For over four years now, every week I spend far more time than I’d care to plodding through the Internet in search of I have no idea what until I find it. Each search has its own personality, its own context-sensitive pointlessness. But through it all, one thing remains a constant: stumbling, at some point, onto any GeoCities-based site and being confronted by their notorious jumping watermark.

P.J.’s Waterstained Disaster Area

( contains links to P.J.’s seminal essays, “My Thoughts on the Watermark,” “My Thoughts on the Watermark, Part II” and “The Anti-Watermark Movement.” Essential GeoCities reading.

CrapCities ( has reprinted the Associated Press’ “FTC Finds GeoCities Violations” from August 13, which has everything to do with GeoCities watermarks without once mentioning GeoCities watermarks.

Several former and present GeoCities dwellers have formed the GeoCities No Watermark Web Ring (, to be easily confused with the Official Anti-GeoCities Ring ( Register at either and place a li’l anti-GeoCities ad on your site to advertise your support for unauthorized advertising.

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