Technobabble: One singular cyber sensation

  • Article by: RANDY A. SALAS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 6, 2007 - 10:02 AM

If you have no time to winnow your online browsing down to the One, the best of the best, these sites do it for you.

Larry King parody from planethiltron.com

You want to expand your horizons -- but not too much. You don't have a lot of time. You like to keep things simple.

That's where these websites come in. They specialize in making one -- and only one -- recommendation each day in their particular area of expertise. It could be a cool website to bookmark, a nifty book to read, whatever.

If you're not interested in the daily topic, just return tomorrow. Maybe you'll make a swell discovery then. Better yet, these websites don't even require a visit. Sign up for free, and they'll send you their daily picks by e-mail or RSS feed.

Here are a half-dozen websites that just might make your day -- in a singular way.

VERY SHORT LIST

www.veryshortlist.com

Very Short List's team of editors (including Spy magazine cofounder Kurt Andersen) point readers toward "excellent ... entertainment and media that haven't been hyped to within an inch of their lives," the site explains. The daily picks include books, CDs, DVDs, websites -- anything that consumers of culture might find interesting. If you're really pressed for time, the recommendations contain highlighted passages that get to the meat of the matter.

Recent gem: Planet Hiltron (www. planethiltron.com) is an ingenious site where celebrity images are digitally altered to make them look like average Joes and Jos, which usually entails seamlessly pasting their mugs into photos from everyday life.

Madonna looking like a librarian? A plain Jennifer Garner and balding Ben Affleck as pudgy, beer-swilling partyers? Larry King as a doting grandma -- really? Seeing is believing.

YAHOO! PICKS

picks.yahoo.com

The depth and breadth of Yahoo's daily website finds are amazing. Not every site is worth adding to your bookmarks, but all merit at least a visit. Some are wacky and off the beaten trail, such as Fridgewatcher (www.fridgewatcher.com), which peeks inside folks' refrigerators; others are practical and overlooked, such as the financial adviser Get Rich Slowly (www.getrichslowly.org/blog). All get a breezy writeup with lots of linked examples.

Recent gem: The photoblog Last Night's Garbage (www.lastnightsgarbage.com) documents the vast amount of trash strewn on the streets of New York City. The accompanying text riffs on the image, such as a blob of guacamole on the ground running with a recipe for the dip -- along with a link to a photo of discarded tortilla chips.

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