Thursday, August 22, 2002

Shiny Things

Porn, spam, get rich quick, miracle cures - all shiny things.

"When a new text is read for the first time on the Rhizome website, it appears on StarryNight as a dim star.

Each time a text gets read again—by any Internet user around the world—the corresponding star gets a bit brighter. Over time, the page comes to resemble a starry night sky, with bright stars corresponding to the most popular texts in the database, and dim stars corresponding to less-popular ones."

The only problem I had with the user interface was that I was moving the mouse down to scroll the text instead of up.

http://www.rhizome.org/starrynight/index.php3
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