Site Reviews — Recent Additions
Arts of the States 
|Arts of the States is a
WGBH (Boston) radio show that's been going since 1993.
Its mission is to collect and disseminate new musical
works from around the United States. This Web site
allows you to search their archive by composer, genre,
instrumentation, performer or time period. And then
listen. "Modern" music I noticed included works by John
Adams, Milton Babbitt, Alan Hovhaness, Bob James,
Vladimir Ussachevsky and Edgard Varése. [Requires
Photo of the Day
"In science, beauty. In
beauty, science. Daily". Indeed. Prepared by the
University of British Columbia's Botanical Garden and
Centre for Plant Research in Vancouver (Canada's oldest
continuously operating university botanical garden),
this site since April 2005 has presented a different
high-quality photograph every day, together with
background information. Well worth a perusal, whether
you're a botanist or a painter.
Computer Songs and Poems
|Filk is a term
adopted by science fiction fans. It arose out of the
mistyping of the word folk. This site is a
collection of parodies of popular songs that the
computer savvy among us will enjoy. For example: Hark!
the Screaming Students Cry; I'm a Programmer (Lumberjack
Song); Somewhere over the Network.
Gumshoes, Sleuths & Snoopers
This site is a Crime
Fiction Content Database Based on The George Kelley
Paperback and Pulp Fiction Collection. "Gumshoes,
Sleuths & Snoopers currently provides an in-depth look
at 185 detective and mystery novels originally published
during the period 1930-1960. It is the result of a
collaborative effort in which volunteers from near and
far provided detailed information about plot, setting,
characters and other thematic factors for each title."
You can browse by title or, more usefully, search by
keywords. So if you can't remember the the title of that
detective story with lovely in the title or even
who wrote it (was it Spillane, Gardner or Hammett?), you
can soon find out. How about novels set in small towns?
How Much Is Inside?
"Throughout the ages, man has pondered the question,
'How much is inside?'" Now we know. Items tested so far
by the team at Cockeyed include spaghetti, paper towels,
a million dollars and Vegemite.
Press publishes a series of occult novels for women written
by Pulitzer Prize nominee Laura Stamps. "Entertaining Novels
and Novellas for Pagans, Wiccans, Goddess-Worshippers,
Artists, Poets, and Cat-Lovers!"
"The Lemelson-MIT Program
celebrates those inventors who have turned their ideas
into accomplishments. We foster an enthusiasm for asking
— and answering — the questions that change lives."
Inventors featured include both the acclaimed and the
unsung. Make sure you browse their Inventor Archive
where you'll find, not only familiar names like Ray
Dolby, Thomas Edison and Grace Hopper, but also names
you've probably never heard of, such as Patricia
Bianconi (artificial diamonds), Felix Hoffman (Aspirin)
and John Pemberton (Coca-Cola).
Senses of Cinema
Here's one for people who
are really passionate about cinema, no matter where the
movies are from, or when. It's "an online journal
devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of
cinema", appearing quarterly. There are many reviews of recent
work, plus biographical and analytical pieces on (and
by) everyone from actor Michael J. Anderson to critic Rüdiger Tomczak. Check out the Hitchcock essay by Ken
Mogg and the one by Helen Carter on Gillian Armstrong.