Nov 28 2006

internet poetry

Published by at 11:13 pm under Uncategorized

Late at night, when I need a sense of the zeitgeist of the world, sometimes I have fun with rdr.to, which is a program like tinyurl — it produces very short redirect urls out of very long ones. It produces URLs in a form as follows:

http://rdr.to/S4

which will coincidentally take you to a report on Wikimania in Serbian. Which is awesome, especially the translation of my name. Click back and forth between Cyrillic & Latin characters for extra unicode fun.

But I digress.

RDR urls are always in the easy-to-remember form of LETTER-NUMBER. They are, furthermore, sequential. This of course means that you can spy on other people’s links. http://rdr.to/S3, for instance, turns out to be pretty good. Most of the links are simply to long articles on various topics; tech and geek seems to dominate (a goatse tshirt turns up). There’s the odd bit of porn. Funny products on Amazon (the landcruiser tank showed up twice). Many now-broken news stories. A map to an address in Chicago, and perhaps particularly poignant, a link to dictionary.com’s word of the day archive, which was for Pyrrhic victory.

There is no note of who made these links, or for what purpose; no record of who bookmarked them, or of whether the address was for a party or a job interview. There is no memory of their past; the fingerprints on these links tell me nothing, like a detective looking at door handles in a crowded room.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “internet poetry”

  1. kenllama says:

    cool! thanks, fibi ;)

  2. springstreet says:

    Fibi!!

  3. brassratgirl says:

    yes ma’am!

    sadly, I cannot retaliate with your own transliteration, as I have no cyrillic keyboard.