JOPLIN, Mo. —
While searching through some old folders on my computer, I found a gem: an export list of favorites from Internet Explorer. The file was created back in 2001, before Google Chrome, before Mac OS X, before my obsession with sleight of hand.
I'm pretty sure I made the file in preparation for transferring from 417 Magazine to the Nixa News-Enterprise and Christian County Headliner (not just sister papers -- because we shared reporters and production staff, we were Siamese twins). I knew I would be using a similar computer, so I uploaded the list to a ZIP drive (remember those behemoth disks?) along with some other work-related resources.
Reviewing those links, those bookmarked sites that I counted on for news and entertainment, turned out to be a wonderful walk down 100MB memory lane. To get a picture of what I liked back then, I clicked on a few of them to see if they were still running. Here's what I found:
House of Cards
URL: www.houseofcards .com.
What it was: Before Kevin Spacey's "House of Cards," this web site was an international database of different decks of cards (I discovered magic late, but I've always loved cards). It had some great background, history and pictures of unique decks.
Still active? Nope. The URL is a 404 (surprising, considering the Netflix show). I did some searching across the Internet and found a greeting card company, a playing card company and a comparatively exponential amount of sites about the show.
What it was: A brilliant daily comic uploaded exclusively to the Internet, completely dodging the syndication system that gets comics published in newspapers. The strip was about two friends, Torg and Riff, and the wild, paranormal adventures they have. They also own Bun-Bun, a lop-eared, ill-tempered rabbit who has awesome switchblade skills.
Still active? YES! And I have missed a lot of strips. I stopped reading regularly in about 2006 or 2007. While the style looks similar (glad to see artist Pete Abrams has stuck with it), I have no idea what is going on with the story. I have years of catch-up waiting for me some vacay day down the road.