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Category Archives: Internet That Was

  • Flow. Learned about this in college, good stuff. Definitely applies to coders.
  • Timeline of hacker history. I never kept up with this stuff, interesting to read on all of it now. I do remember the NYT/HFG site take-over.

Sam found the video for Emergency Broadcast Network's Electronic Behavior Control System. Watch it and watch it again, please.

Dammit, as I was typing that title it came out “fist goatse.” Which I guess already happened.

Anyway, Scott points out that his friend Laszlo is documenting people’s first reactions to Goatse. I wish I had thought of that.

jaschu: So I just had a thought.
turkeybot: yeah?
jaschu: Remember Kibo from the early days of the internet?
turkeybot: well Trillian wikipedia’d for me, and I’m still not sure what it is
jaschu: Kibo was this hacker dude, and he set up some programs so that any time someone said “Kibo” on usenet, he’d know about it and could go make an appearance.
jaschu: And there ended up being this tongue-in-cheek cult that sprung up around Kibo. Kibology.
turkeybot: weird
turkeybot: like bloody mary
jaschu: Because apparently, back then, staying up on the whole of usenet was this really big deal, even though he was just doing some pattern-matching on a large scale.
turkeybot: and now he makes millions at google?
jaschu: (Who’s bloody mary? Wait, hold that thought.)
turkeybot: ;)
jaschu: Man, I don’t know what he does these days. But I was just thinking, how terribly mundane it is to see if your name or, really, any string shows up somewhere on usenet or the web or anything.
jaschu: I mean, you’ve got search engines, Technorati, usenet is searchable… it’s all old hat.
turkeybot: serious
turkeybot: but it makes me feel better that strangers look at my flickr
turkeybot: :)
turkeybot: whats yer point? it’s lame? or now it’s mundane… used to be cultish?
jaschu: Just that the internet gods of old were only based on how distributed their technology was.
turkeybot: hmm
jaschu: And that how we don’t seem to have fun shit like that nowadays.
jaschu: Here we go, wikipedia link.
turkeybot: aaah…
turkeybot: I want to disagree
turkeybot: some memes were pretty fun
turkeybot: all your base… that one ruled
turkeybot: bloody mary, like you spin around in front of a mirror chanting her name with your eyes closed, then you open them and see her in the mirror!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
turkeybot: so like typing that dude’s name
jaschu: Okay, that’s true. And I was about to say that there wasn’t the same level of participation in AYB, but there were all those photoshopped bits thrown out there, multiple versions.
jaschu: Yeah, gotcha.
turkeybot: yeah and some other people knew about it
turkeybot: and you used it in a joke to me two days ago
jaschu: I did?
turkeybot: about yahoo buying the world
jaschu: Oh, right, right. “All your web services are belong to us.”
jaschu: Memory is short.
turkeybot: hee
turkeybot: it was classic, I enjoyed it
jaschu: I have a special place in my heart for the Pusher Robot and the Shover Robot.