My personal selection of fun or useful links

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My home page (with contact info and info on handling links that no longer work.)
My Math/Physics Tutoring Page
My Professional Page
My My Résumé
My Washington, DC Area Ice Rinks with Links
My Boating (Kayak and Canoe) links
My Ice Skating links
My Modifying Skate Fit and Balance for Health, Longevity and Performance
My Why it's hard to skate in the Spring: Hockey Tournaments and the Economics of Ice Rinks
My Short Treatise on the Art of Falling Gently
My Music, Video and TV grew too large and has been moved to a separate page.
My Source code diagramming programs
My List of nice HTML fonts

ATM Machine Locations
Boating (Kayak and Canoe) grew too large and has been moved to a separate page.
  Expert forums
  Spyware Malware and Privacy page on disabling Yahoo web beacons
  Operating Systems and such
  Software Download sources and reviews
  Programming Languages: Assembly, Fortran, J, Java, Other
Car and Truck
Dates and times
DC Metropolitan Area Communities near College Park, MD; Pubilc Transportation; Other
GIS and geology links
Health and Fitness/Injury Prevention/Anatomy
  Exercise Music & Fitness Videos
  Recreation Centers With Classes (local)
  Gyms under $20/month
  Other gym chains
  Public Shower Directories & Vanlife
  Multi-gym fitness plans sponsored by Insurance plans and other organizations
  Ice Skating
  Woodworking classes, resources
Music, Video and TV grew too large and has been moved to a separate page.
 Music and Sound
  Local (DC area) Music Performance Groups
  Sound processing Software
  Music and Sound Sources
  Free Sheet Music, Music Theory Lessons
 TV (Television) and Video
  English Language IPTV for U.S. Viewers (Big Table)
 Some channels that don't stream, as of my last test
  Video Sharing Websites (also listed in main table)
  TV Channel Program Schedules
  Descriptions of TV Programs and Movies
  Online Collections of Free TV Shows and Movies
  Online Collections of Free and Paid TV Shows and Movies
  Movies at Theaters
  Paid Internet TV and Movie Subscription Services
  Free TV Channel Bundles
  Paid TV Channel Bundle Subscriptions
  Viewable College Courses
  TV forums
  Video processing Software
  Other Cordcutting resources
Phone number and/or address lookup; People search, Business search
Phone services
Politics of conservation
Real Estate
Reference Works: Dictionaries, Encyclopedia, Grammar
Shopping, general
  Reviews of businesses
  Reviews of Shopping Items
  Student discounts
Skating (Ice)
Skiing - Cross Country
TV (Television) grew too large and has been moved to another page
University of MD

ATM Machine Locations

In addition to your bank or credit union's ATMs, if your debit card is appropriately marked, you may be able to freely use some other ATM networks; my information here is not authoritative: ask your bank.
AFFN ATM Locator (Domestic) For US Armed Service personnel
American Express ATM Locator (not all are free)
CO-OP Surcharge-free access to your money...
  You can also use other Credit Union's Shared Branches, but may charge fees
CUHERE/CU24/CULIANCE/MoneyPass/Allpoint LocatorSearch (Click on Free ATMs)
Discover ATM Locator (not all are free)
Mastercard/Cirrus/Maestro ATM Locator (not sure if are all free)
NYCE (some charge fees)
PULSE (may charge fees- except PULSE Select Surcharge Free ATMs)
STAR (may charge fees)
Visa Plus & Plus Alliance ATM Networks (Surcharge Free); Visa Global ATM Locator (not all free)
Where to find free ATMs... Lists several other networks
See also Interbank Network Wikipedia article

Backpacking (local)

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Ski Touring Section (PATC STS); Newsletter, Schedule
Sierra Club chapters
DC Sierra Club calendar
Maryland Sierra Club With links to local group schedules
Virginia Sierra Club groups With links to local group schedules
Virginia/Mount Vernon Sierra Club calendar link
Virginia/Chesapeake Bay Sierra Club schedule
Virginia/Great Falls Sierra Club Schedule
Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC - less serious intense than PATC and Sierra); Trips, by regions Internet forums and meetings, by area
Places to hike
LLBean Parkfinder
Campmor (Probably the biggest US mail order place)
REI (Another biggie)
The lightweight backpacker (
Stephenson's Warmlite Extremely lightweight outdoor gear, at extremely high prices. Warning: vapor barriers, the basis of much extremely lightweight gear, are uncomfortable or unhealthy on many-day trips.
Wanderlust gear - not working last I checked; Same Company??
Zen Backpacking Stoves Info on stoves and fuel cannisters
Reviews of backpacking gear


Free identification guides
Ten Most Common Trees in the United States
Common Trees of Pennsylvania
Cornell CCE Know Your Trees (decision tree)
How To Identify The Common Native Trees of North America
15 trees every outdoor lover should learn to identify
Treesforme (meant to be comprehensive, but under developement)
USDA Plants Database Very comprehensive
Red Dead Redemption 2: All Animals Species & Wildlife Database Relates to a hunting/fishing game, with 200 species
ANGFA Aquatic Survey Database (plants and animals)
Pierre Wildlife Animal and Conservation Database
Search for books by John James Audubon at google books

Boating Links (grew too large; moved to another page)

Boating (Kayak and Canoe)
  Local Paddling Clubs
  Paddling Clubs on rest of US East Coast
  River Water levels
  Current chemical, biological contamination
  Local boating pages
  Sea Kayak launch sites near DC
  National lists of Kayak launch sites
  Sea Kayak launch sites not near DC
  Nautical maps and charts
  Local (Non-WWW) Boating Maps and GuideBooks with launch sites
  Whitewater boating locations
  National Paddling and Paddling Instructor Organizations
  Paddling Instructors and Schools
  Kayak types and paddling techniques
  Paddling Schools near DC
  East Coast Paddling Schools and clubs not near DC, roughly north to south
  South Carolina Camping mid-way to Florida; ; Various Free Camping
  Florida paddling schools near Palm City
  Discussion Forums
  Upstate NY boating and other activities NY near Ithaca
  Canoe and Kayak Shopping
  Waterproof GPS containers; (for cameras check a search engine for "underwater housing")
  Kayak descriptions
  Making your own boats; Classes, Resources
  Kayaking Gear
  Other Paddling Links


(See also My Libraries links)
Area bookstores
Cheap Textbooks - BookByte
New and used textbooks
new and used college textbooks
BookHolders (Has store in College Park)
Maryland Merchant 70-90% Discount Books/Columbia, MD and shows discount technical books sells almost everything, gives descriptions and buyer reviews, excerpts. Note: web page includes no address or phone.
  Amazon Warehouse
Barnes and Noble
Bartleby Books Online Searches other sites Buy & rent textbooks
SF Site Science Fiction books, reviews
SF Signal "the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks"
Google Books Many of these books are free (copyright expired) Free books
Project Gutenberg More free eBooks
The Online Books Club -
Best Places to Get Free Books - The Ultimate Guide
COM Library: Open Access eBooks
Scribd Join for $9/month to read many books and magazines (30 day free trial); The leading such service. Note: If you cancel, confirm cancellation carefully (see online reviews). Sometimes accused of copyright violation.
Book Sale Finder (e.g., library books sales)
My Library tab in this page

Car and Truck

Edmunds (cars, trucks)
auto rebates
Kelley Blue Book
Official Gov't Site For Vehicle Safety Recall Info
Another Official Gov't site for vehicle safety recall info
Gov't Search for Recalls, original and non-original equipment
eBay motors
US Government fuel economy site
Car talk Special Needs equipment



Internet: speed tests Internet Speed Test (My favorite speed test - Uses actual data??)
Internet Speed Test Sites (A list and evaluation)
OOLA Internet Speed test
AT&T Internet Speed Test
Verizon Internet Speed Test Internet Speed TEst
BandWidth Place HTML5 Speed Test Internet Speed Tests Info on improving Internet speed; Also another speed test
NetStress Network Benchmarking Tool (free) Tests transfer speed between 2 points; not tested by me

Internet: VPNs, Routers, and IP Address
PCMag: The Best VPN Services of 2017
Why use a VPN?
If you use public WiFi, it is very easy to intercept your accounts and passwords. Also, U.S. ISPs can legally resell info about everything you do over the Internet to anyone - and they do. In addition, WiFi and most shared communication lines (such as are used for Internet) are easily intercepted, and any website can be spoofed to fool your browser into making you reveal your accounts and passwords. So using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which encrypts the data, is often a good idea, especially if using public WiFi - if you trust the VPN service. (Since free VPN services must sell such info to make a profit, they probably can't be trusted.) Though a VPN may not stop anyone, like a government, willing to devote sufficient resources, from monitoring your activities (e.g., hiding your IP address and location may not work), so don't do anything illegal. Also, VPNs, like most things that rely on encryption, may not provide long-term privacy - in the long term, most secret codes can be broken, so intercepted data can be saved for future decryption. Yes, I'm being paranoid, but it is a well thought out paranoia. ☺

Note: Most web browsers implement WebRTC, which means that VPNs won't work right - the browser somehow bypasses the VPN. You must disable WebRTC to make them work right. Also, you need to make sure the operating system is set to use the right time zone and country location. I'm sure there are other things you should do too. Also, common search engines make you jump through hoops if you use a VPN that maps many users to the same IP Address. That's because the search engines want to limit the number of searches from a single address, perhaps so other search engines won't share their search data. Perhaps it would help to buy a "dedicated VPN IP" that only you use??

I tried two well rated VPN services, PureVPN and NordVPN. I had trouble accessing Yahoo and Google search engines and email, as well as video streaming services, and initially couldn't see PureVPN's own web page from PureVPN's own VPN server. But PureVPN tech support was very helpful, and found me (temporary) work arounds. They explained that many websites blacklist published VPN server IP addresses, which means they all work for a very limited period of time. So, while VPNs do help safeguard passwords, you should expect frequent unreliability when using commercial VPN services to access 3rd party servers. In addition, using a common VPN while logging in to gmail may be impossible, because they verify your IP address - unless you set up 2-step verification (e.g., verify you are you through a phone call - which won't work if you use Google Voice). (PureVPN suggested to always use the same VPN server IP address with gmail - maybe that would work.) The only reliable way to make a VPN work with 3rd party servers is to set up your own server, and not publish its existence. Some companies set up their own VPNs so their employees can access their own internal workplace networks. (Though, that can be a bad idea, if employees trust it too much, and ignore security.) Furthermore, VPNs usually slow down network access, and some ISPs deliberately slow down VPN and other proxy data.
PureVPN A well-rated relatively cheap VPN service, I used it til mid-April 2022, after which I can't figure out how to make it work under Windows 7. I never figured out how to use it with Linux.
  It is associated with
NordVPN Another well rated VPN service that I tried.
Forum about VPNs Use your PC as a wireless router. PC must have WiFi hardware.
OpenWRT An operating system for (some) routers; allows things like allowing router to act as a VPN client
Routers that allow you to install dd-wrt Includes OpenVPN client, I think
Geobytes - locations of IP addresses
IP Chicken Your IP address
WhatIsMyIPAddress Another such service; gives location. Another one; also gives location.
vpnmentor ipinfo another one; also gives location; works faster.

Internet: Web Hosting Services for your web page
Namecheap A reasonably cheap domain registrar; Coupon codes A FREE website hosting service - no ads, lots of space. Worked beautifully at first. But is a bit slow, sometimes shuts down. A similar service, untested by me
  Google Cloud
  Additional similar services
  Youtube Instructions on using Google Drive and to freely host your account.
  Using your own domain name in connection with - great for above.
   Uses DriveToWeb server
   Because wants control over your google account, I suggest you create a google account just for this purpose.
   I used this for quite some time, and I still map to this page from,
but I eventually switched to a paid host for better speed,and so search engines would list this under to list my page as instead of But if you want a free host, it works.

Internet: Other Broadband Internet reliability issues
How to Force a Public Wi-Fi [WiFi] Network Login Page to Open
Satellite TV and/or Internet providers
Here's how to enable DoH in each browser...
SmallNetBuilder Forums discussing networking devices

Expert forums Lots of computer expertise More general questions, but some computer stuff
GNU Gif Patent stuff
Chilling Effects: Reverse Engineering
UCITA and Open Software
U.S. Code Title 17 Circumvention Free educational trainig
Cinda's Business/Computer Education site
RFC 1738 - Uniform Resource Locators (URL) describes URL format
Spyware Malware and Privacy
Zone Alarm firewall from Zone Labs free version available
AnswersThatWork Task List Programs
Windows Process Library The Elder Geek on Windows XP
Turn Off Unnecessary Windows XP Services
WhatTheDevil disable unwanted services...
techknowl disable unwanted services...
PCWorld: Speed Up Windows by Stripping It Down
Windows 7 Startup Detail detailed example of what happens when Windows starts
Microsoft Services Descriptions
US-CERT Vulnerability Notes Database
AZPCHelp Startup Program Listz Fairly comprehensive explanation of running processes
VMWare "Creating and Preparing Virtual Machines" Has general information for optimizing operating systems, including windows - not just under VMWare
Winguides tweaking, managing and securing the Windows operating system
PCWorld spyware related software
AdAware spyware remover; free version available
CNET spyware removal software Caution: Some software I downloaded from this site was Malware.
Neuber Software Security Task Manager
The GNU C Library - Table of Contents
10 Speed Tweaks that can make a huge difference in Vista performance
XP Boot disk
Microsoft Multi-boot setup
Creating A DOS Bootable USB Key (All-in-One Package)
Microsoft Technet
Software software download site - e.g. antivirus (avg, antivir), UBCD ultimate boot cd
U of Maryland Virus Software
Antivirus Download from CNET
Brava Reader Reads PDFs - less crippled than Adobe Reader
Microsoft Windows Update (out of date)
  In Windows 7, if you are somewhat up to date, you can instead do something like
  Start → All Programs → Windows Update
How do I reset Windows Update components? (Fixing Windows Update)
Convenience Rollup (updates) for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (use cumulative quality rollups)
  (Rollups run better if Windows update service is turned off)
Microsoft windows update catalog
Windows Update Troubleshooter
(3rd party) Repair or reinstall Windows Update
Get the free Microsoft Windows Security Update CD.
"Windows Update error 0x80070490" (use System File Checker tool, DISM...)
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
  Details are included in windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.
  e.g. C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log:
  How to replace Microsoft software or hardware, order service packs and product upgrades, or replace product manuals
Clonezilla Live My favorite disk backup tool for Linux and Windows.
Fast and Free. Not very user friendly, but stops on error, and runs under user control - extremely important. (Tools that continue after an error, and/or do automated backups to a permanently mounted drive, are mostly useless, because if a source or destination drive starts to fail, or if you are infected by a virus, the new (bad) backups overwrite the old (good) backups. Likewise, Microsoft Windows backup is too complicated to use, because of microsoft adds too many copy protection features - most people don't succeed in creating a usable backup.)
You should only run backups to a removable drive that you remove when not doing a back-up, under your control, and after doing a "chkdsk/b :" (under a cmdshell run with administrative privilidges) on all source drives (for NTFS drives), or run fsck on linux partitions, or backups may not be recoverable. (Once in a while, and before your first backup, you may also want to run chkdsk/b on your destination drive.) If Clonezilla still fails with an I/O error, despite this, you can go into expert mode, and try the -rescue and -z6 (lzip) options. Old Clonezilla fails on Windows 8 and Windows 10, but it is possible new haved fixed this - or at least I see people used it.
Clonezilla is sometimes used to Clone hard drives as well as back them up - but beware that Microsoft doesn't approve of multiple PCs running the same licensed copy of Windows. It may also not work.
Instructions for Clonzilla
Windows Command Line Windows Commands, Batch files, Command prompt and PowerShell
Command Line Commands for Control Panel Applets
Zone Alarm from Zone Labs I don't use this anymore, because it slowed everything down. Windows Security Essentials is mostly sufficient, if kept up to date, and you regularly use Windows Update.
Quick View Plus Views many file formats, including non-crippled power point - 30 day trial
Sample ddrescue + gzip call: (ddrescue is on systemrescucd)
ddrescue /dev/sdb1 | gzip -9 > /hdd2/bkup/sdb_1.img.gz Free software configured to run out of a single directory - e.g. a USB memory stick.
Open source software: An all-star lineup Out of date - used to describe
  OpenOffice word processing, drawing, presenting, database;
    Out of date - largely replaced by LibreOffice
  LibreOffice OpenOffice replacement
  Firefox web browser
    Waterfox A more private version of Firefox, not discussed in this article
  Thunderbird email
  Audacity sound recording, podcasting; (tutorials are listed here)
  CD Burner XP CD/DVD burning
  Gimp image editor
  7-zip zip format data compression/archiver
  Clonezilla hard drive cloning
  DoISO make bootable CD for Clonezilla
  Filezilla FTP client or server
Microsoft Download Center
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats
Operating Systems and such
Introduction to Linux: A Hands on Guide by Machtelt Garrels
Bash Guide for Beginners by Machtelt Garrels
Guide to Linux distributions and Unix like OS's (forum post)
Redhat Linux (Commercial version)
Fedora (Redhat's latest free Linux distribution)
Cygwin (Redhat's Linux inside windows)
Be sure to get wget, to download webpages with things like:
wget -r -k --follow-ftp --random-wait -l2 -e robots=off -H --convert-links -o wget1.log
wget -r -k --follow-ftp --random-wait -l0 -e robots=off --convert-links -o wget2.log
Note: "-e robots=off" is impolite, but is needed to mirror stuff.
  See also.
MingW Variation of Cygwin, compiles executables that don't need Cygwin DLLs
MinGW for First Time Users HOWTO
loadlin - load linux from dos E.g., To install Redhat through a USB CDROM, copy loadlin.exe together with the contents of images\pxeboot from Disk 1 of the Fedora 3, reboot into MSDOS mode, type
  loadlin vmlinuz /dev/sda1 ro initrd=initrd.img
ntfsresize Resize NTFS partitions from linux
Linux Mint An easy to use windows-like linux distribution
Info on using NTFS partions from linux
Suze A common workstation Linux distribution
Ubuntu Linux distribution - the most popular at current?
  LUbuntu Lightweight Ubuntu, sufficient for Kodi
  Installing VMware tools / (actually open-vm-tools)on an Ubuntu guest
  How to Install (most recent) Kodi in Ubuntu
  Set Windows as default OS when dual booting ubuntu
  May be outdatted - edit /etc/default/grub instead of /boot/grub/menu.lst, to set "GRUB_DEFAULT=4" instead of 0, then run "sudo update-grub".
  Adding swap space on Ubuntu 20.04
    Increasing swap Resource Center for Free Operating Systems - includes list of official download sites; Is not kept up to date
ReactOS Free Open Source Windows XP Clone
VMWARE free player PC emulator, good idea for browsing?
Bochs PC emulator
QEMU PC emulator
Virtual Box PC emulator Virtual boxes for same
Flex86? - another emulator
VMWARE provided virtual boxes
OSBoxes More virtual boxes
bootable Live [linux] system on CD or DVD (for disk recoery)
DDRESCUE Data Recovery Tool (associated with above)
Damaged Hard Disk (recovery info)
Software Download sources and reviews
Softpedia A great source!
CNET Note: I like their reviews, but you may accidentally click on a "downloader", which is a lot like malware.
CNET free software Note: See above.
CNET Reviews
GNU free software directory
Tucows (reviews software, including free software -- click on downloads)
Some Yahoo Services (listed because they kindly used to host this site) DejaNews Usenet Archive
Geocities - No longer available - see here
Yahoo Groups (discussion groups)
Yahoo Mail
Switch back to classic yahoo mail
Yahoo Search

DMOZ Directory of Internet links
Yahoo Babelfish web page translations
Other Useful Internet services Internet Archive Wayback Machine
Internet FAQ Archives
Symbol Hound Search engine that includes special characters
Google Verbatim searches Closer to a real Exact match than normal google

Programming Languages: Assembly
Jergerlehner Intel Assembler 80x86 CodeTable
Intel Assembly webring
NASM assembler Unix Assembly
FreeBSD Assembly Language tutorial
Assembly Language resources, (including Intel documentation)
Intel manuals
Intel stuff relating to instruction sets
Programming Languages: Fortran
Fortran Standards documents from gcc WIKI
Fortran 2008 Draft Standard
Fortran 2003 Final Committee Draft
Fortran 77 Standard
J3 - Fortran Standards
ACM Fortran "Forum" (plus Fortran Standard Committee activities) Fortran High-performance parallel programming language
Advanced Fortran Programming
The Fortran Company
Fortran Library (with links)
Intel® Software Documentation Library: includes Visual Fortran
TEK-TIPS Fortran Forum
comp.lang.fortran Google/Usenet group
Introduction and Basic Fortran from Michigan Tech CS201 course
Fortran 90 Tutorial from Stanford ME200C course
WikiBooks Fortran; Categories
Wikipedia: Fortran
Fixed to Free Form Fortran Conversion programs
Numerical Methods for Fortran Programmers Many resources
Using Gnu Fortran (gfortran compiler)
  Installation of GFortran in Windows 10 by Yutaka Masuda
  Installation of GFortran in Windows 10 by Yutaka Masuda
  *** This DID NOT WORK - MSYS2 is broken, can't compile Fortran programs statically***
  Specifically I made did this:   Visited
  Clicked on the installer to download it.
    I used msys2-x86_64-20230318.exe
  Ran the downloaded file using default options.
  Inside the opened URT64 terminal:
   pacman -S mingw-w64-ucrt-x86_64-gcc
   Answer yes
   pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc-fortran
   Answer yes
   pacman -Su gcc-fortran
   Answer yes
   pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc ????    Answer yes
   To compile foo.f in way that will run outside MSYS64:
   gfortran -static -static-libgfortran -static-libquadmath foo.f -o foo
 *nbsp; Copy a link to \msys64\urt64.exe to your desktop.
Programming Languages: J (from APL developer)
  MingW-64 Downloads can I make this work?
  Or this
JSOFT Lots of free eBooks about software development (but check whether copy is legal first)
Programming Languages: Java
Dr. Daniel Wolf's Howard Community College Java course
Sun Java Documentation List of documentation - a bit confusing
Sun: The Java Tutorial Good starting point, but hard for beginners
Index to same
Sun API Applications Programmers Interface - lists classes, packages
The Java Language Specification Very detailed info
The Java[tm] Tutorial Books Other free online Sun books
Programming languages: Other
David Fanning's Coyote's Guide to IDL Programming
IDL Libraries Browser
Using IDL to Manipulate and Visualize Scientific Data An online tutorial
IDL Programming Resources
Harris Aerospace Provides IDL, ENVI
  Using IDL User Manual
Rogue Wave Provides PV-WAVE
Gnu Data Language GDL = Open Software IDL clone
Matlab Clones including Octave and Scilab
The Free Country Free compilers and software
Guide to Computer Training: Resources for Programming Language
NOTE: Not all sold software is legit. I'm not sure how to tell, but any legit company should provide address and phone contact info
New Egg (discount electronics)
Printpal cartridges
PC Mall Note: web page includes no address or phone.
ANSI webstore - buy ANSI language standards
Calibrex comparison software shopping
Tiger Direct (Computer and electronics sales)
Fry's (Computer and electronics sales)
MarketPro - runs computer shows in some areas
Handheld PCs that run normal windows...
Dynamism (Japanese market extremely portable computers, including Sony U101, U1, U3)
  Alternate sources:, HFT Direct From Japan, iCube,
  Kemplar, Kurns & Patrick,
Antelope MCC small computer plugs into desktop or portable cradle about hand-held pcs The Home Of UMPC - (Ultra Mobile PC) Video Reviews
1 src forums
(US) Compact TV Tuners for UMPC
Hauppauge WinTV HVR 950 UMPC TV Tuner/DVR Review
Artec T14A Mini USB 2.0 Digital TV Tuner
Fuji PLUS USB HDTV ATSC/NTSC TV Tuner For PC&Notebook FD-USB728 USB 2.0 Interface
Pinnacle PCTV 1080i USB TV tuners
Other Computer Hardware
Ultimate Chart of Computer Connectors and Ports


(See Ice Skating for ice dance)

Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) (dance)
DC Dancenet
DC Dancenet's Regular Dance Party Events
Waltechs Dance links in Baltimore (and vicinity)
Yahoo Directory of Dance
Folk dance association (lists regional dance locations) Washington D.C./Baltimore MD Dance
Glen Echo National Park activities
Written and Historical Data for Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo
A General History of Glen Echo Park, Richard A. Cook (1997)
salsanewyork NY style Salsa on two/ourdancemusic.htm salsanewyork Same web site, about Basic step
Salsa dance patterns (for salsa on 1) (fairly detailed)
Dance notes: salsa
Click for lessons List of studios teaching lessons (mostly commercial)
Henry's Dance Hotlist
Dance TV Learn to ballroom dance online
Folk dance association (U.S. and Canada Dance groups)
Ted Cranes Dance database
The Dance patterns database (also includes program for creating patterns)
Dance steps from EZ 30 minute dance course
Elements of English country dance
History of dance; other articles on dance on health, including steps
SCA Dance page (very old dances)
Renaissance dance and music
Worldwide Internet Music Resources: Dance and Ballet
American Ballet Theater Dictionary (of ballet terms)
Joe Body Dance Links
Physics of dance
Yahoo dance categories: because I got tired looking Internet forums and meetings, by area

Dates and times Official US time of day - requires Java
US Naval Observatory time (nominally the same as above) (Iceland); also lists computer clock error; but is sometimes off from above
OPM government status
U of Maryland Academic Calendar
Calendars, yearly and perpetual
Federal holiday calendars

DC Metropolitan Area

Communities near College Park, MD:
Adelphi, MD
Beltsville, MD
Berwyn Heights, MD
College Park, MD
Silver Spring, MD
  Source of the Spring Website
University Park, MD
Public Transportation:
WMATA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail, Metrobus
  WMATA Maps
  WMATA PG County Transportation Map
  DC Metro trip planner (works badly outside DC itself)
  (Other) Regional Transportation links e.g., other buses
  Buying metro passes; Same for Commuter & Marc
  Google map Best way to figure out Metrorail, Metrobus routes - at high zoom, click on stop, select "directions", select other stop, select Metrorail symbol.
The Bus (Prince George's County)
Regional Transportation Authority: Laurel, Savage, Columbia, elicott city, Jessup, Hanover, Elkridge; System Map
Link: Reston Town Center Line
Prince Georges county Transit Information (In upper right)
Shuttle UM (University of Maryland); free pass links for College Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville residents
TheBus (PG County; free to seniors and disabled)
Maryland Regional Tranportation Agency
University Park, MD bus schedule to & from PG Plaza Metro Station
Maryland Trip Planner: Maps & Schedules
MTA (Maryland Transit Administration): Links to Trains and buses, mostly from Baltimore
MTA Commuter Buses - centered around DC and Baltimore, but includes distant parts of Maryland
Greyhound bus line; They go to many cities in the U.S., including College Park, MD
  Map of bus routes showing major cities (very incomplete)
  List & map of bus stations (a very hard to find page; does not include all stops)
  Trailways bus lines Another bus system owned by Greyhound); lists other stops, I think
    List of bus stataions & stops (a very hard to find page)
BusBuster 3rd party Bus ticketing service
Bus Line Companies in the U.S.; Click on Maryland for list
Public transportation Options in Your Community Very good links from APTA
Other: Internet forums and meetings, by area

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Geology

MD, DC and Virginia geology
Prince Georges County Atlas
Maryland Geological Survey
Sea Kayak Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators
Downloadable charts of Chesapeake Bay area
York County, VA Blueways Map of water routes
Virginia Rocks and Ridges
Virginia Dept of Mines, Minerals and Energy
The Geology of Virginia (Colelge of William and Mary)
USGS Water Resources for MD, DE and DC
List of state geological survey web sites
Another such list
NOAA Nowcoast gis mapping - includes guage mapping and data
Software, hardware, including GPS
DeLorme Mapping and GPS Software
Center for Advanced Spatial Tech: Starting the Hunt FREE: GIS Data & Map Layers
Yale Map Collection info and sales links - very informative
Just GPS Links
Garmin - manufactures GPS
Magellan - manufactures GPS
Lowrance - manufactures GPS
TomTom - manufactures GPS
Anglers Electronics - discount GPS (cheaper if buy through Yahoo shopping)
Adventure GPS
Pocket GPS World (PDA GPS plug ins)
Caution Most Watch sized GPS's run out of battery power fast
Timex/Garmen GPS watch - needs separate GPS device
Garmin Forerunner, Foretrex GPS watches; also here
Suunto: x9i GPS watch GPS Watch with 5 hour battery time

Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog Portable Amerigo portable nav, open source
Map sources
GAIA GPS Map is free to explore online. Some extra maps and download versions cost extra
  Getting Started in the App (GAIA's own instructions
  COMPLETE Beginner's Guide To The Gaia GPS App, How To Get Started
AvenzaMaps Free. Offline. Above beginner's guide says includes info on free National forest campsites.
(MapTech) Mapserver
MapTech navigation software, charts, GPS
Mapping Tools, Distance and Coordinate Calculators, Atlases, Outline Maps, Satellite Imagery, GPS, and GIS Datasets. US Government parks and recreation facilities
USGS Geographic Names Service Search for a name, find maps, images
HSU Library Maps and Atlases: Topographic Maps Shows major sources of digital maps in the U.S.
Garmin City map viewer online map viewer
Yahoo maps; API
Google maps; API
Google earth
Open Street Map Free open source street map
  Open Sea Map Similar for nautical charts - not much detail in U.S. last I checked
Waze a good Free Street navigation app
Wikimapia A free, complete, multilingual, up-to-date map of the whole world
Map for above
Hiking Project Free open source hiking maps
Traillink Trail Maps
Maps on Us
Globe Explorer
1D03 Map Collections
NLA Cartographic Links
USGS links
USGS main site
USGS Eros data center
USGS Node of the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
Microsoft Terraserver
Another Terraserver link
USGS Geography: Viewing USGS Maps and Aerial Photo Images Online
LandVoyage unlimited use memberships available
Free Geodata
NOAA Oceanservice - includes nautical charts stuff
NOAA Nowcoast gis mapping
OpenCPN OpenCPN chart navigation (free) (I couldn't make this work on Android - totally unclear how to download charts; maybe because of warning that it was designed for older Android versions??)
Palm Awesome Apps for Paddlers

Remote sensing data
Pertaining to SAR:
Radar Remote Sensing - including tutorial on Radar polarimetry
Tutorial on Radar Polarimetry
Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
Alaska SAR Facility
JPL pages on imaging radar
SAR references
JPL distributed active archive data
Some more such JPL data, including AIRSAR
Radar sensors and techniques
Alaska satellite site
Remote sensing in general:
Professor Paul Mather home page, including Remote sensing and GIS links
Interesting WWW addresses
CEOS Committee on Earth Observation satellites
Arun's other links
JPL remote sensing bookmarks
Astronomia database
Old (English) DLR page
New (mostly German) DLR page
Other remote sensing information
Radar tools for linux
Softpedia engineering tools
GISDataDepot - General GIS Information

Health and Fitness/Injury Prevention/Anatomy

My A Short Treatise on the Art of Falling Gently
American Red Cross Courses in first aid
Red Cross On-Line Training
Price list from Susquehana Valley Red Cross
American Heart Association CPR & First Aid classes: includes list of 3rd party training centers
Wilderness Medical Association Courses in Wilderness First Aid
Center for Wilderness Safety
Stretching FAQ sports injury prevention page
Cramer Injury Location Diagram
Fitness Connection
Misc. Athletic Training & Sports Med Links
WebMD Medical Symptoms
Mayo Clinic - look up diseases, symptoms, treatments
Some other medical search links Free and $10 on-line physician / specialist consultations
American Academy of Family Physicians You can search their journal archives Click on Health and safety (mostly commercial)
National Center for Biotechnology Information
U.S. National Library of Medicine; National Institutes of Health Includes health information
Nureyev Medical Website Information on injuries due to dance
USFSA Official Sports Science and Medicine Volunteer Network info and links, such as SPIN!
"Skating Injuries And Their Treatment"
"How To Evaluate Figure Skating Injuries"
Virtual Sports Injury Clinic
Medscape Drugs & Diseases - peer reviewed comprehensive reference
NIH Drug Information Resources
Emory University: The Best Free Drug Reference Apps Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices (a lawyers' group)
Patient Assistance (pharmacy discount) for uninsured patients Walmart & other pharmacies
goodrx Stop Paying too much for your prescriptions Get Multiple quotes
Shop Costco for drugs (members only; mail order prices only)
Safeway Discount Prescription Card
Target S4 Generic drugs (May disappear from screen if you don't stop it.)
Nutrient Recommendations: Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI)
USDA page, lets you search for food ingredients; results may be highly technical Free web page to track nutrients, exercise; a nutritionalist suggested it to me Similar - also suggested by nutritionalist
QuackWatch Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions by Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Wikipedia: Weight Training

Cheapest Internet Glasses; I found the first 2 provide excellent optical and frame quality, comparable to high end stores, take 2-3 weeks.
(If your eyes are equally far-sighted, try Dollar store glasses instead!)
(Also - some customizations, like bifocal segment height, may not be available.)
Zenni Optical
The following have not been tested by me:
Payne Glasses
Swimoutlet Prescription Swim goggles

Exercise Music & Fitness Videos

The swiss ball workout that's made Jess Fox the best paddler in history Aerobics instructions on aerobics various celtic music organization index music index
Music video
Jumpybumpy: lots of music, but U.S. people must mail order from UK. I like some of their selections.
Multitrax: Big Europian music and video publisher
WaterWorkout tapes, music
carol largo water exercise tapes
ricierecordingstudio Aerobic Water Workout Fitness Training
Maui motions water workout dance and exercise videos
How To Exercise At Home: The 50 Best Free Online Workout Resources' Great Resources!
Centralhome Dance, Exercise, Sports and Fitness Videos & DVD
Fitness Video and DVD Superstore workout videos, music...
Activevideos dance, exercise, sports videos, music
AliMed Discount medical supplies
Falling: I believe in practicing gentle falls, but am still collecting info on this
CDC: Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults
Doctor Healthy Net: Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults
Analysis of movement strategies during unexpected falls
(Medical anatomical vocabulary is completely without value, but is needed to read tracts on injury prevention)
Gray's Anatomy (a classic text on anatomy; perhaps replaced by Moore and Daly)
Musculoskeletal Atlas by Carol Teitz, MD and Dan Graney, PhD
Yahoo Anatomy directory
Emuseum Human Anatomy
Enchanted Learning: Human Anatomy
Human anatomy in cross section
PSU Biology 29 Human Anatomy
Java Applets to view Visible Human Data (more future promise than present)
Medical Mnemonics
Upper Extremity Muscle Atlas
Lower Extremity Muscle Atlas
Human Anatomy Web Links by Dr. Karen E. Petersen, U of Washington (Mostly paid medical studies

Recreation Centers with classes (local) (Click on Recreational Facilities)
Greenbelt Recreational Brochure
Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center Additional info
Planet Fitness (Greenbelt Plaza) Gym - occasionally charges $99/year, as of 2016; open all the time
OpenBarre Studios In person and online exercise classes
Adele H Stamp Student Union Art & Learning Center
University Recreation & Wellness
University of MD Eppley Recreation Center
Non-credit classes and workshops and social (University of MD from graduate student life handbook)
Training at Maryland (University of MD)
Maryland State Gym (Upper Marlboro, MD) Child and adult fitness and gymnastics programs
MNCPP Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
PGCPR Prince Georges County Dept of Parks and Recreation
PGCPP Community Centers
PGCPP Community Centers closest to College Park, MD:
  Beltsville Community Center
  Berwyn Heights Community Center
  Bladensburg Community Center
  College Park Community Center
  Deerfield Run Community Center (Laurel)
  Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex
  Good Luck Community Center (Lanham)
  Greenbelt Community Center
  Hamilton Splash Park (outdoor) (Hyattsville)
  Prince Georges Plaza Community Center
  Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex (not so close, but comprehensive)
  Rollingcrest / Chillim Community Center; Splash Pool
  Vansville Community Center (Beltsville)
  PGCPR Senior Activities
  Langley Park Senior Activity Center (Hyattsville)
  Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
  PGCPP Aquatic Centers
  PGCPP Sports Complexes
  Application for Individual Fee Assistance (PG County residents with low income) See also

Gyms under $20/month (Many of these offer classes too.)

Montgomery County Adult Education Classes
Montgomery County Recreation Senior Centers
Montgomery County Recreation
Montgomery County Recreation (Seniors)
Laurel Springs School K-12 Distance Learning
Annenburg Learner Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

PGCPR County Elegant Settings (Rentals)
Crunch Fitness Starting at $9.95/month
Fit4Less $4.99/2 weeks; Only in Canada
Fitness Revolution Maryland, Virginia, DC; Starting at $20/month
Planet Fitness starting at $10/month+$39/year; many, many locations, but limitations on using other locations (e.g. $20/month plan allows 10 such visits/month); open all the time
RetroFitness Starting at $19.99/month
Snap Fitness Starting at $4.99/2 weeks
XSportFitness Starting at $9.95/month
World Gym Starting at $15.99/month?
YMCA Not cheap - but discounted memberships available at some clubs for low income people, or with some health insurance plans or in other orgs; many have pools
YWCA Similar, but just for women
YouFit Starting at $10/month
Other cheap gyms: Try community centers (see above), community pools, other local fitness clubs

Other gym chains

The five largest American fitness chains
11 Great Fitness Chains and What You Can Learn From Them
11 Biggest Fitness Chains in America
Well+Good: 13 Gyms That Cost Less Than $100 Per Month
The Great Outdoors (No fee to join)
Your favorite sports facilities (Choose your own)
Also - see gyms listed by the following plans.

Multi-gym fitness plans sponsored by Insurance plans and other organizations

Many fitness centers are expensive to join or take classes from in person or online, so are many wellness & alternative medicine providers. You can often join for less through another organization. E.g., health insurance companies, employers, and other organizations. It is sometimes cheaper to sign up for the insurance than to join privately. With some of these programs, you can go to any of the facilities they cover at different times - it's like joining many gyms, though in some cases there is a time consuming procedure to switch. Be cautious - verify the participation of the fitness centers you are interested in by calling the fitness center, and observe my online shopping warnings.

Note: I do not know if the # of BBB complaints for these large companies is unusual or of concern.
Tivity Health programs
  BBB rating
  SilverSneakers (The best known widely respected such plan) (on some Medicare Supplement and Advantage plans (including some plans from here and here, some employers and orgs; use many gyms free, get alternative medicine discounts)
  Prime Fitness
  WholeHealth Living; Gyms+discounted alternative medicine; insurance company list
  Fitness Your Way $10/month plan for people on some Blue Cross Blue Shield plans
American Specialty Health programs
  BBB complaints
  Active&Fit Direct (also called Active and Fit Direct) (on some insurance plans, and other organizations, such as AAA. [BTW, in metro Washington, DC, AAA itself is worthless, because you need to stay on the phone 5-6 hours to use it]; you can only join one facility at a time, but can switch online. $28/month. There is an unlisted enrollment fee, and reports say you pay for 2 months up front, one of which only includes 1 day. I list it anyway because you can get it through AAA even if your health insurance company doesn't have a fitness benefit.
    This review alleges misrepresentation and problems.
  Active & Fit - same company, different plan, but you must have a fitness benefit to sign up. I haven't looked into it.
  Active & Fit Now Anyone can join for $32/month)
  Silver&Fit (also called Silver and Fit) (on some Medicare supplement or Silver&Fit Now (also called Silver and Fit Now)
advantage plans)
ClassPass Attend fitness classes or use gyms. (Like Active&Fit Direct, does not require you to have a health insurance plan with a fitness benefit.) More studio classes than standard gyms participate.
    a review
  BBB listing
Renew Active (with some AARP/United Healthcare Insurance; website you can join a gym; but a non-authoritative source says you can go to different gyms on different days)
  Is Renew Active Replacing Silver Sneakers?
RallyHealth programs
  BBB profile
One Pass Medicare
  BBB reviews
Healthy Contributions A reimbursement fitness program; Partner list)

Mutually Well with Mutual of Omaha insurance, $25/month extra
BTW, many private fitness centers negotiate on price if you push - or they have discounted plans they don't tell you about unless you appear uninterested after hearing the initial price. Some facilities have major discounts for low income people and/or seniors. Some local governments let low income people and/or seniors join government subsidized facilities or classes at a discounted price.

Many colleges and universities have highly discounted class prices for senior citizens. (BTW some professors let seniors do informal audits for free.) Sometimes that gives you access to their recreational facilities.

Public Shower Directories & Vanlife

Public Shower Directory
Project Vanlife: Showering on the road
VanLife (I'm not a vanlifer, but sometimes car camp on trips
Project Vanlife
  Project VanLife courses
BearFootTheory Van-Life
Parked in Paradise
TwoWanderSoles campervan-life
Van Life App App for Van lifers
Project Vanlife
The Dyrt Forums
Van Living Forum
VanLife (a business site)
Outside Magazine
The Packable Life
Other lists of Vanlife forums and groups
Wide Open Roads: Find Your Road Family with these Online Vanlife Communities
Top 10 Van Life Forums, Discussions, and Message Boards
Recommended forums, blogs, vendors and other resources for vanlife or for converting a van into a camper.
The Dyrt’s Favorite Van Life Blogs
My Various Free (or cheap) camping sites

Ice Skating Links

My Washington, DC Area Ice Rinks with Links
General Info on Ice Skating
My Short Treatise on the Art of Falling Gently
My Why it's hard to skate in the Spring: Hockey Tournaments and the Economics of Ice Rinks
Modifying Skate Fit and Balance for Health, Longevity and Performance Journal of an adult figure skater; includes a novel Recreational Figure Skating FAQ SkateWeb: The Figure Skating Page (many skating links).
  Reference Material includes publication lists, dance patterns and music, ice physics, etc.
  News includes many forums, mailing lists, webzines, etc.
Coffeeskate Ice Dance Patterns and video links
Kseniya and Oleg Official YouTube Channel Shows Ice Dances - Great resource
Coach Julia's Youtube channel
Glenburg Figure Skating Club (NZ) Figure Skating Elements Move videos, descriptions
USFSA (U.S. Figure Skating Assoc) support materials, including rulebook OUT OF DATE (ordering paper copies) (The USFSA Basic Skills Instructor's Manual, with info on how to do basic moves up to single jumps, is only given to instructors registered through a USFSA Basic Skills program.)
New location of USFSA Rulebook
More USFSA rulebook stuff
USFSA Rulebook (on-line)(Check all the tabs!)
USFSA Basic Skills outline
Compete USA Low Level USFSA competition rules
USFSA Singles/Pairs Judging Manual for Test Judges' Training (April 2008)
USFSA Moves in the Field: Move-By-Move Analysis~Common Errors and Test Standards; Reasons for Development (feb 2002)
USFSA Judging Manual for Ice Dance Judges' Training (Oct 2008)
USFSA (ISU?) Grade of Execution (out of date?)
  Dance OD & FD 2009-10,   CD 2008-9,   2009-10,   , FD(short)
  Singles 2008-9,   2009-10,
  Pairs 2008-9,   2009-10
United States Figure Skating
Members only page for same
USFSA pattern marking forms, with patterns
2004 USFSA Rulebook
Figures portion of same
USFSA SPIN! Skating Practioner's Information and Idea Network Includes exercises
USFS Club List by State Teaching arm for basic USFSA and USA hockey skaters
USFS SafeSkate Handbook Event videos - mostly USFSA
Canadian Ice Dance patterns
Australian Ice Dance Patterns
Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) Sports (including live video)
Universal Sports NBC Sports TV Channel (includes some ISU skating competitions)
ISU (International Skating Union)
ISU Components videos on YouTube - very good
ISU Single and Pair Skating, Scale of Values, Guidelines for marking GOE and Levels for 2008-2009
ISU Single and Pair Skating GOE and Levels of difficulty for 2009-2010
ISU Ice Dance
ISU Publications Most of the ISU rules are in the Communications section
ISU Links Page Really nice links page. e.g. Various nation's discussion forums, many other useful links
ISI Ice Sports Industry (formerly Ice Skating Institute) sells cheap "Skaters and coaches handbook" and a "Test Standards DVD" that gives many detailed instructions
PSA (Professional Skaters Association
Entryeeze Helps skating clubs host competitions; charges a small per-skater-fee, but also a few percent "merchant fee" to accept credit cards
ISA (Ice Skating Australia): ISA Rulebook, ISU judging system
Reference Links for Skaters and Coaches from (excellent list)
Roller and Ice Dance Patterns from zzbarneg site Notice also the ice dance videos !
Jeff Goldsmith ice dance patterns (requires Netscape, Java, click on edges, label, draw rink) : Products, articles, social event schedule
Cheryl Richardson's Skating Ahead of the Curve e.g., Training exercises, History of Skating
Practice Exercises On-Ice & Off-Ice Training plans
Sk8Strong: The #1 Off-ice Training Resource for Figure Skaters and Coaches (sells training DVDs, manuals and equipment)
Youtube FLEXAFIT channel: Sport-Specific off-ice training to help you achieve and exceed your skating goals (assocated with Figure Skater Fitness Magaine
Figure skaters off the ice (exercises)
The Off-Ice Edge (exercises that advertise their equipment
Plyometric / Calisthenic Workout - 10/12/2008 by ngstylez workouts blog
  e.g. Plyometrics
Suricati's YouTube page of figure skating elements
Review Of "US Figure Skating's Skate Coach App For iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad"
Review of "SK8 Sports Figure Skating iPhone/iTouch/iPad App"
Michelle Kwan Figure Skating demo
XSENS full body capture clothing that might be used with software...
MotionPro Video Analysis and motion analysis software
The Virtual Library of Sport - Skating
Biomechanics I: Principles of Movement
Physics of dance - doesn't mention skating, but some relationship
Jump Physics
The Physics of Ice Skating
Physics of Skating
More skating physics from a hockey web site
[Glenbrook] The physics of sports
The physics of figure skating
The Science of Jumping and Rotating
The physics of dance
The Mathematics of Figure Skating
Figure skating spins
The Physics Of Figure Skating
YouTube video about jumping & spinning sports medicine,904.0/topicseen.html Charles MacDonald's Skating Links @cforums Figure Skating Discussions
Washington Figure Skating Club (WFSC): Other Figure Skating Web Sites
Technical Figure Skating by Kevin Anderson Jackson Skates--includes description of spins, jumps, short program elements Figure Skaters Website: sitemap, including pictures and descriptions of moves Related definitions and instructions on skating moves Nice set of links + on-line lessons on How to Ice Skate -- oops, this is now a roller site, no lessons More on-line lessons on ice skating More on-line lessons on ice skating Similar British site Videos on how to skate (text is Russian, but videos are clear)
Figure Skating Tutorials, Exercises & Tests How to just barely pass jump tests under USFSA rules - but not be graded well
(not so) Basic jump moves
Skating Ahead of the Curve Cheryl Richardson, figure skating coach and choreographer, offers fresh insights on free skating training.
Element Recognition How to recognize skating moves
Figure Skating Jumps Explanation of all jumps in figure skating. Originally uploaded by z4mboni to YouTube. Yahoo skating directory : includes list of dance weekends ice dancing, including partner search
I SkateMagazine Partner Search (in Britain)
Figure Skater Finess Magazine
637 human selected ice skating links
EHow Figure Skating Videos
Ice Dance Music Exchange: A source of ice dance music
Gerry's dance music and patterns
Dance Skating Music
Dance Music Getting dance music for U of MD dance classes members
DancePlus The Information Source for Ballroom Dance Music (sells CDs)
Skate Sharpening Information for Freestyle and Dance Skaters. (some things controversial)
Skate Sharpening for Figure Skaters FAQ
Skateology Technical info on sharpening - including sharpening equipment, manual
ScienceOfSharp Straight Razor sharpening experiments, lots of electron micrographs forums, info, ads
Article on shoe and boot modification
SportsFansOfAmerica Ice Skating Links
Encore Skating Apparel (Used skating clothing)
An eBay skating dress store
US Ice Wear New and custom skating outfits
Sewing for figure skaters Make your own soakers, over-boot tights, boot covers, skirts...
Grassroots to champions: Young Artist Showcase
Mr. Edge's website Questions to Mr. Edge through USFSA site
His book: Anatomy of a Figure Skating Injury
Ice Skating Forums
Usenet archive for groups
Other Yahoo ice skating groups Yahoo Ice Dance Groups E.g.,
  Ice dancers,
  ICWDC: Ice Club of Washington, DC
  compadultsk8s ~ Competitive Adult Skaters (CAS)
  UKskaters primarily for skaters in the UK
  Ice Skating World forums
  AdultEdge Mailing list for intermediate to advanced adult figure skaters (Forums for skaters, parents, coaches, fans) All Unread topics
Archive of old forum More of same
The British equivalent
USFSA Skating forums
The Michelle Kwan Forum The "On The Ice" forum is about technique
Sasha Fans forum
Figure Skating Universe (Forums mostly for fans)
Golden Skate "The largest portal on the internet for figure skating resources"; includes many forums free skating videos
Universal Live and recent sports (including skating) broadcasts
Dancing on Ice TV show - UK only
Heather's Figure Skating TV Schedule
Organizations for ice rink managers
FOMA Facility Operations Managers Association (Associated with NHL)
ISI Ice Sports Industry (formerly Ice Skating Institute)
Ice Rink Managers Association (UK)
MIRMA The Metropolitan Ice Rink Managers' Association
Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association
NEISMA Northeast Ice Skating Managers Association
ORFA Ontario Recreation Facilities Association
Rocky Mountain Rink Association (not sure if this is active)
US Ice Rink Association
WIAMA Wisconsin Ice Arena Management Association
Ice Skating: Shopping
Ice Skating Suppliers
Pro-filer Ice skate sharpener I've used this Pro-Filter info on skate blades
Instructions for Pro-Filer Someone else's notes
Ice Palace Catalogue info on blades lists more info on blades; click on blades
Recreational Figure FAQ Skating - section on blades
Sweetstick sharpener Haven't tried it
USA Skates discount skating store
Discount skatewear
Magic Skate Clearance priced skates
Caravan Skates The store is closed, but proprietor Don Giese did a good job of fitting me for one pair of skates, does great sharpenings, and helped make someone else's job of fitting skates fit me better. He plans to operate at a smaller scale out of Bowie, MD: call 301-262-8042. Plans to sell at discount over the Internet. Other people mention other local stores and people as good, like Mike Cunningham of Skater's Paradise (Waldorf, MD), and someone near Bel Air Ice Arena (MD).
Ice Skating Equipment and Supplies in Maryland
Skate City, Temple Hills, MD
Rainbo Sport Shop
Discount Dance Supply Dance clothing that someone in skatingforums liked
Skate Connection Discount skate store in Delaware, keeps many skates in stock
Discount skates
Northern Ice and Dance Discount skating equipment.
Dante Cozzi Sports Discount skating equipment
Ultimate Skate Low price guarantee on Instructional Videos and Paramount blades
Kinzie's Closet Discount skates
Figure Skating Store Has some high end close-outs
Midwest Skate clearance blades New and used skate stuff
Ice And Roller Skates A British company, with discount boot and blade prices.
Demon Xtreme Another British company, with discount prices.
Hockey Monkey (also sells figure skates) Shoe Stretchers (boot press, ball and ring, rub bar)
Montana Leather Shoe Stretchers
Tognar Toolworks Ski & Snowboard tools for modifying boots
Silipos gel filled products (for your feet)
Skating Safe gel and fall protection products
Angel Prosthetic Gel Sock I wonder if this would work over your feet
Bunga Pads gel filled products (3 pages)
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company Shoe & Bootmakers - includes The Crispin Colloquy (forum) and a good links page.
Yahoo Medieval-leather group
Facebook forums: ShoeMaking, BootMaking, Leather Work, UK Leather Workers, Middle Kingdom Leather Workers Guild
Mahi Leather News Blog with general info about leather - Interesting; includes info on leather care and repair. (I have a leather duffel from Mahi - it is of good quality)
My page on leather skate boot care
Supplies for your own rink - ice and synthetic surfaces (synthetics may not work as well as ice.)
Back Yard Rinks (ice)
The Back Yard Ice Rink
Kwik Rink (synthetic)
ColdProducts (including ice and EZglide synthetic)
Ice-Nook (synthetic) The One Million Dollar Enclosed Ice Rink
Custom Ice Rinks - (real ice) including estimated costs

Professional organizations for ice rink managers
US Ice Rink Association [USIRA]; publishes Rink magazine and runs the North American Rink Conference & Expo (NARCE)
Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers / Society of Professional Hockey / Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society sPHEM / Phats
North American Rink Conference & Expo Wood Shops and clubs that you can use
Howard County Woodworker's Guild (Columbia)
Annapolis woodworkers guild
Annapolis Woodworker Guild
Fort Meade Arts and Crafts Center (Looks wonderful, but not open to most of us.)
See more local guild and club lists,
(e.g., Maryland: Baltimore, Crownsville, Ellicott City, Forest Hill, La Plata)
(e.g., Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington, Burke, Christiansburg, Fairfax, Farmville, Herndon, Mclean, Midlothian, Narrows, Portsmouth, Roanoke, Salem, Springfield, Vienna, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro)
Woodmagazine Woodworking Clubs List
Woodworking classes, resources
Rockville, MD Woodcraft In-store Woodworking classes
Woodcraft of Springfield, VA In-Store Woodworking Classes; Associated wood shop
Rockler Another wood tool store
Thomas Jefferson Community & Fitness Center
Reston Community Center (Hunters Woods) has a wood shop
Montgomery County Adult Education Classes
Maryland Adult education courses in general
Maryland Adult Education
Maryland Adult Education resources by state
Fairfax County Public Schools
Same, instruction
Lowes free home repair workshops
University of Md ENBE 200: Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics (usually "restricted to required majors")
Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association Easton, MD - teaches tool use, but mostly metal
ToolLibrary Lends tools, teaches classes; Baltimore
Chesapeake Arts Center classes and Makerspace; Brooklyn Park (near Baltimore)
Annapolis Community Makerspace
OpenWorksBaltimore classes
Wood Working Schools list at
Tiny Workshops Best woodworking classes for beginners and up (online resources)
My Making your own boats; Classes, Resources

Other Tool and Do-It-Yourself related stuff MAS Epoxies; How to Videos and Guides
Wood Magazine, including free videos
Klein Tools high end hand tools, used by electricians and others
  Tools A-Z
  Klein Tradesman-TV
  Klein [mostly construction] industry links Has tool tech, forums
James Madison University: Hand Tool Safety
Hand Tools Institute
Essentials of woodworking: a textbook for schools By Ira Samuel Griffith Hand tools videos more videos
HandyGoddess videos at
ToolGirl videos
Homier Very cheap tools (Note: Cheap tools are not always good)
Harbor freight Very cheap tools
Northern Tool More cheap and not cheap tools
Wood By Wright; Video: Basic Tools For a Hand Tool Woodworking Shop - Starter Tool Set for the workshop
Tiny Workshops; Best woodworking classes for beginners and up
15 woodworking basics you should know
A Total Beginner's Guide to Woodworking

World of Hardwoods
Free state Timbers


(See also My Books links)
Prince Georges County Memorial Library System
  Movie download
Anne Arundel County Public Library System
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore)
  Pratt RBDigital eBooks and Audiobooks
Baltimore County Public Library
Howard County Public Library
The National Archives Lots stuff to look at
WorldCat - Find items in libraries near you
Open Library
The Free Library
HaithiTrust Free Library Wikipedia says HathiTrust Digital Library is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries including content digitized via Google Books and the Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by libraries.
The Internet Archive Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  The Verge: The Internet Archive has lost its first fight to scan and lend e-books like a library (under appeal as of March 2023)
Overdrive Read eBooks and audiobooks through your library
RBDigital Similar: (Internal page - Each library has a seperate page)
Kanopy Movies - Sign up through your public library
Hoopla Movies, Music & EBooks, through your public library
Free Academic Databases (search, books, journals...)
Google Scholar
Yahoo Learning (Kids) Homework Help
CiteSeerX Scientific literature digital library and search engine
ELearning Learning Collecting the best information about ELearning
Elsevier Information on journals in a wide range of academic fields
getCITED Publication and citation information on academic articles whose information is entered by members
SCIRUS Science Specific Search Engine
Wikipedia list of academic databases and search engines many of which are free
Major Paid Subscription Academic Databases (search, books, journals...)
Ohio State University Library Research Databases List
Lexis Nexus
Minor Paid Subscription Academic Databases (search, books, journals...)
Factiva Business news and information
Gale Information solutions for libraries, schools and businesses
LION Literature Online
Questia The Online Library of Books and Journals - humanities and social sciences
Wharton School

Music, Video and TV

My Music, Video and TV moved to another web page


Note: Virtually all news media show bias, including these. I personally view Associated Press and BBC as the most reliable sources - but they are both somewhat liberal. Many of the others sometimes carry fake news, or at least poorly verified news.
Associated Press news In some ways my favorite source, but only carries a few major stories.
BBC British; sometimes tries to be unbiased. My other favorite souce.
WTOP News headlines DC Area radio station; What I like: includes several day old news, and includes a lot of DC area news.
Google News Reasonably well organized on-line News source - for now. But has a lot of fake or poorly verified news.
CBS News; somewhat liberal; lots of stories
U.S. News and World Report Somewhat conservative; limited # of stories
Washington Post Mostly a paid service. Rather liberal bios
ARS Technica Mostly Science & Tech News
Internet Archive You can look at some news sites to see old news
Cryptome Computer security; monitoring technology; intelligence leaks - visit newspaper sites without private info

Phone number and/or address lookup;People search, Business Search

Verizon (local phone company) phone, address lookup
Yellow Book phone lookup with map of many businesses
Yellow Place Similar Is only free for listed numbers
Phone Lookup Genuinely Free Reverse number lookup, as of May 2017
Clustrmaps Another one
Spydialer Another one Another one another one - includes phone carrier link to search for phone carrier
Morman Church free ancestry and people search page
Intellius Some info free
HomeTry Gives data on real estate properties: data, pictures, people who have lived there...

Inexpensive Cell Phone services; Wireless Internet Service Providers

CellGuru comparison chart of prepaid cell plans. Some prepaid plans give you cell phone service for as little as $2 - $3 / month. But you pay extra if you make or receive too many calls, receive too many messages, or use too much Internet (especially video).
Cell Phone Deal Similar
PagePlus Cellular I use it. A Great service; everything works; great technical support; uses the Verizon service network; also sells cheap used compatible phones. I highly recommend it. The only issue is that they drop support on most some phones that are more than two or three years old (a problem shared by most cell phone services).
  To forward Verizon or PagePlus voice mail to Google Voice, dial all 3 below on your Verizon or PagePlus phone:
  *71[Google Voice number] (Conditional forwarding: transfers to Google Voice if Verizon phone is busy or unanswered)
  *90[Google Voice number] (Busy Transfer: transfers to Google Voice if Verizon phone is busy)
  *92[Google Voice number] (No Answer Transfer: transfers to Google voice unanswered calls
  Smartphone apps can forward text messages while the original target phone is on; See here.
 Caution Pageplus has been bought out by Verizon. Since that switch, it is no longer as easy to get the cheap (Pay-As-You-Go "standard" plan). If you try to do it automatically, or online, it switches you to the more expensive monthly plan. You have to call customer service to renew the Pay-As-You-Go plan, every time. Also, I think Verizon's technical support is not as good as Pageplus's was.
LifeLine "Free" (government paid) cell phone and broadband (See also) Internet service providers for low income people. Someone I know tried one provider (Safelink), had unresolved technical support issues, and gave up, but tried again later, asking Safelink for one of their free phones, and they did better with that. As with prepaid, costs extra if you use too much data. If your service uses the Verizon network, *71,*90*92 work just like for PagePlus.
 NOTE Safelink has been bought out by Verizon. I don't know the consequences, but would not be surprised if they try to switch people to paid Verizon plans. When you call Safelink technical support, you may connect to Verizon technical support.
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB); US Governement subsidized (sometimes free) broadband Internet
  Transitioning to Affordable Connectivity
"Free" phone and Broadband Internet services
broadband Internet service (sometimes free)
Note: As with free and prepaid cell phone service, you pay extra if you use it too much. This surprises and makes some people very upset.
Freedompop A "Free" cell phone and wireless data service (after device purchase) available to everyone.
"Freedompop's free wireless would be cool if it wasn't so shady" someone who got upset when they found out "free" had limits.
"FreedomPop free plan is a bit dishonest"; another such person
NetZero Another "free" wireless Internet service
$9.95/month Comcast (wired) Internet Essentials
Spectrum Internet Assist $15/month - their low income equivalent
Charter/Spectrum Everyday Low Priced Internet (ELP) $20 or $25/month available to everyone who doesn't get cable TV, but not advertised, is hard to sign up for; See also
Free computer to computer/phone services (there are many others) (are these spyware?)
Google Voice Get a permanent free phone number to use with the google voice app, or through your home computer, which can make free calls (in the U.S.), forward calls to other phone numbers, and take voice mail. You can also listen to voice mail from the Google voice web page or mobile device app, or by calling your google voice number from another phone. A bit complicated to set up, but a great Free service.
  About Google Voice
  Google Voice Contact list
  Blocked # list for google voice
  Google Hangouts isn't needed anymore, except for video calls, and multi-party calls; now that Google voice can make calls.
if you leave a mobile device on near you all the time, that has Google voice, in your WiFi zone, you don't need a land-line, because Google Voice calls in the U.S. are free. But once in a while, if you turn off Google Voice call forwarding, Google Voice makes you verify that you can use another number - a cell phone number will do.
MagicJack An Ethernet fed jack that you can plug a corded or cordless landline phone into; cheaper than a land-line; unlimited calls. Used to be reliable, but now often gives bad connections, and you don't hear the first first few seconds of calls. I use it so I don't have to leave a mobile device on all the time for Google Voice.
You could use a cell phone instead of a MagicJack - but don't forward Google Voice to it when you are home, if your cell phone costs money to use - use Google Voice on it instead.
  My MagicJack (manage account - click on "call features to configure")
  (I don't like the MagicApp Smarthphone app.)
  To hear MagicJack voice mail, use MagicJack to call your MagicJack #.

  To recieve Google Voice calls on MagicJack, but use Google Voice's Voicemail:
Skype (I used to use. Erratic connection quality; maybe spyware.)
netTALK A Skype competitor. (Not tried by me.) Info on cell phone features
A cell phone repair center 2538 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington, DC; near Watergate Hotel, 202-298-6104, 240-464-9091, 443-889-6665
GMPCS Satellite phones
Global Comsat Phone Do Not Call advertisers list; or call 888-382-1222 from your phone
NoMoRobo - Stop robocalls and telemarketers
What is the Android code *#*#4636#*#* used for? you will know everything about your mobile Get detailed info about your Android phone
  *#*#4636#*#* not working after update; use ForceLte if *#*#4636#*#* disabled (I'm not sure is safe)

Politics of conservation

League of conservation voters

Real Estate

Reference Works: Dictionaries, Encyclopedia, Grammar

Wikipedia, The free encyclopedia
Simple English Wikipedia
  Sister Projects (all free):
  Wikibooks textbooks
  Wiktionary dictionary
  Wikiquote quotations
  Wikimedia Commons images, photographs, videos and music files and counting
  Wikisource source texts and historical documents, including poetry, government documents, constitutions of many countries, general literature
  Wikiversity learning resources, learning projects, and research for education
  Wikidata database of collaboratively edited structured information
  MediaWiki software for Wikipedia
  Wikivoyage travel guides
  Meta-Wiki project coordination software
Encyclopedia Britannica online - mostly not free, but more scholarly
Scholarpedia The peer-reviewed open access encyclopedia
encyclopedia.comSearch over 100 encyclopedias and dictionaries
The Digital Universe (effort to create a refereed equivalent to Wikipedia
Merriam-webster dictionary and thesaurus
Cambridge Dictionary Includes British and American pronunciation sound
British Academy Portals and subject-specific information gateways Mostly copyright expired texts, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.
Yahoo reference
Writer's Digest; Write better, get published
IXL Language Arts
Grammarly - browser extension for grammar checking Does not work in private or incognito browser mode; Spyware??
Grammar Girl
Writing Explained
Daily Writing Tips
Chicago Manual of Style
Spoken English characteristics: Prosdy, Speech Melody, Intonation, Rhythm, Emphasis
A Musical Approach to Speech Melody (very academic)
Prosody (
Prosody: The Rhythms and Melodies of SPeech
Intonation and Speech Melody
American English Pronunciation
Google Translate
Math Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics (encyclopedia)
Prime Encyclopedia
Planet Math
Suitcase of Dreams Get in one place Mathematics, Mathematical modeling and Mathematical research, Database design, Programming, Graphics, Exclusive Web Design.
Cartage Themes, including science : mathematics
ATT Netlib Master List (free math software)
Kahn Academy: Math
How Stuff Works

Shopping, general

Caution I've recently had bad experiences ordering stuff from China. All the sellers had 97%+ positive feedback from eBay. Many others now tell me that you should only buy from 99.6%+ positive feedback sellers listed by eBay as top rated sellers - and read all the negative feedback. If anyone says they didn't get what they ordered, or that the seller delayed and delayed, or told them not to give a negative review, or had bad English - stay away from them. Make sure they have been selling through eBay for a few years, with 10,000 or more sales. Oddly enough, this didn't used to be true. I wish the Chinese government regulated merchants more carefully.; Possibly the biggest online shopping broker. I used to love eBay, and still frequently use it to look for low prices. But eBay no longer offers contact information to discuss problems - they only get involved if you need to return an item, or it never arrives. E.g., if the seller denies that you paid them, eBay's web page recommends you contact Paypal or your credit card company. That said they are a real biggie, and even that limited policy can be a very good thing.
  eBay Member Profile Search
  eBay's money back guarantee; info on returns and failures to arrive
Paypal Pay by credit card for things at eBay and elsewhere. Paypal has recently been more helpful to me than eBay.
  GeekBuying; Some people prefer this over eBay, for electronics. However, I only have personal experience with eBay and Payapal, and personally trust them more.
  GearBest Somewhat similar to GeekBuying. Similar comments on trust sells almost everything, gives descriptions and buyer reviews. Another online biggie - I frequently go here to read item reviews.
Note: web page includes no address or phone. sells almost everything, gives descriptions and buyer reviews, excerpts. Reviews and sells new and older audio and video products
  Home Audio Outlet
Big Lion Comparison shopping price comparison shopping
Salvation Army DC (thrift store) eBay store (Big store - eBay doesn't list everything)
Odyssey Auctions Searches eBay?, Smaller than eBay - less reputable?
Craigslist Local shopping (ads for free) - like Classifieds
Freecycle Offer or take items for free from other local members
BuyNothingProject Local Facebook/mobile groups similar to Freecycle Online thrift shop Similar
State-wise shopping directory

McMaster-Carr General hardware supplies
Foreign import product lists Mostly wholesale; sellers not rated
AliExpress - Consumer buys through Alibaba (I think); (I have little experience with it)
List of competitors to AliExpress, from

Reviews of businesses

Better Business Bureau Rates businesses by customer reviews
Yelp Business reviews
Angies List More business reviews.
Checkbook Magazine (subscription required, but libraries carry)
Washingtonian magazine,
Maryland Attorney General office Has some consumer info
Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection
Sitejabber Reviews of online businesses
TrustPilot More of same
Tired of Yelp? 15 Alternative Business Review Websites

Reviews of Shopping Items Reviews everything they broker sales for. Reviews audio and video products.
CNET Reviews hardware and software
Softpedia Reviews software

Student discounts Student Advantage Tech
Gradware Academic software

Medical and Dental
WARNING Many online insurance and medical and discount discount plans are scams. In my opinion, always sign up for insurance or discount plans, or anything financial, through the main company, not a broker. Use large well respected companies, and find their web site or other contact info through a respectable source. (I sometimes use Wikipedia to find companies - not perfect, but much better than a search engine.) Also, most insurance and discount plans explicitly bar your having other insurance and discount plans.
Incidentally, many colleges and universities that train doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygenists, etc., offer free or discounted care, by the students, under the supervision of experts. They may not be as fast, and they may make initial mistakes (which the experts will hopefully find).
If you use two insurance companies, neither will pay or apply. I have not verified either of the next two sites below - do so yourself before buying anything.
Health insurance and medical discount plans; may be useful for comparison shopping, but I suggest you go to the main insurance company to buy; don't go through them.
Cinergy Health Insurance that covers the expenses you are most likely to need, but not catastrophic care. Perhaps because some health providers only work with insured individuals?
FairHealth Estimate Your Health Care Costs
Free discount drug card
  Actually points to 50% drug discounts from Canada - legit?
Another, from

Skiing - Cross Country

(Thanks to Aavedal and Westernik for contributing many of these)
Ski Clubs
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Ski Touring Section (PATC STS)
  Mailing list: Ski Club of Washington DC (SCWDC) - mostly downhill skiing
Tug Hill Ski Club: includes conditions for Winona Forest, TUG Hill, NY Internet forums and meetings, by area
Weather (for skiing)
PATC STS ski conditions
NOAA Weather Service Watches and Warnings
West Virginia and MD weather
Garrett County (western MD) ski reports alternate
On the snow find the snow ski and snowboard resorts, XC skiing, snowshoeing and snow sports
Weather Underground
Pennsylvania XC Ski areas
Pennsylvania XC Ski Areas Skisite
Pennsylvania XC ski Areas A1 Trails
Pennsylvania XC ski areas dcnr
White Grass (Canaan Valey) resort weather
Weatherbug hourly reports, by zip code; requires download, security risk?
Nat'l Weather Service Main Web page
Pennsylvania XC Ski Club web pages, has weather Select State and click on XC ski button Click on a county to get forecast
AccuWeatherR5-Day Forecast by city
NOAA weather forecast by state WV road reports
Intellicast Highway/Driving conditions
WV road condition reports
Nasa Earth Science Office: Goes Interactive Global Geostationary Weather Satellite Images
XC Ski Places (MD)
Catoctin Mountain
Cunningham Falls Not certain if they ski there
Deep Creek Lake
Elk Ridge Nature works: near Savage River Lodge
Greenbelt National Park
Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Parks
New Germany State Park; Ranger office: 301-895-5453
Rock Creek National Park
Savage River Lodge; phone for New Germany/Western MD conditions: 301-689-3200
Sugarloaf mountain
Swallow Falls State Park
Directory of MD state forests and parks
MD Dept of National Resources
XC Ski Places (NH)
Jackson Ski Touring
XC Ski Places (NJ)
High Point
XC Ski Places (NY)
Osceola Tug Hill X-Country Ski Center
Tug Hill Ski Club: includes conditions for Winona Forest, TUG Hill, NY
The 1880 House B&B, in the heart of Salmon Country, Pulaski, NY; alternate
Hidden Acres Lodging near Tug Hill
More Tug Hill area lodging from MexicoTrailTriders
More Tug Hill area lodging from
More Tug Hill area lodging from
Tug Hill Area Super 8 motel
Cross Country Ski Areas of New York
NY Times article mentioning 44 ski areas - downhill or XC?
CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION Map and Directory of Member NY Cross Country Ski Centers
CCSAA directory
Welcome to the Tug Hill Region
I Love NY tourist site: includes ski places
NY Wildlife Management Areas; some include skiing
XC Ski Places (PA)
Allegheny Nat'l Forest Northern PA 814-723-5150
Blue Knob State Park (Claysburg) phone (800)-458-3403 or (814)-239-5111
From DC: PA turnpike west to Bedford (exit 11). North on US 220 to Osterburg. North on PA 869 to area.
Crystal Lake, Hughesville PA (northern PA); other site (out of date?) Crystal Lake Ski Center, 1716 Crystal Lake Rd
From Harrisburg go north on US 15 to I-80. East on I-80 to PA 147. North on 147 to US 220. Follow 220 north to Tivoli.
Ski touring center 570-584-2698
Conditions and Ski Info 570-584-4209
Hidden Valley, Somerset, PA near One Craighead Drive, Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania 15502
From DC: PA Turnpike west to Somerset (exit 110). West on PA 31 12 miles to area.
Snow report: 814-443-2600 or 800-443-7544
Laurel Mountain State Park; (Jennerstown)
See also state web site same as for laurel ridge?; Downhill portion web site
Snow conditions at Laurel Ridge STC, Rockwood PA; State Forester, Rockwood, PA: 724-455-3744 or 724-455-7303
Mount Davis, Grantsville
From Cumberland go west on I-48 to US 219 North. US 219 to Salisbury, then north to St. Paul. Watch for signs.
North Woods of Southern Forbes State Forest
From DC: PA Turnpike West to Somerset (exit 110). West on PA 31, 12 miles. Across from Hidden Valley.; Map
Seven Springs (Downhill ski resort)
Susquehannock State Forest 814-274-3600
PA Tourism site lists lots of resorts includes restaurant coupons
XC Ski Places (VT)
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Mad River
XC Ski Places (WV)
Blackwater Falls; nordic center: 304-478-5005
Canaan Valley State Park; phone 304-866-4121
Cranberry Nordic STC, Marlington 304-653-4826 or 800-225-5982
Cheat Mountain Club
Elk River Touring Center, Slatyfork WV; phone 304-572-3771
Timberline (Canaan Valley, WV) phone: 800-snowing, 304-866-4801
White Grass; Phone: 304-866-3114
White Grass's links to many other resorts.
White Grass's links to lots of other resorts
White Grass's links to lots of other resorts
Note links to many other resorts.
XC Ski Places (WA)
Mount Washington Hotel and Resort
XC Ski Places (Canada)
Cross-country Skiing in Canada
Quebec government site on cross country skiing
A Cross Country Ski Directory
Ski Info
CCSAA XC ski directory Journal of Nordic Skiing
REI: Learn & Share -- Snow Sports


(See also My GIS and geology links)
Hotel coupons; Their "Complete guide to Hotels"
Cheap Hotel Rooms
Fairbeaters airfares (student travel) air fares (name a price, it may be met)
TravelZoo top 20 deals Discount bus fares
Discount Airlines (flights usually not listed by above sites)
America West
ATA Airlines
Frontier Airlines
Independence Air
Jet Blue
Southwest Air
Spirit Airlines
Other travel links Traffic cameras
Wego Here Traffic → Students Abroad → Before You Go → Health → Vaccination
  Click on "Learn About Your Destination" for country specific info
Vaccinations to travel to the U.S.
The Essential Guide to Travelling with a Medical Condition

TV (Television) grew too large and has been moved to another page

University of MD

Main University Site
University Office of Information Technology (OIT)
Associated OIT helpdesk
Testudo - records and registration
Group Fitness schedule
Library sign in
U of Maryland Academic Calendar
UMD Student Affairs Events Catalog
UMD parking restrictions
Active Student Groups
SU list of groups
Terrapin Trail Club (TTC) (e.g., kayak rolling)
  Mailing list
Campus Directory Search
terpunderground course and teacher evaluations professor evaluation for all schools
Weather alerts and closings
Hoff theater
Science in the evening program
University of Maryland Television schedule (not sure is up to date)
University of Maryland Global Campus (was University College)
Montgomery County PEG schedule (Other such TV channels)
Area bookstores
U of MD discounts on Dell computers
U of MD Alumni Association: Potential savings
U of MD employment
U of MD Career Center
U of MD Returning Students Program of the Counseling Center
  Golden ID program More specific information for University of Maryland


Identity theft (
Free annual credit report Run by credit card companies: opt out of pre-approved credit cards & insurance Stopping junk mail & email Government Do Not Call site; or call 888-382-1222 from your phone
NoMoRobo - Stop robocalls and telemarketers
NPS historic leases

dogpile multiple engine search
metacrawler multiple engine search
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards group for stuff like HTML
  W3C technical reports
  HTML validator
Webmonkey The web developers resource education by creative professionals antimotivational poster website
W3Schools tutorials on HTML, etc.
jkorpela's IT and communication page
WDB Web Design Group: Web Authoring Reference, etc.
Haxe web design language Lots of religious text, lots of religions, folklore, philosophy Reconstructing the Story of Humanity's Past somewhat similar
NOCR.NET Multilingual Multiversions Of Bible E.g., click on English to see English translations Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Early English Books
National Endowment for the Hummanities: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy Collection on the eServer
SmartScholar Philosophy Education Resource Guide
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Wikipedia List of Online Encyclopedias
BestBatt Info on batteries
"Experimental Analysis of Batteries under Continuous and Intermittent Operations"
RadioShack's On-line Battery Guidebook
Battery University Learn about batteries