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Monday, May 17, 2004
The Man Who Invented The Internet is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the recent history of all things web-like. Looking back into the already murky waters of the mid to late-90s, this backwards weblog (presented as 'notes for a book') re-visits the glory days of London's dotcom boom. While probably not quite as thrilling as the 'gold rush' days on the US west coast, there was nonetheless a palpable air of excitement amongst members of the first digital generation. Friends spoke of unlimited technical possibilities, of limitless stock options, of endless world travel, and for a month or two these things really did come to pass. But what stays with me, more than anything else, was the utter lack of tangible things, of objects, products, even actual websites, that did anything you could understand. It's as if the whole era was premised on a colossal hoax, that of untold riches pouring in from internet users.

This came much later, though, towards the end of the decade when the panic set in and people started scrabbling around for fresh investors and clients. TMWITI goes back further, to the days when the UK's very first internet cafe, Cyberia, started up on Whitfield Street (it's still there, albeit now called Be the Reds and specialising in South Korean food). Ironically, things was working on Whitfield Street at the time, a few hundred yards away from the epicentre of the British web scene, yet blissfully ignorant...

Elsewhere. Continuing the symbiotic relationship between the web and the tube, Which London Underground Map are you?, via Rodcorp. See also Mapper's Delight / excellent time lapse photography at playing with time / images and desktops at Deskbazaar / tiny apps, which might work better than big, bloated apps - you never know / Bow man, fun with flash, a friend and sharp, pointy objects / video game sprite sheets, inspired by Jason Zada / flying pig.

Russian Space Art, via The Cartoonist. See also The Real Moon Landing Hoax at the Encyclopedia Astronautica (its a shame that the linked journal, Quest - the History of Spaceflight Quarterly doesn't have a bigger online presence). More on the race to the moon, a race the Russians claimed, falsely, they were never even running. The Lunokhod rover, the Soviet's greatest lunar triumph looked as if it was designed by Roland Emmett. More spacey links at the Gravity Lens weblog.

Venice 2036 / Lamborghini police car / A love affair with maps / there are often interesting words at the usually naked suicide girls / cabinet of busted wonders, a weblog / fonts in the style of HP Lovecraft.