June 12, 2006

Einstein Light: A Brief Illumination of Relativity

Einstein's theory of relativity integrates electromagnetism into a logical extension of the relativity of Galileo and Newton. Its conclusions, including time dilation, length contraction, and E=mc2 have changed profoundly our ideas of time and space, matter and energy. These multimedia modules give a brief overview of relativity - they present the main ideas.
How Stuff Works

This site is about -- believe it or not -- how stuff works! It's a series of articles that explore the workings of
  • electronics
  • computers
  • autos
  • finances
  • health and
  • scientific and social phenomena
FIndLaw Family Law Center

This site by FindLaw presents legal information on Family Law including helpful articles and resources in five main topics:
  • Adoption
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Marriage
  • Adoption
Mmmm... Maps!

National Geographic's MapMachine gives you the world - your way. Find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, and much more. Plus, browse antique maps, find country facts, or plan your next outdoor adventure with our trail maps.

Related: The Civil War MapMachine

An interactive map of over 5,200 U.S. Civil War battlefields and historic sites. Get detailed descriptions of 384 major battlefields, and view the 25 sites most in danger of being lost.

June 11, 2006

The Library of Congress's American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Related: The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

June 08, 2006

You know that company has a toll - free number, but when you dial 1-800-555-1212 for assistance, they can never find it for you.
Well, help is on the way!

Hard to Find 800 Numbers is just what you've been looking for. And when you find a useful number, you can submit it.

Hat Tip to LookSmart's Furl


THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress, such as Newt Gingrich, directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include features such as: Bills, Resolutions; Activity in Congress; Congressional Record; Schedules, Calendars; Committee Information; Presidential Nominations; Treaties; Government Resources.

Related: The Avalon Project at Yale Law School

June 07, 2006

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body

The Bartleby.com edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings - many in color - from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.

And don't forget to check out the rest of Bartleby.com

June 06, 2006

From The Guardian

Billy Preston, Keyboard Player With The Beatles, Dies At 59
Sam Jones
Jun 7 2006

Billy Preston, the songwriter and keyboard prodigy whose soulful playing graced records by Little Richard, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died in Arizona yesterday aged 59.

He had been in a coma since November, when years of drug use caught up with him and he suffered kidney failure.

Although Preston played with the likes of Mahalia Jackson and Ray Charles while still a teenager, he was best known for the work he did with the Beatles in 1969, just as the band was beginning to disintegrate. He played on both sides of the Get Back/Don't Let Me Down single, and became the only musician to be rewarded by the band with a co-credit on the label.

He also accompanied them during their last concert that year, on the roof of Apple Studios in London. Preston also contributed to many Beatles solo albums, including George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, John Lennon's Sometime in New York City and Ringo Starr's Sentimental Journey. His credits with the Rolling Stones included the albums Sticky Fingers and Black and Blue.

In the early 1970s, Preston topped the charts as a solo act with the Grammy-winning instrumental Outa Space. He also wrote Joe Cocker's 1974 hit You Are So Beautiful. He became a fixture with the Rolling Stones around the same time, recording tracks such as Can't You Hear Me Knocking and Heartbreaker, and playing on several tours.