Digital | SURFER SPUD Jan 17, 2002

Chives or chocolate on that, spuds?

www.chocovader.com/ I love how candy aisles in Japanese convenience stores have become shrines to the branded characters of pop culture, shrines where no one pays their respects to the chocolate, which has become a wrap-around commodity to get collectibles placed at kid's eye level. The ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Dec 13, 2001

Pounding the mouse pad

www.acupuncturefootwear.com/h_acu2.html You'd be hard pressed to do a day of shopping in Tokyo's Harajuku-Aoyama-Shibuya-Daikenyama hub and not find a particular brand of footwear. All the designers seem to be represented. Except one: this cool little trendsetter from London called Acupuncture. I should've known to look ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Jul 12, 2001

Cars, clothes, a bat and the new prozac

www.bmwfilms.com/site_layout/splash.asp Now that companies have realized the Internet, the great conduit that it is, fails as a business model unto itself, the buzz is all about lifestyle sites. BMW's is an emerging warehouse of short films. Well-polished short films. The first, "Ambush," is a near-six-minute ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Jun 14, 2001

Going somewhere?

www.orbitz.com The five biggest U.S. airlines got together on Orbitz to offer cut-rate fares and other travel specials. But since United, American, Northwest Delta and Continental don't belong to any of Asia's ticket cartels, you're not gonna get a discount if you're living in Japan ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD May 31, 2001

Baseball and junk food

www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/index.html "Professional baseball is played at the edge of biological time," the Exploratorium says, "just within a human's ability to react." The pages then go on to demonstrate, not explain, how the pros cope with earning a living on the edge. Games allow you to ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD May 10, 2001

A few sites for baseball fans

http://mariners.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/sea/homepage/sea_homepage.jsp The Seattle Mariners' official site is part of Major League Baseball's sprawling footprint on the Web. MLB did a very smart thing this year in taking over every team's site and hiring beat writers to go head-to-head with the ink-stained wretches of the ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Apr 19, 2001

Calling all Internauts...

www.zingasia.com An Asia travel site that for some reason wants to be a portal. The only other shopping experience on the Net that offers so much to contemplate is Amazon. But looking for vacation possibilities just isn't the same as browsing through books, and ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Mar 7, 2001

Go ahead, try some

www.tokujo.ac.jp/Tanaka/WWW97/ Hello4/yumie.html This is part of Yumie Harada's home page, the part where she describes her love for natto. And maybe this kind of personal approach is what's needed to get natto virgins past that stench and actually place the stuff in their mouths. Yumie ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Feb 7, 2001

Top 10 alternative reasons to go ADSL

www.icebox.com Like most of the Net's other starving-artist showcases, there's an overwhelming choice here, but the favorite appears to be Queer Duck. The episodes, about a gay mallard, are sharp social satire in which it's difficult, at least at first, to determine whether the author ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Dec 27, 2000

Reay for the end of the year?

www.nenga.co.jp One of the biggest New Year's traditions is entering your friends in a lottery by sending them special nengajo greeting cards printed by the post office. This year it moves to the Internet. Sort of. You're not gonna make any of your friends a ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Dec 13, 2000

Techno and tea

www.thump-radio.com If Napster is a community of listeners, Thump Radio is a legal-hassle-free community of clubbers, artists and labels, all neatly pulled together by streaming audio shared by all. Lots of opportunities to check out new DJs or established DJs' new stuff, then tell your ...

Digital | SURFER SPUD Nov 22, 2000

One more time

www.allgore.com "This day in Gore history: 1978 -- Al and Tipper go roller skating at the Y." OK, so it's not easy to parody someone void of personality. www.algore-2000.org/ Funnier than allgore, probably because the site now focuses on Florida voters. Includes pics from Palm ...