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All annotations and ratings on this page are purely my opinion.

Contents

Music * Philosophy and Rhetoric * Literature
News and Opinion * Software * Entertainment

Music

Music gets the top spot on my links list since it has always been important to me. I play piano, trumpet, and (not quite) guitar, and I listen to pretty much anything I can. In my estimation, the Ideal Woman (wherever she is, hello out there) is a competent musician.

Classical Music Archives

This is the largest classical music site on the Web, with thousands of files. The MIDI files provided are of varying quality, but the Webmaster has marked the really good ones. Unfortunately, he's also recently placed some rather strict limits on downloads, proving yet again that There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Still, if you don't mind MIDI played on computers, this is an excellent clearinghouse for classical MIDI from all periods. I find it especially helpful when I'm trying to match a tune with a name, or if I want to "preview" some composer or work before shelling out for CDs.

Ella Fitzgerald

The official site of the late First Lady of Song, owner of the greatest voice in music. Ever.

Fleming & John

It's been eight years since their debut album Delusions of Grandeur was released, and my opinion hasn't changed: this couple is still the best alternative band I've ever heard.

For historical interest, Kevin McCorkle's original F&J fan site is still pretty much the same after all these years.

Herbie Hancock

Hancock is my favourite keyboardist and all-round jazz artist. If I ever get around to learning to play jazz, it will sound like his 1960s funk ("Watermelon Man," "Cantaloupe Isle," etc.)

Mark Heard

The late Mark Heard is one of the great unsung heroes of Christian music: worthy of mention in the same breath as Larry Norman or Keith Green, an influence on many but these days remembered by few. If you are turned off by the middle-of-the-road, derivative pablum being marketed by the Christian labels these days, you owe it to yourself to obtain at least a copy of his Satellite Sky album by any means necessary . . .

Indigo Girls

It was the Indigo Girls' album Swamp Ophelia that got me interested in acoustic folk/rock music back in the mid-90s. If you can get past the anti-war/pro-gay-rights/anti-meat/pro-Cuba fad-of-the-week lefty causes they support, the music is good (and mercifully doesn't beat you over the head with their politics.

Larry Norman dotcom

Still great after all these years, Larry Norman is one of the seminal Christian musicians, whom I have seen in concert twice to date.

rec.music.christian

Anyone out there remember Usenet?

In the mid-to-late '90s, rmc was the coolest newsgroup available. Then some idiots from some death-metal group began crossposting garbage to hell and back, and finally it went the way of the rest of Usenet, buried under spam and practically abandoned for the World Wide Web. Still, it does get some activity yet, and a lot of the old regulars are still around. A good place to get a feel for what people are really listening to rather than what middle-of-the-road Christian radio thinks they ought to be.

If the link doesn't work for you, try reading rmc via Google Groups.

The Quantitative Roland Stephen Taylor Ubiquitous Volume

Steve Taylor is one of the most influential voices in Christian music - as a major recording artist in the 80s, but more recently as the producer of notable Christian bands such as the Newsboys and Sixpence None the Richer.

The QRSTUV is of historical interest because it is the oldest Internet resource on Taylor, dating back nearly ten years.

Sock Heaven

Another old Steve Taylor site (there are no new Steve Taylor sites). This one is more up-to-date and prettier than QRSTUV, though not as thorough.

Philosophy and Rhetoric

Philosophy and Rhetoric are my academic interests; my degree is in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, and I also did an intensive study program of philosophy, particularly ethics and logic.

Bjorn's Guide to Philosophy

Bjorn has philosophy texts, links to other philosophy resources, and other stuff. Unfortunately, this site has not been updated in several years, but it's still a good place to start looking for classical philosophy materials.

Critical Thinking on the Web

This is the most massive site I have seen on the subject of critical thinking to date. It contains a clearinghouse of links categorized into subjects, including forming arguments, logical fallacies, and the media. An excellent resource!

The Fallacy Files

This is a thorough and well-organized catalogue of logical fallacies, more extensive than Stephen's Guide (below).

Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies

A personal favourite site: a concise list of logical fallacies, both formal and informal, with examples.

Literature

I like to read; mostly I consume "junk food" like popular fiction, but also appreciate Shakespeare and some other "classics."

The Internet Classics Archive

A good repository of classical literature. I use it mainly for looking up Greek philosophy, but there are other good texts as well.

The Online Books Page

This clearinghouse of links to online books is about as close to exhaustive as the Web gets. Not only literary works, but nonfiction and technical materials are catalogued as well.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the oldest provider of electronic texts on the Net, with well over 6,000 public domain works available for download.

Shakespeare.com

There are a lot of good Shakespeare-related sites on the Web, but this is my personal favourite. The site includes the complete works, some articles, and also a message board where questions about the Bard can be asked.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Another good literature site from the people at MIT.

Shakespeare Authorship

There is a fringe element of Shakespeare scholarship that claims the works of the Bard of Stratford were actually penned by George de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. This page answers those claims and argues that Shakespeare was written by, surprisingly enough, Shakespeare.

News and Opinion

Ann Coulter

I think I'm in love.

Free Republic

American conservative news and opinion, and extremely addictive chat forums.

SlashDot

"News for nerds. Stuff that matters."

Software

These links are software packages and the source of some of the stuff that I use to make life easier.

POV-Ray

POV is my single favourite piece of software - the best 3D renderer available, unless you want to shell out thousands for Maya or something else.

Here's an example of what POV is capable of if you have the time to put into it: the image "First Strike at Pearl". The authors also have a tutorial on the making of the scene.

Entertainment

I.e. of various kinds: television, radio, humour, etc.

Buck Rogers

This site is devoted to my favourite pulp SF hero of all time, William "Buck" Rogers. Various incarnations of Buck are featured from the 1930s comic strip to the cheesy 1980s TV program.

The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5

B5 is the best SF television show since the original Star Trek. This fan site is a comprehensive guide to the program, including extensive episode guides.

The SadGeezer's Guide to Cult TV Sci Fi

A good episode guide to multiple cult SF TV programs: B5, Farscape, Red Dwarf, and others.