OPENING WEB PAGES WORTH A VISIT

QUEZON CITY,
June 5, 2004  (MANILA BULLETIN) Peachy Limpin  -  Over the past several weeks, I have been making a list of interesting web sites worthy of visiting.

First on the list is the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (http://web.archive.org/collections/pioneers.html), a collection of websites when the Web was young. The web pioneers as they say. The site gives you a glimpse and a tour of how Yahoo, originally called "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web", looked like. Then read the story of how the first web cam was mounted and why at the Trojan Room Coffee Machine. Follow the links to reviews and trivia of your favorite movies in the 90s at the very plain Internet Movie Database site. And for music lovers, check out the Web Wide World of Music now known as The Ultimate Band List. For search engine aficionados, check out Webcrawler, the search engine before there was Google and all. And finally, take a look at the Web's first online social network The Well.

Next on the list is a helpful site from University of Pennsylvania: the Simple Steps to Better Dental Health (www.simplestepsdental.com) site. The site covers almost anything and everything that concerns dental health - from preventing problems to treatments and different oral health conditions. It also has links for parents, for kids and for senior citizens. I find the interactive tools and illustrations pretty cool. Topics include tooth eruption, brushing and flossing demo, how a tooth decays, how gum diseases develop, and how a root canal is done. The site will certainly calm your nerves the next time you pay your dentist a visit.

Another very interesting site is Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids (www.scitoys.com). The site features how to make simple toys made up of common household materials based on scientific principles. This site will truly be helpful for your kids' science projects. Projects on the list include building a magnetic ring launcher, electric motor, plastic hydrogen bomb, solar battery, radio, heat engine, vacuum pump, and permanent rainbows, and a lot more interesting stuff to do.

And if you want to do something, anything, like fix your house, buy a gadget, change religions, etc., visit www.soyouwanna.com. The site promises to teach you things you didn't learn from school.

If you're done learning new stuff, http://howtocleananything.com gives you hints on cleaning in and outside the house including your pets and your automobile. There is also a link to removing stains and cleaning your recreational stuff like bikes, toys, and sports gears. A very useful site for moms like me.

And if you happen to be surfing the web and want to know whether the website you're visiting is good or bad, go to http://homokaasu.org/gematriculator. The site searches for different patterns through the text, such as the number of words beginning with a vowel. If the number of these matches is divisible by a certain number, say 7 (being God's number, according to the site), the spirit of God is present in the text. Another aspect in Gematria are the numerical values of letters like A=1, B=2, J=10, K=20, and so on. If you want to rate a website or text passage, simply type the URL or copy and paste the text on the space provided for in the website.

Have a fruitful surfing!

(For feedback, suggestions, or questions you want answered because you don't have the time to search the Web, e-mail Peachy LImpin at eunico@mb.com.ph. Don't have e-mail, then spare a few pesos and drop me a line at Opening Page c/o Technews Section, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp, Muralla St., Intramuros, Manila)


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