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General Favorites
    As the title says, these are my favorite links in general.  There are a wide variety of sites here.  Most of them are movie/book/tv oriented, because of my incredible fascination with those forms of "art" (occasionally, it becomes art without the quotation, but only rarely).  Most of these are funny, or refer to something funny.  Enjoy.

  • Ain't It Cool News -This used to be my favorite web site.  Not a day went by that I didn't check up on this website to see the newest in movie news.  I'm not quite the regular that I once was, but I still check it out every other day to find out the newest information about upcoming movies. It has everything...news about the new Star Wars movies to news about little indie flicks...absolutely indispensable for any movie lover.  One of the best parts about it is that you're allowed to "talk back" to all the movie news and reviews.  The conversations can get pretty vicious and personal, but are usually pretty interesting.
  • Movie Trailers Database -Do you like to watch movie trailers?  I do.  Oftentimes, the movie trailers are better than the movies themselves.  Sad but true.  Here's where I watch them when I'm not in the theater.  It's one of the best sites that I've seen yet.  If it's out in theaters, or coming to a theater near you, this place will have them. Another good site for trailers is here.
  • Drew's Script-O-Rama -Although this guy never seems to get around to updating his site more than once a leap year, this is still the site to go if you want to find a script to an old movie, a new movie, or a movie that will never be made.  I've read the scripts to movies out in the theater, such as "Good Will Hunting", "The Big Lebowski"; movies that are coming out soon, such as "Dogma"; and movies that haven't been made, for some reason or another, such as Kevin Smith's script to "Superman Lives".  This is definitely worth visiting often.
  • The Onion -This is the funniest "news" page I've ever seen.  They viciously parody everything under the sun.  Some recent article headlines include "New Study Finds College Binge Drinking to be a Blast", and "Horribly Awkward First Sexual Encounter 'Worth The Wait' For Christian Newlyweds".  This stuff is humor as viciously satirical as Dennis Miller's and the Simpsons, but without any attempt at having a conscience.  Some of it is pretty raw, but it's also pretty hilarious. For those still reeling from the September 11th attacks, the Onion has the very best coverage, balancing both the 'what the fuck is going on here?' mentality with a need for irony, humor, and skepticism about what our 'patriotic' leaders tell us about the events.
  • X-Entertainment-Not, like you might first think, a porn site, x-entertainment is one of the first and still one of the best sites for some of the weirder corners of popular culture. Comprehensive guides about 'Masters of the Universe' and 'Gi-Joe' episodes are alongside bits about old cereals you forgot about years ago. This is an indepensible site for children of the 80s.
  • The Parking Lot is Full-It's almost impossible to describe this comic strip (well, actually a single panel comic, but still...). It's basically the Far Side on bad acid with no conscience or sense of taste, which means it's funnier than hell.
  • The Simpsons Archive -If you want to know anything about the Simpsons, whether it be who played what voice in what episode, or what they were parodying where, this is the place to go.  This is one of those places where there's so much useful information that I could spend a day looking through it.  Yes, the reviewers have no lives, but who cares?! They sacrificed their lives so our lives could be enriched.
  • The Adult Works of Shel Silverstein. -If you're like me, you remember Shel Silverstein from such collections as  Where the Sidewalk Ends and  A Light In the Attic, but there's a whole other side to him.  He's a cynical and crass writer who happens to be incredibly funny.  Check this page out.  "The ABZ Book" and "Hamlet as Told on the Street" are some of the funniest writing I've ever seen.  Keep him away from your kids (actually, don't. The sooner your kids learn how to swear and tell dirty jokes, the sooner they'll actually be enjoyable to be around and the less I'll want to strangle them on sight. Also, loosen up yourself, asshole).
  • Ellison Webderland -Most of you have never heard of Harlan Ellison.  For shame! He's one of my favorite living authors.  He's written some of the most incredible stories ever (he's also written a lot of crap as well, but we forgive him for that). Some of my favorites are "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", "A Boy and His Dog", and "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore." He is also an incredible writer of essays, mostly movies, TV, and social criticism (often in the same essay). Pick him up. He's cynical, irritable, hilarious, and incredibly intelligent.  This is a website to tell you a little about him.
  • Greatest Films -As you might have already seen, I absolutely love movies. Sometimes I feel that movies and books are the only reasons I have for living (pretty depressing, isn't it?), but that's usually when I'm in a bad mood.  Still, no matter what mood I'm in, I love films.  This is the low down on some of the greatest movies of all times.  It ranks them by a couple different categories.  It has the AFI 100, the box office 100, and their own opinion of the top 100, among other opinions.  It even has a list of the greatest movie scenes.  Another site that I could spend days looking at.
  • Oh The Humanity -We go from the greatest films ever made to the worst films ever made. This is a website that lists all the true dogs...and believe me, these films are awful. They're rated according to how bad they are, giving a little plot synopsis, moments to look for, and the question "Naked woman dancing during credits?" You'd be surprised (well, at least pretend to be surprised) for how many movies the answer is yes.
  • The Internet Movie Database -This is an indespensible site on the web for movie stuff. It's got an incredible wealth of detail. You get a plot summary and a list of nearly every actor involved. It can get quite useful; if nothing else, for use during games of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare -I guess that's pretty self explanatory. It's got everything that Shakespeare wrote (that we know of), a search engine for his works (so if you want to find every passage where he referred to the "whirlygig of time", you can just type it in), a list of his most famous quotations, and all of his poetry as well.
  • Absolut Vodka -I have to admit that the Absolut Vodka ad campaign is one of my absolute (pun intended) favorite ad campaigns of all time.  I find the simple-yet-complex campaign brilliant.  This is a no-frills page, but it has more images than I've seen anywhere else (including the book, which I have).  Check it out, even if you don't like vodka.
  • Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com -These are where I order all my books.  Since I no longer have a car, I can't hang out in bookstores very often anymore.  These two websites are the next best thing. I've spent nearly a thousand dollars between these two (that's not hyperbole; I mean a literal $1000) in the past two years.  I buy most of my stuff from Amazon, although the prices are comparable.  Barnesandnoble.com just acquired another company to increase their supply, so if they don't have it at Amazon, they might have it at Barnesandnoble.  I just prefer the set-up of Amazon a lot more, and their service is a lot more helpful.  Work out an equilibrium between the two.
  • Buyvideos.com, Reel.com, and Bigstar.com.  Here's where I spend the rest of my money.  I like to buy videos, and these three help me fill that fix.  Like Amazon and B&N, I split my time fairly evenly between the three.  Buyvideos has the cheaper selection, but Reel has comprehensive reviews of the films, and seems to have a larger selection.  Bigstar comes in third.  The main advantage with Bigstar is that it oftentimes has a new, popular video offered for free on a purchase of $15 or more.

  • Reference Materials
        I know this sounds boring, but it shouldn't be.  There's some fascinating stuff in here.  You might even learn something.

  • The Artchive -I know...it's a stupid name.  What can you do?  It's a great site though.  It's got huge collections of art by virtually any famous artist, and a lot of not-so-famous artists.  Oh, I forgot to mention I'm an art buff as well.  I don't know jack about the mechanics of it, I just love to look at it.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica -When I was a young lad, I used to immerse myself in mythology. I mostly focused on Greek mythology, because that was the most interesting to me, but I also was interested to some extent with Norse, Roman, and Egyptian mythology. This page is an encyclopedia of those myths. When we were choosing names for our workgroup, we turned to this page for our names (we called our work group "Pantheon" so we could be like a group of gods...nerdy and pretentious, I know).
  • Urban Legends Reference Page -This is the best page to look at for verification of any urban legend you've ever heard.  Wondering if Taco Bell food really has roaches in it, or if Richard Gere really got a gerbil stuck in his nether regions?  (The answer is no, to both questions)  This page will answer all those questions, so you no longer are duped by scare stories.  Theoretically. It's a good place to research the stories that people try to frighten you with (and perhaps for you to frighten others with, for the less *ahem* tactful of you out there).
  •  The Darwin Awards Official Page -Now, most of you have probably heard about this before.  It's the award given to the person who benefits the human race the most by getting their stupid ass killed or sterilized in the most spectacular fashion possible.  A lot of the ones you've heard are only urban legends, but they're still pretty funny.  Come to this site to see what's true and what's just made up.
  • Answers About Evolution -Let's get this right out into the open.  I think creationism is a huge load of superstitious crap best reserved for 18th Century Sunday schools, instead of firmly entrenched in the classroom like they seem to believe in Kansas (and I've alienated some friends for saying so...I think it's my tone).  This is a great page describing why.  He takes a creationist webpage, and answers all the question they ask, in a very lucid manner.  Good stuff.
  • Anarchist Cookbook -This is the granddaddy of all sites...one of the most talked about sites, and the one that most teenage males search for first when they start surfing online (when they're not looking for free porn). This is for informational purposes only...if you bring down the government, I'm not to blame (though I would like a nice cushy spot in your New World Order if you decide not to kill me). This link is probably dead by now, but I'm sure you can find it other places. Since I'm not really attempting to overthrow the government right now, I won't bother to hunt down a new link to post here.
  • Research Tools -This is the ultimate research page.  It's mostly links to other sites.  There's an acronym dictionary, French-English, German-English,  and Latin Dictionary, a Slang Dictionary, and a Thesaurus, among others.  It's worth it for most anything involved with languages.  Not very exciting, but it's reference material, not entertainment.  Get over it.

  • These next two are reference pages of sorts.  They don't belong in my favorites, because I hate what they represent.
  • Operation Clambake -This is an anti-scientology page.  Personally, I think scientology is stupid, harmful, and generally something to steal money from gullible but potentially useful human beings.  L. Ron Hubbard was an interesting fiction writer, and this is his greatest fiction.  And now I'm going to get my ass sued.  So before they shut me down and take every penny my family will ever see, go take a look at this page.
  • The Westboro Baptist Church -The web address for this place is www.godhatesfags.com, and they represent everything that I hate about organized religion (which is not necessarily a bad thing).  They advocate hate and fear of homosexuals.  This webpage represents the scum of the earth in my mind. I'll probably talk about them in some other section of this webpage, but you should check out these reprehensible pieces of shit for yourself.  Even if you are religiously against homosexuality, these people should turn the stomach of any human being.  They make their money off of picketing the funerals of gay people, provoking people, and then suing people who react to them.  These are degenerate fuckers who don't really deserve to live.  Check them out so you can know your enemy. I am in no way condoning their belief, so those of you who share the opinion of my friend Jason who says (and I quote): "you shouldn't post that fucking link to that heathenistic bible fucking sister banging backwater of a right wing militant ass kissing church!!!" can calm down. I'm posting it so you can know what's out there, and be prepared to deal with it when you encounter it.


    Friend's Webpages
        It's kind of sparse right now, but here are connections to my friend's webpages.

  • Limitless Possibilities -Josh Barber's homepage.  This is an art intensive site.  Josh is a graphics design graduate with a penchant for comic books, and consequently has a fair amount of his own stuff on this page.  He also has pictures from his trip to Australia (check out the Olgas and Ayers Rock, the bastard has be there), and other artwork. Also has a large section on action figures, which he buys and makes himself. Pretty cool stuff.
  • Jason Weber's Homepage -As the title says, this is Jason Weber's homepage.  He loves Star Wars and Star Trek, so it's one of the places to go if you want to read about that.

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