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NetNomad 55

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: ... KKK: Just for Kids ... Pseudodictionary ... Bob Saget Undone ... A World Without People ... Richard Buckner.
 
 
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KKK: Just for Kids www.kukluxklan.org/just_for_kids.htm

That's right, boys and girls. Here's your very own Ku Klux Klan site. And what a nice site it is. The graphics are horrible and there is that flag hovering above the word "Welcome," but otherwise it is pretty much everything you'd expect. The history page informs the young ones that the KKK originated when "six men who had once been Confederate soldiers decided to start a club." Gee, a club. Can anyone join? Clubs are such fun. "But isn't it true that the KKK burns crosses on the yards of black people?" "This couldn't be further from the truth" they say. Sadly, not all the links are yet working so you'll have to wait a bit longer for Cool Stuff like KKK emblems, flags and artwork.

Pseudodictionary www.pseudodictionary.com

If you've checked a "real" dictionary and can't find the word you're looking for, there's a pretty good chance you might find it in the Pseudodictionary. The site is home to all "the made up words, slang, webspeak and colloquialisms" that won't make it to Webster's for another 20 years, if at all. So far there are over 600 entries (users are encouraged to add their own) and include such timeless classics as "Dawson's Creek moment," "double dip," "animousity" and "mandatory ten."

Bob Saget Undone www.bobsaget.com

You may know Saget as the father on TV's "Full House" or "America's Most Ball-Breaking Videos" but in fact his stage persona could not be further from the cuddly guy on screen. For 20 years he has been the father of a standup comedy routine that is about as dirty and vulgar -and funny- as anything you've ever heard. Maybe it works so well because it seems to go against the grain. Whatever the reason, he is promising to bring some of that "other life" to his official Website.

A World Without People www.mr-nash.com/nicole/intro.html

What is about so-called "toy" cameras that produce such extraordinary and personal photographs? Nicole Heafner calls them "intuitive" and perhaps that really is the secret. She has a few dozen of her photographs posted at this site, photos taken in Boston, Chicago and on the road. The photos feature muted colors and are often grainy in texture, but there's still something quite magical about them.

Richard Buckner www.richardbuckner.com

Here is an acquired taste if there ever was one. He can barely sing. His latest CD, "The Hill" is barely 30 minutes long and was pressed without any breaks, so once you start you're pretty much in for the full ride. His official Website is just as much an anomaly. There are full samples from about half the songs on the CD (which puts the poems of the "Spoon River Anthology" to music) and some contact and tour info, but not much else. A complete waste of time? Strangely not. There is something here, some raw emotion that says screw the corporate dictates of fame and fortune. You gotta love the guy.