In the old days, a links page served the social function of letting you see the sort of stuff
that I thought was worth a link and the selfish
function of giving me a favorites window that I could access from any computer.
Unforunately, it has been many years since I updated this page, not to mention the
years it had been before that since I had updated it.
So it is now an orphan page, which remains here as an excrescence of my
If you're thinking to link back, feel free to use either of these little link buttons:
Amazon.com has books, videos,
toys, and whatnot... lots of whatnot. You've heard of them, of course, and probably spent a
fair amount of money already. They remunerate me for anything
you buy after following the link, so you should go buy something...
something on my wish list...
Deal News chronicles current events in the world of swag.
It's mostly computer deals, but also deals for movies, books, and whatever else can be had from on-line merchants.
RPG Now is an on-line merchant carrying rafts of pdf only gaming stuff--
cyberspace support for meatspace gaming. Some of them are written by me.
Most days, I dodge work for a little while by reading comics.
I have a circuit of strips that I read. It takes me about as long as it would to
read whatever physical comics are in an actual newspaper, but I get to choose the line up.
Below is the list of strips that I frequent on my digital junkets.
The roster changes periodically.
Alien loves Predator is the story of two alien
monsters who share an apartment with Jesus in New York City. Think Mork and Mindy
meets The Odd Couple.
Boy on a stick and Slither is a talking-heads comic that has very
little to do with sticks or snakes. It is like illustrated hifalutin stand-up comedy.
Cat and Girl is a dadaist comic about a girl and the anthropomorphic cat that seems to be her legal guardian.
The Dada Detective is like the Continental Op as Douglas Adams would have written it.
Except that the Dirk Gently books were the Continental Op as Douglas Adams wrote them, and Dada Detective is not
really like them. It is neat, though.
Dr McNinja is about a doctor who is a ninja.
He fights clowns, pirates, and dinosaur-riding banditos.
Irregular Webcomic is about role-playing games,
LEGOs, dinosaurs, and whatever else crosses the mind of creator David Morgan-Mar.
Jonny Crossbones is a pulpish
adventure comic. The protagonist has a skull for a head, but no one seems to notice.
Ugly Girl is a highschool drama with compelling characters but, alas, no pulpish adventure.
Order of the Stick is brilliant
stickman-driven RPG comedy, telling the story of a typical adventuring party. Some of the jokes
presume knowledge of D&D or even the d20 system, while others presume a mild form of madness.
Ozy and Millie follows the adventures of two fox
children who are alternately hams and philosophers.
Perry Bible Fellowship has more to do with monkey sex than with
Bible fellowship. The author clearly has a surrealist agenda.
Real Life is the best of the über-hip,
self-aware comics and-- unlike must of its ilk-- is often funny without being
pretentious to the point of nosebleed.
is a space opera named for an amorphous blob as who wanders the galaxy and shoots things.
It seems reminiscent of the Star Frontiers games I used to play,
so it merits a nostalgia bonus.
Shortpacked, the successor
to It's Walky, is about a toy store that stoops to conquer.
Starslip Crisis is a space
opera about a museum aboard a warship. It does not remind me of old
Star Frontiers characters, but I read it anyway.
Wonderalla is like
Wonder Woman meets Freakazoid.
Webcomic Battle is like a gladiatorial arena for gag strips. Every day, a new group of challengers face off against the previous days champions.
Ninja Verses is the heart warming story of Regular Ninja,
where 'story' means disjointed series of combats and 'heart warming' means pun filled.
HomestarRunner.com pioneered the e-mail show genre with
Strong Bad E-mail.
is where a guy named Sam draws emotive stick men to represent a phrase or utterance.
It's hard to explain, but I like it.
Cheshire Crossing is olde style adventure starring Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy. Mary Poppins plays a supporting role.
A Miracle of Science is an excellent
science fiction serial set in a solar system overrun by mad scientists. It is now finished, but rereading the
archives is better than reading 99% of the new content on the internet.
Spamusement is like Exploding Dog meets The King Who Rained. In the spirit of Web2.0, it has mostly been given over to guest strips. I have done some doodles in the vein of Spamusement.
Morning Improv was Scott McCloud's
exercise regimen of wacky stories drawn to match user-submitted titles. Not updating, but
but the archive lives on.
Here are the home pages of some cool people. For the sake of brevity, I list blogs here only of people to which I am related-- I monitor the RSS feeds of several other blogs.
cmagnus is my wife's website. She's got information about her music, her research, and such.
The Blue Room is the homepage of S. John Ross,
a professional game writer. The food section
of his site is invaluable, too-- Cristyn learned to make bread from his recipe, and I highly recommend the
General Tso's chicken and the Enchilidas Suizas.
Uncrushable Laser Monkeys is a fabulous recipe blog.
Shortwoman is the blog of my sister-in-law, Bridget.
She has interesting stuff has interesting stuff to say about the economy,
the state of the world, and her neighbors.
Groundmeat is the blog of my brother, Warren.
It remains to be seen whether he'll update it regularly or not.
- The Fontworks is the font wing of S. John's Blue Room. He has several nice permanent exhibits, plus the Free Font of the Month.
- Pizza Dude is Jakob Fischer's font-smithing persona. I've used many of his fonts.
- Dafont is (I daresay) the best freeware font archive on the web. Plus the site is bilingual in English and French.
- Metatype offers TrueType versions of the fonts used by TeX.
- What the Font? is a utility at My Font. You give it a bit map of some text, it identifies the font and tells you where you can find it. Very useful, although the fonts it finds are usually of the pay-to-buy variety.
- Greywolf makes some fantasy fonts, including fonts of paper miniatures.
- Font Monkey is my own little font outpost.