Monthly Archives: August 2011

Good old Usenet

Maybe most of the internet users nowadays do not even know what Usenet is or maybe they just think that Usenet is the place where they can download illegal movies and songs. But Usenet is more than that, it’s a magical place where you can meet fantastic people and where you can discuss about almost any topic. It’s a sort of completely free forum.

But it is also very different from a forum because nobody owns Usenet. When you post a message, the message is transmitted in real time to all the Usenet servers in the World and anyone can read your message, notwithstanding which server they are using. It’s like a centric system, where any kind of content is shared in real time between each node or server of the system.

I find Usenet extremely fascinating. There is complete anonymity, something different from the nowadays times where everyone has to use his real name on Facebook or Google Plus. It’s different from other systems, because there is no censorship, nobody can control what you post and share and there are no admins managing the community. It’s big because there are thousands of groups, each one of them dedicated to different topics.

Sure, Usenet nowadays is not used in the same way it was used several years ago. Unfortunately, most of the users go on Usenet to download TV Shows and movies. But lucky for me there are still many users online who enjoy a good discussion! I usually read comic books’ groups, such as rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe or the Italian it.arti.fumetti. It’s always a pleasure to meet new people!

In some way, Usenet gives me the good vibes that I used to get in the good old times, when I was having fun connecting to local BBS in my own city, meeting people and discussing about interesting stuff.

I love Usenet. If you have never tried it, you should really check it out. Newsdemon.com has a good offer. I just purchased 10GB of traffic for just two bucks, super cheap!

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Peep Show by Joe Matt

Joe Matt is one of the most interesting cartoonist of this century. He is the author of Peep Show, a comic book series made of 14 issues. The series is autobiographical and it tells the story of Joe when he was living in Canada, hanging out with his best pals and popular cartoonists Seth and Chester Brown.

Peep Show is a completely crazy comic book. Maybe it’s Joe Matt that is crazy but anyway the stories are so crazy and awkward that they are super interesting and fascinating. You will read about erotic fantasies of the author, talks with his friends about life, comic books and porn. You will also learn how to pee in a bootle and many other interesting things.

Seriously, Peep Show is a comic book that you should buy, if you love independent great comics. It is a pity that Joe has not been publishing anything in the last few years and I really hope you will soon surprise us and release some of his works.

Joe, if you are reading this post, please publish some new material, organize signing parties, etc. You have many fans and they are all crazy about you.