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 EmergencyCreated 2017-07-05, added to list 2020-02-13
One of the first documented pranks on the oft-tomfooled Astor Place Cube in Manhattan.
This site hasn’t been updated in almost a decade now — things like that always make me think, who’s paying to keep the lights on? Feels like it might not be long for this world.Created c. 2003-07-06, added to list 2021-01-23
A sprawling personal directory packed into the vague shape of a house (but, like, one of those Hogwarts houses where the rooms keep changing behind you and you’re not quite sure how it all manages to fit inside the exterior).Created 2014-07-26, added to list 2021-01-23
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
The stories told by a variety of interesting things found in a canal in Amsterdam during excavation of a metro line.Created 2018-06-13, added to list 2020-03-05
A collection of lettering that works for both English and Japanese. There’s some information on how it was made, too — i just like the pretty fonts.Created c. 2017-08-03, added to list 2020-12-29
exhibition about a 17th-century trunk of letters sent to a museum in The Hague.
A collaborative effort to name every colour. 2½ million and counting!Created c. 2017-11, added to list 2021-05-16
Procedurally generated music based on your location.Created c. 2017-10-20, added to list 2020-02-13
Fellas, is Donald Trump literally the Antichrist?Created 2020-06-02, added to list 2020-12-06
A delightful and 100% 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 2018-10-17, added to list 2020-02-13
A collection of mainly old and antique maps. I could spend hours here; beautiful cartography is my greatest weakness.Created c. 1996, added to list 2020-12-06
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. 2004-05-21, added to list 2020-08-05
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 2002-09-08, added to list 2020-09-23
A directory of links in honour of Dionysos. Be adviſed, though, that it hasn’t been updated in eighteen years, and thus many of the links ſadly no longer point to their intended deſtinations.Created c. 1998-09, added to liſt 12020-12-29
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!
Maybe you could argue this doesn’t belong in the “Directories” category. I think it counts, though — not a directory of websites, but definitely an equivalent format for music.Created 2013-03-22, added to list 2020-02-13
“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 2020-09-15, added to list 2020-09-23
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. 2019-11-04, added to list 2020-04-24
I like the hexagons.
Created 2020-05-30, added to list 2020-11-08
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 2010-10-01, added to list 2020-11-08
Warm. Warm. Cold. Colder. Wa—freezing cold. Words change daily.Created 2019-04-22, added to list 2020-12-06
Horg.Created 2011-12-01, added to list 2021-05-16
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
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 muchCreated c. 1998-01, added to list 2020-09-23
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. 2012-04, added to list 2020-05-28
A beautiful visualisation of old drawings of minerals and precious stones.Created 2020-07-24, added to list 2020-08-13
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
Spiral scrolling is ridiculous and i love it.Created c. 2017-05-11, added to list 2020-04-03
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 2018-10-26, added to list 2020-11-08
Your new apartment is waiting for you. Scenic views of all of New York City.Created 2020-03-06, added to list 2020-03-18
The official website of the All About Roundabouts Society, and what quality roundabouts they are! This is what the internet was made for, really. Exudes very British energies, but seems to be based in the suburban town of Carmel, Indiana.Created c. 2015, added to list 2021-01-23
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 2020-04-23, added to list 2020-08-02
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!
A literal periodic table of elements, with tons of samples and stories of how it was made.Created 12002-04-15, added to list 2020-12-29
A simultaneously tedious and engaging explanation of just how big outer space is.Created c. 2014-03-04, added to list 2020-02-26
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 2015-09-06, disappeared c. 12019-04, added to list 2020-02-13
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 apartCreated c. 2010, added to list 2020-11-08
Sci-fi stories, analyses of time travel, and assorted others by author Sam Hughes.Created c. 2006-01, added to list 2020-12-06
A beautifully composed online magazine about beautiful pixel art. How they got Tumblr to coöperate with that design, i have no idea.Created c. 2010, added to list 2020-03-19
The first illuminated Bible manuscript commissioned since the invention of the printing press.Created c. 1998-12, added to list 2020-12-29
Twin encyclopædiæ of overlooked aspects within Islam. The catalogue of female saints is especially interesting.Created 2019-01-31, added to list 2020-09-23
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 2007-06-22, added to list 2020-02-13
This pen predicts what you’re drawing. Let it guide your hand.Created 2018-03-04, added to list 2020-11-08
"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 2017-01-23, added to list 2020-03-19
Collaboratively-sourced quiet walking paths between every town in Britain. I can vouch for their accuracy, so give your local routes a try, why don’t you?Created c. 2020-07, added to list 2021-05-16
Don’t click on me. It upsets the bees. Now you’ve done it. The bees have left.Created c. 1997-06-30, added to list 2020-05-28
You expect me to sit here and explain “Super Pixel Quest” to you? Dang thing doesn’t even have any words except the ones telling you how to click through it. Go take a look yourself. It’s cute.Created c. 2014-07-07, added to list 2021-01-23
22 channels about various topics... lean back and relax.Created 2020-04-17, added to list 2020-04-24
The personal website of conlanger Jan van Steenbergen. He’s a major contributor to the sprawling online alternate history setting Ill Bethisad, the international Slavic language Interslavic, and devised a neat system to classify conlangs (NL) in the absence of any natural language families in which they can be grouped. His website was one of the things that inspired me to make this little site in the first place!Created c. 2004-12, added to list 2020-12-29
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 2014-05-12, added to list 2020-02-13
Another directory in the vein of this and href.cool. I suspect the average site age on it trends slightly older than the other two, although i’ll have to crunch the numbers properly at some point to find out…Created 2020-01-13, added to list 2020-12-06
Detailed information on the Theoi: mythoi, 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. 2000 added to liſt 12020-05-28
A “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 try it for yourself.
I could go on about this/these website/s forever. Feels like the web in a parallel timeline where it took more after television and radio than books: there are video pages, pages with audio narration, and “non-commercial breaks”, where you have to wait a bit and relax before it lets you in to the next page. Wonderful stuff.
Oh— to get in, you want the bit that reads
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 2001-01-15, added to list 2020-02-13
A fantastical operating system with various widgets galore.Created c. 2014-10, added to list 2020-03-19
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. 2017-01, added to list 2020-03-10
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Page last updated: 2021-05-16