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Do try this at home www.StopMotionAnimation.com

Artists truly excel when they have a limitation or two to overcome. Time, money and difficulty in mastering the medium of choice seem to be a catalyst for creating wonderful things. In my humble opinion, stop motion animation is up there with nailing Jell-O to the ceiling: It is so easy to get wrong, it is a wonder anybody does it at all. If you are remotely interested in this art, swing by industry professional Anthony Scott's site.

What's your sign, baby? www.outofservice.com/starwars/

I once interviewed for a job where they put me through a battery of personality tests. Convinced that there was no way I would work for a company that would subject its most valuable resource -- its employees -- to this mumbo-jumbo kind of abuse, I tried to answer every question as dishonestly as possible. Of course, it offered me the gig claiming I was "just what they were looking for.'" If you enjoy this kind of psych thing, click over to OutOfService.com and see who your Star Wars twin might be. I think horoscopes are more accurate.

Five, seven, five www.selendy.com/haiku/

How can this be so? One-hundred-trillion haiku?

Actually, more. Deep trivia

www.cinemabytes.com

This is an addictive, free movie trivia game. I thought I was good, with my puny score of 270, until I entered the Hall Of Fame and found people with close to 5,000 points. There are geekier people than me on the planet, so this wasn't a complete waste of time.

Roll your own Pilot books www.peanutpress.com/makebook/

The technology industry has been trying to make us give up paper for the longest time, just as the telecommunications industry has promised video phones since the '50s. Reading a book on a Palm Pilot doesn't appear to be a good idea of visual fun either. But in certain cases, where space is at a premium or you have some reference material you need to tote around on your hip, Peanut Press' free Java-powered, roll-your-own-book utility deserves investigation. If you are into reading large books on your Pilot, Peanut sells both fiction and non-fiction on its site. There are a couple of freebies to see if you enjoy the experience.

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