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British book-sniffing enthusiast's homepage - 'Welcome fellow book- sniffers my name is Benny, founder of this site. We are an up and coming (fringe) group who find pleasure only by inhaling books. My habit first started when I was ten I think, sniffing Rupert annuals, newspapers, horse and hound magazines and religious pamphlets. However, I had soon moved on to more harder books, finding satisfactory aromas could only truly be found in crusty books from many centuries ago.'
I could never get far with Rubik's cube so you can imagine my surprise when one of my sons presented me with a perfectly sorted cube one day. Astounding! A genius is born! Until I spotted the tell-tale signs of the peeling stickers. Lots of points for initiative though. Here's a Flash version (that takes a while to load - ho, hum) that you can't take the colours off!
Not for the easily offended - a different kind of horoscope from Pessmystic Meg. Days to really look forward to.
The New York Public Library's Digital Library Collection. 'NYPL will launch a searchable database of visual materials documenting culture studies and social history internationally from the ancient world to the present. A phased rollout through 2004 will eventually total 600,000 images selected from collection strengths in the arts, humanities, performing arts and sciences, including artwork, maps, photographs, prints, manuscripts, illustrated books, and printed ephemera.'
A very neat clock to play with.
Take a break & knock down Teddy.
Identifont - 'the unique font identifier that enables you to identify a font from a sample by answering a series of simple questions. It is ideal if you want to match an existing typeface, or identify a typeface you have seen in a publication. '
'ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries).'
This to That - tells you what glue to use. Now this is what's good about the net! - a community devoted to computer-related things, most notably Microsoft things & XP things.
Looking for sounds, this is the place.
'BuzzPhraser - A TechnoLatin phrase generator by Doc Searls. BuzzPhrases are built with TechnoLatin, a non-language that eplaces plain English nouns with vague but precise-sounding substitutes. In TechnoLatin, a disk drive is a "data management solution." A phone is a "telecommunications device." '
A browser add-on to access sites recommended by surfers with the same interests as you.
A two minute Wallace and Gromit film.
'The Gallery is a result of your journey into the deepest recesses of Delphion Research. When you come across a strange or intriguing patent, share it with others.' will find out what thinks of you, your friends or anything! Search for your name here or for a good laugh check out some of the popular Googlisms.
'Looking for opinions or points of view on the topics you care about? Want an opinion on the best restaurants in Rome, or where to get travel insurance in New York? Ask your Question and Abuzz will send it to the members most likely to have the answer.'
Can't really remember when I last did something as pointless as this.

Well..internet tips really.
Radio is certainly one of the winners to come out of the internet. Here is the 'Radio-Locator, the most comprehensive radio station search engine on the internet. We have links to over 10,000 radio station web pages and over 2500 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and around the world.'
A good online tech dictionary that helps you learn. Lots there.
Coffee anyone?
'The aim of CoSIC is to provide accurate, balanced and consistent information to all audiences across Europe who have an interest in coffee, caffeine and health. The primary objective is to bring balance to the coffee and health debate.'
Find out which are the most popular programmes being downloaded.
If you are in a part of the world where there are a lot of mosquitoes then this is for you. Install the programme & it emits sounds at a frequency that keeps mosquitoes at bay. Looks like this comes out of Thailand.
Software to help you with you security. 'Slap' is quite nice - it send a message to anyone trying to gain access to your computer.
Check out how drunk you are.
'Gnod is my experiment in the field of artificial intelligence. It's a self-adapting system, living on this server and 'talking' to everyone who comes along. Gnods intention is to learn about the outer world and to learn 'understanding' its visitors. This enables gnod to share all it's wisdom with you in an intuitive
and efficient way. You might call it a search-engine to find things you don't know about. Gnod is a self-adapting system that learns about the outer world
by asking its visitors what they like and what they don't like.
In this instance of gnod all is about music. Gnod is kind of a search engine for music you don't know about. It will ask you what music you like and then think about what you might like too. When I set gnod online its database was comlpetely empty. Now it contains thousands of bands and quite some knowledge about who likes what. And gnod learns more every day. Enjoy :o)'
You need a calculator? Look no further - c/o Jim Martindale.
'Grandpa says that those kids can hold the button for hours but they can't hold a job!'
Lots of riddles.
Games, games & more games.
'The coolest way to find interesting content and meet people on the Internet - through shared personalities instead of a shared taste in one single subject.'

Can you last for 60 seconds without laughing? Don't forget to turn on your speakers.
Far out flash movies.
The Guardian newspaper recently ran a competition for the best weblog - Al 'Scaryduck' Coleman was the winner.
'Grandpa says that those kids can hold the button for hours but they can't hold a job!'
Work out how long you're going to live & possibly come away winning a bit of cryogenic storage for you or your loved ones.
Alexa's top 500 web sites
Check out if that programme you're about to download is free of spyware or adware, or not.
And talking of downloads; check out this huge list of downloads.
'When you have questions, we find the people with the answers. When someone has questions, and you have the answer we connect them to you. We do this without exposing your email address'
All you really need for boot discs.
If you're concerned about what you put into your body 'this program was taken from the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release No. 12. With the almost 6000 items in this database you can view 31 food item components/nutrients and select up to 3 different serving sizes and dial in your number of servings.'
Like picking your way through a maze? Generate your own.
Find out what your name means - in several languages. Bit of a let down though when they couldn't come with anything for 'alistair'.
Fun stuff that shows you what Oddcast Media Technologies can do. If you've got time on your hands.
Headlines from parallel worlds.
' is dedicated to providing outstanding, expert quality information in the form of a free Windows Newsletter'
Fun site for the boys.
'Crazy Browser is a powerful Web browser. It has the ability to open multiple sites and windows inside a single browser task. It also has a Smart Popup Filter - it blocks all the annoying popups automatically!'
Stay informed on designated pages - when a change is made, new content is added, you're informed.
As you wait for it to load check out the status bar at the bottom of your screen. I never knew there were so many things to do when a page loaded.

A bit of light reading & then some fun with some of their games - e.g. Shakespeare vs. Britney Spears - What is art? Which artists produce the greatest works of art?
Take the test.
A search engine that's a bit different - check it out, it might appeal. You get your search results in a map in the form of a ball. Mouse over & the sites are described. Slick.
Interesting stories from Time Lab 2000
A race across the screen - love it.
Well, I can think of worse ways to spend my time. Chewing gum & deadly koala bears.
Got one of life's difficult decisions coming up? 'With this site you can benefit from the experiences of others who have had to make similar decisions to your own by navigating the database of problems, answering simple yes/no questions until you come to a resolution.' Interesting idea.
Mahjongg anyone?
Lots of great ideas. Essential browsing!
Acno's Energtizer - warning - strategic thinking involved.
If you are interested in designing web sites ten check this out - the results of a competition to design web sites that weigh in under 5k.
Shape of your mind - test your psychic abilities - or the site's!
Liven up your time on the net with lots of wacky links.

See what your favourite site looked like way back then - 'The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form.....The Internet Archive, working with Alexa Internet, has created the Wayback Machine. The Wayback Machine makes it possible to surf pages stored in the Internet Archive's web archive.'
More from you know who .. Find definitions for words, phrases and acronyms.
Drivers HeadQuarters has written Driver Detective to make updating your drivers, dlls' and vxds' simple and easy. You can view all the current information from one screen and determine file, name, and version, etc. which when updating is the key to finding new and up to date information to download to your system. After determining the driver, dll, or vxd you wish to update click on "Update Driver" and the program will take you to Drivers HeadQuarters so you can find the most current up to date driver information for your system.
I made it down to .22 seconds. You may be wondering why I haven't got better things to do. Me too.
'What is The Avocado Papers? Hmmm. What isn't it? Just kidding. The important thing is that you're here -- Woohoo!!! (I used to work at a place where people actually wrote that -- "Woohoo" -- in e-mails. A lot. I'm not joking; I wouldn't joke about something like that. Please.) What is The Avocado Papers -- I don't know, OK???... But I hope you like it. Let me know'

Just worth checking out. 'Nuff said.
'Welcome to Electric Icon Land town. This is a little and humble, but promising town for those who love the pixel art. There are some shops with an everyday-increasing collection for free icon distribution. Have fun walking around here, using any Operating System you want. We have icons for Win, Mac and Linux.'
And these guys really do what they say - constant updates when the big M breathes.
'NetLingo is a dictionary of Internet terms, it contains thousands of words and definitions that describe the online world of business, technology and communication.'
Want to know how many words you can type per minute? Take the test & find out.

Set up your very own lemonade stall & see if you've got what it takes to make money!
Toast leaners untied!
WebMon is a freeware web page monitoring program - it saves you time and keeps you updated by automatically checking web pages to see if they have changed. A 709k download.
Have your own way with him.
'Sticky is a (free) Post-It Notes application that has just turned 2.
Get your glasses out - they claim this is the world's smallest web site.
The private and individual use of the AntiVir Personal Edition is completely free of charge!
Download a few puzzles.
'The charities ...(lots of links)... all allow you to donate money just by visiting their web sites, without spending any of your own money. The charities get paid from sponsors who pay a fee for each banner advertisement that is displayed. Every time you visit the site, a donation is automatically made to that charity.'
Who doesn't? Nothing beats marmite on toast on a rainy afternoon. Well, not quite. OK, you so don't like marmite, I'm sure you can't help it - get along to
Excellent anagram game to fill an empty 10 minutes.

Why pay for Microsoft Office when you can get the same for free? Get along to Open Office & download your own copy.
Sun were the first to offer a free office suite & now they are charging for the new version of Star Office but it still works out at much less than anything Microsoft offer. At the time of writing the free version - 5.2 - is still available to download.
Need comic fonts? Probably not but great fonts to have.
Recommended Flash fun. Follow the adventures of Funnie, Hunnie and Momoney. 'Like, Pow!'
Some more Flash art.
'Our mission is to offer free Living Improvements for Everyone (LIFE)'
'Dinky Bomb, a game that could turn even your mild-mannered granny into a slavering addict.'
Impress friends & family with your enormous range of useless knowledge!
Ever wondered how Google manages to get the pages you want amongst the billions out there. They have released their secret & it is none other than the common grey pigeon! Check out the graphs. You learn something every day.
Drag the ball, aim & shoot.
Check out the amazing card game in the Cave of Magic!
Takes the biscuit.

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A huge directory of Internet research and reference links.

Visual tips on cleaning out your hard drive.

'The internet brings people together' - the two sites below are what it's all about:
Museums of all kinds - from the unusual to the bizarre.

Totally absurd inventions - for example the 'Shoulder Saddle: Does your tiny tyke like to ride on your shoulders but you find it hard to hang on to fidgety feet? Have you recently discovered that your neck is starting to get a little diaper rash? Then you need the Shoulder Saddle! The saddle's plastic yoke fits over your head and the breastplate and back plate evenly distributes
the load. The breastplate also makes an effective kick guard. Now if you can just get your petite passenger to understand that slapping your ears repeatedly doesn't mean "go faster"!'

Or this one:

'Who doesn't like to eat? Whether it's a big juicy steak or tofu casserole, everyone likes to chow down. But American's can be a gluttonous lot and obesity abounds around our towns. Why? Because you people are eating too fast! Quit inhaling your food! Slow down, take a break and give your food some time to settle. Slower eating leads to feeling full before you've devoured an entire ten-course meal. Less food, less weight gain. And we're here to
help, with the amazing Alarm Fork. The rules: you can only eat when your fork gives you the green light. That's right, once you've shovelled some food into your mouth, the fork sensors cue the fork to emit a red light. And you know what that means, STOP! Now wait, tick, tick, tick, tick... ding! Green light, take a bite.' Think I might actually pick up half a dozen of those.
'Now is the time for your Silky Smoove Sensai to school you cats in some heavy-duty street-type knowledge. Servin' up the raw elements upon which a Players life doth evolve is just my way of givin' back to the community, baby (as in "doin' it for the kids").'

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Google are doing their bit for science by adding an idle-time number cruncher called Google Compute to the Google Toolbar. When you turn it on you allow your computer to work on scientific problems when it would otherwise be idle.

A couple of recommendations from Gerard.
Check out this mouse trail! Chill out playing with The Man! And then some of the other things on the site like the short story, The Leaves:
What is Phrenicea? Pronounced fren-EEE-shuh, it is a vision of our future - a 21st-century prophecy predicting the ultimate outcome of the Internet and biotechnology revolutions. This site is intended to present the Phrenicea® vision of the future as well as provide a focal point for a lively exchange of ideas...
Solve your computer-related problems by asking questions in plain, everyday language to access knowledge bases from Microsoft, Intuit (makers of Quicken) and Adobe, with more planned.
TinyApps.Org provides links to software available on the Internet. As defined by this website, a tiny app (application) is software weighing 1.44mb or less. This ranges from the tiny tube (a mere 256 bytes), to the awe-inspiring QNX demo disk which pretty much fills a floppy. To qualify for TinyApps, a program must not exceed 1.44mb, not be adware, not require installation or the VB/MFC runtime files, work under at least every version of Windows 9x without having to update or change system dlls (this does not apply to non-Windows apps, of course) & preferably be free, and ideally offer source code. Shareware will only be listed if there is no freeware alternative.
Game of Life, anyone? A pop-up Java applet that displays a collection of the greatest patterns ever created in Conway's Game of Life.
'Have you ever been frustrated by an inability to see a character you've imagined? Are you constantly asking (all right, begging) your "artist friend" for an illustration because you can't draw a straight line with a ruler? Now your frustrations are over! Thanks to the HeroMachine, you can dynamically create your own customized character portrait. With intuitive controls and high-quality illustrations, the HeroMachine offers millions of possible combinations that will bring your imagination alive.'
Loads of wonderful fonts. Download demos or buy from the site.
Search 6600 News Sites and Weblogs for Current Events and Breaking News
I have the worst freaking job in the world. You know those warning signs you always see with the stick man falling down or being crushed or otherwise incurring bodily harm? That's me. I posed for those pictures.
My entire purpose in life is getting hurt so we can put up signs to protect people who are stupid and/or illiterate. Is it really worth it to go through all this pain and humiliation just to ensure the safety of someone who doesn't realize that if they stand under a parking garage gate long enough it will eventually hit them in the head?
Aren't we better off without these people? Ah, well. Even a stick-man has got to make a living somehow (my cousin is the guy who lets you know when it's safe to cross the street. Lousy jerk doesn't know how easy he's got it).
I'm Stick Figure Warning-Man, and my follies are meant to serve as a cautionary tale. Look upon my works and weep. Or just be glad you're not me.
Fake someone's death! Create a BBC or CNN very real web page - type in the name, link in a photo & click - simple & effective. Send it on or put it up.

Googlewhacking & some bizarre sections to this site. Amongst it there is:
The Collaborative Creativity Engine is an experiment in community media. Anybody can create a piece of media, give it a title and a theme. Each piece can have it's own colors, images and content. Once a piece has been created, anybody can add verses or images to it. It can be viewed as a whole, or a verse at a time.
Tips, listings, reviews, ratings, resources, newsletters about …
Another very 'cool' search engine designed to make life even easier - check it out
Nice effect & then check out the site.

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'Hello, my name is Joe, and I'm a new economoron. That's my catchy name for people who find themselves in my current situation, an economoron. Kind of like an alcoholic, except I bought into the New Economy.
I got fired from my job last week because I was unmotivated. I had been unmotivated ever since the stock market "correction" in April. That was six months ago. As a result of that correction (and some fancy paperwork by the Chairman) the options I held in my company were reverse split by a factor of six to one. That meant that the 15,000 options I once had were cut to 2,500 options. ' And the story goes on.
Like the Hunger site you click to donate only this time your click provides Joe with about a quarter of a French fry. He finishes his entertaining essay, 'And tell your friends…. we're running out of gourmet coffee.' At the time of my visit, he had collected $27.79 with the Amazon Honor system & as for food the equivalent of three cigarettes - only one click a day allowed.
"MultiDesk is a virtual screens application that allows users to have multiple virtual screens on one monitor. It is like having multiple desktops. You can organize applications into different desktops. This way, your screen will not be cluttered with fifty-six opened windows, and you will be able to find an application quickly. The next best thing to multiDesk is a shovel."
'Maybe you are a geek girl and maybe you just suspect you are. Stranger things have been true. I have created this website for geek girls everywhere--present, future and potential--so we can explore our geekhood together, and see what we can find out about it. Geek girls, geek women--we're out there, and we need to see that we're not alone.'
Modern living - nice site.
A free utility that helps you get over a Windows drawback - print the directory of your folders, subfolders, files etc. Right click in Explorer & print off a copy of any directory.
Watch our fearless hero in a flash movie.
Worthless words of the day.
From the beginning of recorded time -man has been influenced by color. Newborns are nurtured by them, calmed those by baby blues & baby pinks. Even our use of colorised language categorises our nature. We talk about having "Blue moods". .being "Green with envy" or "Red with embarrassment"
... or even "Seeing the World through Rose Colored Glasses"…
In this respect our lives are contingent on colour. We are all products of our past and colour plays a dominant role. By choosing various colors, in order of preference, from a color spectrum, it is possible to ascertain various characteristics of a person at a specific time. It has been found that people with similar traits have predilections for specific colors. And according to ones moods at a particular time, one's outlook on life will change…These color preferences compound a profile which is amazingly accurate.. Try it…….You'll be fascinated and above all amazed.'
Well, worth a look anyway.

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Google whacking anyone? The task is to find the shortest number of everyday words that can be entered into the Google search engine that come up with one - but only one - "hit".
A very casual way to see the date & time - created by Yugo Nakamura. The "Industrious Clock" is a small, Macromedia Flash movie (@160 Kb) that uses your Web browser to display your system clock. What's the point? Well does there have to be one?
And while you're there check out the rest of the site out the rest of the Yugop site. Click on the dots.
Another showcase site.
More lovely web effects.
"[I]nner concerns do not have their issueless private character by nature. They do so only when [we are] increasingly unable to assimilate the data of the world around [us] by way of experience. Newspapers constitute one of the many evidences of such an inability. If it were the intention of the press to have the reader assimilate the information it supplies as part of his own experience, it would not achieve its purpose. But its intention is just the opposite: to isolate what happens from the realm in which it could affect the experience of the reader. The principles of journalistic information (freshness of the news, brevity, comprehensibility, and, above all, lack of connection between the individual news items) contribute as much to this as does the make-up of the pages and the paper's style... Another reason for the isolation of information from experience is that the former does not enter 'tradition.' Newspapers appear in large editions. Few readers can boast of any information which another reader may require of him." Worth checking out.
Buy a book the cheapest way - feed in a book & get comparisons of online prices.
Optical illusions galore - present deduction, it looks like etc…
And more 'a site devoted to optical illusions, 3D stereograms, online games and other mind-teasing oddities!'
'At the core of the story in The Fellowship of the Ring are five very different types of beings, united in a desperate battle against the Dark Lord, Sauron. It is by their actions that the future of Middle-earth will be decided. Men are a fledgling race just coming into their own, Hobbits are gentle and close to nature, although have an inner strength which shows itself in adversity. Elves on the other hand are noble, proud and immortal, while Dwarves are short, loyal and incredibly tough. Wizards, of course, are supremely powerful and magical.

So who are you most like? Will you be brave like Aragorn, or do you have the perseverance and courage of Frodo Baggins? Perhaps you possess Gandalf's magical powers, or the vision and wisdom of Galadriel? Or maybe you see yourself as Boromir, the valiant warrior?? '
You've always thought you could have psychic powers, no? Here's your chance to find out.
'Many people have had precognitive dreams and successful intuitive hunches and would like to know, "Could I be psychic?"
We've created some informal tests for "psi" abilities based on the same techniques used in more formal laboratory experiments. You'll get immediate feedback about your performance, however keep in mind that your results should be considered suggestive, as high scores in these tests can be due to chance as well as to actual abilities. Only repeated testing can distinguish between "lucky" scores and genuine skills.'
An alternative history of the web
If you are the type who likes reliving films or books through lego then this is where you must really go!
Game on!

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'Google does it right: they are fast. Their loadtime is quick. Their searches are instantaneous. Voila! What could be faster? Good question. You know that the I'm Feeling Lucky button speeds things up. So does a shortcut to Google on your taskbar, and so does the official Google Toolbar. And maybe you're already using all that. Still need to go faster? Install Dave's Quick Search Deskbar. It launches Google, Yahoo and other searches straight from your desktop taskbar.' Free.
So you haven't got enough search engines - this should keep you busy for a while - 1400 search engines from 174 countries.
For those in need of transforming their own fonts into a 3D effect this is the programme you need. Works with TrueType fonts.
'Stressed out by love, life and relationships? Revenge Lady gives advice on using the ancient art of revenge to bring humor and happiness back to your life. Come rediscover this traditional code of honor. It's justice, plain and simple.'
Get it out of your system, check out one man's gripes & maybe learn what to do when you have a problem.
Giving Google Image a run for its money.
Check out your system - quick & simple.
Tamale Loco: Rumble in the Desert II - 'Think you can gather enough fresh mexi-munchies to win the hand of the beautiful Esmerelda before a host of evil creatures pounds you into guacamole? If you haven't met Tamale Loco, get yourself over to Hobo Alley for some south-of-the-border fun featuring everyone's favorite burrito-building mouse. Now get two full levels of's most advanced side-scrolling game for free! Play now!'
ames, games & more games.
Cool game 1 - The Fool's Errand
Cool game 2 - Reflections
'your internet filter & webzine' - very good, bookmark.

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