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Jamie Jeffers combines his strong voice, good production values, thorough research, narrative style, and clear expertise in this podcast.

We are always told what the sources are, and how reliable these sources are.

The best audience for this podcast would be people who have at least the barest familiarity with the major figures in early British history. If you are coming in as a COMPLETELY blank slate, the foreign sounding names can blend together, making it difficult to comprehend
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TED

TED

http://www.Ted.com

Education , Video Streaming
A force for good in the world, and an incredibly compelling one.
A wide range of people are invited to discuss their creative ideas on technology, entertainment and design.

TED has two types of conferences for which video talks end up online:
1) Standard TED events whose speakers are officially vetted
2) TEDx events that are independent and not micromanaged by TED

The first category have a very high "hit" rate with regards to quality and influence. However, the second category's quality is highly dependent on the independent organizer.

This release of control means that there is a HUGE amount of content, and many of the TEDx talks are excellent. But it also means that there is some very poor quality content as well.
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The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal

http://theoatmeal.com

Webcomics , Comedy
Don't let my ratings fool you, this site has excellent content.

The Good:
* Free-form style comics. The artist takes the space required, and blends the panels nicely together.
* A unique perspective. He has a clear sense of wonder about the world, and has the tallent to portray this excitement in a humorous way.
* Content that matters. Many of the comics are swing from their humor to a potent relational truth.

The Bad:
* It is surprisingly non-intuitive to traverse. It isn't clear why it strays so far from the tried and true formulas.
* The art style is quite unappealing. It only works for the content that is intended to be weird/gross.
* Ad placement is excessive and distracting

The Oatmeal gets my "like", but it could be so much more.
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Imgur

Imgur

http://www.imgur.com

Photo Sharing , Social Networks
If you want to share one image, it is extremely user-friendly. You don't even need to be a member of the site. This makes it a great source for people who want to limit how many things they sign up for.

However, managing albums is non-intuitive, and frustrating. you really have to nail it on the first try, or editing an album becomes strangely difficult.

Top rated content is shared on the front page, but it gets there from community voting, and the experience of perusing these is ultimately disappointing due to the limited variety and low "hit rate" of excellent content.

Additionally, the looks are slick, and staff is visible.
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Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

http://www.rottentomatoes.com

Film & Television , User Review
My go to site for setting my expectations for a movie. If you just want to know whether or not to have lots of excitement about a movie, just check to see if it has a high score.

The fact that it separates professional critics and users is very useful.

You go into a movie with different expectations when the critics loved it and the audiences were unsure, compared to the other way around.

A true one-stop-shop for figuring out if a movie is worth seeing.
The ability to see the trailers and synopsis is what allows you to forgo other resources.

It is not clear exactly how they figure out if a critic review is positive or negative. The actual reviews are sometimes given a "fresh" rating when the review is generally negative, and vice versa, but it is relatively accurate.
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LinkedIn

LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com

Career , Social Networks
To have an impressive profile, you'd want to make it while you are an employed professional. The effort required is minimal, and if it were a deciding factor in getting a future job, it would be worth it.

However, it doesn't feel particularly useful.
Just set it up and forget about it.
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PayPal

PayPal

http://www.paypal.com

Business , Online Payment
There is a lot of good (for small amounts of money), with a very shady dark side (for large amounts)

The sudden ease of use that OTHER websites experience if you have a paypal account is a great advantage. The setup can be annoying, but this pales in comparison to the benefit in making small online purchases.

Just be careful if you use it for LARGE amounts of money. If a lot of money will be coming in, it trips a lot of red flags.

Since Paypal isn't a real bank, they don't answer to the FDIC...or anyone.

They can lock your account without warning, and it will be up to you to prove your innocence. And they can make it impossible for you to do so.
There are two areas of excellence in this podcast that make it very useful and enjoyable:

1) Explanation of the Subject
Islam contains a great amount of jargon, and yet the podcast is accessible to those who don't know the jargon, because it is introduced slowly and well defined. It is presented very well in a narrative style, but full of historical context to understand what is happening. It is wonderfully interesting and quite binge-able. There is a lot to be said for any history podcast that goes to this level of depth, but still offers this depth in bite-size segments.

2) Structure
Somehow, this is the ONLY podcast that I listen to that has the following structure:
A) very brief intro
B) next segment of the story
C) optional end notes that includes additional explanations, audience questions, and podcast administration.

EVERY podcast should be of this format. It boggles the mind that so many podcasts put long ads in all the strangest places. Or those that take forever to get started. It is clear that Elias is respecting our time.
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Blogatog

Blogatog

http://markrosewater.tumblr.com

Professional Blogs , Gaming
If you are a die-hard magic fan, there is no better resource for inside information.

Mark frequently answers north of 100 questions per day. This is incredible access to one of the most important game designers for the game.

He's got a great sense of humor, and a deep understanding of how creativity and game design works.
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Bible Gateway

Bible Gateway

http://www.biblegateway.com

Religion , Reference
This site handles 95% of my online bible searching.
It is intuitive and powerful. For just about anything short of specific Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic word analysis, this will handle your questions and searching needs.

(Aside: check out www.studylight.org for language analysis)

Any specific word or phrase can be searched, and then narrowed down with useful filters.

I teach sunday school for 4th graders and get extensive use in my prep-time and even in class on occasion. But it is also useful in my personal study.

I can't recommend it highly enough.
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