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Fun Quizzes

April 15th, 2012 · Fun and Humor

Like you need more diversions on the net, but taking quizzes and playing little games might sometimes help you concentrate!  Well, at least that is what you can tell your teachers in the computer lab.  But sites like Sporcle have all kinds of quizzes on things like TV, geography, and how to recognize TV shows and websites by font.  Or just matching up random keys on a keyboard. Warning, you could get lost in there.  And sites like the BBC have fun human senses challenges to challenge what you think you know about the human body.  Do not blame us if you get carpal tunnel.

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But wait, if you act now…

April 8th, 2012 · Fun and Humor

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Who hasn’t wondered if all of that cool stuff that you can only buy from a TV commercial actually works? The staff at Popular Mechanics must have been wondering too, because they have devoted part of their webpage to evaluating the claims of “As Seen on TV” products. Been tempted to get an Aqua Globe to water your plants? How about Liquid Diamond car polish? Read these reviews, and check back for weekly reviews on more products you never thought you would need…but maybe you do?

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Interviewing?

April 1st, 2012 · Life Topics

interview.jpg Even for a summer job you still need to know how to interview.  Don’t panic! There are websites that can help, like Worktree who has a list of tips for interviewing. Even CNN has their “top 10 interview mistakes”. More amusing however is their “eight weirdest interview mistakes” article. So read up to avoid those blunders that may cost you the job you deserve!

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Can’t keep track of your online social life?

March 18th, 2012 · Fun and Humor

digsby02012009.png You have friends messaging you through Yahoo, Google, AOL, and ICQ… and when they are on Facebook they message you too! How can you keep all of those windows straight? Well you don’t have to, Digsby can do it for you. Digsby is an online manager of all of your IM, social networking updates, and email – consolidating the updates into one place. For example IMs are managed through one window, so more clicking all over your screen! So no more excuses to people who IM you, like “I didn’t see your window, it was buried under all of the others”. Hmm, maybe you should keep Digbsy a secret.

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Create your own comic

March 11th, 2012 · Fun and Humor

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With bitstrips, a website that allows you to author your own comic strip. Go on and create your own cartoon world that you can share with friends, family, or publish for the public. Check out the site not only to create your own, but to see the hilarious strips created by others. Wired magazine calls it “Awesome!”. So visit bitstrips…your strip could be the next Calvin and Hobbes!

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World Wide Wikipedia

March 5th, 2012 · Education

wikipedia-vision.jpg This cool map service shows you minute by minute updating of the world’s largest Web-based, free content encyclopedia project – Wikipedia. Watch the map to see what webpages from what countries are being updated in almost real time. It gets addictive, and is a fun way to discover new pages you have never thought to check out, like the history of the cocoa bean, updated from Columbia and background of the band OTT from Ireland. We dare you to only watch for five minutes!

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Do you have vocabulary acumen?

February 24th, 2012 · Education, Writing

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More importantly, do you even know what acumen means? Well you would if you used dictionary.com’s word of the day service which automatically emails you the word of the day, it’s meaning, and interesting facts behind it. Use it to bone up for SATs or just to expand your own vocabulary. You will be be displaying perspicacity before you know it!

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If you love to write…

February 17th, 2012 · Writing

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But you don’t know how to have your voice heard, or want to make your writing better, check out Teen Ink. Teen Ink is a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing and art. Distributed through classrooms by English, Creative Writing, Journalism and Art teachers around the country, it has the largest distribution of any publication of its kind. They don’t have  staff writers or artists but instead depend completely on submissions from teenagers nationwide for their content. In other words, they need your writing! Any student can submit creative writing, art and photography at no charge. Hit their website to receive one issue of Teen Ink’s print magazine completely free, and read their criteria for submission. Maybe you will be one of the 25,000+ teens Teen Ink has made into published writers!

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And they say nothing rhymes with “orange”…

February 9th, 2012 · Education, Writing

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Challenge? Lozenge? They just don’t sound right! But if you can’t find that final rhyming word to put the finishing touches on your poem, the FREE Online Rhyming Dictionary may be able to help you. It will help you find the perfect word to rhyme, using the first or last syllable, or the whole word itself. But to save you the suspense, there still isn’t a whole-word rhyme for orange. So you may just want to use the word “red” instead.

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Oversharing

February 3rd, 2012 · Fun and Humor

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We have all been guilty of it, but opentopia has taken it to a whole new level with their selection of 3748 (yes, over THREE THOUSAND) free live webcam views from around the world. From far – Mt. Everest in Nepal (which we are all obssessed with after reading Into Thin Air ), to near – a dock in Greenwich here in Connecticut, you can spy on the world. A favorite so far – a multicamera view of a ski lift in the Netherlands, just in case you were wondering on the snow conditions in Amsterdam are…

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