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April 15, 2022 5:46 PM   Subscribe

Waxy.org, the slightly younger blog compatriat of actual elder websites like MetaFilter, turned 20 years old yesterday. Run by MetaFilter's own waxpancake aka Andy (absolutely no relation) Baio, Waxy has been a font of interesting links for longer than most of the people on TikTok have been alive, and remains a valuable and likable roundup of web and internet weirdness to this very day. (Hi, Andy.)
posted by cortex (8 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
I first met Andy back in the glory days of the early blogosphere. I noticed this guy kept writing about the same things I thought were interesting and wrote him an email saying "who are you we should know each other". Social media back when you had to work for it.

I'll shout out a specific part of Andy's blog that I love, his link collection. It's one of the oldest continuing linkblogs, a venerable and now mostly lost form of blogging related to social bookmarking or tweeting links. It's a consistently interesting collection of things to read.

Andy also runs belong.io which is a little link a linkblog, or more like a "top links for the day" site. Again full of interesting stuff thanks to the collection of sources that Andy draws from.
posted by Nelson at 5:59 PM on April 15 [3 favorites]

Okay, well, gee, I don't think I've read ANY of these and so far I think I want to read pretty much all of them.

This is a fantastic collection of interesting thoughts, and I am really looking forward to actually reading them.

(Say, cortex, do you have, like, a Tardis or time machine handy so I can find myself the TIME to read all of these?)

I kind of mildly disagree with him that blogs are dead, but that's because I am an idiosyncratic person reading the internet in an idiosyncratic way - I mostly read blogs. I just revisited Wil Wheaton's blog today after learning about his new book, which I found out about on John Scalzi's blog.

And now I have another new (to me) blog to read.

Thanks so much for posting this, cortex! I have been vaguely aware of Andy, but I'm really looking forward to reading his blog and learning about his many fascinating projects.
posted by kristi at 6:09 PM on April 15 [3 favorites]

Who is this cat and how did he get stuck in his website?
posted by srboisvert at 6:09 PM on April 15 [5 favorites]

I read this, sent a friend the Suck.com interviews, and attempted to download the Suck.com archives. (No luck yet.)
posted by Pronoiac at 6:13 PM on April 15 [2 favorites]

I check his site daily. I found MetaFilter through his site. Thanks, Andy. Thandy.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 6:25 PM on April 15 [6 favorites]

I should say that I have in this post declined to mention the huge, huge impact that Andy (and Andy McMillan) have had on my life by running the currently-on-necessary-hiatus XOXO Fest in relatively recent years. The pandemic has put a big obstacle in the way of that, which is both heartbreaking and utterly understandable, but it's been the closest thing to a physical reification of the spirit of MetaFilter I've ever experienced and I'm endlessly glad for it.

(Say, cortex, do you have, like, a Tardis or time machine handy so I can find myself the TIME to read all of these?)

There is no shortcut here other than pure cussedness and a willingness to carve out erstwhile doomscrolling time.
posted by cortex at 6:27 PM on April 15 [3 favorites]

Andy is an internet treasure. Here's to another 20 years! xo
posted by gwint at 7:15 PM on April 15 [1 favorite]

Aw, thank you all so much.
posted by waxpancake at 12:06 PM on April 17 [6 favorites]

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