The Best Of The Web
Awards time is here. No, it's not the "Oscar" , "Grammy" or the
"Emmy" awards. It's the awards for the World Wide Web where they choose the
'best of the best' of the Internet. It's the "Webby Awards". And here are the
nominees and winners which are catogarized into 15 categories.
||Webmastered by a Santa Monica acu-puncturist, this comprehensive site also
covers Chinese healing arts such as Qi Gong, herbology, and massage. Read up on theories
about how and why acupuncture works; link up with schools, practitioners, other
acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine sites, and even insurance companies that
cover acupuncture treatment. Oh yeah: If needles give you the willies, practitioners can
use heat or electricity to stimulate the flow of your Qi, with a "minimum of
||This popular Canadian-based site is THE place to go for sober discussion,
research, or pondering of our society's "ultimate taboo subject." Euthanasia and
assisted suicide, living wills, and anything pertaining to the "art and science of
dying well" are covered. Visitors may browse the articles; but to keep flamers at
bay, all must register before joining DeathTALK, a moderated forum for debating
controversial "end-of-life" issues.
||Okay, we're all tired of the Planet- prefix (and the -Net suffix-it's
Pla-Net, get it?). And for additional pun-ishment, the search engine is nicknamed
NetQueery. Explore this extroverted online community of lesbigay/trans folks to meet new
friends via chats or message boards; scan the daily news updates; link up with activist
groups like Digital Queers; or skim reviews of pop culture as seen through a queer lens.
With ads galore and frames peppered with smart and funny content, PlanetOut is like
HotWired with a homophilic spin.
Health Information Services
|For the best in health news, go directly to the source of the daily
releases that regularly show up on Yahoo and (in abridged form) in your local newspaper.
Other features on this impeccably maintained site target the health professional: Taking a
stab at diagnosing the virtual patient in the weekly "Clinical Challenge" is
invariably humiliating to the layperson (Q: What tests do you order? A: Uhhh... blood?).
But even an outsider can feel like an insider while perusing the med-journal satire
"Journal of Irreproducible Results."
||The former Prevention e-zine site evidently was constructed over the
dreaded gender fault line. In any case it has been riven into Women's Edge and Men's
Health Daily. The latter traffics in the most condescending of male stereotypes,
concentrating on boneheaded topics like abs (women like 'em big) and boobs (men like 'em
big). Accordingly, even guys may prefer to kill a few hours at the gals' site, with its
engrossing interactive quizzes, menu planners, and calorie counters. But where did they
find a cinnamon bun with a mere 117 calories?