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Before I had a blog

Before I had a blog, I had a website. It was a series of medium-form essays on a bunch of different subjects arranged in topical…piles? I had a ball with the graphics and the coding. The writing was, as writing always is, a pain in the tail.

There were, like, twenty different front page graphics and you’d get a random one each time (two pictured above). When you moused over one thing, something on the other side of the page would light up. It was all stupid fun, but it pleased me. I crack me up.

It ran from 2003 to 2006, so the graphics were small and/or low resolution – we were all painfully conscious of download times in the Oughties (I still instinctively am). But, on the whole, it held up pretty well.

One day, somehow, domain scalpers stole the address. I’m still not sure how that happened. I must have missed a renewal notice or three.

And that was the end of that.

To be honest, I was relieved. It was ass-ache and I was then right at the beginning of my trans-Atlantic relocation. I was whelmed. I was too ignorant to be overwhelmed yet.

Zo! I thought it would be fun to reprint some the old stuff, probably as links to pdf files so the formatting holds. None of it has been archived anywhere, as far as I know. Long-time readers will recall that my birthday is in early May and I bug out for the first week or so of the month.

Have some vintage weasel and consider me bugged.

May 1, 2024 — 6:00 pm
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