Take a crash course with !coursera

Coursera is a learning platform with over 2,000 courses to choose from. Everything is accessible for free, but for a small fee you can get your work graded and earn a digital certificate. One of the best websites on the internet imho.

Syntax: !coursera keywords (search for a course or university)

Example: !coursera animal behaviour


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Arch Chinese learning system is “su pah”

If you’re learning Chinese, you’ll need a good English-Chinese reference. Arch Chinese has you covered with a dictionary, worksheets, flashcards and more. Avoid calling your mother a horse and check with !archchine first!

Syntax: !archchine keyword or phrase (English or Chinese)

Example: !archchine ji tong ya jiang


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Use bangs in your browser’s address bar by making DuckDuckGo your default search engine. Here’s how to switch in Chrome. For Firefox, install the plugin.

 

The Internet Archive is a show stopper

Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library with the goal of backing up the entire internet. And if that wasn’t ambitious enough, they also archive TV news programs that are searchable via their closed captioning transcripts. Lord love a duck!

Syntax: !archivetv keyword or phrase (using quotes may help narrow down results)

Example: !archivetv “Lord love a duck”


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The time is ripe for urban micro farms

RipeNearMe is a startup that believes backyards, balconies, roofs, vacant blocks and other urban spaces are perfectly good places to grow food. They help connect local growers with buyers who want fresh local produce.

Syntax: !ripenearme location

Examples: !ripenearme Detroit Michigan


RSSPBRRY is a free and open source RSS feed reader and Internet tastemaker (more information forthcoming). The software is available for download on Github.

 

As a duck readeth

If you’re looking for a book, you’ll probably find it at BookZZ. With almost 3 million titles, they boast it’s the world’s largest ebook library. Just use !bzz and the book title.

Syntax: !bzz keywords

Usage: !bzz As a Man Thinketh (author name works well too)


Critical Stimulus

Critical Stimulus is a proven method for uncovering repressed emotions, self-denial, hidden agendas and much more. Discover the truth about anyone, even yourself.

 

By the numbers

Use the bang !gossip and any number from 1 to 9999 and Number Gossip will tell you everything you wanted to know about it, and then some. Possibly handy. Definitely nerdy.

Syntax: !gossip n (stick with whole numbers)

Example: !gossip 153


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Wheatbin is Open Source project management software that combines Kanban methodology with the Law of the Harvest. Visit Wheatbin.com.

 

File under technostalgia

As time and innovation accelerates, it leaves behind a slew of dead media platforms and technologies. To find older versions of useful, popular software for Windows, Mac and Linux, visit the digital preservationists at OldApps.com.

Syntax: !oldapps os software

Example: !oldapps windows 7 winamp


Search engine for sales tax

Is It Taxed? tells you instantly if there is !tax on thousands of items sold in Canada. Discover money saving strategies and make your dollar go farther.

 

Get the dirt behind the ditty

Stop the music and go visit Songfacts.com. Songfacts is a searchable database where you can find out the meaning and motivations behind the hits. The search feature plays nice with DuckDuckGo too:

Syntax: !songfacts “song title only”

Examples: !songfacts “disco duck”


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I’ve got news for you

The Economist is a weekly magazine that provides analysis and opinion on current affairs around the world. Supplementing the print edition is their regularly updated website. For DuckDuckGo users, a time-saving tip: just type !economist and you’re there.

Syntax: !economist (keywords don’t work here)

Usage: !economist


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Critical Stimulus is a proven method for uncovering repressed emotions, self-denial, hidden agendas and much more. Discover the truth about anyone, even yourself.

 

Get your money’s worth

Ready for some straight talk about money? Then Mr. Money Mustache is right up your alley. Let !mrmoney get you there economically. Add a single keyword if you want to read up on a specific topic.

Syntax: !mrmoney keyword

Example: !mrmoney wealth


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Find the perfect podcast with fyyd

Searching for a good podcast is like courting for marriage. It requires experimentation, investment of time, and careful listening to find The One. Before you make a commitment, try fyyd, the podcast search engine.

Syntax: !fyyd keywords or “name of topic”

Example: !fyyd “rubber duckies”


Search engine for sales tax

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Want to be a musician? Join the ‘Club

If you ever wanted to learn an instrument, check out Cifra Club. With the use of video and simple diagrams, instructors will show you how to play popular songs fast and for free (here’s an example). The website is in Spanish but music is the language they speak.

Syntax: !cifraclub song title and/or artist

Example: !cifraclub radioactive imagine dragons


Sesshin meditation posters

Sesshin meditation posters are unique and are not available anywhere else. Visit Sesshin for a powerful new way to improve your meditation practice.

 

Wikipedia for tech startups

CrunchBase is a database of the startup ecosystem that includes investors, incubators and events. For fun, type the bang !cb along with any word in the English dictionary and hit enter. There’s probably a startup with that as a name (or similar).

Syntax: !cb keywords (search for an organization, person, event or product)

Example: !cb quack


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Android Police: To serve and inspect

If you own an Android smartphone, do yourself a favour and visit Android Police. This busy blog has hardware reviews, deal alerts, software leaks and more. Here’s a speedy way to get the news without a speeding ticket:

Syntax: !andpol (keywords are not operable)

Usage: !andpol


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