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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

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


VSIDE (www.vside.com)

www.vside.com

Life is one big party according to website vSide.com. So if you want to party like it is 1999, again, point your browser towards the download link and get ready to begin a whole new life, virtually.

VSide is a 3D virtual world where you can listen to music, chat with friends, shop at the shopping centre for clothing and accessories, or just hang out with mates in your apartment. Sounds a lot like real life, which begs the question: why would you need to do this in a virtual way?

Well the answer is fun, plus you will expand your musical tastes and broaden your networking horizons as people from all over the world mingle and chat in an informal atmosphere. The software is all pretty intuitive, with menus and clickies to perform actions like dancing and lounging on the sofa. There are some very funny dances if you scroll through the options. The people I "met" in the clubs and bars have all been pretty friendly and cool.

This is basically just a glorified chatroom, with a definite lean towards people who like music. Watch out for the live DJ and music events where you can party all night without getting blisters from too much dancing.

NETHACKZ (http://nethackz.com)

http://nethackz.com

The internet has so much to do and so little time to do it in. It would be great if there was a place you could go to for down-to-earth tips and tricks on making your life online more productive.

NetHACKZ.com is an excellent blog all about internet productivity.

Whether you use the net for work or play, there are hundreds of great ideas and suggestions to ease your online stresses.

I found, for instance, a page listing 25 mobile applications for people on the go and a video by the founder of Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly, talking about the next 5,000 days of the internet.

There is a range of things that is really essential reading if you like to spend a lot of time online.

Content is king on this website which has a typical blog style and layout. You will find recent posts on the main page panel, with a link to categorised sections a little lower on the right.

It has links to some really useful applications and websites thrown in to boot.


RHETT&LINK (www.rhettandlink.com) and GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP(www.speedysroadtrip.com)

www.rhettandlink.com

Two young men have been keeping me amused and entertained over the past few weeks. Rhett and Link are part of the ever-growing and popular phenomenon of "intertainment", as they have coined it.

Now I want you to start at speedysroadtrip.com, as this is how I found these guys. On this site we see our hapless heroes taking a roadtrip across America to bring us the inside story from Los Angeles to Maine.

These videos are great entertainment, and actually somewhat informative. I love the design and execution of the website. Whilst it is sponsored by a brand, the advertising is handled in an understated way and does not dominate the content in any way.

When you finish the roadtrip, there is plenty more of these crazy boys to enjoy at rhettandlink.com, where you will find archives of previous shows and a weekly live broadcast. It is already attracting something of a cult following on the internet.

ARMOR GAMES (www.armorgames.com)

www.armorgames.com

I would like to bring your attention to a cry for help. The State Assembly of Minovia Cay has fallen critically behind in the race to conquer space - and they need your help, citizen.

I am referring to Hedgehog Launch on the Armor Games website. The object of the game is to launch your hedgehog as high as you can until he breaks through the earth's atmosphere and goes into orbit.

Collect coins on your trial launches to boost your finances and upgrade your equipment. Steering the little blighter takes a bit of getting used to, but persevere and you are rewarded with a nice little animation as he floats around in space.



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