World Wide Web: 10 Best Sites of the Week
ashpro@hotmail. com, The Independent (London, England)
Make sure you've plenty of time to do justice to this fascinating and complex site, rendered in an organic network interface of grids and diagrams. Presenting an "interactive city experience" in multimedia format, artist Steve Tanza has put together 200 movies, interwoven with text, maps, sounds of London and computer-generated images, creating an effective investigation of how people interact with urban space.
Electric Sheep is a strange comic site that's more of an on-line version of a traditional paper offering. There are plenty of deep- getting- deeper stories, such as "The Jain's Death" (finality comes to a spiritual adept) and a 3D exploration of coffee-consciousness in "The Shapeshifter". It also has Apocamon, a devilish reinterpretation of Pokemon, with characters like The Great Whore to amuse the kids.
Metallica (and the rest of the music industry) hates this code, which enables music to be shared among on-line users. Quickly enabling the build-up of a massive library of sounds, it could render commercial formats (such as CDs) obsolete, hence all the fuss. An example of the Net's utter freedom of movement of information, and the challenge this poses to the existing economic power structure.
General amusing silliness, nonsense and fun here at Newgrounds, which features some of the best animation available on the Net. If things like "Cat Dynamics", the bloodthirsty terror that is "Un- named", and the tragic lifestyle of the "Pygmy Shrew" sound good, rest assured they, and many others, are all available in lo-fi South Park-style artwork.
Why do people want to put their photo albums up on the Net? Everyone's home photos look the same, unless you know the people involved. At Picture Trail, you can sign up, download your snaps, load them on to the site, and then see how many people view the images. Will that achieve anything other than keeping Worst Site lists in business? …