Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Good, the bad and the ugly 2

I am leaving in a couple of hours, for a 4.5 hour drive to go "out home" for Easter. I hope everyone has a safe and good weekend (and a blessed one if you are so inclined). I leave you with another installment of the good the bad and the ugly.

The good, the bad and the ugly

The Internet is an amazing thing. It can be used for everything from spewing neo-nazi hatred to searching for a way to end poverty; from making people laugh at cartoons to making people weep with a poignant true story. In a semi-regular feature, here are the good, the bad and the ugly for this week:

The good:

Freecycle

You know the old saying, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Well, whether you're looking to get rid of trash or find some hidden treasure, here is the place for you. Freecycle allows people to post information about things they want to give away. Individuals or groups can get the things that are posted. They get what they want, you get rid of the trash and everyone is happy. And, it can only be given away for free. There are four chapters in Newfoundland and Labrador: Burin Peninsula, Clarenvillle, Goose Bay, and St. John's.

The Bad:

Pro anorexia web sites.

There are web sites out there, called Pro-Ana sites, where anorexia is touted as a positive alternative to being fat and where anyone so inclined can get tidbits about how to distract yourself from wanting to eat. diet tips, calorie advice, and "thinspiration", or pictures of celebs and others who look emaciated and are supposed to be inspiring to those with this disease. So these websites are helping those with a fatal disease, kill themselves. Do I have to say that this is bad? Of course, no links to any such sites from me folks. Just want to let you know that they are out there and yet another reason to make sure your family computer is in a communal area of your house.

The Ugly:

Roadkill Rugs

There are some ideas, probably thought up under the influence of heavy duty medications, which should not be followed through on. Nuff said.

And a bonus!
The bizarre:

Missing Digits

You know, I'd say that at least once a week, I hear someone saying "I wonder which famous people have lost a finger or a toe?" Okay, maybe just once a month. Alright, so I've never heard anyone ask that but that doesn't stop anyone from finding out. Now that you're just dying to know, check it out. As you stand at the water cooler to tell people your interesting tidbit about a famous missing dactyl, you'll quickly become the one the people in the office whisper about and are afraid to work after hours with. Try it, you'll see.

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