The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind
. A short history of the Heaven's Gate Millenarian Cult
and the (ex?) members who still keep the page running seventeen years after their last contact
with the leader and members.
In 2003, Andy "waxpancake" Baio created Upcoming
, "a collaborative event calendar focused on interesting arts and tech events around the world, curated by its community. It surfaced weird and wonderful events that usually fell under the radar of traditional event listings from newspapers and local weeklies." In 2005, it was acquired by Yahoo!, who killed the site last April with little warning, and no way to back up events
. Fortunately, the complete site was saved
by the Internet Archive
. But Upcoming isn't dead yet! Two months ago, Yahoo! offered to sell the domain back to Baio. And now, with a fully-funded kickstarter
, he's planning on "rebuilding it for the modern era using tools and platforms that weren't available when it was first designed." Welcome to the brilliant life, stupid death, and improbable return of Upcoming.org. [more inside]
Having trouble coming up with an idea or a SEO friendly title for your next web article? Portend's Content Idea Generator
comes to the rescue.
Demand Media, once valued higher than the New York Times, is seeing a rapid decrease in profits because of Google changing its search algorithms. Does this mean the beginning of the end for "content farms"?
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Online Photoshop simulator
Most of us know and love Dailylit
. But, if you want to have more current book snippets emailed to you every day, you can upload your own ebooks to Dripread
. [more inside]
: A news aggregator that cuts out a lot of the fat and gives you relevant local and national news.
Your Old Crap Website
- This blog is to celebrate the time when web design wasn’t limited by web standards and convention, and when the office geek was given full reign to set up the website on his own since the bosses probably couldn’t see the point in having one.
is a movie and TV recommendation service that has apparently developed an algorithm similar to Pandora's
Music Genome Project. Their algorithm is cleverly titled The Movie Genome Project
Grabarz & Partner's website looks oddly familiar...
A German ad agency, apparently they couldn't be bothered of thinking of something original so they ripped off an existing concept.
Death By Caffeine
I just learned that it would take 155.11 cans of Mountain Dew to kill me, according to this odd little service.
Webmonkey to close down
, old friend. You were a great source of new tricks for self-taught old dogs.
Do you think that poetry is dead
, too? Well, that's because everyone is busy getting their websites transformed into poetry by a neat script
. [via boingboing.net]
1/20th the size of 5k: the 256b competition
Most won't work on anything but Win/IE5+, and you have to download the (65.2Kb) .zip file
, but ... wow.
The SXSW Interactive Web Awards finalists are up...
and the site I submitted isn't mentioned. Am I bitter? No.. no.. OK. YES. Anyway, the sites listed are the best of the best of 2001. Worth a look.
The Froggy Page
was the Cool Site of the Day
from August 8, 1994. It's the oldest site archived there without the disclaimer, "site no longer live". The page sure looks like it was built in '94 -- not even a single table! (Can anyone who was coding back then confirm if the code is really that old?) Does anyone have a favorite site from those good old days?
Welcome to a new era of drop shadows.
Ever since Gore conceded, I was curious about the transition of the White House site. And, um, it's a little sparse right now. Did anyone catch what time it went live?
More Pseudo-Amazon Layout Fun
It used to amaze me that people have entire careers based on ripping off others. Now it's just standard (I apologize for the thousandth post of an amazon.com tabs
comment). The site actually looks like the old Amazon interface hooked up with the current Altavista
site, and created some bizarre, overly-influenced mélange.
Steal a design, win an award. Sumerset Custom Houseboats
won several awards in the 2000 Inc. Magazine Web Awards 2000
, including the top prize in the General Excellence category. According to a company press release
, the site was chosen for its "simple, functional, yet elegant design". The only problem is, they stole the design from IBM's site
Through some supposed database mixup, Wal-Mart sells various books on porn, and later pulls them from their website.
Ha! I love seeing stuff like this happen to a company that is hell-bent on having a clean image. There's some indescribable joy I get when I hear a Mouseketeer gets arrested for drug use, or a tele-evangelist is caught with a prostitute. I can't put my finger on why, it's just incredibly comical to me. They haven't fixed their search engine yet, here's a juicy screenshot