Just a few of my favourite websites -
www.openculture.com is far and away the best site for free stuff. Examples are: free movies (Tarkovsky, Ken Loach, film noir, Orson Welles, Hitchcock), university courses, language courses, science videos, audio books, 400 free online courses from US universities, ebooks. Plus really amazing weird and unusual stuff: Salvador Dali and Alfred Hitchcock appearing on 'What's My Line', a brief video glimpse of Anne Frank, James Joyce reading from Finnegan's Wake, Tchaikovsky's voice and film of Helen Keller and so on.
http://phrontistery.info/ This is the all-
www.wordreference.com This is the absolute best online dictionary resource of all. Translation between English and French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Czech, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic. Enormous detail on phrases unusual usages, colloquial and slanf terms.
www.irishdictionary.ie There are not a lot of resources out there in Irish and this is probably the best all-
www.realclearpolitics.com If you have the same (or even a lesser) burning interest in the minutiae of American electoral politics, especially now that the primary season is upon us, this is the site for you. Also has good links to financial, religious and other stories but its up-
www.focal.ie When I was in Rwanda, I wrote a monthly article for the Irish-
www.gog.com I don't have much time to play compter games these days but if I do, I like to play the games I played way back when the first really good games came out: Civilization, Baldur's Gate and so on. This site has re-
http://stuffexpataidworkerslike.com/ If you have ever worked in a developing country, whether as a volunteer, for an NGO or for one of the big aid corporations, this is the site for a healthy dose of cynicism. Though be warned -
www.realchange.com OK, this is a little more dodgy. If you want all the dirt (but properly-