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Live Panorama of Pu`u `O`o Vent, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i July 24, 2007

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Live Panorama of Pu`u `O`o Vent, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i
Check-out the current eruption. This panorama is a composite of three images from a research camera positioned on the north rim of Pu`u `O`o’s crater. The images update every 5 minutes. At times, clouds and volcanic fume obscure visibility. The camera is subject to sporadic breakdown, and its remote location makes immediate repair impossible. Cameras can be where people should not. Pu`u `O`o is off-limits to the general public because of multiple and significant volcanic hazards.

Free Books Online July 20, 2007

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The Open Library

Now you can download books in the public domain in an easy to read Adobe Reader format, with easy page turning.

Mp3.com Dead, Long Live Mp3.com July 3, 2007

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As part of his deal to join the WTO (World Trade Organization), Putin agreed to shutdown the Russian allofMp3.com music site. It attempted to re-open under the Russian allofmp3.ru domain, but was shutdown again. Now it is up again as Mp3sparks.com. We have blogged this copyright struggle earlier here.

UPDATE –  Mp3sparks.com has also been shutdown now, but according to the allTunes.com website, AllofMP3.com’s six million existing accounts can still be accessed if users download the allTunes software client. Once downloaded, users can browse through its catalogue and download from the 778,861 available tracks. More here

The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation June 19, 2007

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The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation
And now please welcome President Abraham Lincoln.

Good morning. Just a second while I get this connection to work. Do I press this button here? Function-F7? No, that’s not right. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have to reboot. Hold on a minute. Um, my name is Abe Lincoln and I’m your president. While we’re waiting, I want to thank Judge David Wills, chairman of the committee supervising the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery. It’s great to be here, Dave, and you and the committee are doing a great job. Gee, sometimes this new technology does have glitches, but we couldn’t live without it, could we? Oh – is it ready? OK, here we go Click here to start

At our 40th High School reunion, Rusty Tunnard used this an a devastating example of the technological destruction of public speaking, and especially the art of story-telling.

Life expectancy calculator June 11, 2007

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Life expectancy calculator – MSN Money

This calculator uses the averages for life expectancy based on your age, sex, family history and personal lifestyle. Jeff Ullian would be the one to find this one for us.

SoundJunction May 28, 2007

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Welcome to SoundJunction

If you are interested in Music, you’ve got to check-out this amazing site. 

The SoundJunction website’s all about music. You can take music apart and find out how it works, create music yourself, find out how other people make music and how they perform it, you can find out about musical instruments, and look at the backgrounds to different musical styles.

Discovering Antarctica May 28, 2007

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Discovering Antarctica – teaching and learning resources on Antarctica

The Brits have put together this web-site on the Antarctic. It’s chuck full of videos and pictures of the most inhospitable place on the planet.

Introduction to Shadow Puppetry May 28, 2007

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ARTSEDGE: Playing with Shadows: An Introduction to Shadow Puppetry

We’ve all seen the shadow of someone’s fingers projected in the shape of a rabbit head. In China it developed into a Performance Art form. Here is how it’s done.

Learn how Everything Works! May 28, 2007

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HowStuffWorks – Learn how Everything Works!

If you haven’t already been to this site, it’s worth a visit to learn, as an example how a hologram or Car Wash work.. Recently they’ve added videos.

Opensecrets.org–Money in politics data May 7, 2007

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Opensecrets.org–Money in politics data

Tom Cruise was forced to scream “Show me the money!” .

“Deep Throat” advised Woodward & Bernstein to”Follow the money”to uncover the Watergate scandal. Now you can yourself by following a few clicks of your mouse at the opensecrets.org web-site.

– Yahoo! Music Lyrics Search May 6, 2007

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– Yahoo! Music Search Results

Yahoo has added the lyrics to 40,000 songs to it’s Music Search engine.

Landscape photo collections April 18, 2007

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Landscape photos | landscapes with a soul

194845155_91c7c0922c_b.jpgIf you click on the “Random Landscapes” or the “Archives”, you will be treated to an extensive collection from around the world.

the oops list April 17, 2007

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the oops list

Yes we love those pictures of others misfortune. A lot of the photos are of aeronautical nature, but still is quite a collection. Thanks to Joe Greene  for this link.

:: Authentic Happiness :: January 8, 2007

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:: Authentic Happiness :: Using the new Positive Psychology
Develop insights into yourself and the world around you through these scientifically tested questionnaires, surveys, and scales. These questionnaires measure character strengths and aspects of happiness. All are yours to use at no charge. For each one, you’ll immediately receive your score and see how it compares to the scores of others who have used this website. Happiness 101

LiveLeak.com – Redefining the Media January 8, 2007

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LiveLeak.com – Redefining the Media
Welcome to LiveLeak.com. Ogrish.com has been incorporated into Liveleak to ensure you get all the uncensored media you are used to along with so much more.


If you weren’t familiar with Ogrish.com, it was the notorious web-site hosting grisly Arab TV news coverage and other gory accident & war videos. This is not for the squeamish, faint-of-heart or easily offended. Click on this picture “eaten alive” for an example of what is in store for you.

Or see a video of stoning an adulterer to death.

Or popular Chinese Torture methods.

Or 16th Century French sport of Cat Burning 

The Internet TV charts track the most popular videos from the leading internet TV sites All the best online video clips, on one page.

The Cloud Appreciation Society January 8, 2007

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The Cloud Appreciation Society
At The Cloud Appreciation Society we love clouds, we’re not ashamed to say it and we’ve had enough of people moaning about them.Read our manifesto and see how we are fighting the banality of ‘blue-sky thinking’.

You can search the gallery of our members’ fantastic photos by cloud type, and photographer’s name. And don’t miss the collection of clouds that look like things.

OpenTable Restaurants and Restaurant Reservations December 30, 2006

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OpenTable Restaurants and Restaurant Reservations
Make Restaurant Reservations Online
Free – Instant – Confirmed
6,000 Restaurants with 30 Million Diners Seated

We were able to see what was the 1st day when we could get a table at prime time (around 7) at a popular local eatery, even while the place was closed.

Flight Explorer Snapshot December 29, 2006

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Flight Explorer Snapshot
Air Traffic Snapshots – See a bird’s eyeview of flights over US airports

See cool snapshots of commerical flights in air or over the busiest airports. Browse through our snapshots for information on each snapshot or click on the picture on the left.

Elf Yourself December 15, 2006

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Elf Yourself: A Gift from OfficeMax

A cute piece of viral marketing from Office Max. This Flash page lets you upload a photo of your choice onto to the head of an Elf prancing around to Christmas tunes and then send it off to others. Thanks to Chip Welfeld for this piece of Holiday Amusement.

The 15 Best Places to Waste Time on the Web December 14, 2006

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PC World – The 15 Best Places to Waste Time on the Web
Naysayers claim that the Internet can be one big waste of time. Here’s to proving them right.

  1. YouTube.com
  2. Craigslist.org
  3. Fark.com
  4. The Internet Movie Database
  5. Flickr.com
  6. Reddit.com
  7. Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D Beta
  8. Triplets and Us
  9. RuneScape
  10. Rotten Tomatoes
  11. Moola.com
  12. AOL In2TV
  13. HOT or NOT
  14. Pogo.com
  15. What Would Tyler Durden Do?

Conan brings Horny Manatees to the internet December 12, 2006

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Conan brings Horny Manatees to the internet – TV Squad
On Monday night, Conan ran a comedy bit on NCAA mascots. Among the mascots was “FSU’s webcam manatee.” The gag of a gyrating manatee in front of a computer ended with one of the band members checking out the hot manatee on his laptop. Conan cracked that he must be frequenting “hornymanatee.com.

The next night, Conan appeared explaining that, unbeknownst to him, NBC policy requires that any non-existent web address that is mentioned on the air be bought by NBC for ten years. We’ll never really know if this fact was actually “unbeknownst” to the Cone Zone, but it does mean that NBC now has among its stable of web property – HornyManatee.com – which has now become a Conan-related site for fan pics of hot and lusty sea cows in action. There’s a solo manatee, manatee on manatee, man on manatee and fetish pages. One of those should satisfy your interspecies cravings.

Get a Human on the Phone! October 7, 2006

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gethuman list of Company phone numbers & how to get a human
If your Compnay isn’t in this database then, once you have a phone number, here are some tips to try to get through the computer to get to a live human:

  1. Interrupt. Press 0 (or 0# or #0 or 0* or *0) repeatedly, sometimes quickly. Unfortunately the same keystroke does not always work for each company. Many IVRs will connect to a human after a few “invalid entries”, although some IVRs will hangup. 😦
  2. Talk. Say “get human” (or “agent” or “representative”) or raise your voice, or just mumble. 🙂 The IVR might connect you to a human after one of these key or unknown phrases.
  3. Just hold, pretending you have only an old rotary phone.
  4. Connect to account collections or sales or account cancellation; they always seem to answer quickly. First ask them for their name and rep number (so they know you are writing it down, and thus so they are more likely to help you.) Then ask them to transfer you to the department you need. Sometimes they will put you ahead of the queue, although sometimes they will send you to the end (and thus in those cases this tip is useless).
  5. Toll call. For credit cards, if the expected wait time is too long, hangup and try to call back on their non-toll-free number, as they often have shorter queues.
  6. Selecting the option for Spanish will sometimes get you a bilingual human more quickly than if you just waited for an English-only operator.

When you do finally find a human, ask them how to connect directly the next time (in case your call gets disconnnected etc),

Watch Full Length Cartoons Online September 29, 2006

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Watch Full Length Cartoons Online (Massive List)

Cheap Airfare, Hotel Reservations, Car Rentals – Kayak.com September 16, 2006

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Cheap Airfare, Hotel Reservations, Car Rentals – Kayak.com

Thanks to Caroline:  I dont know if ya’ll have used it, but the site  http://www.kayak.com is the best Ive used to get tickets, cars, hotels.
Its way better than Sidestep, you dont have to download anything, it spiderwebs a huge number of sites, and is easy to use.

Online Video Clips – The Internet TV Charts September 5, 2006

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Online Video Clips – The Internet TV Charts

Thanks to Randy for helping us to find the best videos to spend even more time on-line with “the-best-of”.
The Internet TV charts features the most popular online video clips each week from four leading Internet TV sites. All the best video clips, on one page.

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