‘Ego-surfing’ – entering your name into a popular search engine - is a good way of checking up on burgeoning global fame. ‘things magazine’ throws up 2,540
references to yours truly: but how many of these were really about us? Even more galling is the plethora of sites with 'things' in the title - some 11,362
of them. Biting our tongues, we decided to look at some of these URLs in more detail - the other
To start at the beginning. First Things
is a journal of Religion and Public Life. At the other end of the scale is Ugly Things
, an on-line zine specialising in the 60s garage rock scene. 'things' seems to be quite a punk word - 10 Things
(subtitled '10 Things Jesus wants you to know') claims to be one of the oldest zines in the world, started in 1976 at punk's conception and still going strong. Then the publishing life of 'things' takes a stranger turn. Dead Things
magazine is a UK-based 'horror humour' magazine. 'It looks like Cindy Flowers won't be cheerin' for the Rosemont Park Rams come fall.' Read
what happens next...
Back to religion. Stranger Things
magazine is now on its farewell issue. Billing itself as 'the love child of pop culture and ultimate reality', Stranger Things
appears to be an attempt to eke higher meaning from films
and pieces on contemporary christianity
. The strapline of Higher Things
magazine is 'Dare to be Lutheran'. Staying with the straight and narrow, Greater Things
magazine is slightly less conventional. The article title 'Prince Charles - Anti-Christ or Davidic Servant?'
should give you an idea of where it's at.
At last, some welcome sanity. The now defunct Thoughts about Things
magazine is a sort of online People's Friend
- all crossword
puzzles and short, aimless articles. And we'll wager you didn't know that Good Things
magazine is the publication of the United States Air Force Academy
(with its spectacular, SOM
-designed desert campus
). April '02 is the Month of the Military Child. Finally, Crafts'n'Things
will presumably help you make things from sticky-backed plastic. Which is a very good place to end.