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ATPM 10.05
May 2004




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About This Particular Web Site

by Paul Fatula,

Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer?

Because it can be hard to tell: this quiz invites you to test your ability to “tell a coder from a cannibal.” Unfortunately, my guesses were correct only 60% of the time. Any serial killers interested in writing reviews for ATPM may contact me at the e-mail address above. Sorry, but we are unable to accept submissions through postal mail at this time.

Internet Archive: Feature Films

Want to watch a movie tonight? You could turn on the television and flip through the channels or hoof it to your local video store, sure, but why not just download a movie? That’s what this site lets you do, and let me add: legally. And if you tire of film hits from the 30s, the Internet Archive also offers a variety of other video, audio, and textual media.

Castroville Artichoke Festival

Hey everybody, it’s May, and we all know what that means: it’s time to “Celebrate the vegetable everybody likes at the festival everybody loves!” This two-day festival offers everything from a classic car show to AGROart, which invites you to create a sculpture from fresh fruits and vegetables. For two magical days in sunny California, it’s OK to play with your food. Coming from out of state? No problem. The site offers directions and numerous lodging options, including the Artichoke Inn.

Free Email Providers Guide

There are thousands of free e-mail providers on the Web, so it’s pretty easy to find one. It’s a bit harder to find the right one. This site offers a database search that allows you to specify features you’re looking for and then shows a list of free e-mail services that may fit your needs. (Sorry, Gmail, there’s no option for seeing ads based on e-mail content.) Listings can also be viewed by country or by special interest, in case you want to be expressive with your domain name.

David Kendall’s National Anthem Reference Page

As I write this, I am nearly overcome with pride, my computer playing Burkina Faso’s national anthem at full volume. (Though it seems to be the karaoke version. Fortunately the lyrics are provided, so I can handle the vocals myself.) Anyway, this Web site offers the national anthems to over 300 current and former countries, often with music and lyrics, and sometimes even with sheet music. Now you too can play the Finnish national anthem on your ukulele while guarding a near eastern antiquities museum at 3 AM. (Don’t ask.)

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