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From 1995-2003, I created some ... “art websites”. Meaning: (a) no ads, etc.; and (b) rather than using a web page to showcase art from a different media, the operant idea is that the web page is a unique type of backdrop. To scratch but the surface: there were lots of different browser types, operating systems, and screen sizes with which to deal. Add to that the general rule about nontriviality, and pretty soon the implementations can start to get complicated. Some guys started writing a lot of code just to ensure as much cross-browser consistency as possible. Some things were possible with some browsers, but not others. To that, add: Edginess. Back in the day, there was a lot of uncertainty about what you could, and couldn't do, legally, on web sites (e.g., parody defense to trademark dilution claims; First Amendment free speech; etc.) There was a lot of confusion for awhile there, early on, as to whether you could even link to another website without first getting permission.


My first home page, ca. 1995-97 (screenshot size reduced; one small image element missing; old e-mail addresses removed)
page at Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/19970428180242/www.i1.net/~jburdick


home page, ca. 1997-99
page at Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/19981202214712/www.propeller-head.com


Home Page ver. 3.0, ca. 2000-03
page at Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20000830113204/www.propeller-head.com


Memoirs page (linked-to from Home Page vers. 2.0, 3.0):



pages from my old experimental domain [fox2news-dot-com] 2000-03 (domain ownership eventually relinquished)
page at Internet Archive: (probably removed)

one of my "deep link" easter-egg pages


embossed-style "stamp" on one page

splash page, functional yet puzzling

FOX trained some media technology upon me (e.g. here). For my own part, I trained various media technology upon FOX (ba-dop bing!).

several screens


Below: screenshots of some of my old parody cartoons of Fox News, ca. 2001-02 (Shockwave .swf files)

Macromedia Shockwave was an old animation file type that evolved into Flash. I learned a little Flash by doing this art project (TV set pink button switched to next caption; menu switched to next parodied broadcast). I added the paper airplane, tomato, and egg (qua objects which fly across/at the TV screen) later with DHTML. Then I decided I could just use DHTML for the whole thing, and ended up scrapping Shockwave (which was always more for making stuff like tweening animations anyway).


Below: reduced-size screenshot of my Shirley Manson Fan Page (ca. 2003)
... here's a reconstructed version of original page . . . . . or click here for cheezy old cheapy-cam pic of my shirley shrine