The site lay more-or-less dormant for the next 14 years. But that changed for good in late 2010, when the Internet, exponentially bigger than it was in 1996, rediscovered the site – almost entirely unchanged from its initial launch. It was reborn as a viral sensation, the web’s equivalent of a recently discovered cave painting. We laughed at the site because we couldn’t believe anything was ever designed this way, but also because it still existed. It remains one of the most faithful living documents of early web design that anyone can access online. Today, the Space Jam site’s popularity has outlived almost everything to which it has been connected. The Fifth Avenue store shuttered in 2001. Both stars of the movie’s stars made forgettable exits in 2003 – Jordan with the Washington Wizards, Bugs with Looney Tunes: Back in Action. And every person directly associated with the site’s creation has now left the studio.
But what was seen, more than anything, was Braun’s design. Working from a top-of-the-line Apple Macintosh and using BBEdit to code, DeBabelizer to compress and shrink JPGs and GIFs, and Photoshop and Illustrator to create design elements – all programs still very much in use today – Braun helped bring a cinematic world to life. And though today’s standards may only enhance its apparent simplicity, the site is, in many ways, a technical marvel. Years before virtual reality became chic, the team went out West and created a 360-degree tour of the “Jordan Dome” – the practice enclosure/basketball court built on the Warner Bros. lot to capture the NBA stars’ footage – by setting up a tripod during off-hours, capturing images every 15 degrees and then stitching them together into a QuickTime VR file. There was a “coloring book” with downloadable black-and-white sketches, and a 5,000-word section on the various technologies that helped make the movie. There was an online quiz before online quizzes were popular, and all of the WAV, AIFF and QuickTime files are still functional and ready for download. (There are also some undiscovered Easter eggs the team is reluctant to disclose, even two decades later.)
The last time former Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers star Steve Nash was seen publicly was during Fox’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup and at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Now we learn that Nash will be one of the producers for an independent movie on the 1980’s Dallas drug scene. Variety reports that the movie will look at the origins of the drug ecstasy also known as MDMA in Europe and Molly now, and how it came to being during the rave movement in Big D. Ecstasy was legal in the early 1980’s and grew in popularity among college students and young adults. It was later outlawed and Dallas’ drug scene eventually died.
Kobe Bryant produced another banner in the Staples Center on Friday night — only this time he was the presenter. The five-time NBA champ appeared on stage during Taylor Swift’s show to present the pop megastar with a banner recognizing her for the most sold-out shows at Staples.