A Short Guide to Internet Fishing
If you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.
Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly - Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
I wrote a short guide to catch odd fish on the internet.
Preparations (3-5 min)
Make yourself comfortable. Turn off mobile phone notifications. Prepare your favourite drink, hot or cold. Close all applications and (ideally) every tab. Breathe in, breathe out, slowly. Observe your breathing, without judging.
Journey (1 min)
Open a new window in your preferred browser. Go to special.fish. Once your screen is full of a colourful mosaic with internet handles written inside you have arrived at your fishing pond.
Fishing (5-50 min)
Now click on one of the colourful mosaics. If you need to have a rule to guide your behaviour, click on your favourite colour or a handle with the same number of syllables as your name. Each click is equivalent to casting your fishing rod. Sometimes it comes empty, sometimes you are lucky to discover a new beautiful corner of the internet. You never know beforehand.
Once you are on a profile, look for the hyperlinks. One hyperlink I discovered while fishing was nazli-ercan.com/sky. I look for odd-looking domains, those whose names I don’t know from before. Sometimes one hyperlink takes you to a website with many other odd-looking hyperlinks, when this happens, it is important to allow yourself more time to dive deeper. One good example was this hyperlink I came across; https://pitscher.net/index_v1.6.txt.
When you have clicked on the hyperlinks on the profile, you can either go back to the pond overview on special.fish or you can click the random button. Personally, I enjoy clicking ‘random’.
Continue fishing until your stomach is full of internet diversity.
Document (1-3 min)
As with fishing, the circle is only complete when you get home to brag about your catches. Prepare the tales of your deep-sea catches and share them with me in this form. Then, one day, when you least expect it, your legendary catches will be shared with the wider world.
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