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Countdown to the Millennium!
December '99

"The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."
Rocket pioneer Robert Goddard

We've gathered some of the most interesting sites devoted to the millennium. As you visit each one, take a stroll down memory lane and hop on a rocket to the future!

This month marks the introduction of a couple of new features, contributed by members. In addition to Gem's Gems and Krstl's Karats, read about the latest CD releases in Seth's Silver Sounds and get into the holiday season with an original poem in Angel's Emeralds!

Happy Holidays!




Through the Millennium
Stroll through the ages with LIFE as they bring you the Top 100 events that have most impacted our lives.


SportsCentury
Biographies of great athletes of the 20th century, as selected and profiled by ESPN as part of the SportsCentury retrospective. The countdown continues each week, when a new athlete is added to the list.


A&E's Biography of the Millennium
We started from a list of
250 people, representing the last one thousand years. Our list has been pared down to one hundred people who have had the most influence (positive or negative) in historical, cultural, political, social, or emotional terms, not just in their lifetime, but on future generations as well.


Visions of the Next Millennium

While seers predict a catastrophic Apocalypse, a few visionaries see the approaching millennium as a cause for change. Here's a look at some of the
Millennial Markers that hope to transform the next 1,000 years. And exactly when and where will the new millennium begin? Here are the answers to a couple of the hottest Millennial Questions today!



Interesting sites to visit on the web

Arts & Letters Daily: Journalistic compilations
Learn2.com: Tutorials on a variety of subjects
Beaches of the World
Gooey: Chat with others visiting the same web page as you

 

TIME 100
One hundred years, 100 remarkable people. TIME has profiled those individuals who — for better or worse — most influenced the last century.


100 Years of Entertainment
The greatest performers, the biggest laughs, the sexiest babes, the hottest scandals! Check out the best and brightest from a century of entertainment.


Top 100 News Stories of the Century
The Newseum in Arlington, VA., asked journalists and historians nationwide to select the 20th century's top news events. Here are their top 100 stories. And on Dec. 26th, Newseum will list the public's top 100 choices, garnered from a poll.


Looking Back to the Future
What happened to all that futuristic stuff which was supposed to change our lives by the year 2000? Stuff like rocket belts, flying cars, food pills and inflatable homes.



Download of the Month

See the world on $0 a day!

DigiCams -The WebCam Viewer

With over 500 web cams all over the world, you can see views of Russia, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Africa, cities all over the US and many more countries, even a scientific station at the South Pole! It's free to download and watch the world from your desktop!



Shopping, parties, gift wrapping....who has time? Here are three easy recipes that will make your life a little easier. The bran muffins are to die for, and are so easy to bake. Being able to keep the batter in the fridge lets you bake one at a time or a whole pan! Need a dish for a potluck....take the 5 cup salad. 'Cooking' was never easier than this! Save room for the pie...it's a good one! Happy holidays to you all!

6-WEEK BRAN MUFFINS

1 box (15 oz) Raisin Bran
3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 quart buttermilk
5 cups flour
5 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
extra raisins

Mix bran flakes, sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. Add remaining ingredients. Put into muffin tins and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 4 to 5 dozen. Batter may be stored in a covered container in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

 



5-CUP SALAD

1 cup mandarin orange sections - drained
1 cup pineapple bits
1 cup coconut
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup sour cream

Mix well and let stand overnight to set.

KEY LIME PIE

1 (6 oz) Ready Crust - graham or chocolate
1 can (6 oz) frozen limeade
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup sour cream
few drops green food coloring
1 (8 oz) carton frozen non-dairy topping, thawed

In large bowl, combine limeade (frozen) and milk. Add sour cream and coloring, stir until blended. Fold in dairy topping. Spoon into crust. Chill 6 hours. Garnish as desired.

This is a pretty holiday pie because of its soft green coloring. Sprinkle red sugar crystals on the top to make it festive.



Metallica
S&M
2 discs
Live recording
List Price $25.98

Hello! I'm Gem's kid, and welcome to the first (and hopefully not the last) installment of Seth's Silver Sounds. For my first review I chose a band that I know a lot about. I hope it isn't too biased. Metallica has been releasing music since 1983. S&M (ok...hey! Minds out of the gutter..it stands for "Symphony & Metallica") is their ninth release.

This CD is the closest thing they have to a "Best Of" album besides their 1993 live box set. S & M, however, carries a slightly different tune compared to all the rest of Metallica's releases. This time Metallica teamed up with Conductor Michael Kamen and The San Fransisco Symphony Orchestra to give Metallica fans yet another way to interpret their music. Michael Kamen arranged the selected original Metallica songs on this album to be played by a ninety piece orchestra while Metallica plays their songs just the way they were written. Kamen did an outstanding job. Even in some of Metallica's heaviest songs, the orchestra fits like it should have been there all along. There are a few instrumental songs that sound great also. As a Metallica fan, I feel all the songs on the cd are good.

I am especially partial to the renditions of "Master Of Puppets" and "Nothing Else Matters." The symphony backs Metallica like a big brother helping his younger sibling put a jigsaw puzzle together. Michael Kamen filled in all the right spots with the right notes and produced an outstanding feeling of wholeness and power. James Hetfield, frontman of Metallica, sings with enthusiam and seems like he's having a ball. His love for playing live can easily be noticed here as he did not stray from his usual live performance attitude. Hetfield, at various times, leaves the singing to the live crowd on hand at two shows recorded last April. In the song, "The Memory Remains," Marianne Faithful's part was carried out by the crowd after being prompted by Hetfield to "come on, sing it!" It gives any fan the chills.

For all of the parents out there, this CD has a Parental Advisory. James Hetfeild does swear in 99% of his live performances. This is only their second of nine cds to carry the coveted Parental Advisory sticker. The content of the songs do not depict violence, sexual content, or drug use. The rating is due to language. I don't condone the rating system, but at my place of employment we are required to only sell these releases to someone 18 years of age or older. There's also a "clean" version available of this album.

This CD is an overall success. I was a little nervous at hearing that Metallica planned to work with a symphony but at the same time excited. It's a necessity for every Metallica fan's collection. If you like them in the least bit...check out S & M. (I'll say it again..."Symphony and Metallica" for all those who only read the review because they thought I was reviewing some weird metal and bondage video or magazine.) To read more about Metallica, check out www.metallica.com. Thanks a lot for checking out what I have to say. Come back for more reviews and upcoming releases!!

Seth's Rating: (out of a possible 5)



New Releases for the Month of December:

December 7
Sheryl Crow- Live
Mandy Moore
Now 3 (a.k.a. Now Thats What I Call Music 3)
Methods of Mayham
Funkmaster Flex
Kelis

December 14

Ghostface Killah
Juvenile
2 Pac (don't ask..yes he is dead)
The Green Mile Soundtrack
Redman
The Soprano Soundtrack

December 21
DMX

December28
Jay-z



 

Christmas Gift

Oh what happiness and joy
Over the birth of a baby boy
Angels in heaven were singing
The wisemen came gift giving

In a manger he was born
A king of men yet unadorned
In swaddling clothes he was wrapped
There he laid and quietly napped

A bright star from above
Guided them with tender love
To where the king of men laid
Homage to him they came and paid

God's gift of his only son he gave
So from our sins we may be saved
On this day, we should all say
Thank you Lord for the price you pay

By DW copyrighted 1996