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(011001) Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World
Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

…And one of the great goals of this nation's war is to restore public confidence in the airline industry. It's to tell the traveling public: Get on board. Do your business around the country. Fly and enjoy America's great destination spots. Get down to Disney World in Florida. Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed…

— President George W. Bush at Chicago, Illinois, September 27, 2001

Last week the President made the above remarks while talking to airline employees and the rest of the country. Many people I know found his direct mention of Disney World unusual if not downright odd. That the President's brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush spent a couple of days flying around the country talking up Florida to potential visitors just after the President's reference only adds to the attention this story has received. The one piece of information that ties everything together and which has basically gone unmentioned is that Mickey opened The Magic Kingdom up for business 30 years ago today.

This official site for Walt Disney World has all of the information potential visitors to the various parks will need. Learn about the parks, special promotions and events, make reservations, or just order vacation planning information. The President has suggested that we, "Get down to Disney World in Florida". There was no mention whatsoever of Dollywood (, any of the Six Flags properties (, and for that matter not even a single one of our fine National Parks ( Forget California — the President, the Governor, and Uncle Walt all want you to enjoy a nice Disney World vacation here in Florida this winter. (Back to top of page)

(011002) Amtrak - Catch the Next Wave in Train Travel

National Railroad Passenger Corporation
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Almost unknown by at least two generations of Americans, domestic rail travel may see a comeback soon. Or maybe not. Bolstered by government money, Amtrak is made up of the remnants of once great rail lines and companies. Compared to air, travel by rail takes days instead of hours, but that could be a plus. Imagine spending time talking to family members, seeing parts of the country you might otherwise not. Amtrak has been sadly neglected by consumers and entire markets have gone without passenger service for years. Train travel often includes bus connections these days. Orlando, Florida has an Amtrak station ( and getting there from the station at Chicago, Illinois would mean taking Amtrak's Cardinal (named for the state bird of each state on the train's route) to Washington, District of Columbia, and changing trains to Orlando. Not a bad itinerary if you have the time. Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches connect cities with and without rail connections, and the Auto Train allows passengers to take their own automobiles on vacation with them. An alternative to air travel, and one that could become part of the vacation. (Back to top of page)

(011003) TopoZone - The Web's Topographic Map

Maps a la carte, Inc.
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA

Maps a la carte, Inc. makes free topographic maps available for printing and viewing at their site. Search by place name or coordinates, scroll around the map, and possibly even include a pointer at your own site to a specific map. Ideal for historical reference, recreation, and garden variety poking around, TopoZone - The Web's Topographic Map has plenty of uses. The subscription based TopoFactory available through TopoZone - The Web's Topographic Map allows for more control and downloads. TopoZone - The Web's Topographic Map is a USGS Digital Cartographic Business Partner and has USGS topographic maps of all 50 United States. (Back to top of page)

(011004) Earth From Space

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas, USA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

The work of many branches and offices within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Earth From Space displays the grooviest of the 400,000 images in the Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database. These images have all been captured by astronauts on Space Shuttle missions. There are images from all over the planet, search by place name or with the world map. This is a great introduction to the complete database of NASA's Earth imagery available at the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Plan on spending quite a while here. (Back to top of page)

(011005) Not Quite What The Doctor Ordered.

Matt Preston
Jacksonville, Florida, USA


The Highly Unofficial FAQ

Christopher Flaherty
New York, New York, USA

One of the most interesting fantasia flavors used by the soft drink industry, the secret behind Dr Pepper ( has been shrouded in rumor and speculation for ages. Prunes, cherries, and rum are three of the most talked about flavor possibilities. The general public may not ever know exactly what makes Dr Pepper what it is. Like any trade secret though, the imitators are galore.

The Highly Unofficial FAQ, maintained by Christopher Flaherty looks at the history of Dr Pepper, offers speculation on the ingredients, and answers some pretty obscure questions along the way.

Matt Preston's Not Quite What The Doctor Ordered. is an ongoing parade of Dr Pepper impostors — most with names that start with Dr, but end up somewhere else. Not quite at the same level of goodness as the Real McCoy. The names are good though — Dr Becker, Dr. Cheaper, Dr. Gulpster, Dr. Thirst, and my favorite by name and taste, Dr Thunder. (Back to top of page)

(011006) ScanSoft's Guide to Scanners

ScanSoft, Inc.
Peabody, Massachusetts, USA

Pricing of consumer level scanners has stabilized, and the quality of these machines now rivals or exceeds that of high end scanners from just a few years ago. If you've ever wondered what you can do with a scanner, either one you currently own or one that has been calling your name from a store or catalog, have a look at this site. ScanSoft, Inc. is a software publisher, and their product line includes some pretty handy tools. They've set this guide up to help visitors make informed choices in the area of scanners. Sections and topics include, Tips for First-Time Scanner Buyers, Scanner Features and Specifications, Cool Things You Can Do with a Scanner, and a number of additional resources. An extremely useful commercial site. (Back to top of page)

(011007) A few scanning tips

Wayne Fulton
Plano, Texas, USA

A few scanning tips is the accumulated knowledge gained since 1997 by Wayne Fulton on the subject of scanning and scanners. A few scanning tips combines information Wayne Fulton had difficulty locating when he started using a scanner. Most impressive here are the extensive Frequently Asked Questions pages. Regardless of your level of comfort working with a scanner, it's possible that your skills will improve after a visit to A few scanning tips. (Back to top of page)

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(011008) Paint the Moon: A collaborative work of celestial art.

James Downey
Columbia, Missouri, USA

The science is bad, but with recent world events it might be a pleasant diversion for a lot of people. At the very least, it might get some of them thinking when the project doesn't work out as planned. The idea is simple — send millions of people in North America out of doors for a few minutes. Have each of them aim a standard laser pointer at the Moon for five minutes, and watch what happens. There are two dates this will occur, the first shot is on Saturday, October 27, 2001 and the next attempt will be Saturday, November 24, 2001. The site for Paint the Moon: A collaborative work of celestial art has full details of the project and its organizer. There are also pointers to articles about the bad science and the e-mail reminder here is a good idea. We may all end up melting a big hole in the moon, or making no difference at all. It most certainly will get people and their neighbors outside for an entertaining evening together. Mark your calendars, be careful of mosquitos, and don't shine that thing in your brother's eye. (Back to top of page)

(011009) The Man in the Moon and other weird things

Miloslaw Smyk
Szczecin, Poland

There are many interpretations of the phrase The Man in the Moon — for ages people have seen things in and on the surface of the Moon. Some of these things have been more fanciful than others, but almost everyone sees something on the surface of the Moon. Miloslaw Smyk has put together a page of things he sees on the Moon, and offers visitors a chance to download an original image of the Moon to isolate the things they see. For those so inclined, solid suggestions and discoveries are accepted for inclusion at The Man in the Moon and other weird things. (Back to top of page)

(011010) Ready Reference Files

The Santa Cruz Library Joint Powers Authority
Santa Cruz, California, USA

It seems that useful reference sources are often discovered by accident. A search to find the names of full Moons turned up one of the Ready Reference Files from the The Santa Cruz Library Joint Powers Authority — Full Moon Names ( Further browsing turned up such marvels as Book Sizes ( and Dogs, Presidential ( Most of the information at Ready Reference was rounded up by Gail Mason, Carmen Morones, Deborah Stephens, Sharon Yamanaka, and Rechs Ann Pedersen. Not a site that you will use all of the time, but it's one that you'll use often enough. Especially when someone asks you what a medium sixty-fourmo is, or who once belonged to Pushinka. (Back to top of page)

(011011) Book Making
by Rebecca Meredith,2058,1793,00.html

Do It Yourself Network
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Company
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

This is a fantastic project for children and adults. Using common household items, cloth and paper become a finished publication or a blank book. The procedure is a relatively simple one and the results are often quite durable provided quality materials are used. Ideal for educators, parents, or grandparents, these homemade books are unlike anything available in stores mainly because you decide the sizes, colors, and thickness of each and every book. It can be a lot of fun too. (Back to top of page)

(011012) Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking

Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking
Institute of Paper Science and Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

A combined graduate school and research facility since 1929, the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia is home to the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking. Concise electronic exhibits and information about the physical museum make up the majority of this portion of the Institute of Paper Science and Technology site. Visitors can learn about items such as watermarks, Dandy-Rolls, various papermaking techniques, and the process of recycling paper. There is also a fine selection of pointers to other papermaking sites. (Back to top of page)

(011013) ReThink Paper

ReThink Paper
San Francisco, California, USA

Reducing our dependency on wood pulp paper has become easier lately. Paper manufacturers have not only recognized the political benefits of alternate fiber paper, but have seen the market for such paper increase. The main feature at the ReThink Paper site is The Tool Box. Free registration allows visitors the opportunity to research current ecological paper options and methods for reducing paper use at home and business. ReThink Paper is a must see for anyone who uses paper and other wood pulp products. (Back to top of page)

(011014) The Incredible Peterson Bottle Organ

Peterson Electro-Musical Products, Inc.
Alsip, Illinois, USA

A marvelous promotional piece created by the folks who brought us the Peterson Strobe Tuner, "the finest tuning equipment money can buy". The page featuring The Incredible Peterson Bottle Organ is a simple one, with a couple of audio files, images of The Incredible Peterson Bottle Organ, and contact information for scheduling appearances. The concept is simple, the execution wonderful. Thanks to Charlie Lester for the suggestion. (Back to top of page)

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(011015) Breast Self-Exam Shower Card

a service of from the Komen Foundation

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Dallas, Texas, USA

(Originally featured as Site du Jour of the Day on September 14, 1999 (SdJotD 990914), this special offer from The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is certainly worth another mention.)

Since its beginning in 1982, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has raised over $240 million for breast cancer research, screening, treatment and awareness in the US. Part of the awareness campaign has been programs like the Breast Self-Exam Shower Card. This water-proof card is designed to hang in the shower and acts as a reminder and instructional guide for self-examination. Printed on two sides, English language instructions on one side and Spanish language instructions on the other. The card will be sent to free of charge if you fill out a simple form ( The cards can also be ordered in quantities of 250 at the current price of $62.50 by calling 1-877-SGK-SHOP (1-877-745-7467). Additional assistance can be found by dialing the foundation's toll-free number in the US, 1-800 I'M AWARE (1-800-462-9273) from 9am to 4:30pm Central Standard Time. Available Monday through Friday, the 1-800 I'M AWARE Helpline has TDD available and certain volunteers speak Spanish. (Back to top of page)

(011016) - Nokia Ringtone Software

Justin Edmunds
Stevenage, England

Owners of certain models of Nokia phones ( have the option of customizing the ringtone and - Nokia Ringtone Software is a snazzy tool for doing just that. Using the Nokia Composer feature and the Ringtone Converter Adware package, those so inclined now have the means to make up and preview new songs on their computer, or enter any one of over eighty existing tunes available at - Nokia Ringtone Software. An odd assortment of popular titles and television theme songs, missing though are some of the more obscure classics that would be a hoot on a toy phone — songs like Crawling From The Wreckage or Crosstown Traffic. There are many ringtone sites out there, visitors will find pointers here to many of them. The Ringtone Converter Adware package makes - Nokia Ringtone Software a nice starting place and the free download looks useful. As always, 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)

(011017) Baby Boomer Bus Songs

Cindy Mazurkiewicz Shirk
Mankato Area Public Schools
Mankato, Minnesota, USA

Compiled by Cindy Mazurkiewicz Shirk, this collection of assorted lyrics go with Baby Boomer Bus Songs — those annoying yet entertaining sing-a-longs popular for years with bus drivers and children everywhere. Similar in style to camp songs, Baby Boomer Bus Songs often served as a solid distraction in the days before Ridilin gained any sort of popularity. Visitors will find alternate and regional lyrics for these delightful numbers — for yucks, imagine passing out lyric sheets the next time you are on a city bus. Interested parties should explore the larger top site, K-12 Resources For Music Educators ( which is also maintained by Cindy Mazurkiewicz Shirk. (Back to top of page)

Monkey phone call for you! - Monkey phone calls!

Lancelot Harding
Dallas, Texas, USA

Brilliant in its simplicity, offers one of those services you never knew you needed. For a measly ten bucks, one of the talented Monkey Phone Callers will phone the person of your choice and give them a Monkey Phone Call. If asked, the talented Monkey Phone Caller will tell the recipient who is behind all of the foolishness — so you are not completely off the hook. Should you decide to send a Monkey Phone Call to someone, that individual will probably not be surprised it was from you but the Monkey Phone Call will be remembered. What can a Monkey Phone Call be used for? Wish someone a happy birthday, indirectly ask for a date, quit a job, or maybe just to say hello. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to see the Diary of a Monkey Phone Caller for an inside look at the business of making Monkey Phone Calls. An unrelated site also worth a look is Misha Caylor's Mr. Monkey's Index of Famous Monkeys ( (SdJotD 010215). (Back to top of page)

(011019) Tepid Monkey Fonts
freeware fonts for a freeware world

Brandon Schoepf
Tepid Monkey Font
El Paso, Texas, USA

The catalog at Tepid Monkey Fonts spans four pages, five if you count the featured font. At times, fresh fonts are added every Sunday, but that all depends on things like time and inspiration on the part of Brandon Schoepf. Tepid Monkey Fonts are display fonts, not the sort of thing you'll want to use for paragraph text. Headlines possibly, but even then, not all of the time. There are original font designs from Tepid Monkey Fonts, pointers to other font sites, and a section called the thought dump adds a weblog to the site. Freeware fonts are often worth exactly what they cost, and while that's the case with some of the material at Tepid Monkey Fonts, there are quite a few really nice examples here. Available in Mac and Windows versions, commercial use is encouraged. (Back to top of page)

(011020) Degree Confluence Project

Degree Confluence Project
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

This is an interesting project — everyone on the surface of the planet is within 49 miles (79 km) of a latitude and longitude degree intersection. The Degree Confluence Project is collecting photographs and first hand accounts from visitors to these locations. A Global Positioning System device helps but isn't an absolute necessity. The oceans and to a certain point, the poles have been taken out of the equation. Even with that, there are still over 12,900 confluences remaining to complete the project. This is a world-wide effort, see what you can do to help. (Back to top of page)

(011021) Sam's Mailbox Picture Collection

Sam Blomberg
Jefferson, South Carolina, USA

If you've ever chuckled at the Rural Free Delivery mailbox labeled Air Mail perched atop a ten foot length of pipe, Sam's Mailbox Picture Collection is for you. As with many retirees, boredom runs to the very edge of the property line, and that mailbox at the street is spared no mercy. Sam Blomberg collects photographs of dolled up mailboxes — farm animals, marine life, structures, vehicles, etc. and shares them with visitors to this site. Visitors are also encouraged to submit photographs of fancy mailboxes from their own neighborhoods. (Back to top of page)

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(011022) A History of Rural Free Delivery

The Farmington Area Historical Society
Farmington, Minnesota, USA

Rural Free Delivery Service originated in experimental form during the year 1896. Six years later, Rural Free Delivery became an official service of the Post Office Department. Many locations served as testing grounds for Rural Free Delivery Service, and Farmington, Minnesota was one such place. This section of the site for The Farmington Area Historical Society ( recounts the development of mail delivery service to outlying areas in this section of Minnesota. An interesting look back at the start of a mail delivery service we almost take for granted in the United States, this detailed piece could change the way you think about getting mail. It's also possible that Rural Free Delivery Service had as much to do with the establishment of suburbia as did the automobile. (Back to top of page)

(011023) Dumb Halloween Costumes

Jeff Gola
West Windsor, New Jersey, USA

Unlike that bed sheet cut full of holes, last minute Halloween costumes can sometimes work. There are people who take pride is their silly, desperate costumes. Jeff Gola has put a few prime examples up at a page called appropriately enough — Dumb Halloween Costumes. Nothing to be too ashamed of here, and the advice to craft a costume which fulfills "…2 important functions: the ability to sit down and the ability to drink a beer unencumbered…" is probably the most important nugget of wisdom ever shared in the world of costume making. Visitor contributions are welcome. (Back to top of page)

(011024) 2001 Mars Odyssey

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California, USA

Featured as Site du Jour of the Day on April 3, 2001 (SdJotD 010403), this site for the 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter looks at the events leading up to the April 7, 2001 launch, the journey to and the successful October 24, 2001, 02:30 UTC arrival at Mars. An important mission for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter will map the composition of the surface of Mars and measure hydrogen below the surface, and will serve as a communications relay for US and international landers arriving at Mars in 2003 and 2004. The 2001 Mars Odyssey Orbiter will be quite active during the 90 day Aerobraking period, and this site has images and reports to that end. (Back to top of page)

(011025) Patio Bubble Cam

Andie and Mike DeVoe
Delray Beach, Florida, USA

If it's during daylight hours at Delray Beach, Florida, the Bubble Cam is probably open for business. The camera itself is running day and night, it's the two commercial grade bubble machines that shut down at dark. During the day one machine or the other will send a 30 second blast of bubbles a blowin'. When visiting, try to save some bubble juice for the next visitor. Andie and Mike are currently using over half a gallon a day of the precious solution — more I'd bet today. The technical information provided is really cool for those who are interested in how the whole deal works. Streaming video of a pair of bubble machines on a Florida patio. Interactive live cameras don't get much better than this. (Back to top of page)

(011026) Giant Pumpkin Carvings
And Squash Too!

Shellie Cramer
Olympia, Washington, USA

These pumpkins and squash are whoppers! Three to five hundred pound pumpkins and squash carved, lit up, and ready to scare or amuse. Giant Pumpkin Carvings - And Squash Too! is an image gallery of big-ass Jack-o-Lanterns, some so large they've swallowed children whole. Carvers from the US and Canada share their work with visitors both here and through pointers to other Giant Pumpkin sites. Giant Pumpkin Carvings - And Squash Too! makes a great reference for carvers in search of inspiration. (Back to top of page)

(011027) NaNoWriMo !
National Novel Writing Month

Oakland, California, USA

Open to everyone, NaNoWriMo number three starts on November 1, 2001 and runs through the month of November, ending at 11:59pm on the 30th. The purpose is to get participants to write a 50,000 word novel during NaNoWriMo — no picking up a stalled work in progress, hacking through about 200 pages in 30 days is the only way you can play. Good or bad, happy or sad, meeting a set goal of 7 pages a day should be enough. Sign-up ends on Monday, October 29, 2001. There's nothing to gain other than the personal satisfaction of creating a novel in a month. Suggested by Stephanie West Allen (The Busy Person's Guide to Writing Your Life Story ( (SdJotD 010830) and The Busy Person's Guide to Creating Your Own Funeral Or Memorial Service ( (SdJotD 010504)), NaNoWriMo is the excuse you've been waiting for to rip the top off of that first novel. No entry fee, no prizes, no pressure! (Back to top of page)

(011028) Writers: Dare to Be Bad!

Julia H. West
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

A more realistic exercise than a project on the lines of NaNoWriMo ! - National Novel Writing Month ( (SdJotD 011027), Dare to Be Bad! comes in the form of a challenge between people. It's really quite simple — write three stories in six days, plow through the rough spots, don't be afraid of making a mess, and have fun. Ideal for groups, which is how Dare to Be Bad! was initiated. This page, a part of Julia H. West's personal site ( also contains a random idea generator for getting through those dry spells. (Back to top of page)


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MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
New York, New York, USA

Post season play was full of surprises and the first two games of the World Series have been a display of the best that is baseball. This site from Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball is more than just propaganda from the business end, it's a fully detailed account of the best of seven series. Streaming media, interviews, images, and an inside look at the game make this an important site for fans interested in getting the most out of these games. As the series goes to New York on Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks will have their work cut out for them as they face the Yankees in front of a home crowd. An especially interesting site for those not completely familiar with the intricacies of basebal. (Back to top of page)

(011030) The Road to the World Series - WORLD-SERIES.ORG
162 Games - 30 Teams - 1 Goal

Theodore Rigas
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Partly a sports news portal, The Road to the World Series - WORLD-SERIES.ORG provides coverage of Major League Baseball from the sleepy days in the spring to the tensions of October. Not affiliated with Major League Baseball, original content here often takes an independent and critical look at the game, the players, and the owners. The Milestones section provides a nice at-a-glance overview of the big records in the game. Pointers to a other fan sites and to sites for each of the teams playing in Major League Baseball are here as well. (Back to top of page)

(011031) Junk Food News
Burgers, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Tacos, Fries, Candy, Fast Food - updated 24/7!

Jim Brachman
Woodland Hills, California, USA

The beauty part of junk food is that it often tastes pretty good even if it's due to a high fat content, useless calories, and preservatives. The beauty part of Junk Food News is that it's often pretty good even if the content is lifted directly from food manufacturers press releases, has lots of pretty pictures, and because of the nature of the industry, contains news that isn't all that fresh. International coverage would be a nice addition and would lend credibility and quality of the content here. Still though a nice round-up of information about the fast food and junk food business from a consumer point of view. (Back to top of page)

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