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The Internet is Heaps Fun

Hey Kids! (Of All Ages!)
Run out of fun stuff to do on the Internet this weekend?
Why not check out these boffo sites?

For The People

www.communism.com – has extensive stuff on communism for all those who wanted to know about the subject but were too bourgeois to ask. It gives a scientific definition of communism and contrasts it with what the site calls a “bullshit definition” i.e.:

“Rule of society by a single party which maintains a monopoly of political power and suppresses all opposition. Control of the economy via centralized bureaucratic planning.”

There’s plenty that will annoy and stimulate you in this text-y yet colourful site. There’s an FAQ and a poll, which asks among other questions:

“Is communism a monstrous system of slavery or the
inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind?”

For all those missing the feel of a poli-sci debate at an undergraduate level.

For The Folk

www.folkdancing .com – from its plain black text on white background, through to its descriptions of folk dancing, this is the site for those of you craving an American take on traditional European (and especially Scandinavian) folkdance.

When you discover this term, “Norway Parisarpolka classical hardingfele couple” you might be forgiven for thinking – “ah ha, if that’s folk dancing, it’s definitely the horizontal kind”. But no. As it says on the site:

“ This figure dance for couples, with the typical forward and back pattern common to so many Norwegian folk dances (reinlendar and feiar, for example) is the likely ancestor of the “Scandinavian Polka” (or “Seattle Polka,” as it is called in the Pacific Northwest) widely danced in many parts of the United States.”

Forget ballroom and line dancing. Folk dancing was where it was and now its where it’s at. Again. For real.

Elevate the Insignificant

Mr Trivia

0 thoughts on “The Internet is Heaps Fun

  1. Hello, Mr Trivia, and thanks for educating we the people.

    I looked at that folk dancing site and really want to be where it’s at, but there’s a problem: I can’t read the directions and dance at the same time. Any suggestions? Should I just give up?

  2. Hello Deidre,

    Tough question you’ve posed. I think there are two answers.

    1. Gather a number of folk (two others minimum) and have one shout out the directions while the other two do the dancing. This would be a reinvention of the old square-dance caller role.

    2. If there aren’t any folk about at the ‘mo, paste the directions into ‘Word’ and use the reading function to go through the directions in that emotionless, electronic HAL 9000 style that is so condusive to getting a groove on.

    I hope that is of assistance.

    Regards,

    Mr Trivia

    P.S. Checked out your sites and realised I have been to your blogs before around the time you mentioned the Interrobang post on your blog. Love the idea of Long Quotes by the way! Its anti-pithy, if I can coin a phrase.

  3. Word reading function, eh? I don’t know. I’d be very impressed and not a little surprised if my computer can read out loud. I think it’s at the stage of maybe sounding out the letters, but whole words? Years away.

    And I’m afraid the first solution is out too. No folk at the ‘mo, no. I was trying to make do with an imaginary partner, but he wouldn’t stop yodelling. (I mean, would you believe? Since when do they yodel in Scandinavia? The man was an idiot.)

    But thanks for your advice. And thanks for visiting my blog. I keep forgetting to use the interrobang substitute (ie. (!) or (?) )

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