The title/ name of this website was supposed to be a clever play on words about “mu” or nothingness. If you live near the equator; at noon, there are no shadows cast from buildings etc. It is brightly light all over.
The funny _|_ symbol was the imaginary pole that one of Greek philosophers used to discover the earth was a sphere. In the north of Greece, there is a shadow clearly cast at noon. In the southern states, its much smaller. From those two datum, he induced the Earth was a sphere. I think its a shame we don't have much budget for blue-sky research these days.
As this was work purely for me, I had full control over the look at feel. I wanted to provide public access to a wide range of resources, partially as a employment measure and partially as a technical practice on assembling and publishing work. I was attempting to express two entirely unconnected aspects of myself. I have long sort employment in networked information systems, as a creative, building or managing some of the infrastructure. Unless there is a global tragedy, I cannot see this being anything other than a growth zone for the rest of my existence. Towards this end I have two degrees in Computer Science and Internet Systems. Secondly I have been drawing or painting my entire life; literally I could render three dimensional shapes before I could speak proper sentences. I started using IT as a post-process on my manual skills as a teenager.
I wanted use cases of:
- Someone trying to discover if I was worth employing (after having been sent a CV or similar);
- Someone researching website widgets using the site as a reference;
- Someone serendipitous browsing the internet would idle some time reading the some of the articles. I uploaded some of my bookmarks as further reading;
- A site to hold various bits of software I had written, and to provide contextual resources like documentation.
- A showcase for digitised artwork and gallery technology.
- Gain “craft skills” in using detailed and complete HTML, rather than having a tool to build it for you (see last goal).
- To practice branding and skinning websites.
- To generate a graphical site without using HTML tables, other than for tabular data.
- To discover the costs of making a website fully compliant to the Bobby / w3c standards
It was not necessary to create fully dynamic pages, as the site sold nothing, and referenced no databases. As such nearly all the files where static on the server side;
I simplified the URL namespace with the use of .htaccess as I have done in many other projects;
Full use of HTML headers for meta data (including pages relationship to each other). I annotated all the links in the site, which was a big commitment in editing;
I wrote a popup box system similar to the early suckerfish for important messages;
- The current (2011) internet has more tools, and I know more resources. It is cheaper and easier to use an existing service.
- I converted some of the rhetoric I had heard about HTML tables and spacer GIFs into practical reality.