Monday, July 10, 2006

The Good the Bad and the Ugly 5

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

You know how you do a web search and come up with a million hits and even though you've searched something boring like pudding, suddenly you are clicking into weird sites where they do strange things with pudding? Well, says they can help you with that. I've been testing it and it seems to work amazingly well. It doesn't block the sites you might not want to see, just warns you about them by putting a big red x next to the questionable ones and a big green checkmark next to the seemingly okay ones.

The Bad

AIDS Myth sites.

I swear to God I am not making this up. There are sites out there that say AIDS is not associated with HIV, there is no such virus, and that it is therefore not sexually transmitted. They say people who have died from this disease have been poisoned by the medications to treat this non-existent illness. Oh and all those people in Africa dying with AIDS--turns out, they say, this is not true. They are dying from other things and the media is just making this epidemic up. Why is this myth happening? From what I read, and I'll be honest, it is pretty hard to wade through so I mostly skimmed, it is either because the doctors are too stupid to find the truth or because AIDS is a money-making scheme. Ugh.

The Ugly

David Hasselhoff Videos (link leads to a list of youtube search results--results may vary)

Okay, this is double the ugly. It is both ugly to look and ugly to hear. Check out any one of them and I dare say you will agree. Can you say fromage??? It's Kind of like slowing down to see an awful traffic accident. I just can't figure out which one I think is funniest. I mean Secret Agent Man kind of hypnotized me and then there's Rhinestone Cowboy and...oh, Jesus, look, it's Hooked on A Feeling, that might be my favourite. Did he get those backup singers from a 1970s variety show? I just can't choose. (You could kind of get a kick out of them since he seems to be parodying himself but then in the live performances he is really acting like he thinks he is the sexiest man alive and the screaming German audiences should really be screaming--and not with pain.)


At 8:17 PM, Blogger John Mutford said...

He's one of the judges on "America's Got Talent". It's too bad Alanis didn't add that to the lyrics of "Ironic".

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Sure b'y said...


It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought ... it figures

A talentless man judges a talent show
He’s a running joke but he just doesn’t know
He sits there each week trying to look cool
Everyone knows he’s just being a fool
Isn't it ironic ... don't you think


At 6:40 PM, Blogger John Mutford said...


Better than the original!


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