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My Top 5 Websites of 2004 #5 – COLLISION DETECTION

Posted: December 30th, 2004, by Marceline Smith


A recent discovery for me via the incomparable things. things itself would be on this list if it wasn’t that it is so detailed and so full of content that it becomes quite bewildering at times and so I tend to read it more as a long poem rather than actually clicking on any of the links. Possibly also because I fear being drawn in click by click to millions of previously undiscovered websites and never being seen again.

But Collision Detection is a different beast altogether. It uses a ‘commenting on interesting stories and oddities picked up on other interesting blogs full of links to interesting stories and oddities’ structure which harks back to the internet’s very beginnings. Collision Detection is loosely a science and technology blog run by Clive Thompson who also writes for Wired and The New York Times Magazine and has a strange but understandable obsession with stories about Giant Squid. His writing is always sharp and friendly with an amused tone and the stories range from hilarious to thought-provoking. Recent entries have included tsunami physics, the mental health diagnosis of Gollum, electoral maps, a giant squid so colossal it can’t be described as a giant squid and graphs ahoy. Just think, you might learn something while faffing on the internet. Imagine!


Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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