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Review in Haiku

down most of july
yet suggestions were galore*
it's nice to be back

(000803) Skymaps.com - Publication Quality Sky Maps & Star Charts
http://skymaps.com/

Kym Thalassoudis
North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

into the dog days
the night sky is amazing
free pdf guides

*Thanks to Site-Scout Basil Stetson who gives Skymaps.com an A+ Rating.  (Back to top of page)


(000804) MapsofIndia.com - Indian Maps, States and Union Territories
http://www.mapsofindia.com/

Compare Infobase Pvt. Ltd.
New Delhi, India

maps of india
for almost every purpose
from roads to wildlife

*Thanks to Phil Konstantin who wrote to tell about the clickable maps.  (Back to top of page)


(000805) Generic Cheese & Macaroni Gallery
http://www.wenet.net/~iandg/mac&chse.htm

Ian Golder
Oakland, California, USA

with their own house brand
markets everywhere sell it
powder never sauce

*Thanks to Tom Pack for the suggestion.  (Back to top of page)


(000806) Defunct Amusement Parks
http://www.defunctparks.com/

Joel Styer
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

once modern wonders
memories are all that's left
relive wasted youth

*Thanks to TheREALJoeyP who found this while looking for Excelsior in Minneapolis.  (Back to top of page)


(000807) Famous Fonts
http://www.eliteentertainment.net/famousfonts/

Erik Millsap
The Elite Entertainment Network
Columbiaville, Michigan, USA

type used for logos
faces we all know and love
free for downloading

*Thanks to Susan Clark for the suggestion.  (Back to top of page)


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(000808) The Scooby Doo / X-Files Conspiracy Theory
http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~lquinto/scooby.html

Lloyd Quinto
San Diego, California, USA

You've gotta hand it to Lloyd, figuring out the connection between these two television shows. As far as conspiracy theories go, this one is mighty sound. Lloyd even has a handle on all of the Scooby Doo exploitation over the years, referring to a character from the first round of network tomfoolery as "Scrappy Doo a.k.a. 'The Yoko Ono of Saturday Morning Cartoons' & 'The Anti-Scooby'. Not bad. The television shows explored here have never been remarkably well written and tend to attract the same demographic — you either love them or not. This could be the reason so many people find Scooby Doo and The X-Files so annoying. A worm hole if you will, through the fabric of network and syndicated television. For more, be sure to check out the Planet of the Mad Cows (http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~lquinto/index.html). Thanks to Soopafresh for pointing out this anomaly.  (Back to top of page)


(000809) Adobe [Acrobat] Security Update
http://www.adobe.com/misc/pdfsecurity.html

Adobe Systems Incorporated
http://www.adobe.com

Adobe Systems Incorporated
San Jose, California, USA

It's not very often that a software patch makes Site du Jour of the Day, but with all of the times Adobe Acrobat and PDF files are mentioned in episodes it seemed fitting. The problem is not major, and the patch is for Windows versions of Acrobat Products. Acrobat 4.05 Update 2 fixes a possible "buffer overrun" condition that could affect users of the software, making the program crash or opening the possibility of malicious code being run on a system. According to the Adobe Systems Incorporated site, "…there are no reports [yet] of customers being adversely affected by this vulnerability, Adobe is releasing this update so that customers and partners can take appropriate action to protect themselves". On a side note, Microsoft Outlook has a similar hole that can be patched with a simple download (http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/downloadCatalog/dldoutlook.asp) but Microsoft has not been as forthcoming with alerts and patches. If you do download the Acrobat 4.05 Update 2 please do not send it to others as an e-mail attachment, instead send the URL listed above. Thanks to Soopafresh for the heads-up.  (Back to top of page)


(000810) Snuggletime
A special place for caring, sharing & learning
http://www.snuggle.com/

Unilever Home & Personal Care USA
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

If you have watched and American television commercials during the last ten years you probably know who Snuggle Bear is. For those who don't know, Snuggle Bear is the mascot and spokesbear for Snuggle fabric softener. Snuggle enjoys riding in the clothes dryer with Snuggle sheets and is often seen talking and playing with the children appearing in the television commercials. The parents are never too concerned that a stuffed bear has jumped out of their dryer and is teaching the kids how to be good consumers. The Snuggle Bear character has disturbed many an adult from the start — highly reminiscent of that series of horror movies where the toys come to life and go ballistic on the humans. Children seem oblivious to the connection and should enjoy the Color Online (http://www.snuggle.com/ForMomAndKids/ColorOnLine.asp) feature in the For Moms And Kids section of Snuggletime, you can also buy Snuggle stuff and round up Snuggle discount coupons from ValuPage (http://www.supermarkets.com/) (SdJotD 981101). As far as product mascot sites go, Snuggletime is nicely done and contains many features. Be sure to turn up the speakers and move the mouse pointer over the images of Snuggle Bear at the bottom of the pages a couple of times. Thanks to MirPo for the suggestion and for remembering how much I like Snuggle Bear.  (Back to top of page)


(000811) Gaston and Purcell featuring Mr. Handman
http://handman.com/

Ken Purcel and Bruce Gaston (Mr. Handman)
Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA

Many things have happened for Ken Purcel and Bruce Gaston since their site was first featured as Site du Jour of the Day on June 9, 1997 (SdJotD 970609). In addition to being interviewed by over 200 radio stations, appearing on CNN, MTV and FOX, opening a show for Todd Rundgren in Northampton, and playing "The Halls of Montezuma" for USA Today and Sports Illustrated's Athlete of the Century, Muhammad Ali, their Compact Disc release "Mr. Handman--Amazing Feats on Musical Hands" is finally out. Of the 25 tracks on the CD, there is bound to be a favorite for everyone. Among the numbers on the CD are such classics as "Beer Barrel Polka," "Can Can," "Tequila," and "Aba Daba Honeymoon". Full length WAV and MP3 samples from the album are available for downloading, and if you've never heard a song performed on hands with accompaniment then you are in for a real treat. The MP3 of "Can Can" is looping on my player as this is written and boy is it something!

Be sure to listen to Bruce Gaston's NPR interview with Robert Siegal on All Things Considered at (http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/atc/20000425.atc.16.rmm) You'll need RealPlayer to hear it.

The origins of Manualism, the art of expelling air from cupped hands so as to create musical notes and other sounds probably dates back to the dawn of humanity. Working on the premise of a pre-human creature perched up in a tree, we find an individual bored to tears waiting for the vicious creature on the ground below to leave, wringing his hands together when sounds start to come out. Sure he was surprised, but imagine the look on the faces of the rest of the group when he catches up with them several days later and demonstrates his new invention. It's never too early to start thinking about the holidays and Gaston and Purcell's "Mr. Handman--Amazing Feats on Musical Hands" might just make the perfect gift.  (Back to top of page)


(000812) GreenCar.org
http://greencar.org/

GreenCar.org
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Technology Project
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Major American automobile companies have been playing a little game for the past 30 years with safety and emissions laws. In 1972 the Big Three cut a deal with the Federal Government that involved introducing seat belts and air bags over the course of a decade or two. Part of the deal left trucks out of the equation — in the area of fuel economy, emission, and passenger safety. The recent explosion of Sport Utility Vehicles on the market is no coincidence, they are classified as trucks and immune from the most stringent regulations. If there ever was any truth to the conspiracy theory surrounding the fabled automobile that could run on tap water only to be buried by the automobile and oil companies, expect to see something similar soon. Honda and Toyota have introduced self-charging electric/gasoline vehicles to the world market. The hybrid fuel systems used have had problems in development, but like any new technology the bugs are bound to go away.

GreenCar.org looks at the subject of Green Cars at length. A part of the Technology Project (http://www.techproject.org/) and the Rockefeller Family Fund, GreenCar.org attempts to raise awareness of the subject of automobile emissions through this site. Send a message to the automakers, sign up as a volunteer and learn about Green Cars here and through pointers to other sites. Flying into Detroit a few times recently and mistaking the air below the plane for one of the Great Lakes was an eye opener for me. It wasn't water it was smog. Perhaps you've experienced the same type of thing.  (Back to top of page)


(000813) Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup
http://www.soupsong.com/

Patricia G. Solley
Falls Church, Virginia, USA

An entire site dedicated to the celebration of soup. Features include detailed accounts of soup in the movies, soup on stage and in song, soups of the stars, and soup in art. The recipes for hot soups and cold soups, special soups for dietary needs and fruit soups are the real draw here. The Ancient food news section is also very interesting. Soup.  (Back to top of page)


(000814) Disturbing Auctions
http://www.disturbingauctions.com/

Steven Frank
Portland, Oregon, USA

beerdoll - http://www.disturbingauctions.com/view.pl?item=14 Many of the items up for auction at the various sites specializing in such things are conventional. Occasionally though, the odd or one of a kind item goes up for bid. Steven Frank and contributors to Disturbing Auctions keep an eye out for the highly unusual while visiting the auction sites. Disturbing may be a bit strong, so far they haven't put up anything morbid or disgusting, mostly just a collection of items too precious for standard tag sales or donation to the local thrift shop like Item 14, the Beer Doll pictured here. Lonesome crap.

Perhaps as additional content is added, items that are just slightly over the edge of good taste will be replaced by the more bizarre — for my money, the classic spastic Cymbal Devil Monkey isn't all that unusual. Similar in style to Derek Royal's The Gallery of the Absurd (http://absurdgallery.com/) (SdJotD 971109) (SdJotD Readers Choice MM 000225), the comments attached are sometimes as funny as the images themselves. An unusual twist to a tried and true format, Disturbing Auctions will hopefully maintain momentum and prosper.  (Back to top of page)


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(000815) A History of the Canadian Dollar
by James Powell
http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/dollar_book/

Le dollar canadien : une perspective historique
par James Powell
http://www.banqueducanada.ca/fr/dollar_livre/index.htm

Bank of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

While searching for information about the establishment of a decimal based currency in North America I discovered A History of the Canadian Dollar by James Powell. This book is available in three forms, HTML at the Bank of Canada site, as a downloadable PDF, and in print form directly from Publications Distribution, Bank of Canada. Following the path money has followed from French and British colonialism to modern day Canada, A History of the Canadian Dollar offers a clear look at the Canadian financial climate and explains the difference in value with other world currencies. The printing methods and designs used for Canadian money have been strong for decades, and both the print and PDF versions of A History of the Canadian Dollar have illustrations of Canadian bank notes and coins. Available in English and French language versions, this site/book is well worth looking at, especially if you ever use the Canadian Dollar.  (Back to top of page)


(000816) Elvis at the Louisiana Hayride
Excerpted from the book Something In The Water
by Frank Page with Joey Kent
http://www.rockabillyhall.com/ElvisHayride.html

A page at

The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Your Interactive Online "VIEW-Z-UM"
http://www.rockabillyhall.com/

The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
Burns, Tennessee, USA

While listening to the VigilCast™ live from Graceland and through a RealVideo stream from Yahoo and Elvis-Presley.com The Official Site (http://www.elvis-presley.com/), something the announcer said got me to thinking. "More than half of the 700,000 fans who visit Graceland every year are 35 years-old or younger," he said. As more people trudged through the Meditation Garden to have a glimpse of Elvis' final resting place on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of his death and as more people connected to the live feed, both started to slow down considerably. It's the young Elvis that people remember best — it's also that young Elvis who is the hardest to ape. Elvis came around at a perfect time, music was changing so fast and a generation of record buying, movie going kids would benefit. It goes back to the attitude Elvis Presley maintained to the end, even as Fat Elvis he still rocked.

It's the 19 year-old Elvis that first became the legend. Before there was Colonel Tom Parker or the deal with RCA Records, Elvis performed on The Louisiana Hayride, a Saturday night stage show broadcast on KWKH out of Shreveport. On October 16, 1954, Frank Page introduced Elvis as the Lucky Strike Amateur Contestant and history was made. The audience response was not immediate, but within a few weeks things changed. This page at the excellent Rockabilly Hall of Fame site explains how those things changed. Twenty three years after Elvis' death his records and movies are as popular as ever. After all is said and done Elvis was right — it did beat driving a truck.

For additional Elvis sites, see the Site du Jour of the Day theme week from August 1997 called Dead Elvis Week (http://members.tripod.com/~SdJotD/9708.htm#DeadElvisWeek).

Elvis, Elvis Presley and Graceland are still registered trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE).  (Back to top of page)


(000817) Corndog Festival
http://www.corndogfestival.com/

Gwen Kousehagan
Corndog Festival
Dallas, Texas, USA

Mark your calendars and make travel plans early — it's the 2000 Corndog Festival to be held on Saturday, October 14th at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas. The sixth annual Corndog Festival should prove to be a hoot if the pictures from last year are any indication. Entertainment will be provided by the Rotten Rubber Band (www.rottenrubberband.com) and they might play some of their Texas Swamp Music to boot. The Corndog Styling Competition looks like fun as well. The Corndog Festival site has information about the event, and even if you can't make it in October be sure to see the Corndog Art Gallery here. There are only five pieces on display right now, all created by Chuck Williams. Dega Dog is beautiful and with any luck there will be more up soon. Corndogs may not be the most perfect food in the world but they sure can be tasty. This looks like a fun evening.  (Back to top of page)


(000818) The Damnedest Things
http://www.thedamnedestthing.com/

Butch Grafton
Newton, Alabama, USA

With its collection of stories about from real people describing unusual events, The Damnedest Things is good for a hearty laugh or two — fifteen pages of almost tall tales with a picture or two thrown in for good measure. Some are so strange there's no reason to doubt that they happened but some of the material here is tired and fake. To stop and think about the damndest thing you've ever seen or done is one thing, to share your story with others as visitors do, well…

"…We topped the hill doing just over 100 MPH. I leaned out the window, bowling ball in hand and let her go. Friend #1 slammed on the brakes and we all watched in disbelief as this 16 lb bowling ball proceeded at 100 MPH down the road…"

"A friend of mine came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric coffee pot. Intending to knock him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. A shame since he was merely listening to his Walkman".

The Damnedest Things may not be suitable for all tastes but there is nothing here all that horrible. Some of it is hilarious though, a good old-fashioned odd site.  (Back to top of page)


(000819) The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records
http://www.wfmu.org/MACrec/

Mike Cumella and Henry Lowengard
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Premiums in cereal boxes are nothing new, and for a great number of years there were kids who were suckers for every box of the most nasty tasting brands on the shelves. The draw? A phonograph record on the back of the box. I can remember playing the cardboard records clear through the plastic playing surface in less than a day. Honeycombs had the best records if memory serves. The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records is a large collection of novelty recordings meant to be played a few times and then discarded. Holiday greetings, promotional messages, and personal records dating back to the early part of the century are just the beginning. Fans of Lo-Fi recordings should have the RealAudio plug-in installed, in addition to images of the material in the museum there are audio streams to be enjoyed as well. In addition to The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records, Mike Cumella hosts a weekly radio show on WFMU 91.1 FM (http://www.wfmu.org/). Playing recordings from 1900-1925 on cylinder and disc machines from the era, hand-cranked and in all of their acoustic glory.

If you enjoyed Glenn Sage's Tinfoil.com - Early Recorded Sounds and Wax Cylinders (http://www.tinfoil.com/) (SdJotD 991129) or the National Library of Canada's The Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings (http://www2.nlc-bnc.ca/gramophone/src/home.htm) (SdJotD 991130), then The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records and Mike Cumella's Tuesday night radio show will both be a pleasure and you won't have to tape quarters anywhere.  (Back to top of page)


(000820) The Quiksilver Crossing
http://www.quiksilver.com/crossing/

Quiksilver International
Huntington Beach, California, USA

In March 1999, the Indies Trader was launched to explore the conditions of coral reefs between 21° north and 21° south of the Equator. Documentation is being gathered for the United Nations-sanctioned environmental program Reef Check (http://www.reefcheck.org/) and the voyage is being photographed and filmed for future projects. The environmental aspect of the trip is an important one, but the primary objective for the crew and changing passengers of the Quiksilver Indies Trader is surfing. The Daily Captain's Log at the site is a good place to start for gaining an understanding of what the project is all about — recent excitement includes the discovery of an illegal Chinese fishing boat grounded and abandoned on a reef. This is a busy site and it would seem that The Quiksilver Crossing crew, both out at sea and on land are doing a wonderful job. Visitors can even register for an all expenses paid trip for two on The Crossing.  (Back to top of page)


(000821) Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall
http://www.graffiti.org/

Susan Farrell and Brett Webb
Mountain View, California, USA

The Art Crimes site originated in May 1994 with a few photographs from Atlanta and Prague and has since grown to include a a gallery of graffiti art from around the world. With over 3,000 images in the collection, Art Crimes take a fairly objective look at the graffiti art form and the cultures involved. Because this form of expression is often against the law it has gained a non-reputation in art circles, but some of the work is absolutely stunning. The influence graffiti art has had on popular culture and the graphic arts cannot be denied and Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall presents graffiti art in its natural environment. A well done site worth looking at.  (Back to top of page)


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(000822) Association of Lincoln Presenters
"Would I Might Rouse The Lincoln In You All"
http://www.lincolnpresenters.org/

Association of Lincoln Presenters
Neshanic, New Jersey, USA

Every so often I either find or receive a suggestion for a site that just throws me for a loop. Jim O'Kane, who's site The TV Single Dads Hall of Fame (http://www.tvdads.com/) (970611) was featured as Site du Jour of the Day in June 1997 sent in a just such a suggestion. Jim wrote, "I saw this site and I keep coming back to look at it. It's - - words fail. Just a picture of dozens of Abe Lincoln re-enactors is astonishing. I never knew there was such an organization". 117 Abes and 32 Marys to be exact, meeting regularly to improve their Lincolness and perhaps share a few tall ones. Visits to schools and colleges, appearances in movies and plays, and historical reenactments make up the bulk of the activity for these Lincolns. The Association of Lincoln Presenters site currently has a number of pages under construction, including the calendar and pointers pages but there is enough here to make for an interesting visit. To paraphrase something I once read about Elvis Impersonators; Here's a bunch of guys who look a lot like Lincoln and not too much like each other.

For more on Abraham Lincoln see Abraham Lincoln Online (http://www.netins.net/showcase/creative/lincoln.html) (SdJotD 000513) an Information Press' Debate Information Center (http://www.debateinfo.com/) (SdJotD 991004) particularly their transcripts of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate (http://www.debateinfo.com/hall_of_fame/lincoln-douglas/) the first of which occurred on August 21, 1858.  (Back to top of page)


(000823) The Clone Zone
The Home of the Tribute Band
http://www.theclonezone.co.uk/

The Clone Zone
Haworth, England

The cancelled reunion tour for Diana Ross and the after market Supremes this summer has the Music Industry looking at all of the outfits with a single member touring with a once chart topping name. Fatalities and break-ups within these groups have made going to see oldies acts a gamble — Spin Magazine (http://spin.com/) had a story in their print edition recently about a band touring as Frankie Goes To Hollywood, the members having no connection whatsoever to the eighties sensation. This is nothing new, once famous vocal groups from the fifties and early sixties have been out on the road with lead members who weren't even born when the records were made. How to avoid the disappointment? Tribute Bands! More polished and focused than cover bands who play a variety of material, Tribute Bands walk, talk, dress, and sing just like the famous people they are covering. Some are so good at pretending to be someone else that there have been lawsuits filed by original members of the act in question. More than impersonators, Tribute Bands take the illusion to a bizarre extreme. What's surprising is how many Tribute Bands make a decent living with that illusion. More than a few of the names these bands use are corruptions or logical extensions of the original band's name, but most of the time they've used a song title or lyric associated with the original as a moniker. The Clone Zone is a site dedicated to Tribute Bands and lists the names of over 1,200 of them. There are also more than 1,000 pointers to sites maintained by fans, agencies and Tribute Bands themselves. Each monthly spotlight feature looks at a more successful Tribute Band, complete with photographs and pointers to merchandise sites. It's been nearly 15 years since I first thought about this, but it sure would be something to see the name The Jimi Hendrix Experience Experience on a marquee outside of a club sometime. A visit to The Clone Zone is a lot of fun if for no other reason than to see which acts have grown so popular as to spawn low budget versions of themselves, whether they like it or not.  (Back to top of page)


(000824) Gobler Toys
http://www.goblertoys.com/

Ira Gobler
Gobler Toys
Tuckahoe, New York, USA

If you can even vaguely remember playing with a Señor Sandwich ("Kids Love Toys. Kids Love Sandwiches. 'Nuff Said!"), then the Gobler Toys site will bring back more memories than you'll know what to do with. First sold to Sears Roebuck and then introduced to the world at the 1960 Toy Fair in New York, working Señor Sandwich toys continue to amuse and entertain children of all ages. The company goes back to the years before the Second World War when Ira Gobler the King of Toys invented a genuinely clever item called Gobler's Wobbler. One of the first products using synthetic plastic, Gobler's Wobblers were so well designed that the US Government all but took over the Gobler Toys factory during the war. After the war, the hit toys kept on coming but the biggest toy for Gobbler was Señor Sandwich, a novel remote control sandwich that smelled like salami for the first few weeks, or at least until the dog chewed out all of the scented plastic.

One thing that Ira Gobler knew before the rest of the Toy Industry was that kids did love their dogs and that dogs loved playing with their kids. Rodeo Rover is proof of that. As kids our dog was never big enough for our parents to buy us the Rodeo Rover toy, or so they said. In retrospect one of our grandparents would have bought it for us anyway, if we had only asked them politely. Heck, they may have even sported for a big yellow Lab if they'd known how much fun Rodeo Rover could be.

The Gobler Toys site has a history of the company and features the toys that made them famous. Television commercials and other forms of advertising for Gobler Toys can be seen at the site, and visitors can order Gobler Toys merchandise while they enjoy the nostalgia. Gotta Getta Gobler!  (Back to top of page)


(000825) Just For Middle School Kids
http://www.westnet.com/~rickd/Kids.html

Rick Donahue
Eastchester Middle School
Eastchester, New York, USA

Used and recommended by most of the 550 or so students at Eastchester Middle School, this categorized collection of pointers should hold the interest of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Started in May 1995, Eastchester Middle School's Home Page (http://www.westnet.com/~rickd/Kids.html) has been added to every school year by students and faculty and in addition to Just For Middle School Kids, there is another set of pointers called Helpful To Middle School Teachers (http://www.westnet.com/~rickd/Teachers.html). If you have children going back to school soon and even if not, Just For Middle School Kids and related sections of this site could make for an interesting starting point — especially if you are not quite sure what it is you are looking for.  (Back to top of page)


(000826) Loch Ness Live-Cam
http://www.lochness.co.uk/livecam/

M. Takala
Loch Ness, Scotland

Seal, sturgeon, plesiosaur, or simply a nonexistent tourist attraction? Talk of the fabled Loch Ness Monster evokes emotional response from everyone and for that reason, Nessie as s/he is called remains one of the most elusive creatures to have ever lived in the real world or the imagined one. Evidence can be produced that supports almost every theory, and tears them down as well. Here is a chance to see Loch Ness live every 30 seconds. Changes are being made to increase the frequency and scale of the image(s) and perhaps a luck visitor or two will make a screen capture at the perfect time. The following message from the page basically tells us all we need to know: "Please note: This camera is located in a 'British Summer Time' (BST) zone. At night time, the images are dark".  (Back to top of page)


(000827) History Of The Olympics
Sydney2000.com - Your Definitive Unofficial Guide To The Sydney Summer Games
http://english.sydneylink.com/history/

1st Element Pty Ltd
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

_________________________________

History - Olympics 2000
http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/olympics/2000/history/

CBS Inc.
New York, New York, USA

SportsLine USA Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

With the Summer Olympic games in Sydney fast approaching (see The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (http://www.sydney.olympic.org/) and Stellar's Countdown to Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (http://www.stellargroup.com/cgi-bin/countdown.cgi) (SdJotD 980221)), there is still time to reflect on the history of the modern Olympics. These two sites provide a look back at how the games have changed since ancient times and the cities, countries and athletes that have participated. Accounts from the Paris games at the end of the last century will certainly be different from those when Sydney says goodbye to everyone on the 1st of October. More than anything else except for Synchronized Swimming, I'm still looking forward to the giant singing and dancing Opera House during the opening ceremony.  (Back to top of page)


(000828) RailPage Australia
http://www.railpage.org.au/

David Bromage
Interactive OmniMedia
Avondale Heights, Victoria, Australia

Australian cities are bound to experience an increase in tourism with the 2000 Olympic Games being held next month — not all of the events will be held in Sydney. Many visitors will rely on rail service to get them where they need to be and from the looks of sites like RailPage Australia, rail enthusiasts are excited about that. Pointers to official sites like Metro Lightrail & Monorail Sydney (http://www.metrolightrail.com.au/) and The Australasian Railway Association (http://www.ara.net.au/ ) ("Did you know that: One suburban train carrying 1,000 people replaces 800 cars and 6 kilometres of traffic."), in addition to sites for every state in Australia make RailPage Australia a great resource for information. Original content includes rail news, photo archives and more. If you are going to be in Australia for the 2000 Olympic Games this site is a must-see. If your plans include a trip to Australia sometime in the future it's also an important site. If you live in Australia, good luck getting a seat on the train next month, keep smiling and remember that this is only a temporary situation.  (Back to top of page)


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(000829) bytes for all
Computing and Internet for the Majority of the World
http://www.bytesforall.org/

Partha Pratim Sarkar and Frederick Noronha
Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Partha Pratim Sarker and Frederick Noronha maintain bytes for all from Bangladesh and India, respectively, on a server in Toronto. Volunteers from India, Nepal, and Pakistan contribute content to what Site du Jour of the Day reader Zunaira Durrani referred to as "a South Asian e-zine that carries comprehensive news and developments about the Internet in the region". In addition to being a contributor to bytes for all, Zunaira is on the team at SPIDER - Pakistan's Internet Magazine (http://www.spider.tm/) (SdJotD 000610). While the bulk of articles and pointers at bytes for all cover computer and communications news of regional interest, they are not limited to South Asia. The First Anniversary issue also looks at developments in Africa and South American countries. The impact computing and the Internet are having on the world goes beyond commercial sites and the convenience of say, WebTV in the West — farmers in India can now access up to the minute weather and market information. The list goes on, from requests for assistance in building a telemedicine dial-up network in Nepal to the use of open source software as an alternative to piracy and expensive operating systems. The English Language material at bytes for all is well written and the coverage well rounded. This site should only improve as time goes on.  (Back to top of page)


(000830) The Liberty Bell's 1915 Journey from Philadelphia To San Francisco
http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/1915.html

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Liberty Bell
http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/index.html

Independence Hall Association
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Liberty Bell is one of the best known icons of American history and the citizens of Philadelphia take great pride in the that fact. Originally commissioned by the Pennsylvania Assembly in honor of 50th anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges which would ultimately help to set up the American Revolution. The bell was not hung upon its arrival from England in September 1752, but in March 1753. What many people do not know is that the Liberty Bell has not remained in Philadelphia the entire time. Shortly before the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777 the Liberty Bell moved to the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania and returned the following year. The Liberty Bell remained in Philadelphia until 1885 when it was transported to New Orleans and back. During the 1890s people along the way to and in Chicago and Atlanta saw the Liberty Bell, and during the first few years of the new century the Liberty Bell went to Charleston, Boston, and finally to St. Louis for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Public outcry about the safety of the Liberty Bell grew to a head when it was requested in San Francisco for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Historians and City Fathers were not going to send the Liberty Bell out again for fear of damage. That is until half a million California school children signed a petition asking that the Liberty Bell be sent to California. The Liberty Bell's 1915 Journey from Philadelphia To San Francisco is a fine set of pages detailing the events surrounding the last trip out of Philadelphia. Highlights include images from a photo album on loan to Independence Hall Association by Hugh Gilmore, Bookseller in Philadelphia, and a detailed account of the journey out west and back. Just the picture of Thomas Edison with the Liberty Bell would make this site worth a visit but there are plenty more. Be sure to see all of the Liberty Bell pages for a timeline and history of America's most famous bell. For other elements of historic Philadelphia be sure to see the top pages at ushistory.org (http://www.ushistory.org/).  (Back to top of page)


(000831) Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Liberty Bell 7
http://www.cosmo.org/libertybell7.htm

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Hutchinson, Kansas, USA

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Discovery.com -- In Search of Liberty Bell 7
http://www.discovery.com/exp/libertybell7/libertybell7.html

Discovery Communications, Inc.
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

In similar fashion to its namesake, the 1961 Mercury space capsule Liberty Bell 7 has started a tour of the United States*. The second manned US mission into space was a suborbital flight by US Air Force Captain Virgil "Gus" Grissom. Lasting just over 15 minutes, the mission heated up the Space Race for NASA and the rest of the country. Recovered from a depth of three miles in the Atlantic Ocean in July 1999 during an expedition by the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center and the Discovery Channel, the capsule was ultimately restored and prepared for display by the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. The tour started on June 13, 2000 at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida** and will conclude on September 7, 2003 when the capsule leaves the Museum of Science & History, Fort Worth, Texas and heads for the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia. Discovery Exhibits, in association with BBH Exhibits Inc., are producing the tour. The Discovery.com -- In Search of Liberty Bell 7 and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Liberty Bell 7 sites each have unique content exploring the history of the mission and restoration. Both sites also have the Liberty Bell 7 Tour itinerary.

*see The Liberty Bell's 1915 Journey from Philadelphia To San Francisco (http://www.ushistory.org/libertybell/1915.html) (SdJotD 000830)

**see Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/), Kennedy Space Center Home Page (http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/) (SdJotD 990320) and The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Space Shop (http://nasa.viamall.com/) (SdJotD 980324).  (Back to top of page)


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