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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 11, 2000

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The Web really comes into its own as a publishing medium when national events capture our attention. Take the storming of the house where Elian stayed. Web sites popped up like weeds in a badly tended yard. But where the Web warms the cockles of my heart is from the parody and humor aspect. At the time of writing, we still have no idea who's going to sit in the Oval Office but, while you wait, have a huge chuckle at the story of Curious George W.

Coupons count

Feel that warm feeling in your pocket? That's the glowing of your wallet if you're an online shopaholic like you-know-who. This site is the mother lode of all the publicly available money-off coupons from stores such as, the Gap, and bunches of other places you might have taken that plastic of yours upon a joy ride. For instance, I saved a nifty $50 at Amazon on some snazzy electronics with the aid of a coupon that expires at the end of December. It's nothing to sniff at.

A basic food group

Some writers who get more chocolate than exercise are swelling up like bulging chad receptacles. So rather than sit on this site as well as my overstuffed rear end, I thought sharing would be the right thing to do. It's a good resource for the holiday season if you're looking for local as well as national places to load up on one of the three food groups. That would be chocolate, of course. A few of the local links in Florida are broken (bad Web master!), but most link to sweetness.

Nifty decorations

Have a CD burner? Then you've probably made the odd duff disc that didn't burn quite right. I consider them coasters, but they're banished to my office as She Who Must Be Obeyed considers them frat boy style and won't have them anywhere near the decaffeinated coffee table. No matter. I think we might have reached an agreement on a CD tree. Have a look at the page. It's a very cool way to brighten up the holidays.

Wireless bug

The Wireless Web has an emphasis on "less," just in case you haven't used it. It's slow and text only, and the tiny keyboard is going to cost me a fortune in carpel thumb therapy. I've had more luck with dialing 411 than looking for information online. So imagine having a citywide, 11Mb speed, free network in which your PowerBook or notebook PC could play. Unthethered local area network-type speeds outside of the office could be a reality with this grass-roots, Linux-like effort.

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