Lore Christian Fitzgerald Sjöberg (born June 27, 1970, under the surname "Shoberg") is an internet humorist, co-founder of the Brunching Shuttlecocks humor website and author of The Book of Ratings. (Lore was the nickname of his father, a writer, illustrator and musician who was also born a Shoberg, although he later changed his name to Lore Coyote Orion.)
He first entered the public eye as one of the Brunching Shuttlecocks in 1997 along with David Neilsen (the Self-Made Critic) and a number of other, minor contributors. This online humor magazine picked up a considerable following during its run, but was, ultimately, terminated after a long period without updates in May 2003. The Brunching Shuttlecocks gained notoriety when Newsweek magazine mentioned the Alanis Morissette Lyric Generator. Lore's largest contribution to Brunching was "Ratings", in which he would give a short commentary and a letter grade to a handful of items in a particular category, such as "breakfast cereals" or "Scooby-Doo characters". In 2002, Sjöberg published a collection of these ratings (as well as a few quizzes from Brunching Shuttlecocks) as The Book of Ratings.
Sjöberg then moved on to start a number of other projects, under the moniker of Seven Deadly Productions. He had already been operating a blog, The Slumbering Lungfish Dybbuk Hostel and All-Night Boulangerie, and created independent sites based on his most successful projects at Brunching: Lore Brand Comics and The Book of Ratings.
Over the next year he started Little Fluffy Industries, an attempt to provide links to as many Flash games as possible (he has now passed executive editorial control to Joe Yuska), and made an attempt to revive Bandwidth Theater, another former Brunching feature consisting of short Flash movies. During this period he also had an internship at Wired News.
Since February 1, 2006, Sjöberg has become a regular writer on Wired News, in the form of video game reviews and reports from conventions like the San Diego Comic-Con. He also writes a weekly column for Wired News, titled Alt.Text, including reading his work aloud in the Wired News Podcast. He presently contributes to Wired's "Game|Life" blog—mostly linking to flash games, à la Little Fluffy Industries.
Beginning in 2008, Sjöberg began releasing new video "Capsule Ratings" as part of his Alt.Text column on Wired.com and on YouTube. These short videos generally consist of Sjöberg reading aloud his ratings as he sits in the Wired offices, with the video portion intercut with humorous illustrations and animations that accompany his comments.
As announced on his "Slumbering Lungfish" blog on October 16, 2008, Sjöberg's Alt.Text was discontinued by Wired as part of a change in direction by that publication. His videos were to be continued as a regular feature but they were put on "hiatus" by Wired as of January 1, 2009. Since then, the text-only columns have been revived as a bi-weekly feature, part of Wired News' Underwire blog.
- Sjöberg, Lore Fitzgerald (October 2002). The Book of Ratings: Opinions, Grades, and Assessments of Everything Worth Thinking About. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-609-80852-4. Retrieved 2006-07-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Speak With Monsters – comics about monsters from early editions of the role-playing game (domain dead)Dungeons & Dragons
- Bad Gods – A site featuring open-source Flash cartoons and gags (as of April 4, 2011, this domain is no longer active)
- "Alt Text" commentary for on-line Wired
- The Slumbering Lungfish Dybbuk Hostel and All-Night Boulangerie – Lore's blog (No longer active)
- Lore Brand Comics
- Table of Malcontents – Sjöberg's web-related blog at Wired News
- The Brunching Shuttlecocks
- The Book of Ratings
- Little Fluffy Industries
- Bandwidth Theater
- Untitled States – Generates custom images from blank templates
- Name Decoder – Generates amusing acronyms from name entries
- EvilURL – A functional parody of TinyURL