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05 August 2010

A Really Friendly 404 Error

It's for Blippy.

In the early 2000s I saw a great 404. You'd go to the site and it was just generic code that reported a 404 error. Then, all of a sudden, the code apologized.

I waited, perplexed. Basically the code started talking to itself, having a kind of Courier-enhanced nervous breakdown because I couldn't answer back, and it was aware, and it was also aware it wasn't providing whatever it is I thought I wanted. The code felt inadequate and defensive.

I spent at least 10 minutes watching it talk itself into a suicidal stupor.

Anyway, this is all just to say that this one reminds me a little bit of that one.

Unicorn rainbow 404 via. Also, in case you wonder about the merits of being a 404 smartass, consider:
  • Users are exposed to 404s pretty often - that's unused space waiting to dazzle and razzle (or at the very least, guide).
  • I didn't know what Blippy was, but because this 404 page was passed around I checked the service out. It's nifty and I dig the user vibe. I shall join if I remember this tomorrow.


Åsk Dabitch said...

Oh yeah, that was a javascript 404 message. I had that script running on adland for a few months, doing an ad-version of talking to itself and going all weird, but in the end - funny as it was - it didn't help people find what they were looking for. Might still have the script somewhere if you fancy it.

Here's another great 404. Best. Evar.

Åsk Dabitch said...

Oh yeah, here it is. The depressed 404. (homage to Marvin) It's a simple javascript.

Meia said...

hahaha that is awesome. The double rainbow thing is based on this silly fellow!

Åsk Dabitch said...

Lets not forget: autotuned double rainbow!

Angela Natividad said...

Åsk, I am awed and amazed by how you always seem to have everything that has ever made my heart flutter. Teach me how to be like you.

Meia: LOVE!

Howie said...

Especially how Åsk posts to Adlandtv and gets like 1000 instant views. Which is better than instant coffee.

I loved the Zork because when I got my first computer in 1995 I could not wait to play one of those white type on black interactive dungeon games that was just written words, no graphics. I bought Internet for Dummies and was trying to find one in all the weird murky depths of the early net via FTP and such. Then Netscape rose from the blackness and color leaped out and all was good.