Mr. Kottke’s post about early web art
got me prevaricating off down memory lane. I posted a big list in his comments (which I will post below this). But, what came rushing back after I posted my comment was Bob the Anal Fissure
. Of all the horribly gross and funny things that showed up on the web in the “early” days of the my experience with it (1995). I remember sitting there at work, trying to stifle giggles as I talked to people on the phone and tried to fix their horrible 9600/2400 modems. Not for the faint of heart.
And the original list:
- All those “X Ate My Balls” sites
- Birdhouse.org and all those great early art pieces.
- Art.net – one of the first online galleries that I ever saw. It blew me away.
- Netscape 3.0 Beta 3 (I think) that allowed you to have animated gifs as your background. I personally crashed dozens of browsers with my original site (‘lo those many years ago).
- The SGI Cool Zone in Netscape 2.0.
- All those cool things that didn’t last – VRML 1.0, Virtual Places and The Hub (one of the first 3D avatar chat systems).
- AOL 2.5 with its horrible web browser (booklink), but with the buddy list, which revolutionized IM.
- GNN – Global Network Navigator was a site (think early Yahoo) that was once more popular than Yahoo.
Go create your Captain Underpants name at GeekGrrl. I couldn’t resist, and I am proud to report that my Underpants-generated name is Squeezit Applekisser. I couldn’t be happier. Max’s is Skipper Applekisser, and Jen’s is Zippy Applekisser, and her maiden name is Applepants.