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Last Updated: Friday, 22 October, 2004, 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK
Webscape
By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

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

Make Movies

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In the past few years, we have seen an explosion in the raw talent on the animation scene. Hot new animators are the talk of Hollywood, and so it is not hard to understand why thousands of hopeful young computer enthusiasts fancy their chances at a glamorous career with the likes of Pixar.

Now, thanks to viewer Stan Hayward, who sent in his award winning website called Make Movies, there is a place that budding young talents can begin to flex their creative muscles.

This website is all about making animations - from the very basic principles of flip-book or roller animations, right up to storyboarding, capturing and editing whole sequences and movies. Stan hopes his work will encourage youngsters to make movies about community problems, and his site is already highly thought of by the educational authorities.

Check out Curriculum Animation if you want to plan out and guide your youngsters through an introduction to animation ideas and techniques. Treated in the right way, this could be a really fun and educational way to spend an afternoon with your child - and it might even spark a passion in them they will thank you for later on in life.

Older children will be able to skip through the opening lessons and start playing with the technology they already know under their own steam. You could be surprised how quickly they come back to show you their first 30 second movie!


Alpha Dynamics

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Jack Dash, who has a high pressure job in the city, took time off to write in with an e-book he discovered on how to deal with stress.

Alpha Dynamics is the name of the site, which also sells premium content such as books and CDs, but if you click on the "free-e-book" icon you can download a printable PDF, in two types of English no less.

The e-book is free, and no registration is required, which is nice. However, you will find the pages peppered with gentle reminders about how useful the premium content would be right now.

That does not in any way detract from the content of the book. Well written, and not as condescending as this type of life-manual can be, I found lots of down-to-earth information about what is happening to your body under stress, and how to combat it.


Fetchfido

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Another good way of unwinding after a stressful day at the office is to play a couple of games. Well, it works for me anyway.

Since you always seem to appreciate a site with a few more fun free games to while away the minutes, take a look at Fetchfido. It is the games section on the right we're interested in, and I have to say there are some absolute corkers here.

Fido has his own favourites listed at the top, and I recommend you try all of them. The Eskiv 2 game is really compelling. It had my heart racing after about 30 seconds of play - not many games can claim that these days.

Tanks is a variation on the old arcade favourite and is great for two players. And although the skill levels required weren't that great, I have to say Paintball does a really good job of recreating another great executive stress reliever - shooting your colleagues with paint pellets.

All for free too! I don't know why these guys do it, with no pop-ups and just a couple of banner ads to support them - but I have to thank them anyway.


The picture of everything

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Finally, I thought I would include everything. No really, I mean everything. Well, a picture of everything anyway.

This amazing creation is the work of artist Howard Hallis. It is basically a picture of everything and everyone - well, nearly, I suppose. But there certainly are a lot of people, places and things on that large piece of paper.

The layers are categorised and clicking on an area of the picture will zoom you in to the next level, where you can zoom in again until you reach the close-up detail.

It really is worth an explore. It must have been a mammoth undertaking to make it, and the humour and level of detail in the work is just simply mind-blowing.

Each individual object and character is named at the closest level with a pop-up that appears when you hover your mouse over them.

Who can you find? Keep looking - who knows, you might even find yourself!


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