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Site Seeing

By JULES ALLEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 16, 2000


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Tears and laughter

www.BreastCancerOption.com

It's Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this site's well worth a visit. Think breast cancer can affect only women? Wrong. Think it affects only women over 40? Wrong again. There's much to be learned here for all age groups.

Stupid, Useless Vehicles

poseur.4x4.org

Oh, how I despise thee, let me count the ways. No, not you. SUVs. While my venom is spasmodic, this site has built up quite a collection of anecdotes and pictures lampooning the bane of our highways. It claims to be the only site lampooning SUVs on the Net, which isn't exactly true. It is one of the better ones, though.

Political payoff

www.OpenSecrets.org

Nothing stirs up emotion more than a good election. Well, maybe a three-hour wait at the Department of Motor Vehicles might do the trick. Apart from that, this is fairly universal. If you're one of those swinging voters who's unsure whether to vote for Frick (Bush) or Frack (Gore), the indistinguishable presidential candidate twins, this site might help you make up your mind. I was particularly repulsed and enthralled by the Big Corporate Money area showing just how much "soft" money big business uses to buy favor and how many hedge their bets by donating to both big parties. Don't you wish you could vote twice, too?

Firewall, ahoy

www.PracticallyNetworked.com

Should you be paranoid and proactive enough to be shopping around for firewall software for your cable modem-connected home computer, give this site a whirl. Rather than sucking up RAM and CPU cycles with software, it could make sense to evaluate a hardware firewall solution. This site has user and editorial reviews on most low-end solutions on the market. Some of it might be techno mumbo jumbo, but it's worth a look, especially if you want to give more than one computer access to the Net. Whatever solution you decide upon, be sure to check out the excellent Sharing Your Internet Connection section. It's worth the visit by itself.

No bowling shirts?

www.VintageVending.com

I'm awash with bowling shirts. They're pretty much my standard uniform when I take the time to shower, shave and leave the house. While on a Web-fueled mission to find the latest wrapping for my fat little body, I stumbled on this rather interesting retro gear site. The Showroom area is my favorite, and I'm working hard on how I can justify having a restored gas pump to She Who Must Be Obeyed. I think I'll go back to hunting for groovy bowling shirts since, alas, none were to be found here.

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