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infinite wheel 7/18/02 Description: home of the Dub Selector (Flash) Comments: When you throw the the little guy around the interface, the little character activates sounds he encounters in his path to add to the already cool Reggae mix you've got going from your interaction with the "spots." His grin and the little callout that says "Throw Me" is most inviting – use your mouse as the little guy runs around and it gets better and better. Lonita, the cheery personality behind Saturday's pick (7/13/02), let me know about this site a few days ago. "It's got all these nifty noise making things on it, including this one with flowers that plays a different note for each petal on the big flower." I liked that "nifty noise making thing" as much as I liked "Spot" and yes, Lonita, the flowers do seem a little "shouty" when you mouseover them. Those are just 2 of the 6 choices on the "Dub Selector."
Lonita and I communicated this morning about today's pick. She found a link to the site on a friend's "Livejournal" and I really appreciate her letting me know about. While we were talking (via IM), she mentioned the "One Love" piece on the selector. "I thought the one with the floating hearts was a bit odd. The noises are too loud for something with cute little (albeit unhappy and alien-looking) hearts in it." I had looked at that "Dub" earlier, but hadn't noticed the expressions on the hearts' faces – they did seem unhappy but as soon as you mouseover a heart (producing a unique sound), the expression changes, as if it's smiling that you chose it. Another choice on the Dub Selector (which is actually #7, though it doesn't say so) links to a new piece called "Little Axe" – that one is offsite, done in conjunction with a music site – it's even more elaborate than the other Dubs... very nice.
As an aside, I appreciate that the music site will let you listen to the whole album it's selling for free, or download some of the songs in .mp3 format. I noticed recently that one of my heroes, Neil Young, is doing something similar at his website. While we watch the record industry treating its customers like criminals, it's refreshing to see some artists realizing that they can share their music freely without being so concerned about whether we buy the music or not – they realize that if it's good music, we will buy it. But I digress and my verbosity runneth over – this review isn't about the music biz.
Anyway – there's other animations and amusements to be found at today's pick plus a link to "Metal Baby" – another stand-alone site with even more fun from Jim, the talented guy behind all this stuff – do check this one out, 'cause it's a really fun site! And thanks Lonita – I owe ya one...
lonita.net 7/13/02 Description: a goddess of disturbed tranquility Comments: There's currently over 1,800 sites listed in the portal cool zone. One of them is plaid – not just plaid – "this is real tartan." And why would someone chose such a flavor for their website? "Because she felt like it." Let's hear it for individualism as we meet Lonita who's proud of her birth place and has "gone plaid" to honor it. As an aside, I realize now that Sydney is not necessarily in Australia – this one's in Nova Scotia, Canada. and "is always 'home' no matter where you're living." I discovered Lonita's personal site after getting an email from her asking if coolstop has an RSS feed (that's what the orange "XML" button is about) and I'm guessing that she's reading this review in her news aggregator this morning. She didn't mention her site in the email, but I'm always on the prowl for cool personal sites and checked out the domain in her email address. As Dave would say – "Bing!" What I discovered was a unique personal site with plenty of interesting content and, more important than that, personality...