Magical Blend Magazine Innovations in Thought, Lifestyle and Creativity
Crystals, rainbows, pyramids and pagans, Magical Blend whips up a colourful and thoughtful recipe for all of today's counter-culture participants to savour. With 20 years experience, the tribe at MB has harvested the realms of consciousness enough to know all the cool ways of looking at the world. Ignore the media's new age bashing, this is fun and insightful. Shockwave I Ching, dozens of articles, celebrity interviews and in-depth discussions with philosophers and artists surely make this web site a powerful blend.
Sample: "We endorse no one pathway to spiritual growth but attempt to explore many alternative possibilities to help transform the planet."
Verdict: The right ingredients. - SS
Exposure - The magazine of Future Developments
Site was down :-(
Verdict: - SS
This guerilla media collective from Texas has the unenviable mission of promoting culture, art and artists shunned my mass media. It's a 'mouse that roared' scenario here, though, since the talent, the attitude and the work is certainly potent enough to batter a few psychic barricades down. By combining angst-ridden artists and over-qualified techno heads, Fringware might just have the firepower to make it in the mainstream. The Web is a global niche supermarket. The sheer volume of FW's output guarantees them a certain success rate with audiences. Check it out fringe-dwellers, something here will resonate, you know, like you're favourite Seinfeld episode.
Sample: "..as such, we are regarded as one of the most innovative, most litigious, and most heavily-armed among private media collectives, per capita."
Verdict: The coffee shop poets have landed. - SS
A dark and brooding MIDI file plays as Patycop lays before you the questions everyone is asking these days. Did Ancient Egyptians fly helicopters? Did the bible predict the existence of aliens? What are the signs our time is near? With the astounding facts uncovered here, your poor unsaved brain will be twisting and turning with confusion until you will have no option but to get down on your knees and pray to the Almighty Christian God for salvation. Click on the salvation link, and a Sister Sledge MIDI file will have you a-clappin' and a-singin' and calling out HALLELULJAH! Praise Jesus, you are saved!
Sample: When the only way to avoid hell is to become a Christian, why not make a decision to become one today?
Verdict: Your one-stop salvation shop. Open 24/7 - SS
Fortean Times Online
Charles Fort in the early 1900's began to investigate the nature of things and how science and religion attempt to explain the inexplicable. He formulated views of a more organic universe, ever changing and ever mystifying. His views inspire this magazine, which devotes itself to exploring weirdness and strangeness on this crazy little planet - with a good dose of humour thrown in. It might shatter the status quo, but things could be learnt in the process. What things? Strange things. Four legged Chickens. Y2K giggles, Noah's Ark, competitions, reviews and late-breaking news.
Sample: There is, after all, some similarity between the getting of a joke and the getting of enlightenment."
Verdict: A light-hearted look at the bizarre. - SS
Fate magazine preceded the entire weirdness movement by a couple of decades. 50 years on, and no obelisk is left unturned as they investigate anything remotely outside "normal". Over time, they have developed the widest possible view on things, not limiting themselves to UFO's and psychic phenomena, but covering such topics as Aboriginal Dreamtime, Creative Visualisation, synchronicity, psychic pets and aura photography. The on line version is really a teaser for subscription, so if you want 12 ways to talk to the dead, perhaps you could order the August 1998 back issue!
Sample: Position Vacant - Associate Editor (previous one abducted by alien perhaps?) - "The successful applicant will have an interest in strange phenomena, lifestyles, and pop culture, tempered with a healthy skepticism."
Verdict: I think we should all apply for the job! - SS
Lobster: Journal of parapolitics, intelligence and State Research
Each issue of this little publication takes 6 months to cook. This allows for far more detailed investigation into the stories, unlike some of the other sites featured here, which rely on hearsay, readers' accounts and sheer sensationalism to get the issue to print. The subject matter is much more focussed here, concentrating on the British government for the most part. Military operations, MI5, trade unions, Falklands conspiracies, terrorism, arms dealings, links to superpowers etc. The journalistic and scholarly approach to decidedly biased reporting makes for a good read, and you may well leave with a far more sceptical view of politics than you already had. Only a few articles to read here. All the other material is in point form to get you to order. I'd say the 9 pound subscription looks well worth it. Until the author gets bumped off, that is.
Sample: "JFK, DEA, Oliver North, SAS, Combat 18, MI5, CIA, DoD, conspiracies, British nuke deployments." But wait! there's more!
Verdict: The Internet's answer to "Spycatcher". - SS
Psychedelic Tabby Cabal
Unfortunately, due to a government conspiracy to control the Internet, the entire Paranoia domain is off line.
Sample: "When they took the fourth amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I was quiet because I was innocent. When they took the second amendment, I was quiet because I didn't own a gun. Now they've taken the first amendment, and I can say nothing about it."
Verdict: Who is responsible for this? Huh? - SS
You are now Sutured to the Blather.Network
Dave Walsh is a contributor to many an alternative journal. It stands to reason that he would put together his own little e-zine to promote and expand on his published musings, as well as give voice to the odd article the editors rejected. With Irish wit and verve, "daev" as he likes to be known tackles any subject that washes up at his doorstep. UFO's, NASA, pyramids, questions without answers, his style injects these tired old topics with a freshness that may see them lasting until the truth is finally revealed.
Sample: "Accept nothing. . . until at least you have yourself questioned it"
Verdict: And question it he does, to be sure! - SS
Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen, authors of "The 70 greatest conspiracies of all time" bring a marriage of profundity and humour to the web with a collection of rants and raves, excerpts from the book, and an ever growing library of new investigations into evil schemes. They tackle the biggies. Lady Di, JFK, Bill Clinton's "Killing Spree". These theories climb right to the top of the "tall tale" charts. You'll be half in stitches laughing at the possibilities, and half in mortal fear wondering if even a shred of this is true. Therein lies the appeal of conspiracy theories - the remote chance that one day a theory will be proven is an irresistible concept.
Sample: Not long after the slaughter in Jonestown, whispers began--strange hints of human experiments in mind control, even genocide, and the lurking presence of the CIA. Verdict: Laugh yourself awake each and every night. - SS
While the TV news dedicates itself to bringing you whatever stories they happen to have shocking footage for, and the newspapers get ever more influenced by advertisers and vested interests, the Web remains uncontrolled. Here is the portal through which to discover what is really happening out there. Bees are going blind from UV radiation, millions of kids are sniffing glue - all the real news that doesn't make the news makes it here. There is a war going on for your brain, and so far the mass media is way ahead. This is the battle cry - ammunition loaded - of the global collective that "rulez" the net.
Sample: While you're watching sitcoms, greedy bastards are busy destroying the planet for a profit.
Verdict: An absolute must-see. Whether you like it or not. - SS
UFO Mind : Mothership
With a fascination as much for human nature as for the countless (as yet) unprovedn theories about aliens and military involvement, this site serves as a launch pad to thousands of related information sites out there. Webmaster Glenn Campbell (not the Rhinestone Cowboy, surely!) and a small crew sell books to fund the huge task of maintaining such a large and popular site, beamed out from a small yellow caravan in the desert. No doubt they will be easy to spot from the sky.
Sample: That's why we call our site "UFOmind" - It is the central nervous system of the UFO community.
Verdict: If you are bent on UFO's and stuff, you just hit the motherlode!. - SS
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This hard-hitting news site dishes out all the dirt on all the pre-millennium madness that seems to be controlling a lot of global activity. Terrorism, trafficking, spies, agents, drugs, China, Iraq, US foreign policy. We are all hurtling into the abyss. At least if you subscribe to this particular eJournal, you will know your exact hurtling velocity. It can't hurt to stay properly informed. Then again, perhaps it's time to unplug the modem and hire a Hollywood movie on video, huh, cabbage for brains? Why worry, you're insurance is paid up.
Sample: ..hard-hitting electronic publications that deliver reports on cutting-edge worldwide intelligence.
Verdict: Feeling a little paranoid? Good. - SS
The Morteaurn Times
Last updated 1997... uh ferget it!
Verdict: - SS
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At last, a DIY site to get you actively participating at the "cutting edge" of weirdness. The great crop circle deception (if you believe it) of trampling crops into artistic and perplexing patterns can be yours to unleash upon your local produce-grower. The controversy that the crop circles created, certainly places them right up there with the best art. Blue Poles? - ferget it, we'll trample grass with a rusty old rake! Great design here. Follow the "home" link as well to more coolness.
Sample: Nothing is what it seems to be - or rather, beyond a few shared basics, everything can be seen as something else.
Verdict: The biggest prank in history... maybe. - SS
The Worldwide Institute for the Preservation of Everything
Everything is devolving, decaying and generally falling to bits, and it has to stop! Before we can preserve everything, we must find out exactly how much there is to preserve. Participate in the great Millennium Stocktake, followed by the global polymer coating, the protective satellite force-field, and the all important end to moral decay. I think I just lost a few brain cells just clicking through the site!
Sample: Simply fill in the form below, or e-mail the Secretary and details for ordering will be automatically dispatched to the waste paper bin.
Verdict: This site just failed to preserve my sanity. - SS
Someone's been taking mind-altering substances. With strong images and strange words, a world of Internet-focussed global transformation is enacted. Electronic graffiti, transistorised tenets from the ex-land of Apartheid show us an alternative reality upon which we may just be able to base our fragile existences.
Sample: Quantum Physicists dream in fractals. They seek the grid that powers the inner universe. But it's already in our heads...
Verdict: Oh yeah! Now excuse me, I have to go and pay my electricity bill. - SS