People who have been online for awhile probably know that the website
for Space Jam, a movie from 1996, is online still, and is essentially
(If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can read about it here.)
At the end of 2010, someone noticed that the website was still online.
Before I did a little research, I was convinced that people must have
realized this before then, but Google suggests otherwise.
Anyway, here's an article that summarizes how it all happened,
basically some Reddit user noticed, the word spread, and then it went
viral on Twitter.
I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, but according to the headers
for the website, there were actually some modifications of some sort
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:12:09 GMT
Last-Modified: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 15:10:18 GMT
It's possible this was just a server move or something like that, but
it's interesting to think that someone actually did some maintenance
of some sort on the site.
I enjoy visiting the site, especially when I get nostalgic for the
early days of my work on the internet. There are so many projects
which I've worked on over the years, and a lot of them are gone
forever. It's nice to see one that has managed to survive.
Because I'm lazy, and like easy reassurance, I wrote a
@SpaceJamStatus, a Twitter bot that will check on the status of the
website every few hours and tweet out the status:
Furthermore, because I am apocalyptic, I wrote
@spacejamisdown, a bot which checks the status of
the website every few hours, and will only report if it's not online:
With a little luck, this bot won't tweet any time soon.
Finally, because I have a love of writing random libraries, I wrote
the ruby gem spacejam, which is a pretty simple Ruby library
you can use to check on the status of any website. It can do tests
against expected response codes, the body of a page, etc. It's pretty
simple, but it's good enough to check on the status of the Space Jam