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Links 🔗

I love surfing the web, these are some of my favourite links.

Cool Sites

A collection of websites that i find useful for my various interests.

Hacker News Keep up to date with interesting things happening across the web and wider Internet.
Discogs Album information, largest music database online. Huge market place for music reselling, love it for tracking down vinyl.
Genius Huge lyrics database. used to be just rap music, but now offers all genres. Use it for checking out what the actualy lyrics are after singing something completely wrong for days after listening to a song.
BandCamp An online record store and music community for fans to discover, connect with, and directly support the artists making awesome music.
The Movie Database (TMDB) The Movie Database (TMDB) is a community built movie and television database. This website has superseded the usefulness of the IMDB for me. allows users to sign up, contribute data and track what they've watched.
The TVDB Another community driven television and movie database. Great alternative for the movie database. Full of great user curated lists of various movies and television shows.
Fandom Huge database of pop culture. Large user generated wikis. Question worth asking, how much of effect did this have on killing the average personal homepage?
A Book Apart Brief books for people who design, write, and code. have been a fan of this crowd ever since first stumbling upon A List Apart way back when. These books are fantastic if you're into writing, designing or coding!
Audioculture Iwi Waiata The noisy library of New Zealand music

Vinyl Stores

A collection of online vinyl stores where I hunt for sweet music.

Real Groovy Local, great for new and second hand.
Get On Down Great site for classic hip hop re-issues.
de Rap Winkel Records Independent hip-hop label from the Netherlands. Presses limited release independent hip-hop records from across the world. Lots of Conway the Machine releases.
Tuff Kong Records Independent hip-hop label from Italy. Presses limited release independent hip-hop records.
Fat Beats US Record store, expanded globally, now also a record label. Underground/independent hip-hop.
Gas Drawls MF Doom related.
Newbury Comics Czarface releases.
Good Felons Record label, specialises in limited release vinyl.
Urban Outfitters Great place to find sweet releases, sometimes in different colour variations.

Coding and Hacking

A collection of websites that i've found useful for hacking away at my various projects.

MDN Web Docs Great open source resource to take you from beginner to comfortable in web development. Reference this often for my own projects.
Smashing Magazine Smashing Magazine is a website and eBook publisher that offers editorial content and professional resources for web developers and web designers.
Interneting is Hard Friendly web development tutorials for beginners. Great resource for current modern practices in web development.
CSS Tricks A website about building websites and everything in between. Great resource full of great tutorials, most likely has an example of something that you want to achieve.
SitePoint A mainstay of the web. has existed since 1999 and is full of everything you need for web development.
11ty Rocks! A collection of 11ty starter projects, snippits and other resources to get you up and running with the 11ty static site generator.
Netlify Netlify is a cloud hosting service for web apps and static websites. Has a great git powered workflow. FlamedFury is hosted on Netlify!
Vercel Similar to netlify. serverless, cloud hosting platform for web apps from the creators of Next.JS
CSS Guidelines High level advice and guidelines for writing sane, manageable, scalable CSS. If you're like me, you tend to have hacked together your CSS file with snippits from all over the place.

Search Engines

A collection of independent search engines with varying degress of indexes, results and privacy options.

Marginalia Search A search engine that favours text-heavy websites.
Wilby Wiby is a search engine for older style pages, lightweight and based on a subject of interest. Building a web more reminiscent of the early internet.
Spyda.dev A privacy first search engine and web crawler. Work in prgoress, weekend project.
Gibiru Uncensored private search engine. They exist to provide access to information outside of big tech's censorship bubble and do so privately.
infotiger Independent, privacy respecting search engine.
Pinboard A social bookmarking site, users are able to search through other users bookmarks.

Newsleters

A collection of newsletters that i subscribe to.

The History of the Web A twice montly dispatch about the web's history, the incredible people that built it, and all the websites, code, and browsers you've never heard of. Well researched and well written recounts of early recounts of our beloved web.
Webworm with David Farrier David Farrier's stories from the weird side of the Internet.

Podcasts

If I'm not listening to music, then I'm most likely listening to the latest episode of these podcasts.

The Joe Budden Podcast - rss Tune into Joe Budden and his friends. Follow along the crazy adventures of these very random friends. Hip Hop and R&B orientated, lots of laughs.
The Darknet Diaries - rss True stories from the dark side of the Internet. This is a podcast about hackers, breaches, shadow government activity, hacktivism, cybercrime, and all the things that dwell on the hidden parts of the network.
Aotearoa Hip Hop Podacast - rss I'm a huge music fan, and an even bigger fan of Aotearoa music. In this podcast series, DJ Sir-Vere dives deep into the very beginning of Aotearoa Hip Hop and explores the people and the history.