Hanging Out With Harry
Get out your cape and sword and fly into a different kind of adventure with Harry Potter. Look into the secret crystal (your computer monitor) and recite the charm that will transport you to www.scholastic.com/harrypotter/home.asp. Begin the journey by leafing through the magical books. Are you new to Harry Potter? This is the place to find out what happens in each book and get up-to-date on Harry's latest feats. Think you already know everything about Harry Potter? Then get in on the action with the Fun and Games: You'll need your vast knowledge to help Harry get through each year at Hogwarts school. Once you've conquered the games, go meet Harry's amazing creator, J.K. Rowling, or share your thoughts in the Reading Circle. There's even a cool screen-saver that will let you hang out with Harry on your computer all the time. Just be sure to ask your folks if Harry can stay over. Away!

A Penny for Your Thoughts Want to learn more about those coins rattling around in your pocket? Then check out H.I.P. Pocket Change, the fun and educational Web site dedicated to coins, the Mint and U.S. history. Turn on a dime at www.usmint. gov/kids You'll blast to the past at the Time Machine where you'll learn about coin history with Peter the Mint Eagle. You'll also find great coin trivia and facts. Did you know that "Sillyhead" is a popular name for a U.S. cent minted in 1839? Games lovers will enjoy the challenging Coin Memory Machine. There's even info on touring the U.S. Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver. Get coin crazy.

Reindeer People
Living in the wilds of Siberia, the Nenets reindeer people exist as one with their natural environment. Now you can glimpse this remote culture from the comfort of your computer. Travel to the farthest reaches of Russia to meet the Reindeer People at www.discovery.com/stories/nature/reindeer/reindeer.html This fascinating eight-day journey will also teach you about how the story of Santa Claus took root. Amazing photos and storytelling make this a can't-miss adventure. Don't forget to wear your parka. (This site is no longer available.)

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Dear Amy: How does a computer know which colors to show on Web pages? --Yvette, Portland, Ore.
Dear Yvette: Color is made from mixing the three colors red, green and blue, or RGB. For the computer, a decimal code designates each color. Decimal code ranges from 0 to 255. For instance, the RGB decimal code for white is 255 255 255. A hexidecimal code contains a combination of six numbers or letters, such as #ffffff for white. Most HTML code uses hexidecimal numbers to tell your computer which colors to display. For more information, check out Colors on a Web Page at http://rvcc2.raritanval.edu/~bnebeker/WPD.

Dear Amy: I like surfing the Internet. Who invented the World Wide Web? --Jeff, Baton Rouge, La.
Dear Jeff: Most people think the Internet and the Web are the same thing, but they are actually different. The World Wide Web is only one part of the Internet. It was created by Tim Berners-Lee almost 10 years ago. He created the Web to help anyone in the world share information with anyone else. To learn more about Berners-Lee and about the Web, surf to his own Web page at www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee.

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