PHILIP VAN ZYL SURFS THE WEB|
MOVIE TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was the voice of the sweet-talking but ultimately lethal Hal 9 000 computer in Stanley Kubrick's classic 1968 sci-fi flick, 2001: A Space Odyssey? Stumped? Then visit the nostalgic web site of the American Film Institute (www.afionline.org/2001) celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film's controversial premiere in the US on April 3 1968. Beyond an exhaustive roster of credits, listing Douglas Rain as Hal, the institute's cybertribute offers a collection of memorable stills from the picture.
BIZARRE: If the appearance of the default Microsoft Windows desktop leaves you feeling a little limp, so to speak, give it a lift with one of the wackiest wallpaper collections on the web. The assortment, downloadable from Joke Wallpaper (www.jokewallpaper.com/whatsnew.htm), features the "logo" of a new "product", "Viagra-Seltzer", calculated to calm some of the body's organs as it, um, inflames others.
TASTY: Any sweet-toothed mater will swoon and melt on Mother's Day if you treated her to the crème brûlée, frozen halvah parfait, raspberry soufflé or other mouth-watering recipes served up by world-renowned dessert chef Jacques Torres on his vibey web site (www.jacquestorres.com).
HANDY: Perhaps you've booked movie tickets from your PC desktop through Computicket Online (www.computicket.co.za), or browsed a virtual storefront in M-Web's cybermall (mall.mweb.co.za). If so, you're not alone. International Data Corporation (www.idc.com), the global information technology crystal ball gazer, foresees the value of e-commerce almost tripling this year to over R100-billion worldwide. If you're wondering who the movers behind this digital shopping revolution are, look up what's claimed to be the first-ever who's who of the Internet economy published in the just-launched electronic weekly, The Industry Standard (www.thestandard.net).