The gang from Andy's room is as delightfully witty as ever in the new Toy Story interactive storybook CD-ROM (Disney Interactive/Pixar, $35). Narrated by Cheers alum John Ratzenberger, reprising his movie role as piggy bank Hamm, the disc enhances scenes from the movie with several games (tots can try their hands at the arcade-style Crane Game or mastermind Buzz and Woody's escape from the sadistic Sid). But the CD-ROM's best feature is its freewheeling humor, and almost every mouse click leads to a hilarious new sight gag or wisecrack. Don Rickles, Annie Potts, Wallace Shawn and Jim Varney once again lend their voices, though Tom Hanks's brother Jim subs as cowboy Woody, and a Tim Allen soundalike handles spaceman Buzz. The folks at Pixar, who won an Oscar for the movie's 3-D computer models, used the same models to create the CD-ROM's peppy animation—a grueling task. Game producer Leo Hourvitz even began having Toy Story dreams. "A couple of times I found myself in Andy's room," he says, sighing. "It's been a long year."
Pregnant bridesmaids? Color-scheme crises? Future mother-in-law conflicts? Don't fret: A number of Web sites and wedding news groups (alt.wedding and soc.couples.wedding, which also have Web sites) can help you choose diamonds, resolve family squabbles or just vent your jitters. Take Kathleen Dyson of Los Angeles, who was planning her second wedding. "I wanted to wear a white, frou frou dress, and I knew that's not cool," Dyson says. "But I got a lot of support online from others who wanted the same thing." In these female-dominated news groups—a Net rarity—the male perspective is not always welcome (one hapless hubby was chastised for complaining about the radical new hairdo his bride sported on W-day). Dozens of personal Web pages, in which couples replay the sights (photos and videos), sounds (clips of ceremony music) and culinary sensations (menus) of their weddings, also have popped up. Fun, but there's no getting out of the thank-you notes.
- Laura C. Smith,
- Samantha Miller.
Hillary Clinton has been coiffed à la Sharon Stone (a bob), Martha Stewart (a shag) and Dorothy Hamill (a wedge). Now there's a Web site (http://hillaryshair.com) where visitors can vote on the best and worst of dozens of the First Lady's ever-changing dos. The men behind the site, Mike W. Miller and James C. Schneider (who swear they're "more or less Democrats"), create corporate Web sites for a living and started hillaryshair on a whim, simply because they loved the name. In three months, more than 20,000 viewers have cast their ballots, consistently favoring a smooth, shoulder-length cut with bangs and rejecting a stiff, one-length flip. "We're still waiting for our invitation to the White House," Miller says. "We'd be more than willing to bring our PowerBooks for a demonstration."