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STRML Samuel Reed's personal site, presented as an interactive programming exercise. web, personal Added by uelen

meyerweb.com The beautiful personal and professional site of Eric Meyer. He's a web designer, and the site has been around since 1999. It's beautifully designed, and his writing is excellent - the articles on CSS are a real treat, as are the smalll tools he has designed and published. personal, web, design Added by reed

The Whimsical Web A web directory much like Terra, The Whimsical Web is focused on whimsical web design - fun, silly websites. A lot of the featured sites are the portfolio or professional sites of web designers, and feature great art as well as fun effects. web, design, personal, art, discovery Added by reed

yyyyyyy.info Much like jodi.org below, what is even going on? The site has links to various media all over the page, and it's randomly generated whenever you visit. Apparently they update the privacy policy every time you visit, but there's no way to read it. web, mystery Added by reed

Jodi What even is going on here? It seems to be some kind of unsettlingly complex website, full of easter eggs and mysterious animations and behaviors. Lots to explore, very little to understand. You can even get to different places by varying the number of 'w's in the subdomain. web, mystery Added by reed

The SDF Public Access Unix System Established 1987, this is the homepage of a community of people who all share accounts on the same Unix system. There is email, a minecraft server, web hosting, gopher hosting, chat, and countless other activities. It's essentially a tildetown from long before the tilde movement. retroweb, web, communication Added by reed

WWWTXT An archival project that mines the records of the internet from 1980 to 1994, picking out insightful excerpts of 140 or fewer characters. art, retroweb, virtual desktop, culture, media, web, archaeology Added by reed

Cern's World Wide Web A web-based port of Tim Berners-Lee's original web browser and WYSIWYG editor. An awesome sight into what started the web, and inspires us to think about what might have been and could still come to be. virtual desktop, retroweb, web Added by reed

Nightwave Plaza A virtual desktop radio, much like Poolside.FM. Not as many desktop features, but a sweet Windows 95 aesthetic and cool video backgrounds, typically taken from anime. web, virtual desktop, music, retroweb Added by reed

~Mariano Pascual A virtual desktop created by a talented visual artist. The design is on point, the art is great, and the whole virtual desktop is well executed. Definitely worth checking out. art, virtual desktop, personal, web Added by uelen

Flying Snake Homepage A homepage for flying snakes web, snakes Added by uelen

Astronaut Randomly selected YouTube videos. They have all been uploaded in the last week, and have almost zero prior views. It's a fascinating view into the breadth of video produced by humans, rather than the content made popular by the YouTube algorithm. web, communication Added by reed

MySpace A clone of early myspace web, social, retroweb Added by uelen

Mx. van Hoorn's Cabinet of Hypertext Curiosities Much like Terra, this is a web directory of neat links. Some stuff I've seen before, but nothing too popular or obvious, and everything is high quality. Still updated, so check back! personal, web, retroweb, discovery Added by reed

Max Bittker The personal site/portfolio of a web developer, this site is full of some fascinating projects. The author is the developer of orb.farm, broider, mojulo, and lunar bocce, all other Terra entries. Beautifully weird website, with lots of hidden interactions and fun controls. design, personal, web, art Added by reed

Mojulo A beautiful lo-fi visualization of mathematical functions. math, web, design Added by reed

Lunar Bocce An implementation of the classic lawn game, IN SPACE. Kept to two dimensions, probably for simplicy and to make it easy enough to be enjoyable, the goal is to throw your balls so that they end up as close to the small white ball initally thrown (the boccino or pallino in Italian.) Of course this is all complicated by gravity and the way the balls tend to slingshot around the planets. web, art, games Added by reed

Broider A small lo-fi tool for making 9-patch borders. Draw that you want, and then copy the CSS to your own page for neat retro style. art, design, web, retroweb Added by reed

Orb Farm A beautiful little game (or maybe art piece?) designed around the experience of building a small aquarium ecosystem. Styled like those old 'falling sand' games, this is surprisingly peaceful, and you'll be surprised at how sad you feel when the page reloads and your fish are gone. It's ok though - you can rebuild. web, retroweb, design, virtual desktop, art Added by reed

Elliot's Computer The personal page of a web developer (creator of special.fish and Gossip's cafe, two other Terra entries {check them out!}), this page arrays its content in a multitude of little blocks, each one devoted to single purpose. Fun to explore, and a great gateway into a small artistic bubble, here in the web wasteland. personal, design, web, culture, discovery, music, art Added by reed

Hundred Rabbits The creators of some totally FASCINATING software, Hundred Rabbits is a studio run by a duo consisting of a cartoonist/writer and a programmer/musician. Together, they travel the world in a small sailboat, building fascinating experimental software focused on self-reliance. personal, computers, boats, open source, design, sustainability, web, hacking, art, tech Added by reed

Cameron's World Cameron's World is a collage made up in the style of an old geocities site. The page is full of gifs arranged by color and style, some leading to geocities pages and some opening fun trinkets. The whole page has a great layout and is fun to explore geocities, retroweb, discovery, web Added by uelen

ZineOS A whimsical online desktop complete with zines, accessories, and games virtual desktop, emulation, retroweb, design, web, art Added by uelen

Special Fish Part web directory, part social media network, all fascinating. This experimental page groups people by interests and who they follow on the site. At the same time, it only has space for a few questions about individual users and a free-form text file, plus links to personal pages. textboard, web, design, directory, personal Added by reed

href.cool A web directory, run by Kicks Condor (see below for their website.) A beautifully simple site tracking things that appeal to Kicks Condor's peculiar and wonderful style. web, culture, art, hackers, tech, personal, media, design, retroweb, directory Added by reed

~gwern The Website of Gwern Branwen - this is a fascinatingly complex personal site/wiki, with extensive writing on a variety of topics. Worth it just for looking at the beautiful web/graphic design. Also a great example of a minimalist and fast site that still has all kinds of interface niceties like link previews and drop capitals. personal, blog, design, tech, hackers, journal, web, culture Added by reed

Peelo Paalu A massive web directory listing mostly 90s and 2000s sites web, retroweb, directory, discovery Added by uelen

wiby A search engine that only searches static web sites. These are all 2000s-era sites or sites built in the same style web, retroweb, discovery Added by uelen

~kickscondor Who knows, really? This is a fascinating blog/web-directory/art piece? Honestly just worth exploring for the weird style and incredible variety of bizarre web animations. blog, journal, culture, design, media, web Added by reed

StumblingOn StumblingOn takes you to random, interesting webpages web, discovery Added by uelen

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