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Knots

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Knots

So I’ve been on this big sailing kick and I found this great site on knots. Well as you all know sailors tie knots on the ropes of the boat. Here are some great knots that you can learn to tie. Bowline, Double Loop, Sheepshank, Figure Eight Stopper, Reef, Splice, Tie (like neck tie), Windsor (also a neck tie knot).

There are many more and they would… Continue reading

America’s Best and Worse Crime Cities

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

America’s Best and Worse Crime Cities

Are you thinking of moving in the near future to a metropolitan area? Or are you curious how your city ranks? Well then you definitely might want to check out this site. To find the complete list you’ll notice a little link on the first page that says “Complete List” with Check out the methodology underneath it. This will give you all… Continue reading

The Toymaker

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The Toymaker

Whether you have a child or grandchild to entertain or you’re just a child at heart, you’ll love the Toymaker.com. It’s whimsical and fun, and cheap. It is a site full of paper toys that you can make.

You can print them, cut them out, and glue them together and get hours of amusement. Or you can make it a fun project for the kids… Continue reading

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion

This museum site is really cool. First of all it’s in the United States and for me it’s only a state or two away depending on how you drive to get there. Based in Champaign, IL, the Krannert Art Museum is also online for those of us who can’t travel there.

If you go to collections you can view a sample from… Continue reading

Backyard Jungle

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Backyard Jungle

Just what is backyard jungle?

Backyard jungle is a sophisticated, free, kid-friendly website where users around the world can load photos, drawings, and descriptions about the natural surroundings where they live, their “backyard.” Users manage and map their own information, share it with other people who visit the website, and visit and comment on the backyards of other users as well. With other people worldwide… Continue reading

Comics.com

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Comics.com

Welcome to the home of comics on the web. I found one of my favorite comic strips here here: I love Kit ‘N’ Carlyle. I like to get my dose of it here on the web. You can find just about any newspaper comic strip here on this site, all without the hassle of getting the newspaper.

Not to mention there is a whole section of… Continue reading

Pop-up and Movable Books

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Pop-up and Movable Books

I remember how ingenious I thought pop-up books were when I was a kid, now you can find out all about them. Take a tour through their history at this site. They first made their appearance in early books by Ramón Llull (c.1235-1316) of Majorca, a Catalan poet. Then they continued to be refined to this very day.

I found the information on… Continue reading

Discontinued Items

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Discontinued Items

Are you looking for a product that has been discontinued? Well look no further. This site is probably one of your best chances of finding it. How does it work? Well, you can browse by product type, or simply type in the product you are looking for in the search engine.

I collect “My Little Ponies” both the original toys and the newer ones that… Continue reading

Aquarium

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Aquarium

Welcome to the Shark Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium, full of fun videos, a live web cam of the sharks, and tons of cool shark facts. You’ll have your fins full exploring this exhibit. Whether you watch the Hula Dancers praise the Shark God with dance, or check out

Reserve America

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Reserve America

It’s soon to be summer time. It’s time to start planning the summer trips. Maybe you want to visit some of our gorgeous natural parks? Or maybe you want to check out some of the beautiful land in Canada? Well, if you’re going camping you should check out this site.

At Reserve America you can use their Campground Search to find where you’d like to… Continue reading

Earth Impacts Effects Program

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Earth Impacts Effects Program

Have you ever wanted to calculate the consequences of an impact on earth? Well neither did I till I found this site. It’s so easy!

You just put in the information and hit calculate. If you don’t know what kind of information to put in, just make up some realistic numbers. It should still work. (Or you can check out the link “Impact… Continue reading

Molecular Expressions

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Molecular Expressions

The Molecular Expressions website features acclaimed photo galleries that explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy.

I’ve always wondered what people saw at the other end of the microscope, and I had a hard time in school working one so I really only saw blurs. So when I ran across this site, I was overjoyed. And the pictures are amazing. Not to mention that there… Continue reading

The Cluster Balloon Flight Page

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The Cluster Balloon Flight Page

“Have you ever dreamed of being carried into the sky by a giant bouquet of colorful toy balloons? That’s the idea behind cluster ballooning. The pilot wears a harness, to which a cluster of large, helium-filled balloons are attached. Control is

Score Card

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Here’s a site where you can see how your state rates on the local pollution in your area. How will your city rate?

You can view air pollutants, lead hazards, land contamination, animal waste (from factory farms), toxic releases from industrial facilities, the clean water act status, and watershed indicators.

Put in your zip code to get your local

World War II Memorial

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

World War II Memorial

Today the formal Dedication Ceremony of the National World War II Memorial will take place. The World War II Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during the Second World War. The memorial, established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, honors all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the… Continue reading

The Japanese Garden

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The Japanese Garden

Tranquil and serene are the words that come into my mind when I think about a Japanese garden. Here at this site you can learn all about Japanese gardens. From the elements that make up the composition to the styles of a certain period of time.

Army Men

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Army Men

Remember those little plastic green soldiers that have been around since the 1950’s? Well I found a whole site dedicated to them and why they are cool. Plus there are pictures of the army men, and a description of the different types.

This also describes the other sets like zoo, farm, cops and robbers, divers, and many more. This site tells you how to tell… Continue reading

Tornado Project

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Tornado Project

It’s tornado season, so I went looking for some tornado sites and found this really neat one. You can find out where recent touch downs have been in the “Recent Tornados” section. You can also find out how the rating scale for tornados works by visiting the “Fujita Scale” section.

Check out “Top Ten of Tornados”, “Tornado Safety”, “Tornado Myths”, and other awesome areas. There… Continue reading

Theban Mapping Project

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Theban Mapping Project

This site is incredible. You can visit the famed Valley of the Kings, or take a tour of Thebes.

If you choose the “Atlas of The Valley of the Kings”, there is an unbelievable tomb tour which I highly recommend to everyone. It is at the bottom of the page in the black strip and is called “3D tour”.

You go through the tomb… Continue reading

Free Cycle

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Free Cycle

“One rule: everything posted must be free. Whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door to be given away, it can be posted on the network. Or, maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself?”

“Respond to the posting directly and you just might get it. After that it is up to the giver to set up a pickup time for passing on… Continue reading

Factory Tours USA

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Factory Tours USA

This site is really neat, not only can you find out what kind of factories in your area offer tours but you can also choose by category. To get started pick the state you want check out from the map, or use the drop down bar to choose the type of factory you would like to visit. I started with home sweet home, and… Continue reading

Laff in the Dark

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Laff in the Dark

Laff in the Dark is a really cool site about The World of Dark Ride and Fun House Amusements. You can browse the site as HTML or Flash depending on your preferences. The Flash intro is an example of a dark ride, that is rather cleverly done, so I recommend it, but for those of you who don’t have Flash or just want… Continue reading

Drop Me Off In Harlem

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Drop Me Off In Harlem

I always start at a site by checking the “About” section. This one had a very moving introduction to the site, and I couldn’t think of a better way to put it so I’m going to share it with you:

“Within the physical parameters that define Harlem, between the years of 1917 and 1935, artists, writers, dancers, musicians, activists, philosophers, and patrons went… Continue reading

Castles of the World

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Castles of the World

Learn all about castles with this site. You can also find out where you can go on castle tours, find castles for sale, and learn about the architecture of castles.

My favorite part of this site is the country listing on the side bar of the page. It allows you to choose which country and then pick a city (I think) and then… Continue reading

Sensitive Light

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Sensitive Light

I loved this photo gallery when I ran across it thanks to a submission from a reader. You can browse a gallery by choosing “Gallery” at the top of the page then by clicking on one of the titles on the page. If you choose a title you’ll be taken to the first picture in the gallery click “next” at the bottom to browse more.… Continue reading

Remember Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Remember Ronald Reagan

It was with great sadness that we found that Ronald Reagan had died. So let’s remember him and his very vivid lifetime by visiting this site. There are several areas to this site. but the best part is the memories.

You can read memories about Ronald Reagan from the people whose lives he touched, or if he touched your life in some way you… Continue reading

Olympics Through Time

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Olympics Through Time

Welcome to a site all about the history of the Olympics. The site is divided into sections: Prehistory, Antiquity, and Revival.

In “Prehistory” you will learn how the Olympics came to be, what events lead up to the concept of it, and who participated. On the side bar you will see navigation links that will take you from Egypt to Olympia.

In “Antiquity” you… Continue reading

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