From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 28 Sep 04 - Rider's Revenge #31


The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2239
Copyright © Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen - All rights reserved

Hi all... it's been a while since I've done a Rider's Revenge issue, where I share sites that fellow Tourbus riders think are useful, fun, cool or otherwise worthy of attention. So let's do it! And if you have a favorite site that's possibly of interest to an international audience, send it along for the next Rider's Revenge.

Gimme (no) Shelter!

From Jill in Eugene, Oregon:

> In your "Pets in Cyberspace" article, you left out the site where
> you can adopt your pet. PetFinder lists 150,000+ adoptable pets at
> animal shelters, rescue agencies and humane societies in the US and
> Canada. You can check out their resource library, post ads for
> lost or found pets or become a volunteer at your local shelter.

Tracking Tracks

From Kevin in California:

> TunesTracker makes Apple's iTunes music service even better, by
> keeping music fans up-to-date about their favorite artists. After
> registering, you can enter the names of up to 50 music groups. Once
> a day, TunesTracker checks iTunes for new songs by those artists and
> sends an e-mail alert if there's anything new. From there, you can
> click to open the song at iTunes, listen to a sample, or buy the
> song. The TunesTracker service is free.

Word Fun Part Deux

Several riders had feedback about the "Fun With Words" article.

From John Cronin:

> Thanks for the great newsletter. I've been a subscriber for years.
> Here is a site to check out, called Word Count. It gives the rank
> of English words by frequency of use. My last name has a rank of
> 37332 out of 86800! (And the Rank of Rankin is 42,854.)

From Glenn Sugden:

> Don't forget Squabble, the awesomely addicting "real-time"
> Scrabble-ish game.

From Barbara Crick at

> Thanks for mentioning WordZap in your newsletter. We also compose
> a daily online crossword and newspuzzle which we call Cricklers.
> They are unique in that they adapt to the skill of the solver.
> I hope you will give them a try.

Got Gas?

From Carol Hall:

> GasBuddy can help you find cheap gas prices in your city. It is
> comprised of 170 gas price information web sites (USA and Canada)
> that help consumers find low gasoline prices. GasBuddy has the
> most comprehensive listings of gas prices anywhere by far. Each
> of GasBuddy Organization's web sites provides a live forum for
> consumers to post local recent low and high gasoline prices.

ED: By posting local prices you can earn points that may be used to participate in raffles to earn prizes.

Very Strange Things

While we're on the subject, I want to remind you about a fun feature on the TOURBUS website. "Very Strange Things on the Web" is a collection of links to offbeat sites that are fun, amusing or just bizarre. All in good taste, of course. Well-meaning friends who think I don't have enough to amuse me are always sending me links to these "interesting" sites, so I've decided to share them with all of you. And of course I welcome your suggestions.

Very Strange Things -

The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2239
Copyright © Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen - All rights reserved

That's all for now, see you next time! -- Bob Rankin

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