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chezanne
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June 23rd, 2011, 3:28 pm #1

Welcome the Miscellaneous Sites thread, part of the links database @neloo.com!

This is the place to post (non-spam) links that don't fit into any of our other threads/categories. However, note the following guidelines for posting a website's link:

* Please include a brief description of the site's content along with the link.

* Replies deemed as spam (typically those selling something or for a business) will be removed as soon as I see them.

The intent here is to allow visitors to share sites that might be of interest and check out links posted by others. Hopefully these guidelines will add some order to the process.

the links database @ neloo.com
http://www.neloo.com/linkgurl/
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June 23rd, 2011, 3:33 pm #2

TOP TENS
 
David Letterman's Top Tens
http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/

@ the Yahoo directory
http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Humo ... Ten_Lists/

MacGyver
http://www.rusted-crush.com/macgyver/topten.html

http://www.eviltwinltd.com/muppetlabs/tntmac.htm

General Hospital
http://soapzone.com/gh/TopTen.html

http://tvmegasite.net/day/gh/topten.shtml

Star Trek
http://xar.us/funny/trek10.html

Christmas
http://www.allthingschristmas.com/party ... topten.php

Christmas
http://www.thatwasfunny.com/top-ten-thi ... t-like/680
 
misc lists from 1997
http://www.csittl.com/old/old97.html

Random top tens
http://www.rusted-crush.com/eclectic/topten.html


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CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCES

http://www.rusted-crush.com/service/
How to Talk to Your Waitress

http://notalwaysright.com/
Because the customer is NOT always right

http://servernightmares.com/
Stories of Bad Tipping, Rude Customers and Awkward Service Encounters

http://www.tipthepizzaguy.com/stories/
The adventures of people who deliver pizzas

http://www.thecustomervoices.com/
Customer service stories from the customer's perspective

http://www.retail-sucks.com/
Because working in retail can *really* be... not good
 

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FITNESS INFORMATION

http://health.msn.com/fitness

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/MY00396

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/FL00030
 

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FOOD AND SPRING CLEANING  

http://www.eatright.org/nnm

http://www.webmd.com/diet/

http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/healthy-cooking

http://www.sparkrecipes.com/

http://healthy.betterrecipes.com/

http://www.goodhousekeeping.comm/home

http://www.hgtv.com/topics/cleaning

http://www.rightathome.com/Cleaning

http://www.marthastewart.com/home-decorating

http://freespringcleaningtips.com/
 

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GAMES
 
If you're looking to waste some time on-line, MSN.com has some free games you can play:

http://zone.msn.com/en-us/home

If you like word games I recommend...

* Bookworm - if you've got a LOT of time to play, or
* TextTwist - if you prefer a timed game that's about 2.5 minutes long.

Tip: when you click on the game, be sure to choose the "Free Online" version. (Who knows what'll get downloaded to your computer if you opt for the download?)
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February 16th, 2013, 2:00 pm #3

I recently ventured back to "Googlism" and entered my name:
anne is kindly fetched by the trumpet
- - I think I've found the title of my autobiography!
anne is awesome
- - I keep saying this... and people keep laughing. Hysterically.
anne is stuck with him
- - No, Jeff, I didn't make that up!
anne is fashion's weakest link
- - Ah, so you've seen my closet.
anne is loved by millions the world over
- - To quote Jim Carrey in The Mask: "I'd like to think so!"
anne is a kindred spirit
- - Again, to quote Jim Carrey in The Mask: "I'd like to think so!"
anne is the one who speaks and introduces herself
- - Okay, this is just not true...
anne is thrilled to meet the dashing american writer jack garrison
- - I suppose I would be. Jack, you out there?
anne is committed to tax relief
- - Well, that, and chocolate!
anne is a literacy champion
- - What about tax relief?
anne is shocked at the differences between her own family and that of the van daans
- - No doubt!
anne is rather modern in her dress and speech
- - Wait, I thought I was fashion's weakest link...
anne is not subsidized
- - Nope, not even a little bit
anne is currently preparing to go into the studio with legendary american producer and guitarist john beland
- - I'll have my people call his people :)
If you find yourself bored - or maybe looking for new ways to define yourself - check it out:
http://www.googlism.com/
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June 15th, 2013, 1:22 pm #4

In an effort to get organized, I'm combining similar topics from the old message board into one thread.
-------------------------   webmaster tips and tricks     -------------------------I feel compelled to share some hints about running a website - as if I'm such an expert. 
Anyway... I've recently redid the tips I have posted at one of my sites:
http://www.rusted-crush.com/webtips.html
A few other ideas that I typically employ:
* Try to make layouts that are browser friendly: test them in various browsers to see how they look.
* To minimize load times - for those not blessed with high-speed connections - I usually keep the size of any one page under 50 kb. (If you're on a free webhost, that will also help keep you from going over your allotted bandwidth.)
* Don't feel as if you need to use every single HTML trick that you know: sometimes less is more.
Please don't think I'm saying that people who don't follow my suggestions are wrong, because that's certainly not true. Websites should express your personal taste, so there's not necessarily a "right" way to do them. I basically try to design pages that I would want to visit: reasonable size, not a lot of clutter, clear navigation, etc.
 
-------------------------ideas for content for a fan website     -------------------------If you're thinking of starting a fan website, here are some ideas for content you could include for your topic:
* EPISODE/MOVIE RECAPS
pros: This type of information is something people search for.
cons: If they're not original to your site, or if you don't have complete information (and added in a timely manner for current topics), you can lose visitors to other sites.
* OTHER FACTS/INFORMATION (QUOTES, TRIVIA, CHARACTER HISTORY)
pros: Again, this type of information is something people search for.
cons: And again, if your site offers incomplete or unoriginal data, visitors will likely look elsewhere.
* REVIEWS
pros: They're original, and they offer a chance to rant/rave about your topic.
cons: Some people prefer facts about a topic rather than another person's opinion.
* FAN FICTION
pros: It's original.
cons: Writing fan fiction is easy; writing good fan fiction is... another story (pun intended). Also, some people won't even try new fics after having seen too much of it done badly.
* FAN ART
pros: It's original.
cons: Graphics can take up a lot of server space. Plus, using other people's photos can be a target for copyright infringement issues.
When thinking of what content to include in your fan website, consider the type of content that *you* look for.
And whatever type of content you choose:
* Make it as original and as complete as possible.
* Present it in an organized way. (Having great content is useless if visitors can't find it!)
* Don't be afraid to start small and then expand as time/interest allows. (Please, no "Coming Soon" or "Under Construction" pages.)
 -------------------------starting a fan forum     -------------------------Another "webmaster tip" is if you don't have time (or HTML skillz) to set up a fan website, collect your data onto a message board or forum.
Lately I've noticed that there are some extremely well-organized message boards that could compete nicely with just about any fan website in terms of content offered. Based on that, some ideas for starting a fan forum include:
* If it's a TV show, have an Episodes section with one thread for each of the episodes. You could start the thread with an episode summary, and then direct viewers to add relevant quotes or comments in the appropriate thread. (Note that i you don't feel like writing episode descriptions of all episodes, start with just those for your favorites eps. Especially if it's a hard-to-find series: I bet someone would love to read it, and something is better than nothing!)
* Don't forget a "general" section to catch those topics that don't fit in a specific episode.
* As the forum grows you can add sections for character info, fanfiction, fanart, etc. - anything that a "normal" website would have.
* A board can be an especially effective form of getting online if there's not a lot of info on the 'Net for your topic. Plus, the more visitors your forum gets, the more people you have to help you add content such as reviews, quotes, trivia, etc.
* One down side of having a forum, though, is that some people will avoid it simply because they've seen too many message boards with only opinions to offer. But if you've got good content, and you can stick with it until your board starts showing up in searches, there's a good chance that people *will* find you - and keep coming back!
And not just for forums, but some general webmaster tips:
* Remember that it'll take quite a bit of work to compile a good selection of content and organize it. Adding a little bit at a time is fine, but if you undertake the project, please stick with it! The 'Net already has far too many unfinished and neglected projects.
* PLEASE don't have light text on a dark page for any thing that requires a lot of reading. Your visitors' eyes will thank you.
 -------------------------more webmaster tips     -------------------------A few other ideas that I typically employ when I‘m designing websites:
* I put my CSS on the page itself, instead of in a separate stylesheet, because I’ve seen on other sites that sometimes the stylesheet doesn‘t come in, leaving the page unformatted.
* Beware putting a Last Updated date on the main page. If it was any time prior to today, visitors will get the impression that your site is old.
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As a side note, if you’d like to start a website and are looking for ideas, is there an old, neglected site for your topic that you could take over and build on? Just ask permission first, and be sure to give the first webmaster credit.
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Things I look for when I’m visiting websites:
For a fan website dedicated to a certain TV show or movie, the top things I look for are:
* complete information about the subject (that is, for a TV show, all episodes are listed with a summary, or whatever detail they're providing)
* a well-organized layout, so that it's easy to navigate and find what you're looking for - without having to click through many submenus
* original material is a big plus, whether it's a recap or a review
* if it has advertisements, they're kept to a minimum. And no popups!
* don't have sounds or videos that start automatically. If I want to see/hear them, give me an option to select it; don't force it on me.
* it doesn't have to be updated every day, but it's nice if the site doesn't appear to be completely abandoned
* as for types of content I look for, I love original detailed summaries of the movie or TV episodes, top ten lists, quotes...
For a personal website, like a blog, the #1 thing I look for is: is the site updated regularly? (It's so frustrating to find a site where the person seems really interesting and then you discover that they last posted nine months ago.)
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[I wrote the below about two years ago, but I'm reposting it here. (Some of the points may be repeated above, but just go with it...)]
Complaints About The Internet
Sure the Internet is a plethora of information and entertainment. However, lately some of the sites I visit often have some problems:
 Yahoo - keeps displaying those heartbreaking WSPA ads. News flash, Yahoo: while those ads accomplish making me feel bad, they do NOT inspire me to visit this sponsor. If anything, they get me to minimize my visits to YOUR network of sites to avoid seeing them.
 thesaurus.com - which I have visited for months without problems, now a) runs sloooooowly and b) gets locked up and "recovered"... but still doesn't work right after the so-called recovery. Guys, please fix this, because it's annoying for me to have to switch to the Chrome browser every time I want to view your page.
  Facebook - repeatedly changes their site's features and then automatically sets users' profiles to comply. No, I don't expect them to value our privacy, but I do want them to know we've got their number.
  msn.com - I preferred their old blue start page to the new white one
  (multiple sites - msn and Yahoo specifically) - I get that it's gotta be tough to post NEW news articles these days, but *please* refrain from posting pseudo-news with titles such as, "Will The Earth Blow Up?" Most readers know that no article can definitively answer such a question - and therefore, it's a waste of time for us to read it. In other words, give it a rest, Chicken Little!
  (multiple sites) - I click on a link called the "20 Tips for ____" or "The Top 50 ____" only to find that the list is presented in slideshow form, with 1 item per page. They (really!) expect me to flip through 50 - or even 20 - pages. I'm not nearly that interested, ppl! Very often the next click I make is to leave the slideshow altogether.
  (multiple sites) - Similarly, when I see an article that looks mildly interesting, I'm put off to find that the article is spread across three or four more pages. Again, I'm not that interested in it!
  (multiple sites - msn and Yahoo specifically) - And, similarly similar, I click on a headline on their main page only to be routed to some video. I know why they do this - hello, they start with an ad - but I want to READ an article, not see a show. Especially if I'm at work with the sound turned off...
 -------------------------PHP     -------------------------**Caution, I'm writing some words in an unusual way in this entry because I don't want to attract spA mb'0ts.**
A while back, I added a simple PHP f_o r-m to allow visitors to easily con-tac-t me. Unfortunately, the spA mb'0ts found it and used it to generate much for my inbox.
So, I changed it to one from a freebie website, that included a captcha feature. Voila, no email inbox full of junk.
Recently, I was making some changes at that site, and I decided to try reposting my own f-o-rm... and not 24 full hours after I re-added it, I got a spam email. 
But before going back to the freebie site option, I tried changing my original fo'rm to a checkbox only. Visitors check the box to confirm they're real, and when they submit, they're taken to the actual fo_ _rm.
That was almost two weeks ago, and I haven't got any emails yet. 
So, I thought I'd share this here as an option for other webmasters. It's a tough decision: if you make the ph0rm too complicated, legitimate site visitors won't use it. But make it too easy, and it seems only spA mb'0ts find it. And there are plenty of options to make it complicated - captchas, etc. The checkbox was a lot easier to code, and (if I was the one sending the info) I would much prefer a checkbox to a captcha verification.
Anyway, I'll post here if I get any junk. Until then, assume it's working!
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March 1st, 2014, 6:47 pm #5

Introducing Jelly, a new way to social search
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has a new start-up. It’s called Jelly and it’s a social app designed to reframe how we search - inspired by the sea.
As Stone explained recently in an interview with CNN’s Laurie Segall, “Jelly is a new way to search using pictures and friends from your social networks.”
Here’s how it works. You take a picture – perhaps of a monument you’ve stumbled across while on a trip – then send it out through your Jelly app with a question.
Friends in your social network, as well as their friends, can answer. You can then send your own response. Maybe a thank you note?
Jelly is now available for both Apple and Android users. So far people are asking a lot of questions about… bugs.
“Is this spider gonna kill me? We see a lot of spider ID questions,” Stone said.
http://jelly.co
read more:http://whnt.com/2014/02/17/introducing- ... al-search/
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