World Wide Web:10 Best Sites of the Week
Pro, Ash, The Independent (London, England)
It's hard to guage who the sublimely ridiculous German e- business-types "COM" are, but at least they hire good designers. On the homepage there's a smooth, mazy interface at their site, in which, to the sound of a prickly electronica soundtrack, you can roll a virtual marble around a balanced grid, clicking to tip and turn the ball around, or even throw it in the air! Refreshingly superfluous.
Whitehouse Animation is the brainchild of animator Steve Whitehouse, who offers quirky Flash animations of the type so beloved by the web community. As well as his long-running Mr Man series (Mr Man is a strange-looking everyman, constantly getting into profound scrapes), there are some early gems, most notably the scribble-fest of "Da Vinci Blues", which makes this site well worth the wait while it downloads.
"At the edge of reality there lies an unknown country" intones a weird voice at the start of the "Dreamland" radio show that can be accessed via alien-abductee author, Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country website. This sets the tone for the whole site, a godsend (maybe make that "aliensend") for seekers after "The Truth" about the mysterious and the unexplained. You'll also find plenty of interesting archived material here.
Vegetarian food has only just recently shaken off the stigma that it's boring and consists mainly of lentils and peas. As the livestock pyres continue to burn - a poignant reminder of just how far out of control modern farming methods are - now might be the time for even traditional hardcore meat-eaters to start thinking of viable food alternatives. If you are at all worried about food health, there's plenty of info on alternative diets at vegsoc.org, the home page of the Vegetarian Society. It's food for thought, certainly.
On a similar theme, this self-styled "organic food lifestyle" magazine is much less pretentious than it sounds. Offering a searchable database of organic food outlets, reviewing delivery services, providing a forum for people to discuss organic food production and archiving a useful herbal remedy index, this site is another timely reminder that there are alternatives to industrial agriculture. …