GameSpy's long-defunct Daily Victim was a daily first-person essay and illustration (by Dave "Fargo" Kosak, now of Blizzard Entertainment, and Michael "Gabe" Krahulik, then and still of Penny Arcade) which paid humorous tribute to the various individuals one meets online. Users would vote 1-5 on each one, and on the weekend, the top-voted Victim would get an additional essay and a properly colored and shaded image, often feeding into an ever-growing continuity. This website
presents an archive of the complete series, along with some explanatory articles, all long gone from Gamespy's website, and in so doing provides a glimpse into the internet culture of a decade ago. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Here are some old New Jersey maps, available online.
Take a look at this map of southern New Jersey made by Dutch settlers in 1669
. The Dutch labeled Cape May "Cabo May." Take a look at Delaware Bay. The Dutch called it Godyn's Bay. This 1709
map shows a division between east and west New Jersey. Probably most interesting of all is this
map from 1795. Here, you can see archaic names of towns. What is now Pennington was once called "Pennytown." Lawrenceville was once called "Maidenhead." What is today called Hightstown was once called "Hiatstown." How about that little island off the southwestern New Jersey coast, Egg Island? Is that even there anymore?
posted by candasartan
on Feb 10, 2012 -
Here is an artifact of the old internet: "Somewhere in the picture below we have cleverly hidden a can of spam. If you think you've found the spam, click on it to find out if you're right. You probably don't think there is any spam in the picture, but look closely. Most people only find the spam after staring intently at the picture for several hours.
"Good luck and find that spam!
" [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Dec 2, 2011 -
The Grand Generation
(1993 - 27 min.) is a warm and inspiring portrait of six elderly Americans whose vigor belies their age. The film is a cogent reminder that most of us probably don't hear nearly enough of what the very oldest among us have to say. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 4, 2010 -
Daily readings (and podcasts) from the Complete Corpus of Anglo Saxon Poetry, presented by Prof. Michael Drout, Wheaton College. For those that like to read along, the Corpus presented in text
(no translation, though).
posted by Chrischris
on Mar 20, 2010 -
is an on-line magazine dedicated to work by emerging photographers over 35. An interesting counterpoint to the usual hyping of "young and emerging artists." (via)
posted by klausness
on May 6, 2009 -
of the SkyscaperCity Forum presents "Lost London"
, an absolutely stunning photographic thread of old London architecture.
posted by 6am
on Feb 25, 2009 -
is a free app for your mac that lets you drag an image onto the polaroid camera in the corner of your screen. it then spits out a polaroid image that develops on your desktop. there's a flickr group
for these shots already. [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Nov 19, 2008 -
Like sprites? The People's Sprites has the most extensive repository of old game pixel art I've ever seen.
Some good examples from: Battletoads
, Final Fantasy GBA
, Mega Man
, Metal Slug
, Mortal Kombat
, River City Ransom
, Samurai Shodown
, Super Mario Kart
, Super Mario World
, and my favorite, Super Metroid
Hundreds more at the site, plus original
and public domain
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Mar 30, 2008 -
Pink Floyd fans may not need no education but Gilmourish
, an exhaustive review of the guitars and audio effects of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (with help from an insider), will leave most comfortably numb.
posted by punkfloyd
on Oct 19, 2007 -
Interviews with 100-year-olds:
): Quick NPR interview with a guy who works on Wall Street.
): A series of small segments with the oldest graduate of Gilbert High School.
): Part of WFMU's 365 day project
. Restored tape from 1978, on which it appears a young student is interviewing an old lady from Kansas.
posted by Alex404
on Aug 12, 2007 -
Before RSS and personalized aggregators such as Personalized Google
, there was CRAYON
, a service that allowed you to "CReAte Your Own Newspaper" by providing a page with links to chosen sources. [mi]
posted by divabat
on Mar 28, 2007 -
The Open Secret. "They were a light in the dark ... This is who and what I am; this is my tribe — and, look, I’m famous and life is fun".
Matthew Parris sings the praises of those old British poofs, the camp, safe, funny gays that your mum liked. All together now I'm Free! more more
posted by grahamwell
on Mar 18, 2007 -