In praise of Gagpipe.com

And other funnies

Sometimes you see or hear or read a piece of comedy that is just so good, so right.

Hitting the sweet spot this week is a little piece in Onion. Entitled Corporation reaches goal, shuts down, it begins:

AUSTIN, TX—After 18 years of striving, Dell Computer finally reached its long-stated goal to be the worldwide leader in computing systems Monday and promptly ceased operations.

"We did it," founder and CEO Michael Dell said. "Back when I started this company, I vowed that I would not rest until we revolutionized the way computers are sold. Well, at long last, that day is here. Bye."

Hit on the link, it's worth it.

Each month, El Reg receives dozen of links to new articles appearing on comedy sites. We're not really set up to a: read too many of these and b: to give an airing to the good ones (except -naturally - our new, new favourite The Rockall Times, masterminded by Lester Haines and Kieren McCarthy). Few comedy sites update all that regularly, so this also makes it a little difficult to keep up.

So here is our second, no third, recommendation of the day. Gagpipe.com, an aggregator of "Headline satire from around the world".

Very simple in essence and in execution, Gagpipe provides links to the week's output from 50 or so satire sites, including the cultish classic - in the UK, anyway - TVGoHome. You can also have the links emailed to you each week.

Gagpipe is the brainchild of Dave Green (and probably others), the godfather of online comedy in the UK and partner in crime at NTK.NET, an allegedly sarcastic weekly newsletter, which some people seem to find amusing. Full of in-jokes, the dense style may take a little getting used to. But it's worth getting used to. ®

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