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Hypertext project Xanadu released after 54 years

Site Graph of Etsy.comAnd I thought I was bad with deadlines.

Ted Nelson is the father of hypertext, kids. All of your hard work involving posting pictures of your asses on FacePlace come from his original research that started back in 1960.

Nelson started writing about his hypertext invention back in grad school at Harvard, envisioning a word processor that could store multiple drafts of documents and mash them together in linked “zippered lists.” That eventually led to development the world’s biggest vaporware project, named for noted opium addict Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan.”  (No relation to The Wrath of Kon.)

Anyway, long after the Zuckerbergs of the world made billions off of his idea, he finally put out an initial release.  Go to http://www.xanadu.com and check it out.  Spoiler alert: you won’t know what the fuck is going on.  It’s still neat stuff.

(from kottke.org)