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

Pandora website

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Using our PCs to hunt out new music is becoming increasingly popular, and there is a growing list of internet radio stations to help you do this. But I particularly liked our first site today, which puts you in control of your own station.

It is called Pandora and, like the famous box, you never quite know what you are going to find when you open it. The site allows you to create your own unique music stations and play them over and over again for free, as long as you do not mind a few adverts.

All you do is type the name of a track, band or artist that you like in the box provided, and Pandora will return a playlist from their archives to suit your musical taste.

As tracks play you will see additional information pop up on screen and, by clicking Guide Us, you can leave your feedback about the playlist and remove certain tracks you do not like.

There is also a link to read more about the artist and track in the backstage section of Pandora, which includes a discography and links to information about similar artists.

You can try the service without registration, but continued usage requires signing up for the free membership, and you have to be based in the United States. This is for music licensing reasons but the site's creators tell me they plan to expand the service to other regions in the future.

Definitely worth bookmarking and keeping an eye on, as it is one of the best internet radio tools I have seen.


Pixsy website

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Next up, a special treat for those who cannot get enough of the web's visual content but keep getting lost somewhere between YouTube and the New York Times.

At Pixsy you will find a visual search engine, which collects photos and videos from thousands of providers on the web. By including a search of sites like Flickr, Fotothing, and YouTube, the results it throws up often include holiday photos and other user generated content.

Just type a search term in the box at the top and click "Go Pixsy". Refine your search further using the content type, category or provider links in the panels on the left.

Hovering your mouse over a thumbnail will reveal a pop up panel with further details and functions.

Pixsy's creators say that between 5 million and 10 million images are already indexed and that number is growing, so Pixsy looks set to make its mark on the world pretty quickly.


Dirty Car Art website

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Finally a quick glance at a fairly compact personal site that takes the concept of dirty pictures to a whole new level.

Have you ever seen a filthy van that some joker has scrawled on with their fingers? Scott Wade does not bother with such trivial scrawlings.

Click Gallery to jump straight into the pictures which really are scrawled in the dust on the back window of a car!

It is actually quite an intricate process, as described throughout the collection of thumbnails. To find out more just keep pressing the forward arrow to scroll through, reading the accompanying text on the left.

Incredible - and what a great excuse not to wash your car for the rest of the year!




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