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Cyber Cafes

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Well, are you looking for a place with coffee, some snacks, and internet access? Now you can find cyber cafés from all over the world, and go to the one that suits you.

You can use the City search, or the more advanced Country Search.

I did a city search: typed in Toledo, clicked “search”, and found out that there is one cyber café listed for my town. The city… Continue reading

Crazy fads

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Here you can view and read about crazy fads from the 1920’s to the 1990’s. Can you imagine flagpole sitting being interesting? Well in the 20’s it was quite the fad. Travel through the different fads of different decades that helped to define pop culture. Find out what was cool when your parents were young, or your grandparents, or reminisce about your own youth. I

The Big Horse Farm + Scamming the Scammers

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

This one is a site that all decent internet users can get behind. Just about everyone has gotten a scam letter – especially the Nigerian 419 letters. All requesting that you help them out with transporting some money or to buy your horse, tractor, dog, car, or boat. Well this site goes about scamming the scammers.

Sections to check out:

Well of course there are all the letters to and… Continue reading

Extreme Ironing Bureau

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Extreme Ironing Bureau

What is extreme ironing?

It’s an outdoor activity that combines the danger and excitement of an “extreme” sport with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt. It involves taking an iron and board (if possible) to remote locations and ironing a few items of laundry. This can involve ironing on a mountainside, preferably on a difficult climb, or taking an iron skiing, snowboarding or canoeing.

Why… Continue reading

Your Amazing Brain

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

This site is broken into sections, and the sections: Brain and Body, Super Senses, Inside Your Brain, Love and Sex, Your Memory, and Test Yourself.

Let’s get the shocking one out of the way and start with “Love and Sex”. This section seems to be really about how you feel about Fertility Treatments and Contraceptives. Nothing very shocking was really to be found here. But you will probably enjoy the… Continue reading

Abbreviation Z

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

This is a terrifically handy site to have: an A to Z of Acronyms & Abbreviations on the net.

There are a couple of ways to use this site too. You can use the search engine near the top of the page, the linked alphabet, or the categories.

The Search Engine is fairly simple to use. Type in what you want to search for, like “LYLAS” and hit “search”, then… Continue reading

Older Versions

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Who says newer is always better? Sometimes the older versions of programs just seem to work better. Maybe you finally got the hang of the old version when they totally revamp the interface of a new program. Maybe you liked the way things were laid out in the prior version of a particular program. Maybe the new version of some commonly used program has issues

Tourism Offices Worldwide

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

“The Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory is your guide to official tourist information sources: government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar organizations that provide free, accurate, and unbiased travel information to the public.”

That sums up what you’ll find here, but it does leave you wondering… How does it all work? Well that’s pretty simple too—there are two search engines: one for outside the USA, and… Continue reading

Wilderness Survival

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Well, first of all, how well would you do in a survival situation? Take the quiz and find out. I passed at 75%, missing questions that, if I were in a survival situation, wouldn’t matter as much like crossing the river safely. If I want to spend the time building a bridge to get across, let me.

What else will you find here? Well, tons of survival information. Do you… Continue reading

Planet Tea

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

My roommate is a tea aficionado, and through her love of tea, I’ve grown to understand and love the stuff myself. Although my earlier efforts were to drown it in sugar and cream, now I understand what a good cup of Jasmine with just a little bit of sugar is all about. Now I have many favorite teas, and I’d like to share my love of it with you by… Continue reading

Vintage TV Sets

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

We’ve talked about a lot of vintage items here in my column, now let’s turn our attention to Vintage TV sets. Boasting almost 50 different television sets, this site definitely has variety down.

From a 1948 Admiral to 1964 Zenith, you’ll find a lot of variety here. Mostly table top television sets from the 50’s—I found this interesting. I mean, TV’s today are either flat and hang on a wall… Continue reading


Friday, September 2nd, 2005

“Find out why you say what you say!” With a slogan like that it’s easy to be lured into this site. “What’s an idiom?” you ask? Well, an idiom is “a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language.”

What’s this site about? Well, you get a listing of commonly used idioms, click on the idiom you want to know more about and you get the… Continue reading

Traditions of the Sun

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Let me start by saying this site is amazing! And it is well worth the load time for those of you on dial-up. I recommend starting on the “About” tab where you can learn all about the site and the importance of the traditions of the sun throughout history.

Back on the Home page you have a lot of options like:

Traditions of the Sun: Yucatan — learn about the… Continue reading

Dead or Alive?

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Have you ever wanted to know if someone famous was dead or alive? Well now you can find out! With this site you’ll find out who’s among the living and who is deceased.

I mean, it’s tragic when the people who have entertained us pass on. Just recently one of my favorite actors died—James Doohan, who played Montgomery Scott (Scotty) from Star Trek. When I found out I cried out… Continue reading

Happy News

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

I’ll be honest I don’t watch the news. It’s too depressing. I only read the funnies in the paper because who wants to read more about how the world is falling apart, the stocks are falling, etc? You might, but I don’t.

What do I read? Well I check out Happy News everyday to get my dose of what’s going on in the world.

“What’s Happy News?” you ask.

Happy… Continue reading

You Can Help Kids

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

This is a great non-profit site about helping children in your neighborhood. There are over 101 ways that you can help the children in your community. To find out more check out this site!

You’ll Notice two menus stacked on the side labeled “Tell Me More” and “Take Action”.

Tell Me More — here you will find the information on Why You Matter, 101 Things You Can Do, People Making… Continue reading

The Victor Victrola Page

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Look at how well written their introduction i—they say it all so concisely. It’s amazing!

“This website is dedicated to Victrola Phonographs made by the Victor Talking Machine Company from 1906 through 1929. Victrolas are acoustic phonographs with the sound-reproducing horn “built-in” (internal) to the cabinet. While the earliest phonographs used large external horns to amplify the sound, it was the invention of the internal horn Victrola in 1906 that… Continue reading

The Honey Expert

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Do you love honey? I know I sure do. Set some baklava in front of me and I’m in heaven. But I put honey in my tea, I make honey cakes, and now thanks to this site, I’ve learned that there’s more that I can use honey for than dessert and tea.

There are two ways to navigate this site—you can use the honey jars… Continue reading

Edison Birthplace Museum

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

As an Ohioan, I have the delight of living near Thomas Edison’s Birthplace. In fact it’s about a 45 minute drive from where I live if get on the turnpike. And yes, I have been there and it’s pretty neat.

“Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, and many other devices that make our lives fuller and simpler, was born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847. The… Continue reading

Net State

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Welcome to Net State—I know it looks like some other sites I’ve brought you on states and their capitals.

And if you just use you mouse to rollover the states, that’s all you will get—the state and it’s capital. But, if you are adventurous and click on the state THEN you get to what is great about this site.

Go on…click a state!

See, you get wonderful historical information pertaining… Continue reading


Saturday, August 20th, 2005

This site is so neat that I played with it for an hour before realizing that I had to write up a review on it. It was so easy to get lost in gathering new searches and seeing what it came up with. What exactly is Montage-a-Google you ask?

In its creator’s terms, “Montage-a-google is a simple web-based app that uses Google’s image search to generate a large gridded montage… Continue reading

Chess for Kids

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

“Chess for Kids is a resource for chess players of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced tournament players. We provide tutorials to improve your strength, as well as chess puzzles to practice on and learn from.”

This is an excellent site for learning how to play chess. If you have never played before, or need a refresher course like I did, then start off in How to Play.

How… Continue reading

The Abacus

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Welcome to The Abacus a site dedicated to the Art of Counting with Beads. This site is full of information that I didn’t know—for instance, there is a specific way to use the abacus and only certain fingers should be used to count.

In the Introduction, which I found to be worth the read, you learn about the Basics of using an Abacus and how they are constructed. There is… Continue reading

Art of Science Competition

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

“This spring we asked the Princeton University community to submit imagery produced in the course of research or incorporating tools and concepts from science. The response was overwhelming: more than 200 entries from nearly 100 individuals in 15 departments. We selected 55 of these works to appear in the 2005 Art of Science Exhibition.”

And now they are online where you can see them. Click the words “online gallery” to… Continue reading


Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Growing up some of my favorite stories where those of Robin Hood, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, not to mention pirates, fairy tales, and such. Now at Legends you can explore these stories that have not only lasted through time but have inspired people enough that we still enjoy them.

Explore Robin Hood, King Arthur, Beowulf, Pirates and Privateers, Ballads and Broadsides, Swashbucklers and Fops, Fairy… Continue reading

The Archive of Golden Age Romance Comics

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

On the homepage of this site you can learn about the history of the genre of romance comics. You can also learn about the archive itself. I found the history really interesting, because the romance comics were written and drawn by the same men who gave us the X-Men, Mighty Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and The Fantastic Four.

If you choose to read the history of the genre or learn… Continue reading

Idaho Potato Commission

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

Are you sick of just eating baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, or mashed potatoes? Well here at the Idaho Potato Commission you can find tons of recipes to jazz up your potatoes.

In the Recipes section you have the option of their excellent search engine to find a recipe from their database. Or you can browse section by section. They have potato recipes in the following categories:

Appetizers/Small Plates, Baked, Breads… Continue reading

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