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Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Welcome to Pencilmation where you can watch fun pencil animations. You have your choice of the original pencil drawings, or the colorized animations. There are three original pencilmations, which are the Original, Infinity Snail, and Infinity Snail 2. They load in another window and you can rate them on a scale of one to five.

There are five colorized animations which are: Boogalah, Best Friends Forever, Friend Part 1, The… Continue reading

American Red Cross Museum

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

“History” is where you can learn how and why the Red Cross was started. You’ll begin in the “Welcome” area which provides you with an introduction and access to the History Links. To learn about the history of the Red Cross click “A Brief History of the American Red Cross”, the history is concise and informative without being dry. I highly recommend checking out the

Radio Locator

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

This site is an excellent tool that anyone who listens to the radio should book mark. With multiple ways to search it is easy to use. The easiest way to search is to put in your city or zip code along with the state you live in and click go. This starts the search for what’s in your area. Then it lists all the local

Aviation History Online Museum

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

You’ll notice that navigation is to the side and that it starts with Aircrafts. If you click the description link you are taken to photo of that airplane along with some information. You will notice on the airplane page you are viewing that you can click the link Full Text to learn more about that aircraft.

The list of planes in the “Aircraft” section is in alphabetical order, and shows… Continue reading

Look at Book

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

You will need the latest version of Flash for this site, if you don’t have it you can get it here…

Now when you enter the site a new window will pop up.

What are you looking at? Well this is an art project that traveled over 60,000 miles before reaching its completion.

About Book — this gives you the rich history of how this project… Continue reading

Color Diamond Encyclopedia

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

Learn all about Color Diamonds—where they are produced, what varying colors they come in, and their history.

When you fist load this site if you just wait a moment, a diamond slide show will start and you will view all the colors of the diamonds listed on the page. It goes right down the diamond bar, and you can click to see just the ones you want to look at… Continue reading

And the Bride Wore…

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

The Introduction to this tells you all you need to know: “While preparing for her own wedding, a dear friend stumbled upon examples of strange, odd, and unflattering wedding accessories. She kept the strangest of the lot, and I am presenting them here, along with her comments.” What scares me the most are the wedding dresses you see from fashion shows.

Strange Headgear — The Oddest Veils and Hats I’ve… Continue reading

Star Wars Origami

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

Star Wars Origami

We’ve brought you origami sites before, but none quite like this. This is Star Wars Origami! Now you can fold yourself a Millennium Falcon, a Naboo Fighter, or even R2-D2.

This site opens up with a helpful intro that you may need if you’ve never done origami before. Then you need to click on “SW Diagrams” on the menu so you can see your array… Continue reading

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

“Welcome to, the site about all things ballet and dance in the world & the UK in great depth.”

Here is a site where you can check out ballet happenings from around the world as well as check out the magazine they provide.

Let’s talk about the Magazine first. Full of great information and photos this magazine takes you to parts of the dance world that you may not… Continue reading

Stanley Steamers

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

It’s hard to know where to begin with this site. Here you can find excellent pictures of Steam Cars. If you click the photo you either get an enlarged picture, or a page full of information about the car and what was taking place in the picture. Like the third photo from 2004 talks all about Thomas Edison. What incredible pictures! At the top of


Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

“Drainspotting is all about paying attention to your surroundings. Manhole covers, drains, grates, trench covers—someone had to design all of these. Functional and ornamental, there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening down by your feet.” I was stymied over how to introduce this site to you so I thought, hey, I’ll use the introduction that lured me into hours of looking drain, man hole, grate and trench covers.

Most of… Continue reading

National Puzzler’s League

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

National Puzzler’s League

If you love puzzles, and solving them, you are going to love this site. This site has got everything that people who love puzzles can appreciate from Solving Tools to Guides, to a Newsletter all about puzzles.

Guide — The Guide is where you find information on everything pertaining to this league from membership to puzzle types to reference books you can use to solve puzzles… Continue reading

Empire State Building

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Empire State Building: Official Site

Welcome to the Empire State Building’s Official Site. The first thing that caught my eye was a section called “Lighting Schedule”. Here you can find out what colors will be lighting up the Empire State Building, and what they are representing. “The Empire State Building has developed an annual lighting schedule which honors National Holidays, seasons, the myriad ethnic groups living in the New… Continue reading

Locks of Love

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

“Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.” How can you help? Well by donating hair, of course! Here are the Donation Guidelines: 1. 10″ minimum hair length (tip to tip), not wigs, falls, or synthetic hair 2. Please bundle hair in ponytail or braid 3. Hair needs to be clean, dry, placed in a… Continue reading

Map Collections: 1500 to 2004

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Join me at the Library of Congress to look at this wonderful map collection. With maps dating as far back as the 1500’s and as recent as 2004 there’s a lot this site has to offer.

Cities and Towns — As usual with the Library of Congress you choose the main topic you want to browse. In this case Cities and Towns, and then you choose how you want to… Continue reading

Ambiguous Figures

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

This site is about Distorted Illusions. You will need Flash and Java to view these examples, each is clearly labeled and you can even download it right from the example to get what you need to see it.

Some of the Distorted Illusions I enjoyed were:

Anamorphic Illusions: where you use a mirror to see the real image. Check that one out and super size it.

Breathing Objects is my… Continue reading

Solar Folklore

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

“For centuries, humans have attempted to explain the Sun in terms of their own worldviews. The Sun can be a god, a demon, a mischievous spirit, an omnipotent creator or a ruthless taker of life. Whatever role it plays, most cultures have recognized the significance of the Sun as prime controller of all life on Earth.”

Learn about what role the sun has played in the early cultures of Indigenous… Continue reading

The Spider Myths Site

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

Learn all about Myths, Misconceptions, and Superstitions about Spiders. Here you can learn about General Myths, Identifying Spiders, House Spiders, Weird Myths, “Dangerous” Spiders, or you can choose all myths to view everything at once.

General Myths — This includes myths like: Spiders are insects, all spiders make webs, and all spiders are male, not to mention quite a few more. Check them out to get the spider facts.

Identifying… Continue reading

Congressional Email Directory

Monday, January 17th, 2005

All Americans should access to their representatives in Congress. This directory makes that easy. Just scroll down the menu of states and choose the one you live in. I live in Ohio so I would scroll down to it and click it.

When I click on it, it opens a list of Senators and Representatives for Ohio. You’ll notice that there are two links just about for each person—the first… Continue reading


Monday, January 17th, 2005

Of all the sites I have brought you that look into the skies and outer space, this one has got to be my favorite. Not only is it seamless to surf, but all the photographs are beautiful.

There are many ways to surf this site as well. You can start by browsing:

The Latest — The most recently posted photos.

The Best Of — A handful of the best photos.… Continue reading

Al Jolson Society Official Web Page

Monday, January 17th, 2005

“This website is dedicated to the man who was known as The World’s Greatest Entertainer, a superstar before the word was coined, and whose musical heritage created much of the entertainment industry we know today. With text, photos, music and more, here is the source to learn about Al Jolson, the master showman of American theatre, whose career spanned fifty years of American Music history.”

There are five sections to… Continue reading

USAid Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

Monday, January 17th, 2005

The Asian Earthquake and resulting tsunami is being called the worst disaster of our time. To find out who was affected, check out the section “Current Situation”. This tells you not only who was affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami but also the International Response to the situation.

Before scrolling much further down the page I’d like you to notice the blue box that says “How Can I Help?” In… Continue reading

Route 41

Monday, January 17th, 2005

Welcome to Route 41 by Lawrence C. Sarsoun. This site is extraordinarily well written and makes you feel as though you had really journeyed to all these places with the author.

Route 66 may be called the “Mother Road” and gets alot of attention as it winds from Chicago to Los Angeles. But there are other roads with other stories. The Route 41 website is about such a road, “a… Continue reading

How Everyday Things are Made

Monday, January 17th, 2005

“AIM has developed an introductory website for kids and adults showing how various items are made. It covers over 40 different products and manufacturing processes, and includes almost 4 hours of manufacturing video. It is targeted towards non-engineers and engineers alike. Think of it as your own private online factory tour, or a virtual factory tour, if you wish.”

To use this

Legends of America

Friday, January 7th, 2005

This site’s slogan is “A Travel Site for the Nostalgic and Historic Minded.” You’ll find tons of fun travel information from Ghost Towns to Treasure Tales and there is even a Photo Gallery for those of us who like visuals.

What’s New — This tells you what has been recently added to the site.

American History — Here you can learn all about America’s History from books you can read… Continue reading

The Bug Guide

Friday, January 7th, 2005

Well are you fascinated by insects or other creepy crawlies? I’m not but there a lot of people who are. I ran across this site trying to identify a scary looking spider that was in my house. I needed to find out if it was poisonous so my cat didn’t eat it. I did find the spider I was looking for and, while scary looking, was not poisonous. But what… Continue reading

Grave Addiction

Friday, January 7th, 2005

This site contains photos of cemeteries, haunted places, abandoned buildings, and historical parks that the site’s author has visited.

It is divided by categories:

Cemeteries — You can browse this section in two ways. One, just scroll down and click the links that you fancy taking a look at or two, you can browse by County/State, City/State, Haunted Cemeteries, or Top 50 which are… Continue reading

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