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Patterns for personal websites

A pattern language for personal websites. Possibly useful, I don’t know, I don’t have time to read it just yet. Possibly a bit out of date :)

The Tinycrumb Ghastlies

The Tinycrumb Ghastlies, a Flickr tribute to Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies, made using tiny little figurines. It’s been doing the rounds for a while, but I’ve been quiet here for a bit so I thought I’d mention it.

Loud sex revenge

Last Friday’s XKCD – about a guy having revenge on a noisily orgasmic neighbour by using a elliptical reflector – reminds me that a friend of mine once practiced a similar revenge using a microphone/amplifier/speaker setup with a Commodore Amiga computer running as an audio delay line, thus broadcasting the neighbours’ loud sex back at them with a delay of a few seconds.

“Welcome to my home page.”

Rather excellent article on the 1990’s phenomenon of the home page, and its successor the MySpace page, and how central they are to the idea of the Web. It’s wonderful stuff, filled with wit and humour, celebrating these pages rather than scorning them as professional designers are wont to do.

To me, what defines the history of Web is not just the launch dates of new browsers or services, not just the dot-com bubbles appearing or bursting, but also the appearance of a blinking yellow button that said "New!" or the sudden mass extinction of starry wallpapers. Jenkins wrote in his 2002 article Blog This!:

  • "We learned in the history books about Samuel Morse’s invention of the telegraph, but not about the thousands of operators who shaped the circulation of message."

To rephrase him, I’d say we’ve studied the history of hypertext, but not the history of Metallica fan web rings or web rings in general.

“…did you get some kind of discount on orc miniatures?”

"Lord of the Rings is more or less the foundation of modern D&D. The latter rose from the former, although the two are now so estranged that to reunite them would be an act of savage madness. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign."

This is sheer genius – a comic strip asking the question "What if the Lord of the Rings was a D&D campaign?" Of course, you might not get a lot of it if you’ve not played role (with dice and stuff, not running around the woods with rubber swords or anything that a sex therapist might advise). But if you are a veteran roller of the regular solids, you’ll recognise an awful lot of it.

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One thing I like about Dreamhost is that although they fuck up on a semiregular basis, like any big hosting service, they tell you exactly how they’ve fucked up and how they fixed it – like this post about a bad script which deleted every single domain in their DNS database. I did wonder what had happened there…

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