News & Politics

NetNomad 59

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: Computer-Generated Sketch ... Dumped Online ... Titanic Convention 2002 ... Spontaneous Human Combustion ...
Computer-Generated Sketch

You've probably seen shows on TLC where the police use sophisticated recognition software in order to fine and apprehend criminals. Using a mix-and-match assortment of various noses, eyes, lips and chin types, police can create a remarkably accurate rending of criminals large and small. The wonders of that science have finally hit the Internet with the introduction of Computer-Generated Sketch. Here you can input basic characteristics to create a picture that, they claim, will look almost exactly like the subject. Try it for yourself.

Dumped Online

If you have ever been dumped, have dumped or want to dump someone, you'll find plenty of friends and information at Dumped Online. This is the place for dumpsters of the world to unite in the pursuit of one all-too-common goal: dumping a loved or formerly loved-one. Our favorite was the Top 10 Excuses for him or her to dump him or her. Such as "It's not you, darling. It's me. I can't stand the sight of you." Add your own favs to the online forum. Then you can take the "Is it Time to Dump your Partner Quiz."

Titanic Convention 2002

On 2nd April 1912, the most magnificent ship afloat, the biggest man-made moving object in the world at that time, left Belfast for the first and last time. The city is now preparing to remember one of the world's most famous ships with a convention that will include a world class exhibition hosted by The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum which will feature rare photographs of the Ship. "While the rest of the world can only commemorate the disaster on 15th April " they say here, " the citizens of Belfast can celebrate 2nd April, a triumph of shipbuilding. What happened was a disaster -She was not."

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Spontaneous Human Combustion is one of those odd things you can't really believe in, or ignore. Given that it means that a human body can inexplicably burst into flames, one rather hopes that it is not true, but of course you never know. You'll find an interesting history of the phenomenon here, including speculation that "the first reliable historic evidence of Spontaneous Human Combustion appears to be from the year 1673." And in 1744, Grace Pett, 60, an alcoholic residing in Ipswich England, was found on the floor by her daughter like "a log of wood consumed by a fire, without apparent flame." Nearby clothing was undamaged.

You don't have to be a guitar player to enjoy this site, but if you are you'll think you've pretty much died and gone straight to guitar heaven. It is clear from the get-go that the folks of know their stuff. On the day we visited the site included a report on the death of guitarist John Fahey, an exclusive interview with Billy Talbot of Crazy Horse, a feature article entitled Guitar Grrrls Queens of Noise and all the latest news, hot off the wires.
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