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A large site that you can initially discover in a few minutes, but which can be enormous or impossible to truly ingest.

Animalarium

Defunct blog (2009-2014) full of the loveliest sorts of animal illustrations.

theanimalarium.blogspot.com

Diabella Loves Cats

Yes, there are a great many cat pages on the Internet. But this is the one for me. There are also ‘Vintage Dressed Dog Graphics’ and cat legends and folklore. There is simply nothing else that other cat sites can give you.

diabellalovescats.com

The Zymoglyphic Museum

A fictocryptic institution in Portland, OR. In so many cities were I’ve lived, there have been junk art houses, clear plastic multi-story teepees or underground Catholic or Mormon museums. Let this link represent them for now. (In fact, the curator has a guide for starting your own museum. And, oh yeah, list of ‘sympathetic’ institutions.)

My 2018 interview with Jim Stewart of The Museum is here.

www.zymoglyphic.org

The Golden One

This is a placeholder for all things glistening, golden and resplendent. By ‘things’, I mean ‘pecs’, of course, and by ‘golden’, I mean ‘dude’. My friend Nate recommends The Real Wolverine—or is ‘Bronze Age Pervert’ the zenith of modern testosterone? The sentiments of Conan the Barbarian are preserved:

Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?

Conan: To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women.

This definition of ‘satisfaction’ is brought to you by the actual John Maus.

www.youtube.com

Box Vox

Randy Ludacer’s box blog. Since 2007. Elucidates the finer points of any kind of packaging or branding, citing mathematical and geometric precedents. Feels very personal and whimsical. This blog is so focused that it can be read out of order and feel very cohesive. (Related: Songs About Packaging, also by Ludacer.)

beachpackagingdesign.com

Agoraroad (NSFW)

This blog covers the dark web, various online scams as well as… vaporwave? I love the look. The guilty pleasure is all mine.

agoraroad.com

Random Darknet Shopper

Give a bot $100 in Bitcoin each week and let it go. I think this is a great way to add a little bit of crime to your life!

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.bitnik.org

Photo Requests from Solitary

This goes here until I have a Favors/Simple category. Even when a request hasn’t been filled, the form is fun to read and stirs up such compassion. (Via Things.)

photorequestsfromsolitary.org

Spring-heeled Jack

The impossible leaping skill of this urban legend (ripped from the penny dreadfuls of the Victorian age) had such a technological flare. Ah, the idea that an inventor-cobbler with a gas-powered dental retainer could inspire demonic fear. His attacks lasted a century! (Also at Wikipedia.)

altereddimensions.net

Early Impossible Crime Fiction

You can probably skip this - but I find it interesting. Turn of the (19th) century mysteries competed toward more and more improbable murders. Some of the endings are still baffling.

mikegrost.com

Disney Lies

Urban legends and lies and damned statistics from the Disney canon.

www.disneylies.com

The Decktet Book

The Decktet is a cross-suited deck of 36 cards - and 9 additionally. Cards may have one to three suits. Each of the six suits has its own distribution - other suits it most commonly appears with. New games seem to show up infrequently.

decktet.wikidot.com

Warp Door

Not much commentary—just the very indiest of games. Homemade stuff everyday.

warpdoor.com

The Missing Quests

Plumbing the depths of itch.io. Like try the write-up on Golf: Become Human—a golf/adventure game where you play a human turned golfball on a vaporwave course.

www.themissingquests.com

Eigengrau's Generator

Generates random encounters and random persons, complete with backstories and pedigree. Written in Twine, surprisingly.

eigengrausgenerator.com

Kieran Egan's Home Page

I’m a devoted fan of Mr. Egan’s work. His book The Educated Mind is tremendous, a classic. I would like to see his viewpoints gain more traction.

www.sfu.ca

MathPuzzle

Geometric and mathy things, in the tradition of Martin Gardner. The site is several years stale—see the right-hand side: the archives and games. (For further puzzles, see The Griddle.)

mathpuzzle.com

Kevin Wald's Home Page

I mostly visit here for the cryptic crosswords directory, but the other clubs and journals linked here are also rabbitholes. I think I like this page because it is as basic as they come, but it is tremendously rich as portal. (See also: interview with the author.)

math.uchicago.edu

Stephen Sondheim's Crosswords

A directory that links to old New York Magazine crosswords by way of Google Books. (Also going to put this video about David Astle here—I don’t want too many crossword sections.)

blogfott.blogspot.com

Videos of Scenic Train Rides, Walks, etc.

There are a wealth of real-time scenic videos from a first-person perspective out there. You can search “scenic train ride” or “walking tour” on YouTube to find hours-long footage. This is a placeholder for a directory in this vein. (I guess webcam channels along the lines of Virtual Railfan are in this vein.)

Meteuphoric

Writings within an approachable, modern kind of philosophy.

meteuphoric.com

jwz

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.

www.jwz.org

The Preposterous Web Portal of Erik Bernacchi

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.)

eeerik.com

Mariano Pascual (NSFW?)

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.)

www.marianopascual.me

Messy Nessy Chic

A materialistic view of the 20th Century. Often revisits lost corners of history or lost villages. Always eye-opening.

www.messynessychic.com

Fifty-Two Stories

For the years of 2009-2011, this blog posted a short story each week, some classic, some modern. I’m interested in this type of directory-blog hybrid. And I like to find new short stories. (Also, there is an out-of-print collection The Stories of Denton Welch that is probably my very favorite collection.)

www.fiftytwostories.com

Sleepingfish

From my very good friend Nathan—you’d love him: “Very experimental stuff from Calamari Press (Gary Lutz, David Ohle [remember that little book, Motorman?]). Lots of brutalist ASCII found-poem objects, ephemera, and visual bleeps.” This could go in Visuals/Zines or Stories/Poems, too.

www.calamaripress.com

Qwantz

I refuse to simply call this “Dinosaur Comics.” It is just a conversation that won’t ever seem to end between two dinosaurs that have very limited mobility.

qwantz.com

Fafblog!

The whole world’s only source for Fafblog.

fafblog.blogspot.com

Bookworm

Michael Silverblatt’s talk show with novelists and poets. I respect the quality of his questions and I envy the quantity of novels he’s read.

www.kcrw.com

The Mookse and the Gripes

Reviews of Marie NDiaye novels, Robert Walser, César Aira. I haven’t read Alice Munro, but I really admire the detailed reviews here of her short story collections. Maybe I’m wrong, but I also sense that this blog doesn’t destroy books with criticism—it always feels constructive. I’m generally against reviews unless the critic is very careful.

If you’re into Marie NDaiye, I like this interview with translator Jordan Stump and I like this group discussion about her work—the format and the length are generous. Wish I had interviews with NDiaye to link to. (See also: Dr Tony Shaw, thoughts on NDiaye and many other French writers.)

mookseandgripes.com

"Ain't Got No, I've Got Life"

Everything Nina Simone wrote just cuts right to the human that’s under our fucking layers of shellac. (If you like this, I think you’ll also like the first song off Tank & The Bangas’ set on Tiny Desk Concerts. It’s those root lyrics like: I’ve got a mouth and You are like a loop.)

www.youtube.com

TRUST CHRIST OR GO TO HELL!

A bright yellow nexus of hot, HTML hate concentrate—hates Girl Scouts, hates the cops, hates Reptilians, against Crown Masonic ‘pedos’/‘paedos’—seems to be on the hunt for Pizzagates the world over. Anyway, this is a portal to that world and I just have a totally morbid curiosity, I’m sorry.

www.trustchristorgotohell.org

wwwwwwwww.jodi.org

Hyperlinking, redirecting and charsets stretched to their limits. Also: the plain www.jodi.org will kick you around every time you go there.

wwwwwwwww.jodi.org

Normal Horoscopes

Aries: You’ve got some frog skeletons AND a matchbook. You are fuckin set aries. You’re good, nothing can stop you.”

(Also, by Dane Asmund: DOGS the gaem.)

normal-horoscopes.tumblr.com

Planetary Headquarters

Mostly pictures of rock formations that turn out to be REAL ALIENS AND ANGELS. Most people are going to think this site is repellant ranting. But I kind of get inspired when I read a perspective that is so different that it feels surreal or fictional. What it would be to see all of these dramas and prophesies in the world.

www.planetaryhq.com

Dark Dorset

Mysteries and apparitions of a certain English county.

darkdorset.blogspot.com

Awesome Tapes from Africa

Reissues of one-of-a-kind recordings from Africa. Some are hifi and masterful; others are experimental and fresh. If you aren’t convinced that a web directory can still be fascinating to explore, wander through this.

www.awesometapes.com

... my passion for ethiopian music ...

Hey, alright! Focused on Ethiopian music specifically—and instruments, too: heard of the krar or the washint? (Count me as another who has found themselves lost in the musical tunnels of Mulatu Astatke.) Some good mixes on here, if you want to feel your way around.

ethio-pain-music.blogspot.com

Broadcast Megaguide (by shadowplay)

I love Broadcast. The first time I saw them/her, it was exactly like being in a vintage Star Trek episode, but with fantastic drums. I also love Stereolab—so this entire directory of offshoots and distant cousins is rich.

www.offsetguitars.com

366 Weird Movies

I know, I know. This isn’t supposed to just be a collection of weird links. But go look! This is just an honestly fantastic list of films. Like [Barthelme’s Syllabus], life can be guided by this. (See also: The Weirdest Band in the World.)

366weirdmovies.com

*IT CAME FROM...

Interviews and fantasies re: sci-fi and horror films of yore. What can I say? It’s like candy floss. (Via Things.)

itcamefromblog.com

bad command or filename

Experimental, beautiful, amateur—yet seemingly random—dithered pics from the CD-ROM era. Scanlines, dot matrix.

ulan-bator.tumblr.com

Simon Griffee

I don’t get photography, like, at all—there is just so much of it now and I have a hard time telling what’s special. I think Simon has a lot of great pictures—but, again, it’s hard for me to tell if it’s the black-and-white or if some postprocessing is done. Whatever—not my territory. But I am blown away by the volume of tags here. It’s odd: I feel like this extreme number of tags actually makes them each more interesting. I wonder how one keeps track of this level of categorization.

www.simongriffee.com

Mail Art Postcard

Post by way of the snail: Mail Art Postcard, 8922 US Highway 6, Conneaut Lake, PA 19316 USA. (See also the classic blog PostSecret.)

digitalmailart.blogspot.com

50 Watts

An extraordinary collection of book & zine illustrations. It’s the variety - black ink, woodcut, elaborate stipple from all over the world. Leisurely scan the imagery and soon enough you are transported. (Spawned from: A Journey Round My Skull.)

50watts.com

Nathalie Lawhead's Electric Zine Maker (Beta)

Ok, THIS is what you need to make your own zine. This frantic, zany tool will draw you into making a paper zine. If you don’t have an idea—you will. Just crack it open and play. (By perennial favorite Nathalie Lawhead—she’s a huge influence on EVERYTHING I do.)

alienmelon.itch.io

5ense

A webzine of nonsense, arcane notebooks, txt-style vernacular (trading ‘lols’ for ‘bedder-’), beat-up cassettes by (mostly?) Derek White. It feels Irish to me, all the best things in life do. I’m new to this, but it’s been around since 2003! The new project for 2018 is to walk all of Rome.

www.5cense.com

kuš!

An international comics anthology—count on a wide variety of surprising styles. Even more in the zine vein is their buddy Popper.

kushkomikss.blogspot.com

Zine World

An abundance of careful zine reviews. An obvious inspiration for this directory. Read the latest issues; people still mail each other.

zineworld.org

HAMBURGER EYES

Dozens (third of a hundred, maybe) of issues of unpredictable photos from the Bay area. Heh, wouldn’t be much of a zine directory without this. (See also: Vermillion and One.)

shophamburgereyes.com

Glitch

The full power of the Web. Not just a free blog or a free wiki. Make full JavaScript ‘apps’—in the sense of controlling both the browser and the server. While this has a learning curve, it is truly impressive and powerful. (See also: Scratch, which is showing its age, but is still absolutely incredible.)

glitch.com

Twine

Build interactive stories visually. Truly one of the best ways to teach an elementary-age child to write computer programs.

twinery.org

The History of the Web

Combination blog and timeline of the World Wide Web’s history. Not only a good dose of nostalgia, but a formidable use of hypertext itself.

thehistoryoftheweb.com

Internet Archaeology

Flash, GIF, MIDI and porn collections from the early Web. (Similar: WWWTXT—quotes from Usenet, CompuServe and such. Cool design.)

internetarchaeology.org

A List Apart

Gotta give props to a blog that goes back to the '90s. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seemed like this blog was a major force in steering Web technology. Exactly the kind of force needed in the Indieweb.

alistapart.com

Kottke.org

Feelings of reverence must be conjoured for this simple—and exhaustive—personal blog that has made its way here from 1998. Still fresh. (Nod to Boing Boing as well for surviving with dignity, those I miss it’s earlier, denser design.) Kottke is a specific kind of personal blog: the individual gazing upon the world with awe.

kottke.org

Reality Carnival

Long-running linkblog. Unfortunately many of the links now just redirect to Twitter. But I couldn’t ignore its vast archive.

realitycarnival.com

Bifurcated Rivets

Relic of the Old Web—still active to the present day. The very picture of editorial minimalism. Links are usually posted as simply Lovely or Nice.

catless.ncl.ac.uk

Raven Sings the Blues

Introduced me to such wonders as King Gizzard’s In Your Mind Fuzz, Veronica Falls, The Fresh & Onlys. But, actually, I think this blog was a large inspiration for this directory. The writing, the selections and the variety of feature segments on RSTB all aspire to a high quality. And, even though music blogs get easily caught up in recency, RSTB covers a lot of reissues and revisiting of old gems, bygone stories. The Internet can be so damned frantic that it forgets to settle down and be timeless.

ravensingstheblues.com

Waxy

The quintessential link blog. It’s possible that everything here is there. This feels like the heartbeat of the Old Web.

waxy.org