Do you like to waste time?
Our "Great Links" are interesting web places we've found:
Totally silly ways to waste time:
Turn your pictures into instant Polaroids.
The photo at left is of Froggie, who lives in our back-yard koi pond. He's very photogenic, and a great model.
top tourist spots and how they rate
Reviews of Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Art Institute, and many others.
Taste of Chicago
The 25th annual Taste of Chicago opens today in Grant Park. More than 350-thousand people are expected to attend the event -- which runs through July Fourth.
Those that visit the Taste can expect to find about 70 restaurants serving about 300 different kinds of food.
When the Taste began in 1980 it was a one-day festival with a 150-thousand dollar budget.
Chicago Tribune's Coverage: Taste of Chicago
A handy, who-knew guide for 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods.
Most surprising: brown sugar, honey, antifreeze, and MiracleGro have an
indefinite shelf life. (via)
list of top 100 quotes from U.S. movies
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
“You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a
contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is
what I am.”
“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
Avian influenza (also known as bird flu) is a type of influenza virulent
in birds. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now
known to exist worldwide.
It is feared that if the avian influenza virus undergoes
antigenic shift with a human influenza virus, the new subtype created
could be both highly contagious and highly lethal in humans. Such a subtype
could cause a global influenza pandemic, similar to the Spanish Flu that
killed over 20 million people in 1918.
H5N1 avian influenza strain passed from birds to humans
in 1997 in Hong Kong. (via)
150 years of rapid transit in New York City
On October 27, 1904, the first of New York's subway lines went into operation.
However, rapid transit in New York City
started earlier, with the development of the elevated railroads in
Manhattan and Brooklyn. This is
NOT New York City’s official rapid transit site, but this site offers everything else! Loads of historical information about New York City’s 150-year-old rapid transit system, from historical maps and articles to a gallery of old tokens.
Stanley Kubrick's Chicago
Few people know that before he started making movies, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist.
In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called "Chicago City of Contrasts." (via)
A guide to the many attractions and places of interest in Cumbria, The
Lake District, England, including historic buildings, lakes, preserved
railways, churches, the National Trust, and famous people connected with
Castle in Wales
was begun by Sir William ap Thomas, a veteran of the French wars, who
grew wealthy through exploiting his position as a local agent of the duke
of York in south-east Wales. About 1435 he began building the Great Tower,
subsequently known as the Yellow Tower of Gwent, probably on the site
of a much earlier Norman motte-and-bailey castle. Surrounded by a water-filled
moat, the unusual hexagonal plan of the tower, together with its elaborate
drawbridge arrangements, are more easily paralleled in France than in
You can take a Virtual
Tour of Raglan Castle.
Two-dimensional mosaiculture has its roots in the embroidered flower beds
of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Carefully chosen plant species create
different motifs, shapes and images. Very neatly trimmed plants are also
grown into sculptures. The stringent rules of this art correspond to very
precise dimensions, density of the flowers and color selection.
of Illinois Gallery
The Illinois Gallery features a collection of 578 photos of various fun,
historic or important locations as well as important or notable people
of the past and present. Through this site you can experience this great
state in not only pictures but also through web cams, interactive tours
as well as streaming video.
The Geograph British Isles project aims to collect a geographically representative
photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles.
More than 10,000 images have been submitted
so far, covering large swaths of the map. From Porth Hellick Down to Rubha
Robhanais and countless motorways in between, the grid squares are filling
up fast. As the site's creators say, taking these pictures is a good excuse
to get out more.
They Were Young:
A photographic retrospective of childhood
If we would only let them be so, children are often ready to be our teachers.
When we become thoughtful about things, we want to know about life's purpose.
Waiting to show us what it means to keep going, what we need to do to
stay on top of things, are our sons and daughters, or the kids next door
or across the street or around the block. They are going from one step
to another, trying to meet this business of living as best they can.
Supplying locations to the UK's film, television and photographic industries.
A great site to browse, just to look at rooms & decor.
There are approximately 10,000 bird species on this beautiful planet.
Sara and Mike are chronicling their ongoing effort to see every one of
them. The Bird Count currently stands at 345 birds, not including exotics,
in 12 states and 4 countries. Of these birds, 253 were seen in the United
States...Only 9655 more to go!
of the Poison-Dart Frog
Discover the art and biology of the Costa Rican rainforest and "solve
a mystery with clues from ancient treasures." From the North Carolina
Museum of Art. (via)
Two hefty photo albums filled-to-the-brim with family
photos of a hitherto unknown family were purchased at the legendary Golden
West Swap Meet in the city of competitive surfing and volleyball...Huntington
Here's what was in the albums: Photos
of an unknown family who probably owned a liquor store.
Totally silly ways to waste time: