Go For The Good Stuff On The Web!
Blow out the doors and windows of your cramped little world with the World-Wide-Web of the Internet! Let into your life the visual and audio experiences that never before were readily and instantly available to you. Find useful information now, when you need it. Open your mind to scientific and artistic works that in the past only dedicated scholars or the wealthy could pursue. If you’re not on the web, you’re missing something very, very good. Get the gear, get connected and get going! Here are some outstanding sites to feed a hungry mind:

Want to find someone fast? Don’t reach for that seven pound phone book, or spend 75 cents calling the telephone company. Go to 555-1212.com on the web: (http://www.555-1212.com/) Here, in seconds you can find Area Codes, E-mail Addresses, Telephone numbers including White Pages, Blue Pages, Yellow Pages, Fax Directory and Toll-free Directory. Try it and you will want to bookmark this site for daily use.

Found them… but still don’t know where that is? Then visit Mapquest: (http://www.mapquest.com) Mapquest is a resource so impressive that you will definitely be a regular visitor to use the interactive maps and build your personalized maps. While we're talking maps, here’s a site that almost no one knows about, but it will astound you with the huge color maps of our national parks… Go to the University of Texas Library Maps on the web:
(http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/National_parks/) Take a look at the color map of Mount Rainier National Park. It’s a one megabyte jpg map about four screens tall and three screens wide that you can use to plan your trip.

Want to liven up the place with some music? Try some Cybergrass Bluegrass banjo pickin, foot stomping tunes: (http://www.banjo.com/BG-Midi.html) It’s “The Internet Bluegrass Music Magazine” Cybergrass list of banjo tunes that will get your blood pumping and your toe tapping. If you don’t have a decent sound card and speakers for this, too bad… so, go and get them.

If your tastes are more that of the Classical, The Classical MIDI Archives will give you opuses of all the great composers. It may not sound as good on your system as the Spokane Symphony live, but you’ll have a great archive library of music to enjoy. Go to: (http://www.prs.net/midi.html#index)

Would you like to have a comprehensive library of fine literature at your fingertips? LitLinks: Literary Links on the Web, lists the most and the best literary inks on the web. Maintained by the University of Alberta, Canada, this is the place for the serious reader to find it all. Go to: (http://www.ualberta.ca/~englishd/litlinks.htm)

The serious student of classic literature will want to bookmark The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL). This collection of
important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization is a wonderful resource for the serious student, or the lit buff. Here you can search, browse or download almost any text from Classical and Medieval civilization: (http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL)

Let’s move from music and literature to the graphic arts. Do you want to find art information on the web? Check out the World Wide Arts Resources web site: (http://wwar.com) This is the Largest Gateway to the arts.You can use this service to choose from over 3,000 categories. Here’s everything from “Groovin’ art events to traditional exhibitions and museums, to way out 3-D cyber galleries.” If you cruise through the above sites and feel somewhat shortchanged on your own level of creativity. Here’s a site that will give you Ten Steps for Boosting Your Creativity: (http://www.jpb.com/creative/creative.html) Number ten on the list is, Exercise Your Brain. “Brains, like bodies, need exercise to keep fit. If you don't exercise your brain, it will get flabby and useless. Exercise your brain by reading a lot, talking to clever people and disagreeing with people. Arguing can be a terrific way to give your brain cells a workout. But note, arguing about politics is good for you. Bickering over who should clean the dishes is not.”

Art can open your mind to new possibilities. Here’s another web site that will open and expand your thinking. It’s The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts: (http://www.mit.edu/museum) The MIT Museum is the source for fascinating photographs and holograms. Felice Frankel’s photograph of patterns of Proteus (bacteria) is both art and science. Alan Lightman, head of the MIT Writing Program and author of Einstein's Dreams and a number of other works of essays and fiction, describes Frankel's marriage of art and science as "a happy union and a deep one." Says Lightman, "These spellbinding colors and textures and filigrees, captured with Frankel's keen eye, remind us that much of our sense of beauty derives from the endless variety of phenomena we find in the natural world. Every image is a scientific question, a wonderment, a poem."

To expand your sense of wonder, let’s journey into the mystery of the unknown. The Retropsychokinesis Project from the School of Classics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK: (http://www.fourmilab.ch/rpkp/) If this doesn’t leave your head spinning, nothing will.Retropsychokinesis experiments are now on-line in a pilot phase intended to wring out problems in their design and implementation. You can proceed directly to run an experiment, or consult the table of contents which contains links to all documents related to the experiments. The experiments and associated tools require a Web browser which supports Java.

Retropsychokinesis is the claimed ability of certain subjects to alter random data generated, but not examined, prior to the time the data are presented to the subject. Crazy, you say! Well, there's certainly no mechanism in mainstream physics, which could permit such an effect. Yet experiments conducted by a number of different researchers over the last 20 years suggest compellingly that the probability of the results obtained in such experiments being purely the result of chance is sufficiently low that they would be considered evidence of a causal mechanism in most scientific disciplines.

You can participate in a feedback experiment and test your ability to retroactively alter randomly generated data from the past. Three programs translate the stream of random bits from the data generator into various graphical representations which allow you to see the extent to which the bit stream is departing from the most probable result of an equal number of ones and zeroes. Try your ability to influence the Bell Curve, the Clock Face or the Pendulum.

This site combines the fun of a computer game with some serious research into human ability. You can log and submit your results to add to the study. The researchers that produced this site neither accept nor dismiss the existence of retropsychokinetic effects--instead they make experiments available to anybody with access to the World-Wide-Web in order to discover if there is anything genuinely there. If so, the implications for physics and consciousness studies are profound. That's reason enough to see if there's something-spooky going on, or just the improbable results in a few of an immense number of experiments.
--Will Murray