As an alternative to watching Match of the Day, the classy-looking site of lads' mag FHM (http://www.erack.com/FHM/ FHMhome.htm) is very, er, stimulating. The spiritual heart of the site is Upfront - basically soft porn, with a bit of drinking-related stuff thrown in for respectability. Elsewhere, you can vote for your favourite mega-babe, and so on.
It's not all porn. The Details section covers fashion, though personally I can't see enough detail in the GIF of the pounds 212 Armani cardigan to know whether it's quite me. There's plenty of interaction - you can submit your favourite chat-up line, bar-room joke or stranger-than-fiction True Story, or your suggestion for the World's Worst Job (this week, Chief Circumcisor at Stafford Clinic).
The links page is brief, selective and more broad-ranging than the site. But FHM's star feature is Position of the Week, demonstrated by a brief, stop-frame animation of Ken and Barbie; readers can submit feedback on how it was for them. At least they don't use Wallace and Gromit.
A week ago, arch-rival Loaded went public with Uploaded (http://www.uploaded.com). It's already pulling heavy traffic, judging by the server's performance (28 bytes/sec is unprecedented on my ISDN line), and it's clearly serious competition - less slick to look at but technically trickier (lots of audio for those with Shockwave), and more brutally laddish in tone. The "swearing archive", composed of readers' submissions, in fact, covers a wide range of slang related to abuse, sex and other bodily functions - and will, in time, doubtless become an invaluable sociological document.
You get a fair idea of Uploaded's preoccupations from the section headings in the links page: games, sport, the Simpsons, movies and Weird Bollocks, for example. (Interestingly, porn and drugs haven't made it from the development site to the public version.) And what does the sport section contain? Golf, footy and Formula One racing.
At the posher end of the boys' market, GQ is a part of Conde Nast's award- winning but not user-friendly site (http://www.condenast.co.uk). GQ gives its soft porn an arty gloss - some bikini shots are in monochrome - and surrounds it with a smokescreen of good material. GQ Daily is compelling: a smartly written mini-journal, combining headline stories with mini-features. The Body and Soul section seems dangerously obsessed with age. The questionnaire to work out life expectancy gave me an answer of 54-73; I bet they say that to all the boys. The feature on 30 things to do before you are 30 will seem a bit tame to the lads at Uploaded. They could submit additions and hope to win a bottle of champagne - except that the competition closed three months ago. Keeping these Web sites up to date is such a choreReuse content