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Tell Your Story-Weave Your Web
Everyone loves to be creative. You can express yourself while developing your skills as a writer, a computer animator or a future Webmaster. At Interactive Adventures www.execpc.com/adventure you can learn to write by making up your own story. When you enroll in the Writer's Workshop you can get help creating characters or weaving a story line. Speaking of weaving, how about weaving your own Web site? Now's the time to jump in and get your feet wet learning html code the easy way. Since your feet are wet, you may want a cup of something hot-like Cocoa! It's cool. This is the place to download a free copy of Cocoa and start learning a new programming language. Create some crazy animated characters; then teach your computer what you want them to do. When you use your mind, it's a real adventure. (This site is no longer available.)

The Magic of Energy
Did you know that the dinosaurs and other living things left a legacy long after their extinction? They left what we know of today as "fossil fuels," our primary source of gasoline. From deep within the earth to the sun's rays, from the wind to the nucleus of the atom, energy takes many forms. Learn how great scientific minds of our time like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Thomas Edison made discoveries about our earth and its energy sources. Are you an aspiring scientist? If so, go straight to Energy Quest at www.EnergyQuest.ca.gov and practice your skills with the cool science projects. After youšve explored the energy section, you're ready to test your knowledge with the super-fun game show "Watt's That?!" Remember, don't waste energy!

Ebony and Ivory Really Jams
The piano is one of our most fascinating and beautiful musical instruments. From the composers of centuries gone by to the pianists of today, the piano continues to dazzle and mesmerize its listeners. At www.pianoeducation.org you can learn everything you need to know about this musical form. The Piano Education Page has more than 200 pages of information. You'll find lessons, piano software, learning tools and links to other great music sites. If you're a budding Chopin, you'll love reading the "interviews" of famous pianists or checking out the latest competition updates. For those who are just starting to tickle the ivories, there are tips on buying a piano and finding the teacher that's right for you. And with a special section just for kids, the Piano Education Page will definitely be music to your ears. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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1. Who is the Cocoa mascot at Interactive Adventures?

2. Who brings you the Energy Quest?
Wattson Amp
California Energy Commission
The Energy Counsel
3. On the piano page, what do you use to travel back in time to meet Franz Liszt?
The Tardis
The Time Machine
Quantum Accelerator
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Dear Amy: What is the difference between the Internet search engines like Magellan, Infoseek, WebCrawler and Yahoo? They never seem to give me the same answers. --Hannah, Champlin, MN

Dear Hannah: Search engines are software that let you search their database of information about Web sites. Each of the search engines gathers its data in a different way. They also organize their information differently. So, you might get different answers from various search engines even though you used the same words in your search. The search engines might contain Web sites that your parents may not want you to see. So ask for permission before you use a search engine.

Dear Amy: What is an Internet cookie? I see it a lot, and I never know what it is. --Brian, El Toro, CA

Dear Brian: An Internet "cookie" is a preference file that is saved on your computer along with your browser software. A cookie file is created when you register at a Web site, but not all Web sites do it. Cookies go to work each time you return to the same site on the World Wide Web. So when you're there, it's like the Web site remembers what you are interested in and tells you about new stuff that relates to the last time you were there.

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