Devin’s 100% Internet Portal
About: As we close in on the 3rd decade of the 21st century, internet users are increasingly questioning the amount of influence companies like Facebook and Google exert over our experiences here. I use my website primarily as a no-nonsense work CV... but it also has the added bonus of being a completely unmediated space where I can throw together quick single-purposes pages or experiment with different ideas like this one: Why not build an oldschool Links Page? Or maybe a webring? Perhaps returning to some of the ideas which were unceremoniously discarded when The World Wide Web ugly-ducklinged into the omnipresent (and terminally dull) modern/simple/clean designs we know today might lead somewhere interesting when approached with fresh eyes.
Libraries, Archives, Free Media"Weeds: A Talk At The Library" by Nicholson Baker (Unabridged)
The text of an incendiary talk concerning the then-ongoing culling of an estimated 200,000 books from the SFPL system during the transition to the new building in the mid 90s. A later condensed version can be read here.The Prelinger Library
The best library in SF. Located at 301 8th St #215. See website for the new hours (it's not just Wednesday anymore!).
Interesting CollectionsThe International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals
An enormous and well-organized collection. see the archive page for a full alphabetical list.SFPL SF Chronicle Archive
Your SFPL card gets you access to the entire digitized Chron archive, stretching all the way back to the 1800s.Processed World
The full run of a zine from 1981 to the early 2000s. It was made by and for weirdo office & tech workers, and is voiced from a critical perspective on topics like labor practices and tech industry overreach.Synthesizer Manuals Collection
Includes some sub-groupings by manufacturer.Daily Script
An enormous collection of scripts and screenplays, some as far back as the pre-code era.JG Ballard - The Interview Concordance
Link above is the intro/about page. Click Here to go to the Concordance.
Free / Cheap Media
- Gutenberg.org: Free ebooks, emphesis on public domain. Also great for finding illustrations when coupled with google's "site:" tag.
- Smashwords: Cheap & free ebooks, primarily self-published (I came across this because of the competetive Smash player Wife's memoir, "Team Ben").
- Librivox: Free audiobooks (YMMV re: quality)
- Hoopla & RB Digital: SFPL card gets you a login to these streaming/ebook/audiobook services. Their interfaces are a little clunky, but whatever. Hoopla also now has a selection of courses "The Great Courses."
- IMSLP: Free sheet music, audio recordings, and MIDI files.
- ThriftBooks.com: Like Amazon but sometimes much cheaper.
Streaming Terestrial & Internet Radio
- Hot 105 (Miami): Home of The Quiet Storm with Freddie Cruz.
- WVUM 90.5 (Miami)
- 96.5 KOIT Radio (SF)
- Internet of Music: Blast this while you Hack The World.
- There's a radio station in Sacramento which is run by highschoolers, with a 10-watt (mono) transmitter reaching a 5-mile radius, called 91.5 KYDS. I haven't been able to find an internet stream anywhere, but it's a great listen if you're ever in the area. There were a few dedicated weekly shows, but the bulk of the programming was just whatever the kids wanted to play, punctuated by haphazard and occasionally interminable airbreaks. They were constantly dropping stuff that was totally off my radar.
Early WebA Vernacular Web, Vernacular Web 2, and Prof. Dr. Style (Vernacular Web 3)
A series of three presentations by Olia Lialina right on the cusp of the mobile era (2005, 2007, and 2010) looking back to the early stages of web design in the mid-90s. The focus is both anthropological and aesthetic.The Computer Chronicles
An SF-based television show which ran from 1983 - 2002 (AOL Time Warner was January '01). Hosted by the inimitable Stewart Cheifet. Many early episodes feature Gary Kildal, the creator of CPM. The show itself tracks (in aesthetics, subject matter, and sorts of guests who are interviewed) the rise of computers from a niche business item to their present ubiquity in a fascinating way.Code Rush
An hourlong documentary from 1998-99 which follows the employees of Netscape as they prepare to open-source their Navigator as Mozilla.Color Chart - Just For You!
A painstakingly formatted hex color lookup table.GIF Cities
"The GeoCities Animated GIF Search Engine. GifCities is a special project of the Internet Archive to celebrate 20 years of preserving the web. Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Please donate to help us in our efforts to provide “Universal Access to All Knowledge” including GIFs."
San FranciscoOutsideLands.org and Open SF History
Sister websites of the Western Neighborhoods Project. Open SF History focuses mainly on archival and user-submitted photos, which you can browse via map.The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
Web Classic. Check the index or sort by year. Lots of great info here.The House That Jack Built: A History of San Francisco Tomorrow
A 1985 retrospective by Jack Morrison for the 15th anniversary of SFT.
ElsewherePerspectives on the Past in Southeast Asia
SEA history, historiography, archeology, maritime (etc) blog from students at the Univeristy of Sydney, AU.The World At War: History of WW 1939-1945
An extremely large Web Classic page, focusing on the European Theater.
MiscellaneousThe YES Company
An SF-based estate sale company