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From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri May 10 2002 - 15:12:07 PDT


2. July 1942: United We Stand [Flash]
http://americanhistory.si.edu/1942/index.html

Offered by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, this Web
site is an attractive presentation of the early 1940's via magazine
covers
and commentary about them. In the wake of September 11, having seen the
phrase "God Bless America" posted on signs ranging from church fronts
and
bumper stickers to restaurants windows and gas stations, readers should
relate to the use of the 1942 slogan "United We Stand," adopted by over
five
hundred magazines as a response to the United States' declaration of war
during World War II. In HTML with a skippable Flash intro, the Web site
elegantly explains and illustrates the campaign championed by the
American
press. Scholars, as well as amateur historians and the most casual
researchers, should find the site not only worthwhile but also
enjoyable.
For users less interested in browsing the presentation, the site
provides a
substantial search page for the 300+ magazine covers in the collection.
[TS]

10. Mary Louise Reynolds Collection
http://www.artic.edu/reynolds/

Mary Louise Reynolds (1891-1950) led a fascinating life at the center of
the
Surrealist circle of artists, numbering as her friends Max Ernst, Man
Ray,
Paul Éluard, André Breton, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador Dalí. Reynolds and
Surrealist Marcel Duchamp were partners in a long term relationship
thought
by their friends to be far happier than most marriages. She was a book
artist and served in the French resistance during World War II. The
materials in the Mary Louise Reynolds Archive and her collection of rare
books and bindings at the Art Institute of Chicago have inspired at
least
two books and several exhibitions, as well as this Web site. The site
features four essays reprinted from the Art Institute's _Museum Studies_
journal, illustrated with digital images of Surrealist works, and
available
in both HTML and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. There is also an online
finding aid to the collection, and it is possible to search the Ryerson
and
Burnham Library's catalog for Reynolds collection items. One portion of
the
site (View Works of Art) brings together all the digitized works of art:
Reynolds' book bindings, Surrealist documents, prints, and a few
photographs. [DS]

13. Museum of Online Museums
http://www.coudal.com/archives/museum.html

If you have a minute to spare, pay a visit to Coudal.Com's Museum of
Online
Museums (MoOM), which features shows and exhibits ranging from the
classic
and staid to the incredibly exotic. Broken into three separate
categories,
the site serves as a portal to some very distinctive collections, such
as
those of the Art Institute of Chicago and France's Musee d'Orsay. In
its
permanent collection, the MoOM site affords viewers the opportunity to
consider "art" in ways they might never have considered, as in the
exhibit
of "Fading Billboards" and "Roadside and Outsider Art," just to name a
few.
Elevating to the level of art, objects probably never considered thus,
the
third showcase or portal leads the way to such attractions as "The
Museum of
Airsickness Bags," "Manhole Covers Arranged by County," and, a real find
for
Lego enthusiasts young and old, the "Lego Instructions" site. Linking
and
leading the way to much more worth considering, the Museum of Online
Museums
is sure to keep you engaged and in search of more. [WH]

15. The Internet Broadway Database
http://www.ibdb.com/

Created by the League of American Theatres and Producers' Research
Department, The Internet Broadway Database provides an array of
information
about past and current Broadway shows. The database is a result of
ongoing
collection development by the League, based primarily on theatre
programs
(generally from a show's opening night). Other information is harvested
from media reports, interviews, and the League's archives. The goal of
the
site is to "serve as a comprehensive history of Broadway for the benefit
of
League members, press, theatre professionals and enthusiasts." The site
features a list of shows currently on Broadway, as well as a
comprehensive
advanced search page that allows users to dig up information on past
productions. [REB]

16. Ads.com [Real Player, Windows Media Player]
http://www.ads.com/ads/index.jsp

A site devoted to offering streaming video commercials, ads.com offers
online access to a large assortment of television advertisements.
Through
an attractive interface, users can search for commericials either by
brand
name or by television show episode. So, for those watching their
favorite
television program and want to see a commercial that aired during it,
ads.com should be the perfect way to access the commercial. Currently,
access by TV program is limited to a few shows on ABC and FOX, but the
site
offers an extensive list of brand/product names to browse. Also of
interest
is the Inside Ads link, which takes users to a page that gives in-depth
commentary on select commercials; an archive of previous comments is
also
available. Two versions of each commercial are available: low
bandwidth
and broadband. Media studies researchers, as well as teachers who use
media
analysis in their lesson plans, should appreciate the easy access to
commercials that ads.com provides. And of course, for those who
appreciate
popular culture, ads.com be great for viewing the latest "you've gotta
see
that one" commercial. [TS]

18. Finale Notepad 2002
http://www.codamusic.com/coda/np.asp

Finale Notepad 2002 is a nifty musical notation tool offered for free
download by Coda Music Technology. Available for both Windows and
Macintosh, the software enables sheet music creation on the computer via
user-friendly interfaces, intuitive wizards, and simple icons. For
musicians that need a simple software package to write and compose
music,
Finale Notepad 2002 will probably function adequately. A great feature
that
should aid the composition process is a playback feature that reads and
plays musical notation, sounding much like a traditional, no frills MIDI
player. Users with low bandwidth should be wary of the bulky file size,
though; the Macintosh version was roughly 7 MB. [TS]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2002.
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

Forwarded by:
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN
mailto:bjb@tappedin.org
http://www.tappedin.org/info/members/bj.html

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