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Google Unit Conversion

Thursday, January 13th, 2011


Unit conversion has always been a subject that has escaped me. For example, how many table spoons are in a cup? How many kilometers in a mile? How many square feet are in an acre? And since it’s a hassle to go digging out my dusty old math book every time I need to convert something for a recipe – or my own curiosity – I figured… Continue reading

Incredible Edible Egg

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Incredible Edible Egg

I’m not much of an egg fan, but I’m trying to find new ways to try eating them. I love hard boiled eggs, deviled eggs, and the occasional quiche, but there has to be a way for me to broaden my enjoyment of eggs. So I went hunting for recipes and found this site.

Not only will you find incredible recipes on… Continue reading

Red Panda Network

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Red Panda Network




One of my all-time favorite animals, and quite possibly the cutest animal on earth, is the red panda. This highlights the need for red panda conservation efforts.

I suggest you start your journey by mousing over Red Panda, and then clicking About the Red Panda. It is in the About the… Continue reading

Joy of Baking

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Joy of Baking



This site is my new guilty pleasure. I adore baking and the recipes here are just fantastic! I could easily make it my New Year’s resolution to bake the Top 40 Recipes from 2010, but I’m going to restrain myself and only bake things that

Website Safety Check

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I received an email from one of our readers about URL Void, a website she’d discovered that checks website safety, and I thought it was worth passing along to you.

At URL Void, just type an internet address (URL) into the field, click the Scan Now button and, within seconds, a report on the site comes back.… Continue reading

Web Sudoku

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Web Sudoku



My mom loves Sudoku! I was searching the net to find her more places where she could play. I really liked this site’s version, so I thought I’d share it with all of you too!

It comes in four different languages, with four different difficulty levels, and they’ve even included variations (I love the JigSawDoku!).… Continue reading

Nickelodeon Games

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Nickelodeon Games

Winter brings with it snow days, holiday breaks, and at times bored children. I think that this site can alleviate their boredom on any of those occasions.

I will warn you that on older or slower systems, these games may take some time to load. You will also need to have the latest version of… Continue reading

Google Site Preview

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Take a look at Google Site Preview and get a quick look at websites, without actually browsing to them. Continue reading

Read.gov

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Read.gov

Welcome to Read.gov – a site dedicated to encouraging reading by people of all ages. On the left hand side of the page, you’ll find links that break up the site by age level: Kids, Teens, Adults, and then Educators & Parents. That is a great way to get started browsing. Beneath those categories you’ll find even more categories under resources.… Continue reading

Fed Up with School Lunch

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Fed Up With School Lunch

This is an amazing blog, that really sheds light on what kids are eating at school. Mrs. Q, the author of the blog, spent a year eating what the kids at school were being served and documented every grueling meal that was served. Her goal was to shed awareness on the food choices… Continue reading

In the News 01-05-11

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This week in the News…

December 29, 2010.



3-feet high eggs could be South Korea’s wave of the future.

Well, not eggs, exactly. Twenty-nine egg-shaped bots (named Engkey) have started teaching English to South Korean children as part of a pilot program aimed at supporting the blossoming robot industry.

The 3.3ft high bots… Continue reading

Cat Fanciers’ Association

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Cat Fanciers’ Association – Breeds



Welcome to the Cat Fanciers’ Association page, where you can learn all about different breeds of cats. Last April, we were thinking about getting a purebred cat and did some research because a friend of ours raises Abyssinians, and as I was cleaning out my bookmarks

New YouTube Homepage

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


It looks like YouTube has started rolling out their new homepage features. These experimental changes add more real-time functionality, such as the ability to delete videos simply by putting your mouse pointer over it and clicking the “x”, and placing recent likes and favorites right on your homepage, so you can find them easily later on.

There’s more, too, but it’s much better if I just… Continue reading

The Katherine Dunham Collection

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection




Did you know that the Library of Congress had a Performing Arts Encyclopedia? I didn’t! But I discovered it when I was looking to find out more about Katherine Dunham, so I thought I’d share the collection devoted to her with you.

Katherine Dunham was an incredible dancer… Continue reading

Google Realtime

Thursday, December 30th, 2010


Whether it’s Google making it so results are displayed as we type them in, or some other web-innovation, we all know that the way information is displayed on the web is constantly changing.

That’s what makes Google Realtime so cool.

Google Realtime is basically an automatically updating newsfeed that displays the latest results on a given topic. It gathers its results from various social media websites (like… Continue reading

Many Books

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Many Books




This Christmas, I noticed a trend among the gifts my friends and family received. A lot of them were now proud owners of a Kindle. So I got to thinking that they might need my help in finding great free e-books to put on their e-readers.

This site is the best of… Continue reading

Spokeo: Privacy and Frustration

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I recently discovered Spokeo, an online reference that contains more personal information than most people would probably like to see gathered in one place. Spokeo describes themselves as, “Not your grandma’s phone book”. I’ll say. The information available for free includes address, phone number, street view of your home (if available), estimated income (we found this estimation to be way off), estimated value of your home (again, not very… Continue reading

Greatest Achievements of the 20th Century

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Greatest Achievements of the 20th Century


Here at this site you can check out the top twenty engineering achievements of the 20th Century! It is amazing how many of these achievements define our everyday lives today.

For example on the top of the list is Electrification. Can you imagine a life without electricity? I sure couldn’t!… Continue reading

The 1900 House

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The 1900 House

Apparently I missed this awesome show on PBS, where a family volunteers to live in a house as though they were living in the year 1900.

There are several interesting ways to navigate the site. You can use the house icon, and click the different rooms, you can click on the picture of the family, or you can… Continue reading

YouTube Video Stats

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This is too cool not to share. I was clicking around on YouTube last night, when I noticed a button I hadn’t seen before. It’s called the Show video statistics button, and it opens up a whole new world, when it comes to stat tracking on YouTube!

All you have to do is browse over to YouTube.com and look for a video – any video… Continue reading

The Mind of Leonardo

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Mind of Leonardo

Rather than looking at only one facet of Leonardo da Vinci and focusing on his genius in just that aspect, this site tries to correlate all the many different facets of his genius. I had a hard time trying to decide how to present this site to you. It is an amazing journey… Continue reading

Saving Windows Live Emails

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Does your day begin with an hour or more commute to work sitting in a bus, train, or taxi? Perhaps you’re flying across country (or to another country) on a business trip, with many, many hours to be spent in flight en route to your destination. Or maybe you’re planning a multi-day road trip in your own car, for a meet up with friends and family back home. Then again… Continue reading

iGoogle

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You’ve heard me talk in the past about how I use Yahoo! because it gives me all my news and views in one place, but that I also like to use Google as my search engine, right? Well, that was until I stumbled across iGoogle – a feature that has been around for a while which allows me to get the best of both worlds.… Continue reading

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Paul Ecke Poinsettias

Poinsettias for me are synonymous with Christmas. Growing up, the house would be filled with poinsettias at this time of year, in every possible color, and then my mom would keep them and nurse them through the year.

This site is devoted to teaching you all about poinsettias. I suggest you start… Continue reading

Ten Great Firefox Add-Ons

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

One of the reasons that Firefox has so many loyal users, is because of the countless add-ons that are available to extend the browser’s functionality. These free programs can increase productivity, boost performance, and amaze you with eye-popping graphics. Here are ten of my favorites.

1. AdBlock Plus – With over 800,000 downloads a week, this is undoubtedly the most popular add-on for Firefox users… Continue reading

Change the Number of Yahoo! Search Results

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Learn how to change the number of results that appear when you do a search on Yahoo! Continue reading

280 Slides

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

280 Slides

One of the things that I spend a lot of time doing every semester is making PowerPoint presentations for class. PowerPoint can be very annoying to use, and it’s hard to make a decent theme without paying a ton of money for a good template. So boy, was I ever shocked when I found 280 Slides.… Continue reading

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