Here and there

"Here and there" Continued...

Issue: "Homegrown terror," Dec. 5, 2009

But she also loves what she's doing now. "I adore going to used bookstores and not having to worry about where to put the books. I love to mess with books. I thought my dream job was sitting in the Murree Christian school library, but now that I'm in this, I'm loving it. I have the conviction I'm doing what the Lord wants me to do."

Search service

You've misplaced your cell phone once again and don't have a landline so you can't call yourself? If you are close to a computer, you can go to wheresmycellphone.com and type in your phone number: The site will call your phone. It's free and promises not to store your phone information.

Look to the past

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History-whose advisory board includes many noted academic historians as well as more popular figures including author Richard Brookhiser and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns-has a website loaded with materials for classroom teachers and students (gilderlehrman.org). The material, divided by historical periods, includes podcasts, historical documents, and modules that link background material to primary documents, maps, and related lectures.

Cycler's helper

Ride the City (ridethecity.com) provides cyclists with advice about safe routes in six cities: New York City, Austin, Chicago, Louisville, Seattle, and San Diego. If you either type in the starting and ending addresses, or drag a little green cyclist icon to the start and a red stop sign to the end, Ride the City will quickly provide three routes: safe, safer, and direct. You can tell the website which route you'd prefer. The safer route will generally be longer, sending a rider out of the way in order to maximize use of greenways and bike paths. The direct route doesn't try to bypass busy streets. Just don't try to read these maps while riding.

Finding the formula

Can software predict what songs have the potential to become hits? That's the premise behind Music Intelligence Solutions' uplaya.com. Budding "independent/unsigned musicians and songwriters" can upload two songs for free. The software analyzes "the fundamental characteristics of all music, such as brightness and tempo, and measures how they change over time." It then "compares the sonic characteristics of your tracks against all the songs in the Music Universe™. . . . Hit songs tend to "cluster" (in terms of similarity), and the likely commercial success of new music is judged by its proximity to these constellations."

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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