2022


New guestbook is up! Check it out here. Seems like it's more fun to use than SmartGB. Also, managed to snatch up the "awesome" URL, pretty proud of that. Previous guestbook entries can be seen here.

I did add some new digital photos, as promised.

Been thinking for a while about changing my logo for the site's index page. my button will remain the same, though.

Someone somehow managed to get an IA snapshot of my website despite disallowing ia_archiver in robots.txt???

11.9.22

I plan on changing guestbook services soon, as Smart GB has been causing a lot of issues for me lately. People who are using extensions like HTTPS Everywhere, or have built in secure web browsing features (specifically Firefox users) may not be able to access the guestbook due to the secure web browsing stuff automatically forcing a secure page for it, but not being allowed in because of the fact that Smart GB only allows a secure link for those who are subscribed to the service. You may have been greeted with a page like this, unable to get out of it:

So yeah. That's just fantastic. I don't know if this is a recent implementation, but given the fact that my Guestbook has been inactive for about two months now, I would like to think it is. On the topic of secure webhosting, the fact that Smart GB is hosting their subscriber-free guestbooks on unsecure websites is concerning to me. If you use the service, you should now that each guestbook post is logged with the poster's IP, even if you submit something anonymously. A function like this can be helpful to blacklist someone from using your guestbook even if they leave no visible information, but the fact that this stuff is stored unsecured and technically unencrypted is quite jarring to me. I'm not a huge internet geek to know if this is actually a huge deal or not, so forgive any ignorance that I may have shown in the last paragraph.

Once I get my new guestbook set up, I will have a link on the guestbook page to a HTML file hosted here that contains all the guestbook posts from Smart GB. Don't want those getting lost!

A few months ago, I mentioned wanting to give up on Neocities hosting and having a website for myself that redirects from my Neocities URL. At least I think I did? I'm pretty sure I posted something along the lines of that fairly recently. Well, anyhow, that ship has rightfully sailed away. I'm currently unemployed, so I cannot spend my money on mildly pointless stuff like that, at least until the end of the semester when December rolls around. I don't know if I'll even go through with it anyways, my mind jumps on to so many different projects, plans, ideas, and the such that by the time December will come around, I'll probably want to do something else with this website. So yeah, that's some info regarding that.

More of my photos to be uploaded soon, I promise!

11.2.22

Hey all. Long time no see again as usual, but just giving the monthly reminder that I am alive and still kicking around this website.

The only thing I can leave you all off with is the fact that I have joined a radio station. It's fun! I've met a lot of people within a short period of time and it's been a social re-awakening for me. I love the world of analog and how it carries my voice across the atmosphere.

10.22.22

Thinking of adding a music section to my site to catalog and talk about some of the records I love. I've got a growing music collection and work for a local radio station now. I just don't know where I'd put this section though... Probably in the (forgotten) interests section?

Some of my contact sheets I printed over the course of October '21 to June '22 are now scanned, albeit in shit quality. I don't care a whole ton so I wanted to get it done quick and fast. It will be uploaded in the film projects page in the a gallery format the same as the new one soon, I'll just have to get to it as time goes on.

9.23.22

New photo gallery demo is up on here. Go check it out, enjoy it, critique it, whine at my css skills, do whatever. The gallery is not ordered chronoligically, rather instead alphabetically by filename. Some of the photos have datestamps, so that can be your point of reference. The approach of using resized photos as opposed to CSS resized photos still from the source file is a pretty classic tried-and-true method of going about making HTML galleries, and it's neater that way. I hated dealing with CSS resized photos and would rather not take that route again.

Considering getting a proper domain and url for this website. $10 a month on Neocities is fantastic and all that just to get extra benefits and to support the community, but I can spend that much a year on a domain. I'm having a mildly shitty but not too bad financial situation that may get shittier soon. Gas money will be a worry soon once I get a car, and I am already dealing with my campus food courts (I do not get dining hall benefits because I am a commuter), which cost a fuckton. I have a job but only work once a week for like 7 hours because time is tight. Not enough pay to facilitate keeping up with this monthly fee... If you see me lose my Neocities supporter status, you guys will know why.

30k hits in this corner of the world wide web. Awesome. (enthusiastic)

9.12.22

Considering reworking the photo galleries into a more condensed version of what they are, straying away from the photo exhibition style the pages are now... Key word considering. I've got college now so time is a little strained, but not too strained. I already got started with setting up the pages to see how they'd look. Will probably update the blog soon about progress. Speaking of galleries, I also bought an FD73 and it works surprisingly well with camcorder lenses. I have photos on it in the digital gallery.

I have these contact sheets laying around from a photography class I took last year that I'll be scanning and putting up on the projects page. I miss being in a darkroom...

Today is a special day. 4 years of having this website exist on the web... Wow. 4 years fly by, although I feel like I've had this site up way longer. I love how far this site has come, and perhaps this anniversary will give me a drive to really work on this site again. It's not a problem about losing interest, it's just gotten way harder to sit down at my desk and say, "This seems like a good time to work on my website!"

8.31.22

Hey all. I don't know about completing that journal entry at this point. I would maybe like to rework it out because I reread it and rework it a bit because I don't agree with what I originally typed.

Don't expect it to be long because of how long I "worked" on it. I may need to reopen the file for the first time in a month...

Also, I finally acquired a Mavica, FD88. Bought some floppies on eBay recently, hope to be shooting on it soon..!

8.16.22

Hey all. Been busy with work. Doing closing shifts for my supermarket department kills my energy, quite literally.

Around two weeks ago, I got some film prints back from the lab. Expect some of them to be uploaded soon to my film page, which hasn't been updated in a long ass time. I actually don't even know when I last uploaded some pictures onto that page, jesus.

7.13.22

Put some photos on the projects page just as a small sneak peek for what's to come.

In the process of changing all my date formats on my site to the mm.dd.yy/mm.dd.yyyy format from the yyyy-mm-dd format. I honestly don't know why but I feel inclined to do so.

Still working on that journal entry...

25k hits!!! Wow!!!!

6.23.22

Been wanting to add journal entries to my site, so I linked an upcoming one on the extras page (which leads to a 404), but haven't uploaded it because it's a WIP.

The projects page won't be done likely until June to July 2022. It'll involve scanning lots of darkroom prints i have done, which takes me god-knows-how-long on my awfully slow 600 DPI scanner.

6.5.22

Sorry for the complete radio silence on this site. Been preoccuppied with other important and somewhat unimportant things making up my mental sphere. I probably won't be working on this site until June when life calms down a bit, though I could work on this site next week if I can try to squeeze time in the afternoon. My priorities are the interests and film projects site, so expect those to be out soon.

These kinds of announcements seem to be commonplace on my blog section...!
Also, I may change the site font soon. I just feel like doing it for whatever reason.

The 1 year anniversary of this current redesign is coming in a week, so hooray for that!

5.14.22

It's been a while since I've touched this website... I've got some stuff to do, but I hope to get back to working on this place soon!

I can attest that working on my interests page has been a real pain in the ass. I'm trying to go with something that pushes the boundaries of my CSS skills, and kind of want it to be a bit more "variable" in terms of how elements float on the page, rather than a page where everything floats down.

I've been scanning a lot of my hand-developed negatives, so expect my projects page to have a lot of photos by the time I have everything ready! (And the push to actually get the work on it started!)

4.6.22

Just rolled out a bunch of little updates to the site!

Finally got to adding some cool people's sites to my links page! Don't know if I missed any, but if you'd like your site to be added to it, feel free to contact me! It's really nice to get to know people around here.

Revised the about page to add a new 88x31 button for those of whom that are going for a more GeoCities/old-web look to their site yet still want to add my button to their site, and an email link to those of whom who don't really prefer to use (chat application).

I've been scanning a lot of my negatives, so expect some of those photos to be added to the photography section soon. (and my projects page, eventually)

As for things I want to get done... my interests page is currently a work in progress, but it may take a while since I want to kind of push the envelope in terms of my web design limits for that specific page. I would also like to completely revise my photography section, too. It's mostly organizing each of the photos by either year or camera used, so it may take a long time.

Forgot to mention this since this just happened, but 20k views!!! On my little site!!! In this corner of the web!!!

3.20.22

I feel so terribly sorry for the people of Ukraine. I hope everything works out right, and this war ceases.

2.27.22

I've been working on this website for the past few days in the background, getting the stuff that I told myself to get done months ago.

I finally added my 88x31 button! It's at the bottom of my about page. Feel free to add it to your website!

Very soon, I'll be adding various self-developed photos I've done in a photo lab to the new photo projects page, which include some scans and prints.

I just added my site to Gossip's Web, a small directory of various handmade websites. I thought it would be cool to be apart of this little directory and to gain a little more traffic to my site through other people who are also interested in the handmade aspect of making websites. Upon adding my website, I got a guestbook message from the creator of the directory, which was really sweet to see. Elliot, if you're reading this, thank you for the message!! I'm not too keen on most modern cameras, but I can give you a list of some cool old cameras that produce amazing photos/videos! Edit as of a few hours later: I found out that you can reply to people on smartgb. Took me 7 whole months to realize this. Sigh.

2.3.22

Back again with my monthly blog post... Just checking in on things here. Sorry for the utter lack of updates. Been doing my best to clean up the markup on cameras.html but it's proving to be a very grueling task. More updates to come soon! I hope...

1.30.22