As of this September, I will have been blogging for six years. One of the few upsides of comment spam is that the messages occasionally remind you of old posts that you’d totally forgotten about. Given my poor memory, and the fact that I’ve written more than 5000 posts, I’ve forgotten almost all of mine.
It’s Cheap Post Friday, so I thought I’d go back five and a half years in time to see what sort of links I posted in late 2002. Here’s a list of some of the earliest stuff I linked to. Almost all links go to external stuff, not my old and busted blog posts.
- The Greek government sought to ban all video games. Today, Wikipedia says the law is unconstitutional, and therefore not enforced.
- A cool technique for creating WAV files from the scanned images of vinyl records.
- Alan Dershowitz talks about why terrorism works.
- A New York Times piece about providing sanitized versions of movies for ‘sensitive or conservative consumers’. I linked to two companies that did this. MovieMask appears to have gone the way of all time, but Clean Flicks is, disappointingly, still around.
- Hurray! Metatags are dead.
- Ted Leonsis’s list of 100 things to do before he dies. I still have to fill out my list.
- Dialtones, a telesymphony.
It’s actually encouraging how many of those links are still live. I’d say I had, like, an 85% success rate. Of course, I was mostly linking to pretty popular stuff, so that’s hardly a realistic sample of the lifespan of web pages.