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Best Websites on the Internet – A collection of my favorite websites

To be explained

To be explained

These are a few of my favorite websites, because, well because I felt like posting a list of my favorite websites that’s why. Some of them are a little off the wall, some of them are popular, others you probably may not have heard of if you have never heard of a “fatty,” or are not a big fan of atheism, environmentalism, darwinism, or any other -ism that goes against right-wing, conservative “family values.”

I spend an awful lot of time researching on the internet, and I am pretty sure 99% of the internet is garbage, but there are some extremely informative and entertaining sites in the other 1%. There is no rhyme or reason to this list other than I think they are some of the best websites on the internet. Enjoy !

Hubpages

I like hubpages because it is probably the easiest way of becoming an internet publisher – you need almost zero internet skills, there is a helpful community of users and you can earn some pockey money through google adsense, amazon and ebay. Don’t go there expecting to make millions though. If your goal is to make money on the internet, it is probably going to be 1,000,000 times more difficult than you may have been led to believe by the ebook sales brigade. Hubpages.

Dark Roasted Blend

It is hard to classify dark roasted blend as a “type” of website. They describe themselves as “Weird and wonderful things,” which about sums it up. Not your normal sort of blog, and worth a visit – although don’t blame me if you end up losing hours of your time looking through their photo collections. Dark Roasted Blend.

WebEcoist

Another slightly off-the-wall website, this one is aimed at providing the strangest environmental news, such as the fact that in “some place called the UK,” wind turbines are a threat to national security because they interfere with radar and prevent those bastions of the free world from protecting Europe against the evil-doers. Sheesh, I think I despise my government more every day ! WebEcoist.

The new threat to freedom in the UK

The new threat to freedom in the UK

BBQ Addicts

I love BBQ – anyone who knows me knows this. But there are extremes to everything. These guys are BBQ fanatics, and can do some pretty amazing things with bacon. If you thought the bacon and cheese roll I featured a while ago was a little over-the-top, wait until you check out their “Bacon Explosion,” otherwise known as a “Fatty.” I have yet to try their “Burnt Finger BBQ Sauce,” but maybe they will send me a freebie now?  BBQ Addicts.

The Bacon Explosion

The Bacon Explosion

Chrome Productions

A while ago I wrote an article about the “sexiest football photos on the planet,” which featured a bunch of Asian girls playing football in the mud. Well, chrome productions have gone one better. They have produced a video based on the idea. Not only that, but they have some awesome software that prevents you from embedding the video or helping yourself by downloading it. Not quite sure how they managed that, but technically skilled, I am not. Pay them a visit to see this one and some other great videos. Chrome productions. http://i2.wp.com/footieblog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/asian-girl-playing-soccer-football.jpg?resize=474%2C605

The Ludwig Von Mises Institute

Those of you who have read much of my other work will know I am not a huge fan of the current governmental system we have created for ourselves. It is theoretically fantastic. Democracy, by the people for the people and all that stuff. Pity all our politicians are fucking liars out to fill their own pockets at the expense of, well at the expense of anyone they can squeeze money out of actually. One of the ways they do this is by propagating a bunch of myths about the world, economics, exterior threats and just about anything else they can get away with feeding us a line of bullshit on. Gordon Brown is my favorite current fucking liar. The man is incredible. After helping to bring about one of the biggest economic disasters since the south sea bubble, he is now suggesting he has been warning about a bubble for ten years. Anyway, if you are interested in having a few of those myths dispelled and explained in understandable terms, pay these guys a visit and educate yourself. Ludwig von Mises Insitute.

VideoPros

Speaking of videos, which I wasn’t (nice segueway huh?) Sean Stanley, the Luxury film video guru who helped me to connect a Sony handycam to a macintosh computer is now a featured video professional on one of my current favorite sites – Video pros. Now these videos I can embed. Pay them a visit if you are in any way interested in the future of online video. VideoPros.


Limk

Limk= Life Is Meaningless Kebab. They describe themselves as a “spare time terminator,” so if you feel like using up the rest of your spare time, head on over to LIMK and terminate it. I won’t even bother trying to explain the strange stuff they have – see for yourself.  LIMK

They Lie We Die

Political cartoons. The name pretty much sums it up. If you were daft enough to get your brains blown out fighting for oil in Iraq, you probably won’t enjoy this site…….. They Lie We Die.

QUIDQUID LATINE DICTUM SIT, ALTUM VIDETUR

Speaking of cartoons, which I was, this is an awesome collection of comic books, videos, strage photos and cartoons, which also explains the odd photo of Superman at the top of the post. Enjoy !PhotoGnome.

A little link love for some new sites and a few old favorites

Spending my life on the internet, I discover all sorts of interesting stuff along with the rubbish out there. I have written before that I think 99% of the internet is rubbish, and it is always my goal to continue to create worthwhile content instead of adding to the garbage pile.

Welcome to the internet, Riviera Reflections, a yacht painter close to Antibes, and friends in real life as opposed to online :) If you need a yacht, motorcycle, car or motorcycle helmet painted, pay them a visit. Which is a good excuse to throw in a photo of one of Valentino Rossi’s classic paint jobs.

And a little payback to the international blogging community. Thanks to Yam-blog for linking to one of my posts and sending traffic. I have no idea what they said, but it’s all good :)

And I have no idea what this is all about, but it looks as though Cosmopolitan magazine set up a photo shoot involving hundreds of girls wearing cosmo bikinis and had them spell out the words Cosmo.ru on a beach…… The mind boggles.

If semi-naked girls is your thing, pay them a visit because it looks as though the Russian version of cosmo is going to have a “different” slant.

The Best of the Blogosphere – Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th July to all my American friends – and I would remind you all that

I still want my country back !

And in the immortal words of John Cleese (supposedly), I will reproduce the “Notice of Revocation of Independence.”

To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up revocation in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up aluminium. Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix ize will be replaced by the suffix ise. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up vocabulary. Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up interspersed. There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of -ize.

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney,upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as Taggart will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is Devon. If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become shires e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as Men Behaving Badly or Red Dwarf will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American football. There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American football is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays American football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2005. You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders,your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called rounders, which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called Indecisive Day.

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time,you will go metric with immediate effect and conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer,and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. The substances formerly known as American Beer will henceforth be referred to as Near-Frozen Knat's Urine,with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as Weak Near-Frozen Knat's Urine. This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen,Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or Gasoline, as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6/US gallon- get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation and have a great day.

John Cleese

I am not sure if he actually wrote it, but it gets the point across.

In the meantime, here are a few interesting links to places worth a visit when you have eaten enough hamburgers to feel you have adequately celebrated the event. They are in no particular order.

David Thompson on Culture, Ideas and Comic Books discusses the cost of piety. It seems he has a similar view of organized religion to me, and I agree with his assessment – believe what you like as long as you don’t try and inflict it on me. An interesting blog with as wide a variety of topics as this one. Worth a visit.

Cory and Jay, Nice Guys Bad attitude sell their “Really Awful Terrible Bourbon and Peach Barbecue Sauce,” here. It sounds disgusting, but I am sure it will taste just fine after a dozen or so Bud lights. Well, maybe 15 :D

Dark Roasted Blend is always worth a visit. Weird and Wonderful just about sums it up. Take a look at his collection of “Ugly Bugs.”

Best American Recipes – if you are uncertain as to what to cook this 4th July, my favorite collection of the best American Recipes ever is here.

The best of web pages has a great list of webpages worth visiting here.

Positive Atheism – If you in the mood for a serious look at why atheism is not a belief, Richard Dawkins on The improbability of God is reproduced here.

Startbabel Nederlands – Take a look and see what our Dutch cousins think is popular on the internet at the moment.

meneame – is a Spanish language version of Digg, only better :)

dofollow blog – this is now a dofollow blog

This blog is now (from today) a dofollow blog, which means all comments left are no longer tagged nofollow which is the default wordpress setup.

nofollow is an HTML attribute value used to instruct some search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target’s ranking in the search engine’s index. It is intended to reduce the effectiveness of certain types of search engine spam, thereby improving the quality of search engine results and preventing spamdexing from occurring in the first place.The concept for the specification of the attribute value nofollow was designed by Google’s head of webspam team Matt Cutts and Jason Shellen from Blogger.com in 2005. (wikipedia)

So, if y’all feel like leaving me a comment, not only will my comments parse your blog’s feed and add a link to your last blog post (courtesy of FiddyP’s coment luv plugin) it will leave that as a follow link.

Feel the link love flowing……..

And here is a quick list of other dollow blogs I have come across lately:

3 Minutes – Real Estate Blog

Andy Beard

Successcreeations

Geeky Speaky

SEO and Internet Marketing Advice

Ode to Mark P Knowles – Worried by your frongelous facial growth?

People who spend too much time online go insane. This poem was created for me in a thread created for the purpose of having a thread. It could be the best poem ever written about me.

Ode to Mark P Knowles:

See, see the Dead sky
Marvel at its big Puce depths.
Tell me, Mark Knowles do you
Wonder why the Platypus ignores you?
Why its foobly stare
makes you feel Energised.
I can tell you, it is
Worried by your frongelous facial growth
That looks like
A Chicken.
What’s more, it knows
Your varpid potting shed
Smells of capsicum.
Everything under the big Dead sky
Asks why, why do you even bother?
You only charm Rotten fishs.

Love it. Thanks to the best DJ on the planet for starting the thread. And thanks to Eric Graudin, who writes about Internet stuff for the technically terrified for creating the poem. It makes me feel humble to see work of this calibre. :)

This is what gamergirl thinks my latest fan looks like:

http://markpknowles.com/wp-content/uploads/peoples_495.gif

Not too far from the truth probably. I think she must have eaten too much home made fudge. (The fan that is, not Charlotte) :)

I think I can guarantee my blog will be the first result in a google search for “Worried by your frongelous facial growth” by tomorrow.

I am an internet SEO master !

Crappy Blogs with too many ads

Trolling, as I do around the internet for good blogs, I “occasionally” come across a bad one. I know, I know, we are all supposed to tell everyone about all the great blogs we find and spread the link love so we get some back. That’s what bloggers do :)

Not in this case. If I could un-link to this one, I would, but instead, I will just post a screenshot or four. The entire page is captured at the bottom of this post……… And it took 4 screenshots to get the whole thing. Possibly the worst blog that wasn’t a splog ever? You decide. I count 22 ads on this page. I also count 36 words in the blog post. That is one advertisement for every 1.64 words. I thought that was what magazines were for? At least I know Jeremy is quiet. But that’s it.

“Dailyblogtips is running an interesting series, a sort of interview with rapid fire questions asked to two bloggers at a time.
Jeremy is quiet an experienced guy in blogging (4 years), and have given some nice answers.”

What is the friggin’ point ? Isn’t there enough garbage on the ‘net without this. I found this from a search engine, so someone somewhere is doing a good SEO job. They should be shot. Now. Not tomorrow, now.

Just so you know I am not all bad, here’s a link to Daily Blog Tips’ Blogger’s face off – where Nandini Mashewari rips Jeremy Wright (the quiet one) to pieces in a battle of wits not wit(sic)nessed since the Clash of the Titans. Who will triumph in this latter-day David and Goliath story?……..Tune in next week to find out. In the meantime, here’s my least favorite blog post of the week:

Payback’s a Bitch – or not as the case may be :)

“Payback’s a bitch,” is one of my favorite crappy movie quotes. You know the one. Independence day, where some bunch of second string American movie stars remind the world that without the good ‘ol U.S. of A, we would all be enslaved by the pre-capitalist Russians, or the Koreans ( the bad Koreans, not the good Koreans) or in this case – Aliens from outer space. These enemy groups are interchangeable of course.

So, anyway – It’s about time I reminded both myself and the internet gods that I owe a few links and thanks to a variety of other bloggers. Otherwise known as Payback. Not a bitch in this case.

funride. Thanks for helping me with the translation of the Portuguese language version of the Luxury Property Blog

funride (real name Ricardo) has some entertaining and funny insights as to why it’s not a good idea to argue with your wife before going to sleep. He also has some awesome photographs of a huge variety of subjects over at Beauteous photos. This is a sample, so pay him a visit to see some more:

Copyright R. Nunes

Misha. Misha is the go-to guy on internet marketing such as keyword research and helped one of my most un-loved webpages become resurected. If you see this steelhead trout recipe in your wanderings through the internet, it is largely thanks to Misha.

Misha loves driving. In fact he loves driving fast so much he recently spent a short spell in the American equivalent of one of Her Majesty’s boarding houses :) He recently launched a website about driving directions in Moscow, Russia that is, as opposed to the other Moscow.

Jenny. When I need to write a press release, Jenny is the one I turn to for advice, and she helped me to write this one about luxury real estate marketing. And if any of y’all feel like paying that press release a visit and submitting it to your favorite social networking site, I won’t be upset in the slightest :) Jenny is passionate about teaching children about money and business. She even runs a blog about it and asks the question, “Are to preparing your child to fail financially ?”

Rachelle Fox. For answering dumb questions about where to get good photography. And speaking of fine art photography. Rachelle has a pretty stunning collection of Fine art photography on her website. This is a sample – she is absolutely worth a visit. She also works for Vancouver Photo Workshops, if you are in Vancouver and want to learn how to do anything photo-related.

Copyright R. Fox.

Jimmy the Jock. As you might have guessed, Jimmy is a Jock. And if you are visiting from the wrong side of the pond, that is jock as in Scottish, rather than jock as in jock-strap :) When one of my webpages got penalised by google for no apparent reason – iPhone cases , Jimmy was the first to step up and offer to help. He runs a blog all about hubpages’ authors – and I am proud to have been featured on this site. Jimmy is also a bit of a Freestyle Disco Dancing fanatic and runs another site covering that.

Sparkling Jewel. For attempting to enlighten me in her interpretation of things spiritual. (A lost cause) If you are interested in knowing about “Christ Yoga,” or “Developing your soul,” She’s the one to visit.

The Internet video magazine. As some of you may be aware, the company I now work for is heavily into Internet Video marketing, and IVM featured a couple of our videos recently, so if you are looking for the best videos on the internet, pay them a visit. This is one of the videos featured:

Deborah Ng from freelance writing jobs. I still owe Deb, not just a link, but an article about how my experience with finding a freelance writer went after she kindly advertised my need for a writer. Haven’t forgotten, honest, I am just having trouble chewing what I bit off recently :) Speaking of which, I did indeed find a great celebrity writer:

Becky Scott. Becky kicks-ass as a celebrity property writer. She also writes about writing on her own professional site. And covers life, the universe and everything else on her personal blog, Miss Priss.

Keith Lau. Keith has agreed also to come and write with me on the Luxury Property blog. Keith is from Singapore and knows just about everything there is to know about living and working in Singapore. He also happens to be a real estate agent, so if you are thinking of making a move to Singapore, pay him a visit at Singapore Prime Districts.

Avi Abrams. Avi also featured one of my posts on his blog, Dark Roasted Blend, which is all about weird and wonderful things. He sent lots and lots of traffic, for which I am very appreciative of.

No doubt I have missed many who should be on this list, but there is always another day and another blog post…….

SEO and Internet Marketing Advice

When I started as  blogger, I read everything I could lay my hands on about how to make a blog work. All the advice, all the tips, all the guru’s opinions – and guess what? Most of it is shite. That’s right – SHITE.

Why would I say that – because it’s true. But, once in a while, I come across some one who says something that makes sense.  Not very often, I must admit – but this guy, Andy MacDonald actually makes sense. I have come across a few others – SEOMOZ, for example.

So, if you are looking for a little down-to-earth advice, with a complete absence of I-am-better-than-everyone-else-because-my-ebook-is-a-best-seller-on-ebay, take a look at Andy’s blog:

http://i2.wp.com/markpknowles.com/wp-content/uploads/blog-rss.jpg?w=474

And I liked his RSS photo so much – I stole it.  Just click on the photo.

Link Love and a Positive Post

After reading one of my regular haunts, Freelance Writing Jobs, the writer of this blog, Deborah Ng, suggested all of her readers, who are legion, write a positive post. Thank you Deb, ( I do not know Deb personally, although I have been known to give her a little grief from time to time ) for making the suggestion – quite right too – negativity is viral. What I like about Deb, is the fact that she has a genuine passion for her subject and that comes across. Despite the hard time I give her for not having things I want on occasion, she does a great job. And if you are reading this Deb, lose the text link ads, they look like this to your readers ( now that’s a positive statement if ever there was):

Anyway, in the process of making some, what I hoped were helpful suggestions to one of my blogging friends as he gets his new (ish) blog off the ground, The Tech Brief, he suggested I that I should post them, so here are some ideas to improve your blog:
1. Lose the banner ads – and this fits in with some revelations I have come to recently. Here’s why:

Banner ads are a mistake

Unfortunately, many of us have been sucked into thinking it makes our site look more like a “real” website (me included)

2. Pay these guys 20 bucks to submit TTB to some good directories:

Cheap directory submission

And deal with all the pain in the ass emails that come with it. And if you have the money, do ALL the directories.No Affiliate .

3. Make comments and generate links on other people’s blogs and spread a little link love – maybe they’ll return the favor.

4. Look at where you are placing google ads. Take a look at where I have put my adsense ads here:

Well placed google ads as per THEIR instructions

Top, bottom and to the right of the post. All of them match the look of the site and could be mistaken for links to other content on the site. This works pretty well…. and fits in with the suggestions google makes. I have not had a lot of success with amazon, but maybe you have.

6. Slow down a little – it took me 4 months to get PR for my sites – You can’t make a blog popular overnight unless you are either a, very lucky or b, spend a lot of money .

7. Encourage writers to create deep links to other appropriate posts. I don’t know if you have noticed, but I often create links in one post to another post I have made. e.g:

Deep linking

There is a good article about this here:

Why you should deep link


8.. Find out what is hot by going here:

Google hot topics

This post has been edited for negativity. Comments welcome. And you will notice, this blog uses the commenluv plugin for WordPress which automatically parses your sites feed and links back to your last post. Talk about link love. The plugin is made by FiddyP, who’s motto is “Get hits or die tryin,” so pay him a visit, the blogoshere would be a worse place without him if he died from lack of hits. And if you are interested, this blog has a google PR of 3 at the moment (unless Mr. Google discovers a few posts that may have been generated in the pursuit of remuneration.) That should fool the searchbot Nazis. So, if you want a quality link back, leave me a comment. Thank you again Deb and have a positive weekend.