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People Top 5
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- October 02, 1995
- Vol. 45
- No. 14
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The Crash Site
Ever watch Star Trek and have no clue as to what the crew is talking about? Since the series premiered back in 1966, the writers have been coining neologisms to describe everything from futuristic gadgets to strange life-forms. Now bewildered viewers can turn to the Omnipedia CD-ROM, the definitive information source on classic Trek and its sequels The Next Generation, Deep Space 9 and the movies. If you find yourself wondering just what is an ahn-woon (a Vulcan weapon) or a sehlat (a teddy bear-like animal with six-inch fangs), you can look them up. The Omnipedia's reference section of over 6,000 characters, places, and things briefly defines each one and tells in which shows they appear. The Omnipedia even lets you operate it—with some set-up work on your part—by voice commands. As Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (who has one of the thickest entries) would say, "Make it so!" (CD-ROM for Mac & PC, $57, Simon & Schuster Interactive)
You won't find any hunky surgeons roaming this ER, but the engrossing Emergency Room CD-ROM will give you a crash-cart course in basic medical lingo and procedures. You begin as a medical student at Legacy Hospital and try to work your way up to chief of staff. You get to examine, diagnose and treat the patients. With more than 400 ailments, from stab wounds to nosebleeds, you should have your hands full. Emergency Room is also stocked with useful tips on accident prevention—but, alas, no advice on how to avoid a malpractice suit. (CD-ROM for PC, $69.95, IBM Multimedia Studio)
The Basketball Diaries and oddball encounters with extraterrestrials now share a home on the Web. The Crash Site, the self-proclaimed base for alternative music and culture, provides these and other quirky offerings in one slick package. You can view-concert clips like one from the heavy metal group Anthrax. Users can even download the voice of author Jim Carroll reading from Diaries. By far the most intriguing section is Alien Worship, which collects cases of UFO abductions. One man recounts how he was used as a dining-table centerpiece at an alien banquet. At least they didn't make him a band instrument. (URL: http://www. directnet.com/Crash/indexHigh.html)
- Erik Ashok Meers.
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