Jack's web reviews - part 2
Bairnsdale reporter Jack is back with another batch of reviews of the finest the internet has to offer. This time around it's upside down dogs, thing you've just got to have, and news via T-shirt. Read on...
We all know how cute dogs can be, but few of us know the answer to the question, "are they as cute upside down as they are right way up?" Answer: no.
www.upsidedowndogs.com (new window) is a website for the devotees of dogs. The self explanatory website has pictures of pooches from all over the world doing the one thing that apparently all of the frequent visitors love to see: dogs hanging/lying/doing just about anything upside down.
While the concept may seem straightforward and quite boring, actually looking these little guys in the eyes is quite intriguing. It makes you wonder all sorts of things. The main thoughts that run through my head are "I wonder if your owner looks like this when they hang upside down. Could that really be comfortable?" Although perhaps the thing I dare to question the most while staring deep into what appears to be the pained eyes of these creatures is, "How can anyone find this cute?"
www.upsidedowndogs.com is a similar concept to www.lolcats.com (new window) wherein the public submit pictures of their canine counterparts that they believe to be cute, except of course lolcats is for cats only. While the feline website fills this criterion purrfectly (excuse the pun), I believe www.upsidedowndogs.com has shot past the mark a little, turning something that could be considered appealing into a police lineup of future dog bite offenders.
Don't you hate it when either your birthday or Christmas finally comes around and all of a sudden the day you've been waiting for all year turns into the biggest disappointment all because your gifts are either clothes, crockery and all things kitchen related, or books? I mean sure, you probably need all those things, but it doesn't mean you want them.
www.iwantoneofthose.com (new window) eliminates the embarrassing pause between the opening of your presents and the time it takes you to think of something else to say other than "Wow, just what I wanted".
With items like a beanie with integrated headphones, umbrellas with built in L.E.D lights, an electronic version of bubble wrap in the shape of a key ring that allows you to hear that instantly calming noise wherever you are, and gloves that let you play the piano on the go, you should find something that can entertain you.
The one downside is that the website does not ship to Australia... yet. All that we can hope is that someday soon the UK will realise that Australia doesn't want anything that it needs - it wants something that it wants.
T-post (www.t-post.se - new window) is a website dedicated to spreading the news that they feel is important, but instead of printing graphics and ink on paper, they use fabric. Rather than receiving a dull newspaper in the mail you receive a flash new T-shirt.
Every six weeks the website sends out a T-shirt with a design based on a current news item printed on the front, and in place of the tag you will find a short article about the news item. The T-shirts are only printed to the amount of subscribers that the website has at the time of production, and you cannot back order any, which give the shirts a more individual touch.
All of the shirts are delivered on the same day around the world, bringing simultaneous joy to many. The price of the T is the one thing that you may be a bit adverse to. Nevertheless, for an individual piece of artwork and an intriguing news story cemented in your wardrobe for all eternity, 51 bucks should be a steal.