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Yes, the Playwiths have been converted into a book.

The Playwiths began in about 1995, and a couple of years back, I was urged to make a book of them.

I did, and my friends liked what they saw, but the publishers didn't. Frightening economic times, they said.

Well, I went ahead and did it in three forms:

  • a lo-res freeby PDF with very relaxed copyright;
  • a high-res low-price commercial PDF for the Kindle;
  • a paper and ink book from Amazon (tax laws won't let it into Australia);
  • did I say three? I lied. The paper version is half-tone, but soon there'll be a full colour version.
But don't worry, this web version stays here anyhow.

Full details of Playwiths, the book here

Everybody is entitled to some brag space, but this page will also lead you to a number of places where you can find similar Web sites, so I can present this with a clear conscience :-)

Mind you, there is less benefit for you in looking at my awards for writing, but I have a few of those as well.


Some nice people who have liked this site have collected together bunches of other sites that they liked as well, and listed them. You could do a lot worse than visit Dr. Matrix, Critical Mass, Blue Web'n, Netmom, New Scientist, Gadzillion Awards, ChemWeb and the Exploratorium, who made me one of their Top Ten Cool Sites in June 2001. It also gained the Editor's Favourite award from Netsurfer Education on July 3, 2001, and has been a HomeSchoolMom featured site (late July).

For my part, I am delighted to have been selected, and I am proud to be in the company they have placed me in. Go visit them to find more places like this and if you do stuff like this, let them know, so the Web can be strengthened.

Link to Dr Matrix Link to Critical Mass link to Blue Web'n Link to Netmom Link to New Scientist Link to Gadzillion Awards Link to Netsurfer Link to Exporatorium Link to Alchemist WebPick Link to HomeSchoolMom

Worried about copyright? You need to go look at my fine print .

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The author of this page is Peter Macinnis -- This page was first created on August 5, 2001, last updated September 1 with the addition of the GEM info.

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Many pages on this site contain metadata to make access easier for people using the GEM, the Gateway to Educational materials. The whole idea of metadata is to make searching easier and more effective. GEM is a brilliant one-stop, any-stop access to educational resources on the Internet, and sponsored by the US Department of Education, while welcoming outsiders like me. They provide lesson plans for teachers, ideas, brain food and more, and they make searching a breeze.

To get an idea of how it works, click on the link above, or the link at the top of the page.

This site had 219,000 hits on the index page from 1999 to January 2007 and an unknown number on other pages. In January 2007, a combined counter was placed on all of the pages, counting page hits which now total