I remember back when the web was still fairly new, no one really knew how to make a good web site. The down side was that there were a lot of lousy web sites, but the up side was that there were no defined rules, and so people were trying all sorts of things in order to see if they could hit on something fresh that worked.
Within a couple of years, nearly everything had settled down to “inverted-L with hierarchical tree structure and crumbtrail”. The web is far more useful now, but most authors (and users) work on a set of de facto rules of “what works”. Back in the day, I could go browse a site just to explore the fun ideas that someone had spent hours squeezing into it, but now I’m mostly just looking for reference manuals and airline tickets. Hamsterdance wouldn’t fly if it came out today.
I have no clue who Billy Harvey is, and I still don’t have much of an idea after looking through his site, but I do know that I spent quite a while exploring every nook and cranny of his web site, and had a great time doing it. It was a total flashback to 1997: No real structure, light on content, but a wonderful piece of art that ignores the ‘rules’ of what a web site is. Web for web’s sake. Fun stuff.