Links of the Month
December – Opting Out
This free service lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive. Have the mailing labels handy for the ones you want to stop.
Links from the Federal Trade Commission
Where to go to opt-out of email, credit card solicitations, mail and telemarketing
National Do Not Call Registry
National Do Not Mail List
Obviously Junk Mail
A detailed list of how to stop specific junk mail, email and other advertising sources.
Rules for Robo Calls
Information from the Federal Trade Commission
November – Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission
The government site offers information on all aspects of identity theft.
Fight Identity Theft.org
Identity Theft Resource Center
Identity Theft Victim’s Guide
October – All about Pumpkins
Find local pumpkin patches, carving instructions and more.
Pumpkins and More
From the University of Illinois Extension Service
Pumpkin Carving 101
Pumpkin Carving Templates
September – Free Online Courses and Lectures
Free Online College Courses and Lectures
This site is becoming the standard source for downloading free college lectures on everything from Proust to particle physics. Contributors include a dean’s list of colleges and universities. More and more instructors are posting course materials here as well. This is from Apple and requires a free software download.
From the Open University of Britain, this site contains dozens of online courses, categorized into disciplines such as education, modern languages, and history. Registration is free and optional, but offers students the opportunity to take quizzes and interact with others.
Offers podcasts, RSS feeds, links to iTunes U and website access to “the best cultural and educational media on the web.”
Free Online Video Courses
Thousands of video lectures from America’s top scholars.
Top Cultural and Educational Video Sites
Casting a wider net, Ted (technology, entertainment and design) offers a venue for exchanging ideas across the globe. You will find video lectures from innovators among the offerings. Enrollment is free.
“Videos and channels from our college and university partners.
August – Freelance Job Sites
This site is for both employers and job seekers. Registration is required. The site offers a free basic plan as well as other fee subscriptions.
“Find work in more than 160 categories.”
Free listings for employers and job seekers. This site adds a surcharge to the fee that is paid by the provider.
June - Daniel Burnham and the Plan for the City of Chicago
Daniel Burnham Biography
Information on Daniel Burnham and Chicago Landmarks
May - Graduation
Colors of Your College Degree
Find out the meaning of those colors on your gown.
Graduation Party Planning Guide
April - Laugh! It’s National Humor Month
Ranges far and wide over the humor landscape.
Funny Resumé Mistakes
Shaggy Dog Stories
This is a large compilation of stories that lead up to an agonizing pun.
March - Public Speaking and Presentations
8 Secrets to a Knockout Business Presentation
Free Articles on Public Speaking
How to Get a Standing Ovation
Public Speaking Tips
Helpful links throughout.
Ways to Organize Your Life
If your new year's resolution was to finally get organized, here's a nice collection
of sites to help.
Over 1250 checklists to organize your life.