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Still one more shopping site - 9 days before ChristmasMy Simon is a comparison shopping site.  You search for a product and they will list stores and their prices for that product.  It's similar to the site PriceGrabber.com.   Give it a whirl!

http://www.mysimon.com/

Looking for that perfect toy for your kids (or grandkids).  Check out the Toys of the Year 2006 at the Family Fun webpage. 

Need ideas for your Christmas shopping?  FreshTrend is a shopping blog looking everywhere that we can for unique gift ideas and cool stuff for you and your friends.  

Let's Say Thanks - here is a website that give you the opportunity to send a postcard to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas.  Show your appreciation and send a soldier an note of thanks.  It's quick and easy -  Pick a card, jot out a message and click the send button.

Any South Park Fans out there?  Go to the South Park Studio and create your own South Park character.  It's a blast!  Click on the US flag in the upper left hand corner to get an FAQ on this site.

Looking for a way to view and edit your digital photos.  Well, You could spring 400 bucks and buy Photoshop or you can download the FREEWARE program IrfanView.  It's a great FREE program that works with just about any image format.  Check it out here and download it for FREE.

Having trouble remembering all the passwords to all those websites you visit.  Microsoft has development a Fingerprint Reader that allows you to log into your computer or website with the touch of your finger.  For about 30 bucks, you'll never have to remember another password again!  Check it out here.

Ever take a picture of a group of people...say at a family reunion...or at an ABE Staff Development meeting.  AND 1 or 2 or 3 people are not smiling.  So you take another one.  This time 3 people have their eyes closed.  So you take another one.  This time 4 people .....OK - get my point.  Along comes Group Shot.  This is a Microsoft Research product that is FREE.  This is from the Group Shot webpage:  "Group Shot makes it easy for a user to take a part of an image from one photo and replace a similar but flawed part of an image in another photo, thereby creating a composite shot better than either original and more approximating what was seen in the photographer’s mind’s eye."

It's a small download and it's pretty easy to use.  Give Group Shot a shot!
Here it the Group Shot link:

 

Ever go to the New York Times site to read an interesting article only to find out that you have to register to use their free service.  Mor and more sites are requiring registration to access their site - even though they are free.  That's where BugMe Not comes in.  From their website..."BugMeNot.com was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times)."  They currently have 147441 sites that require registration that you can access without having to register.  This is a very cool site.  Be sure to scan the FAQ and also read the Tutorial (it's very short - will take you 30 seconds).  Oh - it's free and your don't have to register!

http://www.bugmenot.com/

 

What does a geek do when he goes on vacation and doesn't take his computer with him?  He takes along his 20Q Handheld Game.  This remarkable game is patterned after the 20 questions game we used to play when we were youngsters (remember animal, mineral, or vegetable??).  Except now, it's contained in this little handheld electronic device.  Think of an object and answer the questions the machine asks - one by one.  By the 20th question, the little electronic game will guess the object you were thinking of.  It works amazingly.  Ok - you can try out the website version of the 20Q.  It's not as fun as the $10 handheld version - but it's pretty cool.  Give it a try!

http://www.20q.net/

The handheld game can be purchased here (or, of course, at Walmart for about 10 bucks)

http://www.plasmacar.com/store/customer/product.php?productid=71&cat=24&page=1

Read how this incredible game works here.

http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/000725.php

 

 

All College -Here's a site that has every college listed in the United States. 

http://www.allcollege.org/

 

 

Here's a cool site just for teachers - called "Crazy 4 Teachers."  (Are teachers really crazy?)  The cartoon (links on the home page) are a riot!)
http://www.crazy4teachers.com/

 

 

JibJab is that very funny site with all the political parodies.  Check out their archives of the best here (Remember "This Land?")

http://www.jibjab.com/JokeBox/JokeBox_JJOrig.aspx

 

 

Have you heard of Google Earth.  If you've been watching the news, you have probably seen Google Earth in action on stations like CNN zooming or "flying" into the cities in the Middle East.  You can use Google Earth on your computer much the same way.  You need to go to the Google Earth website and download the software and install it on your computer.  Then fly to the city you live in - or fly anywhere in the world!.  Be sure to read the specifications needed to run the software (speed of processor, size of hard drive, etc...)  And you do need a high speed connection (cable or DSL).  This is awesome software  -  and it's FREE.  Install it on your computer and fly somewhere.

http://earth.google.com/

 

 

Answers.com is billed as the world's greatest encyclodictionalmanacapedia.  Do a comprehension research on any topic - all at one site.

http://www.answers.com/

 

Meeting Wizard - We previously refered to Evite.com to send out free invitiations to your party.  Here's another neat site more for business meetings.  Send out announcements and to meetings from this site.  The announcements are sent to email addresses you put in by email.  When they receive the email, recipients can respond to the invitation by clicking on the link in the email. 
http://www.meetingwizard.com/

Send Out Cards - You can send a printed greeting card or a postcard with your message, and do it in less than 60 Seconds. You choose your card, write your message and click send.  Send Out Cards prints the card, stuffs it, stamps it, and mails it for you. This is not a free service, but it costs less than you can buy a greeting card for at the store.  Check it out here. 
https://www.sendoutcards.com/

Free Printable Stuff - You can download free printable and in some cases, customizable, business cards, stationery, award certificates, gift tags, recipe cards, and fax sheet covers.  These free templates are downloaded to your computer in Word format (for the most part) or in Acrobat Reader format.  Provided below is the business card URL - the addresses for the other free printable stuff are at this site. 
http://www.freeprintablebusinesscards.net/

This week, I received an email forwarded from one of my "forwarding friends" titled "FW: Cancer News from John Hopkins" that speaks of the dangers of plastics used in freezing and cooking.  You may have received it, too.  It is a hoax.  You can read the email and the explanation of the hoax here:

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/plastic-cancer-link-hoax.html

Check out this site for teachers.  There are hundreds of resources and this site.
http://www.sitesforteachers.com/

Got kids in your life - or grandkids?  Start a Upromise account for them.  Upromise is a free service designed to help families save for college. It's simple: you'll save when you shop for the things you need.  Check out Upromise here.
http://www.upromise.com/8299.do?cx=olm

Barbara Feldman has a site called Surfing the Net with Kids.  It's a great site for kids, parents, teachers, teens, and anyone who wants to explore some of the great things on the internet.
http://www.surfnetkids.com/

Got a health question?   Here are 2 great health resources on the internet. 
http://www.webmd.com/
http://health.nih.gov/

What's your home worth?  Get Instant home valuations and data for over 65 millions homes in the US at Zillow.com.  The bad news is that it is a Beta site - it is just getting started, and they don't have house for most small rural areas in their data base yet.  But check out the home valuations in larger metro areas.
http://www.zillow.com/

Taking a trip this summer?  Do a little research on the city you are going to visit.  This is one of the most comprehensive guide to city information on the internet - check it out here.
http://city-guides.com/

Your resource for consumer information from the federal government
http://www.consumer.gov/

The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter.  Here you will find "weekly insights into new, cool, fun, useful, unusual and interesting sites on the internet."
http://www.tricksandtrinkets.com/index.htm


Check an airline flight and follow it live.  Here is a site that will show you the progress "live" of a domestic flight.  Just type in the flight number. If you don't have a specific flight number to checkl out, click on Sample Flight - then click on Launch Live.
http://www.rlmsoftware.com/

Astronomy Picture of the Day:  Any star-gazers out there?  Everyday, you get a new picture of the universe with a brief explanation of what it is.  Pretty cool if you are a star-gazer!
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Any Sudoku fans out there?  Here's a website that lets you solve Sudoku puzzles on-line.  You can get help if you want.  Try a couple of these - be careful - you may become addicted.
http://www.uclick.com/client/nwk/nwdoc/

The Inflation Calculator adjusts any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index, from 1800 to 2005. 
http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

The only official U.S. Government portal to 47 million pages of government information and services.  Check out this website. 
http://www.firstgov.gov/
Want to learn more about this neat site - read their FAQ.
http://www.firstgov.gov/About/FirstGov_Faq.shtml

My Pill Box is designed to help you properly take medications. On this site, you will be able to create schedules, edit your pill information, and then view a complete daily/weekly/monthly schedule.  Check it out.
http://www.mypillbox.org

Compare prices before you buy.  At Price Grabber, you can get price quotes for practically anything from dozens of internet retailers.  Just type in a product - and compare.
http://www.pricegrabber.com/

Fresh Arrival - they feature one amazingly cool thing every weekday.  Check out this site and also look at the archives.
http://www.fresharrival.com/subscribe.php

Word Play:  A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.  For more Word Plays, click on the link below.  (My favorite - A midget fortune teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.) 
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/word_play.htm

Visit a museum today.  Here is a link to 1400 museums in the United States.
http://vlmp.museophile.org/usa.html
Click on The Virtual Library link at the top of the page if you want to see links to museums all around the world.

"I wish I could set up a website."  Well, you can.  My friend, Bob Rankin, (he doesn't know he's my friend), has it all laid out for you.  Check out his primer "Setting up a website."
http://www.askbobrankin.com/setting_up_a_website.html

Want to know what is that latest in video games and media.  Go to Mediawise and check it out.  Here you will find what is good and what is not so good.
http://www.mediafamily.org/

Google went public in 2004 offering their stock for $85 a share.  They are now trading on NASDAQ at $435.23.  How do they do it?  They are creative, innovative, smart, and just plain good.  Here's a "big list" of Google services and features.  Try them - you'll like them!
http://www.tipmonkies.com/2005/11/17/the-penultimate-guide-to-google-services

Computer Humor - this site has terabytes of computer humor.  Check it out - don't read them all in one sitting. 
http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/computer.html
If you want general humor, go to the netfunny homepage:
http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/

Get a little exercise - build a snowman.  Or - you can build one on-line.  After you build your snowman, be sure to click on the Gallery - check out other people's snowmans.
http://www.kilogramme.co.uk/snowgallery/

Homework Spot - this site is for students, parents, or teachers who want help or ideas on doing a homework assignment.  It is a huge site with a gazillion links and resources - check it out.
Got a party coming up? Use Evite to send out your invitations, keep track of your RSVPs, and help you plan your event.  It's FREE and it's easy to do.  Just register and send out you invitations.  (Hmm...let's see...who was I going to invite to my SuperBowl party?).
http://www.evite.com/pages/homepage/index.jsp

Here is a remarkable weather site by an amateur weatherman who lives in Tracy, Minnesota.  Kevin Haney's real job is with Schwans, but he has a passion for weather.  Check out this site - especially the 24 hour Current Webcam Image - very cool!
http://www.tracymnweather.com/

BONUS:  Here's an article about Kevin.
http://www.tech-living.com/article/215.html

Ever call a major corporation and have to wade through a maze of automated recorded messages trying to reach a human who can help you.  Here's a site that that shows you how to bypass automated phone systems to quickly find a human voice.  Next time you need to call Microsoft Corporation, or Northwest Airlines, or Dell computer, or Social Security, or any of over 100 other major companies, use Paul English's IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Cheatsheets to connect to a human voice in seconds.
http://www.paulenglish.com/ivr/ 

Winter is upon us and knowing road conditions is a must if you will be traveling.  You can dial 511 and get the latest road conditions from the Minnesota Department of Transportation or you can go to their redesigned website and see road condtions on an interactive map of Minnesota.  Click anywhere on the map to get the latest driving conditions.  Use the link below.
http://www.511mn.org/default.asp?area=statewide

Are you a songwriter, poet, or just like to rhyme words - go to this free On-line Rhyming Dictionary and find just the right word to finish the poem.
http://www.rhymer.com/

Add some emoticons to your emails.  What's an emoticon?  This is an emoticon  : )     
Tilt your head slightly to the left and look at it.  What do you see?  A smiley face!  This is called an ASCII emoticon because it is made by typing letters or symbols on the keyboard.  (ASCII means text).  Check out more emoticons here.
http://www.entity.cc/ICONS/free-emoticons.htm

Here's the website for the National Do Not Call Registry.  If you are still getting telemarketing phone calls, this is the website to visit to get them stopped.  Just sign up on-line and the phone calls will stop.
https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

Do You Play Scrabble?  Here's a site that will help you win every time - Scrabble Helper.  Just type in the letters in your rack and click on Show Answers.  You will get a complete list of all words possible using those letters.  Now all you have to do is figure out how to use the website without letting your opponent know!
http://www.wordplays.com/fcgi-bin/scrabble.pl

Here's a site with some fun activities to do - try these with your students..  My favorite is "Flash Earth."  Click on the left panel with the map.  Read how to operate the map.  Then click to activate it. I like the MSN VE with labels (VE stands for Virtual Earth).  Click on that one.  Then find your town and your street and your house.  I can see my car parked in my driveway.
http://www.neave.com/lab/

Yahoo has a great TV listings site. Just put in your Zip Code, choose your cable provider and check out the evening's programming.
http://tv.yahoo.com/lineup/?co=us&.intl=us&.done=%2Fgrid%2F

Here they are - the best food and recipe sites on the internet
http://www.epicurious.com/   13000 recipes at this site
http://www.recipesource.com/   Over 100,000 recipes at this site - (there are 2859 recipes for chicken)
http://www.wwrecipes.com/     Recipes and fun stuff here - they have a neat newsletter, too.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/    The Food Networks website.  Watch their programming and go to this website to get the recipe
http://www.cooking.com/   This is a cool store - buy anything for the kitchen here.

Learn a new word everyday.  You can subscribe to the A Word A Day mailing list.  Everyday, they will email you a new word to learn.  Or you can visit their website everyday to learn a new word.  To join the mailing list or visit the website, go here:
http://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html
Today's Word:  anonym  (Know what it means?)

Did you ever wonder what happens on your computer when you leave it on all night.  Check out this website.
http://www.justracin.net/is.swf

Here's a humorous look at the English Language and the proposal to adopt it as the official language of Europe.  It's pretty funny!  (Anyone get this one in an email forward?)
http://www.joke-archives.com/oddsends/euroenglish.html

What did you say the price of the fill-up was?  Check out the price of gas in your town or some other town - just type in the zip code or click on Select a State, then select a city.  This is great if you're going on a trip - you can plan you gas stops around the cheapest stations. 
http://aaa.opisnet.com/?049_F30B0B452BD3F22DA56F9BE84182335A246D65A8B563EDB6457738BFE6C31EA503903854303E58F4

Looking to buy a car - start here!  This is the premier on-line resourse for automotive information.  Get your prices, reviews, and information from this website. 
http://www.edmunds.com/

With the Twins demise, I have taken an interest in  Baseball Ballparks.  So here's a cool site that features many Major League ballparks (and also many other sports' ballparks).  Take a visit to Fenway Park - or Yankee Stadium.  (Click on Site Map on the left to see the ballparks).
http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/index.htm

Remember maps.google.com?  Now, there's moon.google.com.  You can take a close-up look at the moon and "fly" from one moon landing to another.   (Remember - use the arrow keys to fly).  Why not hop up to the moon and fly around a bit?  Is it true the moon is made out of cheese?  Click on the zoom slider and mover it all the way to the top (zoom all the way in).  Click on the link below.
http://moon.google.com/

Have you checked out Google Maps.  It's amazing what you can do with their map engine.  Try it out here - type in a location - like Marshall, MN.  Zoom in and out by moving the slider (on the left side) up and down.  And then - "fly" by pressing the arrow keys. Why not fly up to Granite Falls, take 212 to the cities, hop on 494 and fly to the Mall of America - Do a little shopping - then fly home!  (Remember - use the arrow keys).  Definetly Cool!  Also, don't forget to check out eh Satellite button.  (Don't zoom in to tight or you won' get a satellite picture).
http://maps.google.com/

Planning on taking a trip in the future via airplane.  You can check out in advance your seat on any flight.  Find out if you are going to be comfortable, if you will have a movie, or a power supply for your laptop...   Check out Seat Guru and get the best seat!
http://seatguru.com/

Here's a remarkable story from NPR - Kit Armstrong, a child prodigy.  There are several audio files and video files.  Take time to listen to his story and his music.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4698061

Guess-the-Google  -  Here's a fun little game that some say is addictive (I played it for 2 hours yesterday).  Can you guess the search term used to display the images found by a Google images search?  (I'm the worst at these kind of games - but it sure is fun to try).  Go here - give it a whirl.
http://grant.robinson.name/projects/guess-the-google/

Listen to some Beethoven At this site, you can listen to all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas.  My favorite - Sonata No. 8 in C Minor (Pathetique)
http://mp3.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=mp3&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fradio3%2Fbeethoven%2Fdownloads.shtml

Like free stuff?  This site has tons of FREE stuff.  Check out especially the free stuff for teachers (click on Teachers from the list on the left side).
http://www.justfreestuff.com/

How popular (or notorious) are you at Marshall ABE?  Type your name (first or last or both) in the new Google search bar at the bottom of the marshalladulteducation.org website.  Be sure marshalladulteducation.org is selected.  Click the search button.  OK - how many "hits" did you come up with?

Listen to internet radioOpen up your Windows Media Player.  Click on Radio.  You'll see a large list of internet radio stations.  Pick one and listen.  You can also search for a station.  Click in the Radio Search bar and type in beethoven.com.  Click Go.  Then click on the beethoven.com link.  That's my favorite!

Things to do instead of sleep.  Check out this website.
http://www.do-not-sleep.com/

Internet Portrait Studio - amazing new technology that takes a portrait of yourself right over the internet.  You can have your portrait sent to the Driver's License Bureau or Passport Bureau or just to your friends.  Try it here.
http://www.getodd.com/stuf/stupid/camra/camra.html
(There's lots of other fun stuff to do at getodd.com - check it out).

This American Life documents and describes contemporary American life with stories told in an engaging, intimate, surprising, funny and sometimes disturbing and bittersweet way (I like the background music).  You  can listen live on MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) every Saturday at 3 PM and every Sunday at 9 PM.  OR, you can go to this website and listen to all the past programs for the last 10 years.  Take a listen - enjoy the stories. (You need the free Real Player to listen
http://www.thislife.org/

The FBI has a new way of tracking terrorists on the internet
http://users.chartertn.net/tonytemplin/FBI_eyes/

Did you finish your taxes?  Here's some Frank and Ernest tax cartoons to lighten things up for you..
http://www.frankandernest.com/view/theme-tax.html

Do you like Kaleidoscopes?  Try this one.  Try out the different buttons (options) at the bottom
http://www.permadi.com/java/spaint/spaint.html

For a bunch of other fun stuff to do, go to their home page.
http://www.permadi.com/

Kindergarten Cooking, Cheese Pizza Recipe by Daniel
2 cups of shredded cheese
2 cups of tomato sauce
Look in a cookbook to make the dough.  Put the tomato sauce and the shredded cheese on dough.  Put it in the oven for 4 minutes on 5 degrees.  Makes 4 slices because I have 4 people in my family. 
(From the website, http://www.crazy4teachers.com/   -  Check it out – some funny stuff there)

Like cats?  Here's one you can play with online - move the mouse.
http://www.broenink-art.nl/anneke/maukie800.html

Looking for a baby name - or just want to see how popular your name is?  Visit the NameVoyager website.  Read the directions, then click on Launch NameVoyager
http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/

I have a new email address - here it is:
charlesc@abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk.com
This is the world's longest email address.  You can get your own abcde....whatever email address for FREE.  Go here and sign up.
http://abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk.com

(Don't worry, I'm keeping my old email address!)

From the Trivia Department: 
Missed reading your favorite comic strip - catch up on your reading here:
http://www.kingfeatures.com/features/comics/comics.htm

Check out this website and see if you can figure out how Andy does this (it is a trick!).
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/mindread/psychicSparkle.swf

Can't figure it out?  OK - click here!
http://adrian.ziemkowski.com/livejournal/psychic_numbers.php

Want to see what a website looked like a year or 2 years or 10 years ago.  Go to the address below, type in a website address and you can see what the site looked like at any point in the past.  I typed in www.marshalladulteducation.org - I looked at what our website looked like 2 years ago - we've come a long way!  Try it on some of your favorite websites.
http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

Today, January 14 is Dress Up Your Pet Day.  See this article.
http://www.jsonline.com/enter/gen/jan05/291758.asp
Why not send a pet lover a "Dress Up Your Pet Day' greeting card (it's free
http://www.123greetings.com/events/dress_up_your_pet_day/

Want to keep track of the weather this winter on your computer.  Get Weather Watcher.  It resides in the startup portion of your Task Bar and gives you up-to-the-minute weather by just placing the cursor over icon.  It's free - no ad-ware or spy-ware.  It's simple and quick.  I use it!  Go here to check it out. 
http://www.singerscreations.com

The RefDesk -  This site has hundreds of links and thousands of pages of reference materials.  "Refdesk indexes and reviews quality, credible, and timely reference resources that are free and family-friendly."  An amazing site!
http://www.refdesk.com/index.htm

Educators Reference Desk:  This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans which were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world. These lesson plans are also included in GEM, which links to over 40,000 online education resources
Useless Information - Stuff you never needed to know but your life would be incomplete without.

 

The History of Computing Project.  If you're into it, it is a fascinating look at computing through the years. (Do you remember your first desktop computer?  I do - an Atari 400 - a real screamer at 4Mhz and 8 MB of RAM - Wow!).   So maybe you'll enjoy this site as much as I did.  Here's the link:
YouTube - Here it the site everyone is talking about - YouTube is a website that allows users to upload, view, and share video clips.  Check out a few when you have time to waste. 

Science Daily - Here is a science site - very topic that relates to science that you can imagine.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/

 

 

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