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NPR

NPR

http://www.npr.org

News , Audio Streaming
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If you are a fan of you local NPR radio station, this is a fantastic companion resource. It allows you to easily search for and listen to old or recent audio news stories.

Additionally, if your local NPR station is of poor quality, you can skip the middleman and come directly to the source.

Pages usually give you the option to listen to a story OR read it. You can thus search for many of the stories by googling word strings that you hear on the radio.
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Kiva

Kiva

http://www.kiva.org

Loans , Activism
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A powerhouse in the world of philanthropic micro finance.

I've been a user since January 2009 and am continually impressed with this model. The ability to help multiple people get fair loans with money put into the system is groundbreaking. For instance, I've put $1200 into the site, but I've used that money to make $3200 in loans to entrepreneurs in 78 different countries.

Kiva has an excellent track record and works hard to avoid partners that would make predatory loans. The default rate is currently just 1.27% for the whole site.

Loans are made in blocks of jsut $25 so it is easy to get on board and start helping people.

Note that you cannot make money from the site, because it turned out to be onerous to figure out every single county and regions laws. This is just to help other people, but you can withdraw your money easily after it has been repaid. The losses I've personally have have been above the site average, but still acceptably low for the results.

Kiva is open and honest with its practices and has excellent customer service. My emails to their staff have been answered promptly and professionally.

Additionally, the site is a hoot for numbers nerds and collectors. You are given many colorful charts to track your donations and recipients, and you can choose to make loans based on criteria to fill out checklists to collect all the industries or countries.

I'm a HUGE fan!
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ListenOnRepeat

ListenOnRepeat

http://listenonrepeat.com

Video Streaming , Entertainment
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If you want to hear youtube videos repeated, this site has a number of slick options:

1) no sign up required (remembers your favorite videos to repeat with cookies instead)
2) will help you search for and find other popular repeated music
3) the ability to change a youtube url to a listen on repeat url in a few keystrokes is wonderful
4) you can cut annoying sections off the beginning and end of a video

I found a 10 minute video with some interesting polyphony, but that interesting part was only 2 minutes. no problem! just pull the sliders to encompass that section, and you don't have to listen to anything else!

A very enjoyable and intuitive experience
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Steam

Steam

http://www.steampowered.com

Gaming , Shopping
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Love Steam its the best thing to happen to pc gaming since sliced bread to bread!
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Steam

Steam

http://www.steampowered.com

Gaming , Shopping
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Steam offers an outstanding product.
purchase and installation and uninstall is easy, and there are tons of great games to pickup.

but the part that is most amazing to me is the long term nature of the site. for instance:
1) game licenses are connected to your account, not your computer. so you can buy a new computer and lose nothing
2) it was very easy to change personal info like email addresses (I've had my account for so long that it outlasted one of my emails)
3) games from my childhood are present with no need for an emulator

The value available on the site is very high. A must for any video gamer.
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Cracked

Cracked

http://www.cracked.com

Comedy , Lists
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What happens when you provide high quality content combined with a click-based monetization?

Click-bait mecca.

There is no doubt that the site is funny and occasionally thought provoking.

But the articles are intentionally split up so that you have to read the first third, click to the middle third, and then to the final third (or in some cases, 30 or more clicks to consume all the content in a single list).

Not only that, but the pages are COVERED in ads.

The UI is annoying to the point of making you wonder: "is this good content really worth it?"

I use a chrome extension to cobble together the articles into a single page, but even then it is wearying to see so many ads.

Content-wise, the best articles are typically well sourced, interesting and funny. However, it does have more than the occasional accuracy problems. When anyone can make and submit an article for money, accuracy and calmness will not rise to the top consistently.

It is the sort of site that makes you think "If I visit this site more often, it just encourages the fuckers".
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Bulbapedia

Bulbapedia

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net

Gaming , Wikis
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It has all the information you need.
But is frequently less clear than you'd like, and it is arranged so that you have to do a LOT of scrolling.

For instance, if you want to know where to find a pokemon, or when it gets what moves, you have to scroll almost to the bottom of a very long page.

It's still the best site available, but since it is comprehensive, it overloads you.
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Airbnb

Airbnb

http://www.airbnb.com

Travel , Lodging
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This site!

It's hard not to rave about it, and it's hard not to use it every time you travel!

You might only save a little money, but the quality of accommodations over normal hotels goes WAY up. Staying in other people's houses is so much more comfortable.

You have potential for more space, more rooms, and often get some surprise amenities. I've stayed at houses so nice that the people I was out of state to visit came to me, instead of me going to them!

The flexibility and comfort offered by connecting normal people together is just delightful.

Give it a try the next time you travel!
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Lynda.com

Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com

Tutorials , Video Streaming
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This site will make you long for Lynda functionality on every video you watch online on other sites.

It is powerful and useful.

Every Lynda video has a full transcript for search-ability. And if you click on a word in the transcript, the video jumps to that point.

Furthermore, each lesson is broken up into bite-size modules perfect for quick learning sessions.

Then Lynda remembers where you are without needing to save your place and you can rapidly start back up again.

For all the tasks you would love to be guided through, Lynda has lessons that will make you think "oh, this isn't that hard"

It does have an auto-renewing monthly subscription, but unlike some of the more painful subscription sites, it is quick and easy to unsubscribe.
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Bible Gateway

Bible Gateway

http://www.biblegateway.com

Religion , Reference
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This site handles 95% of my online bible searching.
It is intuitive and powerful. For just about anything short of specific Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic word analysis, this will handle your questions and searching needs.

(Aside: check out www.studylight.org for language analysis)

Any specific word or phrase can be searched, and then narrowed down with useful filters.

I teach sunday school for 4th graders and get extensive use in my prep-time and even in class on occasion. But it is also useful in my personal study.

I can't recommend it highly enough.
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