Finding things on the internet


#1

i’d like to open this thread as a resource for resources within the www

i spend a lot of my time while logged on searching for interesting things to discover / learn about / be inspired by. one of my favorite things about life and also the internet is that you will always find a new thing even when you thought you would never find something as good as the last thing ever again. kinda like netflix?

so i’m wondering where you go to find things. really anything at all including but not limited to

music
art
literature
cinema
science & technology
nature
psychology
design
ancient texts
mythology
metaphysical studies
weird history
w o r l d w i d e

my favorite place for music, which i’m sure a lot of you already know about is fond/sound. every few months i spend hours going through and listening to albums that they are posting, and either buying or downloading what i like depending on it’s availability.

the creative independent is another favorite. an amazing publication which seems to always have an interesting piece to read, and every time they do an interview (which is often and there are tons), they do general recommendations from that person at the end of the interview.

it seem like the members here have always been interested in seeking and using the internet for good and for education, so i’m curious to crack into that geode a little more than we already do…


#2

This is one of my favorite topics. For now, here’s an opml file:

subscriptions.xml (252.5 KB)

I’ll come back later with more links.


#3

Freunde von Freunden interviews with artists of many different disciplines in their homes and workspaces. It has really grown over the years, originally based in Berlin.

Atlas Obscura is a page full of esoteric places and things around the world.

Lauire Spiegel’s writings


#4

http://www.ubu.com/resources/


#5

50 Watts is a gem; a perfect example of a WWW collection that the creator could stop adding to tomorrow (though he hasn’t—he’s still going!) and it would remain interesting & useful forever: http://50watts.com/


#6

I really like the work trumpeter Nate Wooley does at Sound American. It can be a little tough to navigate, but there’s a ton of great info on some super creative music makers and thinkers—-like John Cage, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros etc.


#7

For archival images from around the world.


#8

recently


#9

atlasofplaces.com is a personal favourite for arch/art/maps/writing


#10

I like are.na as a sort of ‘pinterest but for weird things’ website.

for example


#11

Great topic!

I haven’t looked at this in a long time, but I’m happy to find it’s still there…

Microphones in the Trees

Added: Also https://thisisnthappiness.com/


#12

http://archive.org for unbelievably vast info dump of pretty much anything. Often look there for public domain footage, audio, books, abandonware plus of course also the ‘wayback machine’ for exhuming dead websites


#13

Honestly, this forum has led me to a lot of great stuff.

MetaFilter and Elsewhere Cafe are my daily visits.


#14

Yes! I was going to mention that I spend a lot of time lately looking through “the magazine rack”. Great for those slow days when you decide you really need to read an article from 1978 about how to balance your finances with your Commodore PET.

https://archive.org/details/magazine_rack


#15

Ted Nelson’s Junk Mail is pretty wonderful too :slight_smile:
https://archive.org/details/tednelsonjunkmail


#16

I always find interesting things at Monoksop: https://monoskop.org/Monoskop
And the Vasulka archive is just like finding a huge box of random interesting things: http://www.vasulka.org/archive/sitemap.html


#17

goodreads and letterboxd for lit and film respectively. like any community-based /logging app you have to put in some work to find users/groups whose tastes align with yours and dig to find lists that are useful, but it is well worth it. letterboxd in particular is great because of how active and creative list making is (i really wish this would catch on at goodreads). like if i want to find a film that makes me feel the same way as a certain rohmer movie for example, odds are someone has included that film in a list thats titled something like “abandoned beaches, walking in a field alone” and has several films i havent even heard of that i can add to my watchlist. goodreads is less useful for me but still good - particularly the group “the buried book club”

for the last couple years a lot of my musical discoveries have actually been via NTS, fergus and co have put togehter such a strong assortment of shows its really staggering. something for everyone there and plenty of stuff the person whos heard everything has never heard too if thats something that is important to you


#18

The WFMU 365 days project can be life-changing, especially if you’ve never encountered private press, commercial jingle, production music, found audio, or never heard Marcie, the singing religious ventriloquist puppet. https://www.wfmu.org/365/ (for 365 days of music) — This project really affected me in the best way some time ago, but I imagine the sound files are timeless.

Each post has a backstory behind a track selected by WFMU/Ubuweb (note to Jason above for already mentioning them) and usually has a full mp3 of the recording, example the track from Day #1: http://www.wfmu.org/365/2003/001.shtml

Discogs has a nice summary of album covers from the series: https://www.discogs.com/lists/Selections-from-WFMUUbuWebs-365-Days-Project/338270

Classic example: https://www.wfmu.org/365//2003/232.shtml


#19

the creative independent is really incredible so far @stripes - thx for that

the first two I read are yours and laaraji’s which had some v beautiful dichotomies :

When I delete music, it usually feels good. Because if I’m even considering deleting it, I think that means that there’s just no way that I wanted it. It’s just letting go of some kind of archive of permanence, of the fact that I have these recordings saved as a back-up or something, but I think it’s in my best interests to keep filtering out stuff like that.

I would imagine there are hours and hours of beautiful music that we never get to hear because the artists who are producing it maybe don’t think that it sounds like them, and so they scratch it. The artist that knows how to get out of their own way, meaning they are able to let new music happen, music that is worth listening to, isn’t so bothered by this. But if the artist is in their own way, they will criticize it or delete it under the thought that, “Hey, that’s not me. That’s not what people want to hear from me.” I think the ability to let new music come through is what personally keeps me from getting stuck.


#20

haha I assumed the CV.pdf would be some writing about control voltages but it’s his actual CV :smiley:
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