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Miscellany

These websites help/entertain me so I recommend them.

To watch

Newgrounds
Amateur flash animations and games of varying degrees of quality.
http://www.newgrounds.com/

QuickSilverScreen
A hub for online videos hosted across the internet, a good resource for old Horizon documentaries. A pop-up may ask you if you wish to download some software. This is not necessary to use the site and you can click ‘cancel’. Read carefully the confirmation notice that then comes up. This is a small annoyance to put up with.
http://quicksilverscreen.com/?zcc=1252932562748

TED
“Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”
http://www.ted.com/

Research

About
Wikipedia is heralded as the source of free information, but About.com is also excellent. Written by experts, it’s clear and accessible. I have often referred to it for French guidance.
http://www.about.com/

Google Books
An excellent resource for when writing essays. Book previews range from small to generous, however some older titles are available to read in their entirety.
http://books.google.com/

NASA Planetary Photojournal
Americans fund NASA with their tax dollars so rightly they (and anyone) can access the remarkable images that the last few decades of US robotic space exploration have thrown up.
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/

RhymeZone
A good dictionary for finding rhymes, synonyms, antonyms etc. of words.
http://www.rhymezone.com/

YouGov
Find out what people are thinking.
http://www.yougov.co.uk/panel/

Typography

dafont
There are so many fonts in existence that are ever so slight variations on each other that the world needs another new font like a hole in the head (which is called trephinning). But still, these are free at least.
http://www.dafont.com/

WhatTheFont
I’ve tried identifying fonts in the past by answering a tedious set of questions about serifs and descenders, but this has helped me out by allowing you to upload a image of the font you wish to identify.
http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

Software

Adobe TV/The How To Channel
I didn’t use Dreamweaver to build this site, but if I had then I would have learned to use it using Adobe video tutorials.
http://tv.adobe.com/#ch+How%20To

Celestia
Free 3D astronomical software.
http://shatters.net/celestia/

GIMP
Free raster graphics software for when you can’t get hold of Photoshop.
http://www.gimp.org/

Website construction

QuirksMode
Excellent site that details how different browsers handle css, html, javascript etc. Essential for cross-browser compatibility.
http://www.quirksmode.org/

W3Schools
Barely understand (x)html or css? Learn here and experiment with simple code, an excellent and efficient way to teach yourself.
http://www.w3schools.com/