Tonic, Sports Tutoring, Swine Flu

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Although we hear less about it these days, the H1N1 flu virus is still spreading. The idea of a potential pandemic made front page news one day before my flight from Arizona back to Chicago. I was on vacation and not fond of the idea of keeping track of updates. I wondered how many people would be wearing masks at Sky Harbor or Midway. Now, with the lightning speed of the Internet, we can keep track of the spread, as well as treatments, for the Swine Flu. This is just one (and the most serious) of the websites I reviewed this week. On a less intense note, check out the resources available online for youth sports—just in time for summer. Have a look at these and a few other notable nooks on the Net.

H1N1 (Swine) Flu Information (www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/). Whether or not you believe authorities were too hyperbolic about warning the public of a potential pandemic, having reliable information available on the Internet takes some of the scariness away. The Center for Disease Control has posted up-to-date information about the number of outbreaks per state per day. The site also provides information, mostly common sense, on how to treat a case of the flu. Having immediate access to such information via the Internet puts a big damper on rumors that could lead to panic.

Sports Skills and Drills Library (www.weplay.com).Tagged the “Home of Youth Sports,” this site provides hundreds of videos, 3-D simulations, and diagrams organized by skill and skill level. Whether your child is involved in soccer, wrestling, volleyball, baseball or softball, football, bowling, and even lacrosse or cheerleading, there are valuable tips to be learned and practiced. These tips come from the pros, too. Access advice from Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, and a host of others. Best of all, access is 100% free.

Bad at Names? (http://whatsyourname.tumblr.com/). So. You have a pile of fading photos of the gang, but you can’t for the life of you remember so-and-so’s name. This is where “What’s Your Name?” hopes to provide you with an answer. The trick is to get thousands of people to the site to look over the uploaded photos and recognize that guy whose name you have forgotten. This website is new, having been birthed this month, so there are not a lot of photos yet. Nor people accessing the site to help those suffering from memory fade. But now, CyberScribbles readers know about the site, so help them out. I learned about What’s Your Name over at j-walk blog.

Positively Upbeat (www.tonic.com). Tonic is another entry into the positive news on the web category. It bills itself as being “Positively Good” and carries out its mission by reporting good news, good deeds, and inspirational items. Several you-tube films are embedded here, and I watched “Sand Dancer.” Glad I did, too. It was, to use that overworked adjective, amazing. Tonic also sells things, as well as sponsors an auction—all for good causes. It’s nice to find sites like these. Do yourself a favor and visit Tonic. By the way, the site is looking for student interns who write in journalistic (literate) style.

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Although we hear less about it these days, the H1N1 flu virus is still spreading. The idea of a potential pandemic made front page news one day before my flight from Arizona back to Chicago. I was on vacation and not fond of the idea of keeping track of updates. I wondered how many people would be wearing masks at Sky Harbor or Midway. Now, with the lightning speed of the Internet, we can keep track of the spread, as well as treatments, for the Swine Flu. This is just one (and the most serious) of the websites I reviewed this week. On a less intense note, check out the resources available online for youth sports—just in time for summer. Have a look at these and a few other notable nooks on the Net.

H1N1 (Swine) Flu Information (www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/). Whether or not you believe authorities were too hyperbolic about warning the public of a potential pandemic, having reliable information available on the Internet takes some of the scariness away. The Center for Disease Control has posted up-to-date information about the number of outbreaks per state per day. The site also provides information, mostly common sense, on how to treat a case of the flu. Having immediate access to such information via the Internet puts a big damper on rumors that could lead to panic.

Sports Skills and Drills Library (www.weplay.com).Tagged the “Home of Youth Sports,” this site provides hundreds of videos, 3-D simulations, and diagrams organized by skill and skill level. Whether your child is involved in soccer, wrestling, volleyball, baseball or softball, football, bowling, and even lacrosse or cheerleading, there are valuable tips to be learned and practiced. These tips come from the pros, too. Access advice from Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, and a host of others. Best of all, access is 100% free.

Bad at Names? (http://whatsyourname.tumblr.com/). So. You have a pile of fading photos of the gang, but you can’t for the life of you remember so-and-so’s name. This is where “What’s Your Name?” hopes to provide you with an answer. The trick is to get thousands of people to the site to look over the uploaded photos and recognize that guy whose name you have forgotten. This website is new, having been birthed this month, so there are not a lot of photos yet. Nor people accessing the site to help those suffering from memory fade. But now, CyberScribbles readers know about the site, so help them out. I learned about What’s Your Name over at j-walk blog.

Positively Upbeat (www.tonic.com). Tonic is another entry into the positive news on the web category. It bills itself as being “Positively Good” and carries out its mission by reporting good news, good deeds, and inspirational items. Several you-tube films are embedded here, and I watched “Sand Dancer.” Glad I did, too. It was, to use that overworked adjective, amazing. Tonic also sells things, as well as sponsors an auction—all for good causes. It’s nice to find sites like these. Do yourself a favor and visit Tonic. By the way, the site is looking for student interns who write in journalistic (literate) style.

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