Websites that don't suck

Finances

  • Motley Fool - High quality financial advice for beginners.

Games

  • Far Cry - Amazing physics and graphics, impressive A.I. and non-linear gameplay.
  • Half Life 2 - Sequel to Half Life. Both games are incredible.
  • Mind Rover - Build a robot and program its artificial intelligence to compete against other peoples’ creations.

Humor

News and Forums

  • Digg - Stories are voted to the front page rather than chosen by editors
  • Fark - News stories are submitted with witty, provocative headlines- chaos ensues in the discussions.
  • Slashdot - News for nerds, and the democratically moderated discussions that result.

Philosophy

  • Bible Gateway - A user-friendly way to search the Bible– KJV, NIV, many other versions.
  • Skeptic’s Annotated Bible - Bible, Quran, Book of Mormon– but not as you’ve seen them before. Each book’s passages are indexed according to type, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

Politics

  • Momentary Fascinations - Compelling and insightful articles about programming, politics and a lot more.
  • Paul Graham - A programmer with the rare talent to write excellent essays on a wide variety of topics.

Programming

  • Cplusplus - My favorite resource for C++ code.
  • Mind Rover - Build a robot and program its artificial intelligence to compete against other peoples’ creations.
  • Momentary Fascinations - Compelling and insightful articles about programming, politics and a lot more.
  • Paul Graham - A programmer with the rare talent to write excellent essays on a wide variety of topics.
  • Python - A beautifully simplistic and useful language.

Science

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Hauntingly beautiful, updated frequently.
  • Bad Astronomy - Phil Plait is a brilliant and witty astronomer who debunks astronomical misconceptions.
  • Erowid - The most informative and impartial drug information resource I’ve found. Includes hundreds of experience reports regarding most drugs.
  • Folding@Home - Run this in the background to help biologists understand protein folding, cure diseases, etc.
  • Greg Egan - My favorite science fiction author’s website is stunningly entertaining and educational- check out the applets gallery!
  • How to destroy the Earth - Very funny take on an otherwise kind of somber subject.
  • John Cramer’s AV Column - I think Cramer’s articles about cutting-edge physics led me to switch to physics in college. They’re THAT good.
  • Slashdot - News for nerds, and the democratically moderated discussions that result.
  • Talk Origins - LOTS of insightful, well-researched articles about evolution.

Shopping

  • Newegg - My favorite computer store. Low prices, fast shipping, reliable service, high quality reviews of most computer parts.
  • Think Geek - Geeky toys and scientific marvels.

Third-Party Software

  • Folding@Home - Run this in the background to help biologists understand protein folding, cure diseases, etc.
  • Ubuntu - Very high quality operating system. Free and easy to try- just download and burn a CD or request a free CD in the mail. Then put the CD in the drive and reboot- you can try Ubuntu without changing your system AT ALL.
  • VLC Media Player - Excellent free and open source video player
  • Wordpress - Dumb Scientist is built on this excellent open source blog software package.
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