Thursday, July 21, 2005

[Expedition] South Posted by Picasa

Here's the plan. The first return journey to the South Pole on foot and the longest unsupported polar journey in history. In October next year, Tony Haile and I will set out from Scott's hut, on the shores of McMurdo Sound on a 1,800-mile, four-month round trip, from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. No dogs, no vehicles, no kites, no resupplies. We're calling it SOUTH.

The great Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen made the only return journey, using dogs, 93 years ago. His rival Captain Scott died on his return from the Pole just 11 miles from the relative safety of his largest depot. Since then every expedition has either been flown out from the Pole or used dogs, kites or vehicles. Many people have blamed Scott's failure on his reliance on human power, and many experts still believe an entirely human-powered journey of this magnitude to be impossible. We think otherwise.

If you read that description you know these guys are crazy, but I love watching the amazing accomplishments of mere men, especially from the comfort of my living room. Their journey is being funded by private individuals, each paying $100 to sponsor a mile of their trek. Here's wishing them luck


Wednesday, July 20, 2005


So, I need your guy's help. I looked over my list of possible White Hot Now sites today and it feels like the bottom of the barrel and I don't want to put up anything I don't think is good, informative, fun or just generally worth spending time on, so I need some more suggestions.

Add 'em to the comments, E-mail them to me or tag stuff WhiteHotNow at so that I can find it. I really like doing this site, but there's only so much of the Internet that one's exposed to on their own.

- Andy

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

[Photography] Mute Posted by Picasa

Mute is a photo-blog, plain and simple. Some really great photos, lots of vivid portraits. Miles has been posting daily for a year, and I can tell you already that that is quite an accomplishment in itself.


Monday, July 18, 2005

[Tech.Gadgets] Gizmodo Posted by Picasa
Gizmodo, the gadget guide. So much in love with shiny new toys, it's unnatural.
If you check back in the archives you'll notice the first site ever featured on White Hot Now was the tech gadget site Engadget, one of my favorites. Well, long before Engadget began this site was covering the tech gadget scene, helping mold the all-day news style blog which is so popular now. In fact Engadget (let's see how many times I can mention it) was created by one of the original editors of Gizmodo.

While, Gizmodo is still rocking with their humorous style and despite losing another one of their long time top editors on Friday they're now sporting a new look and they've promised not to faulter on thier coverage while they bring new people on board.


Friday, July 15, 2005

[Celebrities] The Superficial, Egotastic, Pink Is The New Blog Posted by Picasa
The Superficial is a brutally honest look at society and its obsession with the superficial. It is not satire. It is not social commentary. It is the voice of our society at its worst. It is first impressions without sense of social obligation. It is the truth of our generation. It is ugly racism. It is jealousy. It is honest.

Just kidding. Our goal is to make fun of as many people as possible. Posted by Picasa
Egotastic! is an entertainment blog focussed on movies, music, television, and celebrities. Posted by Picasa
This is where I create and
regurgitate all the news
that's fit to type.

Hearsay & Gossip,
Rumor & Fact ...

Pink is the new Blog!
The National Inquirer is dead. They're reporting old news. If you want 24/7 celebrity coverage you've got to go digital, and the blogosphere is there for you. If my earlier mention of Defamer wasn't enough for you, you're gonna want to check out these three sites. They can be a little dirtier (occasionaly even 18+/NSFW) but come on, isn't that what we all want in our celebrity news.

If only we were all famous enough to be followed by photographers. Someday, someday.

Sites (Pink Is The New Blog)

Feeds (Pink Is The New Blog)

Big shout outs to Devon for reminding me of The Superficial (and inspiring this post) and my girlfriend for the hot tip on Pink Is The New Blog.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

[Humor] CollegeHumor Posted by Picasa was founded in 1999 by two high school friends from Baltimore, Maryland who went to different colleges as a way to share all of the funny things floating around their college’s computer networks and has grown into a lot more.

If something’s funny on the Internet, it’s either on here or linked from here. We have the biggest collection of movies, pictures, jokes, and games that you’ll find just about anywhere. We also have a writing staff of people that are so funny, they’re not allowed to attend funerals! This website is bigger than And since The Beatles were bigger than Jesus, that says a lot.
I've been a fan of this site since it looked like this. (Way back when I was in college.) In spite of its name there's not much academic about the site, but if you're gonna goof off on the Internet you might as well have some laughs, right?

I remember when they had their own video show back in the day and I remember being excited for them when it got picked up by some college TV network. I remember thinking how cool it was when I recognized the host of that show, Chris Wylde, in some bit parts in movies and then as the rapping nanny on American Idol.

And today I read that their working with the guy who did The Mummy to make an Animal House style movie based on their comedic work at Don't know how that's gonna work out, but congrats, that's pretty big time.

Anyway, this site has always had a great staff of young writers, great humorous links, and one of the best funny, viral, Internet picture collections around. In fact they might even be responsible for the whole viral e-mail forward thing as we know it. ;)


Tuesday, July 12, 2005

[Organization] 43 Folders Posted by Picasa
  • 43 Folders is an independent web site by Merlin Mann.
  • It’s a site about stuff that interests Merlin, including (but not limited to):
    • productivity and time management tips
    • Mac OS X programs and technologies
    • ideas about modest ways to improve your life and reduce stress
    • cool or helpful shortcuts that makes life a bit easier
  • 43 Folders is not—contrary to the mass hysteria—exclusively “a site about Getting Things Done” (although we do actually like that book pretty well)
Wired published a nice little article today about the crazy web culture surrounding David Allen's book Getting Things Done. I myself bought the book about a year ago, and while I still haven't had the time to read the entire thing (oh, the irony) I've got a pretty good feel from its following that if you take the time to get into it it really does work.

This site is your source for getting information on new web technologies to use with GTD as well, like the GTDTiddlyWiki a cool dynamic GTD notes tool.


Monday, July 11, 2005

[News.Tech] Digg Posted by Picasa
Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, dynamic social RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allowing an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.
I've had this site in the queue since I began blogging sites again in June because I there were rumors that they were moving to version 2.0 floating about. While it finally happened on Sunday and so I give you, the new Digg 2.0.

Oh, so what is Digg you ask? Well it's the hottest new thing in tech news because it's user driven and therefor constantly updated. Users submit links and short descriptions and then they "digg" (vote) for links they find interesting. Then of course you can comment on this news which gives it the whole community thing, which is one of the big draws for me.

Check me out, I'm currently ranked #23, and don't forget to get your free Slurpee today at 7-11.

Feed: (You can also find a feed to just about any page on the site.)

Friday, July 08, 2005

[Classifieds] Craigslist Posted by Picasa
craigslist is about:
  • giving each other a break, getting the word out about everyday, real-world stuff.
  • restoring the human voice to the Internet, in a humane, non-commercial environment.
  • keeping things simple, common-sense, down-to-earth, honest, very real.
  • providing an alternative to impersonal, big-media sites.
  • being inclusive, giving a voice to the disenfranchised, democratizing ...
  • being a collection of communities with similar spirit, not a single monolithic entity.
Well I'm moving to a new apartment with a friend this month and where do we turn to find out what's available, Craigslist. This site rocks, it's a free service (unless you're a business) classifieds site on the web that's been around forever and somehow manages to stay incredibly simple and ad free. I even found my job on this site.

San Francisco (my home) is the biggest Craigslist, but there are versions for tens of cities all over the world.

Now, Craigslist does a lot, and I will say that it's not always the best tool when it comes to getting stuff sold quickly or for the best price, but it's community attitude really does make it a great little piece of the web.

Feed: Every results page, whether you're browsing or searching has an RSS link in the lower right corner.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

[Information] Wikipedia Posted by Picasa
The free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
Sooner or later I've got to cover all the really big content sites we all know and love. I thought today was a great example of the power Wikipedia can harness because of the incredibly complete London bombings article that's been compiled today.

For those of you who haven't heard about or used Wikipedia it's an amazing source for knowledge on pretty much everything.

English Version:
All Versions:

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

[Books] Project Gutenberg Posted by Picasa
Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free eBooks on the Internet. Our collection was produced by hundreds of volunteers.
50 years after a books author dies their work becomes public domain. Project Gutenberg creates and collects electronic copies of thousands of public domain books and they make them all available online.

Currently there are 16,000+ books available on their site, including the original text of the blockbuster War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

Feed (Books added in the last 24 hours):

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

[NYC] Gawker Posted by Picasa
The source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip. Gawker, reporting live from the center of the universe.
Well this site might not be for everyone, or anyone outside of NYC for that matter it's one of the blogs that launched the revolution and it's always great to check in on the real worries of the Big Apple, celebrity gossip and self-serving news.


Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy 4th

Friday, July 01, 2005

[Jobs] Indeed, Simply Hired, WorkZoo Posted by Picasa Posted by Picasa Posted by Picasa

There are plenty of ways to go about getting a job, but when you want results you think Google, and these three sites have taken that look and feel and applied it to job searching.

Hope you find something you love.