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I'm afraid I add things to my wish list more often than I order things. But I do look forward to having enough money someday to really whittle that sucker down. Anyway, I don't suppose I have to tell you this is a great site for buying things like books, DVDs, CDs, mp3s and such; though perhaps it's less common to think about the fact that you can also buy all sorts of merchandise, food, etc. Things you may have trouble finding elsewhere, especially imported stuff, like say imported Japanese candy, for example. (I don't think I've bought such things from Amazon yet, but someday I'm sure I will.) It's also a good site for buying stuff from third party sellers, often very cheap.

This, obviously, is the provider of my website, which you're looking at right now. (My site was originally on GeoCities, but in 2000 somehow I lost access to it, so I moved to Angelfire, and have of course added and improved a great deal in the year since then. "Absolutely Pointless" is still fairly simple, by design, but I like it. I'm sure you could make a much more sophisticated site on Angelfire, with the proper skills and effort.)

Ask A Ninja
Hilarious little short videos of a guy dressed as a ninja answering viewer letters. I'm not sure if the letters are real or not, but it doesn't matter, the answers are ridiculous and terribly funny. Plus the show has a really catchy theme, part of the song "I M Ninja" by The Neu Tickles.

The A.V. Club
This has been around for a lot longer than I've made much use of it. But I think it must be in early 2015 (or 2014) that I started including links to it on some of my TV reviews, and late 2015 that I started regularly reading episode reviews the site does of some of the shows I watch. (The site reviews a lot more than just TV, but that's pretty much all I use it for.) Anyway, I don't always agree with what the reviewers have to say; sometimes I feel like we couldn't possibly have been watching the same show. But a lot of the time I find reviews insightful well beyond my own ability to perceive certain aspects of the shows I watch, which gives me a deeper appreciation of those shows. And sometimes I just find the reviews amusing, or just enjoy seeing that someone else had some of the same thoughts I did. Anyway... it's a good site.

Babel Fish
This was originally a translation device on AltaVista, starting in 1997. Later, in 2008, it moved to Yahoo! After that, in 2012, I guess it became the Bing Translator. Though there's another translation device called Babel Fish, which has been at that URL since 1995, though I don't think I became aware of it until November 2013. (Which is also when I first discovered Yahoo's translator had moved to Bing, which is odd because I've definitely used it between 2012 and now. Maybe I just didn't notice that the link was being redirected, until it stopped being redirected.)

Has plenty of info on TV, movies, and DVDs, though I mainly just use it as reference when working on my site's calendar.

Kind of like Wikipedia (see below), but not nearly as cool. (It doesn't even have pictures!) Still, it's not bad, either. Although it's often very slow-loading. But not always.

Yes, you know the site. For social networking, playing games like Farmville (or a million others, but I don't do that so much). I dunno, this site kind of replaced MySpace (which is now used more by musicians and such than by regular folks). Maybe someday facebook will be replaced (probably by Google+), but for now this is the place to be.

Film Aficionado
(Previously DVD Aficionado.) Here I keep a list of DVDs I own. Also a wish list, which is way frickin' longer than the owned list, alas.

the futon critic
Has plenty of info on TV stuff, though I mainly use it as reference when working on my site's calendar.

Geek & Sundry
A YouTube channel launched in 2012, which includes the Guild (see below), plus a vlog by Felicia Day (creator of the Guild) and several other shows.

Best search engine ever. So far. I dunno, plenty of other search engines have been the best search engine ever, and they're all still good. But this one has held onto the top spot longer, it seems. And it's simpler, which is nice. And it has cool logos (aka Doodles) for special occasions. It also works better as a verb than any of the other engines do. Plus, it offers Gmail. I know, all the major search engines offer email. But Gmail is zeitgeistier, okay? Just like the search engine itself....

The Guild
Best. Webseries. Ever.

The Hollywood Stock Exchange
A really fun game trading fake stocks, bonds, and such, in movies and movie stars.

Great for watching shows online, like if you miss an episode or if you don't have the channel a show's on, on your TV. Or you can watch movies, too, but I haven't done that yet.
Edit: Hulu used to have some content for free, and some available only by paid subscription. I never could afford to subscribe (not that it's expensive), but I always enjoyed some of the free content. However, in early fall of 2016, the site ceased offering free content, so... I had no choice but to stop using it. I expect someday I'll subscribe, if I can ever afford it (and if I have reliably fast internet), but until then, it's no longer one of my favorite websites.

The Internet Movie Database
One of the most useful reference sites on the Internet, for info on movies, TV, cast and crew, etc. I've submitted a little data, occasionally.

Take care of the cute critters of your choice, lots to choose from. Plus play any of countless other games to earn neopoints, to pay for the stuff you need to take care of your pets.

Nihongo: Japanese Language
Very useful if you're interested in translating English words into Japanese, and vice versa. Though unfortunately the site sometimes fails to work for some reason, when it is working it's pretty good.

Just a good place to store pics for free, and possibly use them for remote loading on other sites.

Retro Junk
Great site with pages for lots of TV shows, movies, and commercials from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, often with opening or closing themes for shows, or trailers for movies.

Very useful for debunking rumors and fake news.

Things From Another World
A great site for ordering, like, comic books or anything comics-related. If for some reason you can't get it at your LCS (or if you live nowhere near a comic shop).

Things my girlfriend and I have argued about
One of the funniest things on the Internet, written by British columnist Mil Millington. If you don't read this, you... won't know what you're missing, and I think that's just really, really sad. I don't think it's updated anymore, so I don't look at it anymore, but it's still one of the best things ever.

One of the most massively useful reference sites for info on TV shows, cast, crew, etc. This used to be "TV Tome," which I definitely preferred over TV.com at first, but I've gotten used to the new site. (Though it continues to change its style occasionally.)

This site is probably useful for a number of reasons, though what I use it for is to vote for shows I want on DVD that aren't yet available on DVD. In the years since I started doing so, a number of the shows I listed have been released. And the good thing is, the site emails you info about upcoming releases on your list, some of which, in my experience, you may not be likely to hear of anywhere else. (And even if you do, you may well hear about them here first.) So... yeah, definitely useful.

TV Tango
Has primetime TV listings going back to 1950. I've found it useful for reminding myself of things I have watched as far back as the 80s, but may have forgotten. Or for finding out exactly when certain things aired. Unfortunately, the farther back you go, the less channels are covered... at least in the regular listings. Though you can always search for something specific and may find a page for it even if it's not in the listings. Then again, there are also gaps in the listings sometimes. And I'm not sure exactly how they determine their listings. I know they don't seem to accept any other website as a source, even if the website is correct, and sometimes I think TV Tango is wrong about what it says. Like, I would guess they use print listings such as TV Guide, like physical copies from the time in question... which itself could be wrong, if shows got preempted or whatever. So... I dunno. In spite of the site's best efforts to ensure accuracy, it may sometimes be inaccurate. But on the whole, I think it's very useful, and sometimes may be more accurate than most other sites you look at. And while the information it provides tends to be minimal, it can sometimes provide info that you simply won't find anywhere else. (For example, it's usually the most useful site I know of for determining whether something was a TV movie or a miniseries.)

TV Tropes
A wiki which prides itself on being more fun-loving than Wikipedia. It was originally for TV shows, but now includes movies, books, comics, etc. The number of tropes this site has catalogued is truly staggering. Definitely a fun and useful tool for getting to know various entertainments better, and seeing how they compare to every other entertainment ever. Or something like that. It can also provide some knowledge about specific people (writers, actors, etc.) or about more serious subjects. (It has perhaps the best explanation of Asperger's Syndrome I've ever seen.)

Urban Dictionary
I don't use this often, but still I think it's an awesome thing to have access to, any random time you might want to know what a slang word or phrase means...

Wayback Machine
I don't use this often, but I still think it's an awesome thing to have access to, any random time you might want to check out a site that doesn't exist anymore. Or if you accidentally deleted something on your own site and want to get it back.

A great site to get your own wiki, or just to explore other wikis on countless subjects. You might check out mine, The Landian Chronicles Wiki. Oh, and I also started a Geek & Sundry Wiki.

Best encyclopedia on the Internet, and ever-expanding. Massively useful and cool. I occasionally contribute a bit, start a stub page if there isn't anything on a person or subject I think should be there, or make minor edits to existing pages, mostly adding external links. Check out my user page. HOWEVER, in January 2015, this happened, which is just outrageous, and makes Wikipedia pretty damn uncool. I can't just stop using the site, it's too useful. But now I feel guilty about using it.

Writing About Writing
This is Chris Brecheen's blog, which as the name suggests is mostly about writing. I started following it- and Brecheen's facebook page(s)- I think in 2014, because I had at least one friend who was already following it. And I figured it couldn't hurt to pick up some pointers, since I fancy myself a writer. Before long it also turned out to be a good source of articles about social justice (which I got quite interested in that year, because of various major events in the real world, involving racism and sexism, etc.), and also a good source of memes (some about writing, some about social justice, and some just amusing). And now... in late 2015, I finally realized I had to include the blog on my list of favorite sites. Because that's what it's become.

A site that streams all kinds of video... music videos, vlogs, clips from TV shows, home videos, pretty much anything its users can think to upload. Unless it violates copyright laws. And of course it has some good channels, some of which provide original content. And I find the site useful for deciding whether to buy an mp3 from Amazon or wherever, because I can hear the whole song instead of just a 30 second clip.

...Well, that's it for now. Seriously, though, there are a ton more links on all my links pages, many of which are quite useful and/or interesting, so please do yourself a favor and check out my:
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