The Silent Way Directory: Search Engines, ISPs, News, Magazines, Reference, Bay Area Links

The Silent Way Directory

Web Surfing- Search Engines, ISPs, News, Magazines, Reference, Bay Area

Search Engines

Access Providers- ISPs, DSL, Cable Choices

Bay Area Alt Culture

Bay Area Info, Outdoors and Travel

Funny, Weird, Dumb and Silly

General- Interesting Web sites

Government, Science, Educational

Net Directories

Online Magazines: "Persisticals"

Periodicals- Online Versions of Print Magazines and Newspapers

Privacy: Avoiding SPAM & Junk Mail, Protecting Your Identity

Reference Desk- Maps, Dictionaries, Info, etc

Social Responsibility, Activism and Consumer Rights

Space and Astronomy

The best sites have descriptions below the links, which open a new window.

Search Engines

Ask Jeeves!
Ask this search engine a question in plain english and it searches many other engines for the answer or website.
Direct Hit
Dogpile, the Friendly Multi-Engine Search Tool
Excite
FindSounds.com - Search the Web for Sounds
Gnod - The global network of dreams
Lycos
Go.com
Google
The top search engine!! Very fast and very useful info. More relevant results than other engines, and it is customizable: Make sure to click on "preferences" on any page to make it even better!
HotBot
Internet Archive Wayback Machine
Ixquick Metasearch
My other search engine pick. Searches multiple search engines for fast and useful info. IXQuick gets great scores from the Search Engine Reviewers.
Lycos
MetaCrawler
Northern Light Search
Search Bastard
SearchIQ- Search Engine Reviews, Rankings
Cool- Which search engine returns the most relevant results? This site ranks them and covers specialty "Topic Guides"...
SilentSearch.com - anonymous web search
Starting Point
Teoma - Search with Authority
WebCrawler
Whatsnew.com
Yahoo!

Access Providers- ISPs, DSL, Cable Choices

AT+T Internet
Bandwidth Speed Test- dslreports.com - Speed test
Bandwidth Meter - CNET.com
CNET Web Services- ISPs, Hosting
Comcast
Concentric
Covad
DSL.com
DSLreports.com- Provider Comparisons
EarthLink
Globix DSL Internet Access
Internet Traffic Report
ISPRank.com
MSN: Microsoft
Shields UP! Internet Connection Security test
Tests to see how vulnerable you are to net-based intrusions (PC-centric).
Speakeasy broadband and dial-up
SpeedGuide.net

Bay Area Alt Culture

Attaboy - Eye Candy
Billboard Liberation Front
Burning Man Project - Official Site
craigslist: Bay Area online community
Culture Jammers Headquarters-Adbusters
Dark Room Theater
Devillettes
Laughing Squid
Popular Noise Foundation
POSTHOC: The Upfront Guide to San Francisco
Rap Dictionary- Yay Area slang
Salon.com | Recording Industry coverage
SEEMEN- extreme technology
SFgirl- Cultivating Community
SRL - Survival Research Labs
Supersnail: Portraits, Creatures, Parties
The First Church of the Last Laugh - St. Stupid
The Montage Art of Winston Smith
Tides Theater
Venue 9- FootLoose
Webby Awards
WELL
Werepad Space

Bay Area Info, Outdoors and Travel

511.org
BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Bay Area Ridge Trail
Bay Area Transit Information
SF Gate Bay Area Traveler: Maps
SF Gate Bay Area Traveler: SF Neighborhoods
bayarea.citysearch.com
Brainstormer Pub Quiz - San Francisco Schedule
California Highway Conditions
California State Automobile Association (CSAA)
California State Parks
California: National Park Guide by State
Chabot Space & Science Center
CityPass: MUNI + 5 San Francisco Attractions for 50% off
Etak Traffic San Francisco Welcome Page
EveryBlock, A news feed for your neighborhood: Chicago, New York, San Francisco
FAMSF: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics
KPIX - Bay Area Live Cameras
KTVU/Fox 2 Bay Area traffic webcams
Lonely Planet Online
LookSmart San Francisco
National Weather Service- San Francisco Bay Area
Oakland Athletics
Oakland Raiders
ParkingQuest- San Francisco Parking Map
Precita Eyes Mural Arts
Real Cities: Bay Area
Recent Earthquakes in California - Index Map
Was that just a quake? The US Geological Survey has instant info on quakes.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco Bay Trail
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition: Bike route map
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Muni
San Francisco Muni System Map
San Jose Sharks
SF BayInsider: San Francisco Bay Area
SF Gate: Live Views: cameras with shots of SF
SF Gate: Traffic: Live reports
SF Weekly Happy Hour Guide
SF Weekly Restaurant Menu Guide
SFMISSION.com
Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
The Castro Theater - San Francisco's Historic Movie Palace
Virtual Parks
Yahoo- SF Bay Area Search Engine
Yerba Buena Gardens, SF
Zagat Survey

Funny, Weird, Dumb and Silly

Archie McPhee Toys Online
What, you don't have a rubber chicken? Hello?
Car Talk Credits - More fake names
Chickenhead - you're soaking in it now
DialABC: Phone Mnemonics for the Web
Dialectizer
Disturbing Auctions
Dream Interpretation - Ask the Dream Doctor
Find A Grave
Hard Drinkin' Lincoln- flash cartoon on Icebox.com
Last Gasp
Loch Ness Live-Cam
Modern Humorist - MH Central
Planet Scott
Is your name Scott? Better check this out. The skewed thought processes of one Scott Bowers of San Francisco.
Sodaplay Constructor
the ONION
Toon Tracker

General- Interesting Web sites

* The Silent Way - Dogsledding Adventures
If you came to silentway.com looking for the Nordic Wilderness Adventures company in Slussfors, Sweden, visit this link.
* The Silent Way- Cuisenaire UK Language Learning Sales
Regarding the Silent Way language teaching method, developed by Caleb Gattegno, using colored cards instead of repetition. Visitors to silentway.com seeking this can find it here.
*Daniel Shanken
inasilentway.com belongs to photographer Daniel Shanken. It is not associated with silentway.com.
*silentway.co.uk
If you came to silentway.com looking for the United Kingdom company "Silent Way Management Ltd," visit this link.
cluetrain manifesto
eFax.com
Fish Link Central: Your Guide to Aquarium Resources
Game Title Master Index of Cheats, Codes, Hints, and FAQs - Video Game Strategies
Genealogy - Genealogy.com/Family Tree Maker Software
Genealogy - Ancestry.com
Genealogy- Family Tree Magazine
Genealogy- Family Tree Searcher
Google's Usenet Archive
iPING- Mr. wakeup call
jfax.com
net stumbler dot com
PrayerBands
Recipes- All Recipes
Recipes- Cooking.com
Supernews (RemarQ) UseNet Gateway/Web interface
The National Unclaimed Property Database
Toiletology 101: A Free Course in Toilet Repairs

Government, Science, Educational

CA Department of Motor Vehicles
California Franchise Tax Board
California Official Home Page
Exploratorium- San Francisco, CA
FirstGov.gov - Official search for .gov sites
IRS - The Digital Daily: Income Tax Forms, Instructions, Publications, Regulations, and other stuff
Lafayette College, Easton PA
Library of Congress
MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT has made course materials from almost all undergraduate and graduate subjects available on the Web, free of charge. This monumental gift to the world is unprecedented.
MoveOn.org
National Institute of Health
San Francisco City
San Francisco Public Library
Search Systems - Free Public Records
SFViewer- City and County of San Francisco
Get info on any SF street or address, cool satellite photos, street sweeping times for any block (don't get a ticket!) and property values.
Smithsonian Institution
St. Paul's School
State of California
THOMAS -- U.S. Congress on the Internet
United States Geological Survey
United States House of Representatives
United States Postal Service - ZIP + 4 Lookup
United States Senate
University of California at Berkeley
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
White House

Net Directories

555-1212.com
BigBook
BigYellow
InfoSpace
SMARTpages: The online directory of business listings
SuperPages.com
Switchboard
The Web 100

Online Magazines: "Persisticals"

CNET.com - Tech News
c|net
Microsoft Network- MSN
nerve.com
Salon Magazine
the ONION
This is at times the funniest thing I have ever read. "America's Finest News Source"? Yeah sure. Actually, satire at it's best.
The Vid
A bunch of stuff. Some funny, some useful, some neither. Archives of the early-90's zine The Vid.

Periodicals- Online Versions of Print Magazines and Newspapers

Contra Costa Times
Discover Magazine
freebizmag.com
Info World Free Subscription
Information Week Online
InfoWorld.com
INTELLiCast Weather
Macworld Online
Monterey County Herald Home page
mostNEWYORK | HOME
Nando Times
National Geographic
News Directory- Online Magazines, Newspapers
San Francisco Bay Guardian
San Jose Mercury News Center/ Contra Costa Times
SF Weekly- San Francisco's free weekly alternative paper
Silent Way Directory: Music Magazines, Fan Sites, Reference
The Gate (SF Chronicle + Examiner)
The New York Times on the Web
The Tribune - Newspaper of the Central CA Coast
To-Do List: Keeping Track of our Common Compulsions
USA Today

Privacy: Avoiding SPAM & Junk Mail, Protecting Your Identity Online and Off

Also see Silent Way's Guide to Protecting Your Privacy and Opting Out

* Current Internet Hoaxes, Urban Legends
Before forwarding a chain petition or virus warning email, GO HERE first to see if it's fake. It covers all the current Netlore: Internet Hoaxes, Email Rumors and Urban Legends. In my experience, 99.9% of them are bogus. Don't look stupid!
* Network Advertising Initiative Opt-Out
The opt-out MOTHERLOAD... Here you can opt-out of advertising tracking for all of the 7 major online advertising companies: AdForce, Avenue A, DoubleClick, Engage, L90, MatchLogic, and 24/7 Media. (Set your browser to accept cookies from third-party sites temporarily.)
41pounds.org - service to stop junk mail
Abuse.net
ADVO: Opt-Out of Weekly ShopWise Junk Postal Mail Coupons
This company sends a pound of useless coupons to every mailbox in America every week, supposedly excused by the tiny "Have You Seen Us?" postcard. And they sell their list to others. Opt-Out!
Amazon.com: Privacy Policy & Options
Anonymizer.com - Online Privacy Services, Free Anonymous Web Browsing
AOL NetFind | E-mail Finder
Atlas DMT: Advertising cookie opt-out
bluestreak: opt-out of web ad cookies
California Office of Privacy Protection- Dept of Consumer Affairs
Catalog Choice - Eliminate unwanted catalogs
ChoicePoint - identification and credential verification
DatabaseAmerica- Suppress yourself by this list
Direct Marketing Association - EMail SPAM Opt-Out
Direct Marketing Association - Postal Junk Mail Opt-Out
Direct Marketing Association - Telephone Marketing Calls Opt-Out
DMA - Direct Marketing Association
Do Not Call Registry- Federal Trade Commission
Don't Spread that Hoax!
DoubleClick Privacy + OPT-OUT
DoubleClick creates a profile of the ads you've seen and clicked on, to target further ads at you. To disable their cookie, go to this page with EACH browser that you use. No personal info is gathered by this.
EFF: Defining Digital Identity
Experian Consumer Center
Fight Spam on the Internet!
Forged return address court case
How To Block Ads & Web Bugs Without Extra Software
InfoUSA.com Mailing List - Email, Phone
Join the Fight Against Spam!
Junkbusters
MacInTouch Spam and Scam Resources
MSN Privacy: Opt-out from marketing
MSN.com/Infospace: Add/Update/Remove your email from the white pages
Omniture : Privacy Policy
Omniture Site Tracking Opt-Out
Open Relay Database - ORDB.org
Opt-Out to be Taken Off Pre-Approved Credit Lists
OptOut -- Internet Spyware Detection and Removal
PGP- Pretty Good Privacy Overview
Prevent Spam - Obfuscate your email address from bots
If you put your email address on your website, roving SPAM-harvesting bots will add it to junk lists. If you can't build a web form, use this to "hide" it as ASCII code. Also try splitting it into TWO links. (ie "me@" followed immediately by "mysite.com")
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Privacy Rights.org: Opt Out from Online Data Vendors and Information Brokers
PrivacyChoices
Silent Search - www.silentsearch.com - anonymous web search
Silent Surf - www.silentsurf.com - anonymous web surfing
Silent Way's Guide to Protecting Your Privacy and Opting Out
Silent Way's Tips: Stop AOL Popup Ads And Web Banners
Spam FAQ- Figuring out the site the Spam came from
SpamCon Foundation
SpamCop
SpamNet: cloudmark
Urban Legends Reference Pages
Vmyths.com- Truth About Computer Virus Myths ...
Learn about computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends and hysteria. You can also search a list of computer virus hoaxes from A to Z.
Web Ad Blocking Under MacOS, Linux/Unix, BeOS
Webtrends: Opting out of Tracking Cookies
webwasher - web ad blocking
WHOIS database- web domain registry search
This can help detective work fighting anonymous SPAMmers.
XNSORG
A new identification verification standard is emerging to simplify contact management and protect your online identity. It's called XNS and it will be a while before it is adopted widely, but now is the time to grab your free unique ID.
Yahoo! Privacy: Opt-Out of Web Beacons
Yahoo! Privacy: Third-Party Ad Servers list
Yahoo: Opt-Out of special offers & marketing communications

Reference Desk- Maps, Dictionaries, Info, etc

American Family Immigration History Center
Bartleby.com: Great Books Online
Britannica.com
CIA -- The World Factbook
DICT Development Group
Dictionary.com
eHow.com- How things get done
eNature.com - plant and animal field guides
FAMSF: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
FOLDOC - Computing Dictionary
How Stuff Works
Internet Public Library
InterTran translations
Language Translation- AltaVista Babelfish
Language Translation- Microsoft / Lernout & Hauspie
Language Translation- Systran
LawCrawler - FindLaw
LEXIS-NEXIS
Library of Congress Historical Map Collections
Mapblast! BlastOff
MapQuest
Merriam-Webster OnLine - Dictionary - Thesaurus
MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT has made course materials from almost all undergraduate and graduate subjects available on the Web, free of charge. This monumental gift to the world is unprecedented.
netLibrary - eBooks
Nolo Press- DIY Law resources
Save a lawyer some busywork and do it yourself. Use the money saved to take a law student out for a beer. They deserve it.
OneLook Dictionaries
Oxford English Dictionary
PCL Map Collection
Real Cities
RefDesk.com- My Virtual Reference Desk
This site has it all! Every reference source you might need in one place.
SFViewer- City and County of San Francisco
Get info on any SF street or address, cool satellite photos, street sweeping times for any block (don't get a ticket!) and property values.
Tellme.
Call this 800# and use the voice-activated service to check traffic, get directions, movie listings, stock quotes, find restaurants etc.
TerraServer
Cool collection of very detailed satellite photos of city streets, etc. Requires the Clever Content Viewer plugin.
The Straight Dope
Here it is, the ultimate resource for those weird questions that you never thought could be answered. What IS Steve Miller's "pompatus of love"? What is deja vu?
Thesaurus.com
Time Zone Converter
travlang's Translating Dictionaries
Visual Thesaurus by Plumb Design
Weather Channel
WebMD - Health has a homepage
WebMuseum: Bienvenue!
World Time Zone Map
WorldPages.com Toll Free Phone Number Search
WWWebster Dictionary - Search screen
Yahoo! Maps and Driving Directions
Zip Code Lookup- USPS

Social Responsibility, Activism and Consumer Rights

American Red Cross
When disaster strikes, consult the Red Cross for info on donating blood and other releif aid. To give blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or contact your local hospital/health care system. To make a financial donation call 1-800-HELP-NOW or visit the site.
causeaneffect.org
Consumer Action - Marketplace education and advocacy
Consumers' Checkbook
EFFweb - The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Free Tibet Now! - Internet Campaign
Noise Pollution Clearinghouse Home Page
Opensecrets.org--Money in politics data
Pacific Gas and Electric Company-Choose Your Own Natural Gas Supplier
Popular Noise Foundation
San Francisco Tenants Union - www.sftu.org
Social Venture Network
Sutro Tower Community Perspectives- The Tower MUST GO!
Sutro Tower, a huge radio tower in SF, is ugly, technologically outdated, and now they've expanded it instead of putting the new digital TV antennae on San Bruno Mountain where there are no residents. This site has the real facts.
They Rule
Interactive flash app that visually shows who sits on the boards of the top American companies, and what companies share board members. Has pre-made maps showing the most interconnected industries, people and political donations.
U.S. National Debt Clock
WebActive

Space and Astronomy

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Celestis - Burials in Space
Clementine Lunar Image Browser 1.5
Digital Universe- simulator
Earth and Sky Homepage
Espenak's Eclipse Home Page
Heavens-Above
Enter a location and this site gives a map of your sky tonight, and today's stellar phenomena.
Hubble - Washingtonpost.com
IDA- Light Pollution Abatement
LiveSky Home
Lunar Embassy
MoonEstates.com
Mt. Tamalpais Astronomy Programs
NASA Homepage
NASA Human Spaceflight
Planet Earth- Screensaver
Cool realtime 3D spinning globe with cloud cover reports updated by the net throughout each day. Mac only.
SETI@home: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Help analyze the massive data collected scanning the skies for signs of Life. This screensaver analyzes data while your computer is inactive, and reports the findings to researchers.
Sky and Telescope Magazine
Sky Calendar- Abrams Planetarium
Skywatcher's Diary- Abrams Planetarium
Southern Stars Systems
Space Adventures : Book a Trip
Space Shuttle Launch Central
Space Station - a rare inside view
SPACE.com: space news, games, entertainment
SPACENEWS on MSNBC.com
STARcast: Specialized Weather for Astronomers
Stargazer's Delight
Starry Night - The Realistic Astronomy Software
USNO Astronomical Applications Department

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