Week of August 8, 2004

Meet the Ottomans

Live like a sultan and take a grand tour of The Ottomans at www.theottomans.org. For more than 600 years, they ruled an empire that stretched from Europe to Africa. Meet a few mad men and a whole lot of drama in The Family. In Ottoman society, royal brothers were expected to battle it out for the throne. Many heirs found themselves in cages for years on end. You’ll get a surge of power from the story of Roxalena. This redheaded genius planned her palace moves like a game of chess.

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Places for the Mind

Enter uncharted territory at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Places exhibit at www.lacma.org
. Cindy Bernard’s mountain-like, microscopic masterpiece will alter your sense of proportion, and Thomas Moran’s colorful hot springs painting will make you feel like you’ve stepped into an alien landscape. Take a meditative journey with two maps of sacred places. Then scroll through China’s Hunan province. Be sure to look at “ffwsptffwsptffwspt,” a painting based on sidewalk stains.

Hockey Check

It’s an open skate at Backcheck: Hockey for Kids at www.collectionscanada. ca/hockey/kids/
. A team made up mostly of Irish-Catholic students from McGill University in Montreal started the game of hockey. In Early Days of Hockey, you’ll discover that the goalies looked like cricket players, and teams used two stones to form the goal. Female players established a women’s hockey league in the late 1880s. In Great Hockey Stories, you’ll read about 9-year-old Abigail Hoffman, who went by the nickname “Ab” so that she could play in a boys’ league.

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Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How do I print from a laptop?
— Sultana, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dear Sultana: You can print from a laptop the same way that you print from a desktop computer. Connect the laptop to the printer and you’re good to go. However, wireless printers can receive data through the air using infrared, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi technology. If your laptop is Bluetooth enabled, then you can beam your file to the printer from up to 30 feet away. You’ll find more information about wireless printing at www.hp.com/sbso/wireless/ipg/mobileprint.html.

Dear Amy: Why can’t we see air?
— Joanne, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dear Joanne: You might not be able to see air, but it is there. Air is made up mostly of nitrogen and oxygen with small amounts of other gases such as water vapor and carbon dioxide. You can’t see air because the molecules are really spread out. Check out Air Is Stuff at www.aero.hq.nasa.gov/edu/airmore.html. It tells about the size of air molecules and why air’s low density makes it invisible. (This site is no longer available.)

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