News & Politics

NetNomad 48

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: . . . . . World's Best Bars . . . Refresh: The Art of the Screensaver . . . Human Rights Watch World Report 2001 . . . Jupiter Millennium Flyby

If you ever find yourself in need of a cliché (we can't imagine why that would happen, come to think of it, but you never know) you'll find enough cliches at this site to sink a battleship. You'd have to be dumb as a post not to find what you want in this list, since it is as long as your arm and twice as deadly. Don‚t put off tomorrow what you can do today, so head off to the ClicheSite before you go out in a blaze of glory. It will certainly leave you with something to chew on, especially if you happen to find yourself one taco short of a combination plate.

World's Best Bars

It looks like this site has been created by a company that produces Irish whiskey, but if you can forget that fact for a moment you'll find a great overview of some of the best drinking spots around the world. And we do mean around the world. Amsterdam, Glasgow, Paris, Berlin and the US just to name a few. Each contains a brief review of the bar in question and the site also features a handy guide to making mixed drinks.

Refresh: The Art of the Screensaver

Screen savers have sort of fallen out of favor of late (after all, most computers don't really need them any more) but here is a site that treats the screen saver as an art form. The savers here began as an exhibition, fulfilling the need to "transform the outmoded utilitarian function of the screen saver into a digital form of public art." There are 22 artist-produced screen savers, all available for free downloading and many are available for both PC and Mac.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2001

There is a sense that, with the "bustling economy," human rights abuses should almost be a thing of the past. Sadly with the so-called global economy just picking up steam, abuses will not only continue but may well get much worse. It is a sad fact of life that most tormentors feel that without anyone watching over their shoulders, they can pretty much do whatever they want. But at least there is Human Rights Watch. This site does not claim to contain information on every abuse, nor does it discuss every issue of importance, but it is an extremely valuable document.

Jupiter Millennium Flyby

On December 30, 2000, the Cassini spacecraft will make a flyby of Jupiter on its way to Saturn. Oddly enough the Galileo spacecraft will also be on hand, as it has been exploring Jupiter since 1995. Needless to say it is rather unusual to have two "robotic spacecraft*actively observing a planet --other than Earth-- at the same time" and this site offers some fascinating facts on both spacecraft as well as a photo gallery, the latest news, events and a detailed FAQ.