My name is , and I
created this web site on 23 December, 1998, as acknowledgment of one of
the greatest pieces of madness or weirdness I had ever come across on
the World Wide Web. Sometimes even I think I am making this stuff up.
To be selected to appear here, a web site must meet certain criteria:
- The site must represent detachment from reality or a glorious
obsession by the site owner. Both of these together is even better.
Ideally, the site should represent the views of an identified person
- Nobody can volunteer their own site for listing here, although
anyone is welcome to .
- I don't list parody or joke sites (although it is inevitable that
I will get caught out some day). While it can be argued that all of
these sites are jokes and nobody could believe this stuff, that's
not the point.
- I may list the occasional hoax site. The difference between a
parody and a hoax is that a parody is meant to be a joke, whereas a
hoax is just meant to deceive. An example of a hoax is the
Wingmakers site featured in September
- There is a quality standard. Sites must be literate and look like
some effort has gone into making them. This rule will be broken if
- This is essentially about having fun, so, no matter how funny or
stupid they might appear, it is unlikely that I will be linking to
sites run by paedophiles, holocaust revisionists, any-colour
supremacists, anti-vaccinationists or other dangerous people.
Generally, something that makes me laugh might get in, but if it
just makes me angry or sad it won't. (Those sites may make it into The
Millenium Project, however.)
- Following on from the previous rule, I am pretty tolerant and not
easily offended, and I am not in the censorship business. Linking to
a site does not mean that I approve of or agree with that site's
contents. I am poking fun at these people, after all. If you don't
like what you see, tell the site owner - there is little I can do.
Email republication policy
The policy here is to reproduce any critical emails sent to any
email address associated with me or this site, and also to reproduce any
critical discussion of me or my activities which I see or become aware
of on mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups or any other outlets in any form
of media. The solution is simple for anyone who does not want to see
their words published here - be quiet.
A note about the word "quintessence".
In a first-year university essay, I was mildly critical of some loon who
said that "rape is the quintessential element of every woman's
experience and informs her every waking moment" or some such
nonsense. The marker told me that I did not understand the "finer
elements of the word 'quintessential'", thereby qualifying herself
for the Loon Hall of Fame. (Some would say that the term "feminist
loon" is a tautology. I am reminded of another of these creatures
who told me that "logic is a patriarchal construct and has no place
in women's experience".) After this episode, I attempted to use the
word "quintessence" or one of its derivatives in every piece
of work I submitted for the rest of my undergraduate career. This was no
doubt bemusing to the statisticians, psychologists, linguists and
philosophers who had to read the stuff.
is welcome to link to this site from theirs, although for obvious
reasons I can't offer to link back. You can use the button at the right
of the screen if you want, but please download the graphic to your own
site and please only link to the main page. Owners of featured sites can
freely acknowledge the honour of selection and are invited and
encouraged to link to this site even if they have nasty things to say
about it or me.
"Master in Lunacy"
Everywhere you look on the 'net you see links to people called
"webmaster" or "sitemaster" or
"somethingelsemaster". New South Wales, which is the state I
live in in Australia, once had an official public position called
"Master in Lunacy" and the holder of this title had
responsibility for the care, feeding and welfare of those who were not
competent to manage their own affairs. I have always loved the title and
it seemed appropriate to use it here.