So, I recently decided to go through every #BBS on the Telnet BBS Guide site list.
My plan is to see which ones are still up and which ones aren't. Also document the BBSes themselves - as in, what games they run, if there's a community, what software you can download and if you can speak to the admin and lots of other things!
I would like to interview every admin I can, whether over IRC, email or whatever.
If you know where I can find more BBSes, or you run one, just reply to this msg!
Serious recommendation: if you like solarpunk, look into AfroFuturism. It's been around -way- longer, and tbh, solarpunk was probably inspired by it. The aesthetics and ideals often overlap, and there's way more lore and fiction to read! Also, you'll be giving a platform to people that have great ideas and need the attention.
An interesting look back at the early days of social media & how conventions of blogs, likes, comments, followers etc. evolved. It's a round table discussion with people who built and ran LiveJournal, Diaryland and Open Diary in the late 1990s.
New collection of links (both fandom and non-fandom) up at my journal: https://doctorsidrat.dreamwidth.org/12453.html
I also highlighted an old school fan site which started in 1996!
Finally found the actual article link but it’s behind a paywall of course jfc: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/from-hyperbaric-oxygen-chambers-to-humanchargers-welcome-to-the-wellness-revolution-58x55g580
This wellness article read like an American Psycho pastiche. Wtf are these people doing to themselves???
I definitely feel the pull of a nostalgic version of the internet (& the 1990s) BUT I am also trying to hardcore resist the commercialization of that nostalgia. I’d much rather MAKE a thing that eased that desire— or revive something that’s been stagnant for a while. That’s partly why I made my website & why I’m so interested in reviving/recreating communities on DW
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