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Homepages of individuals. What 'social media' is failing to imitate.(10 total)

Tom Around The World [jump here]
The homepage of a gent who has made it his quest to travel around the world and meet everyone whom he deems a rock and roll hero. He achieved quite a few from his list, detailed here. There's also a scrapbook and journal detialing even more encounters.

Additionally, his accounts of his travels were enjoyed so much that he was able to fund them entirely through donations. And build this flashy website from the proceeds. Perhaps he has been to a concert near you.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 11/10
Visit Tom Around The World 11/06/2022
Antikrist [jump here]
Dive deeply into the homepage of a trainee marine biologist. Presented in meticulously hand-woven HTML. The style would be at home in the Bioshock computer games. It's as if the Web was cut off from the city of Rapture in the early 2000s and lingered along quietly, separately from life on the surface.

The site is replete with details of the author's favourite bands, GIFs, AIM buddy icons, links, interests. (Don't miss the sections "Library" and "Portal"). The effort is equally applied to both style and contents.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 9/10
Visit Antikrist 17/04/2022
Machine Cat's Realm [jump here]
A high-effort homepage styled after Wordart and Windows 98. Featuring some of the author's own artworks and music. Strong vaporwave and pixel art aesthetics prevail.
I'm especially fond of the old school tree control used in the navigation pane.
Heaviness: Medium Eccentricity: 7/10
Visit Machine Cat's Realm 19/03/2022
l33tcodes [jump here]
A personal homepage/blog of another programmer. One of the most visually stunning webpages I've seen.
His interests range from retro to modern. There is an impressive write-up of old file descriptor formats, if reading that takes your fancy. He wrote a BBS server in Node Javascript, which is equally as heretical as it is impressive.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 9/10
Visit l33tcodes 19/02/2022
Guided By Voices (old site) [jump here]
The old website of Guided By Voices. Seems to be a sporadic compilation, spliced of styles and scraps from through time. Not unlike one of the band's albums.
The website is hand built and seems to have been last touched in 2005. It has a lot of lore, links to reviews, photos of the band through the ages. I enjoyed the animated GIFs in the style of Bee Thousand's album artwork. I also salute the choice of a .net domain name!
Suffice to say, the old website has much more to explore than the current, which is more of a brochure than a scrapbook.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 7/10
Visit Guided By Voices (old site) 26/01/2022
Fabien Sanglard [jump here]
A personal website and blog of a programmer. Fabien is French and Canadian, but not French-Canadian. He has written numerous articles delving into the depths of how computer game engines work and the process of game design.
Also, the website is very attractively presented (though it could do with a switch to text-align: left). It looks like an old hand-typed newsletter, similar to the style of my Thranpages.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 5/10
Visit Fabien Sanglard 23/12/2021
Shlomi Fish [jump here]
Homepage belonging to a Perl (and Open Source) enthusiast. He has also written short articles on many of his interests and views. The website is hand-built with a lot of passion; it clearly matches the eccentricity of its author.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 6/10
Visit Shlomi Fish 21/12/2021
Aaron Giles [jump here]
Homepage of a veteran Microsoft and LucasArts programmer. He also wrote the first JPEG viewer for Macintosh, which earned him 5000 postcards.
Curiously, he also built MAME. That name is familiar to me. There was a shortcut on the desktop of our first computer: "MAME 1000 Games!", presumably installed as a courtesy by the small computer shop that sold us the computer. Clicking the shortcut made the screen flicker, a caret blinked in the top corner, then I was presented a menu screen listing many games. The names were unfamiliar to me. Quite a lot had the word [Bootleg] in them, which I found humorous. I was roughly eight years old and I mostly played 1942.
Little did I know this was DOS mode. Windows 98 had the impressive ability to leap from the 90s back to the 80s at the drop of a hat.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 7/10
Visit Aaron Giles 07/12/2021
vsbabu on GNU/Linux [jump here]
A website dtaing from the very early 2000s, going into great deatil with its author's love of Linux. He describes his favourite open source projects and shares some of his own tutorials (PHP3, Perl) from the time period.
The website features a clean design and is still perfectly navigable today.
Heaviness: Light Eccentricity: 3/10
Visit vsbabu on GNU/Linux 17/09/2021
Terminus Est [jump here]
Personal homepage of a programer. He has also wrote his own static site generator. A small flair of grey & black ASCII art on the homepage.
Heaviness: Lightweight Eccentricity: 6/10
Visit Terminus Est 13/09/2021

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