Today we take a look at yummy Easter and Passover recipes as well as
ways to improve your Web-searching skills.
One more time. Last week’s helpful link to tax sites didn’t
appear in the column as a live link because I mistyped the HTML. Then I
was out of town and away from computers the first of the week and didn’t
realize there was a problem. So, for all of you who wait till the 11th
hour to finish your taxes, here it is again: Essential Links’ Guide to Taxes, which provides
what you need for federal, state and international taxes.
Easter around the world. Let the kids learn about Easter
traditions in other countries:
Reviewing the reviewers. Not only does The Juxtaposeur link to at least 50
movie review sites (reviews by the top newspapers as well as critics
such as Roger Ebert), but he also does his own reviews, critiquing the
critics. It can be fun reading, but even when you don’t agree, you can
find a lot of opinions in one place.
Remember HoJo? As Howard
Johnson’s celebrates its 75th year in business, it’s looking for
essays of 750 words or less about your fondest HoJo memory. Deadline is
May 1 and all the rules are at the company’s website.
The top prize is a trip for two to Puerto Rico. Wonder where you’ll be
Algebra help. I wish Purple
Math — Your Algebra Resource had been around back in the Dark Ages
when I was trying to comprehend this (to me) incomprehensible subject.
It has the answers and explanations anyone taking algebra needs.
Going to the dogs. Whether you have a Dalmatian or a cat, PogoPet provides lots of helpful advice:
ask a vet, dog training, vaccination adviser and more. And naturally it
has lots of cute pictures of dogs and cats.
Forecasting the future. Economist Dr. Irving Leveson e-mailed
me about his Forecast Center.
No, it has nothing to do with the weather, but neither is it completely
about economics. What he’s done is gather forecasts from a large number
of sources on a wide variety of topics — business, lifestyles, finance,
politics, technology. And he also points out forecasts that didn’t pan
Baby, it’s cold outside. You say it’s balmy springtime where
you are? Maybe so, but not everywhere. The National Snow and Ice Data
Center (no, I’m not making that up) sponsors a site that will give you a
shiver or two. All About
Glaciers is for everyone from grade-school students to
glaciologists. You’ll find links to glacier research projects, general
info and — most interesting to the layman — a quick tour of the life
of a glacier. One of the most fascinating experiences I’ve had is
watching glaciers calve in Alaska.
Find what you’re looking for. Improve your Web-searching
skills at Search IQ. It has a
search engine directory, ranks the search tools, connects you to search
engine guides and tutorials and chooses the “best” search engines in
various categories (although I’d take some of that with a grain of salt
— my experience sometimes differs, and yours will, too). Also good is
Search Engine Showdown, “the
users’ guide to Web searching.”
Inquiring minds want to know. Well, Yahoo thinks they do,
anyway. I just received a press release from them that says, “Have you
ever wondered how many other people are interested in the same story you
are reading? Yahoo! News now allows
users to see how popular its stories and photos are by keeping track of
the amount (sic) of times they are sent around the world with its Most Popular E-Mails function.
“Today’s hottest story is not the Elian Gonzalez case, but rather
‘FedEx Workers Arrested in U.S. Marijuana Raid’ which has been sent 627
times since being posted. For the first time ever, an online news site
is measuring the public attitude and preferences.”
What the folks at Yahoo are really doing is counting the number of
times someone presses the key to e-mail a story to someone, which may or
may not prove anything
(but not that the FedEx story was the hottest news of the day).
Still, if you’re the curious sort, check it out — and remember next
time you take advantage of the “e-mail this to a friend” function, that
someone may be trying to figure out its social significance!