Software engineer Joe Wein is fed up with spam. To help himself and everyone else, he has posted a page of details and whois info for his Spam Domain Blacklist. This is a good place to check before opening email from yet another unrecognized source. If it's listed here, don't bother.
To find out almost anything about violins, bows, & related instruments, go to violin maker Dave Van Zandt's Resource Presentation. An amazing amount of hard-to-find info.
One of my brothers makes very good violin bows, if I do say so myself. Check out his site at Ken Altman/Violin Bow Maker. If visual art is more your thing, my sister-in-law Ann Altman may have what you're looking for.
There's another guy named Dave Altman. He seems to be about the same age as me and lives about ten miles away.
I have a cymbidium orchid. On the very day that it bloomed in 2003, this other Dave Altman's page appeared below mine on Google. By an amazing coincidence, it's a page about orchid care. His advice helped my cymbidium not only survive repotting, but thrive. Maybe he'll help you, too.
Project Gutenburg is the beginning of an online public library. In their own words:
"The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.
"This has several ramifications: 1. The Project Gutenberg Etexts should cost so little that no one will really care how much they cost. They should be a general size that fits on the standard media of the time...
"2. The Project Gutenberg Etexts should so easily used that no one should ever have to care about how to use, read, quote and search them..."
Check it out & maybe contribute.
In a similar vein, but even more egalitarian, is Wikipedia, an encyclopedia that EVEN YOU can correct, if you deem yourself worthy.
I bear no responsibility for your actions if you visit Backyard Ballistics, home of the Spud Gun.
After you've outgrown the Spud Gun, the next stop is Mark Pauline & Survival Research Laboratories. Make sure your insurance is paid up.
A return to sanity.
The Clock of the Long Now
Thinking sailing the Pacific would be a relaxing way to spend your retirement? You might want to take a look at the Heavy Seas web site first.
Cheap, reliable health & medical info: Health Central.
If you want to find help to counter the babble about homeopathy, magnets, aliens from outer space, etc., that you find yourself engulfed in, a good place to start is the East Bay Skeptics.
Like Japanese sake? Want to learn more? Check out John Gauntner's Sake World for more than an introduction by the foremost English language sake writer, with links to many other sites.
If your're worried about the next big one, this won't help, but at least you can find out what earthquakes happened in California today at EarthQuakeQuote.
Have you been hearing conflicting stories about whether or not the new millennium has begun? Phil Konstantin's Millennium page will straighten things out for you. If you search the page source for "daltman", you find a reference to a page of mine on an ISP that no longer exists. I'll send the gist of the page if you still care about this issue. If you prefer to read about the issue in German, try Martin Muetzenberg's 2001 site.