Away From Keyboard

Away From Keyboard

Terminally online? Join hosts Liam and Louise as they unearth the forgotten histories of the early internet. Away From Keyboard is an archaeology of the internet, an affectionate retelling of the heady days of web 1.0. Each week, one host powers up the wayback machine for a heavy dose of nostalgia and exploration. Published alternate Mondays.

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January 24, 2022 59 min

Louise walks through the history of internet porn, including the commercial structure of erotica throughout history and the impacts of modern legislation.

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Liam guides Louise through the storied history of Neopets in part 1 of a very special series on the virtual world that taught us to code, care, and collect currency. Join us to hear how Neopets evolved from a side-project, tried new forms of online advertisement, and – through a series of acquisitions and the death of Flash Player – became what it is today.

 

Links from the episode:

- Check out izzzyzzz on YouTube

- Original pets

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December 27, 2021 66 min

Louise guides us through the history of Craigslist, including stops at the Whole Earth Catalog, the Merzbau, Tom Cruise impersonators, and the phenomenon of “Craigslist Killers,” before arriving at the beautiful, glittering tide pool that is Craigslist's poetry section where a thriving community still creates haikus just for fun.

 

Discover for yourself: https://forums.craigslist.org/?forumID=575

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December 13, 2021 38 min

Liam dives into the enigmatic world of intentionally absurd animation that adopts the aesthetic of low-quality, from Colin's Bear Animation to bowling alley strike screens, lovingly dissecting what makes "shitty" animation so good.

Links:

Jimmy Neutron Happy Family Happy Hour by Seinfeldspitstain

Potato Knishes by ratboygenius

Shrekophone by anonymoose

Dog of Wisdom by joe

Colin’s Bear Animation

Daz3D test footage

Real...

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November 29, 2021 48 min

Louise continues on the history of the Dollz, the mix-and-match style icons of the early internet.

In part two, Louise gives Liam a tour of The Palace, explains the ettiquette of dolling, and sums up Dollz Mania.

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November 22, 2021 37 min

Louise tells Liam about the history of the Dollz, the mix-and-match style icons of the early internet. You probably remember the bratz-like characters from forum signatures or avatars, but do you know where they came from?

In part one, Louise gives a short history of the internet in five men, we listen to the first band of the world wide web, and we talk about the rise of chat platforms.

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