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Click City II

Clickin' and Readin'

Moving right along in our ongoing attempt to induce widespread carpal tunnel syndrome in our visitors, the Pi offers this second in what we hope will be a long-running series of compilations of interesting urls noted on the TCS. The links were all checked and found to be live as of Wednesday, May 31, 2000. So, go ahead, click yourself silly!


We regularly get complaints about being lost on the Web. The Pi, ever eager to do its part, prepared this page to help out:


Recently, however, another extremely valuable navigation page was posted on the AT&T network at:



The Gold Cup races for unlimited hydroplanes ran down at Belle Isle, Michigan. These used to run Allison, Rolls Royce, or Packard aircraft engines and were called "thunderboats" for the noise that eight of these could make coming down for the flying start of each heat. Most are turbine powered these days, but the racing can be just as exciting. Unlike ocean racers with V-hulls, these are 3-pointers with widely spaced sponsons (attached, but widely separated outriggers). They throw out a spray, called a roostertail for their appearance, 30 feet high and over 100 feet long. See them at:


The Leaning Tower of Pisa

[QuickTime, .pdf]

The official site of the Leaning Tower of Pisa offers users a comprehensive tour of this historic landmark with 6,400 images and two QTVR films. In addition to the exhaustive photographic tour, which illuminates almost every conceivable detail of the Tower's eight floors (help on navigating the photos is available), the site includes a nice history of the Tower from 1173 to the present, and a fourteen-part exhibit on the building's construction and efforts to conserve the Tower. Simply put, this is THE site for anyone interested in the Leaning Tower of Pisa.



A subsidiary of the New York Times Co., and headquartered in Sonoma County, Winetoday.com is a comprehensive source of current wine news and information for both novice and experienced wine lovers. The heart of the site is its database of over 5,000 wine reviews...


ADD Depot

A single collection point for Apple Data Detector modules, both detectors and actions. This is not an official Apple site.



"All About Frogs: Lots of Frog and Toad Information (including Pet Care FAQs), Stupid Frog Jokes, Frog Art and Photo Gallery, Frog Stories, Frog Coloring Book, and even Free Froggy Computer Toys and Games!"


Traffic Waves: Physics for Bored Commuters

 Ever find yourself stuck behind lines of traffic on the interstate, but when you get to the end of the slowdown there's nothing there? Now you can find out how traffic phenomena like this occur at Traffic Waves...


Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids


 This new site from GPO Access offers a helpful overview of the US Government for K-12 students.


The M word: parenting humor


Database of TravelHelpers

Contact with local people where you want to visit...


Clip Art Review

 Nice starting point for getting clip art of all kinds.


Apple MUG Store

 Expand your shopping horizons--go visit the AppleMugStore and get some bargains.


Amusement Park Physics

How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? Here is a webpage that addresses those issues. Find out about amusement park physics by designing your own roller coaster and see if it passes a safety inspection. You can also experiment with bumper car collisions.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 This month, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art... unveiled its newly redesigned Website.


Cambridge History of English and American Literature
 and five other major reference works now online

 Bartleby.com has published online all eighteen volumes of the classic Cambridge History of English and American Literature. This excellent free resource "comprises the largest public reference work of literary criticism and history on the Internet."

 They also have added five other major reference works--complete electronic versions of the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition; The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition; Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition; Simpson's Contemporary Quotations; and The American Heritage Book of English Usage.


Clear Language and Design (CLAD) Website

 Visit the Website of Clear Language and Design (CLAD), launched on International Literacy Day, September 8, 1999. CLAD is the plain language editing and consulting service of East End Literacy in Toronto, Canada. On this site, you can, for example: test your document, using their online Reading Effectiveness Tool, use and add to the interactive thesaurus of plain language terms, read "before and after" examples of what a clear language makeover can do...




 A Global Information System on Fishes, this site seems to offer everything you ever wanted to know about fishes. The heart of the site is two databases--FishBase and LarvalBase...


Digital Atlas of the United States

The Digital Atlas of the United States is a continuing public education project of Professor William Bowen and the Department of Geography at California State University, Northridge. The Digital Atlas is a great collection of information in a graphical map format of the United States that includes, a United States atlas, Citizenship, Ethnic and Racial Groups, Poverty, Income, Adult Education Attainment, Population and Census maps:

U.S. Surname Distribution

 Enter a surname (last name) into the form [at this website] and you'll get a map of the United States showing the distribution of people with this surname within the 50 United States.


Charity Frog

Help Charity Frogs donate to the Red Cross. Charity Frogs is giving away $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross-once a day, when you RIBBIT (i.e., click the link on the webpage).


Military Education and Research Library Network (MERLN)

The official Web presence of the military education libraries in the United States and Europe, MERLN links together the holdings and electronic information resources of fourteen libraries, collectively the "largest and most comprehensive collections of military information resources in the world.


Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!

 Created by Jennifer Hubert, Young Adult Librarian at the Queens Borough Public Library in New York City, and Webmaster Andrew Mutch of Novi, Michigan, this site offers booklists for young adult readers "who need a good read, but are wondering if there's life after Judy Blume and Gary Paulsen."


Roadside America

"Homepage for Roadside America, your travel guide to offbeat attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and roadtrips. Let the Travel Brain do the driving!"


Washington DC Radio & Television

 DCRTV for short. DCRTV was created in October 1997 and is an independent, non-profit forum about radio and television (including cable) in the Washington DC and Baltimore area.


Manhattan User's Guide

 An online newsletter to New York City featuring Hotels, Restaurants, Visiting New York, The Arts, Hot List and much more.



 A very interesting site about Antarctica! Particularly the photo gallery.


Bare Bones 101: A Very Basic Web Search Tutorial

 Created by Ellen Chamberlain, Head Librarian at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort campus, this collection of concise lessons is designed to help users get their Web searches on the right track quickly and easily.


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Published in nine volumes between 1959 and 1991, DANFS is regarded as the foremost reference work on US naval vessels, chronicling virtually every ship that the US Navy has put to sea.


The J.S. Bach Home Page

 The complete Johann Sebastian Bach. An extensive biography, tour of Bach's life in Germany, catalog of his works, bibliography, recommended recordings, and other Bach resources on the web. This award-winning site is maintained by Jan Hanford in North Amercia and Jan Koster in Europe.


Minor League Baseball

 While fans have a number of choices for sites on the pros, online information on minor league ball has been a bit harder to find. Fans need look no futher than this site, the official home of Minor League Baseball on the Web.



 Announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 29, this new site offers information on over 4,000 federal and private medical studies involving patients and others at more than 47,000 locations nationwide.


Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections


 Located at the Department of Physiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, this site offers images and information from "one of the world's largest collection of well-preserved, sectioned and stained brains.


Apprentice Armorer's Illustrated Handbook for Making Mail

 Are you the kind of person that has several hours of free time available each day? The kind of person that rocking chairs dread? Are you the kind of person who can recite an entire episode of Gilligan's Island? Have you mastered all of the Nintendo games and are looking for something new? Does bungee jumping no longer hold any thrills for you? Have you macromeed all the plant hangers your family and friends can stand?! Then become an Apprentice Armorer! Making mail is easier than pulling your own teeth, more time consuming than differential calculus, and more fun than doing the dishes.


Police Scanners Online

 Listening to police scanners strikes us as being one of the Internet's best guilty pleasures. You might not admit to partaking, but once you try it, there's no turning back. APBNews is home to police scanners from 27 US cities.


 Once again, cobbled together on 5/31/2000 by the midnight edit team +d;-))