The Chaz Awards 2002

The Chaz Awards are given annually to those people, places, events and ideas that motivated me sufficiently to start writing down stuff like this.

Best cameo appearance by a body part in a motion picture:
Halle Berry's breasts, which reportedly earned $250,000 for their owner each during their brief exposure in Swordfish.
Most unexpected celebrity observation:
Berry herself says the topless scene was "totally gratutitous".
Best TV event:
Coverage of the World Trade Center attacks on the 11th of September was as good, as vital, as almost anything the networks have ever done for about 36 hours, after which the usual parade of droning heads fell back into their usual positions and started boring us to tears. Or worse.
Best quasi-self-referential item of the year:, which is now pretty much the standard-bearer for all 404 pages.
Top-rated collector's item of 2001:
Somebody paid over three hundred dollars on eBay for the box an Xbox came in.
Best mocking of an overhyped announcement:
No contest: the Megway Transporting Human.
Most elusive Christmas present:
As of this writing, Osama-Kebabs.
Most surprising political development:
Gary Condit is still in office and perhaps has actually considered running for reelection.
Best career move:
Californian Wil Wheaton shows up as a card-carrying member of the online-geek community.
Worst career move:
Californian John Walker shows up as a card-carrying member of the Taliban.
Best post-9/11 writing:
Sarah Bunting's For Thou Art With Us, at her Tomato Nation site. In fact, I might even give second place to her follow-up, An Open Letter To God.
Strangest photo of 2001:
Pick anything archived at
Most-welcome sign of sanity on Usenet:
With all the bandwidth going to support MP3 transfers, porn-site spam represents an ever-diminishing percentage of newsgroup postings.

Posted 22 December 2001

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