TV and Net to wed?
Vol. 2, No. 22,
discover new sites and the secrets to web success
Vol. 2, No. 22 TV and Net to wed? June 20, 2001
Yvette Nielsen, Editor, email@example.com
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Won't take much of your time today. Having moved to the northern
New South Wales coast last week, home is a motel in Brisbane for
business this week.
As promised, I've gathered a few sites from the darker side of the
web exclusively for your perverse viewing pleasure (oh, and for
listeners of Peter Gooch's evening program on ABC Radio on Mondays).
Keep the kids out of this lot, though chances are they'd love 'em.
Back to "normal" next week (have had approval for a fast, always-on
ASDL Net connection - just in time to save my sanity).
IN THIS ISSUE:
1-2. Web content tip -
3. Surf Club
4. Weekly chuckle
1-2. Web content tip -
The Internet is here to stay but it's not going to tie the knot with
That's the view of Jon Richmond, president of News Digital Media,
which is the primary Internet operating subsidiary of News Corporation
in the US.
Jon spoke at Internet Content West in LA on "The marriage between web
and broadcast platforms: How to get the most value out of convergent
He said the Net and TV were very different media, with unique
capabilities and standards, and would be much happier living together
The Net was as an exceptional marketing and promotional tool
(eg keeping fans in the loop), he said, but could not replicate TV.
Ideally, programming would be seamless between online and offline.
For instance, the Net could run parallel to TV shows by offering
chat with characters, interviews, exclusive photos, character
diaries, email addresses and extra information.
The Net's other strength was in distribution rather than programming,
(ie delivering quality, unique, niche, proprietary content on demand
- pay per view).
Jon said the other strengths of the Net were in searching, sharing
and locating useful information, social bonding, empowering people
and distributed computing (eg to find extra-terrestrial life or cures
for medical conditions).
He also saw a future for games and wireless applications, with
SMS (short message service) already a social phenomenon in Europe.
Jon warned that quality content was not free, easy or inexpensive
to produce and content creators had to take advantage of the medium's
connectivity and community (eg two-way applications such as email,
instant messaging, and file sharing - music, sound and images).
Existing attempts at interactivity on TV were not meaningful (eg
offering two screens, different camera angles, stats, polls or recipes).
"The future of wireless entertainment needs to let people talk among
themselves, rather than be talked to," he said.
Human interaction is the key - just as it's always been.
3. Surf Club - Adults Only
The Weird Picture Archive
Do not enter this site if easily shocked or offended. This is the
online home of the gruesome, grotesque, off and just plain bizarre.
Blow your mind with images of the world's fattest cat, a two-faced
kitten, two-headed tortoise and eight-legged lamb. It that's too much,
try the alien section, strange celebrity and sports shots, odd
headlines and optical illusions.
In a net shell: Too much.
This site has won many awards, including Waste of Bandwidth and Cruel
Site of the Day. Basically, the domain name says it all. Scan in a
picture of your cat and post the image online. CliffyB claims he loves
cats and even has a warning against scanning your cat's eyes.
Surprisingly, some of the "art" is furry good.
In a net shell: Paw taste.
Deformed Frogs in Minnestoa
Sounds like the title of a B-grade movie but it's actually a project
of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which is caring for deformed
Northern Leopard frogs. The agency began finding malformed frogs in the
wild in 1993 and is trying to discover if the abnormalities are natural
or due to pollution. Visit the live frog cam to see the unfortunate
amphibians up close and personal.
In a net shell: It's not easy being green.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the creators of this site hold
that everyone featured on their site - man, woman, couple or celebrity
- is plain ugly. The disclaimer on their home page states that all
of the content is intended for immature audiences only. You've been
In a net shell: You lookin' at me?
Mike the Headless Chicken
"Why did the chicken cross the road? To try to find his head." Mike
the chicken is a scientific marvel, surviving the farmer's axe in 1945
and continuing to live without a head for 18 months. Apparently, the
axe blade had missed his jugular vein, leaving his brain stem and one ear
intact. Mike became a national celebrity, until choking one night in a
motel while on tour in the Arizona desert. Each year, Mike is honoured
at a festival in Fruita, Colorado.
In a net shell: Heads, you win.
"Welcome to the hottest site on the web for hardcore furniture action."
This satirical creation pokes a stick of furniture at the thousands
of porn sites plaguing the web. See pieces of furniture in compromising
positions at the office party, at home and even outside. Don't miss
Chairlie's Angels and the links, including Nude Carrot, Paperclip Porn,
Prawnography and Playcow.
In a net shell: Are you sitting down?
4. Weekly chuckle - Is your jar empty or full?
Make sure you read ALL the way to the end...
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in
Front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large
empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about
2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full?
They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of
pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The
pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed
it was. The students laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand
and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything
"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognise that this is your
life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner,
your health, your children - things that if everything else was lost
and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles
are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car.
The sand is everything else, the small stuff.
If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles
or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time
and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things
that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical
to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical
checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time
to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the
disposal. Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
A student took the jar, which the other students and the professor
agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer. Of course
the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar
The moral of this tale is: no matter how full your life is, there is
always room for BEER.
Yvette Nielsen, Editor
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