Devin’s 100% Internet Portal

Innagural Update : 2018-04-02

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.

Table of Contents

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 Collections

The 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

Streaming Terestrial & Internet Radio

Early Web

A 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."

History, Historiography

San Francisco

OutsideLands.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.

Elsewhere

Perspectives 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.

Miscellaneous

The YES Company

An SF-based estate sale company