Internet is for the Rich/Websites from the 90s

Before I begin, I have to apologize for not updating in what feels like ten years.

I was going through the old magazine shelf at a charity store and came across a 90s magazine. Score! It tells me what websites are running in the year 1997 in categories such as history, fashion, celebrity, etc. There happens to be a sealed ‘sex’ section but unfortunately the former owner tore it out of the magazine. What was the point of that? Lemme see the porno sites from the late 90s jerk!… I’m just kidding.

Not many households owned the internet, let alone broadband internet. I think we were lucky enough just to have dial up. An Australian internet company called Telstra Bigpond offered a “Power Plan” which provided 30 hours of internet access for $50 (AU). Additional hours were charged at $3.50. . I spend around 5 hours a day online which means I would have had to pay $470 a month.

Since this blog focuses so much on pop culture, it is only appropriate that I start off with the celebrity websites. As I go through these, I must warn you, the web addresses are ludicrous. If you are able to memorize and recite these back, dare I say you sound like a geek?

1. Cheech & Chong’s homepage: http://www.cheech.com – I do not know who they are and it doesn’t look like I will anytime soon because this site no longer exists.

2. Gillian Anerson: http://gpu3.srvu.ualberta.ca/-mlwalter/GAHP.html – This is what I was talking about, and yes it’s no longer online. This is too bad as the magazine gives the site a high rating; “Gorgeous design with enough info to fill your hard drive”.

3. Madonna on Letterman: http://ftp.mcs.net/mcsnet.users/barnhart/letterman/madonna-interview.txt – What a coincidence, Madonna was JUST on Letterman! “This site stands out because it gives you an everlasting celebrity moment in time: the night Madonna caused a fracas on the David Letterman show; she swore, she was toting a cigar, she talked about athlete’s foot and the host lost it. This is the kind of behaviour that separates the celeb wheat from the B-list chaff“. Damn. Is there a video of that on youtube or something?

4. Tarantino World: http://www.tarantino.com – Finally! A site that still exist… oh wait. I spoke too soon. This address name has been taken over from a real estate company in Texas called Tarantino. WTH. At least you get to see what the site used to look like:

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5. Tim Allen: http://www2.awinc.com/users/refuge/tim/html – A 2 comes after ‘www’? I don’t remember seeing that before. This site was created by the fans of Home Improvement. Where did you guys go? Where have you moved to? This site even gave everyone his email address: Tim@morepower.com. I tried emailing him and of course it didn’t work. Morepower.com still works, and judging from the design, it looks like it has not been updated since the 90s. Go check it out.

This is getting depressing isn’t it? Well, I thought I’d give one more site a try…

6. Timothy Leary: http://www.leary.com – Hallelujah! It works! And it hasn’t been taken over by another business of some sort. Not much is happening …

I did not scan the look of Leary’s site but I promise I’ll do that and upload it by next week at the latest because you must see how it used to look. It is mesmerizing, literally.

If any of you readers happen to run these web sites or web pages, let me know. Are you still running a site? Have you moved it somewhere better?

Source: The Australian netDirectory, Issue 3 Summer 1997

The Aliens Answer Your Questions

3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Joey) and Kristen Johnston from 3rd Rock From The Sun had come to chat with us on the world-wide network! Normally we would interview celebrities over the phone, but that is sooo old! Using instant messaging is so much easier (we don’t have to type out everything they say and do, just copy and paste). They’re answering questions from fans. Since you guys asked them so many questions, we could only publish around twenty of the best questions and answers. The Best.

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How often do you guys surf the internet?
Joey: I go on-line occasionally.
Kristen: This is my first time here and I love it.

What is it like to work with John Lithgow?
Kristen: He is the funniest, nicest . . . he’s the glue that keeps us all together.
Joey: Suck up, Kristen.

Can you guys abduct me? My mum says she was abducted by aliens and I want to see what it’s like.
Joey: We have to kill your mum now!
Kristen: What’s your address?

To research your roles, were you abducted by aliens?
Joey: Yeah, we just gave them a call and said, “Come and abduct us.”

Are Aliens responsible for Mad Cow Disease?
Kristen: Oh my God!
Joey: We’ve been caught!

How does Joey feel being the only teenager on the show?
Joey: I’m actually 75!

Joseph, were you ever a kid on your home planet?
Joey: Yes. When Tommy was just a little gasball, earth wasn’t formed yet. The sun was just a little twinkling star.

Joey, do you like getting fan mail? Because I have tried sending some to you, but I never got a reply.
Kristen: Joey can’t read or write!

Kristen, will you marry me? I’m from planet X34VBG and I like to ride mountains bikes.
Kristen: I didn’t know they had mountain bikes in X34VBG!
Joey: I’ll marry you!

Was it hard for you all to learn Spanish for an episode where you all spoke Spanish? You were fantastic!
Joey: Si.
Kristen: Gracias.

This is pretty much the best of the worst interviews I have ever read. What a waste of time. The only thing I have learnt from this Q&A, is that these two work a lot of hours and like the show. Luckily, back in 1997, I was able to ask a few question.

Me: How did you two get the part of Tommy and Sally?
Kristen: We scared the other actors away.
Joey: We vaporized them with our space guns. Peow Peow!

Me: What do you guys like to eat?
Joey: Everything!
Kristen: Goop.

Me: What do you do when you’re not working?
Joey: Sleep.
Kristen: I’m always working.

Thank you for the great chat everyone!

Source: TV-Hits 1997 June, 106