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10/16/2007

PicUrls: the best pictures of the social bookmarking sites. Very useful.

10/26/2006

Found on the Web – Search for “interesting”: wow, I use the word “interesting” in 106 entries. Well, 107 after this one. Crutch?

8/4/2005

Flickr: Interesting: Interesting photos on the popular photo site.

4/17/2004

Want to protest our dependence on oil and blah blah blah but you’re too busy being naked or bicycling? Boy howdy is it your lucky day! Participate in the World Naked Bike Ride and make your voice heard in the most ineffectual manner possible.

9/18/2003

Sofa Garden makes pillows in interesting shapes. That’s neat, but what is really cool is the name and the imagery it evokes.

6/17/2002

Interesting essay on the pleasures of cooking.

6/13/2002

Some interesting search engine games. Enjoy them with Google or Alta Vista.

5/28/2002

I find this site interesting. The guy photographed every knob, handle, or latch he touched over the course of two days and documented it in great detail. I guess I mostly find this interesting because I once documented my commute to and from work on one day (taking over 250 pictures about every 1000 feet of the journey).

5/27/2002

Interesting directory of craft-related sites at Country Crafts Gallery. Check ’em out!

5/26/2002

Here’s an interesting ESP page where you pick a card and the computer basically shows you which one you were thinking of. Uncannily accurate.

4/22/2002

All sorts of interesting public domain movies here. You’d probably want a cable modem or DSL to watch these big ones.

4/4/2002

Here are some interesting posters from World War II at the National Archives. The ones in the don’t waste section seem over the top, making me wonder how they were received during the war.

3/17/2002

Interesting bug of the day: the Hawaiian Happyface Spider.

1/15/2018

Queen Elizabeth’s Life in Banknotes: neat watching a life encapsulated in 20 seconds. If you’d rather read about it, the Washington Post has the text version. {via}

5/21/2014

What are some interesting examples of photographs which show historical figures in unexpected places or company?: there are some real doozies in here.

8/11/2010

Oil of L.A.: I was recently in Signal Hill and Beverly Hills and saw this stuff firsthand. Very interesting.

7/4/2010

Did Americans in 1776 have British accents?: interesting question and informative answer.

1/21/2010

The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures: a dating site analyzes the effectiveness of various profile picture archetypes. Very interesting results.

9/24/2008

U.S. Economic Freedom Index 2008: interesting look at which of the states are freest. It’s all relative, of course, since they’re all still under D.C.’s yoke. {via}

9/18/2008

A House By the Park: interesting blog about one man’s journey to building a custom home. The transparency and openness is neat.

9/16/2008

Netflix Origami: an interesting use of that annoying leftover flap.

5/30/2008

Burn After Reading Trailer: looks like an interesting movie. {via}

12/24/2007

How Experts Fail: an interesting free book about the cognitive problems of expertise. {via}

12/6/2007

Listography: your life in lists, an interesting idea though the execution leaves something to be desired. Also, a dead-trees edition. {via Lisa Nola}

Comet Daily: ooo, now this is interesting. It’s the yang to Ajax’s yin in that it pushes server-side events up to client-side Javascript. And it’s surprisingly mature—surprisingly in that I’d never heard about it until Simon Willison’s entry.

11/12/2007

The Terrifying Toothpick Fish: I’ve had soap in there before and I think I’d rather die than have a devilfish lodge itself there. Mental note: avoid the Amazon at all costs.

10/21/2007

Findings from the Web Design Survey: interesting look at the Web industry, gleaned from 33,000 responses.

8/5/2007

“A Mystery Solved: ‘Fake Steve’ Blogger Comes Clean”: sigh, it was definitely better not knowing his identity. Most interesting tidbit in the article: “[Mr. Jobs] said in an instant message conversation that he had no interest in reading Mr. Lyons’s novel.” [Emphasis mine.]

6/12/2007

The Crochet Dude: needlework isn’t just for the ladies. I guess. His blog is mildly interesting, though I think I just like the domain name more than anything.

Some Interesting Islands and Lakes: I particularly like the photo of the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.

3/6/2007

World Mapper: interesting maps that purport to show exactly how bad the United States is. Because we’re bigger on the maps. It’s disgusting, really. {via}

1/19/2007

Geographical names that are interesting or unusual: amazing that this is buried in a salvage subpage off someone’s user page. {via}

1/12/2007

“The challenge of distilling Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: what an interesting history! {via}

12/4/2006

Jackie Chan Messages: it’s like a hard-to-navigate blog, but surprisingly very readable and interesting. {via}

10/26/2006

Political Donations of US Billionaires: interesting data there.

Sock Army: interesting online sock store. Wait, isn’t an online sock store inherently interesting? I think so. I’m a little skeptical about the socks for the dudes but I really can’t grok the whole metrosexual so maybe some guy would wear them.

10/12/2006

Nachos, anyone?: the etymology of the word “nachos” revealed. I had always wondered about this word origin as well. {via}

9/14/2006

Oh, Don’t Forget: interesting SMS service that sends scheduled alerts via text messages. Free, I think. {via}

8/18/2006

Hotel Bed Jump HQ: blog of photographs of people jumping on hotel beds. More interesting than it sounds.

7/24/2006

Damn Interesting: one article a day about something that is damn interesting. {via}

7/3/2006

The Daily Cat: I think their award at the top of the page “Named best online magazine by the Cat Writers’ Association” is far more interesting than anything on the site. So there’s a Cat Writers’ Association and it hands out awards? Fascinating.

6/30/2006

The Puppini Sisters: Andrews Sisters cover group. Interesting footnotes: 1) none are sisters and 2) one is Italian (the Puppini), one is English, and the other is American.

6/22/2006

Party Ben: lots of interesting mashups here. {via}

6/15/2006

Debroff Debrief: a blog about parenting and children’s issues. Very well-written and interesting.

6/14/2006

National Geographic Photo of the Day: interesting and high-quality.

5/25/2006

Brilliant But Cancelled: sounded like it was going to be an interesting site except it’s freaking registered by Universal!. Even stranger still is that all of the shows featured are NBC properties and there’s a wonderful companion site that sells all of the shows on DVD. There’s even a blog entry on the utterly-forgettable Yes, Dear to make it seem like a legitimate site. I don’t often break out the rel=”nofollow” attributes, but this one deserves it.

5/23/2006

I Like Japan: merchant of interesting Japanese things. I was very tempted by the bento box. Kind of like a tiny relative of J-List.

5/18/2006

This Place is Not a Place of Honor: a damn interesting synopsis of creating warning signs for radioactive storage facilities that will communicate over the course of the content’s half-life.

Cork’d: wine enthusiast review site. Interestingly, the most popular wines were very low-rated—an effect of wine snobbery, mayhap?

3/21/2006

Break Foods at McDonald’s: when I worked there, we were always trying to come up with interesting combinations—now we’d call them “mashups”—using only what was available in the grill. {via}

3/3/2006

The Geography of Seinfeld: interesting, I guess. I never really needed to know the relative spatial locations of places in the show, but what the hell. {via}

12/22/2005

Alan’s Mojave Airport Weblog: chronicling the goings-on at a very unique and interesting airport.

11/17/2005

Google Logos Movie: I’ve always enjoyed the variety of Google logos over the years. It’s much more interesting when presented in a movie. {via}

11/16/2005

Interesting and Weird November Holidays: I, for one, am much more aware of my marrow now.

11/8/2005

Risk using Google Maps: interesting use of the API. I’d bet that the Google Maps engineers are amazed at what people come up with. {via}

10/19/2005

Made-up words in The Simpsons: I should do a feature of interesting articles to be found in the Wikipedia.

10/1/2005

Q & A: interesting program on CSPAN that meets with important people. Full transcripts and video available.

9/23/2005

Monolithic Dome Institute: an interesting approach to home construction. I would totally live in a dome.

9/6/2005

Take a Microscopic Trip: all about microscopes. Interesting, as far as it goes.

8/22/2005

This entry marks another milestone in the history of Found on the Web. This is the 2,000th entry! What started out as a funny little adjunct to my retail ceramic studio’s web site has blossomed into a huge resource of interesting things. In case you hadn’t noticed from the rest of the site, I’m not big on pomp and circumstance so I don’t really know how to commemorate the occasion. Uhh, thanks for reading. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.

8/11/2005

The Vertical Farm Project: farming skyscrapers. I think the basic idea is interesting, even though the FUD surrounding it are detestable.

6/28/2005

Google Earth: I was playing around with this this morning and it is super awesome. Much, much better than Google Maps satellite view. And it’s free! I’m so glad they made it free. {via}

[UPDATE (7/22/2005): Go Ogle Earth highlights the most interesting uses of Google Earth.]

6/27/2005

Google Command Line: interesting idea. Hate frames. Firefox’s keywords do this. People hate command lines. Moving on.

6/17/2005

City Hideout: urban camouflage at its best. I couldn’t find a link on OOOMS‘s site, but they’ve got some interesting stuff there. {via}

5/17/2005

State Farm Insurance Vehicle Rating Guide: it’s a huge PDF but very interesting. It’s conclusions probably aren’t much different than other insurers. {via}

5/10/2005

20Q: sounds like an interesting little toy. There’s also an online version if you don’t feel like ponying up the dough.

4/26/2005

GTD with Gmail: now that’s an interesting way to use Gmail. I can’t remember the last time I logged in to it, but I might just start using it as an adjunct to the Hipster PDA. Here’s parts 2, 3, and 4. Oh and if you don’t know what GTD is, then I don’t have time to elaborate. Here’s the book.

4/23/2005

Defunker: hip, interesting t-shirts.

4/18/2005

Glorieta and Raton Passes – Gateways to the Southwest: pretty interesting site from the National Park Service.

4/8/2005

Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research Reports: there’s some interesting studies available, like “Why Customers Shop Around: A Comparison of Hotel Room Rates and Availability Across Booking Channels”, “Increasing Servers Tips”, and “Perceived Fairness of Restaurant Waitlist-management Policies”. {via}

How to Conduct a Background Check: Interesting roundup of research resources. I don’t know why I just alliterated. {via}

2/16/2005

Zombie Risk: an interesting variation on standard Risk board game play.

2/14/2005

Plant By Number: an interesting approach to container gardening that’s like paint-by-number for the green thumbs.

2/11/2005

SkyHi-Small Signs: a photo gallery of interesting signs from a road trip. {via}

Believer Magazine Interview with Tina Fey: she’s such an interesting person, this head writer for Saturday Night Live.

1/27/2005

A9: How We Did the Yellow Pages: that is amazing! Maybe I should do Cave Creek Road for them. {via}

[UPDATE: Someone‘s started a Flickr tag for interesting photos taken along the routes.]

1/21/2005

Say ‘Bye to Neon: interesting use of a rental car, but I wonder if the rental agreement prohibits engine modifications.

Solving the Enigma of Kryptos: interesting article about a sculpture at CIA Headquarters that contains some encrypted text that hasn’t been broken since its installation in 1990, even though cryptologists at NSA have worked it. Only the sculptor knows the entire message.

1/20/2005

Dubai Tries to Find Its Place in the World In the Record Books: interesting Wall Street Journal article about the spectacle that is Dubai. {via}

1/14/2005

Breakfast Around the World: the site makes my eyes bleed, but it’s an interesting take on how the rest of the world eats its first meal. {via}

1/13/2005

OMG Clothing: you come up with a slogan, others vote on whether they’d buy a T-shirt with that slogan, and you get $200 if they sell it. Interesting business concept except that people lie. {via}

12/23/2004

Photos from Towers: when visiting the Grand Canyon as a child, I was always entranced by those fire-watching towers. Not a particularly deep site, but interesting in its own way.

10/1/2004

Pyongyang in Pictures: there’s an interesting backstory on that mammoth hotel. {via}

8/3/2004

Nuke the Hamptons: funny domain, envy-ridden premise, woeful execution—more interesting for the level of detail put into creating such a piece of crap.

6/16/2004

Six-Word Car Reviews: interesting idea, but lacking in detail.

4/27/2004

Interesting article about serial killer Ed Gein, the deranged psychopath who inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs. Note: the article contains the grisly—and grisly doesn’t aptly describe them—details of his doings.

1/13/2004

Here’s an interesting page of panoramic pictures of entire trains taken with a slit camera. The first link goes to a page in Japanese—just click on the trains to see the panoramics—and the second has an explanation of the technique in English.

1/6/2004

Interesting experiment with brand awareness where they asked people to draw the logos of famous corporations from memory.

12/11/2003

Star Wars in 30 Minutes: sounds like an interesting idea. I wonder when Star Wars in 60 Minutes will be out to incorporate the new additions. The cast looks the parts, for sure.

11/24/2003

The Chaos and Gravity Club at Western Washington University drops things from yon high to interesting effect. I had to wait to post this because they were getting severely Slashdotted.

11/14/2003

Would you believe that someone named their baby ESPN? Would you believe that two separate people, one in Michigan and one in Texas, named their kids ESPN? Other favorites: Del Monte, Canon, and Denim. Makes you wonder where it will end: Drano, perhaps?

[UPDATE: Interesting discussion over at MetaFilter about this very article.]

11/4/2003

Here’s some interesting speculation about the genealogy of the Olsens. No, not them. It’s on Jimmy Olsen’s family. You know, the cub reporter from Superman. What? He’s fictional? Don’t tell that guy.

10/9/2003

Loads of interesting material on famous trials throughout history. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for, the author suggests that you use a search engine and he personally recommends Google—though it’s “not a paid ad” (I figured that Google would pay big bucks for such placement).

9/22/2003

How To: By You is an interesting idea where people ask questions and the readers supply the answers. I contributed my wisdom on the subject of shaving, an activity that I abhor.

Interesting details about the plans for the WTC site.

9/17/2003

Go visit a very interesting and thorough site about the ancient city of Athens

9/13/2003

100 years of design, note the Tucker and the gorgeous S-1 locomotive. On a related note, be sure to comb through the design awards for 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003—though the student design awards are sometimes more interesting.

9/12/2003

The Smoking Gun has obtained a number of letters from media personalities to Ted Kaczynski aka the Unabomber. Favorite quote: “If you know anything about Roseanne, you must know that she is a non-conformist and rarely does what society expects of her. I believe that you and her would definitely ‘hit it off’ and the conversation would definitely be interesting and fulfilling for the both of you.” Uh huh, they’re two peas in a pod.

9/6/2003

Among the many items at the ASCII homepage, you can find an ASCII version of a classic Jackass sketch. Awesome! I know he doesn’t do this himself and that a program does, but it doesn’t make it any less interesting.

9/5/2003

Interesting table on the top 50 classics—some of which I question describing as classics—with indications of when they’ll enter the public domain. Barring extensions of copyright law, of course.