Picks and Pans Review: Surfology 101

updated 07/24/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/24/1995 01:00AM

Find yourself dreaming about Hawaiian beaches and monster waves? Surfology 101 is just the thing to help beginners get ready to hang 10. Instructor Kahuna Bob teaches the basic moves to the beat of beach tunes. Surfology offers scientific background on the movement of waves, peppered with some sage words from beach bums. Learn surfer lingo from amping (v., the high-energy feel you get from riding a wave) to zooed (adj., a breaking wave crowded by surfers). The CD even tells you how to behave if you encounter a shark. First rule: "Avoid freaking out." If you get bitten, "use tourniquets." Duh! (Times Mirror Multimedia, MAC & PC CD-ROM,$25)

PASSAGE TO VIETNAM, HAIGHT-ASHBURY IN THE SIXTIES

Two recent releases reflect different experiences of the baby-boom generation: those who went to war in Vietnam and those who embraced flower power at home. Passage to Vietnam tours with 70 top photographers who scoured that country over the course of a week. Users can view over 400 breathtakingly beautiful photographs accompanied by informative captions. The adventure takes you from the bustling street markets to the backstage of a traveling circus. Passage succeeds in giving a vivid portrayal of a rich and thriving culture that is only now moving beyond the war. (Against All Odds/ Interval Research. MAC & PC CD-ROM, $39.95)

Haight-Ashbury in the Sixties lets you travel back to the time when sex was safer than war. This cultural survey includes an essay on greed by Lew Welch and a spirited defense of "the LSD experience." Interviews with poet Allen Ginsberg and the late Abbie Hoffman offer insights into the restless mind-set of the times, while concert footage of the Grateful Dead reflects the spirit. (Rockument, CD-ROM for MAC & PC, $50)

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