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Last Updated: Friday, 15 October, 2004, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

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

Cooking for Engineers

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You wouldn't normally expect to find an engineer with his nose buried in a cookbook, would you? Viewer Scott Cushman, from Lincoln, Nebraska, thinks he knows why, and wrote in to us with an excellent find.

Regular viewers will know that we've covered a fair few food related websites over the months, each one tastier than the last, but Cooking For Engineers is not your average recipe archive. As the name would suggest, it's been compiled with the analytical mind in mind.

You won't find fancy jargon and flowery descriptions in these pages, just clearly presented step-by-step guides, with practical photographs of what it should look like every step of the way.

There's a flow chart of the cooking process at the bottom, and I like reading the comments at the very end of each recipe. Look at the comment made at 6.38pm on 12 September in BASIC pancake recipe if it's still there

As well as the recipes, there are a few good articles about critical nutrition and health issues too, plus the new forum section, which looks a bit sparse at the moment, but it's a friendly place nonetheless.


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Another viewer, Rt Rev Alan J Munday, wrote in to draw my attention to a couple of websites that offer a way to do away with annoying mile-long URLs forever. You know the ones I mean, with about six forward-slashes, and a spattering of random characters it takes you five minutes to find on the keyboard.

SnipURL is an online application that applies, and remembers, a shortened URL to any page you choose on the web. This is particularly useful if you want to e-mail the link of a camera review or auction item to another person, as the preposterously long URLs of these pages will often wrap around and become unclickable when you send them.

Just copy and paste the URL you want shortened and click away. The default short name uses letters and numbers that are hopefully relevant to the name of original link, but filling in a nickname under options will create a shortened URL that is more personal to you. It has to be something unique though, so be creative.


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Another viewer suggestion next. You lot have been busy this week! Joakim Walldius suggested a wonderful online place where you can explore or display the world in digital photography.

TrekEarth houses an online community of travellers, both actual and virtual, who have taken the trouble to post and share images and information from their travels, even if it was only just up the road.

Go to the gallery and look through the pictures by continent. Clicking on a thumbnail opens a larger image, together with notes from the photographer about where, when, and often in what mood and context the photograph was taken. It's a real insight into the way different people experience the world, and the photographs are, on the whole, stunning.

When you're done admiring other people's work, click onto workshops and see how you can improve your own technique in the field and at home. Once registered you can post your photographs, or comment on other people's. The mood here is friendly advice and encouragement, so you should feel right at home quite quickly.

One last note before I leave you to explore on your own. Don't miss out on the panorama section of the gallery as there are some stunning scenes here, that are almost as good as travelling there yourself.

Paper Doll Heaven

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Our last web delight came from Monica Green in Vancouver, and will appeal to those of you girls who remember folding the flaps of paper-clothing over your paper doll when you were little.

The boys are probably all sitting at home going "huh?" right now, but if you can bear to visit a site with a girly name like Paper Doll Heaven, all will become clear. Here you'll find the world's biggest stars, singers, models and celebrities, all stripped down to the bare-essentials and ready to be glammed up to the max.

From Britney and Robbie, to the crowned princess Victoria, you can dress them up, dress them down, in fact you can dress them any which way you please and they have to put up with it. Each doll has a wardrobe of assorted drag and drop items such as skirts, jewels, bags and even new hairdos.

Trust me, your six-year-old daughter will love you for putting this one in her favourites folder. We girls just can't resist a dressing up game!

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