Websites: massiveattack.com, nitrada.com, stopwar.org.uk and others

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www.massiveattack.com

Massive Attack's moody website is as slick as their music. It shuffles CCTV-style captures with subsidiary animated design effects, to produce a suitably dark and fractured netspace companion to their pulsing soundtrack of life – which seems increasingly relevant to the citizens of this unstable planet, as they hurtle through these difficult times. It's a fitting visual accompaniment to their new album, 100th Window, too.

www.nitrada.com

In addition to the intriguing audio loops on the splash page, Nitrada does nice things with Flash, a tool that always lends itself well to creative designers who like to do, well, nice things. "Last night I was kissing him and I thought about coordinate systems" is a line of text from one of their Flash poems, "Sky Was Blue". It's an apt description of the cerebral-love axis this website straddles.

www.kentcoastalphotos.com

Readers who bookmark these sites should remember Stephen Millar's first, and excellent, eulogy on City of London Churches. (For those who don't, visit www.cityoflondonchurches.com) While that site continues to go from strength-to-strength, this companion piece, devoted to the often-overlooked beauty of the seaside towns and countryside surrounding Kent, includes beautiful images, evoking in the viewer the important sense of tangibility that the places possess for the site's creator.

www.stopwar.org.uk

Global protests for peace are nothing new, but today's looks set to be one of the biggest ever. The UK's assembly points and lists of speakers are all housed at this information-rich and navigation-friendly site. Plus, there is information about companion protests around the world, as ordinary people strive to make their voices heard and head off at the pass the momentum towards war.

www.oculart.com

Regular readers of this page may remember oculart, with its subtly en-Flashed surrealist imaging, and unusual names such as "cat whisky", "fish jelly" and "mother picnic". The problem is, the site has proved so successful that the creator might have to take it down; he can't afford the increased traffic fees. He's currently appealing for help at this great site, which it would be a shame to see vanish.

www.oism.org/nwss

While the fears of a possible nuclear intervention in the global scene are on the rise, this site, which houses an online manual of preparedness written during the height of the Cold War, makes for fascinating reading. It provides details on the building of effective shelters, as well as on necessary supplies that are essential to survive a nuclear catastrophe – including your own, homemade grain mill and improvised burn-proof clothing.

www.templeofthepresence.org

The idea behind the Temple of the Presence is that your Earthly manifestation is only a partial version of the divine self. The website expands on that principle idea in "The Ascended Master Teachings", which claim that the Kingdom of Heaven can only be accessed through the Heart. Check out the audio and text dictations for more on how to go about regaining your "Divine Identity".

www.survivalafterdeath.org

Various luminaries, including respected scientists, have been convinced that some form of sentient soul residue is left behind by the body after its physical expiration. This impeccably designed and researched site seeks to offer evidence, through the study of mediumship, that this phenomenon is an actual occurence with profound implications for human behaviour.

www.zetatalk.com/thub.htm

According to the introduction on this site, "Troubled Times believes that a world-wide cataclysm will strike the Earth in the year 2003. The cause of this natural event will be a monster planet, known to the ancients but as yet undiscovered by modern man, which will pass very near the earth and force our North and South Poles to rotate 90 degrees." Well, you have been warned.

www.tensecondfilms.com

This website hosts a competition, for which you should submit a digital film that lasts 10 seconds. The site offers instructions on how to make one, too, providing you have a digital stills camera. The best will receive the top prize of $1,000, while runners- up will be exhibited on the site.

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