Some of these links could possibly be no longer in existence, or have a changed address. Unless MacUser publishes an updated list of must-see sites, I intend to leave addresses in this list (correct or not) intact, since it is MacUser's work, not mine. If you like, here's a link to this list as it appears on MacUser's web site. The advantage: they might be updating links in it. The disadvantage: mine loads faster--I took out all the extra graphics.
6 Bonus Sites: Chord of
the Week, Lyrics
Beavis and Butt-head
Episode Guide, Baywatch and Knight Rider, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
- 1. Patrick
G. Kenny's TV Bytes: WWW TV Themes Home Page
- Craving the soothing sound of the "Coke Is It!" jingle? This
home page has hundreds of sound files of jingles and TV theme songs from
your most fondly remembered sitcoms, westerns, and cartoons.
- 2. Late Show
with David Letterman
- Not only can you read the Top Ten List from last night's Late Show but
you can also perform advanced searches on the archive of Letterman's lists.
- 3. Musi-Cal
- Find out who's heating up the stage in your downtown, or browse through
your favorite artist's tour schedule. Also use the system to link to artists,
venues, and the CDWorld shopping service.
- 4. The
Ultimate Band List
- Probably the largest list of music links on the Web, this site sounds
off with every band you've ever heard of and lots of bands you haven't.
- 5. The Internet Underground Music
- The IUMA will rock your world, with its searchable indexes of signed
and independent acts as well as music publications and music archives.
- 6. The Internet Movie
- Microsoft's Cinemania is great, but does it keep up-to-date with the
latest hot movies? Does it let you add your own knowledge about films to
the database? The Internet Movie Database does all that and more.
- 7. TV Net
- If you're a fan of a show you're sure nobody remembers, this is where
you'll find six Web sites devoted to it.
- 8. Mr. Showbiz
- Mr. Showbiz offers interviews, gossip, news, and more on all things
showbiz - stage, screen, radio, or TV.
- 9. The Lurker's
Guide to Babylon 5
- View loads of information about the TV series, from several perspectives:
a behind-the-scenes look, a synopsis of the Babylon 5 universe, and an
- 10. tarantino
- If you've ever wondered what was in that much desired briefcase in Pulp
Fiction, this site's for you. Covering all things related to hip director
Quentin Tarantino, tarantino world features discussion areas, sounds, pictures,
and links to other Tarantino-fan sites.
- 11. Anime
- Anime is the animation arm of the popular Japanese drawing style Manga.
There are hundreds of Anime and Manga sites scattered across the Web, and
the Anime Web Turnpike is a good starting point.
- 12. The
Calvin and Hobbes Jumpstation
- Delve into the psyches of an obnoxious boy, his tiger, and the man who
made it all happen, with this collection of cartoons and links to related
archives, FTP sites, newsgroups, and home pages devoted to the nation's
most adored brat.
- 13. The
- Don't bother reading Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, or Barrons. If
you want to know what's really going on behind the scenes in corporate America,
Scott Adams' hilarious comic strip is the only source you need.
- 14. The
Dysfunctional Family Circus
- If you require a strong dose of insulin after reading Bil Keane's overtly
wholesome comic strip, this site is for you. Single-panel cartoons featuring
the zany "Circus" crew are presented without the original caption
- you fill in the blanks. Contributed text is invariably tasteless and,
for those with the proper wit, a laugh riot.
- 15. European
Comics on the Net
- Comics fans bored by Blondie and her Sunday-paper cohorts should check
out this collection of links to comics from the Continent and learn why
Europeans are having the last laugh.
4 Bonus Sites: BluesWeb, Art on the Net, SITO, Get Info.
- 16. Kai's Power Tips and
- Tips and tricks for artists from fans of MetaTools' hot plug-in. Discussion
groups, pointers to other graphics sites, plus a digital gallery make this
a great place to start if you're thinking about working with Photoshop.
17. Image Soup
- This quarterly online publication from New York offers how-to advice
for applications such as Photoshop and Director.
- 18. Internet
- Fonts, fonts, and more fonts can be found in this searchable index of
PostScript fonts that are available online and from type foundries such
as Adobe and Bitstream.
- 19. Multimedia
- Your one-stop shop for links and information on multimedia-development
resources for CD-ROMs, video, animation, online publishing, and more.
- 20. DTP
- This DTP way station links you to graphics resources across the Internet,
including pointers to FAQs, clip art, and discussion groups.
- 21. ArtSource
- Don't expect to find any amateurish doodlings among this selective
of links to high-caliber online art and architecture.
- 22. The Web Museum
- Based in Paris and dedicated to bringing fine art to the Internet, The
Web Museum features an extensive image collection that includes 20th-century
art; medieval works; and famous works from such respected artists as
El Greco, Renoir, O'Keefe, Dali, and countless others.
- 23. Photo
- This site showcases photography exhibits that focus on cultural,
and educational issues. You'll also find videos of photo sessions and
- 24. Asian
- A wide variety of exhibitions and articles on Asian art, gallery
and reader feedback, all set in an elegant online design.
4 Bonus Sites: The
Tree of Life, Earth and the
Universe, National Air and Space Museum,
San Francisco Exploratorium.
- 25. Cool
NASA Site of the Week
- The best way to visit space, short of hopping onto the shuttle. Tune
into a new NASA site each week, and get in touch with your universe.
- 26. The
- Cuddle up to your computer and get intimate with our own little corner
of the galaxy by surfing out to The Nine Planets, where text, pictures,
sounds, and movies transport you all the way to the moon and beyond.
- 27. The U.C. Berkeley Museum
- Paleontology is the study of dinosaurs, right? Not quite! Paleontology
is the study of all fossilized remains, of which dinosaurs are only a small
part. This virtual museum has exhibits on geological time, evolutionary
topics, and fossil records as well as (of course) the famous hall of
- 28. The Seven
Wonders of the Ancient World
- Everyone's heard of the Seven Wonders, but how much do you know about
them? This detailed guide has images, information, speculation, and extensive
historical data on the Seven Wonders, plus links to other archaeological
- 29. Ocean
- A traveling exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution, featuring
on biodiversity and the environment. This elaborate online science project
also confronts ocean issues, undersea vents, and recent watery discoveries.
3 Bonus Sites: Supreme Court
Decisions, Federal Budget, Federal Web
- 30. SEC EDGAR Database
- Search the Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR (Electronic Data
Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) database to get the scoop on all U.S.
- 31. NETworth
- Galt Technologies' attractive site provides all sorts of information
for individual investors. Learn about insurance, retirement planning, taxes,
- 32. FINWeb
- FINWeb contains a comprehensive collection of pointers to financial
and economic information, including business- as well as academic-oriented
- 33. STAT·USA
- Get your hot little hands on business and economic statistics the U.S.
Department of Commerce has gathered from more than 50 federal agencies.
But be prepared to pay - STAT·USA is a subscription-based service.
- 34. Project Vote
- Learn about political candidates before you vote. Project Vote Smart
sends out questionnaires to federal and state office seekers, to get their
opinions on key campaign issues. What it gets back is what you see.
- 35. THOMAS: Legislative Information
on the Internet
- Check up on Congress - search the Congressional Record, find out the
status of a bill, or share a piece of your mind with that special someone
on Capitol Hill.
- 36. The Jefferson
- Plow through the dark recesses of American politics, using this fascinating
array of political links that deal with controversial issues, political
parties, and even humor.
5 Bonus Sites: Peter N Lewis' Web
Site, Providing Internet Services
via the Mac, NEXOR Mac
Software Catalog, Newt
- 37. INFO-MAC
- A volunteer effort by Mac users the world over, the Info-Mac archive
is one of the biggest and best Internet collections of Mac software and
information. File descriptions and downloads are one click away.
- 38. Apple
- This hypertext front end to Apple's FTP site contains the latest
updates and Apple utilities, along with older system software you might
have a hard time tracking down elsewhere.
- 39. QuickTime VR
- Offering the QuickTime VR player as well as downloadable 3-D landscapes
and objects, Apple's QuickTime VR Web site opens the gateway to virtual
- 40. University
of Texas Mac Archive
- This comprehensive archive includes descriptions of all the latest cool
software available on the Internet.
- 41. Macintosh
- You can't actually buy Mac products at this site, but it does offer
a wealth of contact info for every Mac company willing to take your money.
- 42. Apple Computer
- If you want the scoop on anything Apple-related, such as product and
pricing information, go to the source. It's a heck of a lot quicker than
getting through to the company on the phone.
- 43. The MacInTouch
- The Web home of Ric Ford's MacWEEK column, MacInTouch (the best source
of up-to-the-minute Macintosh info in print), doesn't contain the actual
column but goes it one better by being even more current.
- 44. The Well Connected Mac
- The Well Connected Mac acts as Information Central for almost everything
Mac-related. Hook up to more than 1,400 Mac vendors, hundreds of Mac FTP
sites, a huge index of software and hardware reviews, and the Buying and
Selling Macs FAQ.
- 45. The
Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh
- A terrific guide to getting up and running on the Net, The Internet
Starter Kit is now available in its entirety on the Web. Its hot links to
sites across the Web make turning pages seem passé.
- 46. Cyberian
- Whether you're in the market for a Performa 6200 or a Beavis &
screeen saver, you'll find it all at the Cyberian Outpost. This colorful
online computer store offers detailed product information, reviews, and
photos of an extensive Mac selection that rivals that of the biggest
Order online or by phone.
3 Bonus Sites: Healthwise, Good Health Web, Med Help.
- 47. MedWeb
- This long list from Emory University includes Web sites, newsgroups,
and mailing lists covering a wide range of medical areas -- from AIDS to
virtual reality in medicine.
- 48. Health and Human Services
- The HHS site has links to other health-related government sites, in
addition to much consumer and policy information. Technical terms are linked
to definitions in the National Library of Medicine's Entrez glossary.
- 49. Centers for Disease Control
- This government site offers a heap of consumer and policy information
on health matters plus links to a slew of health statistics.
- 50. University
of Pittsburgh's Alternative Medicine Homepage
- This medicine page links you to other alternative-medicine sites as
well as to clinical studies and National Institute of Health research on
alternative methods. It's also the best place to get the straight dope on
- 51. ChronicIll Net
- An excellent collection of resources, news, and research on a wide variety
of illnesses and medical conditions, including cancer, heart disease, AIDS,
neurological diseases, and much more.
5 Bonus Sites: The Virtual
Kitchen, Mark S.
Hutchenreuther's How To Roll Your Own Sushi, Electronic Gourmet Guide, Recipe Archive Index, The Beer Page.
- 52. Julie's
Low&Fat-Free Resources List
- You want the skinny on fat? Julie's is where it's at. You'll find links
to the low-fat and fat-free Usenet newsgroups and FAQs as well as links
to more than a dozen sites containing low- and no-fat recipes. Julie's list
also has links to suppliers of some of the more hard-to-find health snacks.
- 53. Welcome to Pizza Hut!
- Unfortunately, even with the fastest modem, there's still no way a hot
pizza can be delivered over the Internet. But if you live in Santa Cruz,
California, you can pop onto the Web to order a pizza from Pizza Hut's
storefront. Place your order online, and a pizza will be delivered by the
usual analog methods.
- 54. Web
Compendium of Alcohol Beverages
- If it has any appreciable alcohol in it and isn't intended for medicinal
or industrial purposes, it's likely to be on this comprehensive page, which
is compiled by Dean Tudor. Wine drinkers are sure to take inebriated delight
in the more than 100 wine-related links, covering every aspect of the fermented
grape. Hopheads will additionally be impressed with links to sites featuring
home-brew societies, beer FAQs, breweries - even an entire page devoted
to that zimply awful beverage Zima.
- 55. Dining Out on
- Dining Out on the Web contains a general list of pointers to other dining
resources as well as numerous direct links to restaurants across the United
States. The sites are organized by city and state, and several of them include
reproductions of menus.
5 Bonus Sites: Chess Space,
The Mac Game Gate,
Pinball Links, SABR.
- 56. Games Domain
- If there's a more complete computer-games Web site on the Net, we haven't
found it. This page contains links to hundreds of games-related home pages;
dozens of commercial pages; and oodles of FAQs, walk-thrus, game patches,
hints, FTP sites, and online magazines.
- 57. Zarf's
List of Interactive Games on the Web
- Zarf's list of games is like a fully loaded toy box without the mess.
Hot links connect you to interactive games, ranging from Netpoker to Name
That Tune, as well as interactive toys, old and new.
- 58. The
MUD Resource Collection
- If you don't know your MUSH from your MOO, this is a good place to begin
your explorations. MUDs (multiuser dimensions/domains/dialogs/dungeons)
are online multiplayer fantasy games whose themes range from the social
to the sociopathic.
- 59. Universal
Access BlackJack Server
- Care to practice your blackjack skills prior to playing for
in Vegas or Atlantic City? No need for a partner when you can log onto this
- 60. SpeedNet
- From the point leaders on the NASCAR circuit to the budding political
career of Richard Petty, this site's complete coverage of auto racing will
keep any fanatic in the pole position.
- 61. The
- Do ya love the game? Then you'll love the site. Game summaries, box
scores, divisional races, and more will have any basketball fan spending
more than three seconds here.
- 62. Fastball
- The best general-purpose baseball page around, with enough links to
stories and stats to satisfy all but the most hard-core baseball fan.
- 63. NFL Game Day
- It may be a predictable pick, but NFL Game Day, the official Web page
of the (insert echo effects) National . . . Football . . .
League, really is the best all-around information center for football.
- 64. The NHL OPEN NET
- The National Hockey League's site has everything you need to know about
the coolest game in town: news, game schedules, rules, rosters, statistics,
and lots more. There's additionally a Web version of NHL This Week, the
league's official newsletter. The NHL OPEN NET even schedules live chats
with popular players such as Pat LaFontaine, of the Buffalo Sabers.
2 Bonus Sites: National
Weather Service Forecast, Home Improvement.
- 65. Security APL
- Stock quotes come one at a time, but they're free and you don't have
to register to get them. The quote server can also link you to Securities
and Exchange Commission filings for the companies you select.
- 66. The Outpost
- Who needs stamps anymore? Using Outpost's forms, you can vent via e-mail
to politicians, corporations, activist organizations, and the media at
- 67. Firefly
- Meet your match with this personalized music service. Firefly recommends
artists or albums for you based on your ratings of preselected artists and
- 68. The San Francisco
- Even if you don't live in the Bay Area, the Exploratorium's Web-based
Learning Studio brings scientific experimentation to your Mac.
- 69. Madlib!
- Submit a couple of silly adjectives, some verbs ending in -ed, and a
noun or two, and you've got an online Madlib masterpiece that will spark
as many giggles as its paper-based predecessor.
- 70. Confession
- In this hurly-burly world, it's tough enough just to get to the market
before closing, much less take time out for Higher Purposes. If the guilt
of past actions weighs heavily upon your soul, take a few moments to visit
the Confession Booth.
- 71. Foreign
Languages for Travelers
- For those of us who endured five years of Spanish classes only to recall
the single phrase ¿Albóndigas, no te dije?, this site is a godsend.
Download sound files of the most helpful phrases in 19 languages. For those
who still find themselves struggling with a language, the site also includes
links to other phrase pages and to online translation dictionaries.
- 72. WEB Personals
- If you're looking for love or just a good laugh, hook up to this swinging
social scene. Ads are categorized by the kind of relationship desired and
then grouped by country and state. As with printed personals, it's a seller's
market for heterosexual women: When we checked, 481 women sought relationships
with men, whereas 2,703 men sought female companionship.
- 73. Build a Card
- Uh-oh. You're on a business trip, and you forgot that today is your
anniversary. It may be too late for flowers but not for a personalized
- 74. KidPub
- This site's Webmeister started KidPub to give his nine-year-old daughter
an outlet for her stories, and now he hosts hundreds of stories and poems,
many of them illustrated, by kids aged roughly 4 to 15. A handy form lets
your child submit stories.
- 75. The Cyrano
- If a sincere love letter is beyond your capabilities, let Cyrano do
the work for you. Merely fill in a few blanks, and the server will compose
a love letter in any of seven distinct styles. Also available: personalized
Dear John letters.
4 Bonus Sites: Japanese English Advertising
Slogans, An Entirely Other
Site, Colossal Waste
of Bandwidth, Surrealist
- 76. Space
Age Bachelor Pad Music
- Remove the lounge lizard from the endangered species list! This homage
to Juan Esquivel and space-age pop symbolizes a revival of '50s glamour
that practically reeks of smoking jackets and cheesy music. If you start
craving cocktails, hot links to various online lounges will have you sipping
screwdrivers and humming along with the Muzak in no time.
- 77. The Blue Dot
- This warped art gallery dishes up a smorgasbord including a ghastly
gargoyle hunt, a sardonic stamp collection featuring such trashy '90s icons
as Tonya Harding and Amy Fisher, and a freedom-fighting Rabbit Rat.
- 78. The
Foolproof Guide to Making Any Woman Your Platonic Friend
- Both genders will appreciate this exploration of the most painful words
in any language: "I just want to be friends" and "I don't
want to risk our friendship." Especially fun is the Dear Abby-ish advice
to guys: One poor fellow was jilted by a woman who explained, "I like
you too much." Yeah, right.
- 79. The KOOKS
- The KOOKS Museum is Donna J. Kossy's look at world-class conspiracy
nuts, quacks, and hatemongers - those wacky folks who make walking down
a city street a little bit like a trip through the secure wing of your local
hospital. Kossy is a serious student of crackpotology, and her sites offer
gems such as the excerpts from a letter written by George Dahl, who makes
a convincing case that a New York blackout was staged solely to observe
and control him. Don't forget to stop by the Kooks Museum Gift Shoppe on
your way out.
- 80. The Unusual
or Deep Site of the Day
- Ride the Web into a new, deep, and deranged destination every day, with
this guide to choice oddities.
- 81. Captain
James T. Kirk Sing-Along Page
- Celebrate the short-lived but horrible singing career of William Shatner,
with seven sound clips from Shatner remakes of classics such as "Lucy
in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." Or steel
yourself against the siren sounds of Nichelle Nichols' (Star Trek's Lieutenant
Uhura) one album sample before pointing your ears toward tracks from any
one of Leonard Nimoy's ten albums.
- 82. Solid
- "Your source for important information and things to tell your
- focuses on obscure baby-boomer-era topics that you won't see covered
anywhere else. A photo essay entitled "The Dark Side of PEZ" features
illustrations of the 1970s skull-head PEZ dispenser, and a well-illustrated
history of GAF View-Masters includes photographs of the popular stereo
viewers from 1945. TV personality Mr. T. makes a special guest appearance.
- 83. LEGO Information
- Read about LEGOs. Sing about LEGOs. Be one with your LEGOs. Join a man
in his passion for the colored bricks that shaped a nation. Did you know
that there are 14 black 1" x 2" bricks in set #1845? Now you do.
4 Bonus Sites: 1990 Census Lookup, Newsgroup FAQs, Jane Austen Info
Page, The Web Poetry
- 84. The
- Published by the Central Intelligence Agency, this wonderful resource
contains maps and vital statistics about countries around the world. If
you want to learn about the terrain of Bolivia, this is the place to go.
- 85. The Library of Congress
- Search the nation's library without leaving your desk or dealing with
any ill-tempered librarians. Perfect for building book lists, but you'll
have to take a D.C. detour if you want to really browse.
- 86. The Internet Public
- Like a real public library, this site organizes books and reference
collections into rooms and stacks. Click on the image maps for reference,
youth, literature, and so on, and you'll find lots of useful links to
indexes and downloadable texts.
- 87. Webster's English
- If you enter a word, Webster's will define it. If you don't know the
spelling, give it your best shot and the program will offer alternatives.
- 88. Roget's
- Tired of using the same word day after day? Spice up your vocabulary
with synonyms from Roget's online thesaurus.
- 89. The ETEXT Archives
- Tap into electronic texts all over the Internet, including the Gutenberg
electronic-books archive and a plethora of independent electronic publications
- 90. Lonely
- Lonely Planet publishes some of the finest printed travel guides on
earth, and its invaluable insights are available online as well. You get
the lowdown on the customs, culture, currency, climate, and cuisine of just
about any destination that comes to mind.
- 91. Banned
- From Ulysses to Huckleberry Finn, this is the place to go to read books
that somebody, somewhere, sometime, thought shouldn't be read by anyone.
If you're shocked by the logic behind this literary cleansing, links to
activist sites allow you to speak out.
- 92. The
Works of the Bard
- "To be or not to be?" Find out the answer to that question
- 93. Fiction
- Catch up on all the classics you didn't have time for in high school,
with this concise compilation of links to the literary elite.
5 Bonus Sites: Electronic Newsstand Home
Magazine, Money Magazine,
- 94. electronic
- The electronic Gourmet Guide is a monthly e-zine devoted to food and
cooking. In addition to more than a dozen recipes, ranging from soup to
nuts, each edition contains cooking tips, hints for finding more gastronomic
information on the Net, and feature stories.
- 95. George
- The electronic version of John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s, new political vehicle
packs a good sampling of the magazine's "not just politics as usual"
content as well as a bulletin board and fun interactive features such as
the "Political Trivia Quiz."
- 96. Guitar World
- Part of the problem with writing about music is . . . you're
writing about music. When a Guitar World article on the Web gives an example
of a hot riff, you can actually hear it played.
- 97. Entertainment Weekly
- Time Warner's magazines are all well represented on the Web. Entertainment
Weekly is typical, with a bulletin board, the major features from each issue,
and movie and multimedia ratings.
- 98. The Utne Lense
- The Lense is based on The Utne Reader, an eclectic Reader's Digest of
the alternative press. Like its print counterpart, The Utne Lense is smart
and stylish and doesn't descend to gratuitously hip posturing.
- 99. HotWired
- No one on the Web covers the spectrum of pop culture with the abandon
and zeal of HotWired, the online doppelgänger of Wired magazine. HotWired
covers music, art, travel, and the like, but with a postmodern digital zing.
- 100. Tripod
- A unisex lifestyle e-zine for 20-somethings who give a damn.
- 101. MacUser
- Well, really, what did you expect? Visit our online home to access key
articles and even more hot links to some very cool sites. While you're there,
get the inside scoop on all the extra info we didn't have room for in the