Taxing Times. Forget the Ides of March; it’s April 15 that
strikes terror into the hearts of Americans. What are the chances that
your tax return will be audited by the IRS? Take a few minutes to fill
out Money magazine’s Are You
Audit Bait? worksheet to calculate the possibilities, then read how
to avoid an audit.
It’s 10 a.m. Where Am I Supposed to Be? Keeping your calendar
and to-do list online can be handy if your job keeps you always on the
go — or if you would rather not lug about a heavy notebook to keep your
schedule on track. While more and more sites are offering this service,
the recently launched Day-Timer
Digital has a lot going for it. It lets you view your appointments
and records in a daily, weekly or monthly format. It will also
automatically add to your schedule concerts, meetings and sports events
from categories that you pre-select. Two especially useful features: Any
task on your to-do list that wasn’t completed rolls over to the next
day, and you can choose three types of reminders for any item you can’t
afford to forget. Besides, it looks comfortingly like your paper
Day-Timer, and it’s free.
Surprising Bookmarks. Who would’ve imagined that two of the
favorite bookmarks of Michael Kinsley, editor of Slate, would be the Drudge Report and a search form for
the King James
Version of the Bible? We know this because Britannica editor Jo
Rosenbohm asked a bunch of what she calls the “smart and famous” to
reveal where they surf on the Web. Political commentator Mary Matalin
recommends Free Republic and Parent Soup. Novelist Scott Turow
confesses that he buys used golf balls at golfballs.com. Because Click and Clack
(the “Car Talk” brothers) have a pretty low opinion of what’s going on
in government, they suggest that you get the e-mail and snail-mail
addresses of your elected officials — senators, members of the Houses of
Representatives and state and local office
holders. Then, “every time you hear of some unscrupulous sleaze
perpetrated by these bozos, let them know,” they say. You can read their
comments and others’ at Bookmarks of the
Smart and Famous.
Safe Cyberfun for Kids. Youngsters want to visit Internet
sites that amuse and entertain them. Their parents want to feel
comfortable that the places their offspring visit on the Web are safe —
and maybe even educational. Recently, Cyberangels, the nonprofit site of
the Guardian Anglels, honored four Net sites for keeping both kids and
parents happy. The inaugural awards went to: Curiocity’s FreeZone, a chat spot that’s
monitored by adults; Sports Illustrated for
Kids, which provides free fantasy sports teams in addition to
well-written articles; Nickelodeon
Online, which offers heaping helpings of games and entertainment;
and Bonus.com, a “supersite” with a
little of everything.
New Magazine. Sports Illustrated for Women is scheduled to hit
the newsstands today (March 8). To go along with it, SI has built a companion Web site
devoted to female sports news and interviews.
And the Winner Is … Take a shot at predicting
the winners of this year’s Oscars, and you might win a four-day,
three-night trip to L.A. in 2000 to live it up and “to view the red
carpet arrivals outside the 72nd Academy Awards.” Other prizes are two
Toshiba VCRs. The deadline for entering is March 20.
No-Duh. Keep up-to-date on the latest slang expressions with
The Online Slang
Dictionary. It’s especially handy if you want to try to understand
The Road Less Traveled. Quirky, off-the-wall and frequently
laugh-out-loud funny (but not always in the best taste), Roadside America might be
thought of as Charles Kuralt with an attitude. It chronicles a host of
bizarre roadside attractions around this great land of ours. Things like
the world’s largest ball of twine and a proposed velvet painting museum.
March Madness. Follow all the NCAA college basketball
championship action at Finalfour.net.
But Officer, I Was Only Going … If your friends call you
Leadfoot, you need to head to The WWW
Speedtrap Registry before your next trip so you’ll know when
not to put the pedal to the metal. It spills the beans on where
the worst speed traps are around the world — from Andorra to the United
Kingdom — as well as in the U.S. It also tells you what tickets cost
and what police cars look
like in various locales. There’s a great link to a huge FAQ on
driving — and surviving — in California.