Posts Tagged ‘design’

Very Strong Design, Señor Scenewash

18 Aug


Drawing by Bob Blumstein


At 11:07 PM -0400 8/18/97, Steve Taylor wrote:

Checked out your Scenewash site—very strong design. Let me know as you fill out the content. Btw—are you able to keep the content on the same TabNet server space?

No. I went with SimpleNet, drawn by their persuasive stand behind unlimited storage, unlimited hits. They figger it's a math game they can't lose, balancing less with more, that sort of crunching. I've still never been billed a penny by TABnet, and as I knew I was running out of space with them (30MB), it wasn't good sense to rock the boat by upping my site load with the same account info. The SimpleNet solution presents new variables. Pharaon sits on one of their servers, but because of certain parameters I will register Always & Forever with TABnet (should they decide to accept my 3-tiered proposal submitted yesterday August 18.

In other frivolity, here's a shard of poetry I posted in combat with some other mortal delinquent who likes to tail me, make me look, force me to snarl...

              Aggressor, trangressor, bodily snatch.
              Fire in the cranium, mire in the blood,
              Billions still screaming, "I'm misunderstood!"

              So tell me oh headstones of time and potlatch
              How many stooges does it take to explain
              Nothing truly sinister is ever that lame?

Thanks for the big cheese, Mouse. Reality's real whether you like it or not. Mine doesn't have to be yours. Actually no two realities are exactly the same, like snowflakes, DNA, retina scans, fingerprints, pair of tits, and voices in the wilderness, Master Jack and Billy, too. But it's still reality, and it's facing us down. Besides, there's only so much one man can do to help another. Personally, I've given up the lost cause. It's a killer con, dried me all up inside. Unless an understanding of the reality of one's own analog choices is as powerful an emotion as despising the common jack be nimble of the land, there's no hope worth the word spit. Might as well pack it all in. Trust is everything. Hot air is for balloons. Enjoyed our conversation after we moved past you importing automobiles into Saudi hands. Afraid I'm a disbeliever on that note, dude. Reminded me of something Chas would say. Of course, that's only my opinion. I could be wrong. Meanwhile...

Keep writing. But tell me the truth.


"Don't ask me nothing about nothing, I just might tell you the truth..."
—Bob Dylan

Day At The Office In Three Notes Or Less

12 Mar


Renaissance Girl


That same flashing pilgrim URL I fixed yesterday has returned to its destabilized ways. Yours, too. Maybe it's a memory problem, but I really can't fathom exactly why. Each picture loads once but stops on the last one without recycling, although it works fine in the beginning because I always check them out. Yet the smaller, less frame-intensive banner animations still work. By the way did you notice I activated counters for your two new sites late Sunday night. And geez, that iMote TOC image map works like a charm from the GeoCities backdoor but not from the virtual server at iMote (TABnet). You just know things are going to get better in time, according to Moore's Law, but with bandwidth and modem speeds always poking us in the eye, I wonder if this will ever be worth all the strained nights spent in labors not of love but in testicle-numbing desperation...


Well, solved the imagemap duh...

Issue was in the HTML include. Should obey my mental notes. But there's one thing that still bothers me as a designer from a purely aesthetic perspective. All the books say continuity across a site is THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT of a layout, but until I master tables (yesterday when you called for CoolTalk I was flailing through Globetrotter trying to grip this next stage of design, it allows no frames) so that I can keep at least one section of the screen unchanged, I'm afraid I like experimenting far too much to stick to any SET design look. I'm a creative mess, I'm afraid, but I simply wanted to document problems and solving times, so here you go...

If I (we?) ever solve this animated GIF problem, here's what I will do: if you can get ten of your tekki buds to drop by and sign the iMote guestbook with some camouflaged clue that they would be interested, I'll follow up on that idea you had via a hidden door. Nothing close to kitchen duty, but how about a dozen or so knockdown dragout amateur babes in the raw chewing on nothing but a wonderful GeoCities URL necklace draped strategically to block the critics...

Check out Wayne Curtin's motorcycle vrrrooooom soundbyte on his page. It takes a short while to load of course but is seamless, and plays each time the page is refreshed.

I'm sure you remember Wayne is chief lobbyist for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, having relocated here from Sturgis. It's not a very slick page, but the sound is slamming, and the page is functional. Can't wait until I put the iMote elephant and a few other choice bytes out there on mine...

Still sleeping irregular hours, but I am vigorously planning the next 48 around the CoolTalk and Howrey Simon tours....


Peace, love, and far out web pages on the fly...


"Ignorance and virtue suck on the same straw. Souls grow on bones, but die beneath bankers' hours.""