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October 2005

DATESITE OF THE DAY
10/01/05    MyPyramid Food Guidance System
   This site by the U. S. Department of Agriculture provides information about the new food guide pyramid released in 2005. MyPyramid Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you. For a quick estimate of what and how much you need to eat, enter your age, sex, and activity level in the MyPyramid Plan box. For a detailed assessment of your food intake and physical activity level, click on MyPyramid Tracker.
10/02/05    Economic Statistics Briefing Room
   This White House site provides easy access to current Federal economic indicators. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Economic Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values.
10/03/05    AOL: City Guide
   AOL City Guide has a finger on the pulse of this city, and cities around the nation: From New York restaurants to Las Vegas entertainment, Chicago real estate, Washington hotels, Florida weather, San Francisco theaters, Boston market and Los Angeles nightlife. You'll find the best local restaurants, hotels, entertainment, movies, concert tickets, events, weather, bars, nightlife, personals, and so much more.
10/04/05    Career Center
   Governing.com and CareerBuilder.com have partnered to bring you the best in job searching, resume posting and online recruiting. This site provides information for government jobs in the State, Local and Federal sectors.
10/05/05    MedlinePlus: Mental Health Resources
   This site by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health and provides resources on most aspects of mental health: News, Symptoms, Treatments, Nutrition, Coping, Research, Statistics and many other issues.
10/06/05    Internet Traffic Report
   The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.
10/07/05    The Healthy Refrigerator
   As cholesterol levels increase, most people are unaware that heart disease begins in childhood. This site is dedicated to providing heart-healthy tips for the entire family. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
10/08/05    United Nations Statistics Division
   The Statistics Division compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, World Statistics Pocketbook and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics. It also provides to countries, specifications of the best methods of compiling information so that data from different sources can be readily compared.
10/09/05    Build Your Own Ideal PC
   Whether you're upgrading your machine or building one from scratch, this PC World Magazine article shows you how to choose the right parts and put them all together. With just a little more technical know-how than a typical upgrade requires, you can build a PC yourself from hand-picked parts. And you might even save a little money along the way.
10/10/05    Columbus Day
   A sailor on board the Pinta sighted land early in the morning of October 12, 1492, and a new era of European exploration and expansion began. The next day, the 90 crew members of Christopher Columbus's three-ship fleet ventured onto the Bahamian island of Guanahani, ending a voyage begun nearly ten weeks earlier in Palos, Spain. This Library of Congress 'Today in History' site provides background information on Columbus Day.
10/11/05    Influenza (Flu)
   The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each fall. This Flu Fact Sheet is from the National Center for Infectious Diseases of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
10/12/05    The Supreme Court of the United States: Highest Court in the Land
   This U.S. State Department site presents a collection of essays that explain how the Court functions with contributions by a number of the nation's premier legal scholars. Topics include a historical perspective on the nomination, confirmation, and appointment of justices and summaries of landmark decisions. Also includes a bibliography and links to related sites. From the U.S. Department of State. Related site: Supreme Court Nominations.
10/13/05    American Photography: A Century of Images
   Companion Web site to the PBS series capturing the images of a century of change and the role the camera has played both in creating and documenting it.
10/14/05    How Computer Viruses Work
   Computer viruses are mysterious and grab our attention. On the one hand, viruses show us how vulnerable we are. A properly engineered virus can have an amazing effect on the worldwide Internet. This How Stuff Works site discusses viruses - both "traditional" viruses and the newer e-mail viruses - so that you can learn how they work and also understand how to protect yourself.
10/15/05    Why are things colored?
   Why is the sky blue? Why is fire yellow? What about flamingos or emeralds? Scholars have learned that all the colors in the universe originate from a mere fifteen fundamental physical causes. These causes appear over and over, lending color to the world around us. Some common causes seem logical -- for example, both light bulbs and candles are colored by incandescence -- and others are surprising -- did you know that the colors of peacock feathers and bubbles are both caused by interference?
10/16/05    U.S. Economy at a Glance
   This Bureau of Labor Statistics site presents key economic statistics, for all fifty states, updated monthly.
10/17/05    Last Best Chance
   Last Best Chance was produced with support from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This film is based on facts. Some events depicted may have already happened. Some may be happening now. All may happen in the near future if we don't act now to prevent them. Free DVD of movie available. See film on HBO October 17.
10/18/05    Influenza Pandemics
   An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new influenza A virus appears or emerges in the human population, causes serious illness, and then spreads easily from person to person worldwide. Pandemics are different from seasonal outbreaks or epidemics of influenza. Seasonal outbreaks are caused by subtypes of influenza viruses that are already in existence among people, whereas pandemic outbreaks are caused by new subtypes or by subtypes that have never circulated among people or that have not circulated among people for a long time. Past influenza pandemics have led to high levels of illness, death, social disruption, and economic loss.
10/19/05    Best Health Plans 2005
   The 2005 managed-care Honor Roll recognizes commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid health plans that stand out in new U.S. News rankings. The rankings were compiled from data collected and analyzed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, managed care's major accrediting body.
10/20/05    AskOxford
   This site offers helpful tips for better writing, information on the origin of words and the creation of dictionaries, and diversions like word games, crossword puzzles, and a jargon buster.
10/21/05    Audubon's Birds of America
   This site presents the online version of John James Audubon's Birds of America. It is from an 1840 "First Octavo Edition" of Audubon's complete seven volume text, and presents Audubon's images and original text descriptions. Bird species can be found listed alphabetically, or categorized by family. Audubon's drawings of some species' anatomical features are also included in the "Figures" section.
10/22/05    Everyday Science
   The National Synchrotron Light Source is a scientific facility that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Each year, more than 2500 scientists from all over the world come to perform experiments at the NSLS. This website describes some of the everyday science that goes on at the NSLS and how it may impact your everyday life.
10/23/05    America's Most Livable Communities
   America's Best Places to Live, Work and Play! Each of this year's 30 Most Livable Communities have developed innovative approaches to prepare for the New Economy through the creative strategies, actions, and visions of their leadership.
10/24/05    National Sex Offender Registry
   The Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996 (Lychner Act), requires the Attorney General to establish a national database at the FBI to track the whereabouts and movements of certain convicted sex offenders under Title 42 of the United States Code Section 14072. The FBI's Crimes Against Children Unit coordinates the development and implementation of the National Sex Offenders Registry. This FBI site provides a listing of State Sex Offender Registry Web Sites.
10/25/05    Confusing Words
   Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused. Some of these words are homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) and some are just commonly confused.
10/26/05    First Lady's Gallery
   This White House Web site presents information on the lives of all U.S. President's wives, from Martha Dandridge Custis Washington through Laura Welch Bush, our current first lady."
10/27/05    Encyclopedia of North American Indians
   This site provides the 1996 online edition of the Encyclopedia of North American Indians published by Houghton Mifflin. Information includes descriptions of over 100 tribes, languages, biographies of Native American leaders and "draws people and places together around nearly one hundred interpretive entries that present brief overviews of significant topics, historical eras, and cultural traditions."
10/28/05    Walking with Dinosaurs
   A comprehensive, easy to navigate collection of "Dino Fact Files" that provide detailed text and graphic information on dinosaurs. This site is sponsored by the BBC in conjunction with their television series "Walking with Dinosaurs".
10/29/05    FirstGov for Kids
   Welcome to the U.S. government interagency Kids' Portal. This site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen Information Center. It provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids' sites from other organizations all grouped by subject. Explore, learn, have fun and don't forget to add us to your favorites!
10/30/05    NationalAtlas.gov
   Make interactive maps within your web browser! This program allows you to make your own maps. Select, change, and display map layers. Roam across America and zoom in to reveal more detail. Point at map features to learn more about them. Locate and map more than 2,000,000 geographic names in the United States. New map layers are added each month.
10/31/05    Halloween Guide
   Halloween history, facts, information and resources from infoplease.com. Related site: The History of Halloween.
 BONUS SITE:   Halloween: Oct. 31, 2005
      The observance of Halloween, which dates from the Dark Ages, has long been associated with thoughts of witches, ghosts, devils and hobgoblins. In the United States, the first recorded instance of a Halloween celebration occurred in Anoka, Minn., in 1921. Over the years, the customs and rituals associated with Halloween have changed dramatically. Today, many of the young and “young-at-heart” take a more light-hearted approach - donning a scary disguise or one that may bring on smiles when they go door-to-door for treats or attend or host a Halloween party. Related site: Happy Halloween! / Halloween Safety: Safety Alert
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