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                TOURBUS Volume 7, Number 29 -- 4 Nov 2001
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    BBC Education Web Guide / Pixar Short Films / Southern Words
Howdy, y'all, and greetings from beautiful Irvine, California, the
wombat capital of west central Belgium.  :)
Want a quick update on my recent cross-country trip?  Tough!  You're
getting one anyway!  :P
I left Tuscaloosa last Saturday afternoon and arrived in Irvine Monday
night.  All in all, I traveled 2084 miles in a little under 30 hours,
not including overnight stops in Abeline, Texas, and Tuscon, Arizona.
I am convinced, however, that 2083 of those miles were in Texas!  Man,
that state doesn't end!
Now that your fearless bus driver is officially a Californian
("DUDE!"), the next two things on my punch list are to:
      1. Unpack the kajillion boxes that are sitting in my living room;
      2. Find a job.  :)
I'll keep you updated on my progress.
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On with the show ...
BBC Education Web Guide
Over the past couple of years, we've talked about a *BUNCH* of great
online education resources ranging from Yahoo's "Yahooligans" Web
guide for kids at 
all the way up to The New York Times' College Resources for Students &
Faculty page at .
Well, I've found another online education resource to add to your
bookmarks list: the BBC Online's Education Web Guide at
If that address is too long, just hop on over to 
and click on the "Education" link on the left side of the page.
At first glance, the BBC's Education Web Guide looks an awful lot like
Yahoo.  Don't let looks deceive you, though.  This site works a little
differently.  When you click on a particular category like "Chemistry"
or "German," you're taken to a page with only ONE site: that
category's weekly top Web site.  The *real* meat of the BBC's site can
be found in the green-ish "subcategories" box on the right side of the
categories page.
Every category has three subcategories:
      1. Web sites appropriate for students between 11 and 16;
      2. Web sites appropriate for students between 16 and 18; and
      3. Lesson plans.
Pick a category and then pick a subcategory.  The links you'll see are
absolutely phenomenal.  They're so good, in fact, that the BBC's
Education Web Guide's is a great resource even if you are NOT a
Play around with the site.  I think you are going to be impressed.
Pixar Short Films
If you've been to the movie theatre or video store recently, you
probably know about Pixar Animation Studios.  They're the computer
animation gurus who created Disney's Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's
Life, and the new movie Monsters, Inc.
What you may not know is that prior to creating these full-length
animated movies the folks at Pixar created a BUNCH of really cool,
short films like "Tin Toy," "Geri's Game," and (my personal favorite)
"Luxo Jr."  Unfortunately, these short films were bloody well
difficult to find ... until now.  The folks at Pixar recently
redesigned their Web site, and seven of Pixar's short films are now
available online, free of charge, at 
You'll need two things to be able to see any of Pixar's seven short
      1. A fast Internet connection (or a slow connection and an
         exceptional amount of patience); and
      2. Apple's QuickTime plug-in, which is available at no charge for
         both PCs and Macs at
By the way, the Quicktime requirement should come as no surprise
considering that Pixar's President and CEO is Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.
Just go to Pixar's Short Film's page, click on the short film that
interests you, and you'll be taken to a new page that lets you:
      1. Watch that short film on your computer; and
      2. Read "the full story" about the making of that particular
         short film.
Unfortunately, Pixar's site doesn't let you download and save the any
of the seven short films to your computer to watch later, but you can
always go back to Pixar's site to watch the films again and again.
I know I will.
Southern Word Homepage
Finally, I didn't mentioned this before, but on the afternoon of
September 11, as a way to take my mind off of the tragedy I had
watched live on CNN, I updated the Southern Word homepage at .
Updating the page was a much-needed diversion, and I am happy to
report that the Southern Word Homepage now contains *every* Southern
Word of the Week from the first issue of Tourbus back in 1995 all the
way up to today.
Enjoy.  :)
That's it for today.  Have a safe and happy week, and we'll talk again
    BBC Education Web Guide / Pixar Short Films / Southern Words
LECTRIC (Noun).  Something operated by electricity.
Usage: "I ain't payin' no $200 lectric bill!"
[Special thanks to a customer I overheard at Alabama Power for today's
You can find all of the old Southern Words of the day at 
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