1) Entropy could not exist without HTMLGiant; the connections, the spirit, and the people, tied together in the form of a digital bazaar bartering for ideas.
2) I’m adopting the 25 Points which was one of my favorite formats on the site.
3) My very first article for the site was about the graphic novel, 100 Bullets. My very last was a book review of Kyle Muntz’s Green Lights. In between, I wrote about science fiction, video games, existential novels, and a lot of really cool books.
4) HTMLGiant was something different for everyone.
5) HTMLGiant was a giant, is a giant, will always be a giant. I’m grateful to Blake Butler and Gene Morgan for having given birth to it and I’m grateful to all the amazing writers throughout its existence that fostered, adopted, and nurtured the site into a sort of canopy of literary weirdness that disturbed, provoked, made me laugh out loud, and at times shattered me into pieces of broken glass you’d only find in cathedrals to dead religions.
6) Who is deadgod? He leaves the best comments.
7) While the writing was, undoubtedly, awesome during the golden age of HTMLGiant, I loved many of the fantastic reviews and eclectic articles that were published in recent years. Byron Campbell wrote about Mass Effect and Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game. Claire L. Evans wrote about mythological monsters. Joseph Michael Owens wrote about Malazan. Mike Meginnis did an interview with the creators of Starseed Pilgrim. The list goes on.
8) After listing those four above, ten more came to mind. And another ten. And another. Forgive me if I don’t list everyone because there’s too many.
9) If HTMLGiant were a library, it would have trashy pulp digests, Nobel Prize winning literary feats, pornographic daguerreotypes, and choose-your-own adventure books about Hadron particles exploding into a million alternate universes, all side by side without any definitive search catalogue.
10) In one alternate universe, HTMLGiant conquers the world.
11) I loved the fierce literary debates on the site.
12) HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It was developed by Tim Berners-Lee who was a contractor for CERN in Geneva. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and I saw that computer on display in the museum in a room showcasing both the theoretical beginning and end of the universe. I kept on wondering if our concept of existence would change if we discovered what Dark Matter, which comprises 68% of the universe, actually is?
13) I haven’t read 68% of HTMLGiant so there are many articles I’m not familiar with on the site. But I feel it’s very unfortunate that when you type in HTMLGiant in Google, “sexism” is one of the first words to pop up and not some of the other words that should be associated with it.
14) Are those stars twinkling in the background of HTMLGiant? Will they finally make Pluto a planet again? What will the remnants of its supernova look like in ten years?
15) There were many orbits and star systems within HTMLGiant. When people made comments like, HTMLGiant this and HTMLGiant that, I wondered, which HTMLGiant?
16) I loved working with reviews editor, Janice Lee. In fact, I enjoyed working with her so much, we started Entropy together.
17) She taught me a lot about book reviews. Cut out unnecessary words. Don’t go off on soporific and soppy tangents. Write weird shit even if it scares me.
18) The Entropy of HTMLGiant triggered the Entropy of Entropy. How do you measure disorder?
19) From Wiki: The change in entropy (ΔS) was originally defined for a thermodynamically reversible process as
which is found from the uniform thermodynamic temperature (T) of a closed system dividing an incremental reversible transfer of heat into that system (dQ). The above definition is sometimes called the macroscopic definition of entropy because it can be used without regard to any microscopic picture of the contents of a system. In thermodynamics, entropy has been found to be more generally useful and it has several other formulations. Entropy was discovered when it was noticed to be a quantity that behaves as a function of state, as a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics. Entropy is an extensive property, but the entropy of a pure substance is usually given as an intensive property — either specific entropy (entropy per unit mass) or molar entropy (entropy per mole).
20) I remember how thrilled and honored I was when Chris Higgs accepted my first piece for HTMLGiant. You have no idea how much time I spent laboring and struggling over every word.
21) Even the giants of history had their successes and failures. What made them great was their endeavors, their bold sorties, their unexpected dalliances, even their unforgivable trespasses.
22) Having visited about 30 huge museums in Europe, I wonder, what would a digital museum to HTMLGiant look like?
23) Sorry if this came across as an origin story hidden within 25 points. It really wasn’t meant as such.
24) In most superhero comics, the superhero dies. All the surrounding characters mourn. But those who know better realize that somehow, through magic or crazy science, she/he will eventually return, stronger, albeit different, perhaps even more brilliant than before.
25) I’m going to miss HTMLGiant.