The CIA's World Fact Book
As a new school year is ushered in, it's time for kids to find the best resources for learning and living. After all, between those pesky geography projects and history reports, we need a friend to give us a hand, right? That's where the World Fact Book comes into play. Surf out to https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook and you'll find everything you need to know about the world around you. The Factbook contains the goods on continents, countries, oceans, land formations, and much, much more. You'll discover the peoples from around the world, governments and economies in far-off lands, and the climates of nations from the equator to the north and south poles. You'll even be able to compare flags from one country to the next. And if you're a real explorer, there are plenty of maps and charts to help you find your way around the world. How does a vacation in Monaco sound? Or an environmental expedition in the Antarctic?

It's a Real Hum-Dinger Here's a site that will send you flying to the fascinating world of hummingbirds. These are some of the most intriguing birds in the world because of their small size, strange eating habits and unusual "buzzing" flying style. Hover above http:// www.derived.com/hummers to find all kinds of information on hummingbirds. There are lots of pictures of these birds in action, from all over the world. The site also provides great advice for attracting all kinds of hummingbirds to your yard. Why not invite some of these fine feathered friends over to your place today? (This site is no longer available.)

The Electric Gallery
Take a walking tour through www.egallery.com to see several artists' visions of of our world. Browse through the Southwest wing to see Native American imagery or choose the Jazz & Blues Wing, the Amazon Project, or one of the seven others. You'll see everything from still life to contemporary art. You can also read all about the artists, their work and their visions. (Discaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Dear Amy: Some Web sites have really awesome patterns behind the words. How do they do it? -Marty, San Jose, CA

Dear Marty: You can put any color or image behind the words and pictures on your home page by creating a background image. You create a small image and the browser places it in the background like a tiled floor. With some work you can make your background look seamless. You can download backgrounds from the Backgrounds Archive at http:// the-tech.mit.edu/ KPT/ bgs.html and click on the "short tutorial" link. (This Web site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: We answer a lot of e-mail and WE WANT TO SCREAM :-@ when people write us in all capital letters! Don't you think they need to learn some manners? -Jay and Carole, Leavenworth, KS

Dear Jay and Carole: I agree. You should use all capital letters only when you want to emphasize something. There is more to "netiquette" than just what you type and how you say it. Before you send another e-mail, think about other people's privacy and time before you forward their letters, send advertising or spread rumors and hoaxes. For some rules and tips, check out the Claris Guide to Email Etiquette at www.claris.com/ products/claris/emailer/eguide. (This Web site is no longer available.)

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