Reinforcing Good Web Development by Visiting the Best Worst Websites

The web is full of beautiful websites that have a pixel perfect design, great usability, and cutting edge features. There are lots of examples of how to do web development right out there, but there are also some amazing examples of what not to do.

Below are a dozen websites that are so unique that you can’t help but ogle at them. Some haven’t been updated since the 90s while others are updated daily and their retro design is either intentional or good enough for them.

Ling’s Cars

Ling's Cars

If you haven’t been to Ling’s cars then you’re in for a treat. Ling has arguably the best website on the internet if you’re going for that shock and awe factor. Ling’s Cars is over the top but it works for Ling.

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Week In Review: Nerdery Tech Content for July 15th-19th

The Life & Death of the American Arcade

The Verge has a fascinating (and long) read, “For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade.”

“The crash of 1983 nearly killed off the entire video game industry. It wasn’t just arcades that suffered, though this marks the beginning of their very steep and permanent decline. History has told us that the rise of home gaming killed off arcades, and so our own laziness is to blame. To an extent, of course, that’s true. If this were a history of video games, it would be time to talk about Nintendo, and the epic release of the revolutionary NES console in 1985. This event reinvigorated a decimated industry, and ultimately gave birth to the video games ecosystem we all still live in. But that didn’t happen until 1985, and so it wasn’t technology that killed off the arcade, not to begin with. It’s fair to concede that the arcade, already dying, was allowed to stay dead because we were all happily gaming at home by the time anybody noticed that all of the actual arcades were disappearing, and fast.”

Live-Action Toy Story

While you probably don’t have an hour or so to sit and watch this live-action remake of Toy Story, you only need to spend a couple of minutes watching to see how amazing it is.

Robots playing Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’

It’s Monday, so why not some heavy metal awesomeness? Found on Boing Boing.

The Sloppiest Sci-Fi Movie Science Violations Of 2012

Popular Science has a delicious list of nerdery regarding sloppy science in Sci-Fi movies. Calling out movies like “Looper,” “Skyfall,” and “The Avengers” they rank the violations from mild to maddening. It’s a fun little list they got there.

Wednesday Links: The World of Tolkien through Numbers

The End of .Com Hegemony

Over at The New Republic they’re taking a look at ICANN’s upcoming release of more than 1000 top-level domains. It’s a pretty good primer in how domain registration works and explains how those who own a top-level domain can make a lot of money. For instance:

“Other countries that lucked into monetizable names: Montenegro and Colombia. Montenegro received the country code .me soon after becoming independent in 2006, and quickly realized the nature of its windfall: An extension that could be marketed as a way to brand your personality online. Over five years, they’ve reached 650,000 registrations and generated 13.2 million euros in profit for Montenegro.”

Love for retro Media

PBS’ wonderful Off Book takes a look at the love of retro media — think VHS, vinyl, cassettes. However, there is no mention of typewriters.

Presidents & Nerds agree, taking your dog to work rules

Or in the case of Benjamin Harrison, your pet goat. Buzzfeed has a history of Presidential Pets, which gives you the added bonus of learning what some of those old-timey dudes looked like.