things i read #8: internet ephemera

Sometimes I read something really good online and I just wanna save it somewhere. This is that stuff. Split into categories for easier browsing! (Category names intentionally vague/sometimes inaccurate.)

Digital history

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens, Elspeth Reeve for The New Republic: Who even pitched this piece? Why does it exist? Mostly it makes me feel very estranged from The Teens–like, who are these people. I like the weird pixel graphics though.

The Kiss That Changed Video Games, Simon Parkin for The New Yorker: At E3 in 1999, an accidental gay kiss in The Sims made history (and also probably saved The Sims from certain death!).

IRL

How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell, Kashmir Hill for Fusion: All about IP addresses, and the direct irl consequences of a programming oversight.

“HELP” sign on deserted beach works at kottke.org: I think about getting stranded on desert islands on the regular so this is good to know. Admittedly this has very little to do with the internet BUT would I have been able to soothe this particular fear without the World Wide Web? Exactly.

The landscape of the internet

Video Is the Web’s Future and It’s a Wonderful Mess, Brian Feldman for nymag: THIS IS MY JAM. Basically, how video (Vine, Twitch, YouTube, etc.) has the potential to upend the dominant non-customizable design scheme of the internet right now.

Hilariously bad phone number web forms at kottke.org: So, so bad.

What was the first Under Construction and who cares? at One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age, which appears to be a blog about the Geocities archive: When did people using a “construction” metaphor for websites? Cool stuff!

Robots

This post about Chor-rnn at prostheticknowledge: A dancing generator based on deep learning! I love the internet.

^^maybe my favorite thing??

 

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