The Temp's Best Friend
Let's face it, temping can be really hard work. Or, it can be a
whole lot of sitting around, looking busy. That's even harder than
actually being busy! Here are some sites that might help you keep
your eyes open, and your expression alert.
DISCLAIMER! This site is only for use during unavoidable down-time, of course. :-)
Search Engines and Indexes on the Web
There are a lot of search engines and indexes out there, but we all
have our favorites. Yahoo is a good
place to start. Altavista
has a more powerful search engine than Yahoo, but the front page index
is not as user-friendly. Lycos is
similar, and offers lots of free stuff, like images and
software. DeskRef: Quick Reference
has an amazing list of reference sources on the Web, from Government sites
to home and garden guides, to history-related links.E-Blast
has a search engine which finds fewer hits, but better ones, and rates
them, too. The Best Information on the Net
is a site designed by librarians for college students, so it has an
academic slant to it, but is very well organized. Some other favorites include
Excite and Hotbot.
Dogpile (a multi-engine search tool), is probably the best of them all. It covers many of these other search engines. Northern Light organizes hits in categories for quicker sorting.
Users of all these sites should browse them a while to see which ones best serve their needs.
Learn Web Design in Your Spare Time
- Try my Web provider!
- More free Web Space Providers
- Free Web pages available in the U.S.
- Still More Free Web Space Providers
- Yahoo's list of free Web space providers.
- NCSA's Beginners Guide to HTML
- Don't know HTML? Learn it here with this great primer.
- A-1 Icon Archive
- This archive collects backgrounds, icons, bars and balls, fonts, clip-art, HTML help, and so on.
- About.com's Web Clip-art homepage.
- This site lists many sources for graphics and tips on using them.
Newspaper and Magazine Shelf
- AJR Newslink Newspaper Index
- Index to online newspapers all over the country.
- USA Today
- National newspaper which includes a good weather page.
- Washington Post
- Washington DC's best paper, includes a large employment section.
- Detroit Free Press
- Full text of the daily paper, also includes forums.
- Denver Post
- Full text and forums.
- Salon Magazine
- Alternative online paper with a nice set of forums.
- TV Guide
- Articles and tv listings. No longer full text
Random Rants and Reviews
- You're entitled to her opinion: rants about movies, popular culture, stupid people, etc. Includes forums.
- A bunch of grumpy guys gripe about television.
- Girls On
- Reviews by girls on film, tv, books, etc.
- My Word's Worth: a weekly column by Marylaine Block
- Opinions on books, popular culture, politics, etc. by a college librarian.
- The Word Detective
- Links to language related sites, interesting column on the English Language.
- The X-files
- Index of reviews: What really happened in every episode of the X-files. . . or not.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Weekly recap and comments on "Buffy".
- Detailed summaries and reviews of every episode back to the middle of the first season.
- Sports Night
- This guide to the ABC sit-com Sports Night includes news, cast info., summaries and reviews, and of course, quotes.
- Internet Movie Database
- Contains links to cast lists, reviews, production info., story lines, etc. for more movies than you can shake a stick at.
Temping and other forms of "Employment"
- Temp 24-7
- Stories, letters and comment on the lives we temporary wage slaves lead.
- When winners work for losers
- Humorous anecdotes and one-liners on bad bosses everywhere.
- Find jobs in the Washington DC area through the Post.
Games and Fun
- The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
- Named after the Victorian author of the line, "It was a dark and stormy night. . ." this annual bad-writing contest also includes a place to submit examples of bad writing by "real authors". The 1999 contest results are in! Warning: English-major humor!
- Here are some silly stories and sites to waste time on. Includes the "Darwin Awards" site.
- Order of the Blessed
Saint Scully the Enigmatic
- Very funny homepage of a tongue-in-cheek "religion" devoted to the worship of the X-Files' Agent Scully. Includes a newsletter, hymns and prayers, and information on members.
- Trivia, puzzles and other time-wasters.
- A few selected comic strips.
- The Christian Science Monitor's E-puzzle.
- Light-bulb Jokes
- The best from rec.humor.funny