The Stuff They Don't Teach You in School Want to learn how to cure that annoying case of hiccups? Or make a kite out of plastic straws, tissue paper and string? Want to wrap a present just in time for Mom's birthday, Grandpa's retirement or your best friend's first day of braces? When you go to www.learn2.com you'll get tips on all kinds of great stuff, and be even smarter to boot! Make sure you take a look at the 2torial Top 10 to see the most popular how to's. Don't suffer through those hiccups even one more minute! (This site is no longer available.)
February Is Black History Month The history of Africans and African Americans has been ignored by Europeans and Americans of European descent for hundreds of years. "Over the past 5,000 years," a Columbia University professor once said, "the history of black Africa is blank." To counter this, a Harvard scholar and African American, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926 the organization succeeded in establishing a "Negro History Week." In 1976, the celebration was be renamed and extended into "Black History Month." At www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM you can learn about slavery, African American leaders, and read poetry by Maya Angelou and Rita Dove. This Web site is full of challenges, too. Try this one: After reading the lyrics to "Buffalo Soldier" by Bob Marley, consider how this modern "Dreadlock Rasta" is similar to the "Buffalo Soldiers" of the 9th Cavalry and 54th Volunteer Infantry.
The Field Museum Have you ever wanted to walk among the dinosaurs or go digging for the artifacts of early human cultures in Amazon caves? At the Field Museum On-line, you can do exactly that and more. Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History hosts exhibits, pictures, movies and games for the explorer in all of us. Go for a run with a saber-toothed cat, feed the camels, or slum around with a giant sloth! If jungle rock is your thing, you can even listen to mammoth bone music! Take your outback gear to www.fieldmuseum.org and trek out on your own adventure. Don't forget to pack some snacks for the dinosaurs or maybe you will become a dinosaur snack yourself.
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Dear Lindsey: Radio stations are using software like RealAudio, Streamworks, CUSeeMe and Maven to broadcast their radio shows out over the Internet. It's called Webcasting. You can find lots of cool stations that are doing it at www.on-air.com To listen to a radio station, you may have to download a helper application, but the station's Web site should have instructions on how to do it. (This Web site is no longer available.)
Dear Amy: My mom says I should get my own e-mail address and stop using hers, but we can't figure out how to get me one. --Sarah, Medicine Hat, AB
Dear Sarah: You can get your own e-mail address and Web site, but it all depends on your Internet Service Provider, often called an ISP. Call several ISPs near you (they can be found in the Yellow Pages or local computer magazine) and ask them if they offer e-mail accounts, what their prices are and what features make them better or different from other ISPs. Some ISPs will let you get additional accounts for different members of your family, and others rent server space so you can have your own "home page." Each ISP is different so it's important to shop around to find the ISP that is right for you.