COOL STUFF
FROM AROUND THE INTERNET

This is a collection of interesting, useful, or just fun websites I've found in my day. Browse around!

(Coming soon: randomizer and alphabetizer functions!)

Compare Heights

An in-browser tool for displaying and comparing the heights of up to six figures.

Archetype

A browser app for comparing different font combinations. Also includes tools for testing text size and spacing.

Every Noise at Once

A 2D chart of music genres, arranged in terms of more organic vs more mechanical, and "denser" vs. "spikier". Clicking a genre name will play a sample, and display an arrow leading to a chart of musicians in that genre.

Labyrinthos

A store with guides to interpreting astrology and tarot and Lenormand cards.

Messybeast

I primarily use this website as a resoure on cat colors and genetics, but it has a lot of information on felines in general, plus other topics and even some personal writing. I haven't explored much, so you'll have to familiarize yourself!

Cat Coat Calculator

Input the (coat-related) genotypes of two cats, and get an inventory of what their kittens might look like! Useful for xenofiction-related matters.

Virtual Munsell Color Wheel
Munsell Color Palette

Two sites dedicated to making the Munsell color wheel digital. If you aren't familiar, the Munsell wheel is a tool for comparing colors and circumventing the way some colors look inherently brighter or more saturated than others. On a Munsell wheel, every color in a given column should look equally saturated, and every color in a given row should look equally bright, no matter the hue!

ReviewMeta

An online tool that analyzes Amazon reviews in search of reviews that may be fraudulent. What makes ReviewMeta unique is that it tells you exactly what it found suspicious, so you can make a second pass.

Fontpair

This site offers lists of popular fonts in different categories, and some suggested font combinations.

Obsidian

A downloadable journalling and note-taking app available for basically any platform. I use Obsidian for a lot of stuff and I highly recommend it. It has everything you'd expect of its genre, with nice-to-have features like tags, plugins, and even community-made stylesheets.

Turtl

Turtl is another note-taking and journalling app, also downloadable. Turtl's main draw is security, but it has its own nice features. I personally don't use it because the sorting is weird, but hey, maybe that's been changed since I was last there.

The Paleobiology Database

What really makes this site stand out is its interactive map. You can filter by time period and taxon and explore the map to see the where and when of what.

Mozilla Developer Network

This is my favorite resource for anything JavaScript. MDN is a huge database of information about HTML, CSS, and JS, plus a little bit of other stuff.

Mark P. Witton's Blog

Mark Witton is a paleontologist and paleoartist from the UK - he specializes in pterosaurs, but he releases monthly articles about a huge range of paleontological topics on his blog!

Yesterlinks

Okay, so HERE we see the direct inspiration for this page! This is also a collection of links to interesting or useful pages from around the web - I have a great fondness for it, and I totally recommend searching through that list as well as this one.

Vimm's Lair

Vimm's Lair is home to... probably hundreds of ROMs for console games, particularly older games, plus emulators so you can play them on your PC!

Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a library of CSS snippets - plus a little JS - to make web development just a little easier. With Bootstrap, you don't have to write it all yourself! The really nice thing is that you can download Bootstrap and study the code or just pick out the bits you need!

W3Schools

W3Schools is another web development resource. They cover a lot of different languages; they're my go-to for information on HTML or CSS, though I find their JavaScript documentation kind of confusing.

"Real" Alignments?

I don't even remember how I found this anymore. Apparently, some people really dislike the classic DnD alignment system - this page presents an alternate alignment system, or an alternate way of thinking of the classic one, depends how you look at it.

Deep Time Maps

This site has high-definition maps of the world as it once was!

GPlates

GPlates is a downloadable app for visualizing plate tectonics. The website also has a portal to a bunch of 2D resources for plate tectonics and topography in deep time, though I haven't looked around much. If you're using GPlates, I also suggest checking out the PALEOMAP Paleoatlas, which is a free-to-download GPlates project going back billions of years!

Proboards

You know, I did not believe free forum hosting was a thing, and now that I know it is I have never wanted to make a forum more. If you're part of a community - hell, even a friend group! - that you think might benefit from one, here's your answer.

Tools for creating ideas

The title of this one is pretty self-explanatory. This collection is more geared towards groups and businesses, but there's still some suggestions for individual creators! And hey, maybe you're like me and like roleplays and you and your mod team need a little help.

Mysterious People

Mysterious People is about... well, mysterious people. The site is home to stories of psychics, reincarnation, magicians, occultists, and people who seem to have appeared out of thin air. I can't guarantee the quality of the journalism here, but it is fun reading.

Jackrabbit Hare

Hey! I'm friends with a musician! If you're into experimental or electronic music, you should absolutely check out ix's music - and if you aren't, you better start and listen to it anyway.

An Apple Pie from Scratch

Quoth Carl Sagan, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." This blog is home to a comprehensive walkthrough of the formation of a planetary system and the shaping of a planet therein, specifically styled with worldbuilders in mind. You'll notice there's other similar resources on the sidebar, as well!