Computer Blue Installing the software for Prince’s NPG Music Club felt very 1999, and it didn’t run anywhere near as fast as a Little Red Corvette, but Prince’s fans will Rave Un2 Joy for his new service (npgmusicclub.com). For $7.77 each month, subscribers are guaranteed three new tracks and an hour-long music block mixed by the NPG. And you thought the purple reign was over.
Get Real Add this to the ”What took them so long?” file: MTV’s Real World finally has a webcam (mtv.com). Placed in the fish tank at the new New York pad, this round-the-clock feed will be your first chance to see the house and cast before the show’s debut in June.
Profitability by 2050 Probably no one was sorrier to see Icebox.com get iced than Xeth Feinberg. Why? Because when the content site went under, Feinberg, animator of such shows as Hard Drinkin’ Lincoln and Queer Duck, was owed money. Instead of sending another invoice to the deanimated outfit, Feinberg drew up a chilly past-due notice called Papu Smashes Licebox and posted it on the Web (mishmashmedia.com/papu01.html). The highlight: You decide whether Papu gives Licebox.com $10 billion or smashes it to smithereens.
Paint it Rouge Director Baz Luhrmann’s digital Moulin Rouge site is up, and it’s even wilder than the upcoming movie’s trailer (moulinrougemovie.com). The behind-the-scenes videos featuring costar John Leguizamo are packaged to fit the cancan campy theme. And you’ll get to sample the soundtrack — including Beck’s cover of David Bowie’s ”Diamond Dogs,” Ewan McGregor’s duet with Nicole Kidman, and Fatboy Slim’s electronically enhanced take on the music of the 1890s.
Draw Your Sword If there’s any doubt left about the home-movie-making power of Apple’s G4 computers, the Star Wars fan film Duality should erase it (theforce.net). Shot in three days, the six-minute lightsaber battle looks like a pastiche of George Lucas’ own outtakes. But everything short of the soundtrack and remote droids was created from scratch — with the help of special-effects software — by martial-arts instructor Dave Macomber and painter Mark Thomas, both 31. The amateurs have already been asked to submit their reels to two studios; the $4,000 budget presumably was a lure. And like-minded Jedi filmmakers can learn a move or two from the duo’s Web tutorial at crewoftwo.com.
I Spy Why leave home when you can enjoy virtual nightlife? The Spy Bar, a lush digital doppelganger (http://www.thespybar.com) based on a real club, has an android club crawler named Linda who’ll impart the password to the V.I.P. room if you ask nicely. It also has a DJ booth that lets you control the turntables. Though you’re guaranteed to make it past the velvet ropes, you’ll end up spending the night at home alone — but that was probably going to happen anyhow.