- 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 Festivals - a list of festival dates.
- International Jazz Festival - lots of free outdoor shows, some of which can be amazing, although there isn't much actual jazz. Very good indoor shows too, but can get pricey.
- Pop Montreal - large indie music festival.
- Osheaga - pop/rock/indie festival.
- Nuits d'Afrique - African music festival. Great shows and relatively reasonably priced.
- Festival du Monde Arabe - lots of Middle Eastern stuff in general, not just Arab.
- FestiBlues - an international blues festival.
- International Reggae Festival - pretty much what it sounds like.
- Festival International de Tango de Montreal - dancing and music.
- Piknic Electronik - outdoor weekly DJ and electronic music concerts.
- Igloofest - electronic music for people who don't mind getting cold.
- EDMM - electronic dance music festival.
- MEG - smallish DJ festival.
- Elektra - artsy electronic music festival.
- Mutek - electronic music festival.
- Just For Laughs - comedy festival that includes big and small names in standup comedy, as well as crazy things happening on the street.
- Montreal Completement Cirque - circus festival.
- Fantasia - genre film festival. Everything from artsy movies to ninja movies to crazy anime, with an emphasis on horror.
- World Film Festival - pretty similar to any other major film festival.
- Festival du Nouveau Cinema - another film festival.
- International Fireworks Competition - very pretty.
- Fringe Festival - drama festival. Can be great, can be horrible, it's always an adventure.
- Metropolis Bleu - a literary festival.
- High Lights Festival - fine dining, performances, art, and all kinds of other stuff.
- Le Mondial de la biere - international beer festival, with a focus on Quebec beers..
- Eureka Festival - science festival.
- St. Patrick's Day Parade - streets painted green and Guinness in plastic cups.
- Highland Games - Scottish sports, food and crafts. Hasn't been quite as good in recent years.
- Havana Cultura - Cuban festival.
- Montreal Museum Day - admission is free to all Montreal museums.
Guides - physical activity guides and the Canada
- 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
- AnswerMed - medical
- Web MD - more medical
- Mayo Clinic
- yet more medical information.
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.
- not entirely reliable collaboratively edited encyclopedia.
- similar to Wikipedia but more reliable because of "gentle expert
- 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.
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.
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.
Time - when you just need to know exactly what time it
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.
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
- eserver.org - all kinds of information in electronic form.
- Chico Library
- a high school library with links to lots of interesting brief
Facts - links to a huge variety of statistics and reference resources.
- statistics on all things Canadian.
- 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.
- Tiger Direct
- on-line retailer with excellent deals.
- another on-line retailer with excellent deals.
- CDW - a Canadian on-line
- 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.
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.
- 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
- Alienware - a PC
maker oriented towards high-performance machines.
Batteries - includes advice on treating lithium-ion batteries properly.
Another good summary is available here: Apple
- 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.
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.
Screen Gaming - tips on dealing with problems relating to playing
video games on wide screen monitors.
Update Drivers - official source for hardware drivers.
- DriverFiles - source
for official and unofficial drivers of all kinds.
- 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
has useful stock material.
- IndieSpace - work by independent artists and performers.
- Deviant Art
- amateur art, often consisting of PhotoShopped images.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Now - an independent news program with a highly Chomskyesque
- New Internationalist
- web site of the magazine for the suburban left.
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.
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,
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
- Vivisimo - another search
- Kosmix - allows topic
- 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.
- 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
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.
- another comparison shopping site.
- 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, more
- eBay - buy, buy, buy,
sell, sell, sell. The Canadian version is here.
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.
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.