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Friday, May 28, 2004

SOUL of the WEB

[Warning: This post may result in many hours of lost productivity!]

There it was… a little button sitting off by itself with the word SOUL written on it.

I must have visited Evaporation a dozen times before I realized this wasn’t just a quirky accent to Steve’s otherwise spartan site design. Was it a link? When I passed my mouse over it, the arrow didn’t change into a little pointing hand, so I assumed it wasn’t.

But then I noticed that whenever I moused-over the SOUL button, a strange phrase popped up:

"Nestled into the corners and other hidden places, the web holds her treasures"

What’s that supposed to mean? I felt like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams when he started hearing voices!

Another mouse-over and again:

"Nestled into the corners and other hidden places, the web holds her treasures"

It may be that I’m especially obtuse… or perhaps I was just having one of my less intuitive days. But it wasn’t until I had visited Steve’s site a few more times that curiosity got the better of me and I passed my cursor over the word ‘soul’ again… reread the cryptic phrase… and on a whim, I clicked.

It turns out it was a link… but not to a site, exactly.

Instead it launched a little box with a list of five odd words. Again, not too quick on the uptake, I clicked the command, ‘new list’ several times, each time generating a seemingly random list of odd words before I realized the list I was being shown were links to web sites… really interesting web sites.

What followed was nearly a week of the most enjoyable web crawling I have ever experienced! Not every site listed in the SOUL was exactly my taste, but they were almost universally interesting. Many of the sites you see listed on my ‘Good Readin’ list came from those first heady days of exploration.

Now, all these years later, I have a journal/blog with my very own SOUL button …and to my amazement… once in awhile, when I click for a new list… nestled there among the strange and interesting sites is an odd word for others to puzzle over… treppenwitz.

Why not add a little SOUL to your site?

Posted by David Bogner on May 28, 2004 | Permalink

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I just found your site through another site we have in common and wanted to leave a msg that I took the liberty to blogroll you.
I like the concept of the soul button - saw it right away, but have never seen it anywhere else so far.
dash la aretz!

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Jun 9, 2004 2:28:00 PM

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