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Web site: For good or for awesome
Daily Evergreen ^ | April 9, 2003 | Evan Caldwell

Posted on 04/25/2003 12:26:10 PM PDT by Gladwin

The humor at is sweeping the nation - well, at least some people know about it. Homestar, Strong Bad, a cast of 10 other regulars and a myriad of guests appear in flash-animated cartoons and other features frequently. Strong Bad, inspired by the "Tag-Team Wrestling" Nintendo game, answers weekly e-mails from viewers and pokes fun at society's foibles on his vintage computer.

"The Strong Bad e-mail is definitely my favorite," said Evan Aho, a senior health and fitness teaching major. "I love the originality of the characters and I find myself quoting them day in and day out."

Since it started in 1999, the Web site has grown in popularity with its squeaky-clean humor and old computer game-inspired feel. The most popular of the Web site's features is the e-mail section.

"Strong Bad is my favorite," said Tim Chanthavisay, a junior sociology and criminal justice major. "It is funny - it is good, clean humor."

Aho agreed the humor is clean, witty and very simplistic, and each e-mail is different and interesting.

"It's humor everyone can appreciate," Aho said. "I look forward to the new e-mails every Monday - it's one of the highlights of my week."

Chanthavisay, who owns a Strong Bad sweatshirt, said when he walks on the Glenn Terrell Mall, he can hear people saying, "Hey, that's Strong Bad."

Chanthavisay started watching the Web site at the beginning of last semester, and said he has noticed the shows increase in popularity and others wearing shirts bearing the logo of characters.

Homestar was created by brothers Mike and Matt Chapman in the summer of 1996 and put on the Internet as a cartoon in late 1999. Co-creator Matt Chapman performs cartoon voices on other Web sites, such as Check out how all began at

It's a G-Rate site famous for it's flash cartoons. It is non-political and appropriate for children. No advertising either. Here is the link to the site: Homestar Runner
1 posted on 04/25/2003 12:26:10 PM PDT by Gladwin
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To: Gladwin
I'll save the site for my other computer. Everytime I go to animation on my laptop, it freezes up and I don't know what plug-in I need!
2 posted on 04/25/2003 10:05:52 PM PDT by potlatch
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Did you have any luck on your other computer? It is a flash style animation, so you may need to download that program from the Macromedia site. (the one for the browser, not the one that makes animations)
3 posted on 04/28/2003 10:53:30 AM PDT by Gladwin
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To: Gladwin
Ya, I went to it yesterday - pretty cute site! I don't sign up for email though, I get enough of that on my own!! My laptop is Win 95, I had more memory put in but need to get Win 98 installed. My Dell has everything!! Thanks for the site, Carol
4 posted on 04/28/2003 7:19:40 PM PDT by potlatch
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