May 22, 2004

These Links are from Charles Kessler's Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newletter

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Interested in writing and alphabets? I am, too.
Here's Omniglot, a language guide to over 200 writing systems. The site derives its name the Latin for "all" and the Greek for "tongue."
There's an alphabetical index, an A to Z of written language - from abkhaz, spoken by 300,000 Turks and Russians, to zhuyin zimu, a phonetic writing system of sounds in Mandarin.
With links to obscure fonts, online dictionaries and language courses, Omniglot focuses on visible symbols that represent units of language and the rules governing each.

I love collecting Teachers' Resources. Here are Dr. Labush's Links To Learning, a site that's packed with links that are helpful to students, parents and teachers.
Go play!

Historians often have to rely on accounts that are difficult if not impossible to verify. It's always best to go directly to the source.
Introducing American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement, a site devoted to eyewitness accounts of early American exploration.
With a collection ranging from 1000 to 1844 AD, visitors can take in the words of Indians, missionaries, traders and settlers as they witnessed the defining moments in American history. The collection is searchable by expedition, geographic region, or U.S. state or province. Don't miss the Images section, for a visual account of Daily Life, Climate, Science & Technology, Politics, and more.

The Official Site of Jackie Robinson visits all aspects of his life including his baseball stats, achievements, quotes, photos and awards.
Jackie Robinson is best known as the first Afro-American to play Major League Baseball. But sports was only one aspect of his life. He was also a business man, a community leader, an early supporter of Martin Luther King Jr., with a strong commitment to the civil rights movement.
He was an associate of many presidents and public figures including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey,
Barry Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Malcolm X.
It is a fine tribute to a very unique life.

Slide, Jackie, slide! Posted by Hello

Reel Classics bills itself as the Internet's most comprehensive site dedicated exclusively to Classic Movies. Originally founded in 1997 as
"Elizabeth's Classic Movie Homepage" it now includes over 2400 pages and 3 Gigs of data, including pictures, biographies, Audio/Video gallery, as well as lots of classic movie-related articles, both new and vintage, covering subjects ranging from specific films to the classic Hollywood era.
Search Reel Classics here

Whether you're interested in television or politics, you'll love The Living Room Candidate. Brought to you by the American Museum of the Moving Image, you can click on any year to see the Democratic and Republican candidates for that year. There's more: campaign commercials, clips from important debates, and a brief description of how that particular election went down. With six or more commercials for each candidate, some full of song and rhyme, the slogans and catch phrases, the site is educational and enlightening. Certainly full of cultural artifacts.

C-SPAN celebrates its 25th Anniversary by opening a new branch of its web site with information about C-SPAN activities, a special press area, and an overview of the many and impressive C-SPAN milestones.
Visitors to the site can watch the first coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives, televised on March 19, 1979.
Billing itself as "Cable's Gift to America," it is hard to envision
American news coverage without CSPAN, and yet it's been just 25 years. My favorite show is the weekend's Booknotes.

If you need advice but aren't certain who to go to, head on over to Help Me, Bubby! She's an 88-year old-grandmother of two grandaughters, who have set her up with her own weblog so that everyone could share her good old-fashioned wisdom that's so hard to find these days.

In the true spirit of the Internet, Turning the Pages enables museums and libraries to 'virtually' bring their exhibits to the online community.
The British Library originally developed this award-winning interactive
service for its own use, but it is now available on a limited basis to everybody.
Using highly digitized images, touch-screen technology and interactive
animation, the service allows visitors to realistically scroll through otherwise 'untouchable' ancient manuscripts page by page. Once you open a document, you can use the "magnify" feature on the lower righthand corner of the viewer to get a close-up of the document.
Some of the highlights include Leonardo Da Vinci's famous notebooks, Vesalius' Anatomy and many more.

Read Print is essentially an online library where readers will find some of the greatest works of fiction of all time at their disposal, free of charge!
A wonderful example of how the virtual world and the real world
merge harmoniously.

Art meets charcoal at The Museum of Burnt Food, a website dedicated to 'Celebrating the Art of Culinary Disaster'. Deborah Henson-Conant takes us on a light-hearted tour of her overcooked artwork.

Whole wheat toast? Posted by Hello

The URL wire has been successfully announcing and linking new websites to the online community for over nine years. The Wire is a valuable tool for people looking to draw attention and traffic to their new websites, or who regularly create new content on existing sites.
I highly recommend it.

Anyone interested in the most famous painting of all time should definitely check out The Mona Lisa: Exposed. The site profiles La Giaconda ('Mona Lisa' in Italian), offering a virtual biography of her six hundred year rule as the darling of the art world.

La Gioconda Posted by Hello

Remember when people answered the telephone, instead of "telephone trees"? Here's a whole site dedicated to what was once known as the monolithic Bell
, Remembering Ma Bell recalls more than one might ever want to nor
certainly ever need to know about the now ubiquitous telephones.

Nothing beats the sound of a needle scratching through carefully engineered grooves of a record. Old Time Music from 78s provides a sound so raw, so true, so nostalgic. A special treat in this digitally re-mastered sound age. And check out

Playing With Time is an exciting, new project that looks at how the world around you is changing over many different time periods.

Welcome to The Renaissance Connection, the Allentown Art Museum's interactive educational web site. Travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations.

Virtual Hospital is a digital health sciences library created in 1992 at the University of Iowa to help meet the information needs of health care providers and patients.

Being a Chile-Head is a serious business. It means expressing a devotion to all things Chile pepper related; not just 'how hot?', but the length of the 'burn', the after-taste, the growing, harvesting and cooking of chiles.

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