I am ill today. I started getting ill yesterday, and today I am iller. My primary symptoms are a sore throat, mild headache, stopped up sinuses, and an inability to write a blog entry even after four tries. A doctor would proclaim that I am having an allergic reaction to grass and tree pollen and I would be inclined to agree.
So I will make this easy on myself. I will simply tell you of a site or two that I visit daily so that you can too if you are so inclined. The first site serves as portal allowing me to jump and skip all over the internet tracking down information that interests me.
http://www.refdesk.com/ is the first site that I visit every day. The Reference Desk is nothing more than a collection of links to a multitude of places. Not only can I easily jump to newspapers that I like, but I can sneak in and read Dave Barry or pick up a delicious insult, like "Thou venomed scurvy-valiant haggard!" from the Shakespearean Insulter that I never have the nerve to use in real life. You can dig into history, find reference material, look at National Geographic photography, get the latest news, find poetry, and come up with quotes that I absolutely love and would pay to be able to say that they are my own, like: "Gravity is not my fault. I voted for Velcro!" If you like recipes, desire to see the dreaded "Drudge Report", want weather news, interested in calendars, or need to prepare for the SAT -- this is the site for you. The is the first site that I visit each and every day, and many times provides fodder for my blogs.
The second site that I usually visit daily is Arts and Letters Daily. The site is divided into three categories, Articles of Note, New Books (which provided in depth reviews of books that I would never actually read on my own), and Essays and Opinions. To be honest, I probably actually read perhaps 40% of what is provided. But I am usually impressed by what I read.
These are my secret internet places. So instead of sending me flowers and cards as I suffer in allergic anguish, I offer them as my gift to you. If you have a secret place that you visit, share it with me. I won't tell anyone.