The Memory Blog, 2004-2007

Years ago, Russ Kick created The Memory Hole, a repository of webpages, documents, and other media in danger of disappearing “down the memory hole” forever. Often republishing “scrubbed” government documents, Russ came to a fair degree of fame when he published the first pictures of the caskets of fallen servicemen returning stateside, and was one of the most prominent users of the FOIA as a journalistic tool.

In March, 2004, Russ created a blog to accompany the Memory Hole. Named, of course, the Memory Blog, it provided commentary on news and current events, updates on the various books Kick was editing, and announced updates to the main Memory Hole website, all with “modern” amenities like RSS feeds. Unlike some other websites who later branched out into the weblog format, the information on the Memory Blog was intended more to complement the content of the main website, rather than merely duplicate it.

The Memory Blog received it’s last post on 06 February 2006, more than six months before the Memory Hole itself went silent in October 2006. Last month, in a sadly ironic state of affairs, the Memory Blog’s domain name expired, and was immediately snapped up by AdSense spammers, causing the twenty-two months of posts to, themselves, pretty much disappear “down the memory hole.” To remedy this error, I’ve gathered all the posts from the MemoryBlog (1.7MB zip file) from the Internet Archive, and made them available for people to download in one convenient package. I don’t know what’s happened to Russ, or why his internet presence seems to have been absent for over a year, but I can’t help think he’d approve…

Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on September 10th, 2007| 4 Comments »

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  1. On 9/12/2007 at 2:19 pm Mark Allan Said:

    If anybody has information as to what happened to The Memory Hole/Blog and Russ, I’m interested!

  2. On 9/12/2007 at 2:37 pm Nemo Said:

    You’re not the only one, Mark; If anyone knows, though, it seems they aren’t saying. I have to admit, given the sorts of things Russ was interested in, and what I imagine his readership to have been, I’m surprised there aren’t even any conspiracy theories (that I could find, at least) floating around the ‘net about his “disappearance”.

  3. On 8/11/2008 at 11:40 am Mark Allan Said:

    The Memory Hole is BACK!

  4. On 9/19/2010 at 9:52 pm Anna Haynes Said:

    No, it’s not back.

    The Memory Hole domain seems now to belong to Ukranians who have blocked the Wayback Machine from returning cached pages.

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