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My Favorite Things #1

March 12, 2009

I thought I’d keep it light this week. So, without further ado:

My Top 5 Favorite Web Sites

Homestar Runner

Homestar Runner

Homestar Runner
Since 2000, the Brothers Chaps have brought us such offbeat characters as Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, and Marzipan (who, like Smurfette, is the only girl in the whole gang). It all started when Mike Chapman and Craig Zobel wrote a children’s book parody and later turned that idea into a series of web-based animations. Over time, the Brothers Chaps diversified the ’toons to help develop the various characters. Among the most popular features is Strong Bad Email, in which actual reader e-mails are answered by Strong Bad. There’s also Marzipan‘s Answering Machine, in which other characters leave oddball messages and crank calls for her. There’s even a series of ’toons allegedly made by Strong Bad himself, Teen Girl Squad. The charm of the site is in the way it pokes fun at American culture, particularly the ’80s. They even have a section with games designed in the old style — complete with state-of-the-art 8-bit pixel graphics! The entire site is very well done. There are multiple main pages, which randomly load from the link bar, easter eggs galore (mostly in the Strong Bad Emails), and several interactive cartoons (mostly the Halloween-themed ’toons). The characters (at least a dozen) that populate Free Country, USA are always up to something zany, if not downright surreal. Homestar Runner even has its own wiki, which documents everything ever done on the site.

Jay Is Games

Jay Is Games

Jay Is Games
This site goes back to March of 2001, but the archives don’t really serve up proper content before April of 2003. At first, it was pretty much just Jay Bibby’s personal blog, in which he mostly discussed gaming and technology issues in general and his Information Technology studies at RIT. In April of 2004, however, after he’d posted a simulation he’d created for a class project, more and more of the entries were game reviews. Eventually, the site became the casual gaming review site that I just can’t stay away from. There is a whole team of gamers who play and review all sorts of games, which they post up with links so that anyone can play what they like. My personal favorite is room escape games, but they offer access to shooters, platformers, interactive fiction, puzzles, webtoys, and more.

Reddit

Reddit

Reddit
In 2005, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian created a social bookmark site which they decided to call Reddit. Users submit links to just about anything on the Web, and other users vote it up or down based on how nifty or important they think it is. Each post has its own forum where users can discuss the link, although many discussions tend to degenerate into memes, in-jokes, and pun threads. There are hundreds of sub-Reddits for all interests, and users have the ability to create their own sub-Reddits if their specialty interest isn’t represented. There’s a very popular sub-Reddit devoted entirely to bacon. Other sub-Reddits include funny, technology, programming, gaming, politics, and lolcats, just to name a few. For people who want the pun threads distilled conveniently, there’s a site dedicated to Reddit puns, and for those who think they’ve “Reddit” all, there’s Alexis’ blog at Reddit All.

Cute Overload!

Cute Overload!

Cute Overload!
Meg Frost, the creator of this site, has described it as “The destination for all things cute.” Since autumn of 2005, she’s offered a slew of adorable photos and videos for public perusal, always with her own invented stories, dialogues, and narrations for added humor value. Over the years, she’s added all sorts of extras to keep things interesting, such as the ever-growing Rules of Cute and categories galore, in case you’re in the mood for a specific cute, such as kittens, pups, bunnies, or hedgehogs, for example. This site is responsible for many internet neologisms, such as “anerable,” “honk-shu,” and “redonkulous.”

I Can Has Cheezburger?

I Can Has Cheezburger?

I Can Has Cheezburger?
It all started in January of 2007, when the site creators (who call themselves Cheezburger and Tofuburger) found a picture of a British blue shorthair cat looking off-camera expectantly, with the caption “I Can Has Cheezburger?” Finding it endlessly funny, they wanted to put it up on their own website for others to view and enjoy. From there, the idea grew into showcasing a whole collection of lolcats and other cute and funny image macros. Accounts are available for anyone who wants to create their own and share them with the world. They are then rated on a scale from one to five cheeseburgers. Now there are a whole suite of sites around I Can Has Cheezburger, and an account there is an account at all of them. So in addition to Lolcats, there are Loldogs, Lol Celebs, Funny Look-Alikes, Lol News & Politics, Fun With Charts, Nostalgic Win, Fail Blog, and, of course, Engrish, which is what happens when non-native speakers (particularly Asians) butcher the English language.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 16, 2009 12:29 am

    Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

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