Cybernaut 

Webby Awards Part III

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There wasn’t a clear runner-up – most of the other nominees weren’t all that funny, or were blatant (and less humerous) Onion copycats. If I had to pick a winner it would probably be Modern Humorist at www.modernhumorist.com . The writers are better than at any of the other sites in the category, but not all that funny in themselves – the problem is that they think they’re funny and generally beat you over the head with quirky, smirking, observational commentary that they "borrowed" from popular culture, i.e. Seinfeld.

Kids

Of all the promises that the Internet made in its campaign for universal acceptance, one of the few that was actually delivered on is quality children’s programming. While most kids could probably benefit more from a good run around the park than countless hours spent on the Internet, it’s safe to say that as a learning and research tool it has bailed millions of kids out on the night before an assignment was due. And the Internet, unlike most classroom environments, generally manages to entertain while it educates.

My favourite site in this category was Fact Monster at www.factmonster.com , an online encyclopedia/dictionary/almanac/atlas by the Learning Network that students can use to help them get through their homework and cram for exams in almost every topic.

While all of the other candidates were excellent in their own way, I went with www.lugnet.com , an online community for Lego enthusiasts. There have been actual scientific studies done to show the connection between Lego and right brain development – there’s a good chance that every artist, writer or musician to come out of our generation will have had a few sets at home to tinker with in their youth. It also develops hands-on mechanical skills, and provides a working foundation for left brain development – everything from physics to architecture. The Lugnut people take this toy seriously, showing off member creations and encouraging Lego users to experiment. If nothing else some of these creations will blow your mind.

Living

Since this Web site is for people who are actually "Living", rather than subsisting from paycheque to paycheque with no wife, no kids, and no responsibilities, I found it difficult to relate to a lot of the content. Each site was geared towards a different audience, which also made them difficult to compare.

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