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Site Seeing

By JULES ALLEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 9, 2001


The chain stops here

www.BreakTheChain.org

Does Craig Shergold's business card collection feature something from your Rolodex? Think Bill Gates or Disney is going to send a quarter to your favorite charity for forwarding that e-mail? Think again. Here's a much-needed resource to keep a lid on the goofy gags and scams that flit from person to person (and mostly into my inbox, it seems). Perhaps the best page to send to your forward-happy chums is the etiquette section, which is full of sensible advice for those lacking on the most basic of common sense.

He said, she said

www.TheSpark.com/gendertest

Some time ago, your friendly Tech Times team spoke at a local computer club. Imagine the merriment afforded to me when I was informed that many of the members were not really sure if I regularly shaved my legs or my face, so to speak. One colleague gleefully pointed out that "having a girl's name" didn't help matters. Of course, once on stage, the cat was out of the bag. Just to make 100 percent sure, I took the gender test at TheSpark.com and stopped shaving for a week. Ah yes, much better now.

How many zeroes is that?

Pages.Prodigy.net/jhonig/bignum/

It seems like just the other day I was chatting with my friend Weird Steve and trying to figure out what 62 to the power of 13 would yield. Armed with the miracles of modern science (i.e., a calculator), we strolled through the problem and then didn't really know how to pronounce the number. Steve probably did but was trying not to make me look like an oaf. If you've ever had the desire to know what really big numbers are called, this place has all you'll ever need.

Silly yet wholesome

www.jps.net/radarrow/john/phoons

Phoon, according to Webster, isn't really a word. But that doesn't stop this silly site from bringing a smile to just about anybody I've pointed that way. Phooning involves standing on one leg, assuming a very fast running pose and having a picture taken, preferably in the oddest of situations. It's good, clean family fun.

A humorous antidote

SatireWire.com/news/0103/outlook.shtml

We've mentioned SatireWire before, but for those of you who haven't seen it, it offers up fake press releases and news articles in deadpan Associated Press style. While some are hit and miss, this one has had me smiling for days. Oh sure, I'm a simple soul who is amused by simple things, but I think you'll get a chuckle out of it, too.

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