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The formal name of this site is "Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age." If your self-esteem is too high, and you're feeling pretty good about yourself and your life's accomplishments, simply enter your age and you'll be instantly humbled by the accomplishments of your chronological peers. If that's not depressing enough, type in the ages of your children or grandchildren and see how far behind the little slackers have already fallen. Albert Einstein, by age 12, had already taught himself Euclidean geometry. When I was 12, I was still trying to find my way home from school without getting lost.

Amusing Facts
An eclectic collection of relatively useless-but-amusing information. For example, did you know that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, or that astronaut Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name was Moon? No, wait. Maybe it's Buzz Aldrin's mother who had 32 muscles in each ear. I can't remember, but I do know that a typical double mattress contains as many as two million dust mites. On second thought, maybe there are some things we're better off not knowing.
If you believe spice is nice or you're just wild about saffron, this is a great place to learn about cumin, turmeric, Posh, frankincense, and much, much myrrh. Research any spice to discover its origins and uses, or to gobble up a sample recipe or two.

Birds of America
John James Audubon -- yes, the same person who has a worldwide society named after him (the John James Society, of course) spent most of his adult life studying and compiling information on the many bird species native to America. His work resulted in the authoritative "Birds of America," a publication that consists of 435 life-size etchings of each species. If you haven't had occasion to view this impressive body of work, thanks to the Web, you're in for quite a tweet.

Carpool Finder
The idea here is to find matches for your daily commute. This free service permits you to run a search for a regular commute, whenever you like, as often as you like, to see if any other trips in the database match your own. You can also enter your own trip data for other commuters to see. Caution: If you have to travel through any tunnels on your way to work, do not use this site and avoid carpooling. Failure to heed this warning may result in carpool tunnel syndrome. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Everything you could possibly want to know about the Dance lifestyle, culture, and entertainment. Includes all dance styles from the Argentine Tango, to Flamenco, Folk Dancing, Hip Hop, Line Dancing, and the event for which Mr. Modem won a bronze metal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Synchronized Clogging.

Fast Food Nutritional Data
Have you ever wondered about the nutritional value, if any, of the quasi-edibles available from fast food restaurants? Under "Fast Food Facts," you'll find everything you wish you didn't know about the sodium, fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, etc. in the offerings from all of your favorite quick-cuisine joints. Let's see, a light lunch consisting of a Burger King Whopper with cheese, an order of fries (French or Freedom) and a chocolate milkshake tips the scales at a belt-bustin', artery cloggin', paramedic callin' 73 grams of fat, and 1450 calories. On second thought, I think I'll have a banana.

Food Timeline
Created by librarians, this site is a serious effort to put fun into social studies and is cross-referenced against such authoritative resources as the Oxford Companion to Food, the Cambridge World History of Food, and Mr. Modem's Guide to Socially Acceptable Computer Snacks. What did the Vikings eat knowing that you shouldn't sack and plunder on an empty stomach? How and why did Thomas Jefferson make ice cream? Was his local Dairy Queen closed? Who invented the potato chip? And which came first, the dip or the chip? Impress your friends by whipping up a batch of ancient Roman sausage, circa 500BC. Be sure to dial IX-I-I if anybody starts feeling queasy.

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