Do You Know About Alexa?

Founded in April of 1996, Alexa ( grew out of a vision of Web navigation that is "intelligent and constantly improving with the participation of its users." In the spring of 2002, Alexa partnered with Google and began providing what they claim is "the world's best search." Try it and see for yourself. We say, Alexa truly helps you find the best sites fast!

Alexa also has a series of cool tools specifically for Web site owners, claiming to offer the ability to increase trust, build user loyalty and make money.

The neatest bit about Alexa is what it can tell you about a Web site--almost any Web site. Just type in the name of the site you're interested in, and you can view that site's "Traffic Details" for three months, six months or an entire year. Want to compare one Web site with others in the same category--say, yours and your competitor's? You can do that, too. It's a great way to see overall trends affecting your industry. (Think networking doesn't go way down in December? Check Alexa--and think again!)

Alexa shows a given site's stats, overall ranking (with Yahoo being #1), reach, and page views, and does it all daily, weekly and as a three-month average. It shows sites that link to that site, and (just like has read/write reviews as well as "People who visit this page also visit..." (which is as it should be, since Alexa is an company).

WARNING: A trip to may steal hours from your day! It's fascinating. If you've got a real Internet affinity, take your visits to Alexa with more than a couple of thousand "k" of discipline.



Home-Based Business Kids

According to a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are more successful in school when their parents take an active interest in their homework. When parents show such interest, children learn that what they do is important.

Helping with homework can have many benefits for children. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two! Here are some ways to help:


* Get to know your child's teacher. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teacher. Ask about his or her homework policy and how you should be involved.

* Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure your child has a well-lit place to complete homework. Place supplies--paper, pencils, glue, scissors--within reach.

* Schedule a regular study time. Some children work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.

* Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no television, no loud music, and no phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment may prove helpful.)

* And most important: Be the owner of your own home-based networking business so you have the time and freedom to be with your kids! (Okay, we added that last one.)




Does Anybody Know What Time It Really Is?

You've probably seen those heavy-hitters sporting $21,000, diamond-bezel Rolexes on the company cruise. And you may have taken some solace in the fact that the $15.95 Casio jogger watch you're wearing keeps so much better time it's laughable.

Well, here's the real state-of-the-art: the atomic clock. After running for more than 15 million years, these devices should lose no more than a second. Scientists at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Denver recently revealed they are developing a new generation of atomic clocks which will be so accurate, they will have lost only about a second by the time the world ends, a few billion years from now, giving new meaning to the phrase, "a timely end."

The clock's technology will be used in telecommunications and experiments testing fundamental theories in physics and in probing human diseases ... and, who knows, may some day show up on company cruises, on truly impressive heavy hitters' wrists.

Source: BBC Science



What You Don't Know About Your Body

The fine folks at Brain Candy Trivia (www. are a constant source of factoids, from the amusing to the amazing.

For networkers, this is no trivial matter: they're a great source for tidbits that make your newsletters and e-zines way more fun and interesting. Here is a sample of factoids about the human body that will get anyone's interest:


* A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds of up to 60 mph.

* A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.

* A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair per day.

* The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

* The average person uses the bathroom six times per day.

* Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming one-tenth of a calorie.

* Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour--about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.

* Over a lifetime, the average US resident eats more than 50 tons of food and drinks more than 13,000 gallons of liquid.

* It takes 17 muscles to smile, and 43 to frown.

* The ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds.

* The average human body contains enough: iron to make a three-inch nail, sulfur to kill all the fleas on an average dog, carbon to make 900 pencils, potassium to fire a toy cannon, fat to make seven bars of soap, phosphorous to make 2200 match heads, and water to fill a ten-gallon tank.

* The human brain is about 85 percent water.

* The left lung is smaller than the right lung (to make room for the heart).

* The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest, Type A-H, has been found in fewer than a dozen people since the type was discovered.

* The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours.

* The sound of a snore (up to 69 decibels) can be almost as loud as the noise of a pneumatic drill.

* There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.

* Three-hundred-million cells die in the human body every minute.

* Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day.

* Women's hearts beat faster than men's.

Source: Brain Candy Trivia,