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Studylight.org

Studylight.org

http://www.studylight.org

Religion , Reference
In many ways this site is average and unexciting.
But it is the ONLY site that I have found with the functionality of an exhaustive concordance, and it does it FAR faster.

I'm going to devote the remainder of my review to this one stunning feature:
(https://www.studylight.org/desk/interlinear.cgi)

This features allows you to examine the translation along side the original Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic. When you hover over a word, it shows you which word it relates to.
Furthermore, when you click on a word, it brings up a definition, a pronunciation guide, and links to the other uses of that word in the bible.

This is incredibly valuable for understanding confusing or ambiguous sections or for separating out the and understanding the words that have poor english translation options.

When you want to know what the bible really means, there is not better source online.
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The History of Rome

The History of Rome

http://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com

Podcasts , History
History of Rome, beyond being of fantastic quality and enjoyment, also has had a powerful effect on the world of podcasting. I listen to many, and a large number of creators credit Mike Duncan for inspiring them to venture into the field.

It is not hard to see why.

He adds personality, wit, and understanding to a fantastically deep subject.

If you only look up one history podcast, it should be this one.
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Shut Up & Sit Down

Shut Up & Sit Down

www.shutupandsitdown.com

Gaming , Entertainment
This site is pure fun, but not just that, it will introduce you to wonderful games that will spice up your game nights.

Heck, this site will give you the tools to put on a kick-ass game night and will drive you to make more of them happen!

You'll laugh, and you'll be amazed. The character and personality comes through in spades, and you'll just have to start the next video.
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Cool Stuff Inc

Cool Stuff Inc

http://www.coolstuffinc.com

Shopping , Gaming
This is my favorite online retailer. I've spent well over a thousand dollars on the site, and it is NOT because they have great deals. In fact, you could often find better deals elsewhere. And they offer modest shipping times compared to other retailers. So why shop at cool stuff if it isn't the best deal or the fastest?

1) KILLER search function
It is unbelievable to me how powerful their search is for specific trading cards. When I'm building a "magic the gathering" deck, I often use their site to find applicable cards that might fit the theme because it is in many ways superior to the official Magic site.
You can find the cards in half the time, and then, of course, the prices and availability will be right there!

2) Customer Service
Given that I've bought maybe 1000+ individual items from large games to single cards, it is impressive how infrequently an order has had an error. But when it did happen, it was fixed quickly and professionally.

3) Better layout, more intuitive purchasing, and clearer UI than the alternatives.
When you pull up a specific card, the text is visible, and every possible edition is presented with a thumbnail picture. There is no need to go to a third party site to figure out which one you want.

4) price is "what you see is what you get"
I love how negligible prices are for shipping cards. no need to do mental math to figure out if it is worth it to you or not. $1 total for pretty much any number of singles is so sane that it it is surprising.

In short, the site is very enjoyable to use, include a silly little level-up features as you to get bigger and bigger discounts as you spend more money.

I've shopped at many places but I'll probably stay with cool stuff for 95% of the rest of my gaming purchases.
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Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast

http://wizards.com

Gaming , Official
For fans of "Magic: the Gathering" trading card game, the website is a fantastic resource with every card and many articles over a broad range of topics. A fan can find something for them, no matter what kind of player they are.

That said, there are two major issues with the user experience:

1) Things are hard to find. It looks great, but doing a google search is often the best way to navigate the site

2) the community response options are broken. There is no place to respond and discuss article content. Each card has a webpage with space for comments, but it is no longer possible to sign in, rate cards, leave comments or rate comments.
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Lynda.com

Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com

Tutorials , Video Streaming
This site will make you long for Lynda functionality on every video you watch online on other sites.

It is powerful and useful.

Every Lynda video has a full transcript for search-ability. And if you click on a word in the transcript, the video jumps to that point.

Furthermore, each lesson is broken up into bite-size modules perfect for quick learning sessions.

Then Lynda remembers where you are without needing to save your place and you can rapidly start back up again.

For all the tasks you would love to be guided through, Lynda has lessons that will make you think "oh, this isn't that hard"

It does have an auto-renewing monthly subscription, but unlike some of the more painful subscription sites, it is quick and easy to unsubscribe.
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Airbnb

Airbnb

http://www.airbnb.com

Travel , Lodging
This site!

It's hard not to rave about it, and it's hard not to use it every time you travel!

You might only save a little money, but the quality of accommodations over normal hotels goes WAY up. Staying in other people's houses is so much more comfortable.

You have potential for more space, more rooms, and often get some surprise amenities. I've stayed at houses so nice that the people I was out of state to visit came to me, instead of me going to them!

The flexibility and comfort offered by connecting normal people together is just delightful.

Give it a try the next time you travel!
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eHarmony

eHarmony

http://eharmony.com

Dating , Social Networks
Site setup is easy, but you make your profile WELL before you are given payment options. What this means is that you get invested in the site, and then you are shown the rates, which can be a bit shocking if you have never used a dating site before.
I highly recommend finding a promo code for the site before starting.

Additionally, creating your profile is easy, as there are lots of prompts to help you know what to put and where. It can feel a little pushy sometimes, but it is probably for the best that you follow its lead with such things as "add a 2nd picture to your profile".

The initial contacts are also intuitive and, by design, you cannot directly talk to people. You can send ice breaker style questions to someone you are interested in, or you can request permission to go right to chatting, but the other person would need to agree.

A few problems that I've found:
1) if the site breaks, it is not rapidly fixed, though it was fixed
2) if you live in a very small town, you'll get hassled to expand your preferences. for instance, when I lived in Alaska, it wanted me to allow matches up to 6 hours away by car.
3) as you start discussions with people, the message chains try to bury themselves under your other contacts. there is no way to make someone a primary interest, and thus see what they have said to you easier.
4) you end up doing a LOT of scrolling to keep track of everything the site throws at you.
5) there is a "pause" function, if you start to date someone, but like many fringe features, it is hard to find.

My experience was negative in the small town, but positive in the large town, even though I've not found someone who fits me yet.

The site also includes a lot of helpful articles on dating subjects in general, that are unrelated to online dating.
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reddit

reddit

http://reddit.com

Link Sharing , Social Networks
This site is an Aesthetic nightmare.
That said, you can fix the look and feel of the site if you find the content compelling, but you have to look into how to do so.
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Kickstarter

Kickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com

Crowdfunding , Entertainment
The beauty and power of Kickstarter is that the demand and desire and ideas already exist...and kicksterter just bring everyone together into a big fun event to pull it off.

I love the ability to support my favorite projects with minimal risk to the creators.

So many projects would otherwise be impossible without crowdfunding.

I love it!
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