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December 2005

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12/01/05    Answers at Ace
   Welcome to Ace's project area. There's many things you can do to repair or just improve your home. You can find answers as well as the products you need to complete your everyday project at Ace. This is brought to you by the National Retail Hardware Association.
12/02/05    10 Things Archive
   Archive of popular '10 Things' columns from Smart Money magazine. For example: 10 Things Your Cosmetic Surgeon Won't Tell You, 10 Things Your Preschool Won't Tell You, 10 Things Your Cleaning Service Won't Tell You, 10 Things Your Attorney Won't Tell You, and much more.
12/03/05    Army Corps of Engineers Education Center
   Welcome to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Education Center. This site is for students, teachers, librarians and other educators to access the Corps many educational resources.
12/04/05    Statistical Abstract of the United States
   The National Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included. The Abstract is also your Guide to Sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations. Note: you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this site.
12/05/05    History and Politics Out Loud
   This site is a collection of audio materials capturing significant political and historical events and personalities of the twentieth century. The materials range from formal addresses delivered in public settings to private telephone conversations conducted from the innermost recesses of the White House. Includes speeches by Lyndon B. Johnson to the Warren Commission, John F. Kennedy speaking about the Cuban Missile Crisis, tapes from the Nixon/Watergate scandal, and Bill Clinton's denials of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Note: You will need either the Real Player or the QuickTime Player, both available free.
12/06/05    Mental Health Resources
   At this National Library of Medicine site you can read breaking news on mental health issues. You can also research symptoms, treatments and finding help. Plus, there are links to articles on coping with mental illness in loved ones and information on specific conditions.
12/07/05    Consumer Reports: Greener Choices
   This Consumer Reports site is a free guide that offers reliable and practical advice on how to be a more environmentally-friendly consumer. This site includes information that evaluates the meaning of dozens of environmental labels on food, wood, personal care products and household cleaners.
12/08/05    Obituaries 101
   This site contains listings and links to all the obituary notices supplied online by all the newspapers in the United States. The states are arranged alphabetically with their newspapers listed by name and city. The site also lists prominent deaths for the date, as well as those reported in the Associated Press.
12/09/05    Guidelines For Good Nutrition
   guidelines are significantly different from those of the past, particularly in regard to carbohydrates and fat. More fat is allowed, and carbohydrates have a lower minimum percentage - from 55 percent to 45 percent. This is due to research indicating that people with a certain body type and metabolic profile may benefit from fewer carbohydrates and more monounsaturated fat.
12/10/05    The Virtual Library
   The Virtual Library is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the web, the VL pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web.
12/11/05    Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude
   This site is a companion to a PBS NOVA program. Based on the bestselling book Longitude by Dava Sobel, the program tells the story of how an unknown genius, John Harrison, discovered the key to navigating on the open seas and thus solved one of the thorniest problems of the 1700s.
12/12/05    Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
   The companion site for the Public Broadcasting Service Frontline program examines the growing controversy over the Wal-Mart way of doing business and asks whether a single retail giant has changed the American economy.
12/13/05    FindLaw
   FindLaw.com is the nation's leading provider of online legal information and solutions for the legal community, businesses and individuals. According to comScore Media Metrix, a leading independent Web usage reporting service, the FindLaw.com Internet portal is the highest-trafficked legal Web site with 3.7 million unique monthly users. This site provides comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals.
BONUS SITE:   History's Worst Software Bugs
      What seems certain is that bugs are here to stay. Here, in chronological order, is the Wired News list of the 10 worst software bugs of all time … so far. Related site: The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities.
12/14/05    BBC Audio Interviews
   This BBC site presents archived interviews with cultural greats of the 20th Century talking about their work.
BONUS SITE:   Best of What's New 2005
      The Best of What's New awards are a celebration of 2005's top 100 technological innovations as determined by the editors of Popular Science magazine.
12/15/05    The Harper's Index
   Each month, the Harper's Index provides a statistical snapshot of the world's economic, political, and cultural climate. The Harper's Index is published to Harpers.org one month after print publication. Archives available back through 1998.
12/16/05    Google Sightseeing
   This site takes you to the best tourist spots in the world via Google Maps' satellite imagery. Locations are listed by categories and most popular posts.
12/17/05    World Time Server
   Look up current time from database containing any country or major city in the world. Displays the time, the GMT offset, a globe image, and a section map. Features a world time calculator and a freeware utility to synchronize your PC with an atomic clock.
12/18/05    Body Mass Index Calculator
   State fact sheets provide information on population, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for each state in the United States.
12/19/05    Earth Calendar
   A global events calendar which documents the holidays and occasions from countries and religions around the world.
12/20/05    Yahoo Reference
   Whether you're a student, a parent, or just plain curious, Yahoo! Reference offers a handy selection of books and materials to help you find the information you need. Look up a definition in the dictionary, find map and flag images for every country in the world in the World Factbook, get in-depth information from the encyclopedia, and much more.
12/21/05    NationMaster
   Welcome to NationMaster.com, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
12/22/05    Your Guide to the Religions of the World
   This BBC site provides basic information about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.
12/23/05    Today's Front Pages
   This site is an online presentation of one of the Newseum's most popular exhibits. Every morning, more than 300 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet.
12/24/05    How Christmas Works
   For hundreds of millions of people around the world, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. Have you ever wondered where traditions like Santa Claus come from? Find out at this How Stuff Works site.
Related sites: How Christmas Lights Works / How Mistletoe Works.
12/25/05    How Christmas Works
   For hundreds of millions of people around the world, Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year. Have you ever wondered where traditions like Santa Claus come from? Find out at this How Stuff Works site.
Related sites: How Christmas Lights Works / How Mistletoe Works.
12/26/05    Forbes Best of the Web: Reference
   The billions of pages on the Internet contain almost anything you would wish to know; unfortunately, search engines can only go so far. Our favorites in this category give some order to the chaos, many with helpful search techniques, answers to common research questions and more. The best sites, which make finding that perfect word or fact a breeze, will renew your faith in the power of cyberspace.
12/27/05    Charges on Your Phone Bill
   Consumers are often confused by the various charges and items on their monthly phone bills. Under the FCC’s Truth-in-Billing rules, phone companies must provide clear, non-misleading, plain language in describing bill services, and identify the service provider associated with each charge; they must also display, on each bill, one or more toll-free numbers customers may use to inquire or dispute any charge on the bill. Related site: Sample Phone Bill.
12/28/05    The Harvard Classics
   The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume '5-foot shelf of books' and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century.
12/29/05    Editor and Publisher
   Editor & Publisher is the authoritative journal covering all aspects of the North American newspaper industry, including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates.
12/30/05    The Writer's Almanac
   The Writer's Almanac, a daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor, can be heard each day on public radio stations throughout the country. Each day's program is about five minutes long - check your local radio listings for the station and time in your area.
12/31/05    Live Times Square Cams
   This broadcast quality camera pans north and south to show multiple views of Times Square. Catch the action in the streets and see all the animated signs that light up the "Crossroads of the World". As the new year approaches, watch the ball decend and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display that will follow.

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