Suck.com, Gone for Good?

Suck.com, one of the most important and influential webzines, appears to be offline permanently, replaced by a porn search portal.

The strangest part is that the domain continues to belong to Lycos, with Hotwired acting as the nameservers. If you query ns1.hotwired.com for the suck.com domain, it returns 198.65.105.202, an IP address of a Verio server currently hosting over 36,000 domains. The server is owned by a company called ParkingDNS.net, which seems to be hosting nothing but Parkingdots.com affiliate search portals.

It also appears that there’s no complete archive of Suck.com remaining anywhere online. Because the new owners have blocked web crawlers, Archive.org has purged blocked access to the archived version of the site. (Last year, Suckarchives.com expired and was snatched up by a squatter.)

If permanent, this is a tragedy for anyone who cares about the web’s history. Does anyone at Lycos know what’s going on? Also, if anyone out there has a complete copy of the Suck archives, please get in touch. (If you need to submit it anonymously, that’s fine.)

Update: Interesting stuff in the comments below. Greg Knauss, himself a Suck.com contributor, is proxying requests to the old Suck.com server through his own server at suck.eod.com. Also, Mike at Injoke.com posted a 200MB torrent of the entire Suck.com archive. Update: Boy genius Aaron Swartz is mirroring the Suck.com snapshot from Mike’s torrent. Nice work!

This doesn’t change the fact that every link to a Suck.com article is still broken, but at least the articles aren’t lost.

January 2, 2006: Suck.com is back! Someone out there must have the inside story of what went on over the past few days.

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Dogwelder's "My Humps"

When Luke Gattuso isn’t putting bananas on his head, he’s busy making wonderful things that make me smile.

His latest is a cover of Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps,” a song that represents a low point not only for popular music, but for humankind.

The only thing that could possibly be better than his MP3 version is syncing it with the original video. Download this now.

Quicktime: dog_eyed_welders_-_my_humps.mov (11MB)

XviD: dog_eyed_welders_-_my_humps.avi (10MB)

(Thanks, Chrominance!)