Come Browse the Weird Wide Web

For The Dallas Morning News, Tim Wyatt writes...

\"Truth is stranger than fiction because it would take way too much effort to conjure up half the stunts people pull off in the real world everyday. That\'s why we went out in search of connoisseurs of odd news – those who dedicate too much time to mining nuggets of strangeness buried in the daily news cycle. Wire services for the truly weird, if you will.\" For a list of links pertaining to the weird but true, Click Here.


Nonprofit Firm Could Guide \'.us\'

For The Washington Post, Jonathan Krim writes...

\"Three companies bidding for the right to manage \".us\" Internet addresses have agreed to let a coalition of nonprofit and quasi-governmental groups help set policy for the little-used domain-name suffix. The .us domain is used primarily by state and local agencies and quasi-public organizations, including government departments, schools, libraries and museums. But with \".com\" and \".net\" addresses reaching saturation, and with domain-name registration becoming big business, the Commerce Department is seeking new management to make greater commercial use of the domain.\" more...


Public access computer used to send nude photos to teen

This one isn\'t exactly the type of story I normally post, but it has some interesting details.

A 20-year-old man sat at a public access Internet computer above the West Side branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library and e-mailed nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old Cedar Springs girl.

On May 9, Mullin used a Media Center computer to create a \"Fans of John Mullin\" Yahoo Club site. The free home page contains an archive of photos and a profile of Mullin that lists his occupation as \"giving women foot massages for free.\"

Thanks to the great and powerful Bob Cox for this one.


What\'s Doing With The Web

A gaggle of web related stories I\'ve collected and not used so far this week.

The digital divide: Ignore it at our own risk is a CNet story by who says the web is not a luxury item but is the key that opens the door to the knowledge economy, if we fail to provide access we essentially deny them an opportunity to participate in the new economy of the 21st century.

The NYTimes reports Government Sites for Children Aren\'t the Coolest, they basically stink.

Taming the Wild, Wild Web is a pathetic LA Times story that says corporations contend the Internet\'s freewheeling design kills moneymaking opportunities, so some idiots want more control so they can make more money, because they can\'t seem to figure out how to now.

Reps Warn Parents About Porn and Mom: ISP Should Pay for Kid Porn are two Wired stories on the web/porn thing.


Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes

Melba Tomeo writes \"New York Times Magazine cover story \"Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes\" on 15-year old, who posed as a legal expert at and gained a #3 rating. He gained his legal \"knowledge\" by watching Court TV and Judge Judy. A very provocative and well-written story, with some fascinating insight on the internet phenomenon. The NY Times requires registration but, this is the link I have
The story was in the July 15, 2001 NY Times Magazine. \"

There\'s also a Panel Discussion: \'Faking It\'


Et Tu Yahoo?

I accidently turned off my pop-up killer this morning, and noticed that even Yahoo is running those stupid pop-up ads now.

If you surf the web as much as I do, you should be running something extra to help cut all the crap out of sites you don\'t want to deal with.

Below I have links to a bunch of handy dandy little programs that block ads and cookies, and kill those annoying pop-up ads that seem to be everywhere.
If you\'re not already running something, give one a try, they are all free, and really make things much nicer.If you know of others, feel free to tack them on to the list!


New Internet Scout weblog

I have just found out that the excellent Internet Scout Report has a brand new weblog. It already has some interesting links including one to a digital exhibition by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on \"Early Las Vegas\" and a browser emulator which lets you look at web pages on the early 1.0 and 2.0 versions of browsers.
If you have never heard of the Scout Report, it is \"a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators\" and is well worth a look.


Search Engine Best Of

Google has started up a Best Of Page. It\'s weak compared with Yahoo, and Lycos, but it\'s a start.
I would assume there are other pages out there, like these, I don\'t know about, can anyone make any suggestions?
It\'s always interesting to see what people think is worth reading.


Porn sneaks past search filters is running This Story on the shortcomings of porn filters, and the rather daunting task they have keeping up.

It seems the new search engine for images at Google misses more than a few naked bodies, with the saftey turned on.

\"If you do some sort of flesh detector, what color is flesh?\" Wilde asked rhetorically. \"It\'s really that complex. And then what\'s pornographic? You have different sensitivities, especially internationally. Then there\'s hate, weapons and violence. It\'s a really, really difficult problem to solve.\"


Internet Users Champion the Presence of Disfavored Books in Public Libraries

Lou Marano writes...
\"In a study released this month, sociologists at the College Park, Md., campus found that Internet users appear to be more open, tolerant, trusting, optimistic and literate than non-users. This cannot be dismissed simply as
the profile of a younger and better-educated group, the researchers say, because they controlled for these and other demographic factors and found that the mindset held up regardless. Internet users were found to be significantly more likely to support certain nontraditional roles for women and to champion the presence of disfavored books in public libraries.\" [more...] from Virtual New York.



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