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Last week’s Nashville Wired edition of the Scene garnered an impressive response from the city’s online community. In the short year I’ve been doing this column, never have I been so acutely aware that no matter how much you learn, you can still be taught.

For instance, there’s a local Web site that deserves not only recognition, but applause as well. But, because it wasn’t found in any of the directories that I used to compile my list of Nashville pages, it didn’t even get a mention. Tennessee State University’s site is well crafted and complete, and it offers a fascinating glimpse into a school that doesn’t get a lot of public attention. You can visit TSU online at http://www.tnstate.edu/ .

Another of Nashville’s great educational opportunities, Watkins Film School, has designed and launched its first Web page. Watkins’ Internet site offers course listings, instructor bios, schedules, and helpful links to other cinema-related sites. For those interested in becoming the next Polanski, I recommend a visit to http://www.nashville. net/~watkins/ .

Outside of educational circles, Nashville’s music industry hosts a few more sites than are listed in the Nashville NetGuide. Whatever you do, don’t forget to visit a gem of a site at http://songs.com/~noma/ . It’s run by the Nashville Online Music Alliance and boasts a fascinating mix of artists and information. If you’re looking for a good overview of the local songwriter scene, this is a good place to start.

While you’re out cruising around for pages to visit, don’t forget to pull in at http://www.nashville.net/~hotrod/ for a little car talk among friends. Maintained by Visual Focus ( http://www.visualfocus.com/~visual/ ), a local Web programming company, it’s a nostalgic site devoted to old hot rods. If you’re into old-fashioned, rubber-burning, four-wheeled, grease-pit-loving...well, you get the idea.

If you’re into sound clips and piercing irony, one of the most caustic pages on the Web is located right here in Nashville. The Damon Lust page is a bit hard to describe, but it’s probably best explained as a cross between political ranting and just good ol’ anti-social behavior. Check it out at http://www.lust.org/~damon/ . Don’t miss the Corporate Psycho Congress section for a few good soundbites from Washington’s finest.

And don’t forget these sites either: Nashville consulting firm Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc. ( http://www.ghp1.com/ghp/ ), the Green Book of Songs by Subject—a music industry tome of some influence, compiled by Professional Desk References, Inc. ( http://www.nashville.net/~prodesk/ ), and Music City’s own Web-savvy Hammock Publishing ( http://www.hammock.com/ ).

Finally, get out a sharpened pencil and your copy of the Nashville NetGuide for a couple of minor corrections. The correct address for the Mothers of Extension ultimate Frisbee page is http://www.nashville.net/~kaldari/muthaz/ . (Don’t ask me what the name means.) The address listed for WGFX Arrow 104 was an old address. The current one is http://www.edge.net/arrow104/ .

We’ll get together again next year and do it again.

Bytes

♦ Did you see any advertisements during the Super Bowl sporting World Wide Web addresses? If you didn’t, you must think the Steelers won. Some of the companies debuting new ads with the hip and trendy Web addresses on them: Toyota, Saturn, Budweiser, MGM Studios and NBC. Also noted in the quick shuffle of network advertisements: a quick plug for msNBC, a joint news-gathering venture between Microsoft and NBC.

“Microsoft,” the announcer intoned as the company’s logo sailed across the screen, “and NBC. Soon to bring you the future of news.” The fact that the promo appeared a mere month after the initial announcement suggests that NBC has placed a premium on getting its all-news channel running before competitors can get out of the starting gate. In fact, industry speculators think the debut could take place before NBC airs the Olympic Games this summer.

Beating everyone else would be a boon for Microsoft, whose online attempts to grab a share of the huge news market failed when the company was blindsided by the sudden rise of the Internet. But, for NBC, a network suffering from a credibility problem due to some much-publicized journalistic goofs, being cautious might be better than delivering quickly.

♦ German phone company Deutsche Telecom has decided to restrict access to certain Internet forums that were apparently used for recruitment purposes by a man accused of being a neo-Nazi. The service, known as T-Online, decided to restrict access only to forums used by the Toronto man. This is the second company in a month to close part of its online service in Germany due to threat of legal action. CompuServe, an American company owned by H&R Block, was the first.

The two services aren’t off the hook yet. Apparently, authorities want to force a courtroom fight over the issue to decide how the Internet should be regulated. Prosecutors hope to bring that fight to the courts by spring.

Starting a new Web site? Want to ask a question? Joel can be reached via e-mail at joel@moses.com.

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