Week of April 13, 2003

Look With Care

Join students around the world in Investigating the Renaissance at www. artmuseums.harvard.edu/ Renaissance. You’ll examine paintings from The Netherlands using digital imaging techniques such as infrared reflectography, X-rays and ultraviolet light. These techniques uncover details about the original appearance of paintings. Cleaning the surface of a painting is serious work. See how curators remove a painting’s varnish before retouching it. Observe these paintings with care. (This site is no longer available.)

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How often should the varnish on a painting be removed?

every year
every decade


What does “Catalhoyuk” mean?

knife river
spoon hill
forked mound


In what year did the first group of Japanese immigrants enter the U.S.?



X Marks the Spot

Unearth the Mysteries of Catalhoyuk, perhaps the first city ever, at www.smm.org/catal. An international team of archaeologists invites you to join them as they dig up artifacts of a Neolithic site near Konya, Turkey. A virtual tour of the excavation teaches you about the people of Catalhoyuk, including how they buried their dead and why they had few or no cavities. You’ll also learn about the fields of study that contribute to archaeological excavations.

Life Interrupted

Life Interrupted, at www.lifeinterrupted.org, focuses on two WWII Japanese-American internment camps in Rowher and Jerome, Ark. Go step-by-step through the timeline of discrimination and internment in History. Look through the multimedia scrapbook to see daily life in the barracks, where exercises, schoolwork and football games gave student-aged detainees a sense of regularity. An interactive map helps you visualize the relocation, and downloadable posters let you spread knowledge of this historical tragedy. (This site is no longer available.)

How real do you think reality
TV is?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Why do some e-mails I receive seem ragged on the edges? — Scott, Brandon, Ala.

Dear Scott: We all receive e-mails that look like someone has gone out of control with the “return” key. This problem is due to the programming differences between e-mail applications, such as Outlook Express, online e-mail providers and the default e-mail bundled with browsers. Some messages have returns placed in them according to the size of the window that they are received in. Other messages have returns based on the size of the window they were composed in. This difference in placement depends on the application, Web e-mail client or browser default e-mail tool that people use.

Some e-mail applications, such as Outlook Express, have a Preferences option,which allows you to choose whether to reply in the format in which a messagewas received. This only affects how your message will appear to someone else.You cannot change the way another person’s e-mail application codes a messagebefore sending it to you. At www.livinginternet.com/e/et_format.htm,you’ll learn how to fix a raggedy message. But until all e-mail applicationsand tools are programmed the same, we’ve got to bear with the ragged edges.

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