Getting to know President Lincoln

The problem with history is that it is so far away.  Reading about a noble figure such as Abraham Lincoln so often leaves one feeling oddly detached from the very figure that we are trying to get to know.  Reading about his leadership during the Civil War, his great...

Read Edgar Allan Poe (for free)

Sure you could go to the library but what you really want is to stay home in your pajamas and still be entertained. So here is a link to the Poe Museum which has among other things many of Poe's writings available for free....

Science Fiction: Catalyst for Reality

If your going to be in Seattle on May 20th 2015 you might want to check out this get together at the Microsoft campus, Science Fiction: Catalyst for Reality.  With Greg Bear as a presenter and run in conjunction with MIT's Enterprise Forum Northwest it promises to be...

A Magna Carta Cartoon!

Most Americans tend to think that the ideas in the Declaration of Independence were original to Thomas Jefferson and his contemporaries, but as they say, their is nothing new under the sun!  Take a minute to learn about the Magna Carta.  Courtesy of the British...

Privacy Tools: How to Block Online Tracking

Author Name, ProPublica. July 3, 2014, 9 a.m. Many sites (including ProPublica) track user behavior using a variety of invisible third-party software. This means any time you visit a web page, you're likely sharing data about your online habits, from clicks to views...

Poor Godzilla

I finally got to see Godzilla, an enjoyable but vapid experience. Rather then a real review here is a short list of the more outlandish physics problems: (minor spoilers included) When the damaged nuclear reactor core melts down the escaping steam expands at the same...

Donald Duck says, pay your taxes (to beat the Axis)

Do you want to get an Italian mad? Tell them how boring soccer, I mean football, is. That was a hell of a game last night wasn't it Adolfo, one to one, bet you've never seen that before! And lets not talk about the French and cheese. You want to get an American mad?...

See a Real Time Media Map

Data visualization is all the rage these days, usually these sites are an interesting exercise in rehashing someone else's data which is interesting to look at and think about for a moment and then quickly forgotten.  So it is good to see a site that brings something...

Science Fiction

 

Cinefantastique
airlock alpha
Atomic Rockets
SciFi Pulse
Starship Dimensions
Ex Astris Scientia
TV Tropes-speculative fiction
TelevisionTunes.com
The Heinlein Archives
Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Philip K. Dick Fan Site
Science Fiction Studies
SFWA
Tor.com

Authors

 

Isaac Asimov
Charlie’s Diary
David Brin
Kim Stanley Robinson

Political Science

fivethirtyeight
Maps of War
APSA
Avalon Project
Brookings Institute
The Hamilton Project
Hoover Institution
Mapping Militants
History News Network
Political Science Rumors
Social Science Research Network
RangeVoting.org
Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Religion

aderents.com
America’s Public Bible
Auburn
Bible Hub
Patheos
Pangea Blog
sacredtexts.com
Skeptic’s Annotated Bible

Politics

 

Progressive sites

AlterNet
American Rights at Work
Crooks and Liars
Forward Progressives
People for the American Way
ProPublica
ThinkProgress

Moderate sites

The Moderate Voice
Prairie Weather

Conservative sites

The XX Committee
George Will
William Kristol
RedState
Mises Institute
The American Conservative

Socialist

Jacobin

Libertarian

 

reason.com
Bleeding Heart Libertarians

Non-Partisan

Digital Democracy
FactCheck.org
U.S. Congress Votes
On The Issues
MapLight
Vote411
Politics1
National Popular Vote
Sunlight Foundation

Activist

 

Issue One
No Labels

Humanities

 

In the Middle

Literature and Media

 

Overthinking It
goodreads
new books network
Purdue Online Writing Lab

Society

 

Salon
Slate
The Atlantic

Science and Technology

 

ars technica
Big Picture Science
MacRumors
KrebsonSecurity
PC Mag
Quanta
slashdot
supersite for windows
Threat Post
Tom’s Hardware
preposterous universe
Centauri Dreams
Future of Life Institute