Link Rot

Link rot is the tendency of all hyperlinks to eventually go bad. Sometimes the site moves (usually when Blogspot gets to be too much), sometimes the article goes into archives, and sometimes the site just vanishes. This seems to be the case with the Gweilo Diaries, in which a lawyer known only as Conrad detailed his misbehavior in the Far East, mainly in Hong Kong, mixed in with reliably irreverent commentary. Every Friday, he featured a cheesecake of an Asian actress. The site appears to have been taken down, and now the URL registration has lapsed. He has even closed the Hotmail account for the site. My guess is that his employer found out and made him shut down.

This is after Steven den Beste stopped opining. Sigh. A lot of the time, the stuff you read on weblogs is the same stuff that, rendered audible, leads you to finish your coffee quickly and flee the donut shop. These sites didn’t fall into that category.

And now this. The Belgravia Dispatch, by Gregory Djerejian, is giving me a teal screen of death:

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Guys, come on. Don’t make me go back to the real world.