Once upon a time, in a university far, far away, there lived a postgraduate student who
discovered that he'd been given the means to create a web-site all of his own.
So, having nothing more interesting to do, he did just that.
Unfortunately, he quickly realised it was a load of rubbish. So he got rid of it, and started over.
The new site was nice. it said all it was intended to say, and wasn't silly at all. It even featured a photograph of its creator, right on the home page.
Over the course of the next few months, more Stuff got added to the site. The postgraduate student discovered certain message boards on the internet, and got himself involved in debates there. Arising from these debates, a few essays were written. The student put these essays on his web site.
Now, few post-graduate students have the time for reading internet message boards,
writing essays unrelated to their Fields of Study, and creating web-sites.
But those things were so much more interesting, and so much more intellectually satisfying, that they were difficult to give up. The student felt an ever-increasing sense of boredom, futility and even despair with his work. Eventually, after about a year at that university, he left. No PhD, but at least his sanity remained. His last meaningful act was to photograph the August 1999 Solar Eclipse, and to put some of his better photographs online for others to admire.
On returning to his home, he - I - made internet access top priority. Once a reliable ISP had been found, the web-site, with only minor alterations to reflect the new circumstances, was uploaded.
After a few months, I decided to create a database of all my CDs and LPs. This was because a frequent topic for discussion of the message boards was members' tastes in music. So, to reduce the number of times I was answering the same questions, an online database seemed like a good idea. Many other people do the same thing, usually as a text file listing all their albums. I wanted something nicer than that, so I settled on a one-page-per-band frames-based format, with a menu down one side listing all the bands, and a gentle green background. What had been an afternoon's diversion turned into a two-week project, but it was fun.
The site continued to grow, with a new gallery of photographs from the successful RushCon 2001 in Toronto, a new essay or two, and updates to the Music Database. I also re-vamped the internal structure of the site (I'd discovered CSS), but with minimal impact on the site's look, and none on its content.
And now, in the Spring of 2002, for the first time in several years,
the web-site is having a complete new look.
Some things - my C.V., the essays and the music database - retain their old format, but everything else is updated.
Update, December 2004: after re-vamping the music database ealier this year, the time has come to re-do the main site. I still like its overall look, so this update is mainly to ditch the rigid table-based layout in favour of pure CSS. I thank Peter Reisio at the MozillaZine message board for his help in getting the default style-sheet's blue box thing to work, and to Addy for the artwork in the new "Impatience" theme.
I hope you like it.