ROCKIN' THE SCHOOLHOUSE You may know some of these catchy tunes from Saturday morning TV, but there is a lot more to Schoolhouse Rock than snappy lyrics, rockin' music and cool cartoons. You can explore the solar system with "Interplanet Janet," the galaxy girl. Or catch a grammar train at "Conjunction Junction," and learn a conjunction's function. If you are one of those people who think zero is nothing, you need to listen to "My Hero, Zero." At http:// genxtvland.simplenet.com/ SchoolHouseRock read the lyrics and hear the songs that make learning fun and easy for everyone on the World Wide Web. (This site is no longer available.)
ROCK MUSIC HALL OF FAME Do you know what The Beatles and The Grateful Dead have in common with R.E.M. and Sonic Youth? They have all performed songs that are included in the list of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll. At www.rockhall.com check out the Rock Music Hall of Fame's listening lounge to hear the sounds of all the rock legends. They say it like no one else, so "Don't Worry Baby," you will get some "Good Vibrations" when you "Rock Around the Clock" because the "Times, They Are A-Changin'." Dig it.
HISTORY IN SONG Songs have been used for thousands of years to record history, and now you can move to the tempo of history on the Web. Discover historical events through art, stories and the rhythm and melody of songs and music. Www.ushistory.com/cool.htm entertains and teaches us about the timeless spirit of the American experience through song. Check out the artwork, wave Old Glory and sing along at this great site. (This site is no longer available.)CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS Http:// busboy. sped.ukans.edu/ ~music/carnival/ showcases music that uses sound to depict visual images. "The Carnival of the Animals" is a musical Noah's ark. Do you think you can match this bird's image to the music? Listen to the music and hear the animals. (This site is no longer available.)
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1. How old would J.S. Bach be today?
Dear Willis: Shockwave is a plug-in that works with the Netscape browser. It allows interactive multimedia (like games and demos) to run automatically right from the Web. If you click on a Shockwave file it will download to your computer and then play. They are really cool but if you use a modem, a large Shockwave file can take a long time to download. To get a free version of Shockwave and how to install it go to http://get.adobe.com/shockwave.
Dear Amy: How can I listen to radio stations on the Web? -- Arianne, Arvada, CO
Dear Arianne: One of the most awesome audio sites on the Web is Timecast at www.timecast.com. There's more to this Web site than just live music. You can choose links to breaking news that is happening now or check out scheduled events like rock concerts or sports. Timecast uses a RealAudio server. It works differently than most Web servers. Instead of downloading an entire audio file and then launching a plug-in program that plays it, the RealAudio file is sent to your computer in a constant stream and plays at the same time your computer is receiving more data. To use it, you'll have to install the RealAudio Player. Just look for the free RealPlayer download link on the Web sites that offer audio files. (This site is no longer available.)