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The Ezboard Hack of 2005

The third of a few posts celebrating 20 years of The Howling Fantods.

By the end of 2000 I had set up a message board system for readers using the free ezboard system. I think I even paid for them to have a few more features... and then in 2005 ezboard, and all the forums that went with it, were hacked and lost (Bulletin Board Hoster Loses Postings in Hacker Attack). I was shattered. So were many of the regular contributors.

At the time they were unrecoverable and I decided I'd never host anything like that myself again.

But as it turns out, The Internet Archive was scraping the pages all along. A few years ago I found bits and pieces. Earlier this year I had another look and it appeared more content was available.

They're not perfect, many threads weren't scraped, but you can browse the titles, and view some of the discussions. For some of us there are some amazing memories buried in here.

Enjoy!

The Old David Foster Wallace Forums

(You'll find if you jump to different snapshots in The Wayback Machine interface you can access different content.)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:42
 

THF in 2001


The second of a few posts celebrating 20 years of The Howling Fantods.

In 2001 I was still hosting at Geocities, but I'd made things look a little nicer and had taught myself to use html tables for the sidebar. It looked a little better. Just a little.

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:24
 

THF in 1999

The first of a few posts 'celebrating' 20 years of The Howling Fantods.

Check out The Wayback Machine's earliest scrape of my website. This one is the Jan 1999 Wayback capture (it looked even worse earlier than this!) - how on earth did I think this was palatable?

I was hosting on Geocities at the time (it was free and I was poor) anyone remember the address?http://www.geocities.com/athens/acropolis/8175/dfw.htm

Athens and Acropolis were nods to culture and my Greek heritage (and I think the areas 'literature' sites were supposed to be hosted) and the 75 in 8175 was for the year I was born.

 

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That Long Already?

So it's March 1st here in Australia which means it's now 20 years that I've been updating The Howling Fantods. I've never been one to celebrate big occasions, but it feels like I should at least acknowledge the moment.

Thanks to everyone out there for reading, promoting, supporting and sending me stuff. Special thanks to guest posters and every single person I've met that has thanked me for doing this. Thanks also to my family - I know there are times when The Howling Fantods has taken up an almost unhealthy proportion of my time.

 

Do you have a memory about reading this site (no matter how small) that you'd like to share? Hit up the comments below or share it with me here.

I've got some things I'll be revisiting over the next month. I hope you can join me.

Nick

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Global Wallace

The Wallace criticism publications keep rolling in! Big thanks to Lucas Thompson and Bloomsbury for my copy of Global Wallace: David Foster Wallace and World Literature. I can't wait to get stuck into it, the table of contents looks incredible. A very interesting direction in Wallace studies.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 07:08
 

Concavity Show Stickers!

Big shout out to Matt and Dave over at The Great Concavity podcast for these amazing stickers! Purchase some here (featuring artwork by Robyn O'Neil) to support this fantastic David Foster Wallace podcast.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 07:03
 

IJ Group Reads - GURGLL and Sacred Jest

I always like dipping into group reads of Infinite Jest as they occur. Two that are currently in progress are the GURGLL and Sacred Jest reads.

Glasgow University's Reading Group for Length Literature (GURGLL) is in its fifteenth week of reading Infinite Jest - the blog summarises their discussion, but I particularly love their word of the week from the section. This week it's whingeocide (p. 441). You can find them on Facebook too.

The other group read, Sacred Jest, has started only very recently and is reading Infinite Jest as though it were a sacred text. It's not a lens with which I'm particularly enamoured, but as with all group reads, there are numerous interesting observations that are more than enough to keep me checking in. Follow along on twitter @SacredJest too.

 

Massive thanks to the teams that run group reads of this magnitude!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 06:54
 
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