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Dogson-2 Telescope,
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Ezekiel's UFO,
Fuji S4800 camera review,
Giant bubbles,
Hot car interiors,
Living lightly,
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Oat bread,
PBS fundraising,
Rock tumbling,
Sand pipers,
Small Is Beautiful,
Stray cats(Hmmnnnn: can't find that one  :-)
The 2-way book,
Time capsuling,
Tomorrow,    (a PDF)
TV Antenna,
Whither radio?,
Your weight at the North Pole,    (see next, if this URL gets blocked.)
Your weight at the North Pole-2,    (7/7/2017 screen captures of the above page)

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(last update: January 11th, 2017)
contact: craig er oochi  a t  outlook dotty com
*Click* here if you want to know more about how these simple pages were composed.

Hey Neocities,
Thanks for this free Web space!

I like Kyle Drake's Neocities philosophy (as quoted from the Wiki) of facilitating the publication of small (byte-wise), basic web pages: "I want to make another GeoCities. Free web hosting, static HTML only, 10MB limit, anonymous, uncensored." So thanks much Kyle (although in a better world we'd all stand behind our words).

* The original content of my pages is unencumbered by copyright.

* Feeling old, feeling disheartened by the Trump administration, I took a vacation from composing and updating these pages --which only lasted 10 days. I'd have felt nearly as down and apprehensive if Hillary Clinton had won (and she did win the popular vote). Neither brought up climate change during the debates, both wanted to spend our wealth on the military. Both were creepy, distasteful and uninspiring candidates who could have easily been beaten by a generic candidate from the other party.

I supported Sanders, then voted for Dr. Jill Stein --despite that her VP seemed suspiciously intent  on causing Bernie Sanders to lose critical support from the political left.

Web Weaving Notes

* My basic Web pages are being painlessly composed and updated with a good old 1999 edition of Netscape (version 4.7): a combination email, browser and GUI composing program, which you can probably find somewhere as a free download. (I don't suggest that anyone use it for email or browsing anymore, however.) I run it on a typical desktop "tower" PC under the XP (with Service Pack 3) operating system.

* I've gotten compliments from folks using old browsers and no complaints about compatibility with new browsers. However, these pages might look and read better if you size them squarishly. Although they're composed at 800x600 resolution, I don't advise fiddling with your browsing screen's resolution. To simply enlarge the text, hold down your "Ctrl" key, then tap on the "+" key. (Use Ctrl + 0 [zero] to restore normal rendering.)

Our home computers have been off-line for years now. Paying Charter Communications $55/month for Internet service (alone) made me angry. (That's more than we pay for water and sewer, and over twice as much as we pay for 4 trash plus 4 recycle pick ups per month.)

On the up side of that: we consequently have no headaches about updating our computers' operating systems, their anti-virus/everything programs, or the myriad applications which clamor to be first in line to suckle down updates when they boot up. Instead: we do all of our Internetting via public WiFi --using a pair of affordable, Asus brand Chromebooks --which have proven bullet proof to on-line attacks. (We of course utterly avoid commercial transactions via public WiFi.)

So: when my Web pages look good enough on our home computers, I take them on a flash memory stick to where we find some public WiFi, then upload them to Neocities with one of our Chromebooks.

Unlike a web page saved by (say) an old copy of Firefox --which places all the image and other non-HTML files into a sub folder ("name_files"), Netscape-4.7 simply parks everything at the "root" of the drive being used, so make that a dedicated flash --and that's how you must work on them. Afterwards you can copy all the files to a folder on the flash stick memory that you take to the library/wherever for uploading.

Again: if you get a copy of Netscape-4.7 for your own use, just make sure that you compose and save at the "root" of a flash stick of memory. Again: when you move the files to another flash stick, sub-folder or drive, copy them over from your composing flash stick/s. Don't open and resave them. (You might want to have a flash stick for each web document that you create, so as to stay out of trouble, but I use just one --plus sub-folders/directories.)

I find that this old HTML stuff has everything I need to express my thoughts and link to those of others. I use no "frames", special Java scripts, or even "tables" on my pages (although Netscape-4.7 can do tables). I simply insert a GIF or a JPEG of a graph, table or chart when and where I need it. Sometimes I build up a chart or table by using a monospace font, so that columns stay straight.


* Even after working with (GUI interfaced) HTML and the Internet for 20 years, the scope of possibilities, the potential reach of our efforts, the connectedness we might realize --is still a "Wow!" factor for me. We share a privileged place in  history, where we can internally and externally link/weave our words and images together.

* There's a sense of community with my imagined readers and potential^ responders. The Neocities counter indicates hundreds of visitors daily and Alexa ranks my (collective) pages surprisingly high.

^ I've had about eight responses over the past 20 years --four of them about Giant Bubbles. Perhaps nearly all of the "140,000 unique visitors" have been accidental "stumble-upons", click-throughs and back-outs --by the billion or so folks who are now on the Internet --all whilst looking for something else. ("There's that damned set of craigeroochi web pages again ! "  :-)

* I do have a few friends and email circles, for which it's quite a convenience to simply link to a familiar image, comment or reference on one of my web pages.

* Then there's personal and spiritual clarification (as Bruce MacEvoy puts it) --that widely shared experience of not knowing if one is thinking coherently or usefully --until a set of observations, ideas or approaches can be bounced off of another person --for comments, criticisms, amendments and "reality checks". We need to see each other and we need to see ourselves, as reflected and refracted in our others. "Presenting" via these web pages goes a good distance in that direction, even with only imagined readers and potential responses.