Here's a neat little tool that will convert any image to oldschool ANSI art
Here's a nice documentary if you're not familliar with what ANSI art is: [YT Video] [MEGA Mirror]
Maybe I'll convert a bunch of ANSI art for the BBS server i'll never get around to setting up
cboyardee's other project
This is the original YT channel that he has recently been posting on again, as well as this new site that I've linked above.
Semper Games friends
a very straight forward and minimalist news aggregate, mostly tech oriented
[MULTI-PLAYER COMBAT SYNTHESIZER]
When I was researching about MIDI THRU ports / MIDI sequencing networks, I stumbled across this game for the Atari ST, 'MIDI Maze'.
This game is fucking nuts, it's essentially just a simple arena shooter, but you connect to other STs via daisy chaining MIDI. The UI has a good dose of that edgy 90's flair of which I love.
The game had a few incarnations and and ports, which includes the Gameboy and the virtualboy. You can see a comparison video here: [YT Video] [MEGA Mirror]
Also, here is the oldskool (and slightly obnoxious) theme song for MIDI MAZE II: [YT Video] [MEGA Mirror]
I contemplated putting this in the Game Recs page, but I decided against it since I don't have an ATARI ST (yet) and I couldn't feasibly play it as it should be. I'll keep that Game Recs page for games I have played.
I'm fairly sure you know of the band The Garden, but did you know they maintained a website? If you use the web archive you can go back and see how they changed it for each of their album releases.
It's pretty basic, it just links to their music on the popular streaming fronts, and an about page with photos. There is something very old web about their site and the photos/graphics they keep on it.
I just sort of stumbled about this page when reading about GopherVR, it seems to contains a bunch of seriously old and esoteric software for data and scientific visualization. A good chunk of it is in Japanese, so between that and the deepness of the subjects its a bit hard to discern what some of these are for.
I did see they had a section for FSN (File System Navigator), which is a 3d navigator for IRIX filesystems, as well as a section for GopherVR. You can actually see FSN in action in the infamous "It's a unix system, I know this" scene in Jurassic Park. You can also get a port of FSN on modern Linux machines, it's called FSV.
A glossary of cyberpunk terms and slang
A collection of text file articles and usenet clippings on the then emerging youth / net culture.
Bury me with my money. From the game Sunset Riders
On this site you can finally find out if you are a real human being.
This is one of those scenarios where I'm not really sure if it's relevant for me to post here about. A lot like Terry Davis I feel like everyone HAS TO at this point heard of Dr. Gene Ray AKA "The TIME CUBE guy", self proclaimed "Wisest Human" and "Greatest Philosopher / Mathematician", but every now and again I will bump into Internet savvy people who know neither of these people so I figure I'll just try to cover all the bases I can.
timecube.com is the website of Dr. Gene Ray, and details his theory about how the planet is experiencing 4 days simultaneously, these days divided on where Socrates, Clinton, Einstein and Jesus all had lived. This day division around the earth formed a cube, the TIME CUBE. He also drew tons of vague parallels to life, Christianity and philosophy to substantiate the Time Cube theory.
The website structure starts in a small font all the way at the bottom, but as time passes and more content is added, the phrasing becomes more disjointed, the font gets larger and larger, and is filled with more seemingly unprompted riposte about alleged criticism towards the Time Cube theory (this likely being that he was invited to various Ivy League Universities to speak with the intention to heckle him, as well as his declining mental health).
There is so much to the Time Cube story, more than I could write here. There has in recent time been created a T ime Cube revival site by the "New Believers of Cubic Time", which I'm most likely sure is said in jest.
AREDN is a mesh network that is based off of ham radio signals, and has support for HTTP, TELNET and SSH and about enough throughput to roughly stream 720p video. What I have linked here is a beginners guide to get you connected, which can be done by finding your nearest node and pointing a radio dish at it (yes you can even use that old DirectTV dish you found in the dumpster).
There is actually a node in the town I live in, so I may end up trying this out at some point, you can find a node near you HERE.
Wonderful resource for getting your Mac OS9 machine up and running in the modern day.
This is where I got my install images and software for my Power Mac G3 minitower.
Another Internet schizophrenic, this one is of the Christian variety.
I had randomly one day happed across one of her videos of her sitting in her car speaking, but with no audio. I then went to her channel then found her blogspot website through it.
She structures a lot of her videos as Faux news announcements "END TIMES PROPHECY NEWS UPDATE" and rambles incomprehensibly about Christianity, gay people and identity politics. A lot of the youtube links on the site seem like they have been taken down, but there are still quite a few on her youtube channel.
This is an image gallery showing someones massive metal working project to build a life sized stargate from the film Stargate (1994). On the other tabs you can see other neat metalwork projects from this person.
This is a tribute site to the now defunct 20,000 Leagues under the Sea at Disney World, complete with lots of photos and interviews with the ride operators. The ride itself was very technically impressive and this page is very in depth about it.
So my understanding is that this was the first(?) publicly accessible website in Japan, and it serves as just a collection of links sorted by content. Ive linked the English version of the page because the web archived Japanese version is just garbled Unicode.
It's a big rabbit-hole, having some typical useful links as well as weird links to stuff like DigiCash cryptocurrency, psychedelics information, the illuminati? and of course how to order pizza on the web, all circa 1997. This is where I ended up finding the metaverse.com page.
I also find the opening statement to be profound and somewhat harrowing.
A nice little tool that will help you find artists that similar / are associated to others.
Moved here from the Other cool links restructure, not necessarily a 'deep cut', but just something I'd like you to see.
Browse random useless webpages on the 'net!
My favorite is this one
Moved here from the Other cool links restructure, not necessarily a 'deep cut', but just something I'd like you to see.
Site that lets you search for Simpsons screencaps based on the dialog at that particular moment. Don't have a box new
Moved here from the Other cool links restructure, not necessarily a 'deep cut', but just something I'd like you to see.
Unlimited Restarts for your computer box
Here is an archive site with a large selection of older operating systems for various platforms, and lots of the variations, alphas and releases of said operating systems. It also has a small collection of games and abandonWare, with various early releases, alphas and release versions for those as well.
[NOTES FROM THE SMOKING SECTION]
Here is an old blog of one Sarah D. Bunting, of which I love a lot. It is part of this old Webring called the 'Metaverse', which from what I have seen is mostly just gossip/news on music artists, movie reviews and etc by various different people. It's got this old-school cyberpunk look to match it's name. I haven't given the entirety of the Metaverse ring, but you may see more posts about it or it's various parts. What really interested em at first was this 'Notes from the Smoking section' blog.
It's what it describes itself as, internet sleaze, and it details events and introspection from Buntings life in a very cheeky amusing way. Like I really like her writing style and the way she describes these things in this biting sarcastic manor. The titles for each post page are great. It certainly makes me want to lean more that direction when writing my own Chamber of Reflection posts, well maybe more than I already do.
Here is an open project that aims to make a nice and modern desktop environment that runs on top of a stock installation of Temple OS, not to dissimilar to ones you would find in the linux/unix world.
I wonder how Terry would feel about this if he would have lived to see it. I remember seeing a stream of his where he saw some fan Temple OS games, and he seemed really happy to see people developing stuff for his platform.
Here is an interesting little 'art installation', as they describe themselves, brought to my attention from someone over IRC. If you are familiar with what USENET is, this is an archive of USENET posts but not quite like what you would think. Instead of it just being a collection of posts, it is all the posts scheduled to post again from a NNTP server, just with a 40 year latency period. It is an "Extended Replay".
So you can experience the news and usenet discussion of long ago as if it is happening right now. The latency period is also adjustable depending on what port of the NNTP server that you connect to, a very clever way to do it I must say.
Here is a blog post that I found talking about a old computer novelty gift. It's a condom to slip on your 3.5 floppy, you know to keep those nasty virus' out. You must always use protection if slipping in unknown devices!!
The back of the package is entertaining to read, if the main page goes down Here is a link to the images of the 'DISK PROTEK' hosted here.
This is a archived site that I found through a compilation of Japanese "words you must never search" (検索してはいけない言葉), and it for the Aiseikai Clinic in Japan. This is a very flashy / blinky old site, and my understanding was that it had to be changed because of the dangers it could pose to epileptics.
I love it
This is a search engine specifically made for old web styled web pages, as well as web archived pages, or I suppose just lightweight pages in general. Hava click it's great. Ive submitted all the skumsoft blogs there to be included as well.
In the early days of the Linux kernal, it wasnt really set in stone what the mascot for the project was going to end up being. During this period of time one of the suggested mascots was this anthro fox character. It was of course settled on for the chubby penguin 'tux' to be said mascot, but somewhat recently this fox character was rediscovered and drawn again by a twitter artist. The character was drawn initially as an male, but when redrawn by this twitter artist, was drawn as female. This discrepancy was brought up by the original artist (Alan Mackey) to the twitter artist (Cathodegaytube), but then he said that it made sense because the mascot (Xenia) was intentionally drawn androgynous leaning, and he had since come to know many transwomen in the Linux community. So Xenia was canonically trans.
The webpage / embeded video goes more in detail about this, as well as many more fan art of her. She cute, I love her.
A.N. Lucas's neocities collection of blinky old interwebz 88x21 Buttons, more than my lil' brain can handle! Alot of these are designed in the vain of the iconic 'get Netscape NOW' button. You could probably say that it was a meme of it's time.
[The Coffee Cantata]
A small collection of old school Memphis styled of your favorite bean flavored beverage. There is a sister page with coffee Ascii art as well.
This site hosts a big collection of beloved 'keygen' music, or music that was included in cracking software (Key generators).
If you are unfamilliar with the term, it was very common back in the day (and still common today due to tradition I suppose) for cracks of pirated software to include music that was made in tracker software, such as Protracker, milkytracker and famitracker. This music usually has a chiptune esc vibe, and their usage in these cracks were so common that people on the internet would sometimes use the terms 'keygen music' and 'chiptune music' interchangeably, I certainly did when I was a kid.
They are however distinctly different, and not all tracker music as well as music that people used in crack software were chiptune influenced, but for me and many others it certainly peaked interest into trackers, Commodore/Amiga hardware and chiptune music made on old consoles and old PCs alike.
And of course they have my absolute favorite, Unreal Super Hero 3, which was the song included in the sony vegas 9 keygen.
This is just, a really odd funny flash animation. It features Rozen Maiden characters with this expression mouthing the song alla early lemon demon style. The expresion, ive seen it before but I dont really know the context of it, it must be some really early 4chan or 2chan joke.
The Flash is hosted on the webarchive which has a really convenient built in flash player (ruffle)
Massive Massive MASSIVE collection of old-school winamp skins. Don't see the skin here?, take a look on the Web archive collection of winamp skins.
Here's a big gallery of old russian Linux Desktop screenshots, and some modern ones as well. Old School Linux DE's Galore!
Here is an old iclub forum (which is a car forum funny enough) thread on how to "water cool" your PS2. It's possible that you have seen this picture floating around, but this is the original thread. It show some kid's diy solution to watercool his ps2 during long long Grand Turismo sessions.
If it get's removed at some point, i've got the two images in the OP right here.
[God's Lonely Programmer]
So I've realized in the last post that I have never formally posted about "Temple OS", or Terry Davis the man himself. IT's something that I've figured everyone has heard about at this point, but it still deserves a post.
Temple OS is completely from the ground up x64 bit operating system, designed to be God's 3rd and final temple, designed by the one and only programmer Terry Davis. The OS is designed to operated and feel somewhat like the Commodore 64, however it has a gui tiling window manager and can display a large array of graphics and games, and you could even speak to GOD. It runs off of "Holy C" which is a recreation of the programming language "C", but made to work in the context of how Terry felt appropriate. Terry would also host many streams where he would develop the OS and speak with the audience partaking in all kinds of shenanigans. He had quite the loyal following and was a well know for some of his memeable antics.
It goes without saying that Terry was an extremely talented programmer, but he was a very troubled one. Terry had schizophrenia, and struggled with it. He was kicked from his house for being erratic and aggressive twords his parents, and set to travel America in his van. He went off his medication and his condition worsened, ultimately ending with his untimely death. It's been about 4 years now since then, and I and many others still mourn his death. ;-;
There is so much about Terry and Temple OS, I couldn't possible summarize here, but here are a few links in addition to the Temple OS official website.
Temple OS wikipedia page
Down the Rabbithole video overview on Temple OS
Reuploads of all of Terry's videos
A really fleshed out game for Terry Davis' Temple OS, named BlazeItFgt. The premise is that you fly a ship around and blast away enemys to collect entropy, for what other purpose than to receive god's word. The site also shows you how to set up temple OS if you never have before, and a list of these "demands". Here's one.
"60FPS should be the standard for TempleOS gamedevs. 30 Frames Per Second has never been declared divine, was never a historical standard. The Commodore 64 ran at 60Hz."
Probably in line with something Terry would have said lol. Apparently the developer has more games for temple OS since the last time I checked, you can check them out here at SCUM games.
Here is another labyrinthine web project someone made. Most of the links seem to point to various zip files and PDF's that are password locked. I figured that this was an ARG or something so I looked up if people had been looking into this site and I found this collection of passwords for the site, at least what has been found. A lot of it is just really cryptic mirrored writing, comics and short stories by whom I assume is the site's author.
Pretty interesting, check it out if that's your thing
Someone is creating a fully compatible open source replacement ROM for the commodore 64, something I imagine must be quite difficult and I commend greatly. The development of this seems to be for the MEGA65 project, which is a brand new commodore based modern 8 bit machine, hardware and all. It's definitely something I'd buy if I could afford it.
So this is the "global consciousness dot", or how it was introduced to me, the "schizo dot".
Through some kind of esoteric method of "collecting random numbers around the web", this dot will change color from a deep blue all the way to a red depending on the amount of variation between those number sets. It updates every few minuets, and the variance in the numbers is suppose to represent the amount of coherence?? in the world? The theory is that human consciousness effects these numbers, and the amount of variance is like, the amount of chaos in the world? I'm not sure its pretty out there.
At the time of writing this the Dot is a dark red, and the queen of england has just died. But its honestly probably coincidental.
Here is the technical reading in regards to the project. At least the have the foresight to say "Dont strongly interpret the dot".
It also looks like the give you a handy iframe you can embed in your site for the live dot reading, so here it is
[Fr33 Teh W33D]
Heres a web archive of an weed themed 2001 neocities site. Admire the delicious crunchy weed gifs. I swear I can quit anytime bro, 4 real
This is a very extensive guide that will get you up an running PC-98 Emulators.
The PC-98 (AKA PC-98000) is a computer platform exclusive to Japan, before the majority users moved to IBM x86 clones. It's well know today for it's lavish triple 'S' Rank pixel art, its many doujinshi games and Visual Novels, chiptune, as well as the expected intricacies of an early closed computer platform. The first 5 Touhou Games were on the PC-98 as well.
This site supplies you with guides through setting up the few somewhat complicated PC-98 emulators, tweaking said emulators, lists of translated games and translation patches, getting game assets, etc. The site design is pretty appealing.
While your at it, grab 4chan /vr/'s collection of Pc-98 software.
The ultimate guide for purchasing guide for purchasing Fumo plushes. It gives you info on all the places to purchase fumos, a table of official fumos versions, how often they restock, bootlegs, shipping proxies and forwarders, etc. etc.
It's THE fumo website
A little collection of GreaseMonkey scripts that autoredirect pages from large social media sites, to FOSS privacy oriented front ends of said sites.
So this is that new, wild AI model that people have been talking about and posting. It utterly blows me away. I cant not believe how far that AI has moved in complexity in such a short amount of time. That not even to mention the more complicated version of this model DALL-E 2 which is even more realistic in its image generation.
Here's what happens when you run "slime net" through.
its becoming very clear that AI will become a very big part of out day to day lives, in due time..
This is a huge torrent of Yume Nikki related fan games, there is a smaller more out of date version of the torrent. I ended up getting the smaller one because there wasnt many seeders for the huge one at the time. If you wait long enough Im sure it will pick up.
This is something that I never imagine actually happening, but it's pretty amazing. YNO project is a website that hosts the famous RPG maker game Yume Nikki, and a few notible fangames, all playable with multiplayer, in your browser.
Yeah.. it does kinda take away from the story isolation aspect of at least the original Yume Nikki, but being able to explore, vibe and chat in the world, with friends is pretty neat. I've had some trouble with getting it the save functionality to work here, but otherwise great implementation, it even gives you badges for finding events. (Update: THe saves worke fine, it was just messed up because I tried to do something stupid, and that was upload my personal save of yume nikki. Dont do that. Clearing the cookies for ynoproject.com fixed it)
Click HERE if you want to play inside of Slime-Net's iframe!
This is someones landing page for their personal retro game youtube, but it contaimages as well. Obviously I love its design, it really captures the hobbyist gamer / web browser vibe of yesteryear. My best wishes <3
[BUG MODE ACTIVATED]
Fisheye Quake is a mod to the Quake engine to make it possible to reeeaaaaly push the FOV. Here are a few screenshots showing the difference between vanilla quake and quake with this wack ass mod on.
Sudomemo is a revival of the online service Flipnote Hatena. For those not familiar, there was a program on the DSi called flipnote studio, where you could create short animations and share them on the net with others (via the Flipnote Hatena). Unfortunately Flipnote Hatena was shutdown in 2013, and a lot of the original flipnotes have been lost. Sudomemo aims to be a revitalization of the platform, and you can even upload to it from your DS!
There are so far a few attempts to re-host the original Flipnote Hatena's flipnotes to the public, as of the time writing this Sudomemo is planing on opening up an archive, as well as the Webarchive having some as well.
I remember Flipnote Studio pretty fondly, I even had a few fairly popular YTP themed flipnotes that have been likely lost to time. Going back and watching a lot of these archived ones though, I cant help but laugh. There are good ones, bad ones, and lots of them are just endearingly awful. It was a simpler time, it makes me happy to see people still using the flipnote software.
Wooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! Lainzine baybeeee
Get ur forbiden cyberpunk knowledge here
This is a pixiv page for the artist amibazh. Their artworks consists of classical paintings reinterpreted with Touhou project characters instead of the original subjects.
[CALL THIS NUMBER]
This site lists a few interesting and funny phonbe numbers to call.
Here's the site for the GEOS, which is a amiga workbench esc desktop enviroment for the Commodore 64, which I find absolutely wild that it's possible. Although believably, it's stated on the site that it pushes the system to it's absolute limits. If my flash cart is compatible with GEOS, i'll be sure to try it.
Erowid.org is a very old, extensive and coveted collection of resources and first hand experiences with psychoactive substances. All these first hand experiences are well sorted out into positive, negative, absolute disasters, addiction, and physical/mental health benefits, as well as info when substances are mixed.
I think every netizen who's tried psychedelics has been here at least once.
Here's and old collection of Interesting DOS programs, and they are all categorized for your convenience. Get your copies of Arachne and Deluxe Paint here.
[Pastebin list of imageboards]
Time to brush up on some image board history, lots of obscure and dead sites here.
This site explains itself, send to all your friends.
This page is an old archive of 90's rave zines.
Some bitch'n reads. This resides on the webarchive, as the page is no longer with us.
[Web archive of old 4chan threads]
Archive of various 4chan threads between 2009 and 2012. Honestly I'm pretty afraid to open these.
Buncha oldschool 2ch ascii art.
Guifi is this community driven network that originally grew out of the need for internet in rural Spain. These people in rural areas would create and maintain their own network nodes, and hence the network was born.
Guifi describes itself as "a bottom-up, citizenship-driven technological, social and economic project with the objective of creating a free, open and neutral telecommunications network based on a commons model. The development of this common-pool infrastructure eases the access to quality, fair-priced telecommunications in general and broadband Internet connections in particular, for everybody. Moreover, it generates a model for collaborative economic activity based on proximity and sustainability."
It's comforting to know that once our current model of ISPs and networks fall completely to shit and censorship, there will be other ways for people to connect.
This is a Kotaku article on the "Simple 2000" series. I'm not particularly a fan of kotaku, but I haven't seen a lot of pages on the net that talk about the simple series.
Basically the "Simple Series" was a collection of budget Ps1 and Ps2 games (1000 being ps1, 2000 being ps2). the premises of most of the games are really simple, puzzle games, and vn's mostly, but every now and again there was this bat shit crazy idea they made a game into, and really I think it was just done because it was a budget game, they could get away of it.
We have "The Daibijin", in which you fallow and attack a giant anime woman, trying to keep here from destroying shit. "The OneChanbara" one and two which are these beat em up zombie games, that are surprisingly fun to play, and much more. It's quite the rabbit hole to go down. This article tells you a bit about them, and shows some footage of said games. I actually have most if not all the simple 2000 games (trust me they were hard as hell to find), at some point I may upload them all and post them here.
Here's Famicom world's advice on buying pirated famicom cartridges. It has some anecdotal advice on what is worth buying and what isn't. I have mentioned Famicom World before, but I just happened across this page in my bookmarks, and felt this post should also be shared.
Here's a news blog for all your Sega Dreamcast needs! If you weren't aware, the Dreamcast has a thriving indie game scene, due to how easy it is to homebrew said console. It also hosts related interviews, reviews, top X lists etc, and Dreamcast news if those are your thing. Just a classic fan site, if I've every seen one.
[RGB Classic Games]
Here's another great retro video game fan site. This one hosts DOS, OS/2, BeOS, and Windows 16/9x abandonware/shareware games for you to download. It also features a bunch of associated tools for the era.
[Laughing Horse's Orifice Headquarters]
This website is fucking scary. It's another one of these surreal clickhole websites, but this one is about on par with mayhem.net in terms of effort.
This site features flashing images, strange imagery, confusing / nonsensical passages, and apparently interspersed some leaked political data and documents. There are suppose to be leaked personal emails of lots of politicians on here, so tread lightly. God knows what else could be on here.
This is (was) 4chan's /g/'s used thinkpad buyers guide. The page is no longer up (this is the web archive linked), but the information mostly holds true. As I've said before, The Thinkpad + Gnu/linux is the golden ratio of personal computing.
Here's a fun page, It shows you how to run web filters with the program Ettercap, and pull Man in the middle attacks on anyone who connects to your network. In layman's terms, you can manipulate the web content of someone connected to your network, at least in the example displayed here on this page. One of the examples the author uses is how at a defcon conference, they saw someone replace images on the network with goatse. Fun times...
Hackaday article on TetrOS, a really really small version of tetris that runs in you MBR.
This page is a complete translation and recreation of the Serial Experiments Lain Playstation 1 game, that runs in your browser. No longer do you need to read long pdfs of dialog and watch various youtube videos to experience said game. You can also download a local version if you don't feel like playing it from their website.
Archive of .tap files for your commodore 64, you can use this program to convert the .taps to .wavs, so you can write them to tape.
C64.com is a classic fanpage, where you can grab all the essential Demos, and games for your trusty commodore 64.
I recently got my Commodore 64 set up again and successfully loaded a tape off of it, something I wasn't able to try before because I didn't have the right hardware to write to a tape without making the recording hella loud. Fun times were had. I recently ordered a flashcart for it so that's something to look forward for.
This one is another classic strange click-hole website. As usual this one contains lot's of hidden links, corrupted images and jumbled text. This particular site seems to contain lots of graphs of confusing origin.
This page contains lots of seemingly random links, one of which I've seen so far (Serial Killer Hits) goes to mayhem.net. Most of these links are dead though, and this may require a deeper dive at some point to see all that was here. Other than that I haven't been able to find much, if you happen to find anything perusing this site, send me a message about it.
This site tells you all about the Hi-saturn in depth. The Hi-saturn was the portable version of the Sega Saturn, think like that the psone with it's portable screen, it's just like that.
Here's an archive of an old Lain geocities page. There isn't really much here, of what pages were archived. Just some basic info on the show. The site's design is very aesthetically pleasing though, I love the old fan site look.
Here's a really cool site I recently, it's a search engine for usenet posts, which is awesome, it's so much easier to find neat threads.
Image gallery of trapped Tic Tacs. There really is a site for everything.
[Fractal sound explorer]
A program that generates sound patterns from fractal orbits. Not only is it gorgeous, it generates neat stuff. Seems like its winblows only. so *nix users will have to break out the wine.
A blog that focuses on strange newpaper clippings, videos, papers and outher ds of media. Sounds oddly familiar.. It's still being updated to this day.
They have a bunch of post filters listed on the side, if your looking to read about something in particular.
[Open AI Jukebox Sample Explorer]
Jukebox is an AI that is trained on samples of musical artists or particular songs, and attempts to continue said song, or generate completely original songs. These samples left me amazed, as well as horrified. I observed that songs generated by one artist, or song even, can produce music that sounds like a completely other artist from the time period. One of the Rick Astley continuations not only had chorus come out of no where, but also started to sound like a Kano song. The future really is upon us.
If you go >here< you can read a more detailed explanation on how it works, and you can download it and try it for yourself if you feel inclined to.
[Exploration of Modern Monsters]
This old site has a bunch of pages detailing an analyzing monsters from film and various media, it even has a few surveys.
An old website with descriptions on the oldest game consoles all the way up to the newest. This is where I started learning about retro game consoles (well it was this page and the Angry Video Game Nerd).
[Listening to audio without a sound card]
Tempest is a program that allows you to listen to music on nothing more than your computer and it's CRT monitor. This works because your monitor puts out electromagnetic frequencies somewhere around the AM radio spectrum, and if you can get you monitor to display the right images in succession, it would then in turn play music through an AM radio.
At first it looks the the program could only do "Eliza" Beethoven, but was later updated by the author to be able to do any MP3. It's also implied, and backed up by a paper, that this could essentially allow people to see what's on your monitor remotely which is a terrifying concept.
A bunch of submissions of people who were able to get their old computers to load up the Retro version of Hackaday.
Some of these people went to very great lengths to load this page, bravo!
A collection of photos taken by David Hlynsky of shop windows and advertisements on the streets of communist Europe, between 1986 and 1990. It's interesting how drab and even humble a lot of these shop windows and signs are, since I'm so use to how modern western adversing is.
Another site about old school graphics processors, like the post below. This site doesn't have drivers, but It has much much more info, on much more cards than vintage3d.org.
Website with a bunch of rare and valuable info on old PC video cards. It has benchmarks, specs, reviews, and drivers. It's very useful if your like me and have a buncha old VGA cards laying around, and were trying to find the best one for your 98SE build.
Channel "pekkavaa" demonstrates running quake in wireframe, on an oscilloscope.
>> Original Youtube video <<
A little higher res version up close
8beatgag is this really odd and funny manga that's centered around old 80's post punk and new wave musicians. It stars people like David Sylvian, Robert Smith, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Boy George, Pete Burns, Siouxsie Sioux, John Taylor... The list goes on and on, doing all kinds of weird fanfiction-y stuff.
There is apparently a whole issue where David Sylvian competes with Akiko Yano (Ryuichi Sakamoto's wife), over who gets to romantically pursue Ryuichi Sakamoto.. wtf lol.
The link above is the manga's webpage, but it's completely in Japanese, and actually a lot of the manga isn't translated as well. This web article in post-punk.com that does a pretty good job explaining it. You can also always sort tumblr by the 8beatgag tag. I use to know a tumblr blog that actually translated a few of the pages, but I cant seem to find it atm, I'll update if i do.
This is a rare youtube playlist of old video game songs from cboyardee's [1 2] much lesser know channel "ForestForTheTrees". As expected he has superb and eclectic taste. Keep this one on the down-low though, I wouldn't want him to delete this channel as well.
[The Traffic Cone Preservation Society]
This site is for the much valued group dedicated to preserving traffic cones of all types. It provides a field guide, their evolution, depictions in pop culture and even a way to join the club if you want.
[Subpixel Text Encoding]
This site shows you how to make really really small text by taking advantage of how LCD monitors work. This is by taking the "sub pixels", (the red green and blue) and arranging letters out of the colored columns.
This doesn't work on all LCD monitors, and definitely doesn't work on CRT's because of the way pixels are drawn on them is different. I was able to see the effect clearly on a few of my older LCDs, but not my main newer one.
[Gallery of Bellydancing Librarians]
There's more to life than books y'know?
The Bellydancing Librarians main page
An article showcasing "The worlds slowest Linux PC". This monstrosity of a project was created by Dmitry Grinberg, and consists of an 8bit RISC processor clocked at 6.5kHz, running Ubuntu 9.04. It also has only 16MB of old-school SIMM memory. Totally absurd.
There is more detailed info about it here on his personal website.
[Retro System Revival!]
This blog has lotsa good stuff if you are into retro windows computers. All kinds of kernal extensions, rare drivers / driver packs, old versions of programs, etc. All embellished with with anthropomorphic versions of the windows operating systems.
What is it with weebs and technology? I love it.
This page displays anecdotes of people's frustrations with the 'Y2K Bug' when it was a hot topic. There are a bunch of other topic'd Computer Stupidities pages as well. They're pretty hilarious to read through, and are an interesting little window into the time period.
This is an old site that I use to listen to the "Golden Oldies" on, way back when I was first getting into 'em. Unfortunately this site is no longer around, and the flash jukebox for the songs no longer works as well. This is the webarchive of it is linked here. I was able to backup a lot of it when I found out the file structure for the site back then.
If you are interested in this folder just hit me up and I can upload it.
This page allows you to surf through short-wave radio signals, on the web! Many of hours spent with friends looking for numberstations and other odditys.
I recall one time ,with a friend whom I was living with at the time, we happened upon some weird ass cult stuff.. There were people speaking in tongues, women screaming, bible verses, and on occasion really disjointed music. Of course we happened upon this late into the night, so we were sufficiently spooked. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, I don't have the recording of this, I 'll have to ask my friend if he does.
I recall another time we had chilled and just listened to the North Korean propaganda frequency for a little while. Of course we also checked out the well known Number station frequencies (UVB-76, Lincolnshire Poacher etc), with mixed results.
We've caught some people reading off the NATO phonetic alphabet, although there were a few instances weren't able to snag them because it was tail end of the transmission when I started recording.
Number Sequence @ 147201 kHz
Sequence in the NATO phonetic alphabet
Another sequence in the NATO phonetic alphabet
There are also tons and tons of really strange recurring blips, beeps and droning noises all over the spectrum, which it's really your guess what they really could be. I'm sure a lot of them are just natural atmospheric and mechanical frequency pollution, and I'm sure some of them are likely to be Morse code, or some kind of data carrying signal.
Strange noise @ 27600 kHz
Something @ 4820 kHz (pretty sure this isn't the buzzer, but it's somewhat close in frequency)
This blog is utterly amazing, they are doing god's work here.
"One Terabyte of the Kilobyte age" is a blog maintained by, Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, of which it's its purpose is the archival and restoration of old GeoCites pages dug out of the MASSIVE ONE TERABYTE Geocities torrent. You can read more on their about page>. The content is also organized with tags, so you can peruse content for various subjects.
They also have an accompanying tumblr where they post links to new posts, their internal tags, and screenshots of the sites.
It's kinda like what I wanted this part of my site to be like, but these posts are so much more in-depth.
This one is my favorite
This is a massive, MASSIVE collection of text files that were passed around in BBS', usenet, emails and things of the like. Most of these are from the 1970s and 80s, so some really rare glimpse into life around then. These files range from fiction, technical guides, politics / news, ascii art, and ofc straight up smut.
I cannot fully express the size of this archive, it's wild.
Some neat ones I've read so far:beefstar
(I will likely be adding more as I find them)
A webpage owned by 'Howard Stone', which displays photos he captured of people scared by the backfiring of his van (of which he could do on command). This was all done with some kinda elaborate camera setup, god knows when. He was apparently doing some photo work in a darkroom, and the photos are all in black and white, so this must have been some some time ago.
This is the webpage for the free (as in freedom) piece of software "Optar", which stands for OPTical ARchiver. It lets you encode and store digital data on average pieces of paper, as well as decode it back into digital data. There is a very similar piece of software on M$ Windows called Paperback, if that's the way you roll.
Some crazy mofo 'limegreenboy' draws Reisen Udongein with just HTML.. Just HTML.
>> Original Youtube video <<
>> Mega Mirror link <<
This site is filled to the brim with glitch art videos / imagery drawn from wildly different source material. I can't really recall how I came across this site, and unfortunately it is no longer up. This is just a web archive of it.
I think it's possible that I may had found it through mayhem.net, and it's just one of the many dead links on there. I certainly think that there is at least a connection. On the sidebar, "tags" if you could call it that, there is mention of 'Mr tamale', which was one of the collaborating pages on mayhem.net. The kind of glitch art on here certainly reminds me of the stuff on the Mr tamale page.
Webgl app that demonstrates Barry Martin's Hopalong Orbit Algorithm. >> info on the algorithm <<
Another Net-art site, this one just randomly combines 2 gifs (gif in foreground, other tiled gif in background), and sets it to music.
"How to connect you Nintendo famicom to your radio"
This sub page of famicomworld.com explains how the Japanese FM tv stations have an overlap in frequency with the American FM radio signal band, thus you can hear famicom music over your FM radio!
All the other content on Famicomword, is pretty neat and technical, you should give it a read.
Video demonstration (not mine):
[WELCOME TO MY WWWEB WORLD]
Another 'Net-art' page. It features bizzare/seemingly random images, broken unicode, flashing moving text and clickholes. The placement and selection of images/text seem to be different every time you refresh. It sorta reminds me of mayhem.net but a little more modern and certainly not as malicious feeling.
I was lucky to be able to re-find this one, I had remembered it but lost the bookmark for it. I was able to get it again through some really really old web history just because I happened to have an old screenshot (image above) and some videos of the site, and they were dated.
We're getting into the real web-meat now! This was a web page I was trying to re-find for quite some time now, mayhem.net, and it's subpages / sister sites.
Mayhem.net appears to be linked with two other sites of a similar nature.
Links: subculture.com mrtamale.com
These sites contents range from surreal web art pieces and glitch art to information about serial killers. These sites all seem to be interlink and all seem to have the purpose of making you very uncomfortable. Everything has this sketchy early internet ad-ware aesthetic, with pop up dialogs, pages saying "WORM", "TROJAN HORSE", "VIRUS" and all the like.
I swear, there was this youtube video that I remember seeing where someone actually got a hold of one of the creators of these sites over phone (He either made mayhem.net or subculture.com or both I can't recall), and he had said there is nothing malicious about these sites, they are just a bit of fun to make you think you "computer is melting" or something along those lines. I cannot for the life of me find this video, or any info about this site anymore other than like 2 comment reddit threads where all people say is "whohh this is creeeepy guys".
I've recorded some footage navigating these sites if you are too afraid to look for yourself. It's pretty NSFW so keep that in mind.
It's a really strange set of websites, you definitely could sink some time going down all these rabbit holes.
Unfortunately I think these sites wont work how they are suppose to very soon. They heavily rely on adobe flash and flash support is ending. Modern browsers don't seem to handle pop ups and embedded sound quite like they use to either. I recall there being much more sound when the popup windows open the first time I had opened subculture.com.
This page is a collection of art pieces that I just happened upon, named 0900 SOLAR BOARDING PAUSE ALONZO MORNING. It looks like Oneoxtrix point never and James Ferraro had some part in it, as well as a few other artists (Ducktails, New Yoga, Mossy Throats, Sun Araw, Triangle Glare and Matrix Metals).
These pieces involve CRT's, video art, exotic looking potted plants and hypnagogic pop music.
This website emulates cartoon network's old toonami block. Pretty neat if you want to sit back and casually watch some anime.
This page details someone who submitted an image of a 3d model (instead of a real photo of themselves) for their french ID card. I believe this is the first time something like this has been done successfully.
This video totally fucked with me the very first time I saw it. I saw it on 4chan's flash board, and at that point in time I wasn't completely acquainted to the seedier parts of the internet. I later came to really love the musician (Oneohtrix Point Never) that put it together.
It looks like all the sources are listed in the description, but I'll list them here as well.
This really fucking creepy animation!! It kinda reminds me of something cyriak would make, but much more disturbed.
It looks like they have a tumblr and some other weird social media.
This is an imgur gallery of some images and written first hand accounts from someone who visited the Fukushima Exclusion Zone. This was the nuclear meltdown that occurred shortly after 2011 tsunamis an earthquakes in japan. Here are some wiki pages [ 1 2 ] if you are not completely acquainted and or want to read more.
This site has a huge collection of insecure / password-less security cams for you to peruse. Some of them you can even control. Even though this site may inspire malicious intent, I think there can be some good from it too. It's interesting to see what candid life is like on the streets in other cities and countries. There is also a share of downright bizarre things being monitored as well.
I have two short recordings from this site dated January 24, 2016. One is a kinda ominous light house very early in the morning somewhere in Europe. The other is a glitchy pile of garbage?? located somewhere in japan.
Remember kids, always use secure passwords and up to date encryption methods.
A brief history of the ASCII penis
This is an imgur gallery with pictures of and abandoned building in japan turned into a little otaku hideout. It's complete with Anime posters, figures, retro game consoles and games, manga and put out cigarettes. There's an interesting vibe to it.
A website that I had found on 4chan /jp/ that shows random "Alone on a friday night?" image macros, with music. It's no longer up, so this is the web archive link of it. It doesnt seem to cycle images on refreshing here on the webarchive, so these images are just the two I had.
Prepare to fly~
This is pretty neat, it's the official Sega webpage for Nights into dreams when it was brand new. This site contains a rundown of the story, hints, character bios and other information about the game.
Theres also a downloads section that has really low res game screen-shots, Game sound effects and a Windows 95 theme.
One of the video teasers:
The rest of the sega.com page archive is a pretty neat browse, there are a few game demos and other game pages to peruse. There also appears to had been a flash game for Nights into Dreams on this Sega page, but nothing that was flash was backed up onto the web archive for what I would only guess are space and security limitations, a shame.
I really love Nights into Dreams, it was good part of my childhood gaming memories. I'm glad to see this site archived.
A huge collection of 70's, 80's, and 90's japanese music. City pop, synthpop, and funky fusion music galore!
This site is such a big rabbit hole to go down. I kid you not I spent half of 2015 and all of 2016 listening to stuff from here and posting songs on /jp/.
Some artist recommendations:
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
ORIENTAL MAGNETIC YELLOW
A showcase of someone's geocities animations, it looks like they are edits of one Marilyn Radzat's work. Unfortunately this looks like it was the only page of them archived.
The final fantasy house page:
So this page details the events of the 'final fantasy house' and it servers as a warning of the cults doings. It is maintained by one of the survivors of said events, he is referred to as "Zack".
The Final Fantasy house was this messed up Internet cult, that pulled in young and troubled individuals claiming that they were 'soul bonded' to characters in the video game Final fantasy 7. The leader of the cult "Jenova", or "Jenny nova" and her love interest at the time "Hojo" would groom people off of IRCs etc into living with them, and eventually supporting all of Jenova's bills and petty expenditures. The living situations were awful and filthy, and the social environment was often hostile.
If you want to see a video summary of the Final fantasy house this one does a pretty good job. The site is much much more in depth, and has backed up live journals, emails and chat-logs.
I think what skeeves me about about reading about this is that it almost feels like something that could have happens to me, given certain circumstances. It definitely an important cautionary tale.
This website was posted by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix point never) in promotion of his new album 'Garden of Delete', claiming that this band was the inspiration for said album. Really it was just made by Lopatin for fun, and it showcases his sence of humor and style.
The site is for the 90s hypergrundge band Kaoss Edge, and details their supposed albums and history as well as a lot of cursed imagery and hidden links.
A big collection of end of the world scenarios, and their supposed dates. These scenarious are all written in a sorta humorous way.
This is a rare tumblr, it's owned by Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford for their project "Games" later renamed "Ford and Lopatin". Lot's of rare stuff related to their collab, I'm a huge fan! This websites name "Skumsoft", is actually in reference to their first track on "Channel Pressure".
I don't think it's well known that pilotredsun has a tumblr. He uploads screenshots of videos he's working on before they get on youtube, as well as other stuff.
Sound bible is just an old and cheesy site to get "free" sound effects from. I was going through this site to find some soundeffects for my high school senior project and I came across this tag "bloody". It's full of pretty uncomfortable sounds.
Another Serial Experiments Lain fan site. This site has descriptions and analysis of the show's philosophy and episodes. The site also contains the Serial Experiments Lain manga "Nightmare of Fabrication" if you haven't read that yet.
An inbrowser parody of windows 95/98. It has a bunch of actually working software, games and emulators, which is awesome.
This is a very old anime fan page, complete with wallpapers, Japanese lessons, polls, and awful fan submitted art and fan fiction. I'm really fond of the styling of this website. Apparently the forums are still active (as of 2020), abet very slow. It looks like it get just a couple post every couple years.
Speaking of the faaux website, I should add it here as well. This website is a collection monochrome pink html art peices concerning lain, from the anime 'Serial Experiments Lain'. There are also a few pretty interesting lain unity games as well. If you haven't already seen Serial Experiments Lain I'd highly recommend it.
This is a very surreal website. It functions as a huge maze of links that slowly detail a story and/or possibly some kind of ARG, I'm not really sure yet. The art and literature inside are delightful abstract.
I don't think I've ever seen art "things" that look quite like this. I had initially described it as "fractal imagery", but after talking to someone in the associated discord server, I found that they the art pieces "pixel ornaments". (UPDATE: I was later contacted by whom I believe is the site's creator on how they describe these things.) I was also given this link, showing how to make said imagery..
I suppose the website's design is a little like the fauux serial experiments lain website, but kicked up a whole level stylistically, as well as being much much more non linear. The story's concept, as far as I've observed, feels like something very far in the future. Like post several society's merge into collective consciousnesses, or maybe very old AIs, interacting in whatever is left of our decaying technology infrastructure. It's very novel.
Bill Gates dead man, miss him miss him miss him
A blog all about bootleg simpsons paraphernalia. They actually use to sell bootleg bart shirts and stuff here, a shame I missed out.
Don't have a box new
This was an art piece made by Nam June Paik, that aired live via satellite on new years day, 1984. It includes some abstract video segmants, and performances from Oingo Boingo, Peter Gabriel, and the Thompson Twins, aswell as some others I don't know so well. I've linked the youtube upload of it, but i've known youtube to take down stuff for dumb reasons, so i've uploaded it as well. Also, heres the Wiki page with more info on it.
Not really that weird honestly, it's just a Japanese website detailing modding/fixing, and then installing Damn Small Linux on a fairly old laptop. I dig how the site looks though, obviously enough.
Edward Snowden's teenage anime homepage, at least it would certainly seems so. Some person posted this in a 4chan thread I was reading a while back. The website looks like something him and his then friends put together. The picture on the right is on of his mock album adverts from his page, pretty hillarious.
So this is a pretty strange site. From all I guess, it looks like at some point it was a BBS, but has now completely been overrun by spam bots. I couldn't really discern what the BBS was originally for, translating what Japanese that's there comes out as nonsense, or ads. I also don't really know what the image on the parent site is suppose to be (a render of some kind of building obviously), and reverse image searching doesn't yeild anything. I accidentally came across this site looking for a reasonable quality download of this album somewhere. The visitor counter does seem to work. I think the first time I came here the counter was in the low 1000s roughly
Just an old website that sells latex masks. I found this site when I just randomly encountered the picture of the frog mask in a google image search. I have no idea if this "Antony Gerard" still sells these mask, but I really hope so. The parent website has a bunch of other similar links (haunted houses, latex hands, noses and feet, costume stuff and other things of Antony's work)