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window.open isn’t dead on the HTML5 web

Remember DHTML? People making those demos that kept tripping over their own ambition and the limitations of your hardware and which probably only worked exactly right with the correct browser on that one version of that operating system and in a precise conjunction of technology, connectivity and astrology, but which on your desktop ended up looking kinda lame?

Look at this http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/. Preferably with an updated version of chrome and maybe on windows (which I’m guessing has the proper hardware acceleration). And enter fake numbers for the address until it deigns to play.

In this music video mash-up of video, audio, animation and google street view, the one thing that really sticks out for me is the popups, which knock you back to 199x when this shit was cool rather than spammy background noise polluting your task bar, and which the blocking thereof was considered the most humane improvement in browser interface.

There’s something endearing actually about how awkward pushing against the technical boundaries ends up looking; something which reminds us that real elegance is all about exploring the interior of your limitations.