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Hello all and welcome to my most excellent web page! My goal in adding this page to the WTS is to entertain my fellow toasters, and maybe even a small segment of the rest of the Web. I'll endeavor to add something new every week, so keep checking in, or look for any announcements about my pages in The Wunderland Weekly News.

My offerings will fall into two categories: First, original works; artwork, music, photos, or writing that I'm collecting here for self-publication on a scale unimaginable a few years ago. Hopefully, the world's collective yawn won't totally blow me over, but I think you'll enjoy it if you've gotten this far. Second, Stuff I Found On The Web, brought back and held up to the light for your enjoyment. There's a whole underground world of music publication on the Web through a device called "MIDI", and I have a link page or two of my favorites for you to cruise. Also, in commenting on an issue or interest of mine, I'll write some essays filled with links for you to read.

Go directly to the corners of my electronic world by using the navigation bar appearing at the top of this page, or jump down below this section to find out what I've added this week. I'll also be experimenting with time, allowing you to scroll through previous weeks' versions of my pages where appropriate.

What's New

Number12's Web Comics Picks
Ko Fight Club

This week's comic review

I really should have mentioned this one a while ago, right after finding it through Too Fat To Be A Rock Star, especially since it's a comic about board games and I'm writing for Wunderland here! Russ seems to share the Looney's love of games; he is a great fan of Go, and knows about those "German-style board games", and has a parlor night of his own down in Austin, Texas. (Austin is also the source of Shinkutokimekisempukaku and other neat stuff I've coincidentally found recently, apparently apparently it's some kind of rising Net Culture Nexus.) I haven't had a chance to fully explore the riches of this site yet, but from when I started reading a few weeks ago the comic has been throughly entertaining, mostly due to its highly experimental approach. Some weeks it's job search jokes with the figure of a guy talking on the phone, then it's comics made with hand-carved stamps of bugs and snails, then it's a hand drawn extravaganza where he sets his favorite characters (and mine) from other comics against each other in a deathmatch ("Russ, you lazy bastard! Draw me in color! I've been in color for weeks!"). Somewhere in here too are strips for The Bench, Bench adaptions for the Watchmen, and lots of Go jokes I haven't gotten to yet.

How to listen to WMUC

Hola, folks, thanks for stopping by. I wanted to take a little time to tell you all about something that's brought me a lot of joy during the past few months. I recently got a car with a decent radio in it, and have re-discovered UM College Park's 10 watt station. It's a lot better than I thought it was, and I gotta recommend it for any of you who can receive it. I can get it in town, and southeast and southwest of the Beltway. Being a college radio station, its content covers a wide spectrum; part of the reason I never thought there was much there is because my previous car radio could only get it when I was about 10 or less blocks away, so I'd tune in on Tuesday nights when I went to campus for Thir Venstri Foetr practice. Evenings on WMUC seem almost entirely devoted to "Hard Core", or as I call it, "Badly Played Guitars And Screamed Lyrics". Bleh. However, mornings and afternoons on the station are amazingly great. This station is supplying my daily dosages of 1) Techno that's actually interesting and fun, and 2) A surprisingly decent pop sound from bands that for some reason haven't had the benefit of the big stage. Oddly, there's a lot of great jazz too, either sprinkled in among the regular mix or on Wednesday morning's blues show, which sometimes makes it hard to tell if you are receiving MUC or WJHU out of Baltimore, a much higher power Jazz oriented public radio station. The best shows are around lunchtime, specifically "Variety Is The Spice Of Life" and "Which Came First, The Music Or The Misery", not one track of which ever seems to disappoint, even though they are songs I have never heard before and will never hear again. In these my post-HFS days I really crave that type of variety in my music, although it is comforting to know that if I hear a song I like I can just type in a few lyrics into a search engine and find the name and artist of the song on the Internet.

Speaking of the Internet, you can get WMUC in streaming audio; check out their Real Audio options if you've got the bandwidth. They have a posted schedule but I never use it, and suspect that DJ substitutions might make it useless on a daily basis. Other landmarks in WMUC's current programming: The author of The Boondocks runs his nationally respected hiphop show on friday nights, if you're into that (I'm not), you gotta love "Disco Stu" on Friday afternoons, and in general you can count on the programming to get more instrumental and spacey after midnight. Aside from hard core, the most depressing part of the station is the "noodley guitars with earnest lyrics", which seem to pop up in any show on the station, but for those you can always tune over to the area's other decent station, WRNR, which I'll rant about later. WMUC may be an uneven experience in terms of content and quality, but more often than not you'll get an experience that makes you say "I can't believe I'm hearing this on the radio".

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