If you’re not interested in Halloween, scroll down. There’s plenty for you,
too, this week.
Ghosties And Ghoulies. In all my surfing through Halloween sites this
week, one of the cutest I found was also one of the simplest: cartoon ghosts that chase your
cursor as you move it across the screen. Hit “refresh” or “reload”
(depending on which browser you’re using) and the ghosts will say “boo.”
Even little kids will get a kick out of this.
Great Pumpkins. Carve a pumpkin online at Virtual Pumpkin Carving
Contest or find out what to do with the pumpkin before and after
transforming it into a jack-o’-lantern at 101 Things To Do With a Pumpkin.
Holiday Links. Find links about every aspect of Halloween at About.com. Although it’s more commercial than most of the sites
recommended in this column, Everything Halloween gathers
lots of interesting info and links in one spot — which costumes and candy
get the nod as most popular this year, what Halloween shows will be on TV
and when, party ideas and a nice section for kids.
Things That Go Bump In The Night. Not really Halloween, and certainly
not for the little ones, but appropriate for the season. Walk down The Moonlit Road to hear some of the
South’s best ghost stories and strange folk tales. Or read about “real” haunted houses listed by state or
Happy Halloween. Kids might enjoy sending each other Halloween cards.
Help Some Youngsters. Speaking of kids, I had an e-mail from a
third-grade class in Hobbema, Alberta, Canada. To celebrate the new
millennium, they’re doing an Internet e-mail mapping project and are trying
to see how many different places they can receive e-mail from. They’d like
people to e-mail them the answer to two questions: where do you live (if it’s
hard to find on a map, give them a reference point) and how are you
planning to celebrate the millennium. Their e-mail address is
Dumb And Dumber. In Florida you can’t sing in a public place if you’re
wearing a bathing suit. It’s the law. In Louisiana you can’t gargle in
public and in Canada you can’t remove bandages in a public place. So says Dumb Laws, which chronicles “the most
senseless laws in the entire United States” (and, occasionally, elsewhere,
The same folks also maintain Dumb
Criminal Acts, which gathers tales of stupid crooks — such as the one
about the guy who walked in a convenience store, laid a $20 bill on the
counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash register, the
guy pulled out a gun and demanded all the money in the drawer. He got it and
walked out, leaving the $20 on the counter. The take from the till? $15.
Make Your Views Known. At E the
People, which calls itself America’s interactive town hall, you can
select an issue and sign a petition, create a petition on a subject you feel
strongly about, or send a letter to any of 170,000 local, state and federal
officials in 9,800 towns and cities. I can’t imagine that the governor of
Florida is going to be swayed by a petition that includes signers from
Minnesota, Kentucky and Mississippi. But if you find something wrong in your
community, you can search E the People for who to notify, write a letter
online and have it sent by e-mail.
Live! To find out about live concerts, cybercasts, celebrity chats,
and other live events, check out Live @
for all the details.
Tips And Reminders. There are a number of sites that will notify you
when a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or other event you want to remember
is coming up. But LifeMinders will
also give you a heads-up when your car’s tires need rotating or your need to
have the oil changed. It also provides plenty of tips on various topics that
interest you, from home and garden to pets and travel. Before you sign up,
you can check sample tips to see if they’re of interest (the fjords of Chile
and do you deserve a raise, for instance).
On The Road. If you live in or are traveling in the New York to
Boston corridor, TravTips has the latest
on traffic, weather, air and rail. Also events.
Fall Back. It’s that time of year again, when those of us on Daylight
Saving Time go back to standard time by resetting all our clocks on Sunday
so they’re one hour earlier. This is where you gain the hour you lost in
spring and where you try to figure out why in the dickens there are so many
different ways to set digital clocks. (Everyone who’s given up on the car
radios and just lets them be right for six months of the year, raise his or
her hand.) Anyway, before you go to bed Saturday night, connect to the Official U.S. Time so the clocks you set will
be the correct time.