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Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

This site is really neat, and preserves written history. Old Manuscripts need to be taken care of because if they are handled incorrectly they could disintegrate and history would be lost. Read the “Using this site” and “About” sections for more information on how the site works and how it was established. Here’s a snippet of what they are about: “Between 1995 and… Continue reading

The Frank Coffyn Collection

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

The Frank Coffyn Collection

In “About the Project” you will learn all about how this project came to be, who Frank Coffyn was, and all about the Wright Exhibition Flyers. This section is a must read—it is wonderfully written and full of history and charm.

In “Explore the Collection” you will be able to do just that, explore. Whether you want to read stories or see photographs… Continue reading

Gamer Dad

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Gamer Dad

I LOVE THIS SITE! How many parents are uninformed about what games their children are playing, what content the games have in them, and what children are learning from the games they play? A lot—it’s sad but true. Even with the rating system it is hard to tell what you should be protecting your child from and what is harmless fun.

Here at this site… Continue reading

Craftster

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Craftster

I am utterly in love with this site, and if you do crafts, you will be too. There are two sections to this site “The Forum” and “The Blog”. Let’s start off in the blog—this is where you can find random bits of craftiness. Like dye subbing, making your own erasers, and much, much more. (Warning: you may find links to stores here—you do not have to… Continue reading

Autumn Leaf Scrapbook

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Autumn Leaf Scrapbook

I remember in about seventh grade I had to make a leaf book. That meant trudging around my home town with a book on leaves and finding good specimens to press and save for my book. My mom drove me all over town and we went for walks, and in a week of collecting had over one hundred leaves to sort through. I got… Continue reading

Traffic Cone Preservation Society

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Traffic Cone Preservation Society

I got a kick out of this site. I highly recommend that you start your visit by checking out the Field guide, (to find the link for this just scroll to the bottom of the page), where you will be introduced to the many different species of cones. My favorite cone is the Northern Petal Cone: “This rare cone has a unique curving… Continue reading

Devices of Wonder

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Devices of Wonder

This site has two versions, high speed and low speed. The high speed is definitely worth it. Even if you have to wait due to load times. It is fully animated and will walk you through everything you need to know. Once it loads you choose a device to play with and the fun begins. My favorites were Antonio Diavolo the Acrobat, Magic… Continue reading

A Spoon Further

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

A Spoon Further

I loved this site and wished that there were still contest going on like this. Contests that challenge an artist’s creativity, but for now the pictures will have to do. Basically this is what the contest was about:

“The aluminum spoons were handed out to the participants of this cultural event on October, 1 1998 in Yekaterinburg’s Artists’ Club. 14 jewelers were present there… Continue reading

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Remember when Mount St. Helens erupted? I don’t. The eruption everyone remembers from 1980 is before my time, so I wanted to check into this volcano. I found the Mount St. Helens Volcano Cam. This Web Cam is updated every five minutes with a static image (meaning there isn’t live feed, just a picture.) But don’t try to view at night or you’ll get a black screen—this is for daylight… Continue reading

Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten

Carl Van Vechten was born on June 17, 1880 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His name might not mean anything to you, but if you read his biography by clicking on the link of his name in the first paragraph you learn how he eventually turned to photography and promoting African-American artists. “Some of his subjects from this period include F… Continue reading

Backyard Nature

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

A Kenyan Proverb: “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was lent to you by your children.”

I loved this site’s section of: “101 nature orientated things to do this fall.” It is exactly that, a list of 101 different things that you could in nature. If you were to actually do these things you

The Upside-down Map Page

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

The Upside-down Map Page

This site puts a whole new perspective on the world. I had never thought of viewing the world from a different angle, whether it is upside down or sideways. Maps were always just maps to me with a justification of North at the top and South at the bottom.

Here you will see maps with South at the top and North at the… Continue reading

Science Fair Projects for Students

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Science Fair Projects for Students

This site is full of science projects with full instructions on how to complete them. It’s geared for all levels of students and you can use their handy dandy search engine to search by topic. Or you can click the big orange circle that says “Browse” and view a list of all topics.

By clicking the Browse circle you are taken to… Continue reading

The Butterfly Site

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

The Butterfly Site

Welcome to the Butterfly Site, where you’ll learn everything you can imagine about butterflies, from gardening to biology, it’s all here.

Gardening – This section will tell you exactly how to make a butterfly garden. From

Musipedia : The Open Music Encyclopedia

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Musipedia : The Open Music Encyclopedia

I’d recommend that the first thing you do when you get to this site is to read about the Parson’s Code. The code is ideal for those of us who can’t read music but have a tune stuck in our head, because you don’t need any musical knowledge, you just need to know if the note is higher or lower from… Continue reading

Wrecked Exotics

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

This is the internet’s largest collection of exotic car crash photos. You’ll find over 4,000 wrecked exotic cars to show you the real consequences of reckless driving. They aren’t kidding when they say that the cars are exotics. You’ll see Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Lotus, Saleen and more wadded up into balls of metal and fiberglass.

You can view these photos by

Operation Migration

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Operation Migration

Welcome to the Photo Journal for Operation Migration. Here you can find images of birds in different stages of migration. Operation Migration works with Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and Whooping Cranes to establish safe migration patterns for the birds to fly and stay wild.

The photo journal is of the 2001 Whooping Crane Migration that was successful. You can watch it progress through the… Continue reading

Encyclopedia Mythica

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Welcome to one of the nicest encyclopedias I have found in a long time. This is an encyclopedia about mythology, folklore, and legend.

To use the encyclopedia choose the “Explore” section. This will allow you to explore through the articles until you find something that strikes your fancy. It is setup by categories: Mythology, Folklore, Bestiary, Heroes, Image Gallery, Genealogy, and Featured

Matchbook Museum

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

I love the crisp, clean look of this site. And it is even easy to use as well. Two thumbs up for excellent design. What’s more, it’s full of interesting content. You can browse this site in two way—you can look at the “Most Recent” section or head right to the “Start the Tour”.

If you choose the “Most Recent” section to

Voting and Elections

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Voting and Elections

Well, for those of us in the United States you’re probably aware that tomorrow it’s time to vote. Regardless of who you are voting for you may need some information on voting. This is my first time voting in an election so I sought out some information on the process.

This site is great because it covers it all from the basics to the nitty-gritty… Continue reading

Ben’s Guide to the Election Process

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Ben’s Guide to the Election Process

If you know teens who want to know more about the electoral process, this site is really cool. Like the other Ben’s Guide to the Government site I brought you earlier this year, it is setup wonderfully and is very easy to understand. This one is for grades 9-12 so its on a high school level.

You start with learning how… Continue reading

Transportation Futuristics

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Transportation Futuristics

What is “transportation futuristics”? According to the site’s intro, “Many of us are familiar with covers from Popular Science that depict commuters buzzing around in tiny aircraft and landing on rooftops, or fanciful drawings of vehicles that run on roads, float on water and also take to the air. The basic problem many of us face each day—how to get from Point A to Point… Continue reading

Renovators

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Renovators

This site offers “Old-House Community and Know-How, Restoration Advice, and Home Improvement,” so if you own an old house, or are thinking of buying and renovating one, this site could be a very handy resource.

I live in a house built originally at the end of the 1800′s or the beginning of the 1900′s

Math Investigations

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Math Investigations

Need help meeting the math standard in grades K-5? This site is both a resource for students and for their teachers. I think the parents, and grandparents, of children K-5 are interested in knowing what the standard is. What do their little loved ones need to learn? How can they assure that they do learn it?

This site can help you figure that out. You… Continue reading

The Nocturnes

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

The Nocturnes

This is a site dedicated to photography. But not just any kind of photography, this is a site dedicated to night photography. Here you will find galleries of night time images, workshops, resources, exhibits, and even their forum “Night Talk”.

The Gallery is wonderful. In

Today in Literature

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Today in Literature

Find out what happened today in literature. When I was browsing this site on October 26th I got to read a lively bit of history on Hans Christian Anderson’s life. You’ll notice that the day’s article is displayed on the home page and you can read it without registering. A two week free trial is available, after which… Continue reading

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