Wacky Web Week

Save Them Goldfish!

Here’s a Flash game that’s sure to infuriate the most environmentally sensitive
among you, but also provide a lot of fun for everyone else. Save Them Goldfish!
is a challenge to your mouse-hand coordination. You, a hard-working student,
return to your dorm room to find that your slovenly roommate has decided
your pet goldfish would make tasty snacks. You open your door just as
he’s tossing your fishy friends into a hot frying pan, one at a time. You
must snare the wriggling fishies with your mouse and drag them back into
their goldfish bowl before they roast. After you’ve saved a few, your
roommate starts dropping them into the pan two at a time, and things get
more interesting from there.

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Mapping Peer-to-Peer Networks

Much of what happens on the Internet is invisible to the naked eye, so it’s
nice to see a site that reveals the hidden structure to us visually.

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4-foot model of Homer made of Legos

If you’re stuck for a last-minute Christmas present for a loved one, they
could do worse than to receive this almost-life-size Homer Simpson replica.
His outstretched hand holds a can of beer (you provide a can of your choice) –
great if you need a cupholder.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

It may not be freezing in your part of the world this month – but, if not,
you can create some big flakes with a terrific Flash movie called
The Little Snow Globe.

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On a blog, no one can hear you scream

One of the funniest pages on the Web right now is “Stone’s Worst Album Covers
Ever.” It’s a compendium of vinyl record jackets that somehow survived
the ’70s and are now immortalized in a kind of blogger purgatory.

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The Meatrix

Whatever you may think about “Matrix Revolutions” – the final installment of the
Matrix trilogy, which is in theatres now – I’m sure you’ll find that
“The Meatrix” is a lot funnier.

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Here’s a tip they’ll never forget

With All Hallows Eve coming, it’s the perfect time for Web sites with creepy crawly
things that slither in the night. Fortunately for us, scary Web sites aren’t <
i>all infested with computer viruses and worms. One of the best for
Hallowe’en ghoulishness is Bloody Finger Mail (left), a unique free service
that you can play with to your heart’s content.

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Would you like fries with that?

One of the funniest animations I’ve seen has recently come along
to help us have a wacky day.

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USB coffee cup warmer for dummies

Way back in my March 13 issue,
I revealed a laugh-out-loud invention: a coffee cup warmer
(available only from a Tokyo site that was written entirely in Japanese)
that plugs into the USB port of your laptop. This lets you use it
where power outlets are scarce.

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This site will give you a galloping good time

Reader Steve Hausman nominates today’s Wacky Web Week site as “a really
clever use of Flash technology.” He’s absolutely right. Let the page
download for a bit until you see four horses standing in front of a wooden
fence. When the horses’ eyes start blinking, click each one in turn with
your mouse. I didn’t know horses could sing in rounds! (This plays
through your speakers, so turn them down if you don’t want snoopy
co-workers in every nearby cubicle to come looking for the source of
the singing.)

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