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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 18:29 GMT
Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

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


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It seems that more and more these days the web is alive with art.

From modern works and interactive galleries, to virtual museums housing any number of classic artists' work.

Our first website this week is one for the traditionalists.

Born in 1475, Michelangelo is one of the best-known artists ever to have lived.

Most famous for his work on the Sistine Chapel, he led a rich and colourful life, which is laid out here in some detail, together with images and illustrations to help you understand the artist and his works.

The chronology is split into three main sections - Early Life, Mid Years and Final Days.

Each section is quite long, and there is a lot of text to read, but it is well written and crammed with interesting nuggets of information about the artist's life, loves and influences.

As you peruse each section, you will see links to additional pictures and information.

There is a useful single link on each page to the whole gallery of images, and there's even a streaming movie in the Final Days section, which chronicles the reconstruction, using computer technology, of the statue he tried to destroy: the Florentine Pieta.

It is not particularly good quality, but interesting nonetheless.

Digital blasphemy

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If you like your art a little more high-tech, then take a look at this website, sent in by viewer Colin Bailey, who says as far as he is concerned, it is the best 3D art website going.

There are countless variations on the digital art website theme, containing a wide range of styles and talent - and I have to agree that Digital Blasphemy rates pretty highly among the bunch if you're looking for first class desktop wallpaper displays.

There is a premium area, which tantalisingly you can view but not access in high resolution - but if you are looking for inspiration the thumbnails in these pages are very viewable, and still pretty stunning.

But if it's amazing images to adorn your desktop you're after, then there is plenty of stuff in the free galleries too.

Check out the top 10 and top rated sections if you want to jump straight into the best of the action.

Find an image you like and just right click to save that image.

There is a small selection of animations and tutorials too, which are worth having a look at, as well as a user gallery for you to participate in the community should you wish. Be warned though, you'll find even a fast connection takes time to load these pages - I guess that's just the price of art.

Industrious clock

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We seem to be on a bit of a creative journey through the web at the moment, so I would like to briefly show you this highly creative website.

It was sent in by a viewer who didn't leave their name, which is a shame because I shall just have to take the credit for bringing it to you instead.

It is simply the best clock I have ever seen, and it is such a simple idea too.

I cannot imagine I will visit the site very often, as it is a little impractical as a timepiece, but I will certainly try to make it back occasionally on the last minute of the last day of each month.


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For the last website, I've decided to answer a request sent in by Randy Akan-wari-wiak, who wanted a good game to pass the time.

You might not actually thank me for showing you the way to this website, as Bubbels is totally addictive in a Tetris kind of way.

I am sure someone has done a study into why this type of puzzle is so compelling - if any of you know why, then do get in touch.

The object is to destroy the bubbles by firing a bubble of the same colour against a group of two or more. It is not as easy as it sounds, though the bubbles do make a great popping sound as they go.

You can bounce the bubbles off the wall, which I am getting frighteningly good at.

Each time you fail to pop anything at all the counter on the right reduces by one life, until you have none left and extra bubbles fill the screen.

If the bubbles get too low, the game is over. I have scored over 75,000 in my best go so far - but that took ages. Let me know if you can do better.

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