Hey, if you don't already know there is resource out there that can not only supply you with an enormous amount of information and advice but save you time, frustration and grief in trying to figure out the simple things in life as well.
It's is called the internet.
I live on the internet. I am sooooo happy that it has reached the level of development it has in our generation. I am the type of person that needs instant gratification (kinda like our younger generations) when it comes to answers. If I don't have an answer then I look it up immediately. Call me Mr. Google (or Mr. Bing if that is your choice).
Do you remember what it was like when you were younger. All research was done at a library and you had to search through huge filing cabinets of tiny index cards to locate the books you wanted to read up on when working on a particular subject.
Finding an answer could take hours if not days.
Funk & Wagnalls was a household name.
You were considered a stud if your family had a set of Encyclopedia Britannica.
Book reports…….OMG. Your teachers expected you to read an entire novel, sometimes in a week. If you were like me you quickly discovered Cliffs Notes. Those little yellow and black books were life savers. Hey, back then you could even plagiarize and get away with it.
Like right now, my soul mate Darla told me there was a chance of rain today. I'm sitting here looking out to a cloudless sky. So what do I do? I instantly click on the Doppler radar for Phoenix, Arizona and the Southwest. Rain today….Bah !!!
If you read the yellow box on the opening page of my website you would know that I am an advocate of the traditional Japanese art of Wabi Sabi. Although I like some things done thoroughly, they don't have to always be perfect (some of my closest friends will argue with that statement). I accept the philosophy that when life is pared down to its barest essence, you can find beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature. You have to accept natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. As the iconic David Byrne (remember the Talking Heads) so eloquently stated in his song Wild Life: "Things fall apart, it's scientific".
So, I digress…back to the internet.
Over the past year I have discovered a myriad of great, helpful, insightful, ingenious, resourceful, imaginative, innovative and downright entertaining websites that I would like to share with you.
These are not your basic FaceBook, Google, My Space, eBay type of websites which you should already be well versed in. I'm talking about less mainstream sites that you would have to go looking for( even though millions have already found them).
Apparently, as of March, 2012 there were 644,275,754 active websites and you know the number has done nothing but rocket up since then.
If you have any websites you would like to share please send them to me (comment section) and as Roger Waters so eloquently stated in his Pink Floyd song Have a Cigar: "This can be made into a monster if we all pull together as a team".
Brewster.com – A wonderful PC/Phone app that brings together everyone you know and all their latest details. Quickly access contact information, employment, mutual connections across multiple web services and social sites.
CNET.com - Reviews, news, and prices on tech products, as well as free downloads and newsletters.
Download.com – A sub program of CNET it provides free software downloads for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android computers and mobile devices and major software reviews. It covers every category of desktop software and has information on just about everything you are looking for
Investopedia.com - Premiere resource for investing education, personal finance, market analysis and free trading simulators. Play with their money and real stocks. Learn to invest in real world terms.
Boing Boing.com - is a publishing entity, first established as a magazine, later becoming a group blog.
LinkedIn.com – Strictly a business oriented networking site. Find past and present colleagues and classmates quickly. LinkedIn makes staying in touch simple. Discover inside connections when you're looking for a job or new business opportunity. Your network is full of industry experts willing to share advice. Have a question? Just ask.
Biggerpockets.com - Social network for the real estate investing community. Learn real estate investment, get free tips & education, make deals, & market your business.
Pandora.com – Music genome project - Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music you'll love. Discover new music and enjoy old favorites.
Techsupportalert.com – Gizmo's Community – you'll find freeware programs each selected by our independent editors because of their quality and performance. Many of these programs are as good as or better than their commercial counterparts so why pay for what you can get for free?
Earthcam.com – 25 of the most interesting webcams on earth
Pinterest - a social media site that allows users to “pin” images and videos they find online to a virtual pinboard and share them with others.
Hereon.biz - Maximize your travels, conferences, and downtime with the mobile app for business networking. It identifies the most valuable professionals to you and alert you when they are near.
Trello.com - Trello is the fastest, easiest way to organize anything, from your day-to-day work, to a favorite side project, to your greatest life plans. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
Dropbox.com - Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!
Uberconference.com - provides a rich visual interface for conference calls. Simple, visual, and free to use, it's audio conferencing done right. Easily set up and join.
Visual News.com - The cure for eyeball boredom.
Skillcrush.com - Learn about technology and how to put it to work for you.
Moddea.com – Visual catalog of everyday modern objects.
GOOD.is – A global community of people who care.
Very Short List.com – Cultural gems from a different curator every day.
SoulPancake.com - Art, culture, science, philosophy, spirituality and humor.
WhiteWhine.com – A collection of first-world problems.
ImprovEverywhere.com – They cause scenes (funny videos).