So, something is not working correctly with my Delicious feed. Something about the rdf/xml has changed. It is not generating properly when I preview it, and not updating at this site s of yesterday. Hmm, well, I’ll have to check my RSS plug-in. The annotated version is still working fine, and I like it better anyway. I still haven’t figured out how to get MT to understand the perl, and haven’t had time to really work on it.
I actually want to overhaul this whole blog (who doesn’t always want to pick at theirs?) because I find it really hard to read. The design is just picking up on my portfolio site and it is in desperate need of an overhaul too. I’m never happy. Designers are never happy. They complain a lot… 🙂
There’s a discussion going on at Mezzoblue, Dusting off Skeletons, about first websites. It’s kind of cute, especially the posts about sites made (gasp!) “way back” in 1998, or something like that. I’ve been tempted to jump into the fray because I’d just been looking at my first real site at the WayBack Machine a few weeks ago. I was seeking out an old site that I had found incredibly inspiring (Mkzdk) because I could not remember what it was called, but knew there was a link there. Happy to see it is still online and still beautiful. My first site went online in 1995. It was for a communication design business I co-owned called Working Media. There is a copy of it (well, version 2.0) from the first Archive crawl in 1996: Working Media. The business eventually folded and the domain (wmedia) is being held by a squatter. Have fun, nobody’s gonna give you any money for it.
Inspired by gaming and experimental hypertext, especially the game Myst, many clients and early web designers wanted to create little worlds with their sites. No one wanted to just come out and say “I am X and I do Y.” Early web proposals from that time, at least that I was involved with, created elaborate and mysterious (obtuse, mostly 😉 environments for “discovery,” no matter how silly. Sometime I’ll have to do some wayback sleuthing and find a few examples of ridiculous early web design. However, there is an innocence to these early sites, and an enthusiasm that begins to be lost with the advent of authoring programs and –eek — FrontPage. Suddenly the web was very ugly, boring and Navy Blue.
I continued to weave my sites by hand until Mick passed along a copy of GoLive Cyberstudio (the precurser to Adobe GoLive) in 1997. Even then, it took me a long time to really feel comfortable using an authoring program. I had bought PageMill in ’96, but it sucked lemons. A waste of money, never used it. Eventually, Adobe got it right after buying out Cyberstudio. Now, I am finally getting up to speed with Dreamweaver MX. I thought Dreamwever was pretty awful until recently. Now I think it is incredibly powerful. I can’t decide which, GoLive or Dreamweaver I like better, but need to know them both.
It is so hard to stay current in this field. One will never become an expert because the rules are always changing. It’s exciting to see CSS finally taking off and revolutionizing web design once again. I notice that sites are beginning to use big mysterious images and an environmental feel again, and it makes me all fuzzy.
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another useless card:
well, only for me, and only for today. This is actually a retty clear oracle command for the intended audience:
Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element