Last week was a guest editor week at Kottke. Tim Carmody took over and devoted the week to looking back at where and how the web has evolved over the past decade-plus, and revisiting some of the site’s readers’ favorite parts of the classic web.

On Thursday Carmody posted a piece called The Web is a portal to other words, and included links to all kinds of great What If posts from over the years. I glanced at a few, but one in particular caught my eye and forced me to read through with my full attention. I recommend you do the same, because it’s really fantastic. And even knowing what actually happened over history, there are a few gut punch moments in this alternative timeline

Scenes From An Alternate Universe Where The Beatles Accepted Lorne Michaels’ Generous Offer.

BTW, speaking of the classic web, I’m guessing that Kottke is one of the two or three sites I’ve followed the longest. I’m still working through all of Carmody’s pieces from last week, but may have to write more about the classic web soon.