Monday, July 31, 2006


Mon., July 31, 2006 - ADMIN> It's Vacation Time!

Dear Blog Readers,

I will be doing some traveling in August and much of the time, I won't have access to a computer. I will resume regular postings in September.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer.

- Phyllis

Phyllis Anker

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Sun., July 30, 2006 - Music Acoustics

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Music Acoustics

Today's site, from the Department of Physics at Australia's University of
New South Wales, presents a comprehensive examination on the research of
music science. Gentle Subscribers who enjoy exploring the scientific
background of music will discover a wide-ranging and detailed exhibit.

"Physics and music have been closely related for thousands of years. The
art and the science of music acoustics are presented on this site, in
musician-friendly format, as is some of our research work in music science.
... Navigate around our site using the headings and the images... . In
most cases, there is a simple non-technical introduction, followed by more
or linked to more detailed work. The 'Basics' section gives a simple
introduction to general topics in acoustics (decibels, waves and so on)."
- from the website

Among the many features of the site are introductory sections on the
acoustics of specific instruments, such as the flute, violin, brass and
voice. The violin module, for example, offers diagrams and illustrative
photos to explain how sound, pitch and harmonics are produced. An extensive
FAQ for the non-specialist covers both technical and general queries such
as frequency and its relation to pitch and a fascinating overview of the
"secret of Stradivarius", to which some violinists may have reservations. A
highlight of the site is the hearing test, with detailed instructions on
how visitors may conduct their own test. The highly technical section on
cochlear implants provides an off-site link to a layperson's guide, with a
detailed colored diagram explaining how these devices work.

Tap over to the site for an extensive presentation on the science of music

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Sun., July 30, 2006 - Tap Dance

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Saturday, April 29, 2006 and time for Electives at

Recommended Website:
Tap Dance

Do you love tap dancing? Would you like to learn how to tap
dance? Want to know the history of tap or watch a video of tap
dancing or just listen to the sounds of tap dancing? It's all at
today's website.

You will also find lists of tap dancing teachers and studios
throughout the wolrd, calendars of special tap dancing performance
events, a "Who's Who in Tap" reference guide, and a glossary of tap
terms and notation.

Experienced tap dancers can even print out basic to complicated tap
steps (in notation) in order to teach or learn more.

Not enough? Well, you can read about tap trivia and activism,
subscribe to a tap online newsletter, find a list of tap dancing
supply stores, find links to other Internet Dance Sites, and more.

This is a great site for those who enjoy tap dancing or want to learn
more about it.

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2006, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Sun., July 30, 2006 - Eyes of Science / NASA Multimedia: Earthquakes

Sites found in:
6 May 2006 Earth Science Sites of the Week

EYES OF SCIENCE, Peter Wilder, "The goal of this site is to provide
science educators and their students with useful online resources to
bring those vast data that scientists and educators are compiling into
clearer focus for research and classroom use. Side links to feeds from
science web cams, current weather conditions, astronomical events,
seismic stations, science organizations, and numerous health, social and
economic information services help monitor our dynamic Earth."


Satellites, plate tectonics, and earthquake prediction, NASA,
(suggested by Eric Cohen, Westhampton Beach High School, NY), find a
Flash movie produced by NASA that describes how they use satellite
interferometry in locating plate movement and predicting
earthquakes. They provide very nice imagery and a brief overview of
the 1906 quake and tectonics. The movie is viewed in chapters that
are accessed by clicking the thumbnail images in the lower right of
the screen.

From the site:
“In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, a violent earthquake shook San Francisco and the surrounding area. An interactive slide show and quiz explain how JPL researchers are studying quakes one century after the "Big One."”

[NOTE: Links to all Multimedia offered at - Phyllis ]
Mark Francek
Professor of Geography
Central Michigan University
Resource Page:


Sun., July 30, 2006

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
May 5, 2006
Volume 12, Number 18
Logging On and Losing Out: Dealing Addiction to America’s Kids [Real

By the 1970s, gambling, which had once been a seemingly ubiquitous part of
American life, was largely confined to places like Las Vegas and Atlantic
City. That soon changed as many states began to turn to lottery games as a
source of revenue, then licensed riverboat gambling, and then the deluge
began. One type of gambling that has undergone a true renaissance is poker.
In recent years, poker has also become extremely popular with young people
in high school and college. Never one to shy away from a controversial or
important subject, the good people at American RadioWorks recently produced
this well-done documentary on the subject examining its potential
ramifications. Visitors to the site can listen to the entire program, read a
transcript of the proceedings, or take a look at some of the individual
profiles of those who have participated in such endeavors. The results are
quite different, as one young man has won over $150,000 by playing online
poker, while another found himself $20,000 in debt. The site is rounded out
by a selection of links to relevant web resources, such as the International
Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. [KMG]
[NOTE: Other pages from -
previously posted.
Complete list of documentaries by date, alphabetically, or by category - Phyllis ]

Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement [pdf]

While it might be difficult to locate the exact “nerve center” of the
American civil rights movement, Atlanta might be one of the top contenders,
both due to the fact that it was the home of many grassroots civil rights
organizations and the many noted protests and actions that took place during
that time. Developed by the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education
(ARCHE), this site pays homage to Atlanta’s role in the movement by offering
a timeline of key events in the struggle, along with a searchable inventory
of special collections, which contains materials from ARCHE’s member
institutions, such as the Atlanta History Center. The first stop for
visitors should be the timeline of events that occurred in Atlanta from 1940
to 1970. Along with well-written explanatory essays, each section contains
information about various primary and secondary resources used to craft each
essay. As previously mentioned, scholars and others will also appreciate the
search engine on the site, which effectively looks across all of the member
institution’s special collections by name, keyword, or phrase. [KMG]

Playing with Shadows: An Introduction to Shadow Puppetry [Macromedia
Flash Player]

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about Chinese Shadow Puppetry at
this web site from the Kennedy Center. The site is designed to introduce
American children to this Asian art form, but visitors of all ages will
enjoy learning about how the puppets are made, how the shadows are cast
using the screen and lighting, as well as typical stories and characters
that have reoccurred in puppet shows for hundreds of years. One particularly
interesting section of the site is a set of videos, including an interview
with contemporary artist Ching Pong describing his collaboration with
Shaanxi Folk Art Theater, a renowned Chinese puppetry troupe, to produce
Cathay: Three Tales of China. This show uses both Chinese shadow puppets and
Western rod puppets, as well as digital animation. There are also videos of
more traditional puppet shows featuring cranes, bears, and Chinese dragons.


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.

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