That was the service that really loved to make you go into epileptic seizures with lots of blinking text and crazy colors. It was painful to visit, let alone read any of the content people bothered to post on their sites.
So fast-foward to today… and guess what? We really haven’t moved very far away from what Geocities had left us with.
Do you – or someone you know – suffer from SYNESTHESIA?
That’s the neurological condition where someone experiences one sense at the same time (or in place of) experiencing it in the traditional way.
One of Web Watch’s friends has this condition, and when they hear specific words, they also end up visualizing that word in front of them at the same time. Some people see colors by smell, or can hear what tree bark sounds like by touching it.
Look, we know that the above isn’t the best explanation about what’s going on in some people’s heads, but the point is that some people just are better at visualizing things in a manner that the rest of us could just never understand.
Filling up somebody’s cubical or office with inflated balloons? Fun. Filling up somebody’s cubical or office with Silly String? A little bit of a mess to clean-up, and usually left to the victim to do so on their own.
Web Watch has even covered an entire office’s items in tin foil and wrapping paper. Definitely time-consuming and an absolute waste of money, but entertaining. The best one we did was sheetrocking over the boss’s office door and painting the wall so it looked like the office was never there in the first place. Oh, we’re still laughing about that one.
The average child starts out with the standard 8-color box of Crayola crayons. Web Watch is quite fond of this one, as we never really got past the fact that there are different color Reds and Blues in today’s world. To us, it’s either “red” or “blue”, with none of those various shades.
As you got older, you would get the 16 or 24-count box of Crayolas.
Eventually, you’d be lucky enough to get the holy grail: the famed 64-count box of Crayola Crayons with the built-in sharpener in the box.
Eventually, even that was too boring, and Crayola came out with the 128-count box. Yeah, those kids were living the good life. They may not have been able to draw worth a darn, but they had all the tools available if they tried.
That old adage, about putting a million monkeys into a room with a million typewriters and eventually they’ll write the collective works of Shakespeare, may not necessarily be a realistic statement anymore.
At least if by “writing Shakespeare” is the same as “painting art masterpieces”.