Archive: Weblogs

Before there were Fortnights, there was…

… a Wayfaring Stranger. The Wayback Machine has preserved some old pages (almost as old as some of my students). For example, the rules for an Oulipian exercise based on the links of the day at Yahoo. Younger folks may not realize that long ago the number of new pages added to the World Wide Web was not only finite, but rather small, in the dozens or scores. In principle you could have looked at all of them, though if you did, then on the general principle that 97% of everything is crap you’d be wasting your time in a way that only historians can turn into gainful labor.

LinkMarch 23, 2009