Disclaimer: The point could be made that by documenting the various personal facts of my life below, I could be setting myself up for identity theft. To any would-be identity theives out there that may be getting ideas, take a moment and think about it. Beyond the legal consequences, do you really want to have my identity? I am looking out for you. Honest!
Here are some reference pages that I often use:
- Google is at the top of everyone's list, so it is no surprise that it tops mine.
- Switchboard is a handy online telephone book.
- I have been impressed with the quality of open source software out there. I often go to SourceForge to get the latest.
- What web page could be complete without a link to the World Wide Web Consortium?
- Web dictionaries are very useful. I typically use the Merriam Webster site.
- I like going to Snopes, as they have many references to Urban Legends. My Dad often sends e-mails that have already been debunked by the site, so it is easy to just forward the e-mail back to him with a link.
- I often go to http://3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592.com/ just for the fun of it. (OK, not really.)
There are really too many to name, but I will do a few (In no particular order)...
- Cordwainer Smith. He died two years before I was born, but it is remarkable how his stories still resonate. If you can read "The Lady Who Sailed The Soul", and not shed a tear, then you are dead inside (And I am sorry for you).
- Roger Zelazny. If you don't know Amber, then you should.
- Emily Dickinson. The greatest poet that ever lived. (Hey, I heard that "What about Shakespeare?" comment! He is great, but I like Emily more.)
- Stephen Vincent Benét. Have you ever read "John Brown's Body"? Don't you think you should? I never was a civil war buff (and still am not, truth be told), but it takes a master to tell the story such that you not only understand, but care.
- Lois McMaster Bujold. Miles Vorkosigan is one of my favourite characters.
- J.K.Rowling. I love the Harry Potter books.
- David Brin. The Uplift stories are excellent. I love "Earth" too.
- Neil Gaiman. American Gods is most excellent.
- John Scalzi. His Old Man's War series is very good.
- Charles Stross. I love his Laundry Files series. And everything else that he does.
- Peter Watts. Blindsight is very good.
- XKCD Rulz!
- Dilbert is my favorite comic strip.
- I discovered the Where's George? web site when I noticed some writing on a $1 bill I received. This site allows you to track where your money goes by entering the serial number into the Where's George? web site.
- I started listening to National Public Radio back in 1995, and I have been hooked ever since.
- Ever since I got DIRECTV, I have been watching SciFi Channel. Which changed to the SyFy Channel
- Babel Fish site is useful for translations between languages.
- Corn Belt Energy is my electric provider.
- My cell phone is from Verizon too. I had a phone from Sprint before, but they did not have good coverage.
- I have had a membership with The Science Fiction Book Club ever since I started getting a paycheck.
- I use to always used to buy my computers at Gateway 2000.
However, their customer service has been so horrible that I am
not doing that anymore. Actually, I would not care if they did
have horrible customer service save for the fact that I had to call
them because of problems. Dell, here I come!