Links to some of the things we find cool on the internet.
Neocities websites we follow:
plus brief and hopefully fair comments by Tals on why we follow them. Click on these links, each one is an adventure.
- Solar Vision of Safety in an Ascension Decision Lifetime – this has depth, actually.
- Over-Sized Stuffers: 2016 – this guy is excellent. He’s a skilled writer and sounds like a great husband and dad, and after an entertaining prelude you get to learn a lot about hexaflexagons. Basically, I just think if you spend some time on this page it will make you feel better about life.
- The Lilac Lynx – a very special corner of the web, full of cuddly things and inspiration. I like that everything on here seems to have been made with a lot of care.
- turd – fantastic name, great photos, I like the “dump” aspect of it.
- He Sat In An Old Recliner – it’s poetic and well-organised. I like the look and the humour.
- musicapocalypse – this has a lovely spirit behind it and it’s funny seeing the early-2000s through this particular lens, re-imagined with tenderness by someone born in 2001.
- cubertown – this is obvs gorgeous. Just keep clicking and it will do something to you.
- funky town – (sadly on an extended hiatus but keeping this here in hope she will return) this girl has got the BEST TASTE in text games and seems like an all-around cool person. I like Culture Club too! And she’s good at making up jokes about lizards.
- Hamster Buddies – a compassionate and responsible guide to looking after hamsters. I’ve had a few hamsters in my life and I think they’re good pets, even though Jack has an irrational hatred of them.
- SUGAR: urban spirit worker – “I have always wanted to read/watch a slice of life story in a cyberpunk setting” that is the perfect and concise description of what I’ve always wanted too!
- A:EDLIN.COM – I find this very pretty and comforting. Weather, daily news. This post on the phrase "media consumption."
- Penny's Pages – a wiki for Neocities. I support it, I think. Now here
- chainsawEd – I like the name, like I think it means an education in chainsaw? Or that someone’s name is Chainsaw Ed which is also a cool name. Or someone got chainsawed, of course. Or Chainsa got wed. Or wed to a chainsaw. In any case, “create more, consume less” seems to me a worthy enough goal. Have a poke around beyond the front page, you will be rewarded.
- trapped – nice photos. A bittersweet blog, updated almost daily with few- to one-word posts. I like the exhibitions concept in "glass". Overall it’s one of those minimalistic, well-designed websites that feel both mysterious and comforting.
- Elaboraet – it’s ambitious, which I like. I don’t know. It’s both serious and casual, experimental. It’s the kind of thing I would like to see more of, and that I’m aiming to engage more with online.
- Teenage Horror Factory – “The unofficial home page for the American International teenage monster movies of the 1950s (and the teen horror films from other movie studios”, sounds good to me.
- k7 – I mean, honestly? I understand very little of what is going on here, but I kind of feel like on Neocities these are my people.
- GOODMODE – I really like the two essays. Hope he’ll write more. Especially “Cause and Effect” is very Harvey Pekar-esque and touching.
- humanraccoon – Since originally linking to it this website and person have affected me in many intense, astringent ways. I can't let go. It's admirable, is what it is.
- Districts – my opinion: Neocities doesn’t work if we’re not finding and following each other’s websites, and Districts is one way to make that happen. The other ways I know of are worse, namely webrings and Neocities’ own search mechanisms, tags, most followed, last updated, etc. So, Districts should rock on. I’ve found a lot of cool stuff on there.
- Posters, Lobbies and Stills – just what it says. A collection of vintage movie posters, lobby cards and stills. It’s not super functional yet, but I like looking at it.
- jojo’s website – many good links. I particularly like the weird wikipedia page.
- free media alliance – yeah, lots of stuff about free culture. Holographic learning is interesting, thank you for including that.
- shelfdust – I don’t even know what to write that could do this justice. I love it.
- UP ALL NIGHT – infomercials and safety training videos. I find it inspiring.
- Robert ‘prino’ Prins – a record-breaking hitchhiker.
- Polyphiloprogenitivepanda – mainly lists, which I dig.
- incessantpain – I love the colours and presentation, the tabs way of presenting things and all that.
- Arkm's World - The writing is really spot-on if the intention was to sound like Andrew Plotkin-esque interactive fiction (which I think it was). It's fantastic. I feel like this website is what early web enthusiasts thought every website would one day be like, the place-ness, the exploration, the toy-ness of it.
- Shiitake Worsthand - This is what I, a current web enthusiast, think every website should one day be like. An intelligent minimalism, a well-ordered list of writings, threading the balance between ephemeral and preserved, including a separate, more blog-like desk section.
- 『ＥＹＥＳ ＯＮ ＴＨＥ ＬＥＮＳ』 - I intensely love this design and I can't really explain why, but I do. It feels dense, unfinished in an exciting way. The diary is so good! Hopefully there'll be more updates on that. It reads like a novel but better. Like a 21st-century, digital, Mexican, cooler Adrian Mole.
- Encounters LTD. - 1000% my kind of visual art. Also, I've noticed a bit of a trend of making up little backstories for who's behind a site, living in a bunker with an alien playing Monopoly, how WONDERFUL!
- the digital diarist - Lovely and kind. One think I've been paying more attention to lately is how well-designed so many of these sites are.
- Baldora Station - Read their about page! There seems to be some kind of elaborate storytelling going on here that I haven't quite fully grasped, but am impressed by.
- The Howling House - Weird I just mentioned Adrian Mole and now I saw this has a whole page on Adrian Mole! Really good use of hypertext and phenomenal vibe. All you guys are making me want to up my Neocities game considerably.
- Suzanne's Escape From Youth - I love that the central feature of this site seems to be an collage of Suzanne Somers and Leonard Cohen over a Doom background. VERY flip-phone punk.
- makz web - The HTML History Lessons are very well-made and I found them very interesting, I send them to anyone who tells me they're learning HTML.
- and now... - You click on the nice words and then you get a little thing that will tickle you.
- madison - Excellent character art and some great e-shrines.
- no need to argue - I don't know why I find this excruciatingly pretty.
- all things amazing - Part of my former online experience used to be made up of mindlessly browsing through those scrolling blogs of retro pictures/cool stuff like fffffound that seem so emblematic of the 2010s internet. This is the only one I still look at, mainly because it’s Russian, anonymous, and seems like some wormhole into a bottomless chest of discarded photographs.
- Arte Popular do Brasil - Sadly no longer updated. A really beautifully put-together blogspot about popular art in Brazil. The photos are incredible and there is a handy directory on the side for both artists by name and popularity.
- English Buildings - I haven’t really delved too much into this website but it is the closest thing to an Ian Nairn tribute act. Some of the links along the side aren’t bad either.
- Lyrical Brazil - Nice website that translates Brazilian songs with an accompanying well-researched write-ups about each one.
- The Sheila Variations - Good mix of films, music and poetry.
- Pithy Smithyisms - Everything Mark E Smith ever said during a Fall gig. From: ‘23 December 77 Stretford Civic Centre, Manchester: - "Right, 'Psycho Mafia'! Good evening, we are The Fall as in the ace of ones. John Tindall on his arse. You spit in the sky, it falls in your eye." (during the introduction to "Psycho Mafia")’ To: ‘4 November 17 Queen Margaret Hall, Glasgow: -"Thank you, Glasgow" (after Dedication Not Medication)’
- The One with the Annotations - Every Friends episode annotated!!!
Sweet introductions by Jack.