Issue # 9 Monday, July 27, 1998

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum software. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Things Todd and Internet can be seen at http://propagandist.com/.

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to 40+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


  

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Special - E-mail-zine Essentials

In contrast to the other e-mail-zines I've reviewed is "The Cameron Column", written as true column, with nice ranting bits. Along with it is a much more commercial enterprise, the Dilbert Newsletter.

Review - The Cameron Column
Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 4

E-zine Description: The Cameron Column has been around for two years and is brought to you by W. Bruce Cameron. It is essay humor, comes out just twice a month, no downloads, always clean, inoffensive, funny. Fans liken it to Dave Barry, but shorter. If you like Humor but don't have the time for some of the more active lists, this column might be just what you're looking for.

Frequency of Publication: Bi-Weekly

Subscription Instructions:
Address:
majordomo@cwe.com
Message Body: subscribe cameron

WWW Archive location: http://www.reference.com/cgi-bin/pn/listarch?list=cameron@cwe.com

Contact Information:
e-mail: WBCAMERON@aol.com

Cost: Free!

Review

The above decription is a pretty good one. The column, a hilarious and well crafted rant about almost anything, wends its way to your mail box every week. A bit like Dave Berry, but sounding a little more personal and loony? Quite funny and packed full of decently weird babble. Each column brings a new adventure in the life (and mind) of Bruce.

Rating:

Content - 5
The content here is hilarious. Always a good distraction, and winding enough to entertain almost anyone. The series that was current for the last week of July covers Bruce camping with his over eager neighbour and his son and is right bloody funny.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
Winding and ranting, but extremely readable. The prose flows well and always keeps you interested. Great turn of phrase.

Regularity - 5
Every two weeks without fail.

Extras - 4
Excellent subscribe and unbscribe instructions, but not much else.

Overall - 5
I quite like this column. It comes along when I least expect it and I always forget that I've subscribed, which in the end makes it that much more fun to read. I might like it that much more because I've met (and like) people like Bruce. Loads of laffs.

Review - The Dilbert Newsletter
Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 4
Regularity - 2
Extras - 5

E-zine Description: According to the Web site, The Dilbert Newsletter is the is the official publication of Dogbert's New Ruling Class (DNRC). If you don't subscribe, you will be relegated to slavery when Dogbert takes over the world.

Frequency of Publication: ??? - 20 issues in 4 years...

Subscription Instructions:
Address:
listserv@listserv.unitedmedia.com
Subject: newsletter
Message Body: subscribe Dilbert_News Firstname Lastname

WWW location: http://www.dilbert.com

Contact Information:
e-mail: scottadams@aol.com

Cost: Free. Really!

Review

This newsletter is a hodge podge of many things. From stories about induhviduals to the latest Dilbert merchandise, this is an e-mail marketing machine at its finest. It is also highly entertaining.

Rating:

Content - 5
A large portion of the content in this newsletter revolves around the exploits (or failures) of Induhviduals and the anti-Induhviduals, the members of the DNRC. The anecdotes in this are knee-slappin' funny and always serve to remind you of someone you know but don't always want to. The rest of it is unabashadly commercial luring you to buy all the Dilbert things you always wanted but could never before afford.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
Style is casual and marginally random (fits the mood). Most bits are crafted to be as cynical as possible while still maintaining a modicum of funny.

Regularity - 2
Regularity? I have no idea. But when it shows up you've had ample time to forget about it, making it quite a bit like the funny smelling uncle that shows up at your house unexpectedly.

Extras - 5
Too much to mention. Like any good commercial powerhouse, the Web site is packed fulla goodies.

Overall - 5
I quite like the Dilbert strip, and this newsletter is more of the same humour. Well worth the 10 seconds it'll take to subscribe.

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