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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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Baby Naming Service www.cool-baby-names.com/naming-service-order.htm

Sure we're all busy, but is anyone honestly too busy to name their own child? The folks at Cool Baby Names think so. Not only do they have a database of "cool" baby names, but fill in the form with the "type of names you'd like" (whether biblical, color, trendy, place names or ethnic) and Cool Baby names will send you five suitable names. For a fee. Yes, a fee. And a rather steep one at that.

Department of Perpetual Motion www.university-of-slough.org.uk

You've heard of cold fusion? Well, the Department of Perpetual Motion at the University of Slough is investigating the theory that dropping a cat "with a buttered back" from a small height (1 metre or less) could mimic the principles of perpetual motion, thereby providing the human race a rich, never ending pollution free source of energy! (Noting of course that "disposal of feline poo and wee will be a minor problem as long as normal health precautions are made.")

TedsTurnovers.com www.tedsturnovers.com

This page is huge and takes ages to load, but it is worth the wait. TedsTurnovers.com is "a community site dedicated to the memory and success of those who, following the AOL-Time Warner merger, went the way of the dodo." The site contains audio taken from CNN Center on the day layoffs were announced, a "revelation" that "TalkBack Live" host Bobbie Battista is, in fact, Robby Benson, a "quote" from actress Tiffani Amber Thiessen who thinks her one appearance on "News Radio" should qualify her for a job at the new CNN and all the latest about Andrea Thompson.

PrisonSucks.com www.prisonsucks.com

Despite its rather unfortunate, if honest title, this Website serves as a wonderful database of information on what it calls "the crime control industry." For example, as of 30 June 2000, there were 1,931,859 people in U.S. prisons and jails; in the same year, black male prisoner population comprised of 7,119 per 100,000, while in South Africa under apartheid (in 1993) the number of black prisoners of that country totaled 851 per 100,000.

Flaco Jimenez www.flacojimenez.com

"What B.B. King is to the blues, or George Jones is to traditional country, Grammy-winning accordionist Flaco Jimenez is to the world of Tex-Mex Conjunto." So says Ramiro Burr in "The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Mexican Music." Flaco (the nickname means skinny or thin) has had not only a remarkable solo career, but has played with Douglas Sahm, Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder and served as a member of The Texas Tornadoes and Los Super Seven. You'll find a bio here, along with a listing of his five Grammy awards and an online store featuring T-shirts, a fan club and autographed photos.