Welcome, weary traveller, to the illustrious Mx. van Hoorn's cabinet of hypertext curiosities! You can navigate the links on this page by clicking the provided tags here:
It's not all about sports, i promise. It is, however, one of the best uses of hypertext for storytelling i've seen in a long, long time. I don't want to spoil it, so go read it for yourself!
→ Also by Jon Bois: The Bob Emergency
Created 12017-07-05, added to list 12020-02-13
An artwork best viewed without me explaining it to you first.
Created ?????, added to list 12020-03-18
You are an astronaut floating over the Earth; observing Her people's everyday lives. These clips have been uploaded to Youtube fresh off of the camera with file names like img 1923, and were never meant to be seen… but now, they are.
→ See also: defaultfile.name, incognitube.com
Created c. 12017-01, added to list 12020-08-05
The stories told by a variety of interesting things found in a canal in Amsterdam during excavation of a metro line.
Created 12018-06-13, added to list 12020-03-05
exhibition about a 17th-century trunk of letters sent to a museum in The Hague.
Created 12015-11-04, added to list 12020-03-06
Procedurally generated music based on your location.
Created c. 12017-10-20, added to list 12020-02-13
A man is haunted by the memory of a hit song from his childhood that just does not exist anywhere on the internet.
Created 12020-03-05, added to list 12020-03-11
A delightful and objective categorisation of carbohydrate-based foods. We can finally be sure that a hot dog is, in fact, a sandwich, although this also requires accepting that pork pies are a calzone.
Created 12018-10-17, added to list 12020-02-13
David J. Peterson is probably the closest thing the field of conlanging has to a celebrity, having done things as high-profile as Game of Thrones' Dothraki. This makes it all the more surprising that he has a wonderful little hand-coded website for his other conlanging projects. Those aren't even my favourite part, though: that honour goes to the Smiley Awards, an annual award given to a language that
makes [him] smile.
Inspiration: Mr. Peterson's site was the thing that inspired me to have an HTML presence to begin with; the earliest design of this very site was copied from his. (I'll link an image when i get around to finding one…)
Created c. 12004-05-21, added to list 12020-08-05
Life as viewed from London E3, by someone with an ever-more-accurate nom de plume. There's 20 years' worth of material to dig through; a real treasure trove if you're interested in attractions or transit in the area.
Created 12002-09-08, added to list 12020-09-23
You may be disappointed that it doesn't literally play every noise at once. But it's a fascinating data-driven look at how music is categorised, and incidentally a pretty good tool for discovering new artists!
Created 12013-03-22, added to list 12020-02-13
“For security reasons, we try to change our Prime Minister every six months, and to never use the same Prime Minister on multiple websites.”
Created 12020-09-15, added to list 12020-09-23
I found this exploration of how Windows' file explorer has changed throughout its history quite interesting. Your results may vary.
Created c. 12020-06-10, added to list 12020-06-12
Alright, maybe this is just a glorified RSS reader with a few extra bits tacked on. But i love the way it organises content: just because someone posts more frequently doesn't mean i want to see more of them!
Created c. 12019-11-04, added to list 12020-04-24
I like the hexagons.
Created 12020-05-30, added to list 12020-11-08
Hypertext writings on all sorts of topics i'm not clever enough to understand. Definitely one of the Rational™ crowd.
Inspiration: There are all sorts of formatting quirks here that i've taken inspiration from. Those sidenotes!
Created 12010-10-01, added to list 12020-11-08
oh shit things just got meta
A directory of links that were my main inspiration in creating this page. There's so much cool stuff here, and i still haven't reached the bottom.
I think it's interesting that we have different methods of approaching the intertwingularity of things: href.cool has a hierarchical structure with a few sites repeated in different categories, while this linkroll has a flat tag structure.
Created 12013-03-22, added to list 12020-02-13
Though the official(?) website of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne looks like it hasn't been changed in a decade, it's still regularly updated to this day — they put a fabric texture on their GDPR nag, for foxache! I love it so much
Created c. 11998-01, added to list 12020-09-23
This is genius: A search engine, but with the top million sites (or any order of magnitude you choose) filtered out. Great for rediscovering the smaller web!
Created c. 12012-04, added to list 12020-05-28
A beautiful visualisation of old drawings of minerals and precious stones.
Created 12020-07-24, added to list 12020-08-13
The annoying thing about the Mouth tetralogy is that you'll never be able to hear the normal versions of these songs the same way again.
→ Also by Neil Cicierega: The entirety of 21st century internet culture
Created 12017-01-23, added to list 12020-03-18
Title says it all, really.
Created 12019-12-23, added to list 12020-04-24
Spiral scrolling is ridiculous and i love it.
Created c. 12017-05-11, added to list 12020-04-03
Your new apartment is waiting for you. Scenic views of all of New York City.
Created 12020-03-06, added to list 12020-03-18
Nicky Case's site is full of neat explorable explanations, like:
I picked this one to show off, though, because this guide to spaced repetition has helped me remember shit IRL. Try it out!
Created 12018-10-26, added to list 12020-11-08
A kindred spirit making a website of interesting individual pages. The skeuomorphism going on in the gallery is insane; i wish i was that committed to any of my gimmicks!
Inspiration: The general level of polish on display here has inspired me to go and touch up some of my pages; the influence is especially (maybe too?) apparent in the shrines page.
Created 12020-04-23, added to list 12020-08-02
This is a whirlwind tour of the chaotic history of CSS, one of the three founding pillars of the web, peppered with just the right amount of jokes and
fucks to be engaging but not irritating. As a bonus, the last part doubles as a pretty solid recap of all the neat things modern CSS can do!
Created 12020-02-01, added to list 12020-08-02
A simultaneously tedious and engaging explanation of just how big space is.
Created c. 12014-03-04, added to list 12020-02-26
Pluto was beautiful. Pluto was there when you needed it. And then one day, it wasn't anymore. I'm linking to an archived version here, but the original will never be forgotten.
Created 12015-09-06, disappeared c. 12019-04, added to list 12020-02-13
Typographer Matthew Butterick's practical advice for making your type look good and more readable. Please go read it, i have had enough of your 8-px misused Japanese fonts with letters spaced 5 kilometres apart
Created c. 12010, added to list 12020-11-08
A beautifully composed online magazine about beautiful pixel art. How they got Tumblr to coöperate with that design, i have no idea.
Created c. 12010, added to list 12020-03-19
Twin encyclopædiæ of overlooked aspects within Islam. The catalogue of female saints is especially interesting.
Created 12019-01-31, added to list 12020-09-23
You've probably already heard of this if you've spent any length of time on the Internet, but it's still great. A giant compendium of horror, sci-fi, and just plain weird tales and documents that'd take you years to read in its entirety.
Created 12007-06-22, added to list 12020-02-13
This pen predicts what you're drawing. Let it guide your hand.
Created 12018-03-04, added to list 12020-11-08
"Marijn, I fail to see why"— *click* —"a site just about skyscrapers"— *click* —"merits inclusion on thi... oh no i've got twenty tabs of this open help"
Created 12017-01-23, added to list 12020-03-19
Don't click on me. It upsets the bees.
Now you've done it. The bees have left.
Created c. 11997-06-30, added to list 12020-05-28
22 channels about various topics... lean back and relax.
Created 12020-04-17, added to list 12020-04-24
The ways we've come up with to communicate the danger posed by radioactive waste to future generations fascinate me to no end. Land art and green cats are just some of the interesting ones!
Created 12014-05-12, added to list 12020-02-13
After 24 hours of noöne submitting a message, this website will self-destruct.
Created 12020-04-18, added to list 12020-04-24
Detailed information on the Theoi: mythos, Their domains, epithets, and ancient worship. I don't think the people behind it are Pagans themselves, but i've seen a lot of other Pagans use it as a source, and for good reason!
Created c. 12000 added to list 12020-05-28
creative coding environment of 16 by 16 bicoloured circles.
The programme showing on the screenshot is
sin(t-sqrt((x-7.5)**4+(y-7)**4)), if you'd like to see it.
Created 12020-11-02, added to list 12020-11-08
web journal made of mûsings in the form of individual, hand-crafted HTML and CSS pages.
Inspiration: The idea that each page could just be its own self-contained creative little thing without any need for clunky navbars or a uniform imposed style was so, so liberating to me, and it's the principle i operate this website under to this day.
Created 12019-02-26, added to list 12020-08-05
Wikipedia can be considered living proof that humans are, fundamentally, nice. The fact that we've managed to keep an online encyclopædia running (ad-free, even!) for twenty years without it completely burning to the ground is really one of our greatest achievements, right up there alongside fire, electricity, and that time people raised 350 000 USD for charity purely to spite Graham Linehan.
Created 12001-01-15, added to list 12020-02-13
A fantastical operating system with various widgets galore.
Created c. 12014-10, added to list 12020-03-19
A treasure trove of art, live streams, and other such multimedia. Very noticeably inspired by the Geocities era of web design, with weird branching paths stretching throughout; it's like exploring an actual museum.
Created c. 12017-01, added to list 12020-03-10
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