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January 22, 2003

Computer Bits March 2003 – trivia sites and facts that aren’t

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 2:01 am

The March 2003 column for Computer Bits is for the most part done. The subject is trivia sites on the Web and e-mails and virus warnings and how their facts aren’t always — a caveat lector sort of look at things. So, I pulled all the “trivia” bookmarks out of my bookmark file. Turned out I only used a few, but as long as I had them in a separate spot, I decided to put them here.


American Society of Clinical Pathology – Timeline

Camelot International – On This Day – April

Daily Globe: “J” World Dates Archive – SEPTEMBER

Dr. Mac’s Cultural Calendar

MendelWeb: During Mendel’s Lifetime (1822-1859) (not complete 1860-1884)

Minnesota Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac

PBS History: On This Day In History

pre-WWI trivia

Daily Dose of History

Dave’s Date Books and Celebrity Birthdays

Special Events for the Year 1949

Michael J Maggio’s Daily Almanacs

“inQuiry Almanack” – Thisday – November, 1997

“inQuiry Almanack” – Thisday – October, 1997

1997 Trivia

I have more date trivia links here (


Joey Green – weird

The Straight Dope: Home Page

Urban Legends Reference Pages

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Toxin du jour (Kiss My Aspartame) – The Archive of Fun Facts and Trivia

The Archive of Useless Facts and Trivia

Bubble gum trivia

Michael H. Burchett’s Notes on the 20th Century

Caligraph 3

Chicago – Trivia

A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia

Cornerstone Trivia Game

Did you know?

FCS News – Trivia Page 3

Erin Barrett & Jack Mingo – Fun Facts – Trivia Search Engine

Past Mailings: Gagler Trivia

Geography Trivia

LIST: MOVIE TRIVIA: in-jokes, cameos, signatures

Mind Uploading: Past Developments

The Miscellanea Digest

m i s s p e l l i n g s


physicians doctors who were writers poets

Santa Clara Valley trivia

“skosh” “kamikaze”

Snap:Entertainment:Fun Pages:Trivia

Tox Trivia

toy trivia


Trivia Ink Old Questions

Trivia Questions

Trivial Trivia

The Useless Information Home Page

Weird Factoids


Typewriter invented by newspaper editor

Myths about QWERTY

I have some other miscellaneous trivia information here ( and here (

I’m sure there are more than these in my bookmark file, but these will have to do for now. I’ll take out those links that are 404s when I get around to checking and add the others ditto.

A potpourri of blogs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 12:56 am

We were discussing blogging on alt.writing recently and I gave a list of some, to me, interesting Web logs.

There are a zillion blogs out there and, like the Web, the quality is sometimes questionable. – Mary Anne Mohanraj – eclectic mix from Cory Doctorow and others – John Scalzi – Joanne Jacobs – William Gibson – Bruce Sterling – Jessamyn West

and I pointed off to the article I wrote for Computer Bits a while back on blogging.

Blogging takes time. If the blog is tracking your progress somewhere else and, like the blog for tracks changes to the site (although that blog doesn’t track all changes), that means I add a link to the site, sometimes post to misc.writing and misc.writing.moderated about the link and then sometimes add information to the blog. I am a bit compulsive, but boy, does all that tip tap and duplication take time I’d rather spend elsewhere.

So, it’s not that I haven’t been collecting links for my columns or that I haven’t written a column since August or that there’s nothing knew at, it’s just that there is no time for everything. This blog and that one over there will be attended to on an occasional basis.

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