I'm a huge fan of Instructables
, not so much eHow
. The former is an amazing treasure trove of projects with a well-implemented search function; the latter has some pretty cool material too, but is plagued by pointless articles such as "How To Be [insert Naruto
character here]" which keep coming up as "related articles" when I'm looking for, say, information on making a planter.
Given the, shall we say, tender age of most Narutards, I wondered whether eHow was being used as a sort of covert social channel for the Nickelodeon set -- the kind of people who would think it a major victory if their little eHow bullying page ("How To Be A Total Loser Like Amy Kunkel") or guilt-trip page ("How To Make Your Girlfriend Cry", calling the target out on recent behaviour) picked up a whole thirty hits
, because that's like half the school
, seriously. Searching on "how to make your girlfriend cry" came up empty, but there is How To Make Your Boyfriend Cry
. For the, uh, teenage passive-aggressive gold-diggers in the audience, I guess.
No covert mockery that I can find, either, so I guess it was just a passing fancy. But I share it with you anyway, a flicker of some possible internet future.