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Get Ready for March Madness with Statsheet.com

College basketball fans are gearing up for the big tournament. A great site dedicated to college basketball is StatSheet.com. The site features rankings, news, stats, scores, and much more. You can get widgets to embed stats for a particular game in your blog, web page, etc.

Whether you're into March "bracketology" or just a rabid fan, this site will keep the basketball fan happy (until they're been knocked out of the office pool on the first day of the tournament).

Are you "inta" social networking sites? Check out "Iminta.com"

If you digg, flickr, youtube, etc., and want to have a single profile to share with friends, check out Iminta.com. Now, keeping up with all of your friends' accounts is much easier.

Whatever you do on your social network sites, your iminta profile is automatically updated. You can collect your profiles from other sites as a single feed, or break it up to determine who sees what. This variable approach to privacy is novel, and worth keeping an eye on

SuperCook.com, great recipe search engine

www.SuperCook.com is a great search engine for recipes. Enter ingredients that you have on hand, and the Website provides recipes. The system also tells you what other ingredients you might need for each recipe.

The site searches other recipe Websites, bringing you a large pool of recipes to draw on.

Learn about PHISHING SCAMS, the fun way with ANTIPHISHING PHIL!

What's a "phishing" scam? It's a nasty practice where thieves try to find out all sorts of lucrative personal information from you: checking account numbers, credit card numbers, or that holy grail among scammers, your social security number. They use these numbers to steal, and stick you with the bill. Guess what happens to your credit rating! And it can take years to clear up the mess.



Phishers send you emails that resemble real companies. There was an earlier blog post about bogus greeting card emails in which emails that appeared to come from American Greetings or Hallmark could contain viruses. Same principle here: the scammers appear legit in order to do something nasty.


American music information resource

bridge jpgA new collection from the Library of Congress. The Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog is a searchable database that includes information on musical recordings; most of those covered are from 1933-1950.

This database is just one collection in the Music Theater and Dance Performing Arts Digital Library which showcases important artistic documents and materials related to American culture.

Kids.gov

Kids.gov,the official U.S. government Web portal for kids, has been relaunched.

The site features web pages for kids, broken down in two age groups: Grades K-5, and Grades 6-8. There is also a section for educators.

Word Central: New cool dictionary site for kids.

Merriam-Webster has retooled its Word Central Website.

Search features:

  • dictionary
  • thesaurus
  • rhyming

There are games, and a build your own dictionary feature.

New online resource for local, family histories underway

As a partnership between the Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN), FamilySearch's Family History Library (Salt Lake City, UT), and Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library a new archive of local and family histories and other historical documents is being created. The resulting Website is free to all users.

For more information on this project, including how to contribute, click here.

Free document-related Websites

There are some useful and free tools on the Web for creating, modifying and exchanging documents, and here are a few.

I have two sites For PDFs (Portable Document Format). The first site is KoolWire.com, which automatically converts Word (.doc), Powerpoint (.ppt), Excel (.xls), Jpeg, GIF, Rich Text Format (.rtf),and Text (.txt) files to PDFs. You attach your files, email them to the site, and they are immediately returned to your email as PDFs. Couldn't be easier.

Free Online TV: "Democracy"

Here is a new name in Web video, Democracy, which is an open-source, free platform for Internet TV.

This site functions as an RSS aggregator, a technology that allows you to subscribe to video blogs or other video feeds. You can create your own TV channel of videos you find, and make it available to the rest of the world.

There is even a channel guide for the more than 1,000 Internet channels and "vlogs" that are available.