This is kind of a "links" page, but not really. On this page, you'll find a bunch of websites that really appeal to my interests. All of these sites have both quality content, and a significant quantity of it. Most of these sites are also very specific, and very anorak-ish. Sorry about that. I'm a nerd.
I've tried to eliminate any well-known sites, because I don't see the point in introducing people to things they already know. I mean, I love Google and I use it every day, but I'm not going to put a link to it here. Oh, wait.
- Lloydian Aspects - This is an extemely diverse site with articles and categories from Kung Fu to filmmaking, evolution and wargaming. What drew me to the site initially, and what remains one of its strongest areas is the model making department, which demonstrates in great detail a bunch of incredible techniques for modelling miniatures. It's geared primarily toward table-top miniatures for wargaming, but the techniques and ideas can no doubt be applied to other types of modelling, from model railroads to filmmaking miniatures.
- elladan.de - This is another collection of astounding tutorials and techniques, generally focusing on tabletop wargaming. I'm really fond of the techniques displayed here for weathering vehicles and creating static fire and smoke effects. Very cool!
Star Trek Sites
- Memory Alpha - This is essentially the Wikipedia for Star Trek. It's got articles covering everything that's ever appeared on Star Trek, and lots of bridging articles to other franchises and to the real world. The dark horse on this site is the Real World Perspective articles section, which includes loads of behind the scenes information on the production of the various series of Trek. Hands down, my favourite page on the entire site, though, is the tediously detailed article on the Galaxy Class Starship (i.e. Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation) models, which you can find here, in all its complexity.
- The Drex Files - Doug Drexler was a makeup artist, visual and special effects expert and designer on the TNG-era Star Trek serieseseses. His website, behind its vanilla exterior, houses a veritable warehouse of rare, obscure and personal behind-the-scenes photographs, test shots, drawings and video clips from the production of the various Star Trek series (including the original). He also regularly touches on his participation in other shows, such as Battlestar Galactica and its prequel-sequel Caprica, and his own hobbies and pastimes. UPDATE, 2013: Unfortunately, The Drex Files has been shut down, which utterly sucks. Maybe it'll come back one day. We can only hope. Thanks, Doug, for all your hard work, regardless!
- Ex Astris Scientia - Bernd Schneider possesses, without a doubt, the most attention to detail of any human being I'm aware of. His site, Ex Astris Scientia, studies and analyses the minutiae of Star Trek in such detail it's unbelievable. I can (and have) spent many hours reading through the Investigations section, wherein all kinds of inconsistencies, coincidences, reuses of props and costumes (from within the Trek universe and from other productions), time travel paradoxes, alien alterations and other mysteries are explored.
- Sci-fi Debris - In which an anonymous videographer mocks and criticises virtually every episode of Star Trek ever to air, with both poise and vitriol. Good episodes are praised to the hilt, bad ones chastised mercilessly. Particular highlights include the reviews of lesser-quality episodes such as "Let He Who Is Without Sin" (DS9) and "Up The Long Ladder" (TNG).
- GAS13 - Pixel Art Tutorials - Some awesome pixel art tutorials and analyses. Not only does this fellow introduce you to techniques for pixel art, he also goes back over many classic games and the methods used in their graphics to minimise colour palettes while maximising detail. He then goes on to explore animation in RPG and fighting games. The rest of the site includes some Photoshop tutorials, games, and generally awesome artwork.
- Wrotniak.net - Another website that manages to be both esoteric and specific, Wrotniak.net hooked me in with its incredibly detailed and diverse articles on the Olympus E-Series DSLR cameras. These pages go in to great depth about a bunch of things about the E-Series, most fascinating to me at the time were the articles about using the Olympus E-510 as an infrared camera, and the intensive testing and exploration of the use of legacy lenses on the E-Series camera bodies.
Humor & Popular Science Sites
- Fully Ramblomatic - While I realise Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw has moved on to larger things these days, I still have a soft spot for his original work, which still resides on his "old site full of crap". His current blog can be found here, and Zero Punctuation can be found here, and his books can be found behind these links, respectively: Mogworld and Jam.
- Cockeyed - Rob Cockerham's site drew me in with his "How Much Is Inside?" section, wherein everyday objects are tested against the manufacturer's claims of how far the product will go. Ink cartridges - just how many pornographic images can you print with one? Sharpies - exactly how many CDs can you label with a Sharpie? Goldschlager - how much gold do you actually get in the bottom of one of those? Further to my interests, you'll find articles on Rob's series of astounding costumes, bizarre (and usually over-sized) artwork, civic pranks, and debunking of the myths and lies surrounding scams and hoaxes.
- X-Entertainment - now known largely as Dinosaur Dracula, X-Entertainment was an archive of all things retro. Most of it is either gone, now, or really hard to get to. I'm leaving it here for posterity, though.
- The Straight Dope - Cecil Adams' collection of answers to fairly intelligent questions. Pretty much everything you've ever wondered has an answer here, from the mundane to the embarrassing. I used to waste a lot of time firing random words into the site's search engine and reading every article that came forth, I was rarely disappointed.
Video Sites and Youtube Channels
- Filmriot - Ryan Connolly's channel of behind-the-scenes episodes, responses to viewer's questions and relevant shorts demonstrating whatever the effect-of-the-week is. Ryan's upload schedule is astonishing, and the quality of everything these guys produce is phenomenal.
- IndyMogul - The original resource for independent filmmakers on the internet, IndyMogul's YouTube channel houses all of their videos dating back to the dark ages. Current episodes focus largely on Griffin Hammond's filmmaking exploits and Russell Hasenauer exploring filmmaking concepts.
- Dastoli Digital - an eclectic channel of high-quality shorts and trailers for larger projects. My choice of highlight for this channel is the "Simple Tricks and Nonsense" series, which gives (or at least, gives me) some stupidly practical ideas for how to achieve visual effects, plus great information on editing techniques and essential filmmaking know-how.
- The Frugal Filmmaker - Scott Eggleston's sitting-in-your-car-having-a-chat approach to filmmaking, with the entire goal being not to spend a great deal of money. Lots of DIY builds to find here, plus some unique approaches to solving filmmaking problems, usually using things you'll find in the dollar store for purposes the manufacturers not only didn't intend, but would never have conceived of.
- Dave Dugdale - The title of Dave's productions, "Learning DSLR video" tends to be a bit of a misnomer, as it's apparent Dave knows considerably more than most of his viewers. I suppose that's an extension of the old joke that anyone can be a piano teacher, you just have to stay one lesson ahead of your students. Regardless, loads of info to find here, plenty of hands-on tests and experiments, and we also get to follow Dave on some of his filmmaking adventures.
There will be more here. One day. Oh, yes. Yes, there will.