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(010901) Fishing and Wildlife of Wales
Accommodation, tuition, travel, news…
http://www.fishing-in-wales.co.uk/

Llandysul Angling Association
Boncath, Wales

There's a joke somewhere in the URL for this site, a joke hardly worth looking for for any number of reasons. Fishing and Wildlife of Wales is a tourism and information site dedicated to the great outdoors. Illustrated wildlife and wild flower guides and a whole lot more make up the content here. Alice Conba's Fly dressing of the month is just one of the special features of this site maintained by the Llandysul Angling Association with assistance from Wales Tourist Board, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, and Environment Agency Wales. (Back to top of page)


(010902) Music Collector - Collectorz.com
http://www.collectorz.com/

Mark-Jan Harte and Alwin Hoogerdijk
Bitz & Pixelz Software Development
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Music collections tend to grow over the years, eventually getting out of hand, at least mine has. There was a time when I could keep up with the records, writing out a file card for each piece of the collection. Then came the computer, a relational database, and a great deal of typing. That worked for a while, and then Compact Discs entered the equation and messed everything up. Jump forward a couple of years, and Compact Disc players become standard equipment on personal computers. In 1995 a serious tool comes along taking all of the work out of identifying titles. Now known as Gracenote (http://www.cddb.com/), their CDDB Music Recognition Service has been used by over 1,300 software developers to allow end users access to a huge database of album and track titles via the Internet.

Bitz & Pixelz Software Development use the CDDB Music Recognition Service in a Shareware program called Music Collector. Having tried several different Shareware and Freeware utilities that perform similar tasks over the years, and having entered a dozen albums into the evaluation version of Music Collector it may be just the thing to help put my Compact Disc collection in order. Like many of the catalog tools available out there, Music Collector has a number of features you may or may not need. By its very nature, Music Collector is not limited to tracking Compact Discs, it even works with MP3s and tapes. You'll need to key certain analog formats into the local database, but the connection to the CDDB Music Recognition Service takes care of a big chunk of most collections.

Other products offered as Shareware by Bitz & Pixelz Software Development include Movie Collector which utilizes The Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com/) in much the same fashion as Music Collector and the CDDB Music Recognition Service. Ideal for cataloging DVDs and other media. The MP3 Collector uses data stored in the MP3 format to catalog and manage these files.

As stated, I've looked at several methods of keeping tabs on my personal music collection. I've tried many software packages along the way and have found Bitz & Pixelz Software Development's Music Collector to do a fine job. The registration fee is currently a modest $25 US, and the evaluation copy will allow users to set up 25 albums in the local database which should be plenty to decide upon. You may have different needs, a simple database created with licensed software already on your machine could work. Shareware solutions for cataloging music collections are galore — AudioTools.co.uk - For all your PC audio needs (http://www.audiotools.co.uk/) (SdJotD 010810) and NONAGS Freeware Shareware World Center (http://nonags.com/) both have a fine selection so have a look around. But don't forget Bitz & Pixelz Software Development's Music Collector. Also, with any new hardware or software installation it's a good idea to perform a complete system backup first just in case things don't go the way the instructions say they should. (Back to top of page)


(010903) Seethru Web - Random URL
http://www.seethru.co.uk/games/randomURL/index.htm

World Productions Ltd.
London, England

Part of SeeThru.co.uk - your internet filter and webzine - (http://www.seethru.co.uk/), Seethru Web - Random URL is different than other random pointer generators. How do they do this? Volume — in the form of a three million word database. Click Go, and the machines do the rest by adding .com to the end of a random word pulled from the database. It's about as random as it gets, and sometimes that's fun, sometimes it's awful, unfortunate, or possibly even offensive. Be forewarned, the database has not been sterilized and words that could connect you to a site you may not enjoy are still present. It's random. You spin the wheel, you take your chances. Pointers on other pages at SeeThru.co.uk - your internet filter and webzine are far more predictable, and the original content amusing. Adult supervision is still a good plan. (Back to top of page)


(010904) LIVE Lightning Tracker - Real-Time Lightning Detector
300 mile radius From Tampa Florida
http://www.flamedia.com/lightning/light.htm

Florida Media Communications
Orlando, Florida, USA

A serious thunderstorm ripped through Southwest Florida on Monday as they often will this time of year. Somewhere along the line, the storm took its toll on the Internet Service Provider I use. They were down well into the day on Tuesday. If you've never experienced a summer in Florida, have a look at Florida Media Communications' LIVE Lightning Tracker - Real-Time Lightning Detector - 300 mile radius From Tampa Florida any given day any time between 20:00 and 23:00 UTC (3-6pm Eastern) for a mighty lively show. See a still photograph made in Lee County, Florida last month of a distant yet audible late night thunderstorm (http://sdjotd.tripod.com/lightning.htm). (Back to top of page)


(010905) Oriental Trading Company
http://www.oriental-trading.com/

Oriental Trading Co., Inc.
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

The Oriental Trading Company has come to the rescue for party planners for years. Their mail order catalogs and site are filled with those delightful plastic items purchased by the dozen or the gross. Speaking of gross — Halloween is just around the corner and The Oriental Trading Company has a terrific line of products to that end. Kids out begging in my neighborhood might end up getting "Cherry-Filled Eyeball Gumballs. Oozing 'blood' with every bite! Individually wrapped. (Approximately 50 pcs. per lb.)". At $3.95 for a 1 lb. unit, how can you go wrong? Not only are they fun, but they're fat free and kosher to boot! Throw in the "Plastic Glow-In-The-Dark Vampire Fangs" — 6 dozen for $4.95 or maybe one of the Oriental Trading Company's inexpensive Novelty Assortments and what's left over is mine all mine. The selection here is amazing, craft items and holiday decorations are just starting to roll out. International shipping is available, and domestic ground shipping is often free. If you've never seen an Oriental Trading Company catalog have a look at their site — deciding what not to order is often the most difficult part. (Back to top of page)


(010906) JAMMIN REGGAE ARCHIVES
The Gateway to Reggae Music on the Internet
http://niceup.com/

Nice Up Enterprises
San Diego, California, USA

JAMMIN REGGAE ARCHIVES is the place to go for information on the history and current state of Reggae Music around the world. With original content, streaming audio, and pointers to hundreds of related sites, JAMMIN REGGAE ARCHIVES is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the form. Thanks to Reddog for the suggestion. (Back to top of page)


(010907) Baseball & the 10,000 Things
http://www.velocity.net/~bb10k/BB10khome.html

Rick Lopez
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

Baseball & the 10,000 Things was originally a 'zine of sorts, there were four issues, eighteen pages in all in the year between February 1994 and February 1995. This version of Baseball & the 10,000 Things is kind of a translation — taking the white 60# pages, created with Pagemaker 4.2 and transferring the words and images they contained to HTML and this site. Part diary, part essay, and parts known only to Rick Lopez, the game of baseball is a central theme but there is much more to it all than that.

From Page 18…

"The Absolute Worst Thing That's Ever Happened to Me in My Whole Life: I have seen, over the course of the past two years or so, at least three references to James Brown's Autumn '62 performance at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem as being 'THE GREATEST LIVE RECORDING OF ALL TIME.' You figure you see something like that actually written down more than once there must be something to it, right? So after several months of keeping this in a little window in my head, I finally spy it in a catalogue from one of the thirty-one CD clubs I currently belong to. So I order the damn thing. (Say 'damn!' like James would, it's very effective.) Then I wait, excitedly checking the mails, until finally one day there it is, with a wide-swathed painting on the cover, in neon-at-night primary colors, of the street in front of the Apollo the night of the gig. When I turn to the back and see the standard no-frill black-and-white liner notes and the great pix of a Very Young James Brown, I am thrilled to assume that they've reproduced the original cover art, and I claw and bite at impossible cellophane until it's open before me and what? What what what the hell is this? 1979's BEE GEES Greatest, 'If I Can't Have You' leading off with a horrible whine and offending me greatly and it is not possible for them to have gotten it more wrong. This is just the kind of thing that could push someone less controlled than I right over that edge. Ruined my whole month."

It's material like this that makes Baseball & the 10,000 Things an interesting read, and a site to enjoy in small pieces. Perhaps once every couple of months over the course of twelve months. (Back to top of page)


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(010908) Beer Can Bob
Soliciting stupid photos of Bob on a global scale!
http://www.beercanbob.com/

Steve Bissett
The Colony, Texas, USA

It's pretty simple really, Beer Can Bob is a black and white cartoon face visitors can grab from the site, attach to a beverage can, and have a picture made holding Beer Can Bob. That's the goal — show Beer Can Bob the world and share the pictures with site visitors. Intended for an adult audience, there is nothing shocking here, but it's beer we're talking about after all. The galleries here include Campus Life, Famous Faces, Hats for Bob, and Vacation Getaway. A silly project to say the least, but it has legs. Even if Beer Can Bob doesn't. (Back to top of page)


(010909) Frogpool
Austria´s 1st Online Frog Museum
http://www.frogpool.at/

Peter Froschauer
Linz, Austria

In addition to displaying a large collection of original acrylic paintings of frogs as they would appear in the works of the masters, Frogpool - Austria´s 1st Online Frog Museum has images of frog figurines, images of real frogs, and more. With clear images, clever supporting graphics and a cute layout, frog fans should enjoy this site. The fifty or so images of frogs on postage stamps from around the world are worth looking even if frogs don't necessarily float your boat. (Back to top of page)


(010910) Uglyfootballers.com
http://www.uglyfootballers.com/

BHGN Media Ltd
Solihull, England

The United States has never embraced soccer. Football as it's known just about everywhere else in the world, is huge. I wouldn't know one footballer from another, even if I were to trip over a pair of them taking naps out in front of a pub. Maybe I'm missing something here, but if citizens of the world enjoy the game of soccer so darn much, why are these folks making fun of footballers at this site? It would seem to me that football fans would worship the players and teams rather than harass them. There's a lot I need to learn about this game. (Back to top of page)


(010911) Halfbakery
http://www.halfbakery.com/

Jutta Degener
Berlin, Germany

Ever have one of those great ideas that could make you a fortune? A product, service, or procedure that is difficult to describe or share the vision? Lack the motivation and/or capital to get the idea off of the ground? Don't let it go to waste, share it with like-minded individuals at Halfbakery. Broken up into categories and threads that often lead to and feed off of each other, chatter at Halfbakery is sometimes brilliant, sometimes not much more than noise, but almost always interesting. It wouldn't be too surprising if a few of the items at Halfbakery were eventually to come to market. That's not really the purpose here though.

For a more serious look at the subject of ideas and inventions, see:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (http://www.uspto.gov/) (SdJotD 000316);
Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives, Inc. (http://www.sikorskyarchives.com) (SdJotD 990902);
The Lemelson-MIT Program's Invention Dimension! (http://web.mit.edu/invent/) (SdJotD 991023);
or Erik Swanson's Inventors Online Museum (http://www.inventorsmuseum.com/) (SdJotD 010126). (Back to top of page)


(010912) The White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/text/index.html  (Text only)

Executive Office of the President
Office of Administration
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

This early edition of Site du Jour of the Day is a result of the attack on the United States today by parties officially unknown. President Bush was here in Florida this morning, at Sarasota. News of hijacked domestic airliners crashing into the World Trade Towers in Manhattan, the Pentagon in Virginia, and what looks perhaps to be a lesser of two evils, if not heroic crash just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are the major events of the day. As this is written, the United States Government is in an emergency mode — news media clutching for information, television networks running special reports and trying to make sense of what has occurred. The President released a pair of statements, early in the day on Tuesday from Sarasota, and another as a video feed to media just after 1:00pm EDT from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The Government has effectively been removed from Washington, D.C., and statements from the President will be posted to media and The White House site as they are released. This site should prove to be a valuable direct source of official news and information as this all unfolds. (Back to top of page)


(010913) The Miami Herald
http://www.miami.com/herald/  
(SdJotD 000423)

El Nuevo Herald
http://www.miami.com/elnuevoherald/

The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald
Knight-Ridder
Miami, Florida, USA

As the investigation into the tragedy here in the United States continues, attention once again turns to Florida where President Bush was speaking on education at the time of the attack. Several individuals have been interviewed or arrested on the basis of state and immigration laws, these individuals are being held in connection with associates and family members who may have participated in the hijackings or played support roles. Venice, Florida, near Sarasota where the President started his day on Tuesday, is one of those locations. Broward County in South Florida is as well. In addition to national and international coverage, The Miami Herald and the Spanish language El Nuevo Herald are providing a local look at these stories as they develop. (Back to top of page)


(010914) New York's World Trade Center: A Living Archive
http://ericdarton.net/index.html

Eric Darton, Joseph Milano, and Carl Selinger
New York, New York, USA

Dating back to August 2000, New York's World Trade Center: A Living Archive was started as a companion piece for the book Divided We Stand, A Biography of New York's World Trade Center.

The following is from the January 2000 Basic Books Publicity Interview with Eric Darton as posted at the site:

"Q) There are lots of books on the growth of cities and on skyscrapers. What makes Divided We Stand different?

A) Most books about modern cities and their buildings see them mainly as a collection of historical factoids or architectural styles. Divided We Stand identifies the World Trade Center as a key symbol of the turning point between two eras of urban life: the industrial and the informational.

The world had never seen buildings like the trade towers before. Though their size and twin-ness has been copied - notably by the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur - the WTC represents a seismic event unique to its time and place. The trade towers were the first in a succession of urban peaks thrust upward by the traumatic global clash of Industrial Revolution and Information Age tectonic plates."

The loss of lives should never be overshadowed by the loss of concrete and steel, but there is a lot to think about at this site. Far more than an advertisement for a book, with history, photographs, original commentary and content this is very well done. A visit to this site may help some gain a better understanding of our recent tragedy. (Back to top of page)


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(010915) U.S. Savings Bonds Online
http://www.savingsbonds.gov/

Bureau of the Public Debt Online
http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/

Bureau of the Public Debt
United States Department of the Treasury
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

The national mood has turned to a display of patriotism this week. United States flags flying at half mast, individuals wearing the national colors of red, white, and blue either as ribbons or clothing choices. Donations to the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/) and other aid organizations flood in as rescue and relief efforts continue. Combining the two, patriotism and financial assistance can be achieved in a simple way — and one that will also serve as a future investment in more ways than one. The purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds and other Treasury Securities helps to show the financial strength of the United States with citizens holding a piece of the action.

U.S. Savings Bonds Online allows visitors to purchase and learn about the different types of U.S. Savings Bonds. The site for the Bureau of the Public Debt also explains how the system works and provides pointers to related sections and sites. For those who have yet to receive or do something with their 2001 Advance Payment (http://www.irs.treas.gov/ind_info/apinfo/index.html), the so called Tax Rebate checks, an investment in U.S. Savings Bonds might be the answer.

To make a direct contribution to reduce the debt associated with U.S. Savings Bonds either visit the Bureau of the Public Debt site and follow the steps posted (http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/opd/opdfaq.htm#opdfaq42).

-or-

Make your check payable to the "Bureau of the Public Debt". In the memo section of the check, make sure you write "Gift to reduce the Debt Held by the Public "

Mail check to:

Attn Dept G
Bureau of the Public Debt
PO Box 2188
Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188

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(010916) Talking With Kids About Tough Issues
http://www.talkingwithkids.org/

Children Now
Oakland, California, USA

The recent attack on the United States is the current focus at Talking With Kids About Tough Issues, a joint campaign from Children Now (http://www.childrennow.org/) and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (http://www.kff.org/). Visitors will find information and tips for discussing the nature of media coverage, terrorism, the fear and insecurity many children and teenagers may be experiencing, and pointers to a number of related sites designed to help adults and youngsters communicate with each other about recent events. Subjects such as HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, and violence are also addressed and make up the bulk of the material here. (Back to top of page)


(010917) The Nasdaq Stock Market
http://www.nasdaq.com/

The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.
Rockville, Maryland, USA

Opening today for the first time in nearly a week, The Nasdaq Stock Market will most certainly be busy. One of the largest capital markets in the world, The Nasdaq Stock Market site contains delayed data and original content for investors and corporations dealing with or through the market. One of several stock markets in the United States, Nasdaq is perhaps the most visible. Traffic is bound to be heavy today at this site, but with the wealth of information contained here on this and other markets, it is worth mentioning after the events of this past week. Important headlines will be on the front page of the site, and saving a particular page to a local drive instead of going back for reference is recommended if for no other reason than to ease demand on the servers being used by the site. Popular opinion has it that the United States financial markets will stabilize once things start up again. An article here written by Peter Di Teresa, What to Do When the Markets Reopen (http://www.nasdaq.com/services/ms_market_reopen_010914.stm) suggests that taking a wait and see attitude might be the best approach. As always, use your best judgement. (Back to top of page)


(010918) 100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans:
A Journalist's Guide
http://freep.com/jobspage/arabs.htm

Detroit Free Press Inc.
Knight Ridder
Detroit, Michigan, USA

The following is a message I received from my brother Joseph who lives in the Detroit area. Rather than filter his message, I have included it in its entirety, something that normally wouldn't happen. The opinions expressed in his message may not completely reflect those you or I hold, but here it is anyway. If for no other reason than the global reach of Site du Jour of the Day. The resource listed above and at the bottom of the message is the featured site today, the message from Joey is a little something extra. 100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans: A Journalist's Guide was put together by the editors at the Detroit Free Press (http://www.freep.com/) and by parent corporation Knight Ridder (http://www.knightridder.com/) in San Jose, California. The guide is important and visitors may wish to share what they have learned with others, especially so in the case of educators. It should also be noted that Metropolitan Detroit has the largest Arab American population in the country. E-mail and the Internet have both played an important role in the dissemination of news and information surrounding recent events, perhaps tolerance will be next.

__________________

Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 19:57:51 -0400
From: Joe Pelegrino

Terrorism: the systematic use of terror esp. as a means of coercion.

Terror: 4: violence… committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands.

Terrorize: 1: to fill with terror or anxiety: scare 2: to coerce by threat of violence.

(Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary)

Last night I saw something which disturbed me. I drove past a place of worship and noticed the Livonia, Michigan Police were escorting the worshippers to their cars. Yes, the place of worship was a Mosque. I was deeply disturbed to see this just a few miles from my home.

We have all heard about the various things people are doing to our fellow Americans. I saw one incredibly ignorant women on the news and it really put a face, for me, on the type of people who think this way, and even more shamefully, act this way. This woman was the type of person we like to laugh at while watching The Jerry Springer Show [http://www.studiosusa.com/jerry/]. In fact if I was not aware of current events, I probably would have thought it was the Springer Show. She was simply unbelievable. I really doubt she realized how foolish she appeared. I was embarrassed for her and at the same time incredibly disgusted. I also heard a voicemail recording someone had left for an Arab-American played on a radio program. The woman on the recording was again, incredibly ignorant. Every other word she shrieked was a profanity. She did succeed in proving she could swear like a Marine, but chances are, she is not one, and we really can do without her input. I watched a man on a news program as he was giving his opinion. He felt all Arab Americans should report to the nearest F.B.I. office for interrogation. Sure Adolph, what color arm bands should they wear? This is simply unbelievable. Where were these people when the Federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed? Of course they were out in force when Arab terrorists were suspected, but what about when the truth came out? Were they too embarrassed upon being mistaken to speak out and harass the true culprit? Or did they realize the terrorist was someone similar to themselves? Like the terrorists we are dealing with now, McVeigh was proud of what he had done.

Our nation cannot afford internal persecution. We must focus on those who truly wish us harm. I am aware there are still people at large who desire to do us harm. I am aware the odds are in favor of them being from Middle Eastern countries. If you suspect someone has any intent to cause harm in any way, contact local law enforcement. Do not assume someone is a terrorist simply because they are different. If someone is truly a threat, why would you provoke them?

I realize there will always be people who are ignorant and have no desire to educate themselves. The real world and all of it's truth, frightens such people. Please pray for those who fear the truth.

I realize many people are angry and fearful of those who are different. Having lived in the Detroit area most of my life I see fear, prejudice and hatred almost daily. Each time I encounter it, I am disturbed. The fact it disturbs me, gives me hope. I pray it is disturbing to you.

Much of the thinking which causes racial intolerance was taught to us as children by the world around us. Children are expected to act like children. Sadly, it seems, as adults, many believe it is acceptable to hate those we do not understand. There will always be cowards who bully those who are different or weak. Do not allow yourself to be one. Please educate yourself and your children. Someday it may be your culture society fears.

God is with us.

Joe

Education is a lifelong pursuit, you can continue yours with the link below which is provided by the Detroit Free Press.
(http://freep.com/jobspage/arabs.htm)

__________________

Have a great day. (Back to top of page)


(010919) Attack on America in Context
Free Resources from LexisNexis
http://www.lexisnexis.com/resources/

LexisNexis
Reed Elsevier Inc.
Miamisburg, Ohio, USA

As with any major tragedy, as the stories gain complexity, news becomes difficult to keep track of. Information overload increases the difficulty. The major Internet portals either have limited content or so much that it is overwhelming. This special section of the large LexisNexis site (http://www.lexisnexis.com/) has categorized points of interest for people and organizations following the development and background of the events of September 11, 2001. Using a large database and thousands of articles from sources around the world, Attack on America in Context - Free Resources from LexisNexis has so much information that it too can become daunting — but the index and search tools will shorten the amount of time needed to locate specifics. That LexisNexis is providing this as a free service to visitors will almost certainly generate new business for their subscription services, but is probably not the motivation. A very nice public service and a resource that would be difficult to duplicate. (Back to top of page)


(010920) MenWhoLookLikeKennyRogers.com
http://www.menwholooklikekennyrogers.com/

Jaimie Muehlhausen
Carlsbad, California, USA

For every famous face there are at least a hundred others who fancy themselves as looking a little bit like that famous person. MenWhoLookLikeKennyRogers.com celebrates those fellows who either by accident or cultivation, bear a resemblance to actor and country music sensation Kenny Rogers (http://www.kennyrogers.com/). Photo galleries, tips for spotting men who look like Kenny Rogers, and hints on looking more like Kenny Rogers make up most of the material here. A nice diversion and some of the Kenny flavors in the galleries are quite amusing. (Back to top of page)


(010921) Utah Carol
http://www.utahcarol.com

JinJa Davis and Grant Birkenbeuel
Utah Carol
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Pastoral is a word not often associated with sites utilizing Flash animation, but that's how I'd describe the one for Chicago's Utah Carol. With RealAudio samples from both the duo's second album Comfort for the Traveler, and from their first outing Wonderwheel, the site is a pleasure through and through. Two versions of the Flash section reflect the time of day in Chicago at the time the site visited and the Do It Yourself pop sounds of Utah Carol only add to the experience. While the music business continues to churn out dreadful slag at every turn, it's nice to see something like this from an independent act. It means there's still hope. (Back to top of page)


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(010922) LMP - A Century of Song
http://www.polyholiday.com/century/

Ryan Bassler and Eric Haugen
Polyholiday Records
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Originally featured on December 7, 1999 as Site du Jour of the Day (SdJotD 991207), LMP - A Century of Song is the gigantic project of Ryan Bassler and Eric Haugen. The two musicians, along with guest artists, and the occasional robot voice, are closing in on their goal — cover one popular song from every year between the years 1900 and 2000. They're up to 98, all that's left is 1913, 1971, and 1977. Along with MP3s and RealAudio versions of the songs, visitors will find background information on the original artists and writers, plus a little on popular culture and historical events for each given year. The arrangements are sometimes brilliant, other times just something else, but they always have the special sound of LMP (la musique populaire). Once mechanical rights have been secured for each title, LMP - A Century of Song will be released as a box set. That'll be fun too. (Back to top of page)


(010923) CanadianDriver: Auto Tech - Getting ready for winter driving
http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/jk/at_001212.htm

CanadianDriver Communications Inc.
Orleans, Ontario, Canada

Autumn is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere and for many people the weather still feels like summer. Preparing an automobile for the colder months of the year is often easier than many people think. Getting Ready for winter driving is one of the many pieces by Jim Kerr (http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/jk/index.htm) appearing at the CanadianDriver site (http://www.canadiandriver.com/). Jim Kerr is a master automotive mechanic and automotive technology instructor in Saskatoon, and his advice here is simple and to the point. Sure there's plenty of time left to take care of your car before winter sets in, but think about how entertaining it will be when the thermometer dips below 40° F. (Back to top of page)


(010924) Chemical of the Week -- The Chemistry of Autumn Colors
http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/fallcolr/fallcolr.html

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

As part of his General Chemistry courses, Bassam Z. Shakhashiri hands out a weekly fact sheet. This one from March 19, 2001 explores Chlorophyll and how it relates to leaves changing color. The Chemical of the Week sheets may contain a little too much information for some, but they are worth a look anyway. The main part of this site, SCIENCE IS FUN in the Lab of Shakhashiri (http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/) explores other areas of science through home experiments, pointers to related sites, and information about lectures and public appearances by Bassam Z. Shakhashiri. (Back to top of page)


(010925) Drive-ins Downunder - A tribute site
http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/

David Kilderry
Drive-ins Downunder
Wantirna South, Victoria, Australia

Not altogether vanished, the drive-in movie theater was as big a part of popular culture in the 1950s and 1960s in Australia as it was here in the United States. Drive-ins Downunder - A tribute site is a guided tour of drive-ins throughout Australia. Nostalgia is the ticket here, but news of facilities that remain open will be of interest to many. There's nothing like the experience of a night out at the drive-in — no matter if it's with the entire family, or as a date for two. (Back to top of page)


(010926) The Pulp Zone - The Web Guide to Pulp Magazines!
http://www.ip.pt/pulp/

Nuno Miranda
Cascais, Portugal

They were fantastic, inexpensive, and dangerous. Available at newsstands and by subscription, these publications were full of illustrations and stories that would ultimately drive even the most sensible child to ruin. Or in certain cases, into the world of radio, and later television. Before science fiction became a part of the mainstream public diet, there were the pulp magazines. The Pulp Zone - The Web Guide to Pulp Magazines! looks at the heroes, stories, and artwork that made the genre what it was. Thanks to Reddog for the suggestion. (Back to top of page)


(010927) MC Hawking's Crib
http://www.mchawking.com/

MC Hawking
Virtual Graffiti
Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA

When he's not doing all of that science stuff that practically nobody understands, you'll find gangsta rapper MC Hawking chillin' with the likes of Eminem, KRS-1, and the Beastie Boys. Chart success has so far proved to be allusive for MC Hawking. The 1994 album A Brief History of Rhyme saw some club and radio play, in particular the title track and the semi-autobiographical number, The Mighty Stephen Hawking. The release of the critically acclaimed 1997 album E=MC Hawking was a turning point for the artist and the industry — A Brief Dissertation on Gravitational Entropy, Quantum Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle did as much for science as it did for Rap. Controversy still surrounds E=MC Hawking, public reaction to two tracks on this album prompted the record label to drop MC Hawking. Making the occasional public appearance these days, gangsta rapper MC Hawking is currently working full time as a reader for the National Weather Service.

MC Hawking's Crib provides a look at the musical career of the artist and contains content of an adult nature. MP3 files are available, not all of them radio safe so beware. The unreleased Led Zeppelin Medley here is worth the time. (Back to top of page)


(010928) Jon's World o' Squirrels
http://www.gottshall.com/squirrels/

Jon Gottshall
Gottshall Enterprises
Anaheim, California, USA

There's a whole lot of stuff about squirrels at Jon's World o' Squirrels. Photographs of squirrels, essays about squirrels, quotes about squirrels, personal reflection about squirrels, and there's pointers to other sites that have information about squirrels. Jon Gottshall likes squirrels. (Back to top of page)


(010929) Are You Completely Boy Crazy?
A Cosmo Quiz
http://quiz.ivillage.com/cosmopolitan/tests/boycrazy.htm

iVillage Inc.
New York, New York, USA

A special feature at the iVillage Inc. - Cosmopolitan Magazine site (http://cosmo.women.com/cos/), Are You Completely Boy Crazy? is a classic Cosmo quiz. Not a regular reader of Cosmopolitan, I'll pick it up to look at the chicks in the pictures sometimes and that's about it, but this looked important. The quizzes, informative articles, and tips though have helped generations of teens and adults to deal with self-esteem and other serious issues. With any luck you're not completely boy crazy. (Back to top of page)


(010930) Boycrazy.com
http://www.boycrazy.com/

Decipher Inc.
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

It started out as a trading card sort of thing and has grown to include Boy Crazy! Magazine, which "…is filled with advice, confessions, and secrets from the 363 Boy Crazy! boys, plus more than 400 pics". Vote for Boy of the Week, read your Boy Crazy! horoscope, read and write poetry, and of course, leave and read fan mail for the Boys!

Boycrazy.com is a cute idea that is an updated twist on the teen fan magazines from the 1960s and 1970s except that the Boys! are not really famous anywhere else than Boycrazy.com. Registration is required and there is a code of conduct visitors will be expected to follow. Especially for those visitors who are completely boy crazy. (Back to top of page)


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