December 30, 2005
Slate reflects on the Chronicles of Narnia rap — it’s not just funny, it’s good music
Suck.com taken offline, replaced by porn portal — suck, suck, sucks
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 188.8.131.52, 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.
iFilm's top 25 viral videos of 2005 — I’d seen all but two
Philipp Lenssen's 15 search predictions for 2006 — some intelligent guesswork
Flash: My Humps Christmas card — I wonder if American Greetings is getting complaints about this one
PopCap mini-games save lives — bizarre testimonial
Regret the Error's year-end roundup of media mistakes — most are funny, but several upsetting (via)
Acquisitions and the Big 3 — that’s us: fun, jagged, and dangerous
Million Dollar Homepage creator on verge of reaching goal — at this rate, he’ll hit a million in a week; also, there are quite a few cheap imitators (via)
Xbox 360 costs $715 to manufacture? — they may be losing more than $300 per sale
Video: Pants Pants Pants, "Fabio Salsa" — SF indie band recreates the opening sequence from Full House
C64 PSP — Commodore 64 emulator for the PSP
Digg Spy v2 released — real-time view of Digg activity; very nice
Federal judge rules intelligent design curriculum unconstitutional — the court opinion (PDF) is an amazing read; read about the Wedge Document on page 28
Ari Paparo on why Delicious succeeded where Blink failed — design decisions prevented his social bookmarking service from getting popular (via)
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)
Video: Lazy Sunday, the Chronicles of Narnia Rap — easily the best thing I’ve seen on SNL in years
Wife, lover held for murder of former Quark engineer — bizarre story involving a conspiracy involving an embezzling scheme at Quark
Tim Berners-Lee starts a blog — first post!
Bush authorized NSA to eavesdrop without warrants in U.S. — NYT exclusive finds the administration breaking federal law; also, no more Patriot Act!
Animated Singing Santa Hack — hack a Wal-Mart Santa to be evil; don’t miss the videos
Facebook doubling as a CIA front? — some fun conspiracy theorizing