Ok, so all links go to real people. These are examples of home pages that I like. Some are very detailed portraits of a person; some are just a brief meteor. (For more, see personalsit.es, humans.fyi or my own hrefhunt project.)
I am in awe of this wiki—in a way, it reminds me of everything2.
It goes wherever it pleases. Its author is extremely thorough and personal.
A mere TiddlyWiki, but it feels entirely new. (Oh and, of particular interest, there
is a link directory inside this wiki.) Related:
Terminal 00 should do the visuals here.
If I can also impress upon you: there is no one doorway into this being’s
expansive avatar. If you want to start in a middle, here
is his response to journeying through href.cool.
h0p3 calls his work public self-modeling.
In 2019, this is a growing subculture—see also: Sphygmus,
Jack Baty, Phil N,
casual bedlam (Catherine), Joe Jenett,
Frank Mcpherson and Josh Sullivan.
For a portfolio type site, this does it. A touch of dank, but absolutely competent.
Every project is bursting with something puzzling or rad. We know no website is this
esr, rms, Gates, Zuckerberg? Cap’n Crunch? jwz is the original counterculture
hacker icon—a mischievous Loki underpinning the Internet. I hit the page so
many times as a teenager. Good luck finding videos and interviews.
The personal website of Gwern Branwen. A rare flavor of hypertext, riffing on
Wikipedia, but exuding the same feeling I get when I’m reading Jonathan Strange
& Mr. Norrell or the works of Flann O’Brien with its novel use of footnotes
Observe how a personal page can just be a quick slam on a piano.
You never know what’s next and you can’t even stop and read it because you
have a job to do with your mousewheel. (Related: spoon.nagoya.)
I would love to see this sort of thing expanded, to tell a timeline of someone’s
life or as a personal journal.
This might be closer to the Visual/Zines category: a vibrant, Easter egg-filled
desktop with little programs and its own chat bot. I think this is the most welcoming
of these types of OS experiences—the little apps are just so cleverly designed.
(For the opposite of this: i1os.)
Found this after Erik’s (above)—definitely a kind of companion. This is smooth
and bubbly. Reminds me of BeOS, if it was installed on a computer in the Rugrats
cartoon. Some of the illustrations make me think of The Cyberiad. I think this is
tremendous (and I think other such superlatives.)