"under construction" clipart, ASCII art, & a Consciousness Chip
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"Finally made myself a little personal portfolio/speaker website, with a nostalgic twist... Which Internet era are you nostalgic for?" Moriel Schottlender's new website is available in several flavors: 1989, plus 1992, 1997, 2000, 2012, today, and future. Check out the future-style credits in particular. (Disclaimer: I know Moriel and worked with her years ago.)
posted by brainwane (20 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
The 1992-era gave me flashbacks to the URLs found in last pages of Wired.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 12:27 PM on July 8


1989 is easily my fav, harkens back to the legendary BBS days of yore :)
posted by neon909 at 12:38 PM on July 8 [2 favorites]


future feels like pure shit just want 1997 back x
posted by youarenothere at 12:46 PM on July 8 [3 favorites]


APPLYING SYNTHETIC REASONING...

Dammit, the synthetic stuff always makes my brain sweat. At least the natural organic reasoning lets my mind breathe.
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:09 PM on July 8 [1 favorite]


Nice slow-load on the 1992 portrait.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 2:15 PM on July 8 [12 favorites]


This reminds me of those musicology demos where they play "Happy Birthday" as if it were written by Mozart, then by Beethoven, etc.
posted by Mogur at 2:58 PM on July 8 [1 favorite]


Which Internet era are you nostalgic for?

The one where the spammer reacted to a universal chorus of FUCK OFF by actually fucking off.
posted by flabdablet at 3:51 PM on July 8 [2 favorites]


1997 and 2012 look so much like the first and last web sites I ever built.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:54 PM on July 8


My 1992 home page looked more like 1997, but I was ahead of the curve. I mean -- multiple Java applets, Net Digits, hopelessly complicated background texture, I had it all.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 4:10 PM on July 8 [1 favorite]


(yes, i had Java on my web page three years before it was released, that's how awesome i was)
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 4:17 PM on July 8 [2 favorites]


What a hoot.

But no blinking fonts in 1997? Anyway, we did our best back in the day: if there was a tag, we’d use it. If there was a way of using color and texture, we threw it in. And if there were lots of fonts, why pick only one?

It was so much better than those monochrome screens we’d been using. Luckily, we came to our senses before we permenantly ruined our (and our users) eyes and brains.
posted by AMyNameIs at 4:18 PM on July 8 [1 favorite]


It was so much better than those monochrome screens we’d been using.

Yeah, it hit differently in the context of the time. There was definitely a celebratory "what the hell, throw in the kitchen sink too!" feeling to sites at first.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:34 PM on July 8


Oh I should point out that dark and light mode are available for the various eras, too....
posted by brainwane at 4:35 PM on July 8


Since he specifies internet rather than web, I'll take anything before the invention of html in 1991. Gopher would do nicely...
posted by jim in austin at 6:04 PM on July 8


Back in my day, we didn't have enough RAM for both dark and light mode browsers, so we settled on grey mode for everything.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:15 PM on July 8


jim in austin: by "he" do you mean Schottlender? She is a woman.
posted by brainwane at 6:17 PM on July 8 [1 favorite]


2000 brings back memories. Those rounded corners!
posted by RonButNotStupid at 7:16 PM on July 8 [1 favorite]


It was so much better than those monochrome screens we’d been using.

We're not going to buy you another color monitor. We have a color monitor at home. Any color you want, as long as it's green.
posted by otherchaz at 7:48 PM on July 8


Luckily, we came to our senses

Apart from those who just leant into it.
posted by flabdablet at 7:55 PM on July 8 [2 favorites]


No "Works best in IE6" banner? Epic fail!
posted by Thorzdad at 8:19 AM on July 9 [2 favorites]


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