/Tag: nostalgia

So you wanna be a naughties nerd, pt. 1: Linux.

So you. Yeah, you. Have you heard; hipsterism has come to the internet. All those thirty-somethings wanting to relive their teenage years on Geocities, making ugly beautiful again as an ultimately futile protest against our focus-tested UX overlords.

And maybe you thought all of that sounded pretty neat. Pretty swell. Maybe it would’ve even made you nostalgic—made you ready to crack out the text editor and whip-up a personal site in hache-tee-em-ell even—except, well. You missed the boat, first time ’round. Maybe you’re too young or maybe you just weren’t Extremely Online in the late ’90s/early ’00s and this Titanic is one you never managed to punch your ticket for.

Well, never fear! You’re in luck. Because I was there and, in 100% unironic ’00s style, I’m gonna write you a fuckin’ tutorial, so you can be too. Y’know. Retrospectively.

So slap on some velour loungewear and pop a Linkin Park minidisc into your player. Because we’re about it kick it. Naughties nerd style.


2019-04-29T12:06:48+10:007th March, 2019|Tags: nostalgia, sywbann, tech|

Millennial midlife crisis is getting nostalgic and making a website in Notepad with only HTML.

2018-07-04T08:07:17+10:003rd July, 2018|Tags: nostalgia, tech|

Jamiroquai Game

That’s right. Someone made a game where you play as Jay Kay, lead singer of Jamiroquai, as he attempts to dodge the sliding IKEA lounges from the videoclip to 1996’s hit single, “Virtual Insanity”.

Oh, and if you happen to own an Oculus Rift, you can play an actual virtual reality version of the game.

That’s it, people. Everyone go home. The internet is over.

2017-08-23T09:56:13+10:0030th June, 2015|Tags: nostalgia, video|

The teen girls of the late 90s/early 00s.

Jesus everything about this article is massive nostalgia for me, from FernGully (my journal had a picture of Batty on the front I proudly told everyone I “didn’t trace”) to the lines about “prefacing our subdomains with forward slashes”.

This is the era that I came of Internet Age in. I signed up for LiveJournal in 19991 at the urging of a friend, who found out about it when one of the Cool Kid bloggers we followed linked to hers. My very first post was about not having to attend the school athletics carnival in exchange for vacuuming the house. IIRC, in my post I confessed to not, in fact, having vacuumed the house.

I was always a bit more part of the homebrew scene than the LJ crowd–my blog ran on code I wrote myself until I finally migrated it in circa 2006–but I always had a crossposter, and the one thing I loved on LJ more than anything else was its friends locking ability.2 Yeah, it was a massive drama magnet–people would “leak” flocked posts to wank comms all the time–but it also allowed for a level of intimate self-expression that its modern replacements, the WordPresses and the Twitters and the Tumblrs of the world, don’t.

In some respects, I think LiveJournal, by virtue of being the first social media service, was also the last social media service that was, in its original form, designed for users and not advertisers. Facebook, which had similar by kids-for-kids origins, is the only other major existing service that preserves things like post locking… and its “locking” functionality gets more and more vestigial as the company itself gets more monetized. (If there wasn’t huge pushback from users, I suspect it would be gone altogether.) Every other service is either all-or-nothing.

A lot of things killed (English-language) LiveJournal, but slow uptake on technology, especially as it relates to rich media content and mobile support, was, I think, the main one. Which is a shame. Because there was a trade-off.

Basically, what I’m saying is I think Dreamwidth needs to run a Kickstarter to raise funds to revamp the platform with Tumblr-like features. Best of both worlds? I think so!

  1. Yes, really. Yes, I still have it. []
  2. I loved this so much, in fact, that I wrote it into my own blog script and then, later, into a WordPress plugin. []
2016-05-14T11:32:26+10:0017th May, 2015|Tags: internet, livejournal, nostalgia, social media|