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Readers often recommend websites that they think would fit well in
this column. Let’s take a look at a few of them today.
Loads Of Links. Since 1995 (eons ago in Web time), Stewart
Ogilby has been collecting what he sees as the most useful and
interesting sites on the Web. He has gathered them at The Big Eye, a site that can connect you
to everything from history and shopping to art and music, alternative
news sources, countries and thousands of other well-arranged links. It’s
impossible to predict what you might turn up on a visit. Click on
“England,” for instance, and you’ll find links for the Beatles,
Shakespeare, Dickens, finding your roots and much more. Big Eye is Web
surfing at its best.
Art Of The Web. There are lots of art museums on the Web, but
The Museum of Web Art is different. It
celebrates the artistic elements of web design. It’s an interactive
experience set up just like a conventional museum — visitor’s center,
main entrance, guided tour, brochures, galleries and gift shop.
Co-Founder Mark Kaproff points out that this is a family-oriented site:
“Virtual volunteers man the Visitors Center in rotating shifts, and the
Kids Wing is well supervised by Dot, the Fun Activities director.”
You’ll enjoy the site more if you take the time to open and read the
exhibit guide for each gallery before proceeding through that gallery’s
For Young Moms. Sharon West proves that not all mothers-in-law
are like the bad jokes. She e-mailed to recommend a new site put up by
her son’s wife. Called Mothers’ Online
Thrift Shop, it’s an online consignment shop of baby and mommy goods
at reasonable prices — everything from maternity outfits and cloth
diapers to toys and baby equipment. If you don’t see what you need, post
your wants on a wish list. Motshop also has a chat on topics of interest
Hamming It Up. I’ve discovered that it’s “dangerous” to
recommend humor. What one reader finds fall-down-laughing funny, makes
another frown. But Rich Davis, one of the creators of Capt. Ribman has lots of people
thinking that his creation is hilarious, and I’ll go out on a limb and
say that I agree with them. I even laughed at the FAQ. Those of you who
don’t think this unusual “superhero” is amusing, might still enjoy his
barbecue tips and the delicious-sounding recipes (which have what some
may find to be off-putting names and others will think are a hoot).
Sports Auction It’s tough going up against eBay, the biggest
and best-known auction site, but reader Robert McNealy is giving it a
try. Rectrader.com specializes in
sporting goods and sports memorabilia, from archery to snorkeling. You
never know what you might find — from a hockey stick signed by a famous
pro to a football used by the Michigan team in the Rose Bowl to a pair
of water skis. Because the site is new, the prices tend to be low, so
buyers may find good deals.
Twinkle, Twinkle. The University of Texas Star Date, an
interesting one-minute explanation of what’s happening in the sky each
night, can be heard on radio stations nationwide. There’s also a Web
version, Stardate Oneline,
where you can listen in Real Audio.
No Longer Extinct. Scientists with the World Wildlife Fund
recently tracked and took pictures of Javan Rhinos in Vietnam Cat
Tien National Park. The rare rhinos have been called the most endangered
mammal species in the world, and no one was really sure if they still
existed or not. You can read the story of how the scientists found the
animals and then view the infrared camera pictures they took in untamed
Sit, Stay! If you’ve got a dog who doesn’t always do what you
want it to do, you need the Dog
Obedience and Training Page. You’ll find out how to keep your pooch
from jumping up on visitors and stop it from sleeping in your favorite
chair when you aren’t home.
Call The Paperhangers. Are you getting a bit tired of your
computer’s wallpaper? If it’s time to find something new, Themes World’s
will help you find the best background files on the Net.
Stop The Spam. What do you do when you receive an unsolicited
e-mail that says that you can get off their list by replying and asking
to be taken off? Have you ever done it? Often that makes you the target
of more junk e-mail because you’ve told the spammer that your address is
valid and that you open and read all e-mail. If you’d like to learn more
about stopping spam, Junkbusters
will link you to Web resources that discuss what you can do, and what
it’s best to avoid doing.