Through pure chance today I started to browse whazzmaster.com’s archives on the wayback machine. Using the handy Archives dropdown to the right you may peruse all of the posts back to August 2002 but true old-timers will know that Whazzmaster’s history has even deeper roots. It goes all the way back to a Perl CGI script on the UW Computer Science servers that used a flat text file as a database. The super old-timey whazzmaster posts don’t date even that far back unless you switch over the previous URL: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~zachery.
There are some incredible finds in the former link; when the wayback machine crawled whazzmaster it actually captured quite a few of the now-lost haikus and polls that were up on the site.
Look at that thing! Obviously wwhazz vs. cal was the order of the day, but we also saw a little zachery vs. Rock Chalk and even with all the plausible options no one could have foreseen Scientist vs. Cal in a pants-less dick fight.
To the right is another; I honestly don’t know how to decide between options (3) and (4).
So now I have a new semi-hobby: extracting lost footage (namely haikus and polls) from the wayback machine for archival. Everyone knows that August 2012 was the Ten Year Anniversary of whazzmaster.com in more-or-less its current state, but I have a secret desire I’ve harbored: to create a hardbound book that memorializes the wackiness of whazzmaster over its lifetime. “Best Of” stories intermixed with classic comment dick fights and humorous images. It would be the perfect thing for any coffee table if only I could get off my lazy ass and actually assemble this thing.
I have to prepare all you whazzmaster.com homeboys: I’ll be leaving for India on Thursday and so may or may not be posting while wandering around Bangalore. I do, however, have about 20 hours of combined flight time to get there so maybe it will cause me to post more than ever. Not sure but keep this place clean in the meantime!