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Vanity Time Travel. Posted on 12/13/2001.

Can be yours, thanks to Google's release of the USENET archive.

A little vanity search revealed that my obsessions, and how I've expressed them, have remained fairly constant since 1992. Lots of posts about movies (Diss of My Own Private Idaho, my introduction to Hal Hartley, why I like Eraserhead and Stranger Than Paradise, thoughts on Fassbinder), my belief that "disgruntled" is the coolest word in English, computers in a cultural context, a delightfully innocent request about getting into "multimedia", my initial query about the Voyager Company, and on and on. It's kinda cool. But spooky.

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Thanks for the hint/link. Back in the day I used to hang out on usenet quite a bit, when it was quicker to download a few hundred message headers over a 2400baud modem than a single jpeg on a web page.

I found a number of amusing messages from early 1996, back when I had a (the poor man's aol) email account. (Anyone remember what happened to them? I think they got bought out by Earthlink.)

Most of my early ones weren't reviews or comments, but "I'm looking to buy" posts. Some "I'm selling" stuff too (like the 1989 Burton Crusin' 160 snowboard I sold for $50). Even back then I knew the value of the Internet was not collaboration or communication but selling stuff taking up space and buying other stuff to take up space with the money you make.

I'm wondering if I'm going to be looking back at posts like this in 5 years and laughing...
Posted by .jeff. @ 12/13/2001 10:11 AM PST [link to this comment]

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