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Tiny URL

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Tiny URL

Do you like to share links with your friends and family? Don’t you hate it when you have a really long link that you would like to share, but it either doesn’t fit in your instant messenger’s screen or it breaks in your e-mail due to length? Well, now you never need to face that problem again.

Just copy the long link, paste it into the blank… Continue reading

National Wildlife Federation’s Photo Contest

One thing that I really enjoy while surfing the Internet is finding really great photographs. I hit the treasure chest with these gems. Every year the National Wildlife Federation holds a photo contest. This is their 35th annual contest and it brings you a lot of awesome photos.

Navigation is easy. Just scroll down the page. What will you find? Well, for… Continue reading

Fly Lady

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Fly Lady

Do you have a lot of clutter in your house? Did your home just sort of get away from you? Well I know mine has. There is almost no useable storage. The closets are all tiny and there is nowhere to really put anything.

By joining Fly Lady – which is free – you’ll start on a step by step journey to reclaim your house from the… Continue reading

Beans Around the World

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Beans Around the World

It is amazing when things that started in good humor really take off and become something of a phenomenon. That is exactly what you are getting here at Beans Around the World.

To find out how this all got started, check out the section Why Beans? The Untold Story on the side menu explains how it all started from the beginning to the present. If… Continue reading

Fun Copter

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Fun Copter

First of all, a word of warning! This site is very addictive. Click to start navigating your helicopter through the course. There are obstacles to be avoided by flying either higher or lower, but you also have to be careful to avoid crashing into the ceiling or the floor.

What have I learned? You can spend two hours here and not even realize the time has… Continue reading

Monticello Explorer

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Monticello Explorer

Welcome to the Monticello Explorer, where you can virtually tour the plantation that served as, not only a home, but as a functional plantation to Thomas Jefferson. I suggest starting at the top of the page with the Help tab. This will bring up another window that really details how to functionally explore this site. It is well worth the effort of understanding how everything works so… Continue reading

Making of a Brick

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Making of a Brick

I’m not talking about bricks that you use to build houses, but I’m talking about Legos! You need to have Macromedia Flash installed to view this presentation, and believe me, it is well worth it. Learn how Legos are made from start to finish. It’s rather fascinating.

To get started, click the blue arrow button. This will take you to the next screen and stage… Continue reading

Does It Work? Product Testing

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Does it Work? Product Testing

There are a lot of products that are sold on TV, and I often find myself wondering if they actually work. Don’t you? Well, thanks to the news team at KRBC, we can find out with their “Does it Work”? section. They test the products and let you know how they really work.

Not only do they review “As Seen on TV” items, they… Continue reading

Dave Loves Elizabeth

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Dave Loves Elizabeth

There is nothing more touching than to see love blossom. But better than that is to see love celebrated. Join me as we explore Dave’s love for Elizabeth.

When I first got to this site, I thought to myself “Oh, this is a big advertisement for those online date sites.” It turns out that I was way wrong. It’s a big display of love. Follow the… Continue reading

Double Duty Word Shortcut

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Double Duty Word Shortcut

When you start MS Word, do you find that you’re constantly wishing you’d never closed the program since you’re just going right back to the last document you opened?

Ever wish you could get Word to open that last file immediately without extra work from you?

Well, if you seem to use that same file both first thing in the morning and last thing at night… Continue reading

Ask Dr. Universe

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Ask Dr. Universe

Welcome to Ask Dr. Universe, a site devoted to answering science related questions for kids of all ages! There are two ways to navigate around the site. You can use the side menu or the picture menu in the middle of page. Both take you to the same sections.

Those sections are:

Who is Dr. Universe – just who is this Dr. Universe and why… Continue reading

Flipping For Science

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Flipping For Science

Meet FLIP the world’s strangest research lab. FLIP stands for Floating Instrument Platform.

To start learning about FLIP you should start in the section called Meet FLIP. There you can learn all about FLIP from how big it is and even see how it flips!

In How FLIP Works we learn all about how people live and work and what FLIP does. I found myself… Continue reading

Nordly’s Northern Lights

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Nordly’s Northern Lights

“Of all naturally occurring heavenly phenomena, few come close to a night with a magnificent northern lights display. Flickering curtains of dancing light against the dark skies, northern lights is certainly one of the most spectacular of nature’s phenomena.”

For all of you who’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know I love the Northern Lights. I can’t begin to tell you how delighted… Continue reading

Turkey Jokes

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Turkey Jokes

These are great jokes to tell your kids. You’ll find there are about 20 jokes on the site. Just scroll down the page to view them all.

On this site you will also find The History of Thanksgiving, where you can read the Story of Thanksgiving and check out some great links about the Proclamations of Thanksgiving by George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, as well First-Hand Accounts… Continue reading

Library Elf

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Library Elf

This is a great site for all you library goers. You can track the items that you take out and have on hold, and you can get great e-mail alerts so nothing is late. Best of all, it’s free to use. My dad sure could use Library Elf to get his books and magazines back to the library on time.

The first thing you need to do-… Continue reading

Camera Toss

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Camera Toss

I thought I’d seen every kind of photography the net had to offer, but after finding this site I can say that I was wrong. Flickr is a site that allows you to upload and share photos that you’ve taken for free. It’s a great site thus the noteworthy mention at the beginning of this article. The really neat thing is that there are photo groups that… Continue reading

Pandemic Flu

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Pandemic Flu

The flu is a big health problem this time of year, and it seems every year the threat of pandemic influenza gets worse. The Pandemic Flu site has information about both the pandemic influenza and avian influenza.

The site is divided into several categories. They are General Information, Health and Safety, Monitoring Outbreaks, Planning and Response Activities, Travel and Transportation, and Research Activities.

When most people discuss… Continue reading

Painting Flowers

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Painting Flowers

This is a sister site to the site we ran earlier in the year called Painting the Weather. Navigation is pretty easy. You can browse with the side menu by Title, Artist, Flower Type, Theme, or Locations. At the bottom of the page, you can check out the Quiz on Flower Painting.

Once you choose a gallery, you’ll see options within the gallery. Under flower type… Continue reading

Wood Carving or Wood Sculpting? You Decide

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Wood Carving or Wood Sculpting: You Decide

I was surfing around this wood working site when I came across this article. It was so neat I decided to share the article with you.

The article is about woodworking artist Livio de Marchi. He sculpts the most amazing projects I’ve ever seen. Life-size realistic cars are shown in this article. Even the inside of the cars are realistic. If… Continue reading

Liquid Sculpture

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Liquid Sculpture

I devote a lot of my research time to different forms of art. I found this site and was awed and simply amazed. At first I thought they were actual sculptures, and then I found they were photographs and decided that was much cooler. The process is interesting, too. You can read all about the process in several places. Either check out the FAQ where it is… Continue reading

UF Book of Insects Research

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

UF Book of Insect Research

“The University of Florida Book of Insect Records names insect champions and documents their achievements.” Each chapter is on a different subject of their records. With 40 chapters in all, that’s a lot of insect champions.

Here you will find the fastest flier’s record, the loudest, the least tolerant to cold/heat, and whole lot more. To navigate you can either click the chapter title… Continue reading

Everyday Science

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Everyday Science

“The National Synchrotron Light Source is a scientific facility that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Each year, more than 2500 scientists from all over the world come to perform experiments at the NSLS. This website describes some of the everyday science that goes on at the NSLS and how it may impact your everyday life.”

Doesn’t it sound exciting, all those scientist converging… Continue reading

Healthy Fridge

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Healthy Fridge

One of the big health concerns facing people right now is heart disease. This site is devoted to providing heart healthy tips for you and you family. Navigation is pretty simple. There are buttons near the top of the page that break the site down into four sections. Under those there are two more links the What’s New and Search sections.

The Healthy Fridge has 10 tips… Continue reading

NOAA Photo Library – National Weather Service

Welcome to the NOAA Photo Library’s National Weather Service Photo Gallery. You can explore the navigation on the side menu if you want, but you just have to scroll down to get to the core content.

The photos are divided into topical galleries. To view the images click on the number next to the gallery you wish to view. Some only… Continue reading

Recipezaar

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Recipezaar

It’s that time of year when we all start cooking a little bit more to warm up the house or to try out some new recipes for those holiday meals. This excellent recipe site has pictures of a lot of the recipes! You can share your recipes and photos and browse through others’ recipes and photos. In order to post, you’ll need to sign up for a free… Continue reading

Ask Oxford

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Ask Oxford

As a writer I adore word sites. There is something just so appealing about quotes, stories, and new ways to use words or just the opportunity to learn new words and integrate them into my vocabulary and writing. I really like this site because of its witty quotes and interesting layout.

The main sections are in the middle of the page: Word of the Day, A Quote… Continue reading

World Count

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Word Count

While I found this site fascinating and a fun way to waste some time, I couldn’t quite figure out how to describe it. Then I headed to their about section and found that they had already done so.

“WordCount™ is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonness. Each word is… Continue reading

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