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Quick comment regarding evolution page:
Although this site has been up for less than a year, I've actually had a personal website since 1996.
Although this site has been UP for less than a year (as of the time I originally wrote this in 2001), I've actually had a personal website since 1996. As times, tastes, and circumstances has changed, so too has this site. But in case you're interested, here's a brief look at the history of my sites. Only the top index page from each site is presented, just to give you a feel for what it was like.
I created my first HTML page in late 1993...I was soon getting hits and mail from all over the world.
Prehistory (1993-1996):I created my first HTML page in late 1993, to put together all of the images I had ripped of the anime character Skuld. Although I only told a few friends about this little page on my college's engineering web server, I was soon getting hits and mail from all over the world. So I spruced it UP with a bit more content, and it eventually became my moderately successfully "Skuld Shrine". As time went by, I wanted to put up some stuff about my own adventures, but I never really had the time or desire to design an entirely new site. Then in 1996 I moved to Japan and got a job as a web programmer. Late in the year, armed with a Mac with Photoshop, I went into the office and created what was destined to become my first website.
The Sirius Star (1996-1998):After spending an hour or so fooling around with colors, I came UP with the blueish-grey background for my site. I decided to name the site The Sirius Star, after a Steve Hackett song that I was really into at the time, and made the little star logo to go with that theme. Since most every other site was heavily text-based at the time, I created like "handwriting" style buttons for the links. As for content, there was a personal profile, a resume, a list of hobbies, and lots of stuff about the seiyuu I liked at the time. Later on, I even wrote a guestbook program. All in all I think it was a nice first effort, but way too graphics and HTML intensive to maintain on a regular basis.
The Man, The Myth, The Legend (1998-2000):Once I got married, and started spending far less time on my hobbies of old. Plus, I had lots of free time at my job at NVision, because we were getting very few programming jobs coming in. Thus conditions were perfect for a "refresh". Most personal sites seemed especially pompous during this time, so I adopted the parody subtitle of "The Man, The Myth, The Legend". I also formatted the hell out of this page with tight, unforgiving tables and the uniform Courier text font. With black and white the only color choices (aside from ripping my picture from the NVision site), I now had a site that was about as retro as could be. Lots of good content though, including a commentary ("rants") section, and a journal of my attempts at studying Japanese language. My favorite features of this site were the CGI chat page (the only time I have ever been forced to use frames), and my portal site, which regularly downloaded the headline, picture, and summary of the top stories on CNN (news), ESPN (sports), Salon (human interest), and The Weather Channel (duh!) websites, to provide a digest of all the important news going on in one concise page. I also created a couple of Perl program tools to help me maintain the site, though design/data separation was still a long way away. Still, I might still be using this site had not my free service provider had two hard drive crashes, estentially wiping everything out (yes, I should have kept backups...) It was only thanks to the grace of the Wayback Machine that I was able to put together this much to show what this site used to be like.
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