Robyn's Secret Passage
Flat and Warm
There's this 5-times-a-week New Zealand page awards site called Soda. It's dodgy.
I was having a perv through its archive and found one week's theme was "grrls". Not grrrls, not girls, but the curious hybrid "grrls".
Monday's winner was Princess Diana, because she'd just died the day before. Soda describe Princess Diana as "possibly the most famous "girl" of them all."
I'm thinking maybe she was actually a "woman" rather than a "girl".
Tuesday's winner was Xtra's "Stuff for Chicks". An Xtra site gets a Soda. Gee. How rare. As a testiment to Soda's savvy for picking winners, the "Stuff for Chicks" site is no longer up.
The winner on Wednesday is Girls' Brigade. Not Grrls Brigade. Their site behaves like a good Soda site should and is very non-threatening. Soda claims that it "contains many of the subtle tricks that we have been promoting through SODA." Right-o, lads.
On Thursday the winner was "Jacqui's Journey". About a woman who rode the length of a country on a horse. Enough said, I think.
And finally Friday's winner was "Webgrrls Aotearoa". Excuse me while I hammer a sign to my forehead that says "Look at me! I'm a female!" Soda says, "We'd like to see the membership increase and the site become an even greater resource - why not drop in and have a look yourself... " Damn. It didn't happen.
Anyway, I happened to mention this all on the Aardvark forums, and I received an e-mail from Rus, one of the two Soda guys, that included this:
Dripping with sarcasm. Challenging me. Like if he, the editor of a daily awards site can't pick five decent sites, then what hope do I have? And what the hell is he on about with "wimmin"? Is that like "grrls"? And why put the word decent in quotes?
So I gave him eleven sites. They weren't all classy. I kind of threw in a few sucky ones as a quality control measure.
Then about a month later it was "Attitude" week on Soda. Attitude week? I've given up trying to understand what that means.
But anyway, all five sites were from my list. Wow. I really can pick 'em.
Here are annotated excerpts from the week's reviews.
Again, what is happening with all these quotation marks? Is "fresh" in quotes so we don't mistakenly think he means a web site that's been recently harvested from a garden?
And they say the Internet causes people to be less physically active.
And having masochistic tendancies will definately increase the enjoyment factor of viewing Soda.
Graphics that load in your browser? And this would be opposed to graphics that load in your microwave oven or in your washing machine?
I could go on. I'd really like to, but I feel that Soda's really gone and dug its own hole way better than I ever could.
A fitting conclusion to attitude week.