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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

My Data = My Mondrian

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

This site’s opener is “Where a human is reduced to data, data is converted into values, values are transformed into art.” What will your Mondrian look like?

This site is named for the Dutch “neo-plasticist” painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) whose art explored modernist theories of space, color and visual rhythm. You’ve probably seen his paintings before—they are composed of just lines, boxes and color.

Click anywhere in the gray area… Continue reading

History of Fly Fishing

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

I just recently visited a friend who lives on the Sandusky River, and we talked a lot about fishing while we stared out at the peaceful water and watched the ducks swim smoothly up the river. So I was thrilled when a user sent this site my way—I could learn more about fly fishing something we had discussed in our conversation about fishing.

Now I’ll be honest, I couldn’t catch… Continue reading

The Museum of Broadcast Communications

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

The Museum of Broadcast Communications is one of three museums devoted to broadcast in the USA and is home to the Radio Hall of Fame. Learn more about the Museum’s history by mousing over the “Museum” tab and clicking “About Us”. In the About Us section you’ll also notice on the side a section called “Explore More—there you can find the link to the Encyclopedia of TV.

Encyclopedia of TV… Continue reading

My Crazy Hobby

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Welcome to “My Crazy Hobby” a site maintained by a 23 year-old web designer with a love for traffic signs. If you want to learn more about him and the purpose of the site, read the “about” section.

The site is broken up into different kinds of traffic signs and signals: Stop & Yield, Regulatory, Rail Road, Warning, Parking, Guide, Street Name, Construction, Signals, and Miscellaneous.

Click on the pictures… Continue reading

Back to College

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Going back to school after not going to college right away is a very daunting idea for some. What will the other students think? How will you get financial aid? What do you need to do to register? While all those questions have crossed my mind—I know that going back to college will be rewarding.

I’m lucky in having living proof of

Live Science

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

This is an interesting Science site with intriguing articles like discovering why you can’t tickle yourself! The site is divided up into categories: Animal World, Human Biology, Forces of Nature, Environment, Technology, Science Fiction, History, and Other News.

The front page of the site is full of the top stories from different sections. And if you scroll further down you’ll be able to read more of the top headlines, check… Continue reading

Health Span Calculator

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

This is great calculator that not only helps you determine how long, by scientific standards, you’ll live but also to find out what you can do differently to be healthier.

The quiz contains five sections: A-E. Each section has a different amount of questions. It took me under ten minutes to fill the whole thing out. They ask you questions about how you are living, whether you smoke, family background… Continue reading

Radio Memories

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Welcome to Radio Memories where you can listen to classic radio programs. From Westerns to Science Fiction to Detective Stories you’ll find a lot of great programs to listen to.

The current two week’s radio programs are shown on the front page. Listed from most recent to the oldest, and each day seems to be a different kind of program. For instance, Friday’s programs are Science Fiction, Tuesday’s are Westerns… Continue reading

Tomatoes are Evil

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

What do you think? Are tomatoes evil, or are they ecstasy? Well, for me they are absolute evil, I just don’t like them. Whether you like them or not you’ll get a kick out of this site.

In “Evil Games” you can take your revenge out on tomatoes and shoot them till they are little particles of the once whole fruit.

In “Evil Facts” you can learn all about why… Continue reading

Roma 2000

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

They say that all roads lead to Rome so that must mean all information superhighways lead to Roma2000. The site is divided into the following sections: Museums, Monuments, Itinerary, Map and Mass Transport.

Museums — check out the Museums that Rome has to offer you. Choose the Museum you are interested in and get lots of information on what is on display there. From the Vatican Museums to the Medieval… Continue reading

Red Hot Jazz

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

“The music called Jazz was born sometime around 1895 in New Orleans. It combined elements of Ragtime, marching band music and Blues. What differentiated Jazz from these earlier styles was the widespread use of improvisation, often by more than one player at a time.”

At The Red Hot Jazz Archive you can learn about Jazz before the 1930’s. When artists improvised the notes and made music with the starting point… Continue reading

World Music

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Welcome to World Music, where you can hear types of music from all over the world. I fell in love with this site, but when it comes to music I have pretty eclectic taste anyway.

The site is divided into four sections: News, Catalogue, Listen, and Network.

News — Here you can read interviews, take quizzes, and learn all about what’s happening in World Music.

Catalogue — Here you could… Continue reading

Ireland’s Eye

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

This is a very interesting site with lots to cover, so hang on tight, for this whirlwind ride. In the middle of the page there are articles of interest. Then on the side menu there is a ton of interesting subjects.

Features contains: Irish Fairies, Titanic, The Blarney Stone, and Ghost Watch.

Irish Fairies tells you all about fairy myths from the emerald isle. The different kinds of fairies, and… Continue reading

American Journeys

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

This site is chocked full of interesting information. Here’s a small excerpt from their introduction:

“American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.”

That’s a lot of information to cover on one site. You’ll find manuscripts, letters, images, a search engine, and much… Continue reading

The Original Condiment Package Museum

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Condiment packages come in different styles and colors, and have changed over the years. Welcome to the Original Condiment Package Museum—they’ve got everything from ketchup to mustard. There are 890 unique packets in the museum.

You’ll notice three special galleries—New Additions, Heinz Ketchup Bottle, and the New Taco Bell Packets.

New Additions are the newly added packages.

Heinz Ketchup Bottle — these packages feature the Heinz Ketchup Bottle with everything… Continue reading

Steam Locomotive

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Steam Locomotive

Well, this site is obviously about Steam Locomotives. To explore you have the option of Photo Collection, Video Collection, and Tourism.

Photo Collection — Here you will find three awesome galleries. Click on photos and details for each gallery to browse to your heart’s content. My favorite gallery is the third one by Daniel Secarescu. He captured some amazing views of the locomotives.

Video Collection &mdash… Continue reading

Nostalgia Central

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little nostalgia? Now, while I can only reminisce about the 80’s, I still really enjoyed going through the rest of the site. What’s it all about? Well it’s about the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and what happened during those years in America, Australia, Canada, Europe and the UK.

The easiest way to surf is to just choose the year you want to… Continue reading

Eternal Egypt

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

This is by far one of the most thorough sites on Ancient Egypt. You can use the plain text version of the site, you can use the ultra-spiffy multimedia version of the site, or you can use the guided tour option.

The guided tour was very neat and an efficient walk through of the site. I highly recommend it. But I am also a big fan of surfing around a… Continue reading

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