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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Learning Links

Web page tabs are stacking up fast again and it's time to share learning links. Here are some great links that are laying around unused by me and you might as well have them :-)
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a vast collection of information on their website. Your family might like to join in with Project Feederwatch. Check out their wonderful Homeschoolers Guide to Project Feederwatch. I love our little feathered friends; anyone else wish they could fly?
  • My bloggy friend Janet at Adventures in the 32-Aker Wood pointed me to I Love Mountains. Janet lives right next to a place where a mountain top is being removed for coal mining. Understandably she has had quite a lot to say about this recently. I'm still trying to process all of it. The I Love Mountains website allows you to track companies who are cutting off mountain tops and see whether the coal from these mines is being used by your local electricity supplier. Personally I do love mountains and I'd like to do something to help... still thinking about what that should be.
  • If you want to find bloggers who live close to you, is a great resource. I guess they know from your ISP address where you are located and they serve you up local blogs with the highest rated at the top. What a useful little tool if you want to locate others nearby who share your interests.
  • Watch out for the computer virus that comes in an e-mail and pretends to be UPS or FedEx trying to deliver a package to you. Read about the UPS/FedEx Delivery Failure Virus at Actually my computer virus checker detected this on an e-mail I received this morning. If you've not received it yet it's likely only a matter of time!
  • A week or so ago I somehow managed to discover something called Reborn Baby Dolls. These are baby dolls that ladies spend hours hand painting and crafting so that they are VERY realistic baby look-alikes. Although some of them are almost freaky, I can't help but admire the craftsmanship and patience that goes into these. Not only does the skin look very realistic, but they are weighted to resemble real newborn babies. You can read about reborn baby dolls and there are plenty of websites to browse, including, WhoopsyDaisyBabies, and ButterflyBabiesbyBecky. If you were just wondering what to do with your spare time, take a little crawl around these sites, or look on e-bay for reborn dolls. Let me know what you think.
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Janet said...

Thanks for the link! I know what you mean about the processing. I've lived here for 16 years and I STILL am trying to get my head around the whole thing.

Lori said...

i just got that UPS virus!! even though i *know* not to ever open attachments, and even though i have been thoroughly schooled in viruses by my engineer husband, i *still* hovered over the .zip file thinking "what the heck?" -- we send a lot of pkgs for work -- and then it occurred to me .. how would the post office have my E-MAIL ADDRESS?! ;^)

Alison said...

Lori, I think we all love getting parcels so much. I'm sure this virus is going to catch a lot of people unprepared this holiday season. If your virus checker did not pick it up in your incoming e-mail that will be something to talk with your engineer husband about. I too have an engineer for a husband. It's pretty handy to have him around :-)

Alison said...

Thinking some more on the UPS/FedEx lookalike virus, actually sometimes when you send a package you get the option to notify the recipient by e-mail. Even if a person wonders about the e-mail, if they know about this they may still be fooled.

Handyman Hubby says that some virus checking software will only recognize viruses when you open the e-mail. Apparently whatever setup we have allows the recognition of viruses when the e-mail is downloaded.

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