Links of Interest
Letter, Insult, and Lyrics Generators
- find the e-mail address of your Representative in Congress
- find the e-mail address of your Senators in Congress
- Congressional information, including bills before Congress
and recently passed, voting record of representatives and senators, The Congressional Record
(searchable), discussion of legislative process, pertinent links; named for Thomas Jefferson; division of Library of Congress
- flag etiquette, including display, sizes, folding, where to find organizations which will help you dispose of (by burning) a flag which is too tattered to fly
- IRS's info site; you wouldn't expect it, but it has good help on it; remember, though, that the IRS does not stand by the information it gives you, should there be a skirmish in tax court, so always get a "second opinion" from a tax professional (who will stand behind
- map of time zones across the world, indexed to the exact time you access; pretty cool!
- atomic clock, also cool!
- phases of the moon
- Old Farmer's Almanac, with "weather on this day in history," and so on
- daily forcast for UV index and thus risk of overexposure
- daily almanac, including quote of the day, riddle of the day, quote of the day, kissing tip of the day, and etc., etc., etc.
- earthquake of the day, including searchable historical data
- has a great deal of information indexed to a certain date (births, deaths, POW status, secular and religious historical events, international holidays, Christian saint days, etc.
- population of the U.S., continually updated
- ZIP code look-up
- telephone area codes and time zones, searchable from either direction
- white and yellow pages for the world; enter country/state/city and then select type of business, etc.
- way to find addresses and phone numbers of businessesfor the entire US; start with a map and select area to be searched; not as easy to use as the previous link, in my opinion
- trademarks database, searchable. If you want to know if a name is a registered trademark, your answer's here.
- Votelink, where you can vote on issues of the
day (state, national, and international) and immediately check to see how others voted. These results seem to be skewed lately, at least in my estimation (example: newsmagazines and news programs indicate that 75% of those polled believe Way X, but Votelink says 5% believe Way X. An example of "vote early, vote often," perhaps, but fun to visit!
- job search help; this is a -fabulous- site! Even if you're not looking for a job, the positive, can-do suggestions are great for use in other situations. Info on how to negotiate salary, how to avoid stating your salary expectations early on, how to get by "gatekeepers" to reach the decision-maker to get an interview, links to salary ranges to specific jobs, etc. Don't miss this site! It's terrific!
- career advice and job-market outlook
- salary ranges for your profession in your zip code
- more on job trends, including average salaries (not a range, as in the above link)
- how much a used car is worth
- here's another one
- find out used car prices, useful for info prior to trading in a car or buying/selling one on the private used car market, from the Kelley Blue Book; not as complete as the book itself, but pretty thorough and it's -free-
- detailed earthquake maps of the Bay Area of California so you can see
where your house is relative to the many fault lines in the area
- variety of "histories" of things; don't know how true the content is, but it makes for interesting reading (examples: Shroud of Turin, history of Juija Board, etc.)
Spam, Telemarketers, and Such
- Google is my favorite search engine; no need for Boolean script
- Yahoo! is a pretty good
- Ask Jeeves is also pretty good; Boolean scripts also unnecessary.
- DejaNews archives Usenet posts; searchable by person, subject, newsgroup, or date
- html help in a very concise format with clear examples; bookmark this one if you write hmtl and tend to forget some of the more esoteric tags; or if you're a beginner
- Johanna offers more HTML help in plain English; marvelous resource
- Patrick Crispen's
Internet tutorial is available on this web site; very well done, I think.
Miscellaneous Cool Sites
- a virtual fortune cookie
- construct a computer "paperdoll"
- typing speed test
- all about household bugs and what to do to get rid of them; also discussion of a house inspection prior to purchase; a useful site
- a very cool site about cathedrals. When the page loads, the graphic shows the order in which the cathedral was built. Slide your cursor over portions of the drawing to highlight sections of the building. Good commentary, too.
- info about hummingbirds, including sugar solution (1:4, sugar:water), and so on
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
This personality "indicator" is based on the work of Carl Jung. The Myers-Briggs indicator has been taken up by a number of people and transformed into lots of different "types," named such as animals, colors, and so on because the M-B names are not very forthcoming (INTJ, ESFP, etc.).
I have found the Myers-Briggs useful, not only as an insight
into why I do what I do (or spouse/child/relative/friend does) but also as an insight into why students do what they do and how they prefer to learn. You might like to find your "type," too.
See also books by David Keirsey, but note that these are Jung's ideas; and that the personality inventory is the work of Isabel Myers-Briggs, not Keirsey, although his site leads you to believe that it is his work.
I also find it interesting to note what percent of the population is each type. For example, most university professors are INFJ (what a surprise), which is a small part of the population. Since people learn best with a teacher who is their type, usually the most successful college students are also INFJs.
In any event, I think you'll find quite a bit to "chew" on with the M-B.
a very foreshortened version of the Myers-Briggs
see also http://members.tripod.com/~PersonalityInstitute/Myers-BriggsTypeIndicator.htm for interpretation
and http://members.tripod.com/~PersonalityInstitute/TypeTerminology.htm for more interpretation
and also http://www.typelogic.com/ for people (real and fictional) who share your personality type; there is also a link to listservs for various personality types
yet more http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/mb-types/mb-types.htm, including short, general descriptions of each type and links to more detailed descriptions (including an interesting graphic to show how the four inventory areas fit together in your type); also included in this expanded section is how each personality type deals with stress, how to grow, and so on
here's another site for taking the test online: http://www.haleonline.com/psych/goo-myersbriggs-personality-types.htm
from the same site, here's a list of questions to determine type - - sort of a mini-version of the inventory: http://www.haleonline.com/psych/
Other Personality/IQ Tests
short IQ test
The Ultimate IQ Challenge
What Breed of Dog Are You?
Last updated May 22, 2002.