Later remembered as “the map that made a nation cry”, it depicts Napoleon’s failed invasion of Russia in 1812.
The wide tan swath shows his Grande Armée, almost half a million strong, marching East to Moscow; the black trickle shows the few who straggled back.
At 46 KB, filled with ASCII dots and dashes that are almost impossible to track, the Sexchart is a little underground Internet project that tells you two things about computer people: They aren't as abstinent as you might have guessed, and they're more obsessive than you'd ever imagined.
Lish Daelnar, a 23-year-old woman who has maintained the Sexchart for most of its life, was the girl from whom the initial girl-meets-boy piece of the Sexchart spun.
("They know who they are.")So Daelnar thinks that your reaction to the chart depends a lot on what filth is running through your head.
"It's a lot in the way you look at it," she said, suggesting that the chart can be a neat little Rorschach device."Somebody with 20 links might mean they've kissed 20 people in their whole life," she explained.
And you shouldn't have told anybody about it, either."If you're gonna have privacy, have privacy – you can't tell six people and expect it to stay a secret," she said.
"And the chart was started specifically to make fun of me – to show how many guys I dated." This was in 1997, when being in the so-called "Internet scene" actually meant something.At this point, in fact, the chart has become so unwieldy that she's actually looking for some help from programmers – maybe there's an automated way to draw up the ASCII chart, she wonders.You might question why Daelnar does all this – whether her work yields any valuable information about anything."But I've had people tell me that I'm a whore because I have so many links – to which I reply that the Sexchart is not a sex chart.And if somebody's gonna judge me based on how many Sexchart links I have, I don't really want to be with that person anyway."Daelnar has two aims for the chart, both of which she thought weren't quite attainable. She presumably meant the magazine, but Wired News would suffice, she said.