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UrbanDictionary

UrbanDictionary

2/21/10
Got to credit LilRebel for inspiring me to review this, but man I love Urban Dictionary. When I was 12 I would have loved nothing more than looking up dirty slang words to impress my friends. Who I am kidding, I still do, which is why I sign up for the Urban Dictionary word of the day. So the next time your a girl wants to "DTR" you'll be prepared http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=DTR&defid=53513
JetBlue

JetBlue

11/27/07
Best US Domestic Airline - It's cheap, the planes are new, the crew is friendly, there's a decent amount of legroom, and they have 37 channels of cable TV. What more could you ask for? I love Jet Blue.
Hulu

Hulu

4/21/08
Awesome free site for watching shows and clips from NBC and FOX - This site is f*cking great. You can watch full episodes for free of Arrested Development, SNL, Family Guy, 30 Rock, and tons of other shows and clips. The site is clean, fast and the videos are high quality. There are some ads before shows, but they're not bad.
The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips

9/1/08
The Flaming Lips is the most creative band anywhere - Megaphones, flashlights, giants bunnies, and Santa Clauses - and that's just in the first 5 minutes of their live show. The Flaming Lips are a sensation brought to you by the genius of Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd. Wayne, the lead singer, has never had a strong voice. Instead he relies upon obsessive hard work and his unique vision for entertainment. Steven, on guitar and drums, is the former heroine addict who is the real musical genius behind the band's success since the middle 90s.

If you're interested in the band, you've got to see The Fearless Freaks - and excellent documentary about the band that shows the men and the lives behind the madness and genius. http://www.fearlessfreaks.com/

It's also worth seeing the band's uniquely bizarre collection of music videos:
http://www.amazon.com/Flaming-Lips-1992-2005-Music-Videos/dp/B000AAF226/ref=pd_cp_d_2?pf_rd_p=413864101&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0007NN6J2&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1F5KQMJVGTNEQKWW7ESF

If you don't own any Flaming Lips music, I would suggest starting with the Soft Bulletin: http://www.amazon.com/Soft-Bulletin-Flaming-Lips/dp/B00000JC6C
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/17748-flaming-lips-the-soft-bulletin

More information on the band:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flaming_Lips
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Coyne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Drozd
Favtape.com

Favtape.com

9/20/08
Like Muxtape but oh so much better - The crappy thing about Muxtape was it was impossible to find anything. And then it got shut down :(

Favtape is sweet. You can listen to full length songs, and you can browse around and find sh*t. BOOM!

I hope it doesn't get shut down too!
MIT's Technology Review Magazine

MIT's Technology Review Magazine

2/19/10
If you want to read about the latest developments in science and technology there is no better place online than the MIT Technology Review. Only the nerds of MIT could bring you such an indespensible resource. Please be aware that I say "nerds" with the greatest of admiration.
NCGA

NCGA

2/23/10
I'm a huge golfer, and I've found my membership in the Northern California Golf Association to be well worth it. If you just play Poppy Hills or Poppy Ridge once you basically make up the cost of the membership fee. I love it.
Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

3/10/10
Aziz Ansari is the funniest comedian I've seen since Dave Chappelle. He's great as the racist food cart owner on Flight of the Concords and in The Human Giant. Here's his blog.

I highly recommend:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf1Bvk_tNM4
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/e3028fb315/raaaaaaaandy-part-1-funny-people
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4f551b0252
Facebook

Facebook

6/12/08
Facebook good for posting cheap job listings (if you belong to the right networks) - If you want to post jobs online, you could use LinkedIn, Craigslist, Monster, and any number of more specialized job boards. They typically cost $75 and up if they are any good. On Facebook, however, you can spam your networks (school, city, etc.) basically for free.
The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson

8/6/08
The newspaper of the smart kids - If you believe experience is for old people, and being smarter than everyone else is the new black, then you should be reading the Harvard Crimson. Sure it's just a college newspaper, but it's the best college newspaper (yeah, you heard me - suck on it, Yale) and it covers the events of Harvard which can be pretty interesting (heads of state, Nobel Laureates, Natalie Portman, whatever).
GMO

GMO

3/3/08
Jeremy Grantham provides thoughful commentary on markets - GMO is Jeremy Grantham's $152 billion asset management vehicle. While the fund has had mixed results in recent years https://www.gmo.com/America/CMSAttachmentDownload.aspx?target=JUBRxi51IID4jPJK9qdDlbdL2Y3GnEUlc9EtDr5X83kpvYKRBXl08KSXamjFWDrbKh2MtHAAE%2bM%2btDnAZlU8q2BB7p86ep%2fC , Grantham has earned the reputation of one of the world's top money managers. He has also been credited with starting the trend of timber investing that has provided billions in high uncorrelated returns for the Harvard and Yale Endowments, among others.

Recently, Grantham predicted the market's decline (although he had been saying it for years and by his own admission didn't really make much money off of it) and usually has thoughtful opions on the state of markets and the economy. You can read his letters and articles for free here:
https://www.gmo.com/America/Research/
Charles Barkley Quotes

Charles Barkley Quotes

10/31/07
Charles Barkley is a modern day poet - Sir Charles: "Poor black people are in great shape. Black people use duct tape for everything. You break a chair, use duct tape. Your pants rip, use duct tape. You tear your ACL, use duct tape!"
PrintCountry

PrintCountry

12/13/07
Good prices and service for printer ink - I ordered a really cheap refurbished printer cartridge from these guys, but when I got it, it didn't work. However, I called them and without any fuss, they overnighted me another printer cartridge that worked fine. Overall--good value and excellent service.
The Hype Machine

The Hype Machine

2/20/08
Good for listening to full length songs without downloading, but hard to find good new music - Hype Machine aggregates music blogs. Maybe I'm not using the site properly. but personally, I find Hype Machine a bit too noisy and hard to separate the good from the bad (blogs and songs) so I don't use it to discover new music. If someone has some tips on how to use the site better, I'd be interested to hear them.

However, I do use Hype Machine to search for specific songs or artists I want to listen to, because you're able to listen to songs in their entirety on the site, which is often better than downloading or using some paid service. It's also possible to find some live tracks which aren't widely available.
Nintendo8.com

Nintendo8

2/2/08
Play sweet old-school Nintendo games in your browser - Sitting at work and got a hankering for some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action? Wait no longer. No need to download anything--you can play these great 8 bit games right in your browser. Booyah.
Thesmartass.info

Thesmartass.info

2/2/08
Great selection of Genesis games you can play in your browser - This site has almost every Genesis game, all available to play in your browser. It also has a ton of Nintendo games (with save support) as well as a bunch of other pirated $#*! like movies. Great site to waste time on.
Stuff White People Like

Stuff White People Like

2/21/08
Blog devoted to stuff white people like -- really funny - My favorite things that white people like are

#71 Being the only white person around
$64 Recycling
Witch's Rock Surf Camp

Witch's Rock Surf Camp

4/21/08
Sweet surf camp in Costa Rica - I went here last year, and it was awesome. I suck at surfing, but I got a lot better after I spent a week here with a few of my friends. Everyone is super laid back, the instructors are good, and waves are awesome (there are good spots for beginners and more advanced surfers). You also meet a lot of other cool people from all over...all in, Witches Rock is a great experience I would recommend to anyone.

Side note: Costa Rica is a great country...very friendly people, easy to get around, but just rugged enough you feel like you're on an adventure.
Kosmix

Kosmix

1/6/09
A search engine that organizes search results for you - Google is so late 90s. It just gives you a big list of websites which can be a big pain in the ass to sort through to find what you're looking for. Kosmix is much cooler. It takes your search term and organizes the results for you into videos, forum posts, yahoo answers, related topics, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

The one negative of Kosmix is that it is not yet good for everything. Some topics like health I find to be very useful. But for other random information it doesn't work as well. For example if you type in someone's address all you get is a Google search. But if you do that in Google you get Google Local results which inlcude a map and reviews of the location if it's a business.

So for quick searches I still use Google. But if I want more in-depth information, I use Kosmix.
Stuntdubl.com

Stuntdubl

5/12/08
Todd Malicoat is an SEO stud - Todd really gets SEO, and is a funny dude on top of that. If you need someone who is an A+ to improve your site's traffic, I would consider Todd Malicoat near the top of any list. Other A listers would have to include:

Rand Fishkin at www.seomoz.org
Aaron Matthew Wall at www.seobook.com
Barry Schwartz at www.seoroundtable.com
Matt Cutts at www.mattcutts.com

Am I missing anyone?

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