Like bikes? A site that will map out your future

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A treasure for cyclists looking to broaden their travel plans, a too-cool tool for photograph users, a way for fans of the Bone comics to create their own stories ... we're just full of good ideas in this week's hop around the web. Let's get to it.

Bikely

www.bikely.com

The City of St. John's is preparing its own cycling plan, which will greatly be welcomed by many fitness enthusiasts. I'm looking forward to it, too, especially if the city can start with its own staff; I'll never forget the garbage truck that practically honked me off the road a few years ago! In any event, Bikely is a site that might appeal to the two-wheelers out there. Any user can upload a touring plan, using a mashup with Google Maps, and there are already a good few routes to try here in the St. John's area. If you're travelling on vacation, consult Bikely beforehand for great ideas.

Surf's up - A treasure for cyclists looking to broaden their travel plans, a too-cool tool for photograph users, a way for fans of the Bone comics to create their own stories ... we're just full of good ideas in this week's hop around the web. Let's get to it.

Bikely

www.bikely.com

The City of St. John's is preparing its own cycling plan, which will greatly be welcomed by many fitness enthusiasts. I'm looking forward to it, too, especially if the city can start with its own staff; I'll never forget the garbage truck that practically honked me off the road a few years ago! In any event, Bikely is a site that might appeal to the two-wheelers out there. Any user can upload a touring plan, using a mashup with Google Maps, and there are already a good few routes to try here in the St. John's area. If you're travelling on vacation, consult Bikely beforehand for great ideas.

TinEye

tineye.com/

Have you ever done a reverse search on something like a phone number? That's where you tap a number into something like Canada411 to see if a name comes back. Consider TinEye the same for pictures.

You provide an image, and TinEye, which is using pretty cool recognition software, will show what it can of where else an image has been used online, including variations (crops, alterations, etc.) that have been made.

Bone Comic Maker

www.scholastic.com/bone/comic_maker.htm

Boneville

www.boneville.com/

Like hundreds of thousands of other kids, my son has become a major fan of Jeff Smith's Bone, comics that were adapted to a series of nine books. The series has ended, but the Bone universe - involving characters who seem to have been plucked from Walk Kelly's Pogo, by way of Springfield - is still expanding, in its own way. The Bone Comic Maker has been a hit at our house. Users can take templates and write their own dialogue to match. Boneville is Smith's own site and features his blog.

Duke Ellington

www.dukeellington.com

Duke Ellington died almost 25 years ago, but his spirit, legacy and music live on at this official website. An orchestra in his name continues to play, and while the site focuses on its touring schedule, this a fine place to learn about one of the American musical greats. A five-minute introductory viewing is recommended.

Soundsnap

www.soundsnap.com/

If you're looking for a sound effect for a multimedia presentation, or just to make certain keyboard strokes or functions on your computer that much more interesting, you can record your own sounds, or haul them down from a site. Soundsnap is well regarded - although it's become so popular that it's had to start charging membership fees to cover hardware and bandwidth costs. (Its creators, it notes, are also funny about wanting to be paid.)

The deal is this: you get five free downloads a month and you pay after that.

Mad Cover Site

www.collectmad.com/madcoversite/index-subjects-wide.html

For almost 12 years, Doug Gilford has been exhibiting his first-rate collection of Mad magazine covers on this website. (See? All that whining from your parents, about how buying Mad would amount to nothing, turned out to dead wrong.) For a flashback to parodies past, click on the

Interactive Autopsy

www.deathonline.net/movies/mm/autopsy.cfm

You've probably seen CSI, but do you know how an autopsy happens? This interactive will walk you through it. It's not for the squeamish, but it's nowhere near as stomachturning as those procedural shows on TV.

Overheard in the Newsroom

overheardinthenewsroom.com/

Blame Overheard in New York, which spawned a bunch of knockoffs built around the same premise. Instead of hearing what people say on city sidewalks, he hear what people in the media racket say to one another (supposedly without knowing their comments will be distributed, anonymously, on the web).

I liked this recent exchange: "From one columnist to another: 'Not only do I have to get on Facebook, but now I have to get on Twitter.' Other columnist: 'Whatever.'"

Indeed.

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. Twitter: twitter.com/JohnGushue.

Organizations: Bone Comic Maker, Mad magazine

Geographic location: St. John's, Springfield, New York

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  • elling
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Bikely is a great find. I like to think I'm up on A) city cycling and B) the Internet, but you totally blindsided me with that one. G'jarb!

  • elling
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Bikely is a great find. I like to think I'm up on A) city cycling and B) the Internet, but you totally blindsided me with that one. G'jarb!