Get in the Wayback, Dude

June 20, 2007 at 6:10 am | Posted in America | 1 Comment

dudelogo.jpgLucy the Dog has been mad busy, as she prepares to enter the 5th Congressional District race here in Massachusetts.  (Watch your sweet ass, Barry Finegold!)

With so much to do, blogging has fallen by the wayside.  But I thought I’d direct your attention to one of the coolest websites ever, second only to our now-defunct online magazine, Dude.  Some of you may have heard of Dude from a comment in this Noose post, where Lucy the Blog reader and Level 3 Sex Offender Coach Football wrote:

“And one more thing: Dude Magazine Online circa 2000-2002: blogging before its time.”

Coach’s dates are slightly off, and such praise may be hyperbole.  But it would be fair to say that during a few short months in America, Dude paved the way for MySpace, The Onion, Perez Hilton, Napster, CNN, Encyclopedia Brittanica, Life magazine, roast beef, the 1985 Bears defense, the New Deal, and even the Steve Miller Band.  It is undeniable that without Dude, none of these treasures would have been possible.  Nor would we have had the Wayback Machine.

garbage.jpgThe Wayback Machine is an amazing site that’s more than a little creepy.  You can go there and plug in any extinct website, and it will show you archived pages.  Even if they’re no longer online.  Very, very cool.

Courtesy of the machine, here’s the (almost) total Dude archives.  Our last issue was a post-9/11 thingie, the front page of which can be found right here.  A lot of the stuff’s a bit hokey, but it’s fun to read a few years later.  And from that issue’s Brain Resin page, you can read the full TOC for all the issues, with active links.  Bounce around. 

I found the site a couple weeks ago and it inspired quite the trip down memory lane.  I loved working with Webmaster Sherpa and the rest of that crew, and I always felt lucky to read their stuff first.  It was tough too!  None of this easy-ass do-it-yourself free blogware like WordPress or Blogspot.

So until we can get our acts together at Lucy the Blog, do some reading over at the Wayback Machine.  For the people. People like us.


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