Apr 29, 2016
Recently I’ve been thinking about ways to allow users to give feedback on ImageHex. ImageHex isn’t fully launched and lacks users at the moment, of course, but I think that the ability to provide feedback is going to be crucial. I’m the sole developer of the website at the moment, and it’s going to be difficult (if not impossible) for me to track down any bugs it’s likely to have. This is especially true as I lack any kind of android device to test it on, meaning that there’s almost definitely a lot of minor (or major) visual glitches for android users. I’m working on rectifying that situation, but even when I do some things are bound to slip through the cracks. If companies that make millions of dollars a year can’t keep bugs out of their software, it’s highly unlikely that a college kid with no money will succeed where they have failed.
Feb 9, 2016
This semester, I enrolled in a linear algebra class in college. I was having some trouble learning it, so I figured I might as well expand my knowledge by writing a program. I picked C++ to be the language for this, mostly for speed, but partially because I haven’t written C++ in a while and wanted to try my hand. Of course, my version isn’t going to be nearly as fast as the hyper-optimized libraries the pros write, but that’s fine. This is just a learning project, after all.
Oct 14, 2015
I’ve been using this web page for my CS192 class at Colorado State University. As part of one of the assignments, I have to use a table. So there’s a table after the break.
Oct 7, 2015
Warning: This page may crash your browser
Sep 28, 2015
Recently, I stumbled upon a defunct website about lost Disney World attractions. It’s obvious from the moment you get to the homepage that this site has been dead for years. If you open the dev tools, you’ll see inline
<center>tag, and all the other hallmarks of the internet age of old.
Stumbling upon these websites is always an amusing experience. For me, there’s a certain nostalgic charm to them. They remind me of my first days on the internet, when I was still in elementary school. They’re relics from the days when getting content on the internet involved writing your own HTML and putting it on a server instead of making a Tumblr account and editing your text in their built-in, WYSIWYG editor. Of course, the new model is better in many ways, but the new model makes it harder to do
Then again, that’s probably a good thing.
This particular website, however, is different. I don’t get a touch of joyful nostalgia. Instead, I get… a little creeped out.
You see, this isn’t just “Bob’s Blog (Now with 100% more animated skeleton gifs!)”. This is a website about dead things, abandoned things. In some ways it could be about itself.
Two posts specifically caught my eye:
The first post that’s visible is the Webmaster’s petition to save Horizons, a ride in Epcot. The Wikipedia Article for the ride starts off with the words “Horizons was”, so his petition was apparently a failure. To the website, however, Horizons still exists. It’s frozen in time.
On February 2nd, 1998, the site’s author wrote the second post, titled Disney Ramblings. In it, he outlines what he thinks the future of Disney parks will be. Surprisingly, he seems to mostly get it right. Disney had no reason to be scared of Premier Parks, a rival theme park corporation, even after they bought Six Flags. Nobody takes a trip to California to go to Magic Mountain—they take a trip to go to Disney Land, and then make a stop at Magic Mountain. Even in 1998 that was apparently obvious. Today, Disney parks still absolutely dominate their competition. But it’s not the accurate predictions that give me the creeps. It’s the last two sentences of the post:
I’ll have to think about this further. I will continue my ramblings later.
But he never did.
The Webmaster may be dead at this point. The website certainly is. And yet I can still access it. The corpse is on display, immaculately preserved in just the way it used to be.
Around it, the age in which it existed decays. Throughout the website, there’s links to dead pages. Banners that no longer display. Ad servers that no longer work. Every 404 is a tiny piece of information lost, the arrow of time moving forward. The internet has slowed the decay of history, both public and private. Wikipedia’s continued existence ensures that any trend of note will exist somewhere in our collective memory, and websites like Facebook ensure that your wedding photos will long outlive you. For a few brief moments, however, the internet let us see the decay of personal history without preventing it. The network this website once existed in is slowly wasting away. Soon, Tripod will probably stop hosting it, and it will be gone forever, just like the thoughts of billions of humans before it.
For now, though, it exists. A window to the past revealing another window to the past, a memory dedicated to memories.