It was suggested that a fun blog series would be a “revealing” of the faculty’s favorite websites. What do we surf when we’re all alone with our laptops in the afternoon? Where do we go to supplement our already tremendous knowledge of our subjects? What stupid stuff do we waste time on? 🙂 So, without further ado, a small sampling of Ms. Harrington’s favorite websites:
On a daily basis, I check the following websites:
www.nytimes.com and www.washingtonpost.com – I have to keep current with the news if I’m going to be able to run Humanities the way it needs to be run, so I continually check the newspapers — opinion pages, especially, since they’re the “home” of the sweetest rhetoric.
www.facebook.com – I never thought I’d be a facebook junkie, but I absolutely am. Not only do I enjoy catching up with a few friends I haven’t seen in years, but I really enjoy interacting with the students in a less formal capacity. One of the advantages of MVGS is how much time we get to spend with our students, and facebook has enabled me to make announcements, answer homework questions, and see my wonderful students be successful in other venues (their sports pictures, homecoming pictures, etc.).
Less frequently, I use these reference sites:
www.plato.standford.edu – The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is the ultimate resource for quick answers (of a sort) about philosophical matters. I refer to it often.
www.owl.english.purdue.edu – The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) website is an invaluable resource for grammar, style questions and anything you need related to the field of writing. I don’t visit it daily, but I do use it frequently.
www.apartmenttherapy.com – Apartment Therapy is a design website. While its focus is modern design, they also post craft projects, craigslist finds, recipes, tech reviews, etc. It’s a huge and frequently updated site. I don’t have a modern home, nor is my design sensibility terribly modern, but since my home runs toward late-20th Century Lego as a design theme, I enjoy looking at the spare Danish lines of modern design.
www.thatwillbuffout.com – There’s a whole series of these kind of websites, but this one is one of my favorites. I think it’s the name.
www.makingitlovely.com – Another design website, the author has lately begun having children, so I enjoy the updates and baby ideas, too.
www.tomscott.com/weather/starwars/ – This is probably the dumbest website I ever go to, but I love it unconditionally. The site allows you to input your zip code, and then it tells you which Star Wars planet your weather currently resembles. For instance, today it’s “like Kamino out there. Wet.”