Created using a Java applet, a small Internet-based program which uses the Java programming language, the effect was prevalent on personal websites in the late 90s but has been rarely used since and has dated over time.
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I'm not a terribly accomplished drinker, so by the time he's booted up the laptop, downloaded some recording software and signed on, I am no longer giggling nervously, I'm giggling like a half-drunken coed.
Or a grown woman behaving embarrassingly like a half-drunken coed. "Maybe I'm just a little scared about looking into the darkest corners of random strangers' sexual obsessions," I say (giggling, of course).
I was minding my own business, editing a movie review, when my friend Bill Forman stopped by my desk and told me he'd just been OK'd to do a cover story on Chatroulette. "You mean that chat website overrun by exhibitionists and masturbators? I'd heard about the site on one of those late-night tabloid TV shows (which, of course, I was flipping past on the way to PBS). "Why are you suddenly concerned about my parenting? "Here's the thing: If I go online alone, I'm not sure I can get a story. " I'm puzzled for a moment, then realize what he's thinking.
"Well, I was thinking that as a parent, you might be interested in seeing what teens are being exposed to." "Bill, you don't even like kids," I reminded him.