"Why isn't my alt text working? Or is it?"

Have you ever visited 4chan? Specifically, have you dared to look at the /b/ message board? It’s the birthplace of the first lolcat and other great and fun Internet memes. It’s also completely NSFW, and definitely a site some people with certain sensibilities should never visit. For one thing, you will have to wade through a lot of porn and shock imagery. And you have to be cautious not to cross the regular denizens of /b/. Just check out what happened to this poor girl and her angry father (here’s the remixed video). 4chan is also the hangout for the hacker collective Anonymous. But the site is no joke: It gets 12 million visitors a month. So how do you enjoy the fun stuff while skipping the insanity? Enter Canvas, the creation of Christopher Poole, aka “Moot,” the founder of 4chan.

Poole calls Canvas a reboot of 4chan. The site is a creative sandbox for people to play with images and maybe create the next big Internet meme. Where it goes beyond that is unclear. It’s fun, but instead of porn, you have to wade through a lot of unfunny stuff. That’s not to say I’m some clever laugh-meister. I loaded the image of the monkey on the the beach with the babes, slapped on the Charlie Sheen slogan, and voila. Am I winning? I don’t know, but I can keep trying.

If you want to give it a spin, visit http://canv.as/ and submit your e-mail for an invite. I have one to give, so you can hit me up in comments. Some are hating on Canvas, but some compare it favorably to 4chan…I think:

Does 4chan make me look fat?