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Lance Armstrong helps you get fit, and uses the web to do it, while a website of 360-degree photos takes you inside one of the Norse houses in L'Anse aux Meadows. A full-fledged online guide to Twitter, for all users, and a game to play with a virtual cat ... they're all stops on this week's hop around the Web. First up: a healthy way to monitor your movement.

Livestrong

www.livestrong.com/

Lance Armstrong is an all-round celebrity - famous enough to warrant mentions in the gossip columns and such - but he remains foremost an athlete and a social motivator. Livestrong.com is a social network with a difference: instead of making contacts, it emphasizes personal fitness, with real-time tools for meeting challenges ("dares," as the site calls them) and apps to help busy-busy-busy people make them happen.

Surf's up - Lance Armstrong helps you get fit, and uses the web to do it, while a website of 360-degree photos takes you inside one of the Norse houses in L'Anse aux Meadows. A full-fledged online guide to Twitter, for all users, and a game to play with a virtual cat ... they're all stops on this week's hop around the Web. First up: a healthy way to monitor your movement.

Livestrong

www.livestrong.com/

Lance Armstrong is an all-round celebrity - famous enough to warrant mentions in the gossip columns and such - but he remains foremost an athlete and a social motivator. Livestrong.com is a social network with a difference: instead of making contacts, it emphasizes personal fitness, with real-time tools for meeting challenges ("dares," as the site calls them) and apps to help busy-busy-busy people make them happen.

1001 Wonders: L'Anse aux Meadows

tinyurl.com/kvtyra

One of my regrets in life is that it took me so long to make my way to L'Anse aux Meadows. I'm a bit of an evangelist about the place and the surrounding area now, encouraging people to make the time to make the trip. Need a visual teaser: consider this set of panoramic pictures presented as part of the 1001 Wonders site, which chronicles other UNESCO World Heritage sites. To learn more about all the rest, click your way back along the navigation, and dive in to more than 270 remarkable places on Earth.

Twitter guide

mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/

Seemingly every few days, someone asks me something or other about Twitter: how to get started, tips and tricks, what a hashtag means, the works. I was delighted to see Mashable, a go-to site for tech news, has compiled a fantastic all-round resource. The basics are covered with tutorials, common questions (like, say, where are my followers?) get answered, and there's a vibrant section for businesses wondering whether and how they use Twitter.

Wikibooks: Cookbook

en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook

Years ago, in the seemingly ancient mid-1990s and long before phrases like "user-generated content" sparked desire among Web publishers, online recipe collections spread like wildfire over the Web. It made sense: almost everyone has a recipe, and even rudimentary online tools were all about swapping information. Wikibooks, which has been evolving steadily since 2003, offers a cookbook that is nothing quite like what you'll find in the bookstore, mostly because it's changing all the time. You'll find, yes, recipes, but also tipsheets on techniques and informative pieces on the very ingredients that make their way to the dinner table.

Irish settlement in Newfoundland

www.heritage.nf.ca/society/irish_settlement.html

How Irish is Newfoundland? Well, a lot. This article is one of the newer pieces posted to the always-appreciated Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage site, and chronicles the peopling of places like Placentia and St. John's (in the latter, the Irish population jumped 700 per cent in the four decades before 1836).

Chat Noir

www.funny-games.biz/chatnoir.html

A quick game involving a mouse and a cat. The mouse is what you'll click, and the cat is an animated puss that hops from one disc to another as you try to outsmart its path. The idea is to keep the black cat from escaping; it'll take about 10 seconds to figure out how it works, and a bit longer to win.

Ctrl-Z

tinyurl.com/ctrlzvideo

Last year, a short film called Ctrl-Z came out. It's cute. It features Tony Hale, who played the rotten youngest sibling on Arrested Development, as an office dweeb suffering away in the hell of his desk. Until he discovers his keyboard has magical properties. NBC is turning the short into a Web-based series, which ought to be worth watching, if that is any indication.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBCNews.ca in St. John's. Blog: johngushue.typepad.com. Twitter: twitter.com/JohnGushue.

Organizations: UNESCO

Geographic location: L'Anse, Newfoundland, St. John's Placentia

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