Good Stuff

  • New Stoa – The purpose of the cybercity is to bring together all those who are Stoics and who wish to be known by the commitment they have made. I am a member and a previous member of the Stoic Council.
  • Google Sightseeing – Spotlights spectacular and hilarious sights made visible via satellite imagery.
  • Librivox – Free audiobooks of most of the world’s great literature!
  • TED – The TED talks feature progressive thinkers discussing realistic solutions to the world’s most common problems, new technologies, mind expanding ideas, philosophies and novel concepts. The TED talks also highlight great injustices occurring around the globe and comment on what should be done to remedy them.
  • Project Gutenberg – A volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, in order to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.”
  • The Internet Classics Archive – A comprehensive English archive of the classical texts. Recommendations include the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and the Enchiridion of Epictetus.
  • White House Tapes – Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties–FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, and Nixon–secretly recorded on tape just under 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. The Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program is a unique effort aimed at making these remarkable historical sources accessible.
  • What Buddha Taught -  Articles by the monks of the Theravada Forest tradition. For purposes of mindfulness and serenity.
  • Livius – Colorful articles on ancient history, including numerous primary source references and examinations.
  • Damn Interesting – Where the “primary aim is to collect and dispense damn interesting facts and ideas, whether they appeared in the past, the present, or the (anticipated) future.” Quality entertainment for the thinking man who values the absurd.
  • Rock Paper Shotgun – Intelligent and witty articles and news on topics of gaming and underground culture. One of the few gaming sites I frequent, as I value the honest, candid tone and attention to detail. The articles are genuinely interesting and the motives of the staff are pure.
  • Rotten Library – Who would think that the same guys who catalog gore pictures would also furnish one of the most comprehensive, intriguing and enlightening libraries of knowledge and perspectives ever collected? Rotten Library is a hilarious and satirical collection of articles on thought provoking, socially controversial and esoteric topics. A must see for fans of the Lenny Bruce school of comedy.
  • Conet Project Archive – For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of Numbers Stations. Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a one time pad is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is. Also see: Wired’s Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine.
  • English Russia – English Russia  is a daily entertaiment blog devoted to the events happening in Russian speaking countries, such as Russia (Russian Federation), Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, etc. Everyday something interesting happens in the countries occupying 1/6 of the populated world.
  • The Stoic Legacy to the Renaissance – A project questing to document the massive influence of Stoicism on western thought, centering around Shakespeare. The Stoic classics are made available on the site with annotations linking the works to foundational works of English literature. A must see for any serious student of history, classics, philosophy or literature.
  • Freeze Frame – The Scott Polar Research Institute in the University of Cambridge holds a world-class collection of photographic negatives illustrating polar exploration from the nineteenth century onwards.
  • Old Pictures – An extensive collection of  historical photographs. This collection includes images from the years 1850 to 1940. These photographs span the globe, and present a unique view of our past.
  • BibliOdyssey – Features hi-res scans of old manuscripts, documents and illustrations.
  • Antarctic Fox – An after action report detailing an epic journey of the Antarctic, including hundreds of hi-res photographs and interesting anecdotes.
  • LiveLeak – A repository for raw footage of developing events around the globe. What the media doesn’t dare show.
  • The Power of Nightmares – An essential primer on the philosophical and political powers underpinning contemporary history, the Cold War and “The War on Terror,” examining the schools of thought of Leo Strauss and Sayyid Qutb.
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