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    Posted on February 14th, 2009 Michael Drummond No comments

    And the Oscar goes to

    I have a confession, I love awards shows. I get really teary when someone gives a heartfelt speech, but my favourite moment at yesterday’s Oscars (apart from Heath winning his well deserved best supporting actor) was when Kate Winslett started thanking her parents, but didn’t know where they were sitting, so asked her dad to whistle… and he did. It was so great to see someone just acting like a real person for once! So in the vein of all things award shows, here are my top ten websites of the moment…

    My top ten websites!

    • 10. Amazon www.amazon.com – This site started as a one stop shop for both new and used books, but has now expanded to so much more. I use this site to order CDs that are hard to find in Aus, or movies that haven’t been released here yet! The site lists all their prices in US$, so you might need to go to www.xe.com (Universal Currency Converter) to see if it’s worth buying after the conversion, but I have picked up some great bargains, especially when the dollar was stronger
    • 9. Google Maps www.maps.google.com.auThis is a great site for looking up where you need to go. It’s all very well that your GPS gives you directions, but how will you know what it looks like when you get there? By clicking on street view (if available) you can see what the address looks like from the street.
    • 8. Tiny URL www.tinyurl.comSo often you want to send someone a website address, or post it in your facebook status update, but the website address is just too long. If you enter it in on this website, it gets shrunk to a much shorter and more manageable length.
    • 7. Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Radar mirror.bom.gov.auThis site is great for seeing what the weather is doing, and looks absolutely spectacular in a big storm. You can see how fast the rain is moving towards you, or check if it really is a good idea to head to The Entrance for that picnic. We always check it before heading up to the drive-in at Heddon Greta (www.drive-in.com.au)
    • 6. 2Day FM www.2dayfm.com.au/playerThis one is pretty self explanatory, crystal clear radio reception while you work.
    • 5. Internet Movie Database www.imdb.comSo you know that you like Hugh Jackman, but you just can’t think of what movies he’s been in. Or you love the movie Schindler’s List, and want to see what other movies the director has made. Or you think that Kate Winslett and Leonardo di Caprio would be so good in a movie together, and want to know if that has happened. This is the site for you. Lists all people involved in the production of movies and tv shows, and is even starting to get quite a few Aussie shows up there too.
    • 4. The Breast Cancer Site www.thebreastcancersite.comThe blurb from their site says: “Your click on the “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE” button helps fund free mammograms for women in need — low-income, inner-city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. Your click is paid for by site sponsors, and mammogram funding is provided to clinics throughout the U.S. through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.” I know it’s in the US, but every bit helps in the fight against breast cancer. You can sign up to get an email reminder every day, it only takes about a minute but I think it’s well worth it.
    • 3. Facebook www.facebook.comIt seems like such a simple idea that people would get over very quickly, but these types of sites are taking the world by storm, I think because really we all want to connect. I visit my site countless times in a day, loving reading what my friends are up to, and tending my virtual green patch (no black thumbs in cyberspace!). I do warn, it can become very addictive, and you will probably start thinking of everything you do in short sentences for your status update!
    • 2. Mail2Web www.mail2web.comThis site is so handy to remember, all you need is your email address and password, and you can check your email from any machine in the world! This is especially handy if you know your email program is getting stuck on one message that is too big to download, you can log into it here, read through it, and delete it so that your other mail can come through.

    And the winner is…

    • 1. MR LCD www.mrlcd.com.auWell it will be very soon at least. We have been working with a fantastic web designer, and our new site will be going live sometime soon, and I am looking forward to hearing what you all think.

    So there you have it, the 10 sites I visit and enjoy most. And in the interest of fairness, I though I would quickly list my 12 year old son’s top 3

    1. Facebook www.facebook.com
    2. Cartoon Dave www.cartoondave.com
    3. Fantastic Contraption www.fantasticcontraption.com

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