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Picks of the Week November 5, 2001

TerraFly

This site was developed by the High Performance Database Research Center to "aid in the visualization of remotely sensed and spatial data via the Internet." Sounds serious, huh? However, in layman's terms, it means you can virtually fly over any part of the United States. How cool is that? Try typing in the address of your childhood home and see what's happening in the old 'hood. Now you can explore the entire country without ever logging off.

Artists of Brücke

The design wizards at Second Story have done it again. This time they've teamed up with the New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to bring us Artists of Brucke, an exquisitely detailed collection of German Expressionist prints that you'll only find on the Web. Combining introductory articles, brief narrations, and, of course, reproductions of more than 100 bold woodcuts and lithographs, the exhibition is powerful in both its content and construction. Investigate this early 20th-century movement in terms of eight different themes or the five individual artists represented. Add a chronology, a map, and suggested readings and you're immersed.

SpeedyCam

Get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway with these time-lapse road movies from crafty European director Joe Savelberg. Ingenious Joe hooked up a Quickcam to a Powerbook in his Nissan to take one picture per second as he drove the roads of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. The result is a curious herky-jerky look into the scenery, cars, and roads of Northern Europe as seen by his little cam. It's an arty voyage reminiscent of flip-books where you ruffle the pages to make objects move. Rev up your Quicktime player and peel out.

Aspects of the Victorian Book

The Industrial Revolution brought advances to many fields, not the least of which was literature. The British Museum's online exhibition about Victorian books explains how everything from mechanized printing presses, expanded railway lines, lower postage prices, and increased literacy all contributed to the publishing bonanza of 19th-century England. Melodramatic penny dreadfuls satisfied the public's desire for thrills and fantasy. Women's magazines became hugely popular, a trend that continues to this day. Even the field of children's books exploded with popular titles like Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Oyez Baseball

Hear ye, hear ye, the Flash mavens and legal scholars at The Oyez Project and FindLaw score big with this educational game about the Supreme Court Justices. Oyez Baseball draws parallels between the powerful Supremes, who sit on the major-league bench of our Judicial Branch, and the heroes of baseball history. Inspired by "The Law-Baseball Quiz" published in 1979 by the New York Times, the updated web version adds real ballpark ambiance and effects. We struck out on Justice David Souter, a Bret Boone kind of a player, but hit a home run with Benjamin Cardozo, a brilliant early 20th-century Justice whose written eloquence matched up with Ryne Sandberg's skill on the field. Play ball!

National Geographic: SuperCroc

With a nickname like "SuperCroc," you know this guy was one big, bad fish-crushing reptile. The croc's remains, found in the Sahara, are almost completely pieced together by paleontologist Paul Sereno and are the inspiration for this fascinating web site. "As long as a city bus, and weighing in at about ten tons," the croc (Sarcosuchus imperator) lived 110 million years ago and most likely consumed small dinosaurs as well as fish. Don't miss the photo gallery for shots of the six-foot jaws and renderings of what this monster looked like. Crikey! He's a big one!

The Brick Testament

The greatest Bible stories ever told have found a bold, new interpretation from an non-traditional oracle: Lego bricks. Revisit age-old tales like the Fall from Grace, the Great Flood, the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion. Acquaint yourself with a stern-faced Yahweh as he makes pivotal anthropomorphic appearances in the O.T. narratives. While in the N.T., who else but Jesus Christ as the superstar? Indeed, Chuck Heston in all his bearded glory has nothing on this cast of bubble-talking biblical characters. The language and "loose" interpretation of some passages may offend the King James crowd, but to that we say: It's all in good humor, folks!



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