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Palace Time Machine
- In the fashion that follows all royal history from Czars to kings,
Alexander's palace is a fine example of soap opera a la hypertext
with valuable historical insight. The site was originally
constructed as a monument to the palace that Catherine the Great
commissioned for her grandson Alexander Pavlovich in the late
1700's. But in the process of explaining all the rooms with maps and
photographs, and digital images of the treasures that lied within
the stucco and brick masterpiece, comes an outstanding historical
tour through the lives of Russian Royalty from 1800 to the Second
- American Museum of Natural History
- A tour of this site is an educational experience from the splash
page onward. At the home page be sure to move your mouse along the
row of colorful icons in the heading. You'll get concise definitions
of the various disciplines which the icons represent and which fall
under the Museum's purview. It's a quick, graceful way to get a
sense for the breadth of the subject before venturing further. Under
Research, the curious will find information about the Museum's
various projects, facilities, and expeditions. The About the Museum
bit is primarily for New Yorkers or lucky folks planning a visit to
the actual Museum, located in Central Park West. Transportation
information, schedules, and a searchable exhibition calendar are all
- Pearl Harbor Remembered
- There are grayscale maps of the attack, a "Remember Dec.
7th!" poster from the aftermath, a list of casualties, and
photo images embedded in the narrative of an invasion survivor.
- Cyber Seuss
- Ted Geisel, Dr. Seuss, died in 1991 at the age of 87, but his
rhyming morality tales continue to influence kids worldwide. The
entire Seussian phenomenon can be found at Cyber-Seuss, a site that
offers hoospiferic helpings of Seuphonius triptitude. The site's
main draw is its 15 online story books. You'll find standards like "How
the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Yertle the
Turtle", as well as more obscure tales. Afterwards you can
skip on over to obscure curios like Seuss-oriented ASCII art; a
contest asking you to choose your favorite among The Grinch, his
indefatigable doggie Max, and little Cindy Loo Who. There's also a
sound file of the Grinch theme song ("You're a foul one, Mr.
Grinch..."). Both children and adults will find much to
learn from this endearing, whimsical and burgeoning Web site.
- Literary Kicks is a big, sprawling hypertext biography of The Beat
Generation. A tight-knit literary movement after the fashion of The
Lost Generation in Paris, The Beats have inspired readers ever since
Jack Kerouac published his cross-country reverie, "On the
Road" in 1957. What is excellent about Literary Kicks and
sets it apart from the hordes of online devotionals, is the extent
of original material, most links referencing other points within the
narrative rather than outside sites of dubious quality. Whether
you've dabbled in Beat literature, read everything from A to Z, or
are looking for a good introduction, this site is one of the few
sites that remains fresh even after return visits.
- c|net Online
- C|NET ROCKS! c|net has, beyond doubt, one of the
best sites on the Web, and most certainly offers the best of
media-related pages. Get your technology-related news from work or
home. The site is constantly updated and also sports a wonderful,
searchable, archive of past articles in case you have
missed something. The features are well written and concise,
offering a slew of hyperlinks to connect you to additional
information. Sift through mounds of daily features, listen to
reports via RealAudio, get personality profiles of the movers and
shakers in the tech arena and check out the reviews section. c|net
also has regular updates an how to find a job, resources for women
online, a kids section and on and on it goes.
- Jazz Central Station
- An unforgettable journey through the world of jazz.
- Biweekly news magazine of the Pacific News Service.
- Kubrick Multimedia
- This site is dedicated exclusively to the work of Stanley Kubrick,
the award-winning producer/director of "2001: A Space
odyssey","The Shining", "Lolita",
"Full Metal Jacket",etc. It's function is to
provide a reliable source for Kubrick information with all the links
directly related to Stanley Kubrick and his acclaimed body of work.
If the Kubrick Multimedia Site can't provide you with the fix you
need, it will point you to places that can.
- National Geographic
- From it's inception at Washington D.C.'s Cosmos Club in 1888, the
National Geographic Society has been encouraging world-wide
exploration and discovery in an effort to "increase and diffuse
geographic knowledge." The society is responsible for producing
one of the world's truly great magazines as well as some of the
finest film documentaries anywhere. Sponsored by Apple Computer and
the American Plastics Council this is a big site with content
covering nearly everything under the society's umbrella, from grant
programs, to television productions, to its ongoing educational
endeavors. Traveler magazine is also on the Web, and parents should
know about World magazine online, which the Society produces
specifically for children. Also worth looking into are the
cartographic department which boasts the Map Machine and the
Photography page for tips and contest information.
- National Public Radio
- An online supplement to National Public Radio, this site is an
easy way to catch up online without having to turn to the newspaper
or other print sources. Keep in mind that while there are gopher
files available at npr.org, the complete NPR audio files are
archived at Real Audio. With Real Audio you can listen to past
programs in their entirety, offline at your convenience or while you
continue to surf. Other features of the site include links to NPR
member stations, around the country and overseas, information on
ordering tapes and transcripts, and NPR's own style guide online.
- From A to Z, RGB, Publish magazine's on-line companion,
is the site for the inside track on electronic publishing: Archives;
Black Box; Copiers; Distribution; Electronics; Fonts; Graphics;
Hardware; Illustration; Jobs; KPT; Layout; Monitors; News; Order
forms; Photographs; QuarkXPress; Reviews; Secrets; Typography;
Utilities; Visualization; Web; Xerox; Yellow; Zines; You name it,
RGB's got it. The content here is top-notch. Whether you're
wondering about trading in your floppies for zips, or just nosing
around for the right type foundry, RGB is ground zero, page one for
anything related to electronic publishing. Check the archives for
back issues, articles indexed according to subject. As far as how-to
design content on the Web goes, RGB is a great white shark in a sea
of bottom feeders.
- San Francisco-based books, ideas, and culture 'zine.
- Tokyo Rockin'
- A Japanese e-zine that publishes interviews with artists and
musicians from the native avant garde, has an English language
version on the Web. The far-out graphics and weird text are
well-integrated at Tokyo Rockin', each interview accompanied by a
generous amount of artwork, including photo layouts of interviewees,
sound bytes, and movie clips. If you want a listing of all the Tokyo
Rockin' issues, head for the Super Index.
- Tweak is a zine that has excellent design quality and content and
a style all its own. Think of it as punk rock in 1976, lounge music
in 1990, or rockabilly in 1950; which is to say, the edge. Tweak
consists of four sections: First Person, Muck, Exon, and Phone Tag.
Muck's icon is a rake, which should clue you in to the nature of the
content. Exon is devoted to flouting the Exon Amendment, also known
as the Communications Decency Act. Articles here include a detailed
description of drug use and a tribute to masturbation. Again, not
for everybody, but then that's the cutting edge for you. Phone Tag
is devoted to "Interviews with people we could get a hold
of." First Person embodies the mission of the magazine,
to include a personal perspective in journalism.
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