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NetNomad 52

Five offbeat, timely reviews of Web sites on the arts, politics and news -- with a dash of the absurd thrown in for good measure. This week: PornDigger ... Ways to Be Happy ... Infernal Noise Brigade ... Opera ... Roadside Art Online.
 
 
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PornDigger www.porndigger.com
The benefits from Napster technology just continue to multiply. Well, sort of. The latest is PornDigger, "the one and only Adult File Sharing Community with a built-in viewer and direct thumbnail display!" The name of the game is sharing. With the downloadable software, anyone can share their pixs without all the bother of setting up a Website. And as a special bonus, PornDigger also includes "a "911" feature which immediately flushes the program's cache and quits." Just in case the boss strolls by.

Ways to Be Happy www.omiswaystobehappy.com
Here's what you want. Here's what you need. A way to be happy. All the time. Not just some of the time. It's an art. A fine art. And it turns out that the secret to being happy is very easy indeed. Here we learn that you should, learn another language; avoid crowded places; learn to play at least one musical instrument and much more. See, you can do that.

Infernal Noise Brigade www.infernalnoise.org
What is a protest without a lot of noise. The masters of noise are the Infernal Noise Brigade. They are well-known for the havoc they create with their marching band, costumes, fire dancers and more. This site tells us nothing about the INB, but we do learn that they have crashed more than a few parties, including the World Trade Organization in Seattle, Burning Man, May Day in San Francisco and more.

Opera www.opera.com
There is a new version of the Opera browser available, and in case you haven't heard, "the fastest browser on earth" is now free. Granted, there is also a slot for advertising in this free version, but if you're willing to put up with that you can have a very nice alternative to the bulky Netscape and IE. You can download from this site, and in also includes an Opera discussion area and you can even sign up for an Opera email account.

Roadside Art Online www.interestingideas.com/roadside/artwest.htm
One of the great joys of driving across America is the roadside attractions. William Swislow has collected a few examples from Chicago where, we are told, there resides a vibrant art scene stretching along the city's longest street, Western Avenue. This spontaneous gallery features a number of fine works of art and includes car repair signs, architecture, hair salons and more.