The majority of my friends are far too busy with their lives to actually put up and sustain websites. But there is the odd exception, God bless their nerdy little souls... You can see some of them at the following addresses:
Health & Fitness
For the most part this doesn't involve sitting on one's backside surfing the net or reading trendy books, at least not for me. The only fitness reference I pay any attention to is Men's Health. The magazine is generally more useful than the website... You get what you pay for, afterall.
The term "Country Collecting" was coined by a Australian colleague of mine while I was working in London in the early spring of 2001. It's roughly the same thing as passport stamp collecting, though I believe it's a better way of looking at it. Besides, I took a train down to Paris, and I didn't get a passport stamp to prove it. At that time, my Australian friend reckoned he had collected over 40 countries. I was impressed. And it occurred to me that it really was a worthwhile hobby. Up to this point I have visited the following 10 countries, and here they are, roughly in the order that they were first visted:
Now here's something I never really thought I would get into, especially after having to listen to "Dr. Laura" (or whatever her name is) during my work study job college. But on my latest contract, I happened to catch Neal Boortz's nationally syndicated show. I'm telling you, his show gives "Loveline" a run for it's money in terms of a mix of entertaining dialog and actual useful information. Now I'm addicted. I even bought a stupid radio that's designed specifically for AM talk radio reception. Anyways, here are some links to the websites of some of the talk radio shows I listen to on a regular basis:
Finance & Investment
Recently I became aware of two facts. 1. I'll never be rich if I don't learn how to invest, and 2.) I'll always work for other people if I don't learn how to invest the money I do make. Understanding that, I began reading as much information as I could. Here are some references I have found useful:
It's what pays the bills, and unless you keep up with the latest, you'll watch your opportunites dwindle, until you find yourself locked away in a dark cave of a room maintaining the "legacy systems." Ewww... scary. For technology, I find that often the best sort of reference is actually the stuff the internet was supposed to do away with: Books. However, my opinion is gradually changing in this department. With each new project I work on, I find that I have fewer books laying around, and spend more time doing research online. I still love my tech books, but it's just not possible to lug all of them around with me to each new location. In their stead, here are some websites I frequently refer to for information.
Flora & Fauna
This section in effect negates the impact of the previous section. I was going to call it "Fooda & Drinka", but it just doesn't roll of the tongue as well. In any case, my travels have exposed me to a number of new foods and beverages and the following lists detail some of the more memorable: