Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tonight a screenshot of the Divorced Dad page was massively liked and reblogged. For all the fans of this page and divorce dads — here is the video. Enjoy the animation.

More about the Geocities archive video effort.

On Geocities everybody knows your home page was made by a cat.

Sheldon Wai, web page maker from Hong Kong, wrote in 1997: “Anime has been one of the reasons the Internet has grown so quickly in the recent years”.


After 10 weeks of watching the One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age Tumblr I totally agree. I never expected that Anime pages would pop up so frequently.

More so, observing activities of our followers, I’m ready to conclude that Anime is one the main reasons why the Internet still exists! Every new Anime related screenshot is liked, reblogged and greeted with comments.

Some recent highlights:

The page above is great, as each one at is. You are surprised and thrilled every time (72 times a day till February 2027) a new screenshot pops up. But something is missing. Screenshots are a beautiful form of illustration, but they is also limiting because
— you can’t scroll
— you can’t follow links
— you don’t see animation
Scrolling and interaction are still the future. But the animation is ready to arrive. First to THE WALL of The Photographers’ Gallery in London, UK. From the 18th of April 2013 to the 17th of June 2013 we will be streaming “animated screenshots”, namely high fidelity, pixel perfect video captures of more than 8000 Geocities home pages. The One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age video show will run for 8 weeks, will be on view 24/7, with a new shot appearing every 10 minutes.

So, if in London, you have a chance to see this and 8000 other pages in full performance:

On the 10th of May 2013 we will give a talk at the gallery. Come if you are interested in the web culture of the 90’s, digital vernacular and performative archiving.

There is now just enough minimal-invasive order brought to the Geocities files that is possible to serve them via a proxy server that even imitates the original URLs completely. Using this proxy, you will be able to click on any historic Geocities URL and experience it in your browser, which ideally is a historic browser as well.1

All technical measurements applied to the data are presented on GitHub in the form of annotated programs written in bash, Perl, SQL and Python. The comments inside the scripts explain problems, considerations, compromises, decisions and technical solutions, trying to match the ideal of software being executable documentation of itself.

You are welcome to evaluate each step and use this information to make your own Geocities proxy server, or use the developed techniques to revive other dead web sites.

Click to enlarge!!

There is a small discussion over at reddit about this graphic. You’re welcome to compare this treemap with the first published treemap, with problematic areas encircled.

The overall number of files has come down from 36 million to 28 million.

Next up is re-packaging the Geocities files and database contents for a cleaned-up distribution on the Internet Archive.

  1. Get your ancient web surfing gear at []


“A timeless Twitter Bootstrap theme built for the modern web” by web apps interface builder Divshot. 01 April 2013.


Mike Lacher, The Geocities-izer, posted on tumblr 26 April 2010


“GeoCities 1996” by Bruce Lawson, contribution to CSS Zen Garden.