Links

Here’s where I keep track of interesting links that I might come back to much, much later. For things that I’m just reading day to day and saving for later, I have my Pocket and Feedbin mirrored here.

Outside

  • Postcrossing – A global postcard exchange in which you sign up and give your postal address to send and receive postcards to and from strangers. I’ve exchanged about fifteen postcards at the time of writing and they’re a source of tactile delight.
  • Highland Walks – Carefully described and mapped walks to do in Scotland. The website has a one man endeavour feel to it, down to the Bog Factor rating, which is rated out of five boots.
  • London Walks – An even more personally curated catalog of walks to do in London, organised by area, and with remarkable sights described along the way.
  • FATMAP – A much slicker hiking map experience that seems to cater to the proper mountaineer and alpinist audience. The 3D trail maps help to find more rugged paths through serious terrain.
  • Ian’s Shoelace Website – When I was a teenager there was a brief and embarrassing time when having loud custom laces in your dirty Converse was cool; Ian was indispensable.
  • Tree Talk – I grew up in the countryside and learned next to nothing about identifying flora. Now I live in the city, this guide to the trees of London and where to find them is making up for lost time.
  • Diamond Geezer – I read entries from this blog about London every day. The anonymous author comments on the history, infrastructure, and daily life of the city in incredible minutiae. It’s a real comfort read but I do sometimes find myself asking if I really care about the shortest bus route in the city.
  • Dan’s Motorcycle Repair Page – I don’t have a motorcycle and probably never will, but I just like how old internet this repair tips page is.
  • Jim Machalak’s Boat Designs – Much like the motorcycle repair page, I doubt I’ll ever use this and it’s included because I like the sheer obscurity of the subject and the personal imprint of the author all over it.
  • The Mother of all Maritime Links – Maritime stuff is interesting to me; I own a book called Know Your Own Ship that tells you how to build a boat from scratch. Maybe that’s why I like this link directory.

Language

  • Marijn van Hoorn’s Good Words – Just a list of good English words with their definitions and some funny notes included.
  • Language Log – A blog written by a small group of East Asian language experts at UPenn. I’ve learned a lot about the active relationships between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages and writing systems from this site.
  • The Online Etymology Dictionary – I’m obsessed with etymologies; they help me understand language better. This dictionary is my go to for English language etymologies because I’m not paying for an OED subscription.

Indie Web

  • Tilde Town – Tilde servers hark back to a time when a physical Linux server was shared by a community of users who would SSH in and curate their own workspaces and public-facing websites, mailing one another and playing games in the shared filesystem.
  • Low Tech Magazine – A climate-focused blog and source of all kinds of innovation around energy efficient web technologies. Most notably, the website runs on a series of small devices running entirely on solar power.
  • 138 Internet Videos That Blew My Mind – Internet video is so ephemeral. Given that I share a common language of absurd and funny interview videos with many in my micro-generation, it’s nice to see a bunch collected in one places.

Tools

  • ZLibrary – Free e-books, probably illegal.
  • ScreenplaySubs – Read the screenplay for the movie alongside as it plays on Netflix.
  • Percollate – If you want to read a really long article, it can be nice to load into onto an e-reader to avoid distractions and screen fatigue. This tool helps turn pages into nicer e-reader documents.
  • All the DIY Links You Never Knew You Needed – Links and pointers for DIY tabletop games
  • Doable lists – Lists of ideas for doable goals submitted by readers. Examples include “get a tattoo” and “write a sentence a day”.
  • Chest of Books – A collection of non-fiction books painstakingly converted to HTML.
  • Death Generator – Generate the death screens from classic games with whatever text you want.

Personal Websites

History

  • ACOUP – A prolific military and social history blogger takes on a lot of different pieces of popular media. The thing that got me into him was his breakdowns of the military strategy of the battles in the Lord of the Rings (so nerdy, so detailed, and so good).
  • Cookbooks and Home Economics – The Internet Archive has a curated collection of historical cookbooks and they’re delightful even if I haven’t found anything that I’d actually like to cook in them.
  • Historical Moments Pamphlets – These zines tell the stories of historical police violence against oppressed communities in the United States.

Science

Film