18th September 2011
You may be looking for one of the other web-sites that I run:
- The Zthes Profile for
navigating hierarchical thesauri with Z39.50.
- The Net::Z3950
module for writing Z39.50 clients in Perl.
- ZOOM: the Z39.50 Object
the generic Z39.50-to-Relational Database gateway.
a mechanism for Information Retrieval databases to explain
their functionality, and that of other databases.
- My ZING
site, including various contributions to the
``Z39.50-International Next Generation'' initiative.
Here are links to some of my favourite places on the web:
- Andrew Rilstone is
the most consistently insightful and funny commentator I know of.
His site is an eclectic mix of Tolkien analysis, film reviews, UK
politics, critiques of the educations system and rambling
diatribes about whatever happens to catch his attention. If you
read nothing else, you should definitely read his piece on
How to Misread The Lord of the Rings.
- Paul Graham
is a rather brilliant analytical writer with interests in all
sorts of things including computer programming, painting,
education, how to create wealth and spam-filtering. His essays
are long but fascinating, and well worth the time to read.
- Bob the Angry Flower
is just way and away the funniest cartoon strip ever produced.
Everything about it is just perfect. Check out Yes and I'll get the
tongs if you don't believe me.
- Duperdickery (originally
"Superman is a dick")
is a work of genius, yes it is, yes. And what makes it so much
more brilliant is that it was built by standing on the shoulders
of midgets. It's a gallery of covers from superhero comics
showing just what a, well, dick Superman can be.
Temple of Godzilla speaks for itself.
- The Guardian's
football coverage is rather good, and it has an
up-to-the-minute ``breaking news'' section, as well as a daily
quiz, some interesting columns, etc.
- Againt all expectation, Liverpool football club's official site
turns out to be pretty good. In addition to all the obvious
things (match reports, newswire and so on), it has very good
coverage of the reserves, fans' ``eyewitness reports'' to
complement the officially sourced ones, and links to several
players' own pages. Although, in accordance with universal
``official site'' dogma, it's laid out like a dog.
magnificent automatic translation facility might not sound
like a bundle of laughs, but you can have a lot of fun getting it
to translate your material from English to, say, German, and then
back again. If you don't think this sounds very funny, here is a
copy of an old version of my home page
that's been through the double-translation process (sadly, the
links don't work). What could possibly be more fun?
Guardian Notes &
Queries is an area full of fascinating questions, and
reasonably well-informed answers - a lot like a small Usenet for
Guardian readers. There used to be a particularly fascinating
discussion of what really happened in Tianamen Square, but the
link I had,
seems to have gone away. If anyone can find it, please let me
- Jakob Nielsen's web usability
site is the best place I know for simple, clearly reasoned and
utterly compelling arguments in favour of user-centered web
design. His bi-weekly Alertbox column is a consistent
fount of up-to-the-minute but down-to-earth wisdom in making your
web site work - as opposed to merely making it ``cool''.
Unfortunately, his personal arrogance drips from the site - he
quotes others describing him as ``the guru of Web page
usability'', ``the smartest person on the web'', ``the Web's
usability czar'' and more - but don't let that put you off. The
accolades are deserved.