Digital World

DIGITAL WORLD

October 07, 2008|By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS REPORTS

On the Web

One of the newest Ravens blogs on the scene is coasttocoastravens.com, produced by brothers Soren, a music journalist, and Dylan Baker, a state employee. The former lives in California, the latter in Maryland, hence the name. They don't attempt to replicate all the Ravens information available in the mainstream press or some of the more extensive blogs, but home in on some interesting angles week to week. Last week, for instance, was a post headlined "Expose The Ravens Hater," taking to task ESPN broadcasters Steve Young and Suzy Kolber for comments the author thought disparaging to the Ravens.

* Maybe you're the kind of purist film buff who can't stand having the slightest plot detail spoiled for you. Or maybe you just can't find time to read lengthy critiques of movies. Whatever the reason, the Four Word Film Review Web site is for you. Made entirely of submissions from visitors, the site - fwfr.com - collects reviews and summaries of new and old movies and videos, all consisting of four words or fewer. You vote on the reviews you like best, and the ones with the most votes go to the top of the heap. It's hard to stop poring through the bite-sized critiques in search of gems and then trying to come up with a few yourself. Some of the best:

Thinner (1996): Girth, interrupted.

The Wizard of Oz (1939): Lion, Witch, wide road.

The Departed (2006): Many covers, brains blown.

The Dark Knight (2008): Insane clown's posse.

Psycho (1960): Norman prefers clean kill.

* Comedians Randy and Jason Sklar, twin brothers who hosted ESPN's Cheap Seats, are on their second Web series. Back on Topps is the story of Leyland and Leif Topps, baseball-card heirs whose father sold the ailing company out from under them. Threatened by an evil CEO, the Topps brothers are forced to come up with ever more harebrained promotional schemes or face termination. The series can be seen at FOXSports.com on MSN (msn.foxsports.com).

The show is the latest from Michael Eisner's Tornante Co. It so happens that Eisner owns the real Topps, which has plenty to offer in terms of Web entertainment. The company used its sports connections to arrange for an endless parade of famous athletes to stop through Back on Topps for cameos.

* As a plugged-in tech world personality - she Twitters, she blogs, she gets photographed at industry functions - Julia Allison has come to symbolize "Internet microcelebrity," the condition of being extremely well known within a limited group of people (in Allison's case, her blog gets about 30,000 page views a day, and about 3,000 people have made the more serious commitment to following her moment-to-moment activities via her Twitter feed). The natural next step is her own Web series, called TMI Weekly (tmiweekly.com). Inevitably, all involved with TMI Weekly refer to Sex and the City to describe the demographic they're aiming at - but it's an iPhone/Twitter era, post-television Sex and the City crowd. In Allison's world, there are no moody Carrie Bradshaw-esque stabs at literary depth, no storytelling. She and her friends cut right to the chase: the shoes, the guys, the gadgets.

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