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  Links to Interesting Web Sites


                     Financial Information


Abnormal Returns  Links to other links

American City Business Journals  Regional wannabees

Angry Bear  Blog by financial eggheads

Annual Credit Report  Yours. Free. Right here.

Annuity Museum  Fascinating history of a promise to pay

Bankrate  Help find the best interest rates

Better Business Bureau  Search a business’s bona fides

Big Charts  Minute by minute trading data to check your broker  

The Big Picture  Rare blog with good graphics

Block Shopper  Another real estate site

Bloomberg  The business, not the man

Bureau of Public Debt  Buy those bonds, notes and bills here

Business Wire  Official line from the company

CalcMoolator  All kinds of financial calculators

Calculated Risk  Economic analysis up the blogzoo

Canada Stockbroker Disciplinary Records  Who got blamed, eh?

Canada Stockbroker Records  Who might get blamed, eh?

CFA Institute  No scandal among chartered financial analysts

Charles Schwab  Quick stock quotes from discount brokerage king

Consumer Price Index Since 1913  How much cheaper back then?

Cost of Living Comparisons  If you’re thinking of moving

CNN Financial News  Latest happenings in business

Corporate Information  Company profiles worldwide

The D&O Diary  Watching corporate boards shirk their duties

The Economist  International financial view from London

Economic History  Chatty economists, lots of neat links

Enigma  Cross-indexes public records by name

Federal Trade Commission  Warnings on many industries

Financial Times  Pinko business newspaper in London

Footnoted Blog that reads the fine print

Forbes Business-oriented web site and publication

Fraser Nifty economic data compiled by the St. Louis Fed

Free Erisa  See how underfunded your own pension plan is

Free Edgar   Smart retrieval of SEC filings

Free Lunch  Huge amount of economic data

Hedge Fund Adviser Records  Check out that secretive outfit

Hoover Online   Basic information on public companies

Infectious Greed  Running $$$ commentary

Internal Revenue Service  Taxing information

Investment Adviser Records  Check out that money manager

Investor Guide  Directs you to other sites

IPO Central  Good way to track new initial public offerings

M&A Law Prof Blog Dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s

Market Guide  Much basic data here

Minyanville  Quirky site features dancing bulls and bears

Mergerstat  Tracks mergers and acquisitions

Morningstar  The Bible on mutual funds

Motley Fool  Amusing but informative financial information

Municipal Bond Information  Finally, free online statements

PR Newswire  More official line from the company

Quatloos  Heads-up on scams, frauds, dubious investments

Quicken Financial Network   Personal finance advice

Raging Bull  Where unverified market gossip reigns supreme

Rank And Filed Highlights corporate connections

Real Estate ABC  Name says it all

Real Estate Records  Links to free property records on the Web

Securities and Exchange Commission  Public company filings

SEC Actions A critical look at the agency that missed Madoff

SEC Info  Makes sense out of raw SEC documents

Seeking Alpha Financial blog of financial blogs

Social Security   Figure out what you got coming

Spendster  Public AA for spendthrifts, one bill at a time

State Securities Regulators  Where to blow the whistle

Stockbroker Records  Helpful but limited data from FINRA

The  Broad financial coverage

Tax-Exempt Form 990s  Get the skinny on tax-dodgers 

10-Q Detective  Sleuthing out the good stuff in SEC filings

10-K Wizard  Clever retrieval and analysis of SEC filings, but not free

Ticker Sense  Blog by Birinyi Associates

Vanguard Lots of financial information here

Yahoo Finance   Best investor chat around

Zillow  Computer estimate of a property’s value


                                General Research


About  The skinny on nearly everything

Acronym Finder  A guide to alphabet soup

American Rhetoric  Live feed of famous speeches  Hot quick source to everything from Gurunet

Babelfish  Altavista’s neat translation service

Bartlett’s Quotations  Who said what when where how but no why

Biography Resource Center  Search for people

Census Data  Plenty of numbers here

CEO Express  Well-designed links to just about everything

County Clerk Offices  Every single one in the United States

Dictionary  Plus thesaurus  For various languages

Double-Tongued Word Wrestler Dictionary  Includes slang

The Elements of Style  William Strunk’s classic work on writing

eLibrary  A paid Web site for general research

eNature  Broad database on animals and plants

Encyclopedia Britannica  Great book but barely afloat

Fed Stats  Numbers from all over the government

First Gov  Owner’s manual to the Federal Government

FreeDictionary  Lots of technical definitions

Internet Public Library  Good collection of reference sites

Librarians’ Index to the Internet  Vetting by the pros

Library of Congress  Terrific way to track down old books

Library Spot  Another good collection of reference sites

LOUIS  One-stop search of federal records

Martindale’s The Reference Desk Links aplenty

Merriam-Webster Online  Dictionary

Metric Converter  How many meters in a mile?

National Obituary Archives  Links to 50 million death notices

Online Dictionaries and Thesauri  Galore

One Look  Word definitions drawn from 100 dictionaries

Portico  Good collection of research links

Questia  Another paid Web site that is a virtual library

Rapleaf  Claims 50 million people profiles

Reference Desk  Still another good collection of reference sites

Search Systems  Links to public records

Smithsonian Institution  Wide scope

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.  Even more numbers

UN Data  United Nations clearinghouse

University of Michigan  Wide collection of links to statistics and data  Portal to the Federal Government

Wayback Machine  Amazing archives of the entire Web back to 1996

Wikipedia User-written encyclopedia of uncertain veracity 

Wordnik  Combo dictionary, thesaurus that pronounces words

Yahoo Answers Post your question and the world answers


       Internet, Computers and Wireless


Astalavista Security Group  Where hackers meet the hacked

Bandwith Meter  Measure the speed of your Internet connection

Broadband Home Central  How to set up that home network

Bug Me Not  Enter Web sites without registration

Cell Reception  Provides map of nearby cell phone towers

Download Squad  Witty update on software, Web apps

File Extentions  Index to obscure computer file extensions like .vcd

File Info Another list of computer extensions like

Internet Domain Lookup  The skinny on domain owners if not hiding

Internet Traffic Report  Congestion on the information superhighway

Namechk  Name available check on dozens of social sites

Net History  Amazing story of the Internet

PC Magazine  Free software and helpful computer reviews

Sam Spade  Tools to protect online privacy

Search Engine Showdown  Critiques the backbone of the Web

Spyware Info  Tipoff sheet about Internet snoops

Spyware Warrior  Tips on shaking that virus

Tech Crunch  Review Internet sites and services

Tech Dirt The Page Six of the tech industry

WiFi   List of no-cost wireless access

WiFi Hotspots  Searchable database of paid and free wireless access

WiFi Plots Internet wireless access on map

Wi-Fi Planet  How to get wireless


   Media, Entertainment and—Gasp!—Gossip


ABC  Major broadcast network with newsy site

Ad Age Power 150  Links to top marketing and media blogs

AJR Newslink  Find most U.S. print media with Web sites

All-News Radio Station Live Feeds  Check NYC traffic from L.A.

Alternative Weeklies  Links to the down and dirty of journalism

Arts & Letters Daily  Points to humanities-oriented material

Associated Press  The granddaddy of wire services

Associated Press Stories Plotted on a Map  Visual news

Audit Bureau of Circulations To the extent papers still have readers

The Australian  Steals credit now, apologizes in private later.

Blank on Blank  Audio of old interviews

BBC World Service  Listen to its famous radio reports right here

Book Publishing Industry Directory   Everyone who’s anyone

Box Office Mojo  Movie stats galore

Breaking News  When you got to know the scoop right away

BusinessWeek Dying financial pub owned by bond-rating scammer

Chicago Tribune  World’s Greatest Newspaper in bankruptcy

Christian Science Monitor  Top pub nobody reads

Classical Music Radio Stations Online  Hear Mozart right now!

CNN  Good for breaking news

Commentary Today  Left, right and in-betweens listed here

The Dallas Morning News  Sad testimonial to family control

Deadline Hollywood Daily  Run by the former Nikki Finke Greenberg 

Defamer  Hollywood gossip

Drudge Report  General gossip without verification

E! Online  Brad and Jennifer and Angelina and other such stuff

eWeek  What’s happening in the digital world

Fishbowl LA  More Hollywood gossip

Forbes  Business-oriented web site and publication

Fox News  When you like your news with a spin from the right

Gawker  Gossip from New York and beyond

Gizmodo  New gadget blog

Google News  Fastest way to grab breaking news

Guerrilla News Network  News stories without verification 

Houston Chronicle  Largest local daily never to win a Pulitzer Prize

The Huffington Post  Blog of blogs

LA Observed  Online critique of things Los Angelesan

Los Angeles Daily News  Now edited elsewhere

Los Angeles Times  Ailing West Coast sister of ailing Chicago Tribune

MSNBC  Even better for breaking news

MSN Money  Lots of material here

Music Archive  Huge number of performances, all for free 

National Geographic  Without the dirty pictures

National Public Radio   A decent site, All Things Considered

New Mexico Magazine  Touts Land of Enchantment

Newser  Another news web site helping to sink newspapers

News Links  Links to media outlets worldwide

Newspaper Association of America  Another sad list of print links

News Voyager  Links to media outlets everywhere

The New York Observer  Thoughtful, witty Gotham weekly

The New York Post Gossip Columns  The best in daily dish

The New York Times  Still the U.S. newspaper of record

O’Dwyer’s P.R. Newsletter  Spin about the spin

Old Newspapers  from 1880 to 1922 digitized by the Library of Congress

OMG!  Yahoo’s entry in the ill-served celebrity-news market

The Onion  Satire, not news, but who cares?

Opera Broadcasts  Daily listings of when the fat lady sings

Overlawyered  Daily accounts of why there are too many lawyers

People  If you live for gossip and gossip alone

Press Think  Journalism blog by Professor Jay Rosen

Pro Publica  Paul Steiger’s life after The Wall Street Journal

PR Watch Amusing dissections of paid propaganda and media spins

Public Domain Review  Lists literary properties losing copyrrights

Pulitzer Prizes  All the winners since the very first one in 1917

Radio Locator  Locate that AM or FM outlet

Regret the Error  Amusing newspaper corrections

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press  Name says it all

Retraction Watch  Sadly, a lot of material to work with

Reuters  Detached foreign view with funny spellings

Jim Romenesko  His famous MediaNews summary

Salon  Online magazine of note

Santa Fe New Mexican  Fine small daily that escaped from Gannett

Science Daily  News on the next breakthrough  Track those movie deals

Slate  Another online magazine of note

The Smoking Gun Collection of gossipy documents

Sunday Times (London)  Surprisingly interesting to non-Brits 

Talking Biz News  Giving business news outlets the business

TV Tome  Everything about the small screen   

The Times of London  International perspective

TMZ  Its boss preaches privacy on TV, violates it on the Web

Toronto Globe and Mail Canada’s top newspaper

TruthDig  Links to political journalism

United Press International  A shadow of its former self

Valleywag Silicon Valley gossip blog

Vancouver Sun  Worth reading just for scam reporting of David Baines

The Washington Post  Scoop and poop from the nation’s capital

Weather Channel  What it’s doing outside, everywhere

Wonderwall  New celebrity-news site for those unsatiated elsewhere

Wired  Intersection of technology and culture

USA Today  Free searches back to 1987


                                Political Information


Fact Check  Tries to keep pols on the straight and narrow

Fund Race  Plots addresses of political donors on a map

GOP USA  Red meat for red states

The Note  ABC News go-to site for daily political dish

Open Congress  An open book on a closed institution

Open Secrets  Campaign contribution data

Politico  Increasingly the go-to site for political coverage

PolitiFact  Features the “Truth-O-Meter”

Project Vote Smart All about candidates

Ralph Nader for President He was baaaaaaack!

Republican Offenders  Amusingly long list of GOP miscreants

Spinsanity  Another set-’em-straight site

Wonkette  Political gossip blog


                 Search Engines and Portals


A9  Search engine from

After Vote  Combines results from Google, Yahoo and MSN

All The Web  Norwegian import with very broad coverage

AOL  Search engine with a tilt toward partners and own sites

Altavista  Still a damn good engine

Ask Jeeves  Stunning search logic using ordinary questions

Ask X  Ask Jeeves search engine in drag

Bing  Microsoft’s promising challenger to Google

Cha Cha  Takes you to a real human guide

Clusty  Cleverly classifies hits by topic a la the old Northern Light

Cuil  Newest challenger to Google

Congoo  Seaches beyond the free Web.

Deja News  Indexes Usenet posting by everyone

Dogpile  Searches other search engines

Duck Duck Go  No-frills browser

eTBLAST  Searches Web by text similarity rather than keywords

Google  Also searches other engines, plus deleted pages

Google Groups  Searchable archives of newsgroup postings

Internet Archive  Dig up that old Web site

Mahalo  Claims to be “human-powered”

Microsoft Live Search  Surprisingly decent coverage Scantily clad host talks back at you during searching

MSN  It’s a search engine, too

Prefound  Search your own Internet universe.

Rollyo  Sometimes works better for obscure topics

Search Mash  All-in-one Google engine for Web, video, blogs, pix

Stumble Upon  Your past searches help guide this engine

Wayback Machine  Amazing archives of the entire Web back to 1996

Wolfram Alpha  Newest engine touts “computational knowledge”

Yahoo  Best known engine, although, frankly, coverage is spotty

Yippy  F/k/a f/k/a



Angies List Review of home services

Get  Find the codes to evade company phone trees

Missing Money  Find unclaimed accounts in 37 states

Track My Shipments  Even provides maps of that UPS order

Unclaimed   Find unclaimed accounts in 50 states

Zillow  In case you missed it above


                   Sites for Searching Blogs       


Alltop  Blog-posting collector by industry

Blogdigger  Name says it all

Bloglines  Keep track of new blog postings

Blog Pulse  Track that Blogosphere chatter here

Blog Search  Find that snarky posting on blogs

Flickr  Search for photos by name

Google Blog Search  Claims it can search minutes-old postings

Ice Rocket  Another way to search bogs

Regator  Intelligently selected blog of blogs

Sphere  A comer in blog-searching

Technorati  Yet another source for researching blogs




Advice to Referees  The fine print on offside

American Youth Soccer Organization   Everyone plays

FIFA  110 years of questionable oversight

Laws of The Game 2014-15  Slimmest rulebook in sport

Major League Soccer   Limited popularity outside Seattle

U.S. Soccer Federation  American umbrella


                     Specialty Searches


Banished Words List  Lake Superior State University’s gift to the world

BRB Publications  Interesting but a stalking horse for paid services

Canada Statistics  Pin down those numbers up north, eh?

Centers for Disease Control  Health info galore

Criminal Searches  Lots of disclaimers and limitations

Dead People Server  Is that celebrity finally gone yet?

Defense Manpower Data Center  Who’s in the military?

Earthquakes This Week in Los Angeles  Many more than you think

Federal Campaign Contributions  Democracy at work    

Federal Prisoner Locator  Records of past and current inmates

Find A Grave  Searchable by last name only

Fix Ya  Helps diagnose things that break down

Footnote  Documents in the National Archives

Genealogy Records  Mormon Church’s famous archives

God Checker  Mythology encyclopedia

Graves of Famous People  Exhaustive index to final resting spots 

Healthopedia  Links to medical information

How Stuff Works  The basics on the basics

The Memory Hole  Stories that deserved better play  Google-powered index to the deceased

Internet Movie Database  Track down Hollywood trivia

Justia Free search of federal-court civil cases, and more

KnowX  Nationwide lawsuit and lien searches for modest fees

Landings  All about specific pilots and planes

Lifehacker  All kinds of shortcuts

Martindale’s List of Lawyers  Find that mouthpiece

The Memory Hole  Stories that deserved better play

Muckety  Interactive organization charts showing relationships

Museum of Hoaxes  When it sounds too good to be true

NETRonline  Direct link to government public records

New York City Official Web Site  Lots of information here

Nonprofit Organizations  Forbes list of 200 majors

Nonprofit Governance BBB Wise Giving Alliance ratings

Obituary Daily Times  Index to obits, but not the obits themselves

Open Secrets  Details the best democracy that money can buy

Patent and Trademark Server  Index goes way back—to 1790

Political Organization Filings With IRS  Who got what from whom

Portico  Links to all kinds of public records 

Project Gutenberg  Full-text of many old books in public domain

Public Copyright records, building codes and more

Public Records Search  Free and paid sources

RootsWeb  Genealogy and more

Search Engine Guide  Links to specialized Web findings

Search Systems  Paid access to public record databases

The Straight Dope  Basic answers to basic questions

Social Security Death Index  Dearly departeds back to 1933

State Courts  Index to thousands of jurisdictions

State FOIA laws  Every single one

State Lawmaker Financial Disclosures  Actual filings Claims 90 million death records

Useless Knowledge  All kinds of trivia

U.S. Gazetteer  Interesting geographical index 

U.S.Gen Web  Geneaological site that links to others

U.S. Postal Service  Figure out the freight and the rules

U.S. Supreme Court Research about the Supremes

Web MD  Reference manual for the body

Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead  Lists deceased Playboy playmates

World Health Organization  Early word on the next epidemic


         Telephone Numbers and Addresses


Anywho  AT&T’s directory assistance

Argali  Lots of numbers, lots of ads

At Hand  Directory assistance often more current than others

Links to Online Directories  Courtesy of the University of Texas

FindFone  Useful in tracking down location of phone exchange

Infospace   Another phone and address directory

InfoUSA  Still another phone and address directory

Reverse Phone Directory  Get name or address from number

Search-It-All  Another reverse directory

Switchboard  Also provides maps and directions

Verizon Can search by first name only.  Also pulls up email addresses and bios

Zip Codes In A Radius  Find out who’s nearby




Accutraffic  Real time traffic reports from government agencies

Airfare Watchdog  Real people searching for real discounts

Airline Crashes  Details every airplane crash since 1970

AirTran Airways  Watch those discount flights to Florida

Alamo Car Rental  A tad cheaper than others

American Airlines  More accidents than most other carriers

America West Airlines  Back from the dead
Amtrak  Puts the drama back in long-distance travel

Avis  They try to try harder

BiddingTraveler  Helps you game

Bing Travel  Run for better or worst by Microsoft

Booking Buddy  Helps search other travel sites

Cheap Tickets  Another place to look for air deals

City Search  Guides to the city you are visiting

Czech Airlines  When you really want to take a flyer

Currency Converter  How many pesos to the dollar?

Delta Air Lines Made ``Change in Atlanta’’ famous

Driving Directions  How to get anywhere on the road

Driving Distance Calculator  In miles, not six-packs

Enterprise Car Rental  Also on the low side

Expedia  Book those airfares here

Farecast Buy that plane ticket now or later?

Fare Compare  Good for traveler with flexible dates

Flight Aware  Check if your flight went over a war zone

Flightstats Tells you how often a specific flight is late

Flightrader 24  Another way to track that flight  Another ticket Web site that searches other ticket Web sites

Flyer Talk  When you have to vent

Flying Distance Calculator  Figure out the frequent flyer mileage

Foders  Lots of travel information

Frommers  Lists cut-rate deals

Frontier Airlines Lower fares, but not low fares, through Denver

Gas Buddy  Find the cheap gas station while on the go 

Google Flight Search  Finds price, then link

Google Maps Current king of online mapping

Google Pedometer  Figure out the length of your daily walk

Google Places  Review of local services and restaurants

Hertz  King of rental cars

Hipmunk  Airfares displayed in a clever design

Inside Trip  Search airfares by price, speed, comfort or ease

Itasoftware Zeroes in on cheapest days to fly

Jet Blue  Discount carrier that goes coast to coast—in good weather

Kayak  Better than most at finding lowair fares

Lonely Planet  Oriented toward backpackers

Los Angeles Transit Featuring subways to nowhere

Mapquest Ex-king of online mapping

Mesa Air  Getting around New Mexico and environs

Metrolink  Southern California’s commuter train system to nowhere

Mile Maven  How to get maximum frequent flyer points

Mobissimo Another site to check for best airfares

Momondo  Low fares from a Danish company

New York City Transit  Get that subway map here

New York City Traffic cams  When you’re really, really bored.

Nextag  Comparison shop air, hotels, cars

Orbitz  Best for finding flights

Point Maven  How to get maximum frequent hotel points

Priceline  Frankly, you often can do better elsewhere

Seat Expert  Spotlight airplane seats with the most legroom

Seat Guru  Does the same thing as Seat Expert

SideStep  Search engine for best travel deals

Sit or Squat Find the nearest bathroom

Southern California Freeway Traffic  Amazing detail in real time

Southwest About to run US Airways out of Philly

Speed Trap  Smoking out Smokey

Spirit Airlines  Discount flights mainly along the East Coast

TerraServer  Microsoft’s answer to Google Maps

Thrifty Car Rental  A dubious outfit, from my dealings

Time Zones and Current Time  Set your watch right here 

Travelocity  Good place for last-minute airfares

Trip Advisor  Helpful in booking hotel rooms

Trip Connect  Share your travel war stories

Tripit  Create complete itinerary for your big trip

United Airlines Squeezes customers in Denver and Chicago

US Airways  Nonstop service into the Hudson River

Voyji  Travel aggregator site with emphasis on sales

Walk Jog Run  Calculates distance of your jogging route

Weather Channel   Local conditions anywhere in the world

World Health Organization  Check for outbreaks before you go

Yapta  Monitors airlines for fare cuts after ticketing

Yelp  Restaurant reviews


          Video, Image and People Searching


AOL Video Search  Serious place to look for tape

Ask Images  From the Ask Jeeves crowd

Bing  Microsoft’s entry into violation of personal privacy

Blinkx  One way to find that clip online

CVGadget  Site governed by “Dutch law”

Facebook  Check out that college student here

FriendFeed  Canvass all the social networks at once

Google Video  Broad coverage of the medium

Google Image Search  Still the best for stills

iSearch  Promising people search site

LinkedIn  A Facebook for professionals

Lococitato  Nifty tools for linking people

My Space  Check out that high school student here

123 People  New entry into crowded snoop business

Peek You  Promises more than it delivers

People Finders  A paid site that goes way back

Picsearch  Name says it all

Pipl  Proclaims it searches “the deep Web”

Snitch  Name says it all

Spock  New entry in the field

Spokeo  Says its searches 42 social network sites

Tube Surf  Searches all the video search sites

Twitter  A Facebook for techies 

Wink Surprisingly effective people searches

Who2  Lots of biographies here

Yahoo Live  Broadcast of live video

Yahoo Video  Mark Cuban’s revenge

Yoname  Search social networks by name

YouTube  Where copyright law is a dead letter

Zabasearch  Search public records by name

Zoom Info  Good at finding official bios on the Web


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                               THIS JUST IN!!!  

   Rutgers is coming to Seattle, but not as oldest college football team (Famous ‘first’ match in 1869 against Princeton was really soccer),, August 22, 2014.

   Good To Go system in Seattle takes its toll (Bridge charges me for trip taken by someone else),, August 21, 2014.

   IRS scammer makes threatening call to Seattle (Arrest promised unless “back-tax” payment was made on the spot),, August 14, 2014.

   Key gap at drivers license office near Seattle (Worker goes on vacation with only access to computer system),, August 11, 2014.

   Mosquitoes largely absent in Seattle (Cool weather, lack of summer rain keep down the critter count),, August 8, 2014.

   Fancy Queen Anne area leads Seattle in dog attacks on letter-carriers (Canines of genteel neighborhood displace West Seattle as worst for postal workers),, August 1, 2014.

   New USPS Seattle dog attack reports show no exaggeration (Documents show local PO accurately accounted incidents in city),, July 31, 2014.

   New trailer for Seattle-set ‘Fifty Shads of Grey’ shows strange geography (Office of billionaire tycoon depicted as located in working-class West Seattle),, July 24, 2014.

   Yep, USPS still exaggerates Seattle dog attacks (Post Office includes in count incidents occurring outside the city),, July 14. 2014.    

   Could Seattle’s depiction as Fun City go up in smoke? (Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences),, July 11, 2014.

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