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Fun Web Sites

Sure, there are great research sites, business sites, and places to get work done... but the reason we all hook up to the web is for the fun sites. Here are a few places I've found in my travels.

WMBR Home Page- WMBR is the MIT campus radio station, broadcasting to the Cambridge/Boston metro area on 88.1 FM. During my younger days at MIT, I did some radio shows, a bunch of production bits, and sold our old call letters (WTBS) to some guy in Atlanta. I worked with a lot of cool folks during my college days, including Tony V.

Check out the MIT Hack Gallery, where past hacks are immortalized (the police car on the dome is classic!).

Yahooligans! is a great place to find hundreds of links that are kid-friendly.

Slashdot - The best site on the web for news and commentary about all things geek (yes I'm a geek).

The Onion and BBSpot - Two very funny news parody sites.  I've also been spending a lot of time at fark.com lately.

Bruce Springsteen - He's the boss....got some cool photos I took back in 1978 here.  Also, check out Richard Shindell, an incredible singer/songwriter.

Internet Underground Music Archive - Music online.... the first, and the best!  They weren't ripping off artists like Napster, Gnutells and Kazaa.


Political Web Sites

Now that you've had your fun, make sure you follow some of these links and really accomplish something.

Library of Congress - Really cool site.... almost belongs in the fun section as well. You can search all sorts of government databases, plus look up any House or Senate bill by number or text contained within the bill. Jump over to the site, and look for bills containing the word "indecent"..... scary.

First Amendment Web Site - A great online resource for information on the First Amendment, censorship, and other issues related to your personal freedoms.

Znet Magazine - Great alternative to CNN and FoxNews - news and commentary

Tobacco Documents - Not political in a strict sense, but fascinating documents leaked to the press by someone from Brown & Williamson (big tobacco company). These are the famous letters and memos detailing nicotine study and the attempts to increase or decrease the nicotine content in cigarettes.

Rock and Rap Confidential - Now Rock and Rap Confidential has a web site! One of the best sources for the latest on all aspects of popular music, especially censorship issues. Opinionated, but always fun to read...


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First they came for the hackers. But I never did anything
illegal with my computer, so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for the pornographers. But I thought there was
too much smut on the Internet anyway, so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for the anonymous remailers. But a lot of nasty
stuff gets sent from anon.penet.fi, so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for the encryption users. But I could never
figure out how to work PGP anyway, so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for me. And by that time there was no one left
to speak up.
--based on a quote from Pastor Martin Niemoller
(Alara Rogers, Aleph Press) [via [email protected]]

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