The road to has been a long one, starting 5 years ago on a remote corner of the web known as angelfire. Then, I was running a 133mhz Compaq unibody, a depressed kid making pages with bloodbars and “dark” (read: bad poetry). I used the in-site html editor, and thought that frames were an impossibly difficult concept.

Eventually, I came to appreciate webmastering for its art as much as the content I displayed, which was invariably poetry of some kind, which I still wrote en masse. Usually, I’d spend feverish days fleshing out a redesign, staying interested only long enough to upload content into my free host du jour, and falling away until such time as I wanted to design again.

On Thanksgiving of 2003, I bought; though it may seem paltry, owning my own domain is a dream I’ve had ever since I first put a hex value inside of a font tag. It was a rite of passage that baptised my burgeoning interest into an all-out hobby.

I wish that I had kept all of my old material, but alas, all those really terrible sites have been shattered into 1s and 0s and overwritten by even more amateur webmasters, the new generation of depressed kids and dripping blood bars.

Within the last two years or so, however, I have bothered to retain my site layouts, and so I archive them here as a possible amusement for those of you deranged enough to bother caring. They are ordered with the most recent first. Some are complete sites, some are only outlines. What is there is how the site was when it was taken down, and I make no apologies for broken links, spelling errors, or strange visual effects (none of my older sites were written with compatibility in mind).

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Heliologue: Lavender | This is really nothing more than a reskin of the original Heliologue. Same content, black and purple colors. This same was also used on the first incarnation of my MoveableType blog.

Heliologue | This major site redesign was an attempt to rid myself of complicated visuals and have a easy-to-read, functional site. It was nice in its own way (at this point, I introduced a poor-man’s blog, meaning I created entries and manually updated links and such for each one), but I craved something more artistic.

Unnamed | This little beauty never actually went live. What started out as a nifty foray into the world of (switchable) stylesheets turned into one problem after another. Eventually, I narrowed down to one stylesheet, but by that point had lost my interest in the idea. This site is basically just an index page and nothing more.

hesperanthæ & heliotropes | A long time ago, when I was first delving into the somewhat disappointing world of Flash, I created a full-screen site, basically a letterbox format with menus on the top and bottom. Dubbed “the mercury pool” (you’ll notice my penchant for the lowercase), it was visually stunning… and as slow as a sick bison. This time around, I went for the exact same layout, but with less Flash and slower loading times. Again, it’s visually attractive, but people didn’t like the full-screen aspect, and I wasn’t pleased with the corner I had designed myself into. This incarnation, which had gone into affect shortly before I bought my domain, went down within a month.

the construct | There’s really no interesting story behind this site. I had been experimenting with alpha layers, had some nifty backgrounds, and decided that it would be fun to combine the two. Towards the end of its lifespan, I began to add a second, prosaic portion to the site (the journal construct) using the same layout as an earlier site (novembre is mostly made of dirt), which is, again, pretty, but hard on the eyes. Needless to say, I lost interest.

novembre is mostly made of dirt | Mentioned above, the design of this site more or less came about because I liked the image used throughout. The navigation technique is culled from an earlier site (seeing a trend here?) that uses scrolling DIVs. Apparently, I was smart enough to get that working, but not enough to put that mess of a matrix into a table. Eesh.

sahasrara | Okay, everybody! Eastern mysticism time! No seriously, the name of this site came about from the eastern philosophies of chakras, which are an extension of the more commonly known “pressure point.” The point being, “sahasrara” was the chakra of the crown (top of the head), which was supposed to indicate the divine. This site utilised all Flash, and is tricky, sometimes. I stopped updating it more or less right around the time that I met my girlfriend, which is weird when you consider that I more or less predicted it. Anyway, be warned that almost none of the fonts that I originally used still exist on my hard drive, so when I exported my back-ups, they all display in system fonts, which guarantees visual problems Too bad.

deciduity | This site name was borne out of a poem that I wrote (then my favorite). It was really no different from my its predecessor, except I incorporated a bit of flash, and first started using scrolling DIVs. I eventually got tired of the navigation aspect, which I viewed as bland. After leaving it more or less untouched for many months, I took it down.

entropy + inertia | Written as a junior in high school, this little site was my most ambitious to (its) date. It almost never happened, but my friend (he knows who he is) helped me with a hack & patch javascript to change frame images. Unfortunately, this site was a pain to keep up, not only because of its many parts, but also because changing the navigation script itself was a monumental undertaking.

§384 · August 23, 2004 · ·

3 Comments to “Heliologue Archives”

  1. Andy says:

    Ben’s genus: Geekus
    Ben’s species: maximus

    Pastipuss domesticus
    Hunchus Bigpodaei
    Postroccus Semicarnus

  2. Andy says:

    Here’s hoping you took my comment as the lighthearted jab it was.
    FYI, I meant puss as in face, not puss as in wimp.

  3. Ben says:

    It’s a badge of honour. Well, not so much the second alternative, but that’s probably more true than I’d like it to be. Being a tall computer geek is physically demanding!

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