You know, the kinds that connect the world and constantly process new ideas and provide you with useful tools? I found them, thanks to Seth Godin. They’re here: Emily Chang – eHubAll of them.(Holy constant updates, Batman!)

I have a confession to make. I’ve been sucked into del.icio.us. Besides having a very clever domain name, it’s downright addictive. Start browsing, and there’s a constant flow of good websites and information, all peer-reviewed for popularity. What is del.icio.us? How does it work?They call themselves “social bookmarking.” Basically, you open a free account with them, use it to keep a list of public bookmarks, organize them by “tags” (keywords that describe the websites), and browse the del.icio.us community for more bookmarks to visit. What makes del.icio.us cool (and addictive)?The homepage lists the most recently added bookmarks. It also lists the most popular tags. Browse the tags for a category you’re interested in today, and you’ll immediately find something the greater web community proudly approves of. Want to keep browsing? Every bookmark entry lists how many other people also link to that website. Click on that number, and you get a list of those people. Continue navigating, and you find the other bookmarks of those like-minded people. It’s a web of website sharing. Check it out by viewing my current bookmarks and clicking around.How do they make their domain name like that? Here’s my theory: they thought ahead. It’s possible to buy domain names that end in *.us, because it stands for United States (there’s also *.uk, *.au, and so on available). They bought icio.us for their domain name. Then they added a subdomain (which comes before the domain name in the URL) and named it “del”. Thus: del.icio.us. I suspect more people will start doing this, now that all the good domains have been taken. Pretty neat, huh? Remember to set aside several hours to browse once you get started.Update: If browsing is more important than listing your own bookmarks, check this out: Spiderous. They display the most popular and most recently bookmarked links on del.icio.us, as well as on three other social bookmarking arenas.

Check this out: YubNubIt’s a search engine. It’s a command prompt line. It scours the internet for virtually anything you could ever ask for, all from one place. And it’s not prohibitively ultra-techie. YubNub is a simple concept: you precede your search with a keyword that explains where you want to do that searching. For example, typing “gim sarah dopp” will run a Google Image Search for my name. It will also bring up a horrible picture from my highschool publishing days on BostonPoet.com, so don’t do it. Other useful commands: y = Yahooam = Amazona = Answers.com (dictionary/encyclopedia)ebay = Ebayrevs = reverse phone number lookupAt the time of this post, there are about 7,400 more commands to chose from. You can also add your own to the list (clearly, many people have done so). Rumor has it that YubNub means “Hooray!” in Ewok language. So go ahead. Make it your homepage.

I’ve had the privelege of working with Brian Koval this year — a personal coach and financial life planner with an inspiring take on life. No, I didn’t enlist his coaching skills (although I did reap the benefits of his unique attitude). Instead, I helped him build a website. Normally, I’d say “I built him a website,” but Brian’s a special case. His introspection and creativity were central to the development of the site. This was truly a collaborate effort. BrianKoval.com went live this week. While it is his professional web presence, this site is no sales pitch. Brian is filling it with inspirational writings and creative representations of himself. He also has a biweekly newsletter, so people can stay connected with his frequent updates. His goal, as he says, is to engage people and spark inspiration. He wants to influence. He wants to be influenced. He wants to restore and transform people to their “divine beauty and purpose.” Brian is dialogue in a world without communication. Check him out and write to him. He’ll write you back.

My career as a web developer started with The Writ. My career as an editor and leader also started with The Writ. My career as a poet ended with The Writ. These are all great reasons to check out the site. Here’s a better reason, though: Today, we launched its new publication. Five short stories, thirteen poems, two reflections, one script, and a healthy slew of reviews covering book stores, current events, and various forms of art. There’s also a Writer of the Month, an Artist of the Month, and a Singer/Songwriter of the Month. The Writ has been a self-sustaining writers’ workshop for over a year now. Prior to that, it was monthly publication. Now it’s both. I manage the website, a programmer handles the database work, and a powerhouse-marketing-guru-madman named Julian Torres now manages the publication. It’s amazing. Go there.

As part of the kick-off festivities for this new blog, I need to give some props to my last blog, Webbing Out Loud. It was a great idealistic experiment that faded away just as brilliantly as it entered onto the scene. Determined to display the most useful and interesting sites on the web, this site not only lacked a consistent audience, it lacked a realistic scope.Nevertheless, I urge you to take a look at it. Webbing showcases my favorite sites, from the tranquil games of Orisinal to the font-your-own-handwriting services (and free stuff) at the Font Garden. Enjoy! Oh, and if you’d like to take over Webbing Out Loud with your own mad phat research and writing skills, talk to me. I hate watching a good thing die…