Interesting Links
For Just Browsing Around

If you are just looking for something interesting to see, check out these links. These links were originally published, three at a time, in our newsletter, to give people three interesting things to do in each newsletter.

If you want a better idea of the type of things that are available on the Internet, check out our main links page here:

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Also, remember when checking links on the Internet, that sometimes they don't work, because a computer may be down, or there may be too much traffic on part of the Internet, so if a link doesn't work, try it again a few hours later or the next day.

 

Camera Sites. "See" what is happening around the world on these web cameras, on EarthCam. This site has links to sites with "webcams" all over the world. Remember, the cameras are on all different sites, so each site may work differently, and some cameras or sites may not be working at any given time. Also, remember it is dark in some places around the world, so some cameras won't work as well (unless they are inside, or near lights). If one is not working, try another one. Also, remember to use the "Back" button on your browser.
www.earthcam.com

Royal Etiquette. Ever wonder how to behave when with royalty? If so, check this out:
www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page236.asp
And if you are curious about other aspects of the English monarchy, see the main site at:
www.royal.gov.uk/output/page223.asp

City Creator. Set up a small city scape, at this Internet site. It's also great for playing with your grandchildren:
www.citycreator.com

National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Learn how new research is developing environmentally friendly sources of energy (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, etc.) at:
www.nrel.gov

Wright Brothers. Learn about them and their historic flights at:
www.nasm.si.edu/wrightbrothers

Reducing Eye Strain. Here are two sites with a few tips to reduce eye strain. The second site has tips for both on and off the computer:
www.opto.ca/eyeinfo/vdts.asp
www.eyesite.ca/english/public-information/eye-facts/reducing.htm

Lego. If you need help for presents for your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. check out what Lego is doing these days at:
www.lego.com

Senior Dogs. Since dogs get old too, here is a site on Senior Dogs, including how to care for an older dog, senior dog stories, etc. as well as senior dogs up for adoption:
www.srdogs.com

Christmas Sites. There are lots of sites on Christmas on the Internet. Here are a few interesting ones:
The history of Christmas and other stories (including lots of advertising):
www.holidays.net/christmas
Another Christmas site with lots of interesting things:
www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/The-12-Links-Of-Christmas.asp
Christmas Recipes. If you want new recipe ideas, check this out (Note: I have not tried them):
www.christmasrecipe.com

Greg's Digital Retouching Portfolio. Examples of how photo's can be "fixed up." Click on one of the pictures to get a bigger one, then just move your mouse over the picture and off again, to see the difference:
homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/digital.html

The Works of Aristotle. You can read the full text of any of eight different books by Aristotle, by clicking on the title:
libertyonline.hypermall.com/Aristotle/Default.htm

Products For Seniors. While they only deliver in the United States, those outside the United States may still find some great products here that they can source locally. I have not dealt with this organization, but their site has some very interesting products:
www.productsforseniors.com

Woodworking. There are many woodworking sites on the Internet. Here is one to start with:
www.woodworking.org

World History. Here are a couple of sites on world history:
http://www.hyperhistory.com
www.historyworld.net

Your Local Library: If you use your local library regularly, when you are at the library, ask if they have an Internet site. You should be able to check when your books are due, which books you have out, and even renew your books over the Internet. At the Internet site for our local library, I can also look up books in the "card catalogue," and I can even put books on hold, all through the Internet.

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). If you want to know more about the current spread of SARS, check out the World Health Organization (WHO) site at:
www.who.int/csr/sars/en
If you want more information on what SARS is, how it spreads, etc., check out the SARS page at the United States Government's "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" site at:
www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars

Philosophy: Read Plato's "The Apology of Socrates," about Socrates, and lots about Ancient Greece, at:
www.wsu.edu/~dee/GREECE/SOCRATES.HTM

Cappella Sistina (The Sistine Chapel). See photos of the paintings of Michelangelo and other artists:
www.christusrex.org/www1/sistine/0-Tour.html

The Smithsonian. Check out a wide variety of exhibits at:
www.si.edu

One Look Dictionary Search. Look up a word in multiple dictionaries from Cambridge, Webster, Oxford, and more at:
www.onelook.com

The Mayo Clinic, in the United States, is a good place to get answers to health questions:
www.mayoclinic.com

The Library of Congress, also in the United States, is a very large Internet site, with a lot of interesting information:
www.loc.gov

Watercolour Art Questions & Answers: By Nita Leland. Even if you don't paint, this site is a good example of some of the unusual but valuable information available on the Internet:
www.artincanada.com/arttalk/watercolourqanda.html

The Mona Lisa, at The Louvre in France:
Click on this link to see the Mona Lisa:
http://www.louvre.fr/anglais/collec/peint/inv0779/peint_f.htm
Click here to go to the main page of The Louvre:
http://www.louvre.fr
Note: If you see some light blue Q's on one of their pages, you need to have a program called Quick Time on your computer to use this. There are lots of pictures at the Louvre that you don't need Quick Time for, but some of the pages have only things that require it, so if see only light blue Q's and they don't work on your computer, look for a different page. There are lots of photos that should work.

Treasures of the World
Did you know that the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911? Click here for the story:
http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/a_nav/mona_nav/main_monafrm.html
On the Treasures of the World page above, there are a number of tiny pictures of the Mona Lisa. If you put your mouse over one and hold it still (withOUT pressing any buttons), it will tell you what you will get if you click on it. One of them will take you to the details of the recovery of the Mona Lisa two years later. You can also click on this link below to get there:
http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/a_nav/mona_nav/mnav_level_1/5return_monafrm.html
The main site is:
http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld

Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
If you are planning on doing some travelling, you may want to check this out. As it says on their site, "The TOWD is your guide to official tourist information sources. The Directory lists only official government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar agencies which provide free, accurate, and unbiased travel information to the public. No travel agents, no tour operators, no hotels."
http://www.towd.com

NASA
If you are interested in space travel, check out the NASA site at:
http://www.nasa.gov

SeniorsCan. "A guide for retirees and older adults to Manitoban, Canadian and global information and services." While this is a Canadian site, there are lots of interesting things for everyone. Check out the Health information, Selected Sites, and (in the middle column) Seniors' Home Pages (very interesting), and others.
www.seniorscan.ca

Project Gutenberg. This site contains the full text of many older books, that are no longer covered by copyright (most were published before 1923). The project was started in 1971, so they have lots of books. Check out titles like "Poetics" by Aristotle, "The Odyssey" by Homer, books by Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Alighieri Dante, the "Sherlock Holmes" stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll, and thousands of other classics.
www.promo.net/pg

CNN News.
www.cnn.com

Greypath: The Australian Internet Portal for Retirees and Seniors
www.greypath.com

Senior Centre.ca, Canadian Eyes of Experience!
www.seniorcentre.ca

"The Ultimate Collection of News Links." This site has links to newspapers and news magazines all over the world.
www.pppp.net/links/news

Virus Hoaxes are false alarms about viruses. They are spread through e-mail by unsuspecting people who think they are helping others. They are actually creating needless fear and wasting people’s time. If you receive a warning message about a virus, and it says that you should e-mail it to everyone you know, always check a virus hoax list first. Here are two VIRUS HOAX LISTS:
www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp

CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons)
www.50plus.com

TIME Magazine
www.time.com/time

Tips Written by Jim McGinn
Copyright 2004, McGinnovation Inc.

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