From: Bob Rankin
Subject: TOURBUS - 23 Jul 02 - Rider's Revenge #22
Hi all... it's time for another Rider's Revenge issue, where I share sites that your fellow Tourbus riders think are useful, fun, cool or otherwise worthy of attention. If you have a favorite site that's of interest to an international audience, send it along for the next Rider's Revenge!
This week TOURBUS celebrates it's seventh birthday. Patrick and I want to thank the many tens of thousands of people in over 130 countries who ride along with us on the World's Biggest Bus. Your encouraging notes and suggestions make it a very rewarding experience. Please continue to visit our wonderful sponsors, buy lots of stuff and help us keep the Bus rolling, okay? :-)
Diane McHutchison, presumed alive and well, wrote to tell me:
The Dead People Server is a database of interesting celebrities who are long dead, newly dead or might plausibly be dead. DPS tells you who has really Rung Down the Curtain and Joined the Choir Invisible, and who's Just Resting. There's even a "Quash Those Death Rumors" page.
Patty White, Loyal Tourbus Rider, and Deborah Schmidle, Bibliographer for History and Information Science at University at Albany Dewey Graduate Library both wrote to say:
"How about profiling BookCrossing in a future tourbus?" Okay, let's do it. The goal of BookCrossing is to make the whole world a book exchange of infinite proportion by encouraging people to "forget" their used books in public places. You'll also find tens of thousands of book reviews, ratings and recommendations. A very cool idea!
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Neil Sharwood, writing from Australia says:
Bob, Wow was I glad to see that the Tourbus is still going. You explained the web to me and introduced me to the other parts of the internet (gopher, ftp, etc) in about 1995 or 96. Anyway some friends (around the globe in England, Australia and USA) and myself have started GOGARA, a sport project, with a sort of open source approach to developing it. The aim is to add to the site in different languages and slowly develop GOGARA as a truly international sport that almost everyone can participate in regardless of age or location.
Monty Armstrong, from Papua New Guinea, offers this advice:
Have you seen BBUL? I find it the best library site for my searches.
Indeed, BUBL is a venerable resource from the UK offering access to selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas, with a special focus on Library and Information Science. Over 12,000 online resources are catalogued.
Tourbus Rider Susan Sudbury offers up this dainty morsel:
Do you believe there is actually a BEST DOS site? Does anybody still use DOS? Apparently they do: take a look at the forum at that site. It is really busy, with a bunch of experts on every day answering really hard DOS questions. A lot of college students seem to be asking questions on that forum (and getting answers). The site also has an index of all the DOS commands (with examples) and some downloadable tech textbooks. Check it out.
Tom Crews, clipclopping along in cyberspace, writes:
The Pony Express Home Station is a place to learn about this exciting part of America's past. One can learn about the history of the Pony Express as well as present day events such as the Annual Re-Ride along the Pony Express Trail between Sacramento and St. Joseph. One of the sections that I enjoy maintaining the most is the List of Pony Express Riders. Many teachers and students have used it as a resource in their studies.
That's all for now, I'll see you next time! --Bob Rankin