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NetNomad 66

Five offbeat, timely reviews of Web sites on the arts, politics and news -- with a dash of the absurd thrown in for good measure.
 
 
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The Bush Countdown Clock www.cadenhead.org/bushclock

If you've already had your fill of George there is finally relief in the form of The Bush Countdown Clock. Here in one handy applet are the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until George W. leaves office. Users will also be happy to know that if they'd like to join the author "by wallowing in bitterness and rancor for the next four years" you can include this applet on your own Web site or add it to a Windows desktop. Not recommended for the weak at heart, however. There really are many days to go before we sleep.

Bus Stop Shelters in the Ukraine www.brama.com/travel/busstop.html

They might not have very much in the Ukraine, but they do have wonderful bus shelters. No, really. Many have fallen into disrepair in recent years (the government can no longer afford their upkeep) but they remain quite wonderful works of art, some made of tiles, others etched and some "frescoed. Pictures of the best are included here.

Diggit Image Search Engine www.diggit.com

Searching for images has always been a problem on the Web. Either you can't find what you want or the results are so far off the mark it takes you hours to find the one image you really need. The Diggit Image Search Engine is a newcomer that claims to have 5,799,148 images on file. And it could not be easier to use. Type in the subject in the simple search engine and you'll find hundreds of great images.

Manipulations home.earthlink.net/~vongauss

How can you go wrong with an art movement that claims to be based on the "old-time theory of absurdity." Once inside the site you'll find a white-washed page with little or no instruction, including a "purpose" page that leads one in a never-ending cycle. Which is not to say that Manipulations lacks a purpose. On the contrary, there are indeed words and pictures provided by a variety of artists, all of which are worth seeing.

Powderfinger www.powderfinger.com

Since forming in Brisbane, Australia in 1992 this band has been hanging around the fringes of stardom in North America, but they are enormously popular everywhere else. The situation in North America will change with the recent release of their fourth studio album, Odyssey Number Five, which includes the instant classic, "My Happiness." Their official site includes a bio that is actually worth reading, a news page that includes recent news, a detailed discography and more.