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How Long Before Hipsters Are Using These?

Posted by: TK Kelly | April 14, 2014 at 6:00PM

It's astounding what technological advancements have done for women's hair.

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Posted by: Mike Pomranz | August 12, 2011 at 7:00PM

I'm going to be spending my weekend wondering why this is a real thing.

Think you can explain it? Tell us in the comments.

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Goodbye GeoCities: 7 Retro Things We'll Miss Forever

Posted by: Chris Lesinski | October 26, 2009 at 10:00AM

LogoMonths after the initial announcement, today, it becomes official: Yahoo has shut down GeoCities — one of the original kings of free web hosting services.

Now, all of those GeoCities websites (excuse me, "Web Sites") are coming down. It's got me more tear-jerkingly nostalgic than Where The Wild Things Are.

No doubt, GeoCities started a revolution, but many of its ways have gone by the wayside. While Yahoo deploys the virtual demolition crews, let's make one last toast to a few of the relics they'll leave in the rubble.

1) Under Construction GIFs

Under Construction ForeverIt's absurd to think that putting up an “under construction” sign on a web page was at one point an idea that was (pardon the pun) “ground breaking.”

Why did people make such a big deal out of being “under construction” in the 90s? It's not necessarily something you want to attract attention to. “Hey! See this fancy animated GIF? That’s just a preview of how impressive my site will be when it’s done.”

Sadly, putting up 37 under construction animations is definitely as impressive as your Family Matters fan page ever got. (Except for when you added the auto-playing MIDI version of the intro song. That was awesome.)

And why the civil engineering motif? Are you trying to tell me that a self-taught HTML geek is like a construction worker? I hope not. Making a website is about the furthest you can get from hard manual labor.

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This Post is Under Construction

Posted by: Chris Lesinski | October 20, 2009 at 10:00AM

Hardhat area.

A week from today, GeoCities — Yahoo's free website hosting arm — will be no more. Yahoo decided to pull the plug a while ago but on Monday, it's official. (Don't worry. We'll be paying our respects for the rest of the week.)

One of the two and a half things that GeoCities bestowed upon web culture was the idea of “under construction." Just stick an ugly orange warning image on your site, and you have instant license to jack things around without regard for your users!

I think by the time this page loads completely, construction will be finished.

People are scrambling to save things from GeoCities before they go “poof" and a group called Archiveteam has built a site to save these legendary under construction signs. It’s kind of ironic that they’re saving "under construction" signs from a site that’s about to get demolished. I guess it makes sense though –- people will need them when they start rebuilding after Yahoo bulldozes the place.

Sites are always under construction but when was the last time you actually saw one of these signs? In concept, they don't make much sense — even back then — since websites are almost by definition dynamic entities.

One banner that I saw had flashing sirens surrounding animations of men using pneumatic drills over a hammer being operated by an invisible hand slamming the "C" in a giant "UNDER CONSTRUCTION." Why did they have to make such a big deal out of being under construction in the 90s? “Hey! See this fancy construction GIF? That’s just a preview of how impressive my site is about to be when it’s done.” Sadly, putting up 37 under construction animations is definitely as impressive as your Family Matters fan page ever got.

Why should there be a civil engineering motif to websites that are still being made? Real construction isn't similar to making changes to a website. In real life, construction causes traffic. On the web, it's the opposite.

Plus, by this rationale, computer science geeks are "construction workers." Well then, where are the tans and muscles! Nonsense. Making a website will never be hard manual labor.

But there's one construction GIF that's acceptable to use. How could you pass this up? My Web Developer is the Lord.

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NES Game in a NES Cartridge

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | October 12, 2009 at 11:00AM

Yes, the Internet has tons of pornography…

But it also consistently serves as an outlet for those who seek "mental masturbation" via 80's nostalgia and gadgets with retro appeal.

Sure, the above video of a hand-held gaming system made out of an old NES cartridge looks cool.  But what's the point?

The video doesn't provide a link on where you can buy one of these for yourself.  It doesn't give any instructions on how to make one.  Whoever made this video basically provides no information whatsoever except to say, "Hey, look at this cool thing I have!"

Why would you taunt us like this?  What do you stand to gain?!  Is there a benefit in instilling jealously throughout the world??

Yet people still gawk and covet.  If you build 80's retro junk, they will come.

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