Cory McKay's General Links

Topics:

Computers: Hardware Fun Search Engines
Computers: Internet Health Travel: Carriers
Computers: Software Montreal Travel: Reference
Consumerism Montreal Festivals Travel: Reservations
Electronic Texts Music Video Games
Fine Art News  
Food and Drink References  

Travel: Reference

  • Google Maps - best map site in my opinion. Includes street view, as well as directions via bike, walking, public transportation and car. More sophisticated satellite images can be displayed with Google Earth.
  • Yahoo Maps - more maps.
  • Map Quest - more maps.
  • Currency Converter - money, money, money.
  • Country Calling Codes - helps you call different countries.
  • TripIt - a tool for keeping travel itineraries organized.
  • Canadian Consular Affairs - information regarding services available to Canadians abroad.
  • CDC Traveler's Health - health information regarding different destinations.
  • One Bag - useful tips for travelling light.
  • CIA World Factbook - a source of facts, maps and demographics, although I get this strange felling that I'm being watched every time that I visit this site.
  • Virtual Tourist- information on many different destinations.
  • Fodor's - some limited information from the travel books.
  • Lonely Planet - some limited information from the travel books.
  • Wikitravel - a reasonably good travel wiki.
  • Trip Advisor - relatively unbiased reviews by people who have been to wherever you're going (although some reviewers seem to have very strange priorities).
  • Travelocity - a travel reservation site that also has many user reviews of hotels.
  • IgoUgo - another travel reservation site with many reviews.
  • Sit or Squat - for finding bathrooms around the world.

Food and Drink

  • Zagat - relatively reliable restaurant reviews.
  • Urban Spoon - pretty good site for finding places to eat, especially in cities that you're not too familiar with. Has an especially good smartphone ap.
  • Chowhound - has some good restaurant information on its discussion boards. Less organized than most alternatives, and much more foodiesque, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.
  • Yelp Restaurants - member reviews of many businesses, including restaurants.
  • Gazette Food and Wine - reviews and information on Quebec restaurants.
  • RestoMontreal - a searchable database of restaurants around Montreal.
  • a la Carte Expresse - a collection of menus for ordering out in Montreal. Takes its pound of flesh.
  • SOS Cuisine - excellent source of recipes that is searchable in many ways, including by ingredient. Very good for finding seasonal and affordable food.
  • Marche Express - guide to Montreal's public markets.
  • Montreal Food Cooperatives - for cheaply buying decent quality locally produced food.
  • Equiterre - offers food baskets containing food directly from farmers close to Montreal.
  • Food Network - recipes from various cooking shows.
  • America's Test Kitchen - recipes, explanations, reviews and comparisons of food, cooking equipment and cooking techniques.
  • Recipe Source - a searchable database of on-line recipes.
  • Epicurious - more recipes, but with an annoying number of ads.
  • Canadian Living - recipes from the magazine.
  • All Recipes - more recipes.
  • The Cook's Thesaurus - information on different ingredients.
  • Shop Chop Eat - a Montreal food blog.
  • Richters Herbs - great place to buy seeds and cuttings. Has some vegetables and fruits as well as herbs.
  • Green Tea Lovers - information on green tea.
  • Camellia Sinesis - an excellent tea shop and tea room in Montreal.
  • Coffee Geek - information and news relating to coffee.
  • How to Brew Coffee - tutorials on different brewing methods as well as general coffee information.
  • Cafe Myriade - probably Montreal's best coffee.
  • SAQ - Quebec's main alcohol vendor.
  • Drinks Mixer - a guide to making all kinds of drinks.
  • The Webtender - another guide to making mixed drinks.
  • Alcohol Reviews - drinker reviews of various brands of alcohol.
  • Cellar Notes - basic information about wine.
  • Wine Spectator - all about wine. A little pretentious, but has some good information.
  • Malt Whiskey - personalized reviews of many different kinds of scotch.
  • La Distillerie - excellent and unpretentious Montreal cocktail bar. Posts recipes for their drinks of the month.

Montreal

Montreal Festivals

Health

  • Canada Guides - physical activity guides and the Canada Food Guide.
  • U.S. Food Pyramid - very useful on-line food relating to nutrition and exercise.
  • Two Foods - provides basic nutritional information about various types of food.
  • RAMQ - Quebec's health care ministry.
  • Medline Plus - a great health resource. Intended primarily for health professionals.
  • Health Finder - extremely useful resource on disease, nutrition, exercise and anything health related.
  • AnswerMed - medical information resource.
  • Web MD - more medical information.
  • Mayo Clinic - yet more medical information.
  • Merck Manual - excellent guide to medical drugs. Also includes some information on recreational drugs.
  • Society for Human Sexuality - lots of information, including a good safe sex page. Sometimes sounds like it was written by suburbanites in the midst of an epiphany, though.

References

  • Wikipedia - not entirely reliable collaboratively edited encyclopedia.
  • Citizendium - similar to Wikipedia but more reliable because of "gentle expert oversight."
  • How Stuff Works - can be very interesting to browse through.
  • So You Wanna - how to do various things.
  • eHow - a guide on how to do all kinds of useful things.
  • Do It Yourself - information on how to do all kinds of practical things.
  • Answers - answers to general reference questions.
  • Google Answers - provides a way to find people that you can pay to find it for you.
  • Yahoo! Answers - can post questions.
  • Internet Archive - video, audio and text resource, includes the Way Back Machine for viewing web content that has disappeared.
  • Weather Underground - detailed weather information on Canada and other countries.
  • The Weather Network - weather around the world.
  • Google Language Tools - does quick and dirty automatic language translations. Good for translating web pages.
  • Units Converter - useful when you have to deal with information from one of the two non-metric countries in the world.
  • Calculate Me - another units converter.
  • Exact Time - when you just need to know exactly what time it is.
  • Canada Post - can look up postal codes, find postal outlets and track packages.
  • Online Lookups - great for finding addresses and postal information in the U.S.
  • Canada 411 - a way to find phone numbers and addresses of people in Canada.
  • Oxford English Dictionary - The authoritative English dictionary.
  • 1000 Dictionaries - links to good references. Poorly organized.
  • Martindale's Desk Reference - good general references.
  • Yahoo Reference - general reference tools.
  • About.com - links to pages on all kinds of topics. Provides relatively detailed information on each site.
  • eserver.org - all kinds of information in electronic form.
  • Chico Library - a high school library with links to lots of interesting brief references.
  • Fast Facts - links to a huge variety of statistics and reference resources.
  • StatsCan - statistics on all things Canadian.
  • Investopedia - money, money, money.
  • Bylo Selhi - suggestions on mutual fund investing in Canada.
  • Scotclans - all kinds of bits and pieces of Scottish trivia. Has the tartans and crests of various clans.

Computers: Hardware

  • Tiger Direct - on-line retailer with excellent deals.
  • Newegg - another on-line retailer with excellent deals.
  • CDW - a Canadian on-line computer vendor.
  • Amazon - the ubiquitous on-line retailer. E-bay can also be a good source.
  • Best Buy Finder - lets you search on-line Canadian computer store listings.
  • McGill Computer Store - McGill University's computer store.
  • Microbytes - reasonably priced store for computer hardware. Good for building your own systems.
  • CompuSmart - decent overall computer store.
  • MDG - computer store where you can get good deals, but uses cheap components. 
  • Bureau en Gros - office supplies store that also sells computers.
  • Future Shop - big computer store where you can sometimes get good deals, but staff are annoying and warranty support is questionable.
  • Dell - on-line computer seller.
  • Alienware - a PC maker oriented towards high-performance machines.
  • Lithium-Ion Batteries - includes advice on treating lithium-ion batteries properly. Another good summary is available here: Apple Batteries.
  • PC Pitstop - performs on-line diagnostics of your system.
  • Audit My PC - another diagnostics site with an emphasis on network performance.
  • PC Mechanic - lots of information on building and fixing PCs.
  • Tweak 3D - useful information for people interested in computer hardware.
  • Tom's Hardware - another good resource on computer hardware.
  • PC Lube & Tune - an introductory guide to computer hardware.
  • My Super PC - a guide to building PCs.
  • Silent PC Review - information on how to build quiet PCs.
  • Wide Screen Gaming - tips on dealing with problems relating to playing video games on wide screen monitors.
  • Windows Update Drivers - official source for hardware drivers.
  • DriverFiles - source for official and unofficial drivers of all kinds.

Computers: Internet

Fine Art

  • WebMuseum - a good place to find famous paintings.
  • Artchive - another good source of famous artwork.
  • AllPosters.com - all kinds of posters, including fine art.
  • Artcyclopedia - art history reference. Useful for finding links to particular artworks.
  • Sculpture Gallery - images of sculptures.
  • Masters of Photography - work of famous photographers.
  • Artist Indexes - use to search for famous artwork.
  • Google Images - good for finding a particular image that you're looking for.
  • ArtSource - links to art and architecture resources. The resugere has useful stock material.
  • IndieSpace - work by independent artists and performers.
  • Deviant Art - amateur art, often consisting of PhotoShopped images.
  • SITO - art of all kinds by amateurs and lesser known artists. It can take a while to find anything decent, but there are pieces here that make the effort more than worthwhile.

Travel: Reservations

  • Kayak - excellent travel meta-search engine.
  • Priceline - discount travel engine. Allows potentially very large savings by bidding on flights or hotels.
  • Wotif - great for finding last-minute accommodations.
  • Inside Trip - a reservation meta-search engine that can take a variety of parameters into account.
  • Expedia - Canadian travel site that sometimes has particularly good hotel deals.
  • Bing Travel - predicts airfare rates in the future.
  • Yapta - helps you track airline prices.
  • Last Minute Travel - good for finding last minute deals.
  • Sell Off Vacations - cheap vacation packages.
  • Travel Alerts - suggests travel deals associated with your particular location.
  • VarVacations - Quebec travel agency. Includes a variety of useful travel references.
  • Cheap Tickets Canada - cheap domestic and international flights involving Canada.
  • Cheap Tickets - another discount travel reservation site.
  • Voyages Campus - student travel agency. Often has good last minute deals.
  • Ticket Pilot - yet another Canadian reservation site.
  • Air Ninja - searches discount and regular fares from multiples sources.
  • Yahoo Farechase - searches the fares of multiple travel agencies.
  • Orbitz - a US travel reservation site.
  • Seat Expert - helps you find good airline seats on given flights.
  • Seat Guru - another seat finding site.
  • Hostels.com - a large hostel directory which also includes some general information on budget traveling.
  • Home Holidays - helps people find or post private holiday accomodations.
  • Intrepid Travel - a tour agency for trips to places that are a little more adventurous.

Travel: Carriers

Fun

  • IMDb - information on pretty much any movie. Includes some trailers.
  • AllRovi Movie Guide - more movie information.
  • TV.com - information on television shows.
  • Netflix - good for viewing movies and TV, but limited selection (at least in Canada).
  • Hulu - good for viewing TV shows. Not currently available in Canada.
  • YouTube - gee, I wonder what this is?
  • Go Comics - a decent selection of on-line comic strips, including both mainstream and under-the-radar comics.
  • xkcd - a very good geeky comic strip.
  • PhD Comics - comic strip about being a grad student.
  • C'est la vie - a good on-line comic strip.
  • Making Fiends - a great Flash series with links to other series by the same authour.
  • Tetes a claques - Quebecois humour.
  • The Onion - a hilarious on-line news parody.
  • Japander - amusing commercials done by mostly American celebrities for Japanese television.
  • eBaum's World - an on-line joke site.
  • FAIL Blog - failures.
  • Simpsonize Me - see yourself as a Simpsons character.
  • Ad Busters - spoof ads.
  • Stumble Upon - a great way to find random on-line games, videos, web pages, etc.
  • The Fifty Best - lists of things that the reviewers like, inlcluding restaurants, drinks, food, movies, cigar, etc.
  • Cigar Smoker's FAQ - detailed information on cigars.
  • The Good Drug Guide - relatively unbiased information on recreational drugs (not including alcohol, nicotine or caffeine).
  • Erowid - more drug information, but not as well organized.
  • Magic Mushrooms Net - information and links relating to magic mushrooms.
  • ecstasy.org - information on ecstasy.
  • E-Cards- general e-cards, and sending one results in a small donation to the environment.
  • Hubble Site - photos from and information relating to the telescope.
  • The Hockey News - lots of information on hockey, especially for researching hockey pools.
  • Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey - well-designed fantasy hockey service.
  • Skeptic's Annotated Bible - interesting quotes from the Christian bible, the Quaran and the Book of Mormon.
  • The Kama Sutra - some of the stuff here doesn't fit in too well with modern Western ideas about the appropriate roles of men and women in society, and I don't know about those arsenic-based love potions, but there are some very interesting, very acrobatic ideas here.

Music

  • All Music - excellent information on music of all kinds. Includes MP3s excerpts encompassing a huge range of music. Linked to the AllRovi Music Guide.
  • The Ultimate Band List - a good place to find information on both commercial and indie bands.
  • Groove Shark - huge range or searchable audio streams.
  • Last.FM - excellent music recommendation system.
  • Pandora - another excellent music recommendation system, but not available in Canada.
  • Yahoo Music - artist information, videos, etc.
  • MTV - good choice of videos and songs.
  • Artist Direct - good site for previewing albums. Also has some limited background information.
  • Blinkx - Permits video and audio searches (including by actual content like lyrics, not just metadata like artist or title).
  • Music.com - more music videos, with rankings. I wonder how much that domain name cost.
  • Billboard - for finding out what those young'uns are listening to these days. Especially those American young'uns.
  • Playlist.com - construct your own playlists, or explore those of others.
  • Google Music - lets you upload your music to the cloud, among other things. Currently only available in the US.
  • Sound Hound - auto-identify audio clips for free, as well as perform searches using voice recognition.
  • Shazam - auto-identify audio clips for money.
  • iTunes - most popular place for buying music files, but watch out for the DRM.
  • Puretracks - a Canadian on-line music seller.
  • Archambaultzik - Quebecois on-line music retailer (part of the Archambault chain).
  • CD Baby - great place for buying self-published music.
  • Rhapsody - subscription-based music service.
  • Napster - another subscription-based music service.
  • Pollstar - provides concert schedules.
  • Song Meanings - lyrics and user interpretations of many different songs.
  • Lyric Wiki - many user-contributed lyric transcriptions.
  • Lyrics On Demand - lyrics for many songs.
  • SHOUTcast - good place for buying music electronics and equipment. Also includes lots of useful information and guides.
  • Harmony Central - resources and information for amateur musicians.
  • Music Player -publisher of a number of musician's magazines.
  • GuitarPlayer - on-line site of the magazine.
  • Guitar World - another guitar magazine.
  • Ultimate Guitar - a source for guitar tab.
  • Live 365 - a well-organized directory of many different internet radio stations.
  • SHOUTcast - more links to internet radio stations.
  • More music links are available on my academic links page.

Video Games

  • Game Spy - lots of video game-related inforamtion and resources.
  • IGN - excellent video game resource.
  • All Game Guide - information about video games.
  • Wikia Gaming - lots of user-contributed information on video games.
  • Game Spot - more information about video games.
  • Game Zone - yet more information about video games.
  • Games Radar - yet more information about video games..
  • PC Gamer - excellent resource related to PC games. Also has a service for selling oldish games via download at their web store.
  • Entertainment Software Ratings Board - explains the age ratings for different games, and allows searches for different types of content.
  • Good Old Games - cheap place to buy old (and often updated) games.
  • Steam - very popular seller of games via download. Great deals, but DRM can be annoying.
  • Direct2Drive - another seller of games via download.
  • Game Tap - a subscription-based game service.
  • MiniClip - lots of casual web games.
  • DOS Box - an emulator for playing old DOS games.
  • Emulation Nation - console emulators for playing old games.
  • VDMSound Project - legacy soundcard emulator that is useful for playing old games.

Electronic Texts

News

  • CBC - Canada's public news service. Fairly good, although very Ontariocentric.
  • BBC - among the less biased news sources.
  • The Globe & Mail - claims to be Canada's national newspaper, although it seems to be unaware that the Atlantic provinces exist.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists - excellent reports on topical issues from a scientific perspective.
  • Democracy Now - an independent news program with a highly Chomskyesque perspective.
  • New Internationalist - web site of the magazine for the suburban left.
  • Independent Media Centre - collections of independent media articles. 
  • Mother Jones - an OK news source, although the rhetoric gets a little thick sometimes.
  • CorpWatch - news you might not hear elsewhere about corporations. Annoyingly pat sometimes, but also interesting.
  • Science Daily - easy to read but not very in depth scientific news. Great variety. Also includes a small scientific encyclopedia.
  • Discover - accessible and well-written scientific articles from the magazine and elsewhere.
  • Physics Web - news relating to physics.
  • Slashdot - techie news.

Computers: Software

Search Engines

  • Way Back Machine - a way to search archives of what was present at particular URLs at different moments in the past. Includes video and audio.
  • Google - general search engine. Includes links for specialized searches of video, images, maps, etc. Also includes auto-translation functionality.
  • Google Preferences - lets you customize Google searches.
  • Google Labs - links to new Google services.
  • Google Hacks - tricks for getting the most out of Google.
  • Google APIs - lets developers make use of Google in their code.
  • Yahoo - old search engine seeing a resurgence.
  • Alltheweb - a search engine that allows specialized searches of music, audio and images.
  • Ask Jeeves - a search engine that allows natural language queries.
  • Teoma - another search engine.
  • Vivisimo - another search engine.
  • Kosmix - allows topic specific searches.
  • Rollyo - can create "search rolls" of specific sites.
  • Web Rings - can search for web rings on particular topics.
  • Open Directory Project - an old, human edited directory of the web.
  • SearchEngineWatch.com - information about and reviews of various search engines.

Consumerism

  • Craiglist Montreal - for selling or buying from someone in Montreal.
  • Swap Things - a resource for finding people who might want to trade items with you.
  • Froogle - on-line shopping search engine.
  • Get Human - tips and phone numbers for bypassing automated "customer service" systems.
  • Better Business Bureau - can use to investigate the practices of different businesses and charities, although a look into where it gets its funding from is unsettling. Also gives information on consumer rights.
  • Consumer WebWatch - reports on on-line information and services.
  • Rate It All - on-line consumer reviews.
  • Consumer Review - detailed buyer reviews of all sorts of items.
  • Epinions - more consumer reviews.
  • Active Sales Assistant - provides wizards to help you choose between different products. Actually pretty good.
  • Shopping - price comparisons and links to Epinions reviews.
  • NextTag - allows automatic price comparisons and includes user reviews.
  • PriceScan - allows you to compare prices from different vendors.
  • PriceGrabber - another comparison shopping site.
  • TechTastic - a Canadian site for finding good deals on electronics.
  • TechBargains - a good site for searching for deals on electronics.
  • Overstock - can find some decent prices on all kinds of stuff.
  • Amazon - buy, buy, buy.
  • Buy - buy, buy, more buy.
  • eBay - buy, buy, buy, sell, sell, sell. The Canadian version is here.
  • Chapters Indigo - good selection of books, although you have to be a bit bitter about how they wiped out most of their competition in Canada a few years ago.
  • Quality Paperback - only have pretty mainstream books, but good prices.
  • Columbia House - CDs and movies. Limited selection.
  • Digital Camera Reviews - detailed information on any digital camera you can think of.
  • Steve's Digicams - another good resource on digital cameras.

I also have set of academic links.


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