As I mentioned earlier, I'm looking to maybe hire someone to do some web design work for me. As such, people have been sending me resume after resume and link upon link to try and get the gig. Typos and broken links aside, this also means that I've been checking out a whole mess of web sites that I've never seen before.
Largely, they're all boring. Lots of financial institution sites and technology companies with stupid names like Mobifusion and SoftMediaNet (lame). However, there have been a few gems hidden amongst the crap.
And so I thought I'd share my favorite so far. I present to you VanityDate.com. Now, before we dive in here, I just wanted to say that the site's design and coding is fine. That's not what flummoxed me. Instead, it's the sheer concept of this thing that amazes me.
Vanity Date is a site where pretty people, and only pretty people, can search and look for other pretty people. The site sums it up like this:
- be of legal copulation age (18)
- imposters will be hunted down
- be good looking or you will be rejected
Awesome. Apparently the pretty people are so worried about someone average or - perish the thought - ugly infecting their gene pool with impostors that they're mobilizing against them. Spelling doesn't seem to be much of an important quality, though, because "impostors" is misspelled on their front page and I doubt anyone who's a member even knows. Essentially, the site should really just be called VapidCoatHangers.com since everyone here is solely focused on looks and just seems to spend all day posing in different clothing.
The funniest thing of all about this site to me are the fields available on the Detailed Search Page. They seem to go from Normal Dating Site levels of shallow interest to pioneering new levels of Los Angeles-Centric Dating Site levels of shallow nuttiness. Age range? Normal. Shoe size? A little crazier. Type of Car? DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! New levels of crazy self-involvement.
Seriously, you can simply search for people who drive Audis. How retarded is that? If ever there was a solid criteria for the basis of a healthy and long lasting relationship, it's the "Type of Car" field on VanityDate.com. Or Shoe Size. That's pretty effing crazy, too.
I was trying to figure out who is more shallow and pathetic and - not surprisingly - it turns out it's guys by a fairly large margin. There are 547 pretty women looking for pretty men, while there are a staggering 756 pretty men looking for pretty women. Unfortunately, I don't have the numbers on gay men or gay women because the site's futuristic browser-based facial recognition software must have detected that I was looking at the site and now I get a network error every time I try to access it.
So, try and check it out if you can, for as long as you can. I guess if you get to see it longer than I did you know where you stand on the VanityDate.com hotness scale. Personally, I'm going to go mull over whether I should go buy an Audi or not in order to make my relationship stronger.
I don't think it'll take that long to figure it out.