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In search of Starbucks

By JULES ALLEN
Published July 19, 2004

www.StarbucksEverywhere.net/Tampa.htm

Imagine that you were immortal for a moment. What would you do with your life? Would you choose to visit every Starbucks on the planet? On this site, a mere mortal chooses to shape his life in this way and has photos galore. If you're interested in the subject, chop off "Tampa.htm" from the address and visit the rest of this person's coffee-obsessed world.

Duking it out

www.GoogleFight.com

Who would win in a fight between, say, Paris Hilton and Madonna? Or what about George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden? If you squint at the world through the eyes of Google, you can have a whole bunch of fun using the search engine to see who would win in a Googlefight. In essence, it's a popularity contest between two phrases that you supply. The one with the most references wins.

Looking forward to work

Plope.com/Members/chrism/lifestyle_inc

I have a theory that if you hang Dilbert cartoons and the like in your office you're subconsciously, or even purposely, telling your employer that you feel as if you work for idiots. Maybe you might want to try to find a job with a lifestyle company instead. This succinct collection of thoughts nails the type of environment that I like to create as a part of a team and the kind of clients and people I like to work with. It's well written and, dare I say, inspiring.

Where does it all go?

www.PayCheckCity.com/

Taxes confuse the living daylights out of me. Being an inquisitive type, I double-check when somebody takes a slice out of my paycheck and doesn't put it in my hand. I stumbled over this site when I stabbed a guess at how much a friend might take home after payroll and state taxes. A subscription-only section caters to professionals. But if you want to double-check your own pay stub, this might be a good place to do it.

Heavens above

www.getty.edu/artsednet/resources/Space/

Some subjects are irresistible to kids. Two that seem to be universally attractive in my experience are dinosaurs and anything to do with space. True, the latter seems to tickle boys' fancy when you start talking about rockets and hardware. But the sheer beauty of images of planets touches us all on some level. Here's a resource aimed at educators but I think you'll find kids and adults of all ages will enjoy the pictures (even if they can't read the words yet).

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