There Is No Cat

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Thursday, March 6, 2003

Revisiting the dim and distant past

Kottke points to a site that's asking for examples of early web culture. Lord help me, the first thing I thought of was Mahir, the Turkish "I Kiss You" guy. After drawing a blank for a couple of minutes, things started coming to me. There was Glenn Davis' Cool Site of the Day; that was hugely popular. There was another guy who had a hilarious site that ripped apart terrible sites (and no, it wasn't Vincent Flanders' stuff, great though that is). I wish I could remember the name of the site; all I remember was that it was hosted by a company out of Baltimore that I looked at when I was originally looking for a web host, run by Jim Jagielski on A/UX boxes. I remember submitting something to him and getting a reply that he didn't link to sites that used frames because not everyone could see them; that would place it at a time when Netscape was the only browser that supported frames. Um, what else? Travels with Samantha was something everyone looked at early on. Robert Toups got a lot of attention with Babes on the Web. I remember sitting next to Toups during a session at Internet World in Boston in about 1995 as whoever was on whatever panel we were watching started discussing his site.

I'm sure if I had more time today I could come up with some more. Maybe you can.

Posted at 12:40 PM

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I remember there was a site that I loved when I got to college called Blasphemy Net, with the tag line "Corporations Kill the Web Dead". Don't know how popular or well known that was outside of Mizzou though.

Posted by tegan at 1:26 PM, March 7, 2003 [Link]

Are you thinking of Mirsky's Worst of the Web? That was one of the first great sites I remember.

Posted by Gael at 3:45 PM, March 10, 2003 [Link]

Mirsky! That's it! Thanks, Gael.

Posted by ralph at 4:49 PM, March 10, 2003 [Link]

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