A brief go over of the links in the sidebar.
Boing Boing – I learned about this awesome (and popular) blog from a library book. I don’t remember the specific book but it was during a period I was catching up on various computer related subjects. Anyway, this blog covers a lot of ground and has quite a few contributors making it one of the most updated and newsworthy blogs I’ve ever encountered. Don’t get lost in the Archives.
Creative Commons – The Creative Commons is a great way to share, collaborate and expand artistic ideas and works without copyright headaches; you simply pick a license that fits the manner you would like to share your works. These licenses modify copyrights enabling development that might not otherwise take place. Some sites, such as the Internet Archive, may ask you to choose a Creative Commons license when uploading media.
Instructables – A Do-it-yourself site of the highest order. Type the concept you are engaged with in the custom search engine and see what others have done. You very might well end up saying, “why didn’t I think of that?” or perhaps, “Wow! Awesome!” Then again, a good laugh might be what you’ll find first as this site contains everything from the fantastic to the ridiculous. You can upload your own projects and solutions as well. Contests galore.
Kollnot Rock’n’Metal Reviews – Back in the day, when paper fanzines ruled the world, I used to trade copies of my ‘zine with Jon Kollnot’s and even met the guy at a Hammerfall show in Boulder, Colorado. I always found Jon’s music writing to be articulate and educated, his commentary straight from the heart.
Make Magazine – No matter your skill level, if you like making things this site is for you. Wood working, electronics, programming and more. I can’t say enough good things about this multimedia magazine. Also, check out Make: Projects, a companion site.
Research Buzz – Splendidly sharp-witted linktastic site. Focus is on search engines, databases, online collections. Sign up for the newsletter if you’re an information hound like me.
TED – Is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design though the subject matter throughout this site covers much more, mostly in the form of video talks. You can rate and comment on these talks.
Wikipedia Knowledge Dump – Features various entries that are in danger of deletion from Wikipedia. By author Clifford A. Pickover who I once emailed after reading Time: A Traveler’s Guide. I had gotten a speeding ticket via a Super Trooper plane shortly after I had read in his book about how the passage of time changes with distance from earth/gravity. So I figured that the plane, being farther from the earth than myself, was traveling through time at a different speed etc. . . and therefore couldn’t have clocked me accurately. He wrote back and told me to just pay the ticket.