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My only fear in keeping a list of the Web's most absurd sites was that some people might not get the joke. I've decided that can't be helped and is no good reason to keep the rest of us from having a good laugh.
What do I mean by "Absurd"? "Unusual", certainly, but more than that -- not simply "Neat", or "Bizarre", or "Useless" -- some mixture of these is surely Absurd.
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08 MAY 97 :: 22:41
"My faith in the uselessness of the Internet has been restored. Everyone's homework assignment is to look up: http://www.marimba.com/people/woodie/cha.gif And let it get going..."
24 AUG 1996 :: 21:30
Think about it. Rather than defining their favourite jeopardy topics, Coupland could describe characters by their hotlists. He would save scads of time in developing characters if he just browsed entries in the World Birthday Web (possibly by astrological sign if he wanted certain personality traits -- and believed in astrology) where net denizens by the hundreds have created perfectly useable characters for him.
University of Illinois at Chicago..
Late Show with David Letterman
Saturday Night Live
Beavis and Butthead
Poems and Verses
Beginner's Guide to HTML
08 JULY 1996 :: 21:30
"This is my favourite weapon..."
2 APRIL 1996 :: 10:30
"The Canadian Library Association today announced its intention to comply with the wishes of millions of Canadians who hadsigned a petition decrying the increasing presence of "vivid imagery of sex and violence" in books targetted at children. "I'm not really sure where I stand on this issue -- I can see the value of keeping Hustler Magazine out of a child's personal library, but then the best way to do that is to teach the child which materials are appropriate and explain the nature of inappropriate material. It's bad enough when a parent uses the phrase, "Because I said so." We don't need a government empowered to say the same thing.
2 7 JANUARY 1996 :: 01:30
CARRY ME HOME
SINGLE: Dog Eat Dog/Carry Me Home (197?)
(Young, Young, Scott)
The bartender's working on a late night shift
She's bonka blonds and Bon aims on a midnight drift
And the dance band's playing the same old slam
I'm sinking whiskey and you're sipping fine wine
I don't know what it is you're trying to prove
Well it should be you but it's me who can hardly move
And I've got my reputation lying on the line
Come on baby, be a good dog and help the blind
Won't you carry me home
(Like a truck, pick me up)
You ain't no lady but you've sure got taste in men
That head of yours has got you by time and time again
My arms and legs are aching and my head's about to blow
And your back's been breakin' and I'd hate to spoil the show
But I've just spent next weeks wages and I'm right out of coin
But you want more and it's half past four and they want to close the joint
But we can't afford a taxi, and it's too late for the bus
But I've been told by friends of mine you're someone I can trust
Won't you carry me home
(Don't let me lie here in all this beer)
You drank all your booze and half of mine
I'm bleary eyed and you're waiting for the sunshine (to come and kill me)
Just like the man who threw me on the floor
Don't matter, while I'm down here I might as well try and find the fucking door
Excuse me, have you seen my swizzle stick
And have you got a plastic bag 'cause I'm gonna be sick
I'm dead drunk and heave'n hanging upside down
And you're getting up and leaving, you think I'm gonna drown
Won't you carry me home
17 JANUARY 1996 :: 19:30
It's Absurd because TV theme songs have entered the cultural vocabulary, our zeitgeist. Cool people at parties know all the words to The Brady Bunch and can delicately imitate the vocal stylings of Cindy singing it. Admit you can't recall the melody from The Addams Family and your friends will begin to wonder about your flagging mental capacity. And some guy's spending a good fraction of a lifetime digitizing the theme songs from, apparently, just about everything that's ever been broadcast. He's not being paid to build this archive. That's kind of absurd too. And he does requests.
Then again, I posted 300 pages of my travel journal -- with photos -- so who am I to comment on the absurdity of weblishing esoterica...
1 4 JANUARY 1996 :: 17:30
Can't live up to the expectations of women with their own minds? Looking for a young, under-privileged girl you can easily dominate even if you get no respect from people your own age? Want someone barefoot and pregnant in your kitchen, or a sexual plaything half your age that also does windows? Getting tired of sheep?
1 8 DECEMBER 1995 :: 11:30
I'm not convinced of the value of affirmations to begin with (getting yourself to believe you are a good person is not the same as being a good person) but my alarms really go off when someone's cashing in on stuff like, "I PUTT WITH CONFIDENCE" and "I DESERVE TO BE WEALTHY". Oooh, don't you just want to stick those thoughts all over your apartment! The last one sounds like the drivel Amway tried to hook my parents with.
1 3 DECEMBER 1995 :: 02:00
See, with the Zippy the Pinhead Page Filter any page can be as absurd as any Mad Lib.
12 DECEMBER 1995 :: 02:00
Well, here we have dueling personality pages. (Actually, David's winning since there are three (3!) different 'DDEB' pages!) I don't know. This "Cult of the Personality" stuff kinda baffles me. I mean, I can understand watching an interview or two, or even picking up People magazine to find out what Cher's been up to lately (just for the laughs) but expending this much energy just to follow the story of another person's life that you've never met...it's not like they're gods or anything, are they? Perhaps they are, their fans gush about them with that kind of blind reverence: eg. "She has shown arange of emotions on the show from fear and anger, to happiness and caring, which, admitedly is not that unusual foran actress, but...but...but...it's Gillian! :) "
3 DECEMBER 1995 :: 21:00
"Hi! I'm Forrest. Forrest Gum. And this is my new Bubba Gum and Candy Factory."And it features such candy gems as: "I have to go Pee." (All the candy that starts with the letter "p")
3 0 NOVEMBER 1995 :: 00:00
That example is a bit dubious as a complement, don't you think? How 'bout this one:"Tribes of primitve hunters, with rhinestone codpieces rampant, should build pyramids of Chevy engines covered in butterscotch syrup to exalt the diastolic, ineffable, scintillated and cacophonous salamander of truth which slimes and distracts from each and every orifice of your holy refrigerator, Sears be its brand."Try it out for yourself; amaze your friends with wittily absurdist reparte.
2 9 NOVEMBER 1995 :: 04:00
Well, that's the opening blurb on BeautyNet. It reads an awful lot like Seventeen, or Mademoiselle, or Vogue, or . . . meaning we basically have here an infomercial for the 'beauty' industry. But when back in 1995, it was so deliciously directed at the internet audience: I mean, Cyberhair? My personal favourite has to be 'The History of Perms' -- seems women have been putting themselves through that often painful madness for millenia -- boiling water, electricity, Borax, ammonium thioglycolate acid. . .<shivers>. The amazing thing here is that all this information is provided without any sense of irony, or even any acknowlegement of the discomfort and physiological damage.
2 5 NOVEMBER 1995 :: 05:00
From the other side, Kurt will answer those burning questions, like, "Do you like the Foo Fighters album?" and "Does Courtney Have Talent?" Or make up your own question! "Is this page wackier than The Ronald Reagan Homepage?
23 NOVEMBER 1995 :: 03:00
When I informed Jeremy that his page had finally motivated me to create Theatre Absurd but that, unfortunately, he'd have to follow the Ronald Reagan Homepage since the intended seriousness of that page made it the more Absurd choice, his sporting response was:
"I am extremely honoured! I am sorry that I wasn't more serious about thepage, since that would obviously increase the mockability factor by 10 andthus elevate it's humour status exponentially.
"I look forward to seeing the Reagan page..."
2 2 NOVEMBER 1995 :: 05:00
Whenever the subject of Ronnie Raygun comes up I immediately think of the Evil Empire bumper-sticker.
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