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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

LastFM.com

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Internet radio is booming - often at quite a few decibels more than it should out of a nearby bedroom window - and it is also becoming more and more popular among those looking to expand their musical tastes.

LastFM.com, which was sent by a viewer who signed his e-mail simply GJ, takes the concept of internet radio and merges it with another cool internet gadget we looked at recently, Audioscrobbler.

You can download both the LastFM player and the Audioscrobbler plugin after registration, which requires only a username and password, so no security issues there.

Once installed you log in to the player and clicking the spanner icon in the bottom right-hand corner will allow you to select the option to change the station.

Now here is the interesting bit: from here you can build your own unique play list by typing the names of the artists you like, separated by commas, then clicking Go to ask the engine to return a list of bands and singers that other people who like that kind of music listen to. If you have downloaded Audioscrobbler previously you will already be familiar with this concept.

There are loads more to this site, including a great community vibe also based on the music-taste sharing concept of Audioscrobbler.

The quality of the audio stream was great on my system, though the speed of your connection will play a big role here. And do not forget if you have a capped service, listening to internet radio can quickly use up your bandwidth allowance.


Odeo website

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Another terrific audio concept next.

With the growing popularity of podcasting - the audio equivalent of blogging - this next site will come in very handy to those who fancy themselves as a bit of a radio star.

A few weeks ago we featured a podcast site here on Webscape. If, like a lot of Click viewers, you fancy giving it a go yourself but do not have the technical know-how to record and upload audio files to a website, the problem is solved with Odeo.

You can read about what the site has to offer on the opening page, but you will need to register to use the features.

These include a neat little tool that lets you record audio files and attach a picture, and another that makes sending them to your friends and family - or even publishing them to your own channel on the site - really easy.

You will need to give the website access to your microphone, and webcam if you want to record images, and that happens when you click on the record tool.

Once logged in you have an audio inbox, and all the sections are listed on the right. Listen to the welcome audio file from Biztone, the site's creator. It will give you a nice overview of what you can do.

You can also listen to other people's podcasts, but do be aware that as with any public access channel, there could be some content within those recordings that you might find offensive.


Draw a House.com website

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A couple of quick ones now to tickle the alternative fancy.

Ever wondered what the way you draw a house reveals about your personality?

Drawahouse.com is a fun website based on the concept that the way you draw a house reflects who you are.

The first step is to build your house by clicking the link at the top and following the on screen prompts. Once complete you can colour it in, then give it a name and save it in the gallery of houses.

The next screen will ask you some questions about the way you built the house, and then offer a psychometric analysis of your personality, which probably should not be taken too seriously. The really cute thing here is you can mail your house to your friends, and invite them to join you in creating a street.


Project Implicit website

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Another, slightly more serious test now.

Ever wondered if you have any subconscious preferences for race, type or gender?

You can find out by taking these tests at Project Implicit, a collaborative research effort between Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington, which aims to gather data about the way we consciously and subconsciously think about certain things.

Click the demonstration button to read a bit more about the tests, and when you are ready click to proceed. The tests take about five minutes and require speed and concentration, so make sure you do not get distracted and read the instructions thoroughly.

As well as finding out if you have any subconscious preferences in categories like gender, weight, age, etc... you can click Research on the opening page to participate in a wider research programme.

These questionnaires take about 10-15 minutes, and again require your dedicated attention. They can also be quite thought provoking, and hopefully will aid the scientists in discovering a bit more about the human condition.



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