Last night, at about 12am, I was doing was any self-respecting man would do when he has to be up by 6am: I was on Twitter. That’s when I saw this:
The Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World website is still up and in 1997 form. http://t.co/6QZEqcjr
— StackSocial (@StackSocial) November 16, 2012
My interest was obviously piqued, so I embarked on a journey as an Internet archaeologist. Here’s what my expedition revealed:
Wow! That is some seriously awesome Web 1.0 design! Look at that file path. What a thing of anachronistic beauty! Why is this site still live? Probably a clerical oversight somewhere. Or perhaps, a miracle of divine technological beneficence. Either way, I’m so happy it’s still here!
And there is an Easter Egg site! Click on the EXIT button, and you’ll find yourself looking at John Hammond, the CEO of InGen.
Many of the items on the desk are clickable and will either take you to another part of the site or offer you a zoomed in view of the item. One of the items—and I won’t tell you which—was apparently a clue in an “online sweepstakes.” After only a few minutes of searching this theme site, I have to admit that this is indeed a “lost world.” You could easily spend a day searching through all of the virtual nooks and crannies for more movie-based tidbits.
This really seems like incredible timing to me: I just went through and deleted my old Tripod websites from when I was in junior high. It was kind of nice to revisit a time when I used to write code on a near daily basis, but it also felt good to clean up a small corner of the Internet.
Do you know of any sweet cyber fossils?
Are you the owner of some less than up-to-date Internet real estate?
Maybe it’s time to clean house.