In this post, I will be lazily drawing a connection from the Past to the Present using the discovery of Ancient Browser Bookmarks.
I don’t know how many of you follow the habit of always importing your old web bookmarks/favorites from browser to browser, year to year, for seemingly forever. I predict that many of you have since it’s the default behavior of most browsers. You just go with the flow, like me.
If you do, you’ll be glad you did! (another Past/Present wordplay there..)
I found many such gems, but one in particular I will discuss here, because it’s oddly amusing.
Inside one of my old pixel-dusted bookmark folders labeled innocently enough ‘Personal Interest‘, there was a folder named ‘Architecture‘– a long lost interest of mine.
Inside that, there was only one bookmark – so it must have been a really good one! A real treasure, perhaps. I was especially excited after I noticed I had previously re-named the bookmark to read STEVE HOLT! ARCHITECTURE
I laughed at my cheeky former self.
The website was actually for Steven HOLL Architecture. Seeing that, I somewhat disappointedly clicked around trying to figure out why I had saved this many years ago – probably around the earliy 2000s based on the AD reference. So what was it that made me bookmark this? I have no idea. It was a nicely designed site now. Maybe it was then, too. Maybe that was all it was.
As I clicked around the site some more, I discovered a World Map section. I clicked it. Seeing the world map with circles around the world, I noticed some over North America. I began to zoom in. And zoom in some more.
It seemed RVA was squarely in one of the circles. Indeed it was!
So I clicked the info circle. Behold! It was for the new ICA of VCU!
Eureka! My past self knew I was going to work at VCU one day, exactly in the same year that HOLL architecture would be building their beautiful piece of architecture! Fascinating!! How did my clever past self know?!
OK. That’s some lazy connecting of the dots with 20/20 hindsight, but it’s still fun.
Now you try it.
Look if you have a collection of old, forgotten bookmarks that your past self once deemed absolutely worthy of saving, but your present self could seemingly care less about (considering you never visit them anymore.)
I’m sure you can find something. Aren’t you curious to see why your former self once cherished it so? Maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a hidden message from your former past self, too…