We were stunned to find this at the technology website Gizmodo Australia: RIP, Time Cube. Your Curmudgeon is in deep shock at the implications of that headline, so we’ll just give you some excerpts, with little of our customary banter. They say, with bold font added by us:
Time Cube is no more. The internet’s most interesting website has disappeared, and it’s a genuinely sad day around the world — or is that four sad days simultaneously?
What? We hastened to link on The Time Cube, and saw … nothing! Just a blank screen. What’s going on? Gizmodo tells us, with the strike-through in their version:
iswas the brainchild of Gene Ray, the Greatest Philosopher and Greatest Mathematician — whose personal website, The Wisest Human, has also lapsed.
Egad! We hastened to the Wikipedia entry on the Time Cube. The first sentence says:
Time Cube was a website created in 1997 by Gene Ray …
“Was a website”? We looked at the “history” of that Wikipedia article, which discloses that it was edited today “noting death of site.”
Let’s read on from the Gizmodo article. After describing the “theory” of the Time Cube and the — ah — unique appearance of the website, they tell us:
We attempted to contact Gene Ray to discuss the website, but all methods using technology developed using the Standard Model of particle physics have so far failed.
Well, dear reader, that’s the news. We have no idea what happened. Maybe it’s just a technical glitch, and that venerable site will be restored. We shall keep you advised of any developments as we learn them.
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