Considering the average website is less than ten years old, that old warning from your parents that says to “be careful what you post online because it’ll be there forever” is like the story your dad told you about chocolate milk coming from brown cows, a well-meant farce. On the contrary, librarians and archivists have implored us for years to be wary of the impermanence of digital media; when a website, especially one that invites mass participation, goes offline or executes a huge dump of its data and resources, it’s as if a smallish Library of Alexandria has been burned to the ground. Except unlike the burning of such a library, when a website folds, the ensuing commentary from tech blogs asks only why the company folded, or why a startup wasn’t profitable. Ignored is the scope and species of the lost material, or what it might have meant to the scant few who are left to salvage the digital wreck.
The internet, it turns out, is not forever. It’s on more of like a 10-year cycle. It’s constantly upgrading and migrating in ways that are incompatible with past content, leaving broken links and error pages in its wake. In other instances, the sites simply shutter, or become so layered over that finding your own footprint is impossible—I have searched “Kate Lindsay Myspace” every which way and have concluded that my content from that platform must simply be lost to time, ingested by the Shai-Hulud of the internet.
A Cataloged Archive of Information Relating to the Now Closed Mystery Flesh Pit National Park
200 discarded objects from a dump in San Francisco, meticulously catalogued, researched, and documented by Jenny Odell. The result is something more revealing than most pre-planned time capsule projects …although this project may be somewhat short-lived as it’s hosted on Tumblr.
The horror …the horror.
Beautiful animation work.
Krystal’s excellent annotated collection of onboarding examples.
Sci-fi book covers and posters from the 1970s.
Disappointed in your cakes I am.
Nudibranchia or other opisthobranchia compared to the various looks of David Bowie.
Painters and Hackers: nothing in common whatsoever, but this are classical painters depictions of software engineering.
A fascinating insight into some of Tumblr’s most popular accounts:
Some posts get more than a million notes—imagine a joke whispered in biology class getting a laugh from a city the size of San Francisco.
It’ll be a real shame when Tumblr disappears.
That’s “when”, not “if”. Remember:
In 2013, Yahoo bought Tumblr.
Dividing the world in two.
Marcy’s Tumblr blog of examples of accessibility in action on the web.
You might want to keep an eye on what the Clearlefties are doing here for the next hundred days.
One down, 99 to go.
I’m not quite sure why this is funny, but I am quite sure that it is.