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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.


Best of the web from Kate Russell

I love a good mystery which I can interact with, and solve puzzles and clues, in order to get to the bottom of it. Luckily for me the internet is full of great mysteries to be solved. Sadly for me, they are often so compelling I get wrapped up in them for hours - as happened when I visited The White Island.

In a website of the same name, you follow the adventures of an aspiring DJ and archaeologist Elizabeth Pearl. She goes to Ibiza to live and work for the summer as a research assistant for the Society For The Preservation of Ancient Ibiza, as far as I can make out.

Introduced by the real radio DJ Pete Tong, the story revolves around a missing USB stick containing the famous DJ's latest tracks, a missing archaeologist, namely one Elizabeth Pearl, and a mysterious message. The events involving 12 ancient symbols and the world's biggest DJs unfold. I'm not going to go into too much detail about the website itself as discovering the secrets it holds is half the fun. You will read Elizabeth's blog, watch CCTV footage, and be asked to solve some most cunning puzzles - all in your quest to unravel the mystery of The White Island.

BLIP.TV ( is another fine television channel full of diverse and brilliant content for your viewing pleasure.

This is a site that hosts a whole host of content from videobloggers, podcasters and internet television producers. They are a growing stable of visual creatives who make stuff on low budgets for us to enjoy for free.

If you register with the site you can save playlists and even publish your own shows - all accessible through the dashboard section at the top. The kinds of channels featured are review sites about games and films.

Cube News 1 is a satirical office news round up with some mildly adult innuendo. On the other hand Political Lunch is a round up of the days US politics in a very palatable format.

My favourite is a sitcom called The Guild, which is about a group of online gamers who meet in the real world. I love this series, but like some of the other content on this site, it does contain some adult humour. Nothing too over the top or graphic, but it is worth noting the suitability of certain channels before you let your children watch with you.


Improv Everywhere

Have you ever been walking down the street, minding your own business, when you see something really odd going on? If so, you might have inadvertently been a witness to an improveverywhere stunt.

It is basically a group of people who like to gather in large numbers and perform random acts of street theatre in order to amaze, perplex and entertain both us, and themselves.

The blog on the opening page runs through the most recent stunts, but take a look under missions if you want to experience their full repertoire. Each mission is nicely explained with text and photos, and then there is the all important video of the event taking place. Marvel at the camera flash experiment where 700 "agents" lined the Brooklyn Bridge to create a wave of flashing light.

Then there is the human mirror, where dozens of pairs of twins completely confounded passengers on a subway train. My favourite though is Frozen Grand Central Station, when over 200 "agents" literally made time stand still in this famous railway station.


Ian's Shoelace Site

This is a simple yet brilliant website where the content is king. The guy featured, Ian, seriously knows how to tie his shoe laces in every which way you can think of.

I think this site will probably appeal to trainer wearing teenagers more than your average office worker. But if you have ever wanted to keep up with the cool kids then you will not go far wrong if you start at the bottom.

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