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Everybody has a catch-all drawer to throw the items they’re not quite sure what to do with. They’re not useless, they just don’t seem to belong anywhere else.

Everybody has a catch-all drawer to throw the items they’re not quite sure what to do with. They’re not useless, they just don’t seem to belong anywhere else.

For this week’s Cybernaut, I’ve gone through my catch-all drawer of Web sites. They don’t follow any particular theme or have much of anything to do with one another, but if you dig deep you just might find something you can use.

Whistler Valley Tennis Club pro Scott Pedersen has launched two new Web sites, www.whistlergolfandtennis.com and www.whistlerproshop.com.

Whistler Golf and Tennis is an overview of courses and courts in the Whistler area, and of his own instructional CD-ROM. In the future, Scott hopes to offer discounts for golf and tennis through the Web site.

At Whistler Pro Shop, you can shop for gear related to biking, hiking, golf, tennis, ski and snowboards – every major Whistler sport.

"It’s really Whistler’s first online sports discount store," says Pedersen. "There’s a limited selection of stuff on there now, but my goal is to keep building it until I can sell everything to everybody."

www.shockwave.com

When I was a kid I must have pumped an entire college tuition in quarters into my favourite video games – Joust, Beserk, Rampage, Defender. They cried out to me while I was awake. They mocked me as I slept. When Friday rolled out around and the old man doled out the allowances, I was off to Jug City (no joke) a local milk and convenience store with fresh liquorice and a mini arcade in the back.

I thought I’d moved on with my life, discovering pool, girls, physical fitness, but then I discovered the Classic Arcade at Shockwave.com. Now I’m playing all the oldies again, losing sleep and loving it You’ll need to download the Shockwave Player, and the Shockmachine so you can save titles to your hard drive.

www.friendlymachines.com

A.I. may not have been the greatest movie ever made, but at least it was relevant. Judging by the leaps and bounds that computer technology is taking these days, I don’t really believe the days of robots and Artificial Intelligence are that far off – after all, what is a human brain but an immensely sophisticated and eccentric computer?

We’re not quite there yet, but when the technology at last catches up to humanity, you’ll probably buy your robot butler from Friendly Machines.

Here you can find anything automated, from vacuum cleaners to lawn mowers.

www.hammacherschlemmer.com

Gadgets the likes of which you have never seen! Buy a three wheel car used by Danish police, a doggy doorbell so Rover can tell you when he has to go, glow in the dark bocce balls for your late night tournaments, motorized scooters that fold up like a briefcase, the same mini-bikes used by circus clowns, 25-foot floating trampolines, arcade ice hockey, computer monitors that give you a 180 degree field of vision.

You can spend months on this site going through the inventory, inventing your own uses for just about everything.

www.pinstruck.com

No religion does vengeance quite like Voodoo. That’s why, if there’s someone out there who deserves a little curse thrown their way, you can send one through Pinstruck.com. Using simple pull down menus, you can decide what the doll will look like, pick your target, pick your message, and send an anonymous spine-chilling curse to anyone.

www.ecrush.com

If you’ve ever had a crush and wanted to find out how the person feels about you, there are better ways to find out than alcohol. Ecrush allows you to send a personalized crush card to the guy or girl of your choice, and he or she has an opportunity to respond. You can exchange letters, meet in chatrooms, and when the time is right, reveal your identity – if your crush is less than receptive, may I redirect your attention to Pinstruck.com.

www.bibliofind.com

As an avid reader and an avid collector of books, I often wish I had hardcover originals of my favourites on the shelf. Bibliofind, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, can connect you to thousands of dealers with millions of new and used, rare and antique titles to choose from. It’s not as expensive as you might think – an original copy of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is just $40,000.

www.atomfilms.com

If you have a high speed connection, you could spend weeks at this site downloading short, funny, and low budget movies from Atom Films. Titles include "Kidnap Madonna’s Baby" and "Saving Ryan’s Privates."

www.launch.com

If you’ve tuned into a music station lately, and decried the abundance of boy and girl pop bands, launch.com hosts 300 of the latest and greatest videos at any given time – usually ahead of time. You can rate, or more appropriately ‘berate’ the crap that is choking the airwaves in the ratings forum. I think music companies do tune into this sight before pushing videos, so your negative comments may help record execs decide to shelve the latest N’SYNC.

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