Some more fun, frivolity and folly from the world of the wide, wide web.
Lighting The Grill
Guess what happens if you use three gallons of liquid oxygen to help light the
barbie? Kids, don't try this at home! (Note: the pictures are part-way down the page).
Have you ever been abducted by aliens? Do you want to be? This site could
be just what you're looking for.
Category: Owch, get that thing out of my nose
And if you can't get abducted, why not just sell your soul -- it's probably
quite a similar experience.
It's A Week For Six-shooters
Spam and cowboys -- they seem to share an unbreakable bond don't they?
Well, it looks like another one may have just rode into town.
Several Aardvark readers have emailed me complaining that the "web design"
(and I use the term loosely) company Active Digital Designs has sent them
unsolicited commercial email offering to build them a one-page website for $180
plus $35/hour for any extra work.
Wow! What a deal (not!)
This guy has the cheek to put at the bottom of his message:
"NEVER SEND SPAM. IT IS BAD"
The URL this spur-wearer gives for those who want more information is
which, when I tried it using Netscape, produced a page of HTML code rather than a properly
rendered webpage. (Here's a screen-dump).
So... maybe he should add to his little sales-pitch: "Testing? What's that?" --
or maybe he simply doesn't realise that over 25 percent of the web-surfing public don't
use Microsoft's browser.
If you're using IE, or can figure out the HTML that Netscape users get handed
the next page
of this "web designer's" site really puts the chaps on the cowboy. I count
four "borrowed" animated GIFs and a rather uninspiring layout.
But let's back up a bit and look where
that URL is located.
What does this mean? Perhaps his office is out-back of the crematorium or does
he embalm bodies on the side?
Should he take his own hint and hang up those six-shooters?
I see this virtual-horseman also offers computer training -- well how good
can his advice be if he doesn't follow it himself (remember that sage advice
he offered in his email: "NEVER SEND SPAM. IT IS BAD")
I can't help but get the impression that this guy might be no more than 18 years
of age and is trying to replace his paper-run with some web design. If that's
the case then I guess we can't criticise too much.
The prices are low -- but then again, so is the level of professionalism (spamming?)
and so is the quality of the work -- this all means that the value for
money on offer is also very low.
Maybe it's time that
WDNZ dusted off the
cobwebs and started raising public awareness that the "Cowboy Quotient" is
rising out there -- quite frankly I'm getting tired of playing Sheriff!
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