Over the years, I have collected a number of Article, Links, and General Information that some of you might enjoy as well.
These article and links are listed in no particular order, and my plan is to publish entries on a regular (weekly) basis.
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Free Reference Tools
Depending on your needs, the Web can be a gold mine, a cesspool, or both. Check out this list of the best free online reference and research tools.
General Reference Tools
In a library, if you don’t know where to look for a reference book, you go to the Reference Librarian. On the Internet, if you don’t know where to look for answers, you go to RefDesk.com.
Encyclopedia.com gives you credible answers from published reference works. Enter you search words and it will search multiple encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses. (Thesauri? Thesaurus Rex?)
The Britannica Online Encyclopedia is another very credible source. Today the home page has some April Fool’s Day hoaxes, and a discussion of why bird poop is white. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
At Dictionary.com, you can look up a word in either a dictionary or Roget’s Thesaurus (to find synonyms and antonyms). The site also offers Word Facts 101, the Word of the Day, daily crosswords & word search puzzles, and a huge list of links to other online dictionaries, including hundreds of non-English ones.
WordReference offers free online translation dictionaries. Enter a word and it will first translate it into
Spanish, French, Italian, German or Russian, then it will display the dictionary definition for that word in the chosen language.
Need a synonym, antonym, or related word? Try this RhymeZone.
The Farmers’ Almanac is filled with entertaining short stories, good cooking, fun, facts, forecasts, timely household tips, calendars for fishing and of course gardening. “Guessing the future since 1818.”
The CIA World Factbook, published by the United States Central Intelligence Agency, has data on almost every country in the world, including maps, background, geography, people, government, economy, and military.
WebMD is one of the leading medical reference websites. This authoritative website contains thousands of articles on medical conditions, diseases and how to stay healthy.
The Mayo Clinic’s Symptom Checker prompts you to choose a symptom, enter related factors, and view possible causes. (I heard one comedian refer to this as YouProbablyHaveCancer.org)
MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library. You’ll find information on health, wellness, disorders, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and articles about diseases, symptoms, tests, and treatments.
Business and Financial Research
Hoover’s Online provides company capsules and profiles that give comprehensive company, industry, and market intelligence to investors and business professionals. (Insert vacuum cleaner joke here.)
Zack’s Investment Research has tools that enable individuals to research, select and track their investments more effectively. Company news, profiles, stock prices and more.
In addition to local weather maps and forecasts for thousands of cities around the world, The Weather Network website offers many useful features
Check the BBC Weather Centre for weather forecasts for the UK and cities around the world.
Music and Lyrics Research
Try Lyrics.com if you want a searchable database of song lyrics covering many different genres.
Kiss This Guy is a website devoted to misheard or misunderstood lyrics. Finally, you can find out why Manfred Mann had a boulder on his shoulder in the song “Blinded by the Light.”
Google Translate does computer-assisted translations.
Microsoft’s Bing Translator is a similar service, covering about 60 languages.
Maps, Topography and Astronomy
Google Maps will help you find your way from point A to point B, providing detailed turn-by-turn directions. Google Earth lets you virtually fly to any point on Earth and view streets, houses, buildings, and terrain, from satellite imagery. The built-in Google Sky component lets you zoom out into outer space to view planets, stars, constellations and galaxies.
Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope turns your computer into a telescope. This jaw-droppingly cool tool blends images and data from ground and space-based telescopes to allow for seamless panning and zooming across the night sky. You can also take guided tours, narrated by astronomers, featuring interesting places in the sky.
CitySearch helps you explore city life, from Las Vegas hotels to New York restaurants, Chicago events to Seattle coffee houses. Find recommendations, ratings, reviews, tips and more.
Are you meeting a friend at the airport? Track a flight, with this graphical real-time monitor that shows the flight path on a map, along with the aircraft’s altitude, speed and estimated arrival time. Try the FlightAware Flight Tracker.
My article Here’s How to Get The Lowest Airfares Online will point you to some specialized online search tools, and more tips and tools for flyers.
- Ever wonder why so many people end up being miserable after they retire? There is also a useful video at the end of the article.
- Some of you are aware that I enjoy walking a great deal, in fact this month (October, 2021) I am averaging over 12,000 per day. Here is a video that extols the benefits of walking. I have other articles that I will share over time, but this video covers the majority of the relevant points.
How Long Does Food Last? http://www.eatbydate.com/
- I have been a member of Mission VAV for a couple of years, and some of their Missions for Veterans have helped me to improve my health: https://missionvav.com/
Being a huge fan of walking, this article is very informative:
How to enable Clipboard History in Windows 11 (I use this Clipboard feature every day)
How to save a browser link to your computer’s desktop
1 – Open the page you want to create a shortcut for in your browser.
2 – Click on the little “lock” icon that’s located just to the left of the URL in the browser’s address bar and drag it onto an empty area of the desktop.
3 – Release the mouse button.
How to forward a text message you received to someone else
1 – Tap and hold the message you’d like to forward until it becomes highlighted.
2 – Tap the Options icon in the top-right corner of the screen (it looks like three vertical dots).
3 – Tap Forward.
4 – Select the recipient you wish to forward the message to, then tap the Send button.
- Rome to Reo (Gives full directions from any two places – door to door, anywhere in the world.)
- The Sights and Sounds of Cities around the world.
- Wiki History Trivia Quiz – (my best streak is seven in a row)
After playing Wordle every day for a couple of months, I have come across a number of other Wordle-like games, including Canuckle (The objective of Canuckle is to try to solve a hidden word/place/Canadianism related to Canada in some way). Here are some that I have encountered:
- Wordle Game – It combines the features of most other Wordle games in one place.
- Hurdle – Wordle look-alike.
- Crosswordle – You must figure out two related words on the crossword grid.
- Semantle – Each guess must be a word (of any length) or short phrase. The game will tell you how semantically similar it thinks your word is to the secret word. Unlike that other word game, it’s not about the spelling; it’s about the meaning.
Antiwordle – In Antiwordle, you have to avoid guessing the hidden word, you have as many tries as possible (it’s not capped at six tries like Wordle) but there are a couple of catches.
- Primel (In this game, you get six tries to guess a five-digit prime number).
- Nerdle (a math game that is based on the concept of Wordle).
- IYKYK (Guess the CULTURETAG in three tries).
- Worldle (The Geography Version Of The Game Wordle); Globe (Similar to Worldle)
- Weaver (A daily word ladder Game)
- Heardle – A musical version of Wordle.
- There are many more, including Absurdle, Sedecordle, Word Master, Hello Wordle; Wordle Unlimited (play as many times as you want per day)