This week on the Web you can chat with Kermit the Frog and download
free genealogical software.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame. Baseball fans don’t need to be
told that tomorrow night’s when the annual All-Star game is played, this
year at Boston’s venerable Fenway Park. It’s a good excuse to visit the
recently relaunched Major
League Baseball site, where you’ll find live game audio, daily
video, photos, news and much more. Read the All-Star Game’s history and
access bios and lots of stats for each of the players who made the team.
You can also catch live coverage of tonight’s Home
Run Derby, with the batting practice running from 5:30-6:25 p.m. EDT
and the actual contest beginning at 8 p.m.
As the game’s broadcaster, Fox Sports also has a site.
Visit The Green Monster.The Red Sox’s official site takes a
nostalgic look at Fenway Park,
a field that’s a favorite with fans. Tour the park in VRML courtesy of
Virtual Fenway Park
and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the historic ball
field and then some at Ballpark’s Fenway
Baseball Stats. Knowing the stats — such arcane stuff as who
holds the record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter against a
left-handed pitcher — makes the game more fun for many fans. Find them
all at Baseball Stats Web,
which is back online. Players and team databases hold year-by-year stats
for any player and team ever in the game. There’s a separate section for
this year’s numbers, and there are also lists of record holders in all
categories. But most fun is the player comparisons.
Digging For Your Roots. The Mormon Church-sponsored Family Search site contains 400
million names that can be searched free of charge and plans to offer 600
million by the end of the year. New for genealogy buffs is a free download of
Personal Ancestral File 4.0, Windows-based software that makes managing
genealogical records much easier. It creates charts and logs and even
lets you add photos, sound clips and videos to your family’s story.
Going, Going, Gone. Are you hooked on e-Bay? Do you find
yourself checking out the online auctions looking for great deals? Then
you’ll want to visit Auction
Insider, which calls itself the inside track to online auctions. It
reviews and links you to the top 10 online auction sites and provides a
comprehensive list of Web-based auctions divided by the type of goods
they specialize in (computers, collectibles, sporting goods, etc.). You
can search for specific products or auctions.
Don’t Bet On It. You’ve heard all about the blue-ribbon
panel’s recommendations on gambling in America. Now you can look over
the whole National Gambling Impact
Study, which has been put online in its entirety.
Celebs Online. Lots of celebrities have chats scheduled this
week. Here’s when, who and where:
- Today, 9 a.m. PDT (Noon, EDT), actor Liam Neeson, Talk City’s Star Wars chat.
- Today, 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT), NBA’s Alonzo Mourning, CBS Sportsline.
- Tuesday, July 13, 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT), Gonzo, the weirdest
Muppet, at Yahoo Chat.
- Tuesday, July 13, 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT), Dan Castellaneta, the
voice of Homer Simpson, at Yahoo Chat.
- Wednesday, July 14, 3 p.m. PDT (6 p.m. EDT), Olympic gold medalist Al
Joyner, husband of the late Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo Jo), at Yahoo Chat.
- Wednesday, July 14, 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT), the Muppet known at
Pepe, at Yahoo Chat.
- Thursday, July 15, 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT), Robert B. Parker, author
of the mysteries starring the fictional Boston P.I. known as Spenser, at
- Thursday, July 15, 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT), Kermit the Frog, at Yahoo Chat.
- Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT), NFL Hall of Famer Deacon
Jones at Yahoo Chat.
Need A Laugh? Some humor sites that readers have recommended
include Camp Chaos, the Aussie Toon Zone, which offers parodies
of Star Wars and Star Trek and lets you try your hand at composing a
punch line for a cartoon; and Total Obscurity, which says it’s
the page you find only by accident. While there, vote on your least
favorite bumper stickers. My favorite online cartoonist is Randy Glasbergen. His jokes are clean
but laugh-out-loud funny.
Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc. Take a virtual tour of France’s famous