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The T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

What does T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. stand for? Well to answer your question, it stands for “Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations”. Basically Twinkie experiments. There are seven experiments in all.

Resistivity Test — “To test the resistivity of a Twinkie, a 110V standard AC household current was run across it.” This was an interesting test that seemed to prove that twinkies pass no current at all. For more details check… Continue reading

Bar Code Art

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

This is a site dedicated to the art of Scott Blake who makes fascinating portraits, art, and such from bar codes. It is broken down into four main sections—Portraits, Digital: Video and Interactive, Analog: Paintings and Collages, and Other Art.

Portraits — is exactly what it says: portraits of cultural icons using bar codes.

Digital: Video and Interactive — This section is broken down into more sections within itself. Here… Continue reading

Cardstacker

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

So what’s a site called Cardstacker about? Well it is Bryan Berg’s page—he holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards and in 2004, “Guinness created a new record category for the World’s Largest House of Cards to recognize a project Berg built for Walt Disney World—a replica of Cinderella’s Castle. He continues to hold both records.”

Here you can read all about Bryan Berg in… Continue reading

Pirate Soul

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Welcome to a museum like very few you’ve had the opportunity to hear of. Pirate Soul is a museum dedicated to the history of Pirates!

We’ll start our journey in the History section which includes Origins, Notable Pirates, Pirate Life, Plunder, Map, and Resources.

The Map is a great way to learn information about the places that pirates lived in, sailed to, and plundered. Click a topic above the map… Continue reading

American Field Guide

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

I suggest everyone reads the “About AFG” section because it really tells you what all went into making this site possible. They’ve collected data from over 30 stations across the country to bring you this site.

Animals — in this section you can choose from, you guessed it, what animals you would like to learn about. They are broken down into subtopic categories like mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians… Continue reading

Google Maps

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

I know we’ve brought you map sites before, but now I’ve found one that is so useful you’ll have to bookmark it. I’ve already used it about a dozen times to find places I need to go to or just places I want to check out.

Not only is it useful, but it is easy to use too. I highly recommend that you take the tour located at the bottom… Continue reading

Google Fight

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

This site is really cool! Put in any two keywords and have them duke it out. How do they win? Well, this site searches to see how many listings there are for the words and then the one with the most wins the fight.

I put in tea vs. coffee and coffee won with a grand total of 53,500,000 results to tea’s measly 37,200,000.

You can also check out the… Continue reading

Gardening for Pleasure

Monday, February 21st, 2005

Now isn’t it odd that I’m bringing you a cool site about gardening in the middle of winter? Well this site comes from Australia, and it is the middle of summer down under! So let’s all of us get out of the cold and enjoy this site!

Experience the beauty of Australian plants from the comfort of your computer chair. And let me tell you these are real beauties! From… Continue reading

What’s for Dinner?

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

This is more than just a recipe site. The goal is to help you make dinner time family time.

At What’s For Dinner you’ll find a different meal that you can make every day, and you get the shopping list for what you need to make it. Just click the link for “Today” under “Meals” and you’ll be whisked to the next page. On this page you’ll find a photo… Continue reading

Global Network of Dreams

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Have you read everything by your favorite author? Have you run out of music to listen to? Sick of trying to figure out which movies you will actually enjoy? Well now you’ve met a site that can help you out.

When you load up this site you will notice that there are four sections: Gnod Music, Gnod Books, Gnod Movies, and Flork. We’re going to start in the Gnod Books… Continue reading

Motorcycle Online: Virtual Museum

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

This site is divided into four sections: Vintage Iron, Racing, Restoration, and History.

Vintage Iron — This is where you can see things that are in museums. From the Indian’s Model 841 that never really did come into fruition to the Ural. I highly recommend the “Ural? What the heck is a Ural?” section—it is quite interesting. The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit has great pictures of antique motorcycles dating… Continue reading

Pencilmation

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Welcome to Pencilmation where you can watch fun pencil animations. You have your choice of the original pencil drawings, or the colorized animations. There are three original pencilmations, which are the Original, Infinity Snail, and Infinity Snail 2. They load in another window and you can rate them on a scale of one to five.

There are five colorized animations which are: Boogalah, Best Friends Forever, Friend Part 1, The… Continue reading

American Red Cross Museum

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

“History” is where you can learn how and why the Red Cross was started. You’ll begin in the “Welcome” area which provides you with an introduction and access to the History Links. To learn about the history of the Red Cross click “A Brief History of the American Red Cross”, the history is concise and informative without being dry. I highly recommend checking out the

Radio Locator

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

This site is an excellent tool that anyone who listens to the radio should book mark. With multiple ways to search it is easy to use. The easiest way to search is to put in your city or zip code along with the state you live in and click go. This starts the search for what’s in your area. Then it lists all the local

Aviation History Online Museum

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

You’ll notice that navigation is to the side and that it starts with Aircrafts. If you click the description link you are taken to photo of that airplane along with some information. You will notice on the airplane page you are viewing that you can click the link Full Text to learn more about that aircraft.

The list of planes in the “Aircraft” section is in alphabetical order, and shows… Continue reading

Look at Book

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

You will need the latest version of Flash for this site, if you don’t have it you can get it here…
http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/

Now when you enter the site a new window will pop up.

What are you looking at? Well this is an art project that traveled over 60,000 miles before reaching its completion.

About Book — this gives you the rich history of how this project… Continue reading

Color Diamond Encyclopedia

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

Learn all about Color Diamonds—where they are produced, what varying colors they come in, and their history.

When you fist load this site if you just wait a moment, a diamond slide show will start and you will view all the colors of the diamonds listed on the page. It goes right down the diamond bar, and you can click to see just the ones you want to look at… Continue reading

And the Bride Wore…

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

The Introduction to this tells you all you need to know: “While preparing for her own wedding, a dear friend stumbled upon examples of strange, odd, and unflattering wedding accessories. She kept the strangest of the lot, and I am presenting them here, along with her comments.” What scares me the most are the wedding dresses you see from fashion shows.

Strange Headgear — The Oddest Veils and Hats I’ve… Continue reading

Star Wars Origami

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

Star Wars Origami

We’ve brought you origami sites before, but none quite like this. This is Star Wars Origami! Now you can fold yourself a Millennium Falcon, a Naboo Fighter, or even R2-D2.

This site opens up with a helpful intro that you may need if you’ve never done origami before. Then you need to click on “SW Diagrams” on the menu so you can see your array… Continue reading

Ballet.co.uk

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

“Welcome to Ballet.co.uk, the site about all things ballet and dance in the world & the UK in great depth.”

Here is a site where you can check out ballet happenings from around the world as well as check out the magazine they provide.

Let’s talk about the Magazine first. Full of great information and photos this magazine takes you to parts of the dance world that you may not… Continue reading

Stanley Steamers

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

It’s hard to know where to begin with this site. Here you can find excellent pictures of Steam Cars. If you click the photo you either get an enlarged picture, or a page full of information about the car and what was taking place in the picture. Like the third photo from 2004 talks all about Thomas Edison. What incredible pictures! At the top of

Drainspotting

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

“Drainspotting is all about paying attention to your surroundings. Manhole covers, drains, grates, trench covers—someone had to design all of these. Functional and ornamental, there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening down by your feet.” I was stymied over how to introduce this site to you so I thought, hey, I’ll use the introduction that lured me into hours of looking drain, man hole, grate and trench covers.

Most of… Continue reading

National Puzzler’s League

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

National Puzzler’s League

If you love puzzles, and solving them, you are going to love this site. This site has got everything that people who love puzzles can appreciate from Solving Tools to Guides, to a Newsletter all about puzzles.

Guide — The Guide is where you find information on everything pertaining to this league from membership to puzzle types to reference books you can use to solve puzzles… Continue reading

Empire State Building

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Empire State Building: Official Site

Welcome to the Empire State Building’s Official Site. The first thing that caught my eye was a section called “Lighting Schedule”. Here you can find out what colors will be lighting up the Empire State Building, and what they are representing. “The Empire State Building has developed an annual lighting schedule which honors National Holidays, seasons, the myriad ethnic groups living in the New… Continue reading

Locks of Love

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

“Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.” How can you help? Well by donating hair, of course! Here are the Donation Guidelines: 1. 10″ minimum hair length (tip to tip), not wigs, falls, or synthetic hair 2. Please bundle hair in ponytail or braid 3. Hair needs to be clean, dry, placed in a… Continue reading

Map Collections: 1500 to 2004

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Join me at the Library of Congress to look at this wonderful map collection. With maps dating as far back as the 1500’s and as recent as 2004 there’s a lot this site has to offer.

Cities and Towns — As usual with the Library of Congress you choose the main topic you want to browse. In this case Cities and Towns, and then you choose how you want to… Continue reading

Ambiguous Figures

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

This site is about Distorted Illusions. You will need Flash and Java to view these examples, each is clearly labeled and you can even download it right from the example to get what you need to see it.

Some of the Distorted Illusions I enjoyed were:

Anamorphic Illusions: where you use a mirror to see the real image. Check that one out and super size it.

Breathing Objects is my… Continue reading

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