In our first annual contest, we asked LATIN TRADE staff, correspondents and friends to tell us where the surf is up on the web. Here are the winners:
Estoy pelando is Venezuelan jargon for "I'm broke." Now comes a site targeted at the downtrodden, offering virtual coupons for any type of business. While the selection is somewhat limited at the moment (por la crisis, no doubt), samples include a free session at the Sun Shine Solarium, T-shirts at half the price, and US$1.50 off pizzas. Site slogan:" if you want to take your girlfriend to dinner but you're broke, visit our restaurants."
Suggested by Christina Hoag
OUT OF SITE (English, Spanish)
Famous Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer's digital work may not have wowed the critic crowd, but his website will. The online project features the latest and greatest photographers. Web designers take note: The clean presentation magically allows fast viewing of big images. And if a photo catches your eye and you want to buy, the site offers artists' e-mails--a detail only a once-tarving artist would include.
Suggested by Lourdes Diaz
GOMEZ'S FAVORITE E-TAILERS (English)
Want to buy on the Internet but don't know where to go? Think your e-commerce project is new but don't know for sure? Look no further. Gomez.com rates e-commerce sites. Choose a channel and see who's the guru of online sales for everything from mortgages to pet supplies. Sorry, Gomez no habla el espanol.
Suggested by Kevin Jolliffe
MR. CRANKY PANS HOLLYWOOD (English)
Tired of mealy-mouthed movie reviews? Check out Mr. Cranky, he hates everything. Film ratings range from almost tolerable (one bomb) to "so godawful that it ruptured the very fabric of space and time with the sheer overpowering force of its mediocrity" (roll of dynamite sticks)." Who the hell knows why people are getting so worked up over 'Central Station' [three-bomb rating]?" asks Mr. Cranky." This Brazilian film, directed by Walter Salles Jr., takes a cute kid and runs his mother over with a bus."
Suggested by Tete Martinho
NEW AGE SHANGRI-LA (English)
Celestopea, a proposed floating city off the coast of Costa Rica, is a New Age Shangri-La. People of all races, political persuasions, religions and social beliefs are invited to live together in harmony. Celestopeans--who apparently don't speak Spanish yet--say the city will be finished by 2020, but they're already making waves in Costa Rica. A local politician recently devoted one of his talk...