How to Go a Million Miles on Less than a Gallon of Gas

Oh, the weather outside is frightful….
And there’s no money to go anywhere even if you did dare to venture outdoors.
Sound familiar?
If you’ve got the Holiday blues, read on……maybe good cheer is just around the corner (or just around the world, if you think about it :-). Cyberspace travel is free, and there are a million good destinations out there—plenty of things to see and do, plenty of fun to be had even if you never take a step out the door.
So let’s do some Holiday traveling, ok?  🙂

 

Before we even begin, let’s see where Santa Claus is right now!

 

http://www.noradsanta.org/en/home.html

 

 http://www.noradsanta.org/en/video.html

Check out the videos of where he’s been so far!! 

 

Now let’s take a tour of the wired world at Christmas time…..
Check out some Christmas Scenery (set to music):
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY1otyfwu1o
 
Or a Christmas Lights Tour around the world:
 
http://www.tackylighttour.com/christmas_lights/bestchristmaslights.aspx
 
How about going to Paris?  Here is the Eiffel Tower via live web cam
http://www.paris-live.com/
And now on to a stunning live webcam view in Rome, Italy:
http://www.atlantestarhotel.com/webcam.htm
Here’s the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
http://www.earthcam.com/usa/dc/metrosquare/
and here’s London’s Trafalgar Square:
http://www.earthcam.com/uk/england/london/index.php?cam=2
Here are a few live webcams from Hawaii. First, a view of the sky from a telescope on one of the islands.
http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/webcams/
An Hawaiian volcano
http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cam/index.htm
And Waikiki beach
http://www.honolulu.gov/multimed/waikiki.asp
Google Maps Street View will give you amazing photos of just about anywhere you want to go, and you can travel along through neighboring streets when you get there. Try searching for the “Golden Gate bridge” in San Francisco,  the “North Pole” or your own house….
www.maps.google.com
But don’t get too close! 🙂 LOLOL!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPgV6-gnQaE
 
Ready to head home? You’re just in time to finish a few belated Christmas cards. What about creating your own free ecards, complete with singing elves?
 
http://www.zefrank.com/xmas/
 
Now to hang out with friends……..
 
Go ahead and start the caroling at www.midomi.com.
 
Talk about what interests you in this virtual community www.twine.com, http://www.twine.com/twine/11p0rt184-14g/christmas or get a Facebook profile, and start chatting with friends from around the world. www.facebook.com.
 
And now to relax. Go ahead and start by lighting a fire in the fireplace.  I’ll wait:
 
www.blazinglogs.com
 
Grab a cup of hot chocolate:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g-FRSq7x_o&feature=related
 
http://www.virtualchocolate.com/chocolatemuse/hotchocolate.cfm
 
and put on some Christmas music:
 
http://www.pandora.com/?search=winter+wonderland&searchFilter=song
 
Here are a few more Holiday songs and movies:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9KpNznVLlY
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfGhsuvF0Q4
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErrzjGCi3gY
 
http://www.hulu.com/watch/4862/miracle-on-34th-street-christmas-faith
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYexxEAl8Io
 
Or go to  www.hulu.com, where you can watch a few full-length movies and t.v. shows for free.
 
When you’re done with that, try saving Santa from the clutches of the evil Dr. Zass:
 
http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/christmas.php
 
Or just design your own videos with some fun-to-use software courtesy of the late, great Randy Pausch and Carnegie Mellon University:
 
http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/
www.alice.org
 
 
Didn’t get the Iphone you wanted for Christmas? With this site, you can pretend you did. Scroll through a 3d videowall of images with a swoosh of your mouse with this free search download.
 
www.cooliris.com
 
Last but not least, here are a few presents…….
 
Your first gift is a selection of full-length Christmas stories, including Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.”
 
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dKbrown/christmas.html
 
And your second  gift is an invitation to rediscover your local library—online.
Now, before you Luddites out there insist that you will never read a book unless you can feel the paper in your hands, consider this: the invitation comes with 20 new books every 2 to 3 weeks, including audiobooks, and you can browse through and check them out at midnight in your p.j.’s. No kidding. That’s pretty good, isn’t it?
And if you can’t live without that old book smell, here’s a scratch and sniff sticker that might help! 🙂

 More later on ebooks in cyberspace, but go ahead and get started checking out library books at www.overdrive.com 
Check out whether your local Library is connected:
Just one more thing….

 

What has all this got to do with Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen? Well, his Flipstart, the mini-pc that his company invented, has been my passport to the wired world during the last several months. It is a fantastic E-reader, among other things, and because of it I have been able to read more during the last 8 months than I have in the last 8 years. It’s the best gift I’ve had all year.
 
Thanks, Paul, and Merry Christmas!!! I’m so glad you’re feeling better, dude!!! 🙂
 
And Merry Christmas everyone!!!! Hope you’ve enjoyed the online journey!!!
 
 
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Other Christmas Links:
David Letterman’s Top 10 Lists—Christmas
http://www.allthingschristmas.com/party/letterman-topten.php
Top 50 Christmas Sites
http://www.techdigest.tv/2006/12/top_50_christma.html
All Things Christmas
http://www.allthingschristmas.com/stories.html
Grinch Online Coloring Book
http://www.seussville.com/grinch/coloring.swf
More Christmas Stories
http://holidays.kaboose.com/christmas/stories/xmas-stories.html
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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