Link Library of Useful and Recommended Stuff
Most of these are Websites or resources that I want to remember myself. Instead of having Web addresses stored in several different places — Apple Notes, Scrivener, scraps of paper on my desk (never to be seen again), pages torn from the New Yorker and no longer remember why, and in web browsers in infinite lists of bookmarks — I use WordPress’s Link Library.
It is also easier for me to refer people to a source or a group of sources that I recommend.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
- ColorHexa Color Encyclopedia Incredible minefield of Information about color for designers.
Color information; conversions to RGB, CMYK, etc; color schemes; alternatives; previews of text, backgrounds, and borders; shades and tints; tones; color blindness simulator. Clean crisp design.
- Statista: Global Data, Insights and Facts, Infographics Statistics on everything. Replaces the desktop almanac.
It is hard to convey the depth of this site because the topics are so vast and detailed: Alcohol market in Russia, American Civil War, Basketball, LGBT in China, Mobil Internet Usage Worldwide, Yogurt market in Europe. If someone counted it, it's here. Language is market and industry-focused but the data is the data.
Food & Cooking
- How to Make Sourdough Starter 7 Easy Steps To Making An Incredible Sourdough Starter From Scratch
From The Perfect Loaf website on naturally leavened foods. "A healthy sourdough starter means great bread." A well-written process for making sourdough starter from scratch. It's long because Chef Maurizio in Albuquerque takes his time explaining why each step is important but not intricate, how it might go wrong, what it looks like if it goes right, and what to do about it.
Knitting & Needlework
- Lost City Knits Luxurious natural fibers Encouraging Intrepid & Eclectic Knitters
Includes intricate lace patterns for Lace Cobweb Shetland Supreme 1 ply, custom dyed Lost City Silk, and North Pasture Alpaca Lace in subtle natural colors with the color variations of hand-dyed fibers. The best place for the truly intrepid knitters and those who want to knit heirlooms. Has Lopi and Jumper weight. Spun and unspun Lopi.
- Online Etymology Dictionary The Online Etymology Dictionary is lovely, very nicely designed visually and structurally, and vast in content.
The Online Etymology Dictionary is the work of one person, a newspaper copy desk editor, who wishes to remain nameless—or at least hard to identify. The long "who did this" page gives many biographical details, just not the ones you would expect. The dictionary is lovely, very nicely designed visually and structurally, and vast in content. If you are interested in the history of words, you won't be disappointed.
A quote from the author: "Etymonline is a can-opener, an imaginary labyrinth with real minotaurs in it, my never-written novel shattered into words and arranged in alphabetical order."