- Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal
- This is the first economics blog I ran across, and is still my favorite after a couple of years. Brad teached economics at UC Berkeley, and is a reasonably prominent figure in the field. He posts prolifically on politics and economic reporting in the news, and has taken up video blogging recently to good effect.
- Robert Reich's Blog
- Clinton's Secretary of Labor has a blog that focuses largely on the class war that he's been decrying since the 90s. This is more political economy than economics, but he and DeLong are often talking about the same issues.
- Atlas Games
- Publishers of the classic historical fantasy game Ars Magica, the gonzo Hong Kong action fest Feng Shui, post-modern occult icon Unknown Armies, and Burroughs-ian modern dadaist hatrack Over the Edge, Atlas has made a name for itself pushing the boundaries of roleplaying.
- The Rome of gaming: All links lead to it. "The Geek" is home to ratings, reviews and discussion of thousands of board games. It's as cool as it sounds.
- Ken Hite's LiveJournal
- Kenneth Hite, author of the Suppressed Transmission column in Pyramid magazine (see below), a leading creative force behind the Nephilim RPG, and Grand Poobah of High Weirdness in the gaming world, has a very entertaining LiveJournal.
- Manifesto Games
- Greg Costikyan, former pencil and paper roleplaying game designer, has formed a company to distribute independent computer games online, as part of his ongoing war with the corporate development model.
- Pen and Paper RPG Database
- An impressive piece of work, the Pen and Paper database contains information on the contents, authors and publication details of thousands of RPG books, magazine articles, and associated materials. Extremely handy.
- Steve Jackson Games
- Home of GURPS and Pyramid Magazine, two of the longest lived and most consistently high-quality product lines in the entire industry.
- Cute Overload
- Home of precious hedgehogs and sweater-wearing trees, Cute Overload is a premier site to indulge ones urge to say "oodie boo-boo-boo" to all and sundry.
- Get A Free Monkey
- Remember all that cheesy stuff for sale in comic books back in the 60s and 70s? Here you can find a whole raft of those ads, lovingly preserved for younger generations who have had their personal disappointments come from eBay fraud.
- The Lair of the Crab of Ineffable Wisdom
- Also known as RatherGood.com, I was tempted to put this site under Music, below, but felt that it was probably more accurate to stick this site here. The work of Joel Veitch, this site features Flash music videos, both to popular songs and songs performed by his band, 7 Seconds of Love. My favorites are his videos of Electric Six's Gay Bar and the White Stripes' Fell In Love With a Girl, and of course the Spongmonkeys performing the ballad We Like the Moon.
- Photoshop Phriday
- A recurring feature on the otherwise really work-unsafe Something Awful, every week the folks on their forums put together manipulated images based on some theme, like "Animal Anomalies" or "Movie Mixups". These are some really great images, and with archives going back to 2001, there's plenty to keep oneself amused.
- Weebls Stuff
- Weebl and Bob are little egg shaped guys who mumble. The resulting cartoons are quite entertaining. Start with Pie, and go from there. This site also has some games and other odd things, like a stripper-pole Dance Dance Revolution variant.
- 88.9 FM "The Impact"
- This is MSU's student radio station, which I've listened to whenever I drive out to Lansing for meetings over the last few years, as well as when I worked out there several years ago. I learned about a number of bands that I like there, including the White Stripes, the Avalanche, and the Electric Six. The cool thing is that they have a streaming Quicktime broadcast of the station. Definitely worth a listen.
- The only podcast I listen to regularly, this is the work of Brian Ibbott, and features cover songs almost exclusively. He produces a new episode every few days, so there's always lots to listen to. Some of them are great, some of them are terrible, but a few have gotten me to go out and buy new albums, so he's doing something right.
- A terrific new CD trading website. You register the CDs you have available to trade, and the ones you want, and the system matches you up to people who want and have the corresponding disks. At just $1.49 per CD including shipping, it's a great deal, and they are operating a non-profit to direct as much money as possible to the artists on each CD.
- The No Penney Opera
- This one is kind of a cheat, as this is one of my own pages. The No Penney Opera is a podcast that I do about once a month, inspired by John Penney's show being yanked off of WDET radio in December 2005.
- Pandora Radio
- An outgrowth of the Music Genome Project, an attempt to identify family resemblances between millions of different songs, this site allows you to enter the names of song or artists, and then generates a streaming radio station for you composed of similar types of music. It's very cool, and a good way to find new bands.
In addition to the links below, it's worth checking out the large number of online adaptations of board games
- Alien Breakout
- You play a little alien who shakes bricks loose from overhead and then throws them back up to make groups of the same color.
- A nifty little Flash toy that lets you play with chaotic behavior and strange attractors.
- Color Box
- Dice Wars
- A nifty flash-based Risk variant from GameDesign.jp. Just a hint: your receive reinforcements at the end of your turn equal to the largest number of contiguous spaces you control.
- This appears to be a real-time multiplayer game of bacterial food chains. Pretty hypnotic, if nothing else.
- Part of the GasGames collection, this is a multi-body gravity game where your goal is to place a dot such that it takes longer than a given amount of time to crash into one of the other mutually-attracted bodies on the map.
- A series of maddening Flash-based puzzle games, where you select various architectural and landscape elements to add to a scene, and attempt to figure out what order results is required to activate the various animations that count as your score. They're really goofy but also rather difficult, and some games include blind alleys.
- An odd game of raising fish in a fishtank to earn money to upgrade the fishtank to make more money...
- Millions of Games
- MOG is an intriguing Digg-like site where people can post links to "casual" online games and tag them based on content.
- Official Seal Generator
- Oh, man, I didn't have much time to play with this, but I can see myself getting into a lot of trouble...
- A quick search on Google for "cute games" turned up this site, which has a bunch of Flash games featuring cute little critters.
- Quest for the Rest
- A rather odd semi-photorealistic Flash game with lots of elements to click on that trigger new behaviors.
- A hypnotic game of inflating blobs until they pop, causing others to pop in response. It's like a really gooey atomic pile...
- A collection of links to games all over the web.