- Contrary to popular belief, we at Crunchy Gods didn't invent the
idea of the Big Page O' Links. But some say we perfected it. But we
didn't. Anway, take a look. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised
at our variety. Whether you're young or old, rich or poor, black or
white, male or female, gay or straight, liberal or conservative, Mac
or Windows, right-handed or left-handed, in therapy or in denial,
a cat person or a dog person, an over-the-top toilet paper installer
or an under-the-bottom toilet paper installer, dualistic or... um...
non-dualistic, there's something here for you. Dig in, go nuts, knock
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-- An odd but addictive site. An ambigram is a word or phrase
written in such a way that it looks the same when turned upside-down.
A hand-crafted ambigram, of the sort drawn by Scott
Kim, is a thing of beauty and wonder. On the other hand, Kim
gets millions for his, and Ambigram-Matic will do it free-of-charge.
Type in your name, or some other word you'd like to mess with,
and see what you get. Half the time you'll get unreadable loopy
junk, and half the time you'll get something really cool ("joel"
works out pretty well, I must say!).
Design's Visual Thesaurus -- This is one of those things that's
so far-out you can barely see it. Which is too bad. But if you're
equipped with the latest browser, Shockwave, and a fast computer,
come on in. The Visual Thesaurus is an attempt to show the meaningful
links between words and concepts. A thesaurus does the same thing,
but one little piece at a time. The interface is a little hard
to get used to, and the ever-changing network of words on the
screen seems to wobble for some reason, as if even the Visual
Thesaurus is excited about itself. But it's definitely worth a
- Salon -- This
is as close as I come to reading a newspaper. It's brainy, literate,
thoughtful stuff, and it changes every day. The site seems to
go on forever, in every direction, and whatever your interests
are, there are probably several essays here you'll want to clip
out n' save.
- The Edge -- If
you're the type who can't get enough of the intellectual musings
of today's top pop scientists, this site really satisfies. The
site was created as a place for science writers (and, yes, actual
scientists, philosophers, etc.) to meet, think out loud, inspire
each other, bicker like 12-year-olds, and take questions from
the crowd. John Brockman, author of "The Third Culture,"
is your congenial host.
- eyecandy --
Check out eyecandy's sleek, cab-forward design. eyecandy looks
great, as well it should, because its purpose is to seek out and
feature websites of rare beauty. As a designer, I've looked at
a lot of similar resources, and this is one of the most consistently
- The Onion -- Saints be praised. A weekly newspaper parody, free for any
passerby! What's that, it's not on streetcorners where you live?
Relax. Now it's online, almost all of every issue, back issues
included. This is laugh-out-loud stuff.
- alt.culture -- An encyclopedia of 90's life. The place to catch up on today's
-- Translates any phrase from English to Portuguese, German, Italian,
Spanish or French. Or vice-versa. Babelfish can even translate
entire webpages; just type in the URL. For some real fun try translating
the same phrase from English to another language and back again.
- Basic Spanish
for the Virtual Student -- (Haven't we all felt like we were
just a virtual student at times?) This site makes an
attempt to teach you an entire language! Whether or not it works
for you, you've got to admire its moxie. It's beautifully and
intelligently done, as well.
- Non-stick Looney
Page -- Heaven for fans of old Warner Brothers cartoons.
- Alta Vista
- WhoWhere. Find almost
anyone (or anything) through this nationwide white pages/yellow
- Internet Movie Database --
Still the coolest site on the web.
- Ultimate TV List
- Ultimate Band List
- Suck. A darling of the Webcritics.
But still cool.
Places by author and "Black Adder" alumnus Stepen Fry.
Tired of the exhausting decision-making involved in Websurfing?
Let the Autopilot take over.
- Project Cool.
Showcasing some of the most interesting and/or visually attractive
sites on the web, Project Cool also includes lots of resources
for learning better web design.
- The Best Spots
on the Web So Far. The stunning link collection of a guy named
Chip. Chip has a rare ability to skate past the common, everyday
websites, and find the true gems - sites JUST weird enough that
we wouldn't come up with the idea of searching for them, yet funky
enough to hold our attention. Includes links to The Gerald R.
Ford Library and Museum, Chuck Shepard's News of the Weird, Reference
Librarian Stumpers, and more. A linker after my own heart.
- Cave Paintings
- Dallas Museum
- Frieda Kahlo
- LA County Musuem of Art
- Minneapolis Museum of Art
- Philadelphia Musuem of
of the Czars
- Andy Warhol
- World Art Treasures
- Failure Analysis Associates
-- at, that's right, www.fail.com. Got an oil tanker that just
went belly up? Did your federal building get carbombed? Any old
assassinations you don't feel quite settled about? FaAA can help
you. Be sure to check out their handy
"Checklist for Protecting Buildings against Car-Bomb Attack".
Don DeLillo would love this.
- Communication Arts --
A commercial site in more ways than one! C.A. is a magazine that
mainly caters to "creatives" - people who do graphics, animation,
video, whatever, for advertising & promotion. Big deal? Maybe
not, but there are examples of work here that will knock the socks
off even the most jaded graphic designers.
- Car Talk -- Not too commercial
of a site at all, really. Just those two wacky wise men of the
automobile world, Click and Clack Tappett (or, if you prefer,
Tom and Ray Maliozzi). It's not as fun as their radio show, but
how could it be?
- Northern Sun -- If
you're like me, there's no article of clothing that says "Hey
you!" quite as well as a t-shirt. It's like your own personal
billboard. And Northern Sun has been putting out some of the coolest
t-shirts I've seen for years. As well as buttons, posters, etc.
- Archie McPhee -- "Someday,"
you vowed, when you were a kid, "...someday I'll be a grown up
and I can buy ALL THE TOYS I WANT!"
- Britannica Online
Calendars - a collection of "On This Date..." calendar links;
just a small part of Janice's amazing CalendarLand
- Out of Control
by Kevin Kelly. -- Absolut Vodka went and put Kelly's whole book
on line...it's not old, or copyright free, or anything. In fact,
it's an incredible book about the edges of current science.
- Books On-Line:
Virtual Library: Literature
- Amazon -- The closest thing
I've found to a huge, intelligent, attractive bookstore on the
Web. And they keep adding new and better features. Bless'em!
- Book Stacks -- Another
- Fantagraphics --
Some of the most creative, bizarre, subversive art these days
is in "comix" - and I ain't talking about Superman. Fantagraphics
sells a fine selection of artsy treasures.
- Atomic Books -- "Literary
Finds for Mutated Minds" is their tagline. Goooood stuff.
Unlimited -- Where to go to get the really NUTSO books -
the ones that make the mail carrier look twice at you. How to
be a private investigator, how to beat a lie detector test, how
to make big tax-free bucks panhandling, how to counterfeit money;
it's all here. You didn't hear it from me.
- Uchronia - The Alternate
History List -- For readers who love to ask "what if?"
Art + Design WebSpace
Online, Inc. - Homepage
Brady Design Consultants Home Page
- Chiat Day
- Studio Archetype
...And Their Work
to Planet Reebok
Page Design - Introduction
Killer Websites Online - Core Page
Siegel's Home Page
- Example Sites
P. Q. R. - The Quest Begins
Five Award Winners
- Colorado Front
Range Live Music & Events -- My good friend Doug loves concerts
almost as much as he loves Colorado. This list is amazingly comprehensive
and updated frequently.
- Westword -- Denver's
most loved and hated Artsrag is now online...and the result is
surprisingly cool. Great layout, and no skimping on content. There's
a lot here for people who "aren't from around here" as well. If
you ARE from around here, don't miss the Best
of Denver 1997. The whole dang thing's online! I'd been waiting
for that since I first heard of the WWW.
- RTD -- One day this
site will supposedly give you interactive route and schedule information...meaning,
as I understand it, that you could just sit there in your batcave
outside of Denver and tell rtd.com that you need to get to Boettcher
Concert Hall downtown by 7:30pm, and it would think for a sec
and then spew back the correct time you should be waiting for
the bus at your local bus stop. Whether the site will be this
invaluable or not remains to be seen (top men are working on it
right now....top...men...), but for a pedestrian like me, it's
an irresistable idea.
Election Commission -- "Did I miss that election? Or is it
next Tuesday?" This is the place for you.
Congress Members -- Be that angry constituent your congressperson
loses sleep over.
- The Ants Are My
Friends.... One of the funniest pages I've seen. A list of
misunderstood song lyrics, along with the correct ones, contributed
by the listeners at home, just like you.
- Pythonline -- They're
no slouches. Monty Python went and put their own Website together.
Eric Idle is the main force behind it, and new Terry Gilliam sketches
are around every corner. As you can imagine, a lot of the site
is devoted to merchandising, but that doesn't put much of a damper
on the fun stuff here.
Far Side by Gary Larson
Thought of the Day -- Jack Handey's brilliant idiocy.
- Dave Barry --
fresh essays straight from the Miami Herald, every day.
-- Not a pretty site, but comprehensive. This stuff ranges from
the mundane to the sublime.
- Spumco -- The guy who brought you Ren & Stimpy has a new website.
eXonizer -- Gives you a specially-crafted CENSORED version
of any web page in the world, while-u-wait! Very funny.
Sheath File. Think you know all your condom euphamisms? Think
- The Movie
Cliches List -- See description below, in "Movies"
- Internet Movie Database --
Everything about every movie ever made. No kidding.
- The Movie
Cliches List -- Ever notice there are some things you'll see
in movies that have NO basis in reality (such as the strange shape
symbolizing a view through binoculars), yet they keep coming up
in MOVIE after MOVIE?
- The Movie Sounds Page
Ebert Movie Reviews
-- This thing is great fun, and actually USEFUL. It uses a form
of artificial intelligence to determine (based on how you rate
movies it asks you about) which new movies you would probably
enjoy. Try it, it really does work. (See also Firefly,
a similar contraption that does the same thing with music as well
Oracle of Bacon -- What is the mysterious secret of Kevin
Bacon? What strange cosmic threads weave his fate together with
EVERY OTHER ACTOR WHO EVER GRACED THE SILVER SCREEN? Find out
for yourself at the Oracle of Bacon.......oooooOOOOooooOOO!
of Oz images
Making of Citizen Kane
Kubrick Page "Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!"
- Deus Ex Machina
School House Rock Lyrics Page -- Yes, well, I DO hate to brag,
but I happen to be a close friend of Bob Dorough, creator of 90%
of the School House Rock songs. (That's his voice on "Three, It's
a Magic Number".) A kind and wonderful man. Thank you, thank you.
- The Ultimate band list
- The Unofficial They Might Be Giants
Home Page -- A site as lovingly crafted and detail-oriented
as one of TMBG's own works. (See also The
Official They Might Be Giants Home Page, which IS one of TMBG's
- Plunderphonics -- I love it when musicians put their own sites on the web,
instead of waiting for fans to do so. Plunderphonics is to music
as collage is to art. "Sampling", or using pieces of other musicians
works, is taken to extreme...sometimes with legal permission,
sometimes not. You may have heard of "Gray Folded", an authorized
tribute to the Grateful Dead using samples from 25 years of performances
of a single song. This site is rich and full, lots of angles are
- Negativworldwidewebland -- Negativeland brings their mixture of hip cynicism
and childlike playfulness to the net, and the results are delightful.
Their top page looks like a cross between bauhaus design and 50's
menu art. From there you can delve into interviews, essays, descriptions
of their albums, links, etc. Once more, this is a band that's
not afraid to do their own website.
- The Jellyfish Homepage -- Jellyfish may no longer exist as a band, but its
members continue spinning off and leaving spectacular tracks behind
them. This page chronicles their history and does a good job of
keeping up with the various members in their current projects.
Rutles Home Page -- If you've never heard of the Rutles, time
to introduce yourself to one of the greatest bands of the 20th
century. Well, the mid-20th...okay, the mid-60s. Yeah.
Mythology - Ancient and Not-So-Ancient
Ancient World Web: The Ultimate Index of All Things Ancient
-- "a collection of resources for exploring alternative ideas
in health, science, and spirituality."
Nazi Moon Bases of the 1940's
Center for Utopian Studies -- This site knocks me out: An
incredible resource for info on all aspects of Utopian and Dystopian
(anti-utopian) thought, including fiction, non-fiction, art, links,
and much more. Well done.
Assassination Home Page
Lisa Pease Real History Archives
Sites I Helped Out On
- You couldn't tell it from my Crunchy Gods pages, but I am actually
an official Website Designer. This is not to be confused with
a Webmaster, who does the actual work of maintaining the server,
keeping networks up and running, that kind of stuff. I just do
the cushy design stuff, using Photoshop and good ol' HTML.
I had a big part in creating and building the following websites,
along with my beloved comrades at Spark Studios. They're presented
here in chronological order, so you can look at us grow; from
cute baby-in-the-bathtub web designers to gawky adolescent web
designers in bad haircuts, to full-grown "Here Comes The Chef"
backyard-barbecue web designers.
-- they're like tinkertoys for astrophysicists (but kids like
'em too!) This was my first commercial site, and it will always
be a favorite, though I hope I've improved since then.
- Into The Wind -- a
must-see if you've ever enjoyed kites.
- Industrial Laboratories
-- our first site for grown-ups.
- Spark Studios -- where
I work! This site is undergoing a major overhaul, but it works
okay the way it is for now.
- JEC's Knowledge Online -- Mind
Extension University has a new look. It's called Jones Education
Company, and this is their new site.
- Beacon Online -- Beacon
Clinic, an AIDS clinic in Boulder, Colorado, has created an incredible
resource for those seeking AIDS information. I had the priveledge
of designing their logo and the homepage for their website.
- SupportSource --
Micro House's SupportSource is designed to be the ultimate resource
for PC techs. We had fun with the idea that these people "put
out fires" every day for a living. I helped design the homepage,
the "About" section and the Scenarios.
- io image -- An illustration
company. It was a lot of fun working with their highly textured
- Cavion Technologies -- Cavion
offers online banking technology to credit unions. I got do most
of this site myself, which was a thrill.
- The Straight Dope by Cecil
Adams -- The official site. "Fighting ignorance since
1973 (It's taking longer than we thought)." Where do Lava
Lamps come from? Can singers really break glass with their voices?
Why does lint always collect your navel? When are coconuts in
season? Do close-door buttons in elevators really work? This is
the wise-cracking know-it-all uncle your uncle could only
pretend to be.
List of Lists
- The Straight
Dope by Cecil Adams -- See description above in "Current Favorites"
-- They've got almost everything.
LIST -- Looking for the right Internet Service Provider for
you? Just type in your area code, and you'll get a VERY comprehensive
list of providers servicing that area code, with info about each.
A great free service.
Bandwidth Conservation Society -- For you HTML-slingers and
Web-art types: These folks are serious about getting web pages
TINY. They've got some of the best tips I've seen for making your
site zippy without losing its cool.
Review: New Works -- Reviews of Websites, for those of you
who don't want to waste a second of valuable surfing time deciding
for yourself whether you like something or not.
For more groovy links, see my "Useful
Stuff" page and my "Favorites" page.
(The latter is especially useful for those who have the same favorites