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In search of online intellectual stimulus

By mystic in MLP
Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 05:01:04 AM EST
Tags: Internet (all tags)

The Net has become a jungle. With sites coming up everwhere, we tend to loose sight of those exotic thought provoking and interesting sites that were easier to locate few months ago.

Is it not a good idea to compile a list of good quality sites that K5 users visit to get their dose of intellectual stimulus?

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By good sites, I do not mean sites that are good to look at, but those that have content worth pondering over. Couple of the sites that I have stumbled upon are:
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Online intellectual stimulus is __ to find
o hard 42%
o easy 17%
o I have the word "intellectual" 23%
o what? 16%

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In search of online intellectual stimulus | 17 comments (15 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
My daily website perusal litany (2.66 / 3) (#1)
by fluffy grue on Sun Dec 03, 2000 at 11:00:58 PM EST

Not everything on here is exactly intellectual (yes, I read Something Awful), but my personal portal does have some fun stuff on it. Straight Dope, Flipcode (the messageboards are hit-or-miss in terms of intelligence and I tend to avoid them nowadays, but there's cool daily science news links and the like), and a variety of webcomics, some of which are quite intellectual. (For example, I used to think that Schlock Mercenary on Keenspot was pretty crappy, but then I started to notice that, crude artwork and humor aside, the author at least has the science part of science fiction down pretty good, and some of his daily science rambles have been quite thought-provoking.)

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Exploding Dog .. (3.00 / 1) (#2)
by Eloquence on Sun Dec 03, 2000 at 11:06:44 PM EST

.. is indeed extremely cool, I visit the site regularly as well. It shows that powerful art can indeed be simple, and it's a great basic concept (readers send simple titles according to which the guy draws pictures). Take a look, I have browsed the complete archive when I visited the site the first time.

Does anyone know a site that works according to the same principle (art based on visitor suggestions)?
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...other artists taking visitor suggestions (3.00 / 1) (#9)
by cropped_7 on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 02:53:00 AM EST

Ryan Bliss has been doing 3d art for quite a while. His hobby turned into a full time job. Although his site is a members only site (visitors only get to view say 20% of his pictures), he listens to member suggestions on what type of eye-candy to create as well as how to improve / change existing artwork to the members' taste.

This is not as open as the suggestion site you are talking about, it's still worth a look.

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WikiWiki (3.50 / 2) (#5)
by Friendless on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 12:00:24 AM EST

WikiWiki is absolutely the most inspiring web site I have ever come across. It is an unmoderated discussion board, yet the contributions are generally of a very high quality. The discussion is about software methodology, which won't light everyone's candle, but if you are interested in Extreme Programming and other ideas at the forefront of software development, it is the place to be.



Other Wikis (none / 0) (#12)
by eskimoses on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 03:18:38 PM EST

Other wikis exist out there, on a huge variety of topics.


  • MeatBall, the wiki about on-line community;
  • WhyClublet, the wiki about "why" questions;
  • AndStuff, [my own] wiki about world views, religion, and philosophy.

See also PublicWikiForums for a fuller list of wikis.

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Inspiration not on the web (2.33 / 3) (#6)
by maketo on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 12:27:29 AM EST

but in your head.

agents, bugs, nanites....see the connection?
links sharing (3.66 / 3) (#7)
by spoony on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 01:10:56 AM EST

ok, here would be a feature worth implementing here : bookmarks sharing, i mean link repository ...

directories (3.00 / 1) (#8)
by Delirium on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 01:42:28 AM EST

Wouldn't that eventually end up being a reimplementation of yahoo (or the open directory project or whichever other yahoo-clone you prefer) except only containing sites k5 users like?

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Netfuture (3.00 / 2) (#10)
by Estanislao Martínez on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 04:43:54 AM EST

I think Netfuture makes for great reading.

It is an electronic newsletter about technology and its effects in culture. It takes a very critical point of view on how technological advance is affecting modern societies.


Well it isn't updated daily... (3.00 / 1) (#11)
by swf on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 05:11:13 AM EST

But Dennis Ritchie has a great personal home page.
It's full of great UNIX bits and peices, and has a few nice anecdotes as well.


Everything2 .. (none / 0) (#13)
by digger on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 04:11:00 PM EST

.. is a collaborative database, it has the highest signal-to-noise ratio of anything I've seen on the web.

Reading it is fun, posting to it is positively addictive.

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... sorry, here's the correct url ... (none / 0) (#14)
by digger on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 04:13:29 PM EST

... here.

| optimisation precludes evolution |
Historical stuff (none / 0) (#15)
by el_guapo on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 04:16:56 PM EST

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/asbook3.html I just LOVE history stuff.....
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
Compiled some links here - infojuice (none / 0) (#16)
by zhamurai on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 07:43:54 PM EST

I compiled some links here that some of you guys/gals might find interesting.

infojuice (http://www.crosswinds.net/~zhamurai/infojuice/infojuice.htm)


More.. (none / 0) (#17)
by mystic on Sun Feb 04, 2001 at 08:08:47 PM EST

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