The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.18
When it came to pinning down a definitive list of my favourite three websites, I found it quite hard to actually wittle the list down to just three. Plus, I didn’t want to put anything too incriminating or obvious in, ha ha. So these are my top 3 sites today, but that may well change by tomorrow, or even this afternoon. Hmm, enough caveats for you? Then I’ll begin…
The Internet Movie Database (aka. The IMDb)
As a big movie fan and keen DVD collector (much to my wife’s chagrin), I love the IMDb and visit it daily. Due to the fact that I know a few people whose pages I update, I’ve paid to be a ‘Pro’ member and actually think this is worth doing (unlike most subscription based sites). As well as all the usual gubbins you get, Pro members can edit pages a lot more easily, and get a lot more multimedia content. The site itself shouldn’t need much explaining (I’m pretty sure most people have been there, especially since Amazon acquired it a few years back) but I will say that it is one of the best resources to have at your disposal when you are sat watching a TV show or Film and find yourself thinking "Haven’t I seen that fella in something before…?"
Set up as a ‘community art project’ (apparently as part of the Artnomic project in 2004 – according to Wikipedia anyway!) which has gained a massive following in the past few years – so much so that it’s now branched out in to a series of books put together by site creator Frank Warren. PostSecret (as the name suggests) is a blog where people anonymously post in their secrets on postcards, presumably with the air of ‘getting it off your chest’. It sounds odd but it makes for compelling reading, I promise!
This may be a little nerdy, but MetCheck is another website that I look at on a daily basis – sometimes hourly if the weather is looking exciting. As the name might suggest, MetCheck is a weather website that gives you localised forecasts for up to two weeks ahead. I’ve been a fan for a few years now, and have found it to give the most accurate forecasts of all the big weather websites. It also presents the results in a much more intuative way than most do, with animated icons, "Real Feel" temperatures and nice advanced bad weather warnings. See, I told you it was nerdy!