Monday, June 16, 2008

280th Post - Least Favourite Favourites

We all run some kind of internet browser. We all keep a list of favourite websites that we like to visit over and over.

But you probably have some "favourites" that you never visit. You're not sure how they even got in the list of favourites. Perhaps you received this link via an e-mail once and saved it to the list, thinking you might visit it, but promptly forgot about it. Maybe visiting it now makes you wonder what you were thinking about at that time.

This is what this post is all about.

I will go through my IE favourites list for my computer here at home and list and briefly describe 3 so-called favourites. Check them out if you wish, or dare, or have nothing better to do with your life.

1. Several years ago, I chanced upon a list of puzzle questions whose answers were well known adages and phrases. They were clever enough, and I thought I'd share it with some friends. Never did. Here are the answers to those "questions". The problem is, I no longer have the actual situations/questions that these are the answers to! Use your imagination.

2. You have perhaps heard of the Black Dahlia murder. Young Elizabeth Short was murdered in January 1947 in Los Angeles. I don't want to get into the gory details other than to say that they were gory. The murder remains unsolved. The ironic part of this tragedy is that Beth Short was a wannabe actress, but she only achieved her fame in her horrific death.

This is a website devoted to this crime and the various theories about who killed her, and why. Since this remains an ongoing case with the L.A.P.D., these are only theories, and the police aren't exactly going to confirm or deny much of anything, even though the chances of nabbing the bad guy 61 years later are poor at best. The Jack The Ripper case is still open as far as I know.

I visited it a few times, but not for quite a while now. Perhaps it will interest you, but likely not. Let me know what you think. There is even a mailing list for you to receive automatic updates!

3. In 1995 or so, there was a very short-lived television program called "Strange Luck". A small cultish following continues to exist for this show, and this arguably the best known website devoted to it. I think I have an episode, maybe two, of the show on a vhs tape somewhere in my house, but have never watched the show. I have no idea why it is in my list of favourites. Another website for the show is here. I guess if you have two or more websites devoted to you or something you did, your thing can be said to have a cult following.

4. Let's do one more. This is a catharctic experience for me. Hmm. Let's see here... Oh! I know. How about the official website of my least favourite comic book writer, Don McGregor? Even when I was a little kid, I found his stories long-winded and lugubrious. (Well, I didn't know "lugubrious" at that time, being 9 and all, but you catch my drift.) Story goes, they had to pay the letterers (yes, comics were hand-lettered back then, and were until 15 years or so ago) a special rate because they had to squeeze so much copy into each panel, without compromising the art.

The characters would blather on and on, and on, and on some more; meanwhile, the exposition would explain who everybody was, over and over, or point out things that were obvious in the art if the readers weren't too exhausted from having read each word.

I'll never forget one issue of a McGregor-written comic. A guy greets his wife or gf or whatever. "Oh, Lord, you feel good!", she exclaims as he hugs her. Patricia never says that to me. Either I am not doing something right, or this kind of stuff just doesn't happen in real life.

Anyway, I have no idea why I saved this favourite, but I did. Check it out if you dare.

I'll do this again sometime. In the mean time, include your least favourite favourites as replies to this post. We all could use a chuckle.



adSimba said...

wow Bevboy, you will never know how indebted I am to you for the show name "stramge luck" (I thought it went longer) I really liked that show (aparently I was mostly alone in that) and for a few years now I have been trying to remember what the show was called

You are the best!!

Bevboy said...

Glad you liked the post, adsimba. I hope you keep reading.

And, where are you in this great world, anyway?