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Last Updated: Friday, 13 July 2007, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Animation World Network

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The Animation World Network is a huge source of information about cartoons, animated movies and the animation industry itself. This is a site which is useful for professionals and students alike.

The homepage includes the latest news about the animation business, from which movies are breaking box office records to the winners and losers at animation festivals all over the world.

For the amateur animator the resource section includes a database of animation schools and courses across the globe.

A visit to the Student Corner reveals articles and tips from industry greats, including traditional drawing tutorials and advice on how to master 3D graphics packages like Maya.

For those that are serious about pursuing a career in animation the resource section also includes the animation industry database. Here you will find global listings for everything from where to get hold of materials and equipment to production companies that specialise in animation.


Cute Overload

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Now the world can be a pretty harsh place and sometimes it is nice to take a break and spend some time on a site which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Put your cynicism to one side and banish the blues, Cute Overload is a site that is guaranteed to make you go "Ahhhhh".

This is a corner of the web which is unrelentingly cute.

Basically this site consists of hundreds of photos and videos of adorable and cuddly critters.

The site is separated into categories including baby birds, kittens and puppies. All of the categories have one thing in common - fluffy little animals with huge eyes staring into digital cameras eliciting "oohs" and "ahhhs" from anybody that glances at them.

Users can add their own photos or videos in the Got Cute section of the homepage.

And that is basically it, a sweet site which offers a quick pick-me-up. A word of warning though, spend too long surfing and you will discover there really is such a thing as cute overload.


Pitchfork

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To hear and find out about new music, we used to listen to the radio or read the music press, but the web is now one of the best places to find and hear the latest tunes.

Highly regarded by music journalists and one of the best sites for music fans has to be Pitchforkmedia.com. This site is published daily and here you will find classic rock, hip-hop and electronica. All musical tastes are catered for here.

With a feel reminiscent of a magazine there is news and reviews about the latest singles and albums releases. Plus there are features and interviews with rock royalty like Paul McCartney.

So far so straightforward music press. But it is the site's new music section which really shines. Pitchfork goes to great lengths to promote bands you may never have heard of. A lot of the new music reviews also include streams of the tracks so you can hear what all the fuss is about.

Clicking on the Forkcast section of the site opens a page which includes streamed versions of featured tracks as well as video content. This site acts as a great introduction to music and bands to watch out for.

It is now so influential it has even been sited with helping to launch the careers of bands like The Arcade Fire. What you mean you've never heard of them ...




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