Obligatory Page of Links

OK, the obligatory (or at least customary, or at least, was customary once upon a time when everybody's web site was hand made, and not hosted on MySpace. What can I say, I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy.) "My Favorite Links" page. Except they're not my favorite links, necessarily. Instead, it's links that I think other people might find interesting.

The Tales of Future Past
A massive compendium of what we used to think the future would look like. (added December 2008)
The Muppet Wiki
An absolutely astonishing, nearly frightening, compendium of "everything related to Jim Henson and the Muppets." (added July 2008)
Brent Black Panama Hats
An incredible, informative, and remarkably well-written site for what quite credibly claims to be the source of ”the world‘s finest Panama hats.“ (added May 2007)
Odd Music
With gallery, ”home to unique, odd, ethnic, experimental and unusual musical instruments and resources.“ (added March 2007)
The Payphone Project
It's about calling a payphone and talking to whatever random person happens to wander past and answer.
Villian Source
"Your best online source for everything EVIL." It was gone for years, but then it came back! Yay! (re-added April 2015)
David Siegel's Casbah
Mr. Siegel wrote one of the first, and still one of the best, books that addressed the design of a web site. His "home page" is a fun example of design for design's sake.
The Blue Dot
Another place to experience, um, experiences is this site from Razorfish Studios.
Chank Store
Chank Diesel is an opinionated font designer, and, well, his site is opinionated and loaded with examples of his fonts. Any font fan will find something to cock their head over.
Dihydrogen Monoxide
A horrible health risk endangers us all! Learn what you can do to protect yourself, and others, from the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide.
WWWF Grudge Match
Oh, it was a lot funnier in the old days. Nevertheless, it's still pretty good. The site sets up an X vs. Y scenario, has some arguments on who would win, and then has you, the visitor vote. What's so hilarious is who X and Y are. For example: Men In Black vs. Mork, Daffy vs. Donald, The Village People vs. The Spice Girls, Pee-wee Herman vs. Gilligan, MacGyver vs. The A-Team, (I Dream of) Jeannie vs. Samantha (of Bewitched), . . . you get the idea.
The Onion
This is a highly satiric newspaper-like web site that, oh, just go visit it and write your own description.

Expired Links

The Blenderphone
These hand-remade, er, devices are blender/phone hybrids. You have to hold the blender to your ear to talk to somebody, and when somebody calls you, it blends. I almost want one, just because it's so very strange.
The Athanasius Kircher Society
”Chartered to perpetuate the spirit and sensibilities of the late Athanasius Kircher, SJ. Our interests extend to the wondrous, the curious, the singular, the esoteric, and the sometimes hazy frontier between the plausible and the implausible—anything that Father Kircher might find inspiring if he were alive today.“ (added March 2007)
Revealing Things
This is a Smithsonian Internet-based exhibit which "uses common, everyday objects to tell stories about people, their cultures, and the meanings they associate with their possessions. "
A Fringe-Watcher's Guide To High WWWeirdness
Everybody needs a hobby. One of Mark Bourne's is to collect wackos, weirdos, and crackpots. But Mark's actually a very nice guy in person.
and finally, C*E*A, The Centre for the Easily Amused
These people have been collecting links to places that make you say "Huh?" for years. It's really quite frightening in a Who'dAThunkIt sort of way.