It Was Shit.
December 2, 2004 6:28 AM   Subscribe

Copyright Davis. Logo terrorist.
posted by armoured-ant (27 comments total)
Some terrorist. I'll bet that if Carlos the Jackal made this site, it would be easier and more rewarding to navigate.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:39 AM on December 2, 2004

Yeah - it's kinda hard to figure out what that site is all about.
posted by buggybuy at 6:52 AM on December 2, 2004

Logo Terrorist and designer of unnavigable interfaces... Anyone care to link to some of the logo-terrorism content for those of us who don't have the patience to find it?
posted by bugmuncher at 6:59 AM on December 2, 2004

I have no idea what I just viewed.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 6:59 AM on December 2, 2004

It was confusing, frustrating, annoying, and disheartening.

I need to go take a shower now...
posted by Balisong at 7:03 AM on December 2, 2004

Yeah, count me in among those not getting it.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:06 AM on December 2, 2004

I'll bet that if Carlos the Jackal made this site

That'd be a LiveJournal worth reading.
posted by yerfatma at 7:23 AM on December 2, 2004

Reminds me of that old annoying site.
posted by ao4047 at 7:31 AM on December 2, 2004

At first I was disgusted, but I kept watching. Then I became a little interested. Then I was more interested. Very Interested. Very, very interested...

Then I suddenly lost interest. Then I became confused, ashamed, disgusted...
posted by syzygy at 7:42 AM on December 2, 2004

The site of a thousand popups.
posted by bap98189 at 7:53 AM on December 2, 2004

No relation.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:04 AM on December 2, 2004

I always wanted to be called "Dirk the Jackal." Cool. Oh, the site is a pisser though . . . there may be cool stuff hidden in there, but those little squares give me a headache.
posted by tr33hggr at 8:04 AM on December 2, 2004

Is this a new GAP ad?
posted by Blue Buddha at 8:39 AM on December 2, 2004

oh my god

that HURT!
posted by kamylyon at 8:41 AM on December 2, 2004

> No relation.

Good...I was wondering.
posted by ae4rv at 8:54 AM on December 2, 2004

If crude drawings of penises are not safe for where you work, then this site is NSFW.
posted by jpoulos at 9:08 AM on December 2, 2004

I fucking hate this site.

Having said that, I'd like to provide a bit more measured response. Sites without clear navigation aren't always so bad, sometimes they're even a little amusing and fun. One of the best I've seen was linked here awhile ago, it was a flash-based old computer-type machine with a phone on the right side, and some little television monitors on the bottom. That was an amusing little site. It was like going into your attic and finding an old phonograph, then discovering that with a few manipulations, you could make this semi-unfamiliar appliance perform at least some kind of action.

Another site I loved, also posted here, was for someone's band. It was a visual collection of Polaroid snapshots linked with masking tape. This wasn't the easiest site to navigate, but it had that Myst feel to it, which made it enjoyable.

This site, though, is fucking ridiculous. I was seriously about to kill my browser when the popups started loading. It has no apparent purpose, no direction at all, it's not based on some other familiar navigation technique (even an abstract one) and you get no positive results from taking any action. In fact, you get negative results... popups each containing little in the way of information are your "reward" for tinkering around. I gave up swiftly, and I will not be returning to this place. It's not even visually curious, it's just a fucking disaster.
posted by odinsdream at 10:23 AM on December 2, 2004

This is an artistic website. You web nazi's should not be visiting such sites, and if you happen to accidentally click on a link that takes you to such a site, please keep your copy of "rules that all webpages should follow" in your pocket.
posted by howa2396 at 12:26 PM on December 2, 2004

As what is commonly referred as an "artist", and far from what is commonly referred to as a "web nazi", I must also cast a big "nope" vote for mister Davis' web fart. Obviously it spoke to someone, so I don't have a big stick up my ass about it.
posted by eener at 12:51 PM on December 2, 2004

Whaddya know. It was shit.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 1:02 PM on December 2, 2004

howa2396, I thought I made the distinction that I have visited poorly-designed "artistic" sites that are a joy to use. This site is both poorly-designed and painful to use. Not being a "web nazi," I could care less whether any site is standards-compliant, though I tend to code my own that way.

If this were performance art, it would be a man stabbing me in the eyes. Over and over.
posted by odinsdream at 1:08 PM on December 2, 2004

I think armoured-ant could at least have used a few words to elaborate why this is a 'best of the web' (clearly not political or newfilter-ish, that is) so I'd know what was up with this.
posted by billsaysthis at 1:39 PM on December 2, 2004

I keep thinking of Adam And Joe's 'Media Chaos Collective' all parkas and everything.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:34 PM on December 2, 2004

that was nice.
how about a [MAY CRASH YOUR BROWSER] tag?
posted by exlotuseater at 3:00 PM on December 2, 2004

Oh, Jesus. The site obviously isn't the best of the web, but it's a link a few of my friends have been batting around the last few days, so I thought that - perhaps - some MeFi users might at least look past the (admittedly infuriating) interface, and enjoy the content that, providing your browser doesn't crash (and mine didn't, and I'm using IE for OSX ffs), there is a fair amount of.

Bill, I didn't qualify this post with an [MI] because I realised that the vocal few who couldn't stand it would quickly point their arseholes at me and start talking out of them. This: how surprised I am, anyway.

Obviously it spoke to someone, so I don't have a big stick up my ass about it.

Well, that makes one of you.
posted by armoured-ant at 3:28 PM on December 2, 2004

I hate pop-ups generally, but I thought they were used in an interesting way, at least. If you're confused by the interface, there are 13(?) different sets of pop-ups each represented by a different colored square. Sometimes, when you click on one of the pop-ups it repositions and re-layers the set, and sometimes it closes the set. That's about as much as I figured out before the pop-ups mysteriously stopped popping up and I gave up. I think any website that has such a poor interface that this many people hate it is worthwhile for that alone. Next time you get to a poorly designed site you can think to yourself, "well, at least it's not as bad as copyrightdavis."
posted by nTeleKy at 6:47 PM on December 2, 2004

Paul Davis
posted by edlundart at 8:10 PM on December 2, 2004

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