This page was originally intended as a way of keeping track of any
good papers and articles, mostly computer-related,
that I've downloaded from the Internet. However, that got to be more trouble
than it's worth - I can always look up a paper using a search engine - so I've
mostly been adding links to collections of papers and articles, e.g., magazines
with on-line articles, E-zines, etc. There is lots of good stuff out there -
Computing-related blogs are found under Computers.
Political blogs are found under Politics.
- freshnews.org - "fresh tech news
from around the net". Recent headlines from a bunch of technology web
Science and technology:
- Ars Technica - "The PC
- Hacker News
- I Programmer - "programming,
reviews and projects".
- Slashdot - "News for nerds, stuff
that matters". This used to be a good site for keeping up with science
and technology—especially computing—but, over the past 5-10
years, I guess, the site has really gone downhill. The slightest thing
sets technical discussions off on heated political and social tangents,
with commenters attacking "social justice warriors", government
spending (except in their industry), government employees, and the
idea of human-caused climate change.
- UserFriendly.org -
"Impairing Productivity Since 1997".
StackExchange was started by Jeff
Atwood and Joel Spolsky. A useful tool, but increasingly with a low
signal-to-noise ratio. I mostly read the C section (no pun intended!) of
Stack Overflow and I'm amazed at (i) the number of questions by
people who don't seem to have made the slightest effort to learn the
language and (ii) the number of people who give wrong answers, give
misleading answers, misunderstand the original questions, overlook important
errors, or who, rather than give an actually helpful answer, consider it
sufficient to simply quote the ANSI C Standard at length. Among
StackExchange's over 150 communities are:
Software and source code sites:
- Embedded |
Linux Journal - embedded computing articles, news
items, and resources.
- Embedded - "cracking the code
to systems development". (Formerly the wonderful Embedded
Systems Design magazine.)
Web Design and Development
- Paul McJones' Dusty
Decks - "Preserving historic software".
- Engadget - a gadget blog.
- InformIT - articles, book
- Mappa.Mundi Magazine -
from 1999 to 2001, "examined how we see and use the Internet via an
eclectic mix of articles about technology, history, and the future of
- MobileRead - "[T]he resource
for mobile geeks ..."
- ACM's Queue -
"in-depth articles and insightful columns written by accomplished
software engineers, as well as interviews with legends (and future
legends) in the field."
- ACM's Ubiquity -
- anacrusis - "101-word
stories by Brendan Adkins ... Fiction for the Attention-Deprived".
- FanFiction.Net - "unleash your
imagination and free your soul". Fan-written stories for books, video
games, TV shows, movies, and so on.
- The Practical Press -
"The place where bloggers come to be creative -- fiction, poetry,
drama, screenplays, art, photos, literary reviews and discussion,
we do it all."
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Perl Saved the Human Genome Project" by Lincoln Stein - describes
a Perl-friendly, data interchange format for genome analysis software.
The Perl objects? Boulders, stones, and pebbles (nested stones), of
on Molecular Genetics by Denise Casey, for the Department
of Energy - an excellent, fairly detailed overview of the Human Genome
Project. I've seen so many links to it, would it be fair to call it a
"classic" in the field? (The link above is to the 1992 version of the
primer. An updated, but abridged,
edition is available.)
Introduction to Biocomputing" by David Steffen -
is the informative introduction to the
the Genome" by David B. Searls - includes a description of his RSVP
(Rapid Sequence Visualization in PostScript), a suite of PostScript
programs that perform preliminary sequence analysis and generate
graphic output. The programs also run on any computer that has a
PostScript interpreter, so you're not restricted to a printer!
Importance of Standards and Componentry in Meeting the Genome
Informatics Challenges of the Next Five Years" by Nathan Goodman,
Steve Rozen, and Lincoln Stein - discusses the benefits of building
tools in a modular fashion with standardized interfaces between the
modules and proposes a study of the existing practices and of ways
of merging them into some type of cohesive standard. (Also see
Case for Componentry in Genome Information Systems" by the same
History & Literature
- Early America
Review, "A Journal of Fact and Opinion on the People,
Issues and Events of 18th Century America".
- H-Net Humanities and Social
Sciences Online: Discussion Lists - "H-Net's e-mail lists function
as electronic networks, linking professors, teachers and students in an
egalitarian exchange of ideas and materials."
- George Mason University's
History News Network
(HNN) - "Because the Past is the Present, and the Future too."
A web site with lively discussions whose mission is "to help put
current events into historical perspective."
- TeleRead - "News &
views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics".
- Emerging Infectious
Diseases - "a peer-reviewed journal published by the
National Center for Infectious Diseases".
Times - "a monthly trade publication with news and clinical
articles read by psychiatrists, allied mental health professionals and
primary care physicians who treat mental disorders".
- Damn Interesting -
"A collection of legitimately fascinating information culled from
the past, present, and anticipated future."
- Drew Curtis' FARK.com - "[A]t this
rate by the end of the year there will be more people reading Fark than
will be alive on the planet at that time. It will be interesting to see
how that works out."
- Worth1000 - "the top creative
competition and photoshop contest site on the web."
- Libarynth - "a parafictional,
semifunctional (deeply InterTwingled) collection of documents,
notes and RandomNess in the smouldering rubble of babel."
Squeeze a few religious blogs in here so I don't forget them ...
Less Frequently Read
Every So Often
People to See and Places to Go
- Mother Jones -
"Smart, Fearless Journalism".
- The Nation
covers political and social issues. It has the full text of selected
articles from the current and back issues.
- LiveScience - "Scientific
News, Articles and Current Events".
- Science News -
"Daily news articles, blogs and biweekly magazine covering all areas
- "The Alternate View" -
"cutting-edge science" columns by physicist John G. Cramer from the
pages of Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine.
Scientist - "The Magazine of Sigma Xi, The Scientific
- Discover -
a popular science magazine.
on Science and Society - a collection of monthly essays from
- Hot A.I.R. - "Rare and
well-done tidbits from the Annals of Improbable Research".
- New Scientist
(the British counterpart to Science News?) also has the
full text of selected articles, both from the current issue and from
The articles are aimed at the interested layman and cover a broad
range of scientific subjects.
- Perspectives on
Science and Christian Faith - a publication of the American
Scientific Affiliation. If you explore the web site, you'll find a
number of on-line articles and book reviews.
- Scientific American -
scientific paradise - for the layman, more or less.
- SciTech Daily Review - "science,
technology, future developments, innovations, implications".
Inquirer - published by the Committee for the Scientific
Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CISCOP).
- Universe Today - "Space
and astronomy news".
- The Panda's Thumb -
"dedicated to explaining the theory of evolution, critiquing the
claims of the anti-evolution movement, and defending the integrity
of science education in America and around the world."
- P.Z. Myers'
"Evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a
- Larry Moran's Sandwalk -
"Strolling with a Skeptical Biochemist".
- DeSmogBlog - "Clearing
the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science".
- The Oil Drum -
"Discussions about Energy and Our Future."
- RealClimate -
commentary on "climate science by working climate scientists
for the interested public".