paranormal and fringe claims. If you believe in pixies and like to be
dazzled by media, read no further.
CSI aims to debunk the rather ridiculous untruths circulating in the public, often enhanced by
the constant need for shock value and ratings, which is where healthy science steps in and
dropkicks the nonsense into submission. This site may underwhelm with its presentation layer, after
all, it was made by people who value value, but it delivers a load of excellent articles and
anectodes. Hence its place in this section.
Category: History, Philosophy, Science
As the site name claims, this domain is all about interesting, fascinating, mindboggling stories
from science, history and philosophy, with occasional engineering. Which sounds like something
practiced in dark alleys somewhere. The layout is unassuming, the frequency of updates quite low,
but the deficiencies are more than compensated for with good content, and that's what matters.
Damn Interesting is a great place to visit when you feel like your mind needs a fresh dose of
science, and if you're after humor, you'll find it, too. Dry, dark, geeky humor, but then, what did
you expect. Anyhow, on a serious note, this ought to go into your bookmarks, with an occasionally
engineered, pleasant read to stimulate your mind.
Category: Humor, Science
Improbable research is all about seemingly pointless research that makes people laugh and then
think. But research it is. Seriously unserious stuff, including things like brassiere cum
protective face masks, the relationships among height, penile length, and foot size, a
comprehensive survey of human belly button lint, and no less importantly, the importance of giving
cows names in order to produce more milk.
But the research would be for naught if not the Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements. The
association behind Improbable Research hands out these prizes in an annual ceremony, to the winners
of all those who rose to the challenge, to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative. All in the
name of science. It's as geeky as it gets. Highly recommended.
Category: Humor, Science, Vlog
People like to watch other people suffering. It's a basic human trait, go figure. So what can be
more satisfying than watching some dude trying, and succeeding, in electrocuting himself, for the
sake of science and entertainment? Meet Mehdi, the guy running ElectroBoom.
He seems fascinated with electricity, and he actually knows what he is doing. Well, he works as
an electrical engineer, so that should cover the professional side of risking your life for other
people's merriment. Anyhow, what he likes to do is create videos of himself perfoming all kinds of
rather dangerous experiments with live electricity, proving and disproving urban myths, as well as
causing himself a gentle dose of genuine physical pain. All the ingredient for some pleasant,
all-family fun. Inspiring, witty, educative. And yes, don't earn yourself a Darwin Award, don't try
this at home.
When Oracle purchased Ksplice, this blog was already on my to-be-published list. But then, I
started having second thoughts. And then I started having third thoughts. I realized that the fact
the site owners have changed does not mean the site's quality has changed. So here it is. Ksplice
Blog is a rather neat, colorful website where Ksplice developers ramble about thing they hope we
will find interesting.
And we sure do. The blog is mainly dedicated to computer science problems, explained in thorough
detail and presented with a surprising geek clarity and charm. Not your beginner's walk in the park
I admit, but so well written that it will appeal even to moderately skilled administrators and code
monkeys. Among many topics discussed, you will find entries on virtual memory, kernel, strace,
memory corruption due to cosmic radiation, the pointer challenge, and many other exciting ideas
that Linux people find so appealing. You should definitely check it out.
Category: Engineering, Science
Quoting the official sources, IEEE Spectrum magazine is the flagship publication of the IEEE,
the world's largest professional technology association. It is a monthly magazine for technology
innovators, business leaders, and the intellectually curious. Spectrum explores future technology
trends and the impact of those trends on society and business. I tend to agree.
IEEE Spectrum really goes into details. For example, for me reading about the Fukushima reactor
accident or the birth of UNIX was a delight of detail, accuracy and somber yet casual approach to
technical details. And that's just a sampling. There's a whole lot more in virtually every field,
aerospace, biomedical, robotics, consumer electronics, even computer security. If you like
technology, IEEE Spectrum offers a perfect blend of journalism, science and technology, without
being geeky, boring or old-fashioned. Quite recommended.
Category: Paranormal, Science
If you're into science, quasi-science, demi-science, and pure nonsense that goes beyond the
ordinary and have a taste for conspiracy theories, you may like anomalies-unlimited.com. The site
offers insight into the world of crazy, scary and weird stuff taking place behind the curtains of
the world. While authenticity of some of the content is a bit dubious, it makes for a fun reading
nevertheless. You don't have to be into paranormal and alien abductions to enjoy the website.
The site seems to be no longer actively updated, but it has quite a bit of material to get you
started into the occult. Or just plain enjoy the fact that some people really need an excuse to
wear a tinfoil hat. Oh, it's not pure science per se, either, but it more or less broadly fits the
Category: Humor, Science, Science Fiction
Exit Mundi is a very interesting site. The site is all about all possible ways to destroy Planet
Earth. Sounds sinister, but it's actually written in a light, funny style that makes the threat of
a Gamma Ray Bursts apocalypse and similar calamities sound rather melancholic. The scenarios are
divided into groups, like space threats, technological threats, religion-related events etc. Each
catastrophe is described with a good proportion of science, facts and humor and is accompanied with
lots of nice images. If you like aliens, robots, huge explosions, doomsday thingies, and whatnot,
you can surely enjoy yourself reading this website. The material on the site is written by Maarten
Keulemans, a science and technology journalist from Holland (Netherlands).
Category: Engineering, Science
One of the reasons we have websites and read all manner of stuff on the Internet is our
curiosity. Just like energy and entropy are opposed, so are the laziness and curiosity, the two
prevalent characteristics of the human nature. Without curiosity, we would still probably be living
in caves. But as it is, we have CFC-free air conditioning, vaccination, online petitions, and lots
of sites telling us how things work. One of the best such sites is definitely HowStuffWorks.
There's very little you won't find on this remarkable site, dissected into tiny details, with
simple explanations and lots of images. It's a great start on almost any subject, technical or
Category: Mathematics, Science
MathWorld is a very extensive online source of mathematics. It was made by Wolfram Research, the
creators of Mathematica scientific program. The site contains lectures, citations from books,
thousands of terms and examples, 3D applets for interactive geometry, and more. The layout is
simple, clean and intuitive.
This site might not appeal to someone who think of mathematics as forced labor, but it can be of
great use for people with scientific background or inclinations. So, if you're into Partial
Differential Equations, Mobius snails, Markov processes, Operator theories, and impressing girls,
MathWorld is the right place to start pimping up your street credit.
Category: Urban Legends
snopes.com is a self-proclaimed definitive Internet reference source for urban legends,
folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. While it sure can fit into either the Humor or Science
section, I think the Unique label fits more. As its title says, if you want to learn more about all
those stupid sayings and conspiracies and funny facts you hear all the time, you should go here
Don't be fooled by the site's mission. It may dabble in general ignorance and trivia, but
there's quite a bit of interesting history, too. There's a lot of original and thorough research
invested in each and every story featured, even if you may find the topic completely baffling, like
whether an elephant sat on a car and squashed it or if the town of Paradise, California, was named
after the Pair o' Dice saloon. However, if you like to read about the little things that add
seasoning to the cuisine of life, this is your one stop shop. Besides, many of the facts and ideas
make for such splendid ice-breakers. Unique, serious yet fun, thorough, colorful, quite
Category: Science, Unique
1337arts, or rather, Leet Arts, is a website created by a pair of MIT students, showing off
their artistic aspects of science with others. And what a share it is. For a meager budger of about
one high-end laptop, the two gentlemen assembled a high-altitude balloon and sent it flying int the
space, strapped with a digital camera. Not really amazing, you might say.
Except their camera landed back safely. The two fellas had the smarts to equip the camera with a
GPS beacon so it could be retrieved safely. Speaking of safety, they had to take into account lots
of parameters, including the camera damage and the skull damage of innocent humans not expecting a
camera falling on their head from high orbit. So the two diligent students created a crash-proof
rentry capsule with low terminal velocity that was safe for both the electronics and human cranium.
They tested with eggs tossed off the five-story building to make sure their package was gentle
enough. On top of that, they made sure they complied with FAA regulations.
The end result? More than one hour of HD video and close to a thousand stills taken at about
30km altitude. Spectacular on so many levels. First the idea, then the implementation of the idea.
Simply splendid. Hop by and drop them a word of encouragement. It's always refreshing to see such
astute minds making good use of their potential. Reminds me of me.
Category: Model, Rail, Technology
If you think Building a Balancing Scooter is a feat of geeks, then you should probably take an
inhalation before you read this one. The Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) is a 60-year-old club
dedicated to railroad funs and hackers, who together help create, maintain and improve the largest
mini-scale railroad network in the world.
You all remember the three-box plastic model running on batteries that you all had in your
childhood? Well, think about something a thousand times bigger. TMRC is all about running a
realistic railroad network, with thousands of feet of tracks, hundreds of rail models, dozens of
buildings, bridges and staging yards, all built to scale and in great detail and governed by a
super-station computer programmed by the TMRC geeks.
If nothing, the website is worth visiting for hundreds of spectacular photos of the TMRC
network. I also warmly recommend you spend time reading everything. The
Wikipedia article will also
give you more info on what to expect from TMRC. Best of all, you can visit TMRC and drive your own
train around, be it diesel, steam or electric. Talk about boys with toys. TMRC is a must. It's an
incredible accomplishment of history, dedication, cooperation, friendship, fun, and great
Category: DIY, Engineering
I was thinking about adding this site to the Science section, but I thought it fits here better.
Building a Balancing Scooter is a very simple, very unique site. It teaches you how to build a
self-balancing scooter, i.e. a Segway like thingie, in about two weeks, using off-the-shelf parts,
some C coding and less money that you would spend on buying the real thing.
Trevor Blackwell, the ultra-geek behind the contraption, demonstrates in fairly simple terms his
work on the Scooter and its upgraded version 2. His Scooter Mark II is faster and lighter than
Segway, by the way. Must see for anyone with even 1 part-per-million geekiness in their blood.
Let's begin with a series of question? What makes for good satire? Where do you draw the line
between sensationalism and emotional molestation? Did you know that professional trolling exists?
All of these questions point to one answer: The Onion, America's Finest News Source,
self-proclaimed that is. Indeed, if you're looking to enlighten your soul by watching some news,
then you have come to the wrong place. The Onion is everything you don't want from your news. Bold,
beautiful, trollful to the max, like yo.
Having watched many of The Onion's fake news footage reports, I can only say I have utmost
admiration for the no-limits way the site delivers its message. You get an ounce of truth all
right, and then you get a free dose of wicked genius that makes even smart people like me wonder,
even for a brief yoctosecond, what it is you're watching, why, and what the ultimate message is.
You do know that you're being served a healthy dose of brain coitus, and it's delightful.
Recommended for all those who perceive satire as the normal, accepted way of life.
Category: Space, Unique
Warning: this page will work properly ONLY in Mozilla Firefox or similar Gecko-based browsers.
Now, this page has no special purpose, except one thing - it's absolutely huge. How huge, you ask.
Well, I don't want to spoil you the experience of trying it for yourself, but if you used the arrow
keys to scroll, it would take you 500,000 years from one end of the web page to another. Yes, I'm
not joking. 500,000 friggin' years! The page is HUGE!
If for some reason, you have trouble getting started, here's the link to the site's
How BIG is this page?. If you click on the
scroll bars and move around, you will never be able to find that How BIG is this page again. I'll
give you a little hint, the link to get back to the start position can be found in the right bottom
corner of this webpage. Explore it and enjoy!
Category: Computer games
NationStates is a web-based nation-building simulation game. You begin playing by building a
nation. The nation template asks a number of questions, upon which the principles of your fledgling
state are based. You are allowed to choose the type of government you want, going from Liberal to
Psychotic. You can also select the flag for your country, the national animal and the motto. After
these, you are asked a few character questions, which will define the spirit of your country. And
then, you begin to play.
The "play" consist of daily challenges, brought before your parliament. As the ruler, you need
to decide what stance your government will take. The questions may be benign or even silly, asking
for more rights for penguin vegetarians, but they can also concern serious matters of war, foreign
policy, censorship, and much more. The way you handle these questions will reflect on all aspects
of society of your country.
You can also apply for membership in the United Nations, ally with other countries and
participate in the game forum. While NationStates is not the typical game, it is unique and
interesting and will sweep you, even though you may spend only a few minutes pondering your daily
Jumbo Joke (alas, dead link)
Jumbo Joke is a very unassuming, very funny website. It's a massive collection of jokes, puns,
funny stories, quirky ads, nerdy physics laced with folklore, and assorted humor stuff that will
appeal to men, women and nerds alike. In fact, it's the very site that brought you the careful
physics of Santa Claus, which earned it a dignified place in my science websites article, part two,
and now landed it a cushy spot in the Hall of Fame.
Jumbo Joke is not easy to navigate, so you may struggle a bit finding your way around, but this
should not stop you from enjoying this excellent portal. Tons of joke, heaped high, just waiting
for you to discover them. And a discovery it shall be, considering the tricky site map. Throw in
some nerdy physics and you surely get humor the way you like it, as the self proclaimed motto
reads. Should keep you warm during those endless staff meetings.