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Friday, January 31, 2003

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Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics
http://britneyspears.ac/lasers.htm

You're probably familiar with Britney Spears, the pop star; Britney Spears, the budding actress; and Britney Spears, the cover model and soft drink spokesperson. But you're probably not familiar with Britney Spears, the semiconductor physics expert.

It's a misconception that such a young woman, who is often seen in public dancing to sexy choreography and wearing compact articles of clothing, would know little about science. Behind that veil of glamour lies the ingenuity of a physics mastermind – and the creators of the Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics have come up with an engaging Web site to prove it.

In a fascinating journey into the laser technology that has made it possible for Britney's music to be digitally shared with millions of people, Britney becomes your personal guide into the world of quantum wells, band structures and photonic crystals.

There's even Britney's handy lip-glossary in case you have trouble with any of the scientific terms.

And you thought she was just a ditzy, lip-synching puppet!

–Brian Wong
Join The Avrilution
http://www.avrilution.com

The first thing you see upon logging onto the Avrilution Web site is a caption reading "Dedicated to the revolution of youth culture personified in Avril Lavigne."

After you stop laughing, there is plenty of material on this Web site that would make a 13-year-old girl rise up against her oppressors.

Their mission statement criticizes the "stagnate (sic) wasteland of homogeny and commercialism" in modern pop music. While this opinion isn't incorrect, the choice of the Sk8er Grrl as their Che Guevara somewhat undermines the argument.

Adding to the hilarity is the inclusion of a "TM" symbol after every mention of the term "Avrilution." It's nice to see the Web masters taking a slice of the same corporate pie that they are claiming is poisoned.

There isn't much content on the page, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though the Web site does include a message board, where you can share in the wisdom of such noted scribes as Avrilswine and Vivaavril4ever.

With this site, be sure to combine your hearty laughter with a healthy dose of fear.

–Mark Polishuk







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