Behold! The Internet's Beauty Catalogued

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:00 AM

(Free Internet Cookies)

If there is one idea that PJ and I drive towards both on the TLDR blog and on the podcast, it's that the internet can be a beautiful, magical place. It is the staging ground for so much cleverness and creativity and humanity. So, imagine my delight this morning when I stumbled upon a Reddit subreddit called "internet is beautiful."

What I like so much about this subreddit is not that it tries to tell grand narratives in which the internet has created meaning in people's lives. It's more like a clearing house of surprising and delightful ephemera from around the web. For example, imgur's creepy cat portrait 404 page. Or the website that gives you a cookie (but you can only have one every 24 hours). Or a webcam pointed at a lightbulb that has been burning for 112 years.

Taken all together, this subreddit tells a story of creativity and curiosity that makes me so happy that we started this blog and this podcast. It reassures me that we will never, ever run out of things to write about.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take a couple of hours to get lost in the beauty of the internet.

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TLDR is a short podcast and blog about the internet by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. You can subscribe to our podcast here. You can follow our blog here. We’re also on Twitter, and we play Team Fortress 2 more or less constantly, so find us there if you like to communicate via computer games from six years ago.

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