- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
‘Ratatouille’ a zesty site
Each week, the Browser features some pop-culture places on the World Wide Web offering the coolest in free interactive sounds and action.
Vermin on the Web
The French rat Remy is captivating lovers of food and animated films as Disney/Pixar’s “Ratatouille” keeps packing them into theaters.
The little fellow also has a delectable cyber stop (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/ratatouille/main.html) loaded with multimedia activities for the younger crowd and a couple of challenges even older fans will appreciate.
As the orchestral soundtrack soothes, visitors are taken to an opening screen that displays a panoramic view of Paris with Remy admiring its beauty. As a mouse cursor is moved over the landscape, icons magically appear to take visitors to Skinner’s office, a food locker, Linguini’s apartment and, of course, a restaurant kitchen.
The ghost of culinary genius Auguste Gusteau pops up as visitors click around hot spots in each location and offers coloring pages to download, wallpaper and facts from the film production. (More than 270 pieces of food were created in the computer, and Remy has 1,150,070 hairs on his body.)
Most impressive, as is usually the case with Disney sites, is the Games section. Challenges include pinball (called Rat ‘N Roll), card matching, a personality quiz (to see what character the player most resembles), mazes and finding a hidden Remy in images.
My favorite time-waster, Choppity Chop, has the player control a virtual knife to cut bread and vegetables as he finely hones speed, precision and portion skills to meet the stringent demands of a kitchen line cook.
Additionally, chefs can download an interactive recipe application (for Mac or PC) and receive instructions for a new dish every day in this desktop resource.
One of the superstars of the video game world celebrates her 10-year anniversary with a new game for the PlayStation 2 — Tomb Raider Anniversary (Eidos, $29.99) — and, better yet, new cartoon adventures exclusively available online.
Hosted by the Turner Broadcasting System’s GameTap, an online digital game distribution and broadband entertainment site, the tribute to adventurer Lara Croft (www.gametap.com/tombraider) begins within some of the dangerous environments she is known for exploring.
An outdoor rain forest with cascading waterfalls loads on the opening screen, and panels offer entrance into multimedia realms to learn about Croft’s history and see her current animated adventures.
To start, I suggest a look at the legend of Lara with a nine-part retrospective that helps explain her popularity and offers comments by her creators, the folks involved with making her a pop-culture icon, the fans and the actresses who brought her to real life.
Next, a click over to the Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series section delivers the 10-part mature cartoon epic that offers a new segment every Thursday.
By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- House votes for bargain to end budget drama
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- ICT trade mission to Azerbaijan successfully completed
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- CHELLANEY: China's game of chicken
- Inside China: Ukraine gets nuke umbrella
- EDITORIAL: The Potemkin website
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Consummate traveler Todd DeFeo explores the unique stories that make destinations worth going to.
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow