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All Your Base Are Belong to Us (http://www.planetstarsiege.com/allyourbase)

It began as a very loose and very poor translation from a Zero Wing video game. It now rivals "Whazzup!" as one of the most irritating of Internet buzz-words but you can't help but love the shear momentum of such things. It has certainly become a commercial entity (it will soon be featured on a TV commercial) but that has not stopped the devoted from enjoying the moment.

Jam With Pam (http://www.beer.com/jamwithpam)

If you have a great unsigned band, you might be interested in joining the Jam with Pam competition. The Pam in question is Anderson, of course, and the Anderson/Beer.com site is offering unsigned bands a chance to break into the music industry in a big way. Simply submit three of your best songs to the site and you could be on your way to playing live in front of 35,000 fans on the main stage of a major U.S. music festival this August. Of course winners get to meet Pam as well.

The Inside Line: Oscar (http://www.inside.com/jcs/Story?article_id=16955&pod_id=10)

It is almost Oscar (r) time and you know what that means: Time to place your wagers! Inside.com makes it all so easy with The Inside Line, their daily list of rankings in the major Oscar (r) categories. The rankings in question are calculated in a daily basis, based on a "contender's pedigree, awards, reviews, press, promotional campaign and buzz." You have to be a paid member to find out how they arrive at their results, but the actual totals are open to anyone.

Spiked (http://www.spiked-online.com)

Spiked calls itself a Website for those who want to see some change in the real world as well as the virtual one. In short, for those who think the power of the Internet might be used for something other than shopping and "pseudo-sex." Most of the staff of Spike worked for an UK-based print magazine until it was forced to close following a libel action and the articles are wonderfully written and eclectic.

The Blake Babies (http://www.blakebabies.com)

Juliana Hatfield, John Strohm and Freda Love were self-confessed "inexperienced, intuitively talented teenagers" when they first formed the Blake Babies in 1986. Over the next five years the trio produced a number of Mammoth releases, including "Earwig" and "Sunburn." They are back for a one-off reunion CD and, unlike most reunions, this one not only lives up to past efforts, but stands on its own. The official site features a complete history of the band, discography, photos and a tour diary.

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