Drive-By Shootings on the Information Superhighway
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 94 12:57:18 PST
Subject: Drive-By Shootings on the Information Superhighway
From: Netsurfer Digest: Vol. 01, #04 <email@example.com>
DON'T SPAM SANTA, IT'S JUST A RUMOR
Some kindly (NOT!) soul is spreading the rumor that for every E-Mail
message you send to "firstname.lastname@example.org", large companies will
donate money to various charities. It's just a rumor so restrain
yourself and don't spam Santa. See this site for the disclaimer, and
check out our own holiday section for other places to visit.
[Who, me? When you send email to those sites you do get a very nice note back
from Santa, the elves, or Rudolph, (although Rudolph seems to be feeling the
stress - he talks about himself in the third person)... -psl]
WHERE IT'S @
From the silly legal ideas folder (and as a cheap excuse to run that
headline): Apparently WIRED, the hypertrendy and occasionally readable
magazine, once tried to trademark the "@" symbol (Time, 11/14/94,
p.38). Hmmm, we'll have to talk to our attorney about trademarking all
that whitespace we use so copiously.
LOOKING FOR THE PI KING
In a recent issue we reported on a site which contained 100,000 digits
of pi. Well, no sooner had the issue gone out that we got word of
another site (thanks Fabrice!) with 500,000 digits. That smells like a
challenge! Do we hear one million? Two? A billion? We're looking for
the champ here folks, so let's hear it. The winning site gets a link
on our home page and T-shirt. We'll even wash it first. For the
moment, here is the Pi King: "http://www.enst.fr/~pauliat/pi_io.html"
PUBLIC PHONES, PUBLIC SPACES
Cybercafe is yet again on the leading edge of... well, something. This
time they are collecting details on at least one public telephone in
every country in the world. Why? Because "in a time of private
prosperity and public poverty, public telephones offer the potential
for a wealthy public space." Makes sense to us. Submit phone entries
to their Web site. They're also looking for cool phone graphics (<50K
please). E-Mail: "email@example.com"
NEW MAILING LIST: CYBERSEX
"Well darling, what shall it be, the real or the virtual chicken?"
Here's the blurb: "CYBERSEX is a discussion on how emerging technology
- especially in the computer field - is changing how people define,
communicate and act out their sexuality. Topics will include on-line
sex, erotic software, hi-tech sex toys, home-made videos, etc." To
subscribe, send E-Mail with the message "subscribe CYBERSEX" to
UNIVERSAL PICTURES PREMIERES "JUNIOR" ON THE WEB
"Junior" is a new movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito,
and Emma Thompson, each of whom has a bio Web page available here. The
site features three major sections called "The Premiere", "Celebrity
Arrivals", and "Previews", all rich in visuals and multimedia, almost
overwhelmingly so. The site is poorly suited for slow connections but
nevertheless is an interesting glimpse into what Hollywood can do, or
plans to do, with the Internet. Worth checking out, if only for
Arnold's message to netheads.
PENN AND TELLER PULL A DISAPPEARING ACT
What can you expect from a couple of wise-ass magicians? The site we
reviewed in the last issue moved sometime between when we looked at it
and publication date. Here is the real Penn and Teller site by Michael
Solinas, along with another bonus site by Paul Nielsen. Sorry for the
confusion, folks. "http://www.portal.com/~magic/PennandTeller/penn-n-
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