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Ghost Town

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Welcome to Elena’s page—get ready to join her on a wild ride. Why a personal site you ask? Well because this woman rides through the remains of Chernobyl on her motor bike.

Elena introduces herself and makes her disclaimer that due to heavy traffic her site may be down occasionally. Next she talks about what kind of bike she rides. Then she tells us about how rides safely through the… Continue reading

South Street Seaport Museum

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

South Street Seaport Museum

After learning all about South Street on the “Era of the Clippers” site (see yesterday’s Cool Site) I decided to find out what’s happening there now. I found this lovely museum site and decided to share it with you. The most exciting thing to do here is to “Meet the Fleet”.

The South Street Seaport Museum in New York City is home to… Continue reading

Gas Buddy

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Gas Buddy

No, this isn’t about riding home from the ballpark with your friend who ate too many chili dogs… it is a very useful site to help you get ahead on the ever-changing gas prices with “the ultimate portal to local real time gas price information.”

How does it work? Simply, choose your location (either the province or state you live in) and it will give you… Continue reading

Lavender Recipes

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Lavender Recipes

After my National Gardening cool site I got quite a few requests for my lavender recipes. So I thought to myself, why not find them a site with some really great lavender recipes. So on the site for today you will find Lavender recipes for:

Lavender Crème Brulee, Lavender Focaccia, Lavender Hazelnut Bread, Lavender Jelly, Lavender Sorbet, Lavender Tea Cookies, Chocolate Lavender Cake… Continue reading

Virtual Nuclear Tourist

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Virtual Nuclear Tourist

This is a site where you can learn a lot about Nuclear power. As well as virtually tour plants around the world. Use the side bar to navigate through the site. The explanations for nuclear power are very thorough, and easy to understand.

I enjoyed looking at certain plants. I being an American started in the USA, but doing it from the World view… Continue reading

Earth Day Network

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I remember Earth Day as “tree day”, because at schools throughout my childhood we always planted trees outside (yikes even if it was raining) and then we got to take home a little pine tree sapling to plant in our yard.

This site has heaps upon tons of information on how to make the earth a better place to live.

Find out what’s in the water you’re drinking. Check out… Continue reading

Amazing Space

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Amazing Space

This site is simply, well, amazing. There are tons of cool things to do while exploring their Online Explorations:

Planet Impact — Discover the force of gravity and pelt Jupiter with a comet.
Mission Mastermind — NASA needs your help planning Hubble Servicing Mission.
Galaxy Hunter — A cosmic photo shoot.
Comets — Whip up a batch of comets.
Comets, Myths… Continue reading

The History of Eating Utensils

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The History of Eating Utensils

You know we use utensils to eat just about everyday of our lives, except for those times when we eat with our hands. But how often do we considered their history? Where did they come from? Who invented them?

I think about these things. Well, today we’re going to explore the History

Earth as Art

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Earth as Art

At this site you can view photos of the Earth taken by the Landsat-7 satellite – and most recently, the Terra Satellite’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER).

You can view the photos by continent. Choose the place you want to start and you’ll be hooked. I especially loved the Von Karman Vortices from North America. You should also check out Antarctica as… Continue reading

The Magic Mirror of Life

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

The Magic Mirror of Life

You’re probably thinking; “A Magic Mirror of Life? What?” Well it’s not a mirror at all but is a really neat site about the appreciation of the Camera Obscura.

What is a Camera Obscura:

“Go into a very dark room on a bright day. Make a small hole in a window cover and look at the opposite wall. What do you see?… Continue reading

Music Theory

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Music Theory

Music Theory is brought to us by Ricci Adams. This is a lovely educational site. If there was anything you wanted to know about music theory, I’d recommend this be the place you choose to learn it from.

Choose a Lesson, a Trainer, or a Utility from the drop down boxes. I chose a Lesson first. I learned about the Staff, the Clefs, and Ledger… Continue reading

Paper Online

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Paper Online

“Paper is all around us and the demand for paper is increasing. With hundreds of final uses, paper satisfies many important human needs – paper is a part of everyday life.” I couldn’t beat an intro like that so I quoted the site.

At Paper Online you’ll find:
What is Paper? — Learn about paper and its uses.
The History of Paper &mdash… Continue reading

Think Exist

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Think Exist

It has been a long time since I found a great page of quotations that I could bring to you. This one sure takes the cake. It is highly searchable! You can quotes by topic, author, and user. Or you can check out the Top 10 or the current feature. When I was at the site Pablo Picasso

Speech Accent Archive

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Speech Accent Archive

“This site examines the accented speech of speakers from many different language backgrounds reading the same sample paragraph. Currently, we have obtained 335 speech samples.”

You can choose a dialect from the side menu or you can use the drop down menu in the middle of the page to navigate the site. To listen to the samples you will need Quick Time, if you… Continue reading

Yankee or Dixie Quiz

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Yankee or Dixie Quiz

After listening to the samples of English on the Speech Accent Archive (see yesterday’s cool site), you will probably have noticed that we say things very differently depending on what region of the United States one is from.

Well this quiz will tell you if you have more of a Yankee or Dixie quality to the ways you pronounce things. Answer how you would… Continue reading

Mystic Seaport

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is the Museum of America and the Sea. Located in Connecticut for you brave adventurers who will seek it out. This place is really neat. It is a re-created 19th century coastal village. I highly recommend checking out the Welcome section and reading the history of the seaport. It started out in 1600s as a shipbuilding community and then, when wooden shipbuilding went into… Continue reading

Online Conversion

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Online Conversion

If there is any measurement you need to convert you will probably find it here on this site. I mean they have everything from length to clothing sizes (For those of us who like to shop online and internationally).

In the Length section you’ll find conversion calculators for:

Common Length Conversions – A few of the more common length and distance units. Such as feet… Continue reading

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

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