> A frustrating piece of art that challenges how your brain thinks about the internet.
No, the web, surely.
window.location.href = 'https://permanent-redirect.xyz/pages/' + Math.floor(Date.now() / 1000)
Well those are some interesting numbers.
Site seems to have a bit of a bug though:
> The art has moved 49949 times since its creation on January 5, 2018.
> On average it moves every 0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes and 11 seconds.
> So far, -23724 people visited the website but did not see
> Only 190.46% of visitors were able to view it.
I will say, that the "art" is not worth the effort to find the page, but the intrinsic reward of successful sleuthing may be worthwhile.
The asymptote of this development is art which is completely inaccessible, for if we think of art as something to be appreciated, then the truest art is art which is impossible to appreciate!
So this is where we are: a web page designed to be, literally, pert-near inaccessible, containing only a banal message when you succeed to access it, being hailed as an avant-garde work of profundity. I'm a bit reminded of Maurizio Bolognini's "Sealed Computers" piece, which features computers programmed to algorithmically generate images but not display them (their video ports having been sealed with wax) and strewn about a floor. The audience gets the notion that something aesthetically interesting is being produced, but doesn't get to see it or know what it is because fuck you, audience. All they get is the sight and sound of those haphazardly strewn beige boxes, slowly adding to the entropy of the universe. (One could, presumably, exfiltrate the images via side channels, as in Van Eck phreaking, but I get the vague sense that would be considered cheating and earn you a swift boot right out of the gallery.)
I think comments like these, although said in jest, undermine the work of many programmers who are creating useful technological solutions for a living.
For example, I am particularly picky about sc-fi. I love hard sci-fi like Arthur C Clarke. I can also enjoy really silly sci-fantasy stuff like star-wars. But if something is sorta half way, the inconsistencies and inaccuracies really annoy me and I hate it. eg that film 'Gravity' being a mix of realistic and unrealistic.
In the case of this thing..
A lot of the software dev type people on HN presumably love elegant tech, and probably dont have strong opinions on the latest high-art. But when the art starts to approach tech it hits this valley and we start to actively hate it.
Just an idea.
We dont have very strong opinions outside our areas of expertise of knowledge, we dont have the inclination or the capacity to really.
Whereas within our area of expertise we have cultivated our understanding to be able to fully appreciate and love great works, but also truly understand and thus hate the depths of failure of poor work.
I suppose this is similar to the original uncanny valley effect. A part of our mind is highly specialized at recognizing other humans with an amazing attention to detail. Real humans are registered by the system and pass, quasi-human things register and fail alarmingly, rocks and trees merely dont register.
It's not about practicality.
Of course, by publishing this script I'm making "the art" harder to find...
$ curl -I https://permanent-redirect.xyz/pages/1515222320
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:07:09 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
The idea behind my script is that the URL is encoding the unix time of the first visit to that URL. By starting at the current time and working backwards, the first HTTP 200 you come across should be the current page.
Not sure if it was HN frontpage, but something broke it down.
Isn't the hero image of the article a screen shot of it?
The requested URL /pages/123.php was not found on this server.
It's value as "art" aside, there are much better ways to architect that. Eventually doing a directory listing on that folder is going to take minutes.
2018-01-08 14:27:33 -0500
...and what's the difference?