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Inogolo Demonstrates Pronunciation Of Difficult Proper Names

If you’re puzzled on how to pronounce an unfamiliar proper name, Inogolo can help with visual and spoke pronunciation guides.


Use Google Dictionary To See Words Used In Current Context

If you want to see a word in current usage, most dictionaries offer dated or stilted examples. Google Dictionary combs news sites to pull quotes demonstrating words in current usage.


NumberQuotes Gives Perspective To Your Statistics

Numbers — especially big numbers — can seem pretty abstract. One way to help people better understand huge numbers is by providing context based on things they do understand. Free web service NumberQuotes spits out related statistics containing any number you throw at it.


Get Software Quick-Reference Sheets From CustomGuide

Learning a new application? Have a cube-mate that pesters you with questions about an application they’re learning? Print off a cheat sheet from CustomGuide.


TechPosters Archives Tech-Oriented Posters And Cheat Sheets

Whether you need a poster to use for a presentation or a cheat card to keep by your monitor, TechPosters has a sizable archive of posters, diagrams, reference charts, and cheat sheets.


Factbook eXplorer Offers Animated View Of Stats

Ever wondered how Australia’s fertility rate compares to the rest of the world? You can track that — along with dozens of other stats — in a neat animated format on the OECD Factbook eXplorer site.


Periodic Table Of Typefaces Schools You On Fonts

Don’t know your Minion from your Lucida? Can’t decide which Sans-serif, Humanist font works best? Take your seats, class, and let’s review the Periodic Table of Typefaces. Design firm Squidspot put together the 3150×2100, 1.6MB JPEG linked to below, and more power to them for doing so. For those without a clue about fonts, or the typeface geeks needing an at-a-glance reference, this chart provides letter samples, family and class distinctions, and the designer and year of creation. Some of that data might seem a little extraneous, but in some cases, it’s reassuring to know that people like Claude Garamond have made a lasting impact on the world, and on your Word documents. For more interactive font-choosing help, check out the previously mentioned, cross-platform Font Picker. Feel like there’s a spot waiting for your unique imprint? Try the web-based Fontstruct, or our prior post on making your own fonts from handwriting.

Periodic Table of Typefaces [via Download Squad]

SoundUnwound is Amazon's Wikipedia for Music

Web site SoundUnwound is Amazon’s new music web site designed to provide comprehensive articles and information on bands, musicians, and their discographies and lineups. Mimicing Wikipedia’s user-edited model, anyone can edit a SoundUnwound article; the main difference is that all changes are approved by SoundUnwound staff before it’s included on the site. Beyond that, the layout of the site is interesting and will potentially provide lots of great information, allowing you to drill down into everything you’d want to know about the artist. Right now, however, the site feels a bit low in info, and considering the existing strength of Wikipedia as a go-to source for this sort of info, SoundUnwound’s got its work cut out for it. If you give it a try, let’s hear how you like it in the comments. SoundUnwound [via Wired]