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Now the world can be a pretty harsh place and sometimes it is nice to take a break and spend some time on a site which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.
Put your thoughts to one side and banish the blues, Cute Overload is a site that is guaranteed to make you go "Ahhhhh".
This is a corner of the web which is unrelentingly cute.
Basically this site consists of hundreds of photos and videos of adorable and cuddly critters.
The site is separated into categories including baby birds, kittens and puppies. All of the categories have one thing in common - fluffy little animals with huge eyes staring into digital cameras eliciting "oohs" and "ahhhs" from anybody that glances at them.
Users can add their own photos or videos in the Got Cute section of the homepage.
And that is basically it, a sweet site which offers a quick pick-me-up. A word of warning though, spend too long surfing and you will discover there really is such a thing as cute overload.
Check it out at www.cuteoverload.com
The Animation World Network is a huge source of information about cartoons, animated movies and the animation industry itself. This is a site which is useful for professionals and students alike.
The homepage includes the latest news about the animation business, from which movies are breaking box office records to the winners and losers at animation festivals all over the world.
For the amateur animator the resource section includes a database of animation schools and courses across the globe.
A visit to the Student Corner reveals articles and tips from industry greats, including traditional drawing tutorials and advice on how to master 3D graphics packages like Maya.
For those that are serious about pursuing a career in animation the resource section also includes the animation industry database. Here you will find global listings for everything from where to get hold of materials and equipment to production companies that specialise in animation. Find out more at www.awn.com
Tuesday 17 July 2007
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To make the site in any way useful, you will have to fill out the free registration form, which gives you the option of weekly email alerts of the cheapest fuel. But of course you can do this directly from the site. Simply plug in your postcode and voila, within seconds a guide appears to the cheapest petrol in your area.
You will be amazed at the differences in price even within a 10-mile radius of home, and over a year the savings can seriously add up.
There is a lot of useful motoring info too, and the site is keen to big up its environmentally-friendly credentials, with some useful green tips on everything from car shares to emerging petrol-replacing technologies. www.petrolprices.com is the address you need
Thursday 12 July 2007
Discussing Embarrasing health problems is n ot always an easy task and some people I talk to on the radio change their names or disguise their voices so with that in mind I found this website which may be of help.
Ever had a health question you have always been too embarrassed to ask? There has always been an assortment of places to ask on the web but this site offers a social networking twist.
TauMed is an online health community where you can ask questions, share information and give advice and support to others. You can also browse similar queries by clicking on a particular community, such as Allergies or Eye Problems. Check it Out at www.taumed.com
The topics are pretty comprehensive and are helpfully divided into simple and easily definable sections. It also includes a helpful pregnancy area, where you can sign up to a weekly newsletter charting your baby's growth.
TauMed is not just a user-driven site. Each answer is screened by medical professionals, which makes it much safer than many of the alternatives.
To ask a question you have to register, which also gives you the option of setting up a profile in the My Health Space section, where you can socialise with other members.
At the moment, most questions only get one or two responses, but that could change. TauMed is still in beta but says it is the fastest growing health community on the web.
Wednesday 11 July 2007
If you would like to animate your own cartoons, write your own video games or even create interactive artworks, but cannot be bothered with all of that complicated coding business this next site could be for you. Check out www.scratch.mit.edu
Scratch is the brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) media lab. It is a set of tools designed to be used by people without computer programming skills - that is most of us then.
It makes use of a graphical interface which allows the user to build a sequence with building blocks. These are dragged, dropped then linked together, a little bit like multimedia Lego. Images can be selected from an existing library or imported from your hard drive.
Once imported, a number of action blocks can be assigned to the image. These blocks are assigned commands like "move" or "play drum", and the blocks can then simply be stacked together to create an animation.
Once your masterpiece is complete it can be uploaded to the Scratch site for other users to check out. Scratch's inspiration comes from Hip-Hop DJs, who take a bit of this and a bit of that to create something new.
While the site is primarily aimed at younger users, it is still a lot of fun for grown-ups with a creative streak.
Tuesday 10 July 2007
Fear not though as www.gardenadvice.co.uk has plenty of expert advice to help you achieve a green space to be proud of.
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Monday nights website review of the day is all about TV Game shows.
If you love TV Game shows then you might want to save this site til you get home. Because www.wedigtv.com is ! Whether you want to beat bully in Bullseye, have a ‘p’ please Bob in Blockbusters or another consonant from Carol, these online game shows will keep you occupied – or unpopular with your boss – for hours