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Last Updated: Friday, 1 February 2008, 14:58 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

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

Lego Factory


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To kick off with, here is an application by Lego. If like me you have spent a lot of time building things from colourful bricks as a child, you will probably enjoy this app as much as I do.

You can find the link to download Lego Digital designer at http://factory.lego.com/

After a quick installation you are ready to build your very own creations. And best of all, you do not have to register unless you want to participate in the lego community and upload your creations for other users to see.

Start the application and you can choose between building one of the starter models or choose "free build" to create your own models from scratch.

If you go with the starter model you will get a selection of half-built lego creations which you can finish off. And if you need the how-to instructions, click on the building guide mode - top left, third button - and it will give you the option to watch the item being built or alternatively you can generate a step-by-step building guide which you can then print out.

If you want, you can also import other people's models into the designer.

For that you need to click on the gallery tab on the website, then click on the creation you like and then click to download.

This will prompt you to save an lxf file. Once saved, go back in to designer and import the file whilst in build mode.

And if you get bored of virtual building and would like to be able to get your hands on the real thing, then you can also order the necessary bricks for your creation and Lego will package it up for you.

But still, there is plenty to get on with, without spending a penny.


Recipe Matcher

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Do you ever come home after a long day of work, look in the fridge but cannot think of anything to cook with the stuff that is in there.

If the answer is yes, you might find this site very useful.

Recipe Matcher is pretty easy to use. You type in what is in your pantry in the green box, then choose from the drop-down menu what kind of cuisine you want to cook.

Click "Show Me What I Can Make", it will then generate recipes you can cook with the ingredients that are in your fridge.

On the right-hand side it indicates the amount of ingredients you have - and on the left what you will still need to buy.

You can do the same with drinks and impress your guests with a cocktail.

You do not have to register to use the site but that does mean you have to type in what is in your pantry every time you use it.

If you choose to register and log in, the site gives you the option of saving your pantry and creating an electronic grocery list.

You can also save your favourite recipes as well as submitting your own.


Bee Dogs

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I know you have come to expect a certain level of quality here on Webscape: sites of a particular coolness, applications you can put to use on a daily basis, stuff you absolutely, positively, definitely, cannot live without.

And that is why you NEED to know about Bee Dogs.

Bee Dogs bills itself as the premier online repository for pictures of dogs in bee costumes.

And I have to say, I'd be hard pushed to disagree.

It contains photos of dogs in bee costumes. That's right - dogs in bee costumes. Photos - lots of photos - of dogs wearing bee costumes.

Browse the galleries, upload your own, or even adopt a Bee Dog, if you really, really want to.

Proof that you will find anything and everything on the web if you look hard enough. Including Bee Dogs - dedicated to dogs - wearing bee costumes.




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