Libraries, Archives, Collections
Local StuffThe Prelinger Library
The best library in SF. Located at 301 8th St #215. See website for the new hours (it's not just Wednesday anymore!)."Weeds: A Talk At The Library" by Nicholson Baker (Unabridged)
The text of an incendiary talk concerning the then-ongoing culling of an estimated 200,000 books from the SFPL system during the transition to the new building in the mid 90s. A later condensed version can be read here.
Interesting CollectionsThe International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals
An enormous and well-organized collection. see the archive page for a full alphabetical list.SFPL SF Chronicle Archive
Your SFPL card gets you access to the entire digitized Chron archive, stretching all the way back to the 1800s.Processed World
The full run of a zine from 1981 to the early 2000s. It was made by and for weirdo office & tech workers, and is voiced from a critical perspective on topics like labor practices and tech industry overreach.Synthesizer Manuals Collection
Includes some sub-groupings by manufacturer.Girl And Queer Bands
A frequently updated, no-nonsense list of non-male-majority US hardcore punk bands. You can view the list by region, active/inactive, or alphabetically.Space Movies Cinema
An oldschool page from NASA, which includes a great collection of movies of notable space events, as well as speeches with transcripts, etc.William Blake's Jeruselem
Scans of plates from William Blake's illustrated poem Jeruselem, from the Yale Center for British Art. Downloadable at very high resolutions.Daily Script
An enormous collection of scripts and screenplays, some as far back as the pre-code era.The Cutting Room Floor
A wiki dedicated to cut / unused content from video games. Interesting technical details into ROM hacking, and some fascinating "What if?" for familiar titles.JG Ballard - The Interview Concordance
Link above is the intro/about page. Click Here to go to the Concordance.
Free / Cheap Media
- Gutenberg.org: Free ebooks, emphesis on public domain. Also great for finding illustrations when coupled with google's "site:" tag.
- Smashwords: Cheap & free ebooks, primarily self-published (I came across this because of the competetive Smash player Wife's memoir, "Team Ben").
- Librivox: Free audiobooks (YMMV re: quality)
- Hoopla & RB Digital: SFPL card gets you a login to these streaming/ebook/audiobook services. Their interfaces are a little clunky, but whatever. Hoopla also now has a few classes from "The Great Courses."
- ThriftBooks.com: Like Amazon but sometimes much cheaper.
Longform.org and Longreads.com both have giant archives linking to thousands of good articles. Longform.org also has a fantastic weekly podcast, featuring in-depth, nuanced hourlong(ish) interviews journalists and writers.
Outside Magazine's best-of list, as selected by its writers and editors.
Spy Magazine: Google Books has the full run of Spy, a ruthlessly catty and widely influental NY culture magazine from the 1980s and 90s.
Holdiaymag.wordpress.com hasn't been updated since 2014, but it's got a bunch of stuff from Holiday. (If you're not familiar with Holliday, try this Vanity Fair article. My favorite article here is "Life with a Peacock" by O'Connor)
Streaming Terestrial Radio
- KUAA 99.9 FM (Salt Lake City): An excellent multilingual comunity station.
- Hot 105 (Miami): Home of The Quiet Storm with Freddie Cruz.
- WVUM 90.5 (U Miami, FL): College station where I used to DJ. Plays a lot of taped shows when school is not in session.
- 96.5 KOIT Radio (SF)
- There's a radio station in Sacramento which is run by highschoolers, with a 10-watt (mono) transmitter reaching a 5-mile radius, called 91.5 KYDS. I haven't been able to find an internet stream anywhere, but it's a great listen if you're ever in the area. There were a few dedicated weekly shows, but the bulk of the programming was just whatever the kids wanted to play, punctuated by haphazard and occasionally interminable airbreaks. They were constantly dropping stuff that was totally off my radar.
- Keygen Jukebox: I'm not familiar with the original context for this, but it's got some solid general MIDI bops.
- IMSLP: Free sheet music, audio recordings, and MIDI files.
- Internet of Music: Blast this while you HACK THE WORLD.
- ...And don't forget about bandcamp.com/tags.
Articles, Series, DocsA Vernacular Web, Vernacular Web 2, and Prof. Dr. Style (Vernacular Web 3)
A series of three presentations by Olia Lialina right on the cusp of the mobile era (2005, 2007, and 2010) looking back to the early stages of web design in the mid-90s. The focus is both anthropological and aesthetic.The Computer Chronicles
An SF-based television show which ran from 1983 - 2002 (AOL Time Warner was January '01). Hosted by the inimitable Stewart Cheifet. Many early episodes feature Gary Kildal, the creator of CPM. The show itself tracks (in aesthetics, subject matter, and sorts of guests who are interviewed) the rise of computers from a niche business item to their present ubiquity in a fascinating way.Code Rush
An hourlong documentary from 1998-99 which follows the employees of Netscape as they prepare to open-source their Navigator as Mozilla.
HTML / CSS / etc. toolsColor Chart - Just For You!
A painstakingly formatted hex color lookup table.CSS Gradient Generator
A GUI tool for setting up complex CSS gradients.GIF Cities
"The GeoCities Animated GIF Search Engine. GifCities is a special project of the Internet Archive to celebrate 20 years of preserving the web. Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Please donate to help us in our efforts to provide “Universal Access to All Knowledge” including GIFs."Tutorials Point: Frames
A quick, clear explanation of HTML frames.
San FranciscoOutsideLands.org and Open SF History
Sister websites of the Western Neighborhoods Project. Open SF History focuses mainly on archival and user-submitted photos, which you can browse via map.The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
Web Classic. Check the index or sort by year. Lots of great info here.The House That Jack Built: A History of San Francisco Tomorrow
A 1985 retrospective by Jack Morrison for the 15th anniversary of SFT.
ElsewherePerspectives on the Past in Southeast Asia
SEA history, historiography, archeology, maritime (etc) blog from students at the Univeristy of Sydney, AU.The World At War: History of WW 1939-1945
An extremely large Web Classic page, focusing on the European Theater.A Thousand Lakes of Red Blood on White Snow
An excellent article on the oft-forgotten Russo-Finish Winter War (1939-40)
Music / Production
Old Video Game Soundfonts
- Well-organized SNES SF rips
- Several games across several systems.
- Some PSX SFs & other stuff on this site
- SNES Square RPGs
- FFVII (also prof dr. style!)
Roberto DevereuxFull Stagings:
- Roberto Devereux (With Libretto) HQ: late 70s / early 80s?
- :A 2005(?) staging: with a rad office setting!
FluteFLUTE list Featured Member Archives
Dec. 1998 - Jan. 2001Jennifer Cluff's Flue Articles
Personal webpage of a Canadian Flutist and Teacher. Tons of quality info here, including several real-world Q&As from students (from beginner to collegiate levels), a plethora of links to other teachers' pages and articles.How To Practice by Leonard Garrison.
Some thoughts on practicing (in general), and some gnarly collegiate-level flute excersizes.FLUTE list pages
An enormous archive of material which began life as the FLUTE LISTSERV in March of 1996.
Les Baxter (1922 - 1996) was an American composer / arranger, notable for his work in the Exotica genre. A website called Tamboo.com has a great selected discography and an unedited interview from the year prior to his death. Be sure to read the prefaces.
MiscellaneousThe YES Company, an SF-based estate sale company.
The Train Riders Association of California has an excellent Links Page, which will take you to various smaller regional rail-based organization such as the BayRail Alliance. (See also: TrainWeb.com).