Sunday, May 22, 2011

History lesson

I just used the wayback internet machine to see into ranebow.com's past.

In 2001: I was po'd at IE6 and had rolled back to IE5. (I haven't used IE in years now. My current browser of choice is Chrome.) I had installed phpBB on the web site. I liked playing with css. I authored and offered gay e-cards and downloadable gay desktop themes. I made some flash cartoon shorts. I was looking for a good pop-up blocker. I wrote about driving for peak gas economy. I offered free web site design for personal and nonprofit pages. I also had ugle.org and reviewed pc games on that. (I started the site as United Gay and Lesbian Employees but realized I couldn't provide anything better than HRC, so changed it to United Gaming LEsbians.) I'm not sure what script I was using to post.

In 2002: I used postNuke for the site and was writing about how to make web pages, how to deal with cgi scripts, link verifiers, freeware html editors, Paint Shop Pro and Xara, dhtml and code generators. I had a  color picker, a popup window generator (wait, didn't I hate those the year before?), a table maker and basic html lessons. Here's what you saw at the top of the home page:

"Ranebow dot Com Vision and Value Statement
Vision: To demystify the process of building free web pages; to find and promote free resources; to provide support to those who wish to build free personal or non-profit .org web pages.

Value: Everyone has different tastes, different goals, different purposes. We value the diversity of the web and honor the choices to be gaudy or subtle, flamboyant or plain, garish or somber. We do not intend to mass produce pages that all look alike. We simply want to help people publish their own web pages in the style of their own choosing.

Anyone who wants a web page can have one, for free. Free space is available. Free scripts are available. Free graphics, free text editors, free fonts, free tools of all kinds. Let us help you find them and learn how to use them. 

Ranebow dot Com is here to help you weave your corner of the web."

I talked about Cyberwings (ripoff web host) and how to snag a domain name and find a decent host (not Cyberwings).


In 2003: I returned to personal blogging with "Yum Thong -- sage (or not) thoughts from a non-cook." Yum thong means "drink soup" in Chinese. My better half, Q, likes soup and recommends it as part of a healthy diet. I remember that when I checked stats for the site, there were a lot of visitors who found me by searching for "thong."

I was using Movable Type and talked about distributed computing, my boss being diagnosed with brain cancer (he died some months later) and Bowling for Columbine.

I told how my father called to wish my better half a happy birthday but just hung up when he heard a man's voice on our answering machine message. He knew no man lived with us and assumed he had the wrong number. It was just a generic message that came with the machine.

I talked about the google bomb that make George W. Bush's bio come up when you searched for "miserable failure." I also did a piece on dressing:
"I put my pants on both legs at a time. (I sit and pull them on partway, stand and pull them all the way up.)
I put my bra on backwards, hooking it in front where I can see what I'm doing, then turning it around and sliding my arms through the straps.
I hate shoes, never wear them in the house.
And I love Stove Top."

I ran a few articles about Native American views on Thanksgiving in November.

2004
I was playing Anachronox, an rpg.
I was into "Today in History" posts.
I quit smoking for 6 weeks.

2005
I used Xoop to put up a guild web site for the Order of Balagan. I was playing WoW and wrote posts in the voice of Yenra, my troll toon and the guild leader. Later that year, I installed MKPortal and went back to a personal blog: Rants by Raney. I liked TrayBar and MailWasher, JayIsGames and Womengamers.com. I was participating in FightAIDS@home distributed computing. And I posted the following:

"I think this was originally posted on Craigslist, but I'm not sure.

Ten reasons to prohibit gay marriage

01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural 
things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that 
hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy 
behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has 
legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at 
all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and 
divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were 
allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage 
would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay 
couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry 
because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight 
parents only raise straight children.

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, 
the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why 
we have only one religion in America.

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at 
home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to 
raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never 
adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the 
service-sector economy, or longer life spans. "

I've been on hiatus since then, according to the wayback. I wonder if it will start to cache me again. We'll see in another 10 years.

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