Light and fluffy in the summer sun

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With the hot, sunny weather we've had this week, it's hard to want to do anything half-serious. So, with that in mind, your weekly web tour keeps it light and fluffy.

Sunny Day Sky

www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/sunny.htm

Breezy, warm, happy music plays as you try to guide a small critter along a bustling freeway, with only an umbrella to help him (or her, now that I think about it) hop from cartop to bustop. It's not dangerous at all; in fact, the game is actually pretty charming. The music adds a lot to the tone, although after a couple of minutes, I was keen to turn the volume down.

Surf's up - With the hot, sunny weather we've had this week, it's hard to want to do anything half-serious. So, with that in mind, your weekly web tour keeps it light and fluffy.

Sunny Day Sky

www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/sunny.htm

Breezy, warm, happy music plays as you try to guide a small critter along a bustling freeway, with only an umbrella to help him (or her, now that I think about it) hop from cartop to bustop. It's not dangerous at all; in fact, the game is actually pretty charming. The music adds a lot to the tone, although after a couple of minutes, I was keen to turn the volume down.

Graphita

www.graphita.com

Photo-editing software has gradually evolved from the complicated and expensive to the simple and easy. (You can still find the former, if you're so inclined, particularly if you're looking for top-shelf results.) Graphita offers something beyond mere cropping and saving: the idea here is simply to have some fun. Add some cartoon-style thought balloons, go goofy on someone's face, and sprinkle some pizzazz over the pics you want to share with others.

30 Second Bunnies

www.starzbunniestheater.com

For years, Starz has been popping out 30-second summaries of major movies (from "Star Wars" to "Die Hard" to "Casablanca," not to mention some real box-office cheese), all featuring cartoon bunny rabbits. Key lines are almost always retained, with rapid-fire editing. And don't be fooled by the cutesy look: they may be rabbits, but they swear like Bruce Willis ... when the scene demands it. New additions include a rip through "Superbad" and an homage to the Molly Ringwald non-classic "16 Candles."

The Five Stages of a Giraffe in Quicksand

tiny.cc/3UhzS

Inspired (if that's the word) by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's iconic book "The Five Stages of Death and Dying," this is a cartoon from Seth Green and the people behind the TV show "Robot Chicken." Yep, it's animated, and nope, it's not for the kids, either. Even though some choice swear words - remember that Anger comes right after Denial - are bleeped, it's not hard to guess what's said. It was also the funniest thing anyone sent my way this week.

Summer Crafts for Kids

crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/seasons/summer/index.html

With warm weather, it's not hard to keep kids occupied. This list of seasonally themed crafts from the Kaboose parents site, though, could be handy for when a little quiet time is needed, or during showers.

LookyBook

www.lookybook.com

Books are an essential part of a child's experience. Here's a site that can help guide parents to titles, particularly picture books, that may appeal to your budding readers. "Take a look, click the book," advertises this site, which does not aim to replace books but instead lead you to more of them. Pick a title from the browsable selection, and then click through each of the pages to see what's in store.

Guess the Google

grant.robinson.name/projects/ guess-the-google

Already a web classic, "Guess the Google" turns the search engine inside out. You're presented with a set of 20 images, and the idea of the game is to guess the keyword that brought back each and every image. Some will be obvious; others less so. If you do well, you get to bank the extra seconds for your point total ... they'll come in handy later. You can pause the game if you need to do anything so dull as getting some work done.

3D Landscape

www.electricoyster.com/electric3d/index.html

The company Electric Oyster offers this panoramic, three-dimensional feature as a means of showing off its Flash skills. The wintry landscape doesn't have much to do with summer, I guess, but it's cool to navigate your way around with a mouse.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBCNews.ca in St. John's. E-mail: surf@thetelegram.com. Read past Surf's Up columns and daily updates at his blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Organizations: Sunny Day, Google

Geographic location: Die Hard, St. John's

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