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06 June 2007

Deborama's WWW Number 25 - SimonG; Favourite Things & The Dressing Up Game

Last week, when I was doing the Deborama's WWW, I was looking around the blogosphere for some extra links about Ask Elvis, so as to jazz it up a bit. That was how I found Favourite Things, which in turn led me to the Blog of SimonG, which in turn led me to The Dressing Up Game. All three of them share a hostname, so I guess they can all be the WWW at once. I like these concepts and this site because they and it are very silly. The basic idea, as I understand it, is that the registered users of the site (zillions, including, now, me) post their favourite Thing in some category of their choosing, and the other users accept the challenge to try out their favourite thing and post their opinion/review/rating of this Thing on the forum. (Although I am really too old to like stuff like this, I do anyway.) Here is a brief excerpt from the FAQ for Favourite Things, just to get a flavour.

Well, I think it must have some... hang on, aren't I supposed to be asking the questions? Oh, so you are. carry on.

Thank you. Er... where was I? No idea.

Oh yes. Isn't the plural of forum forums? Shut up.

Okay. Can I become a Thinger? I don't know. It takes a special kind of person.

Oh, please. Ack, alright then. Just register, and then get Thinging.

What kind of stupid word is Thinging anyway? The best kind.

Why has your index page got a picture of Julie Andrews on it? I'm sure you can
work that out for yourself.

Seriously, isn't the plural of forum forums? I said shut up.

It appears that the categories of the Favourite Things are just made up at the same time, as no two are the same as far as I can tell. But Ask Elvis was a Thing; here is the entry:

Category: comedy elvis radio thing
Title:'ask elvis'
Submitter: henry the thirst
Submit date: 19 Jan 2004 03:12
Status: Normal
Last update: 13 Apr 2007 16:26
Submitter comments: shame i can't post an address, but i CAN post an address.tune in and work from the bottom up for chronological effect or just do what you want. the king of rock 'n' roll won't mind. go to... http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/wright/elvis.shtml

The picture above is from the Dressing Up Game, or DUG. The idea of this is that a persona to dress up as is posted and the contestants have an hour or so to find a costume in the stuff around the house, dress up, take their photo and upload it. Pictured is the winner of Elizabeth II.

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