Hulu, our best-of-the-betas picklast year, is all grown up andhas clearly become one of thetop online video sites on theweb. Between Tina Fey’s SaturdayNight Live Palin bits during the2008 presidential campaign andthe Alec Baldwin Super Bowl ad,we see no signs of slowing forthis soon-to-be monster.
Most Absurd: Woot (www.woot.com)
It’s half cheap consumerelectronics store, half StarWars-obsessed, techie nerdpacking his secondhand crap intomiscellaneous boxes… and thenselling them to willing fools.Japanese Culture:
If New York and Tokyo had a lovechild, it would be a slightlychaotic, pop-subculture hipstercalled ny-tokyo.com who knowseverything and anything on thebrink of cool in Japan.
Eco Conscious: Breathing Earth(www.breathingearth.net)
Imagine having a real-timeaerial view of the earth’sinherent demise, showcasingdeath, birth and carbon-induceddestruction. It certainly addsa chilling perspective to ourmass consumption.
Most Musically Inclined: HypeMachine (www.hypem.com)
Picture a site that aggregatesevery new track, mashup, bandnews feature, artist biographyand music blog in the world. Ashard as it is to fathom thatsomething so glorious exists,believe it!
Innovative Trends: PSFK(www.psfk.com)
PSFK will spark hours offascinating procrastination.Touch screen turntables,futuristic recycling, webbrowsing through time and ababy Jesus protected by thepowers of GPS are just afew of the things you’ll find.If you need some new ammunitionto take out your friends ina round of one-upmanship, thisis the go-to spot.
Youth Evangelist: Ypulse(www.ypulse.com)
Not many people have the abilityor energy to dive into thedepths of the complicated andoften moody minds of teenagers.Not only does Ypulse do thiswell, it actually gives ushope that not all kids areoverindulged smart-asses.
Techno-Geek Gone Do-Gooder: DIYCity (http://diycity.org)
Reinventing the world one widgetat a time, DIYCity challengesyour inner competitive geek tocreate social apps that helpmake life a little easier — fromcity projects to traffic tweets.
Hulu.com and Saturday Night Live both got a jolt from Tina Fey in 2008Photo by New York-TokyoBreathingearth.net — tracking global birth rates, real time