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Common Place

Friday, September 16th, 2005

“Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks–and listens–to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900. Common-place is a common place for all sorts of people to read about all sorts of things relating to early American… Continue reading

The Science of Gardening

Friday, September 16th, 2005

This site is amazing. Not just because of the videos, but because you really do learn the science of gardening.

Feed — This section has two videos: one about how carnivorous plants work and one about a garden in California and compost tea. They are both really interesting; you won’t be disappointed. This section also contains the interactive area called Garden Variety about the history of food and an article… Continue reading

The President’s Challenge

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

“It only takes a small change. Instead of telling yourself you can’t, tell yourself you can. The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President’s Challenge can help motivate you to improve.”

I was scared of this site at first! As an adult who is fighting to get back in… Continue reading

Energy Fiend

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Well, an interesting title like that makes you wonder what the site is about! You can find caffeine-related information here, as well as blogger-style updates and articles.

They did a study linking caffeine and obesity. You can read about that here. Are you ready for the fun part of the site? Click “Death By Caffeine”. Start by picking your poison — your

Poker Tips

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

“This web site offers various tips and techniques for playing poker, both for the beginner playing for the first time, as well as the advanced player looking for new ideas.”

I have a vague idea of how to play poker and have a hard time keeping things straight in my head when I’m playing with real cards. Give me video poker or

Unicorn Collector

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I’ve shown a lot of galleries of collections, but this one takes the cake for me. Being an avid unicorn collector myself, it was nice to see someone who had a collection online.

There are a couple of sections I want to share with you: The Introduction, The Collection, and Unicorn Resources.

The Introduction — here you will find the intro to the site, as well as unicorn legends, and… Continue reading

Lonely Socks

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Do you have a lot of socks with missing mates? Well, this site is dedicated to those lonely socks that are no longer part of a pair. Wherever their mate has gone they are now left alone to float through your sock drawer, because we all hope that we will find that missing sock someday.

I’ll confess I have a huge basket full of socks, some are missing their mates… Continue reading

The Las Vegas Matchbook Collection

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I always find collections fascinating. And I have to admit that I love sharing them with you. And in this site you will find vintage and modern matchbooks from Las Vegas in an ever growing collection.

You’ll find navigation on the side menu with the options of Home, A-L, M-Z, The Cabinet, Collecting, and the Lounge Spot.

A-L — This is alphabetical listing of… Continue reading

Hubble Site

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

This site is huge and full of fabulously interesting things to check out. Under the category “Announcements”, the first entry “Tonight’s Sky” is my favorite of the whole site. Let’s visit it shall we?

Tonight’s Sky — To get them out of the way I’ll mention the resources, and archive links now. Take a brief look at them, then click “Play Movie” near the top of the screen. The movie… Continue reading

Circus Web

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Well it’s getting to be the time where the Circus is in town for us here in Toledo. They usually arrive around September here. So I was surfing looking for a great circus site. Let me tell you, I sure found what I was looking for.

If you click the “Circuses” button on the side menu it gives you an alphabetical list of Circuses from the United States, as well… Continue reading

The Virtual Stapler

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I love staplers. I adore them. I even have a spiffy purple upright space saving stapler on my desk. But I don’t think I’d ever write Stapler poetry, and let me tell you some of the haiku was amazing. Check it out in the “Stapler Poetry” section where you can find Haiku, Limericks, and Poetry all about staplers.

I’d also recommend the Gallery where you can check out several different… Continue reading

Herbal Safety

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Herbal Safety

With all the supplements and herbs out there on the market now-a-days I think we should look into herbal safety. Thankfully, there is a site on this subject.

The Introduction to this site is well worth reading. It not only explains why this site exists but also gives great reasons on why you should be careful about using herbal… Continue reading

The Citizen: Anarchy Travel

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

The Citizen: Anarchy Travel

This site claims to be a unique travel guide for the anti-tourist. It is definitely unique and gives a lot more the nitty gritty than you would discover as a tourist. To get started you can click on “The Guides”.

“The Guides” gives you a list of cities from different countries that there have been guides written for. The guides are written with a lot of… Continue reading

Scottish History

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

“The historical articles on these pages reflect a broad swathe of Scotland’s history. The topics cover everything from settlement patterns in prehistory, through the wars of independence and on up to the Union of the Crowns.”

I have to admit that I am fascinated with Scotland and Ireland too. But Scotland holds a secret place in my heart. So I leapt at the chance to write up this site on… Continue reading

Scrapbooker Online

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Do you love scrapbooking? Well kick it up a notch with this site. I’ve got to admit, I love to scrapbook, but I just can never seem to find the time and leave it to occasions like birthdays, wedding, and holidays to justify making time to do it.

The first thing I want to talk about is my favorite part of the site. It’s the Idea Gallery where you can… Continue reading


Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I must confess thatI have a weakness for popcorn, but after checking out this site, I feel a lot better about eating it! I’ve also found quite a few new ways to eat it, too!

The sections of the site are For Kids, Teachers, Nutrition & Recipes, Encyclopedia Popcornica, About Us, and the Guest Book.

For Kids — this section is full of activities for kids. From a booklist, to… Continue reading

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

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