Annals of Technology: The Cobweb: Can the Internet be archived? by Jill Lepore. (I believe that you can access one article without hitting a paywall.)
If, like mine, your last name falls near the end of the alphabet and, if like me, you subscribe to at least one magazine, you'll probably have noticed by now that most of the world reads "your" magazine before it graces your postal box. Everyone else has already read and digested The New Yorker, January 26, 2015 issue, I'm sure. My copy came in today's mail.
I'll keep this brief; but, I can't ignore the article entirely. First off, the article was so much fun to read. Secondly, it answered a question that I didn't even know I had.
As you can tell by the sub-title, the article addresses Internet archiving. One of the enterprises engaged in such activitie is the Internet Archive, based in San Francisco CA. In the article, we are told:
"The address of the Internet Archive is archive.org, but another way to visit is to take a plane to San Francisco and ride in a cab to the Presidio, past cypresses that look as though someone had drawn them there with a smudgy crayon. At 300 Funston Avenue, climb a set of stone steps and knock on the brass door of a Greek Revival temple. You can’t miss it: it’s painted wedding-cake white and it’s got, out front, eight Corinthian columns and six marble urns."
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The following paragraph continues:
"“We bought it because it matched our logo,” Brewster Kahle told me when I met him there, and he wasn’t kidding. Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive and the inventor of the Wayback Machine. The logo of the Internet Archive is a white, pedimented Greek temple."
And now, we've stumbled upon a question that I didn't know I had. For some years, I've never faltered when running across the term "Wayback Machine" - understanding from context what it meant. I did not know that the "Wayback Machine" had its genesis in a kids' TV cartoon. A later paragraph in the article educates me.
"Kahle is long-armed and pink-cheeked and public-spirited; his hair is gray and frizzled. He wears round wire-rimmed eyeglasses, linen pants, and patterned button-down shirts. He looks like Mr. Micawber, if Mr. Micawber had left Dickens’s London in a time machine and landed in the Pacific, circa 1955, disguised as an American tourist. Instead, Kahle was born in New Jersey in 1960. When he was a kid, he watched “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”; it has a segment called “Peabody’s Improbable History,” which is where the Wayback Machine got its name. Mr. Peabody, a beagle who is also a Harvard graduate and a Nobel laureate, builds a WABAC machine—it’s meant to sound like a UNIVAC, one of the first commercial computers—and he uses it to take a boy named Sherman on adventures in time. “We just set it, turn it on, open the door, and there we are—or were, really,” Peabody says."
Returning to the Greek Revival temple much later in the article we are told that:
"On the wall on either side of the altar, wooden slates display what, when this was a church, had been the listing of the day’s hymn numbers. The archivists of the Internet have changed those numbers. One hymn number was 314. “Do you know what that is?” Kahle asked. It was a test, and something of a trick question, like when someone asks you what’s your favorite B track on the White Album. “Pi,” I said, dutifully, or its first three digits, anyway. Another number was 42. Kahle gave me an inquiring look. I rolled my eyes. Seriously?"
My hat is off to the author, Ms Lepore!
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P.S. This cartoon pre-dates our family's first TV receiver.