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(last update: June 15th, 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.

* I'm close to the finals on most of these subjects.

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 on my pages is unencumbered by copyright.

* Feeling old, feeling disheartened by our U.S. presidential election, 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 distasteful and uninspiring candidates who could have easily been beaten by the other party's generic candidate.

I supported Sanders, then voted for Dr. Jill Stein --despite that her VP came across (to me) as a mole, causing Bernie Sanders to lose critical support from the political left.

Web Weaving Notes

* My basic Web pages have been 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.

* These pages might look and read better if you size them squarishly. They're composed at 800x600 resolution, but 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 (more than we pay for water and sewer, over twice as much as we pay for 4 trash plus 4 recycle pick ups per month).

We consequently have no headaches about updating our computer's operating system, its anti-virus/everything program, or the myriad applications which clamor to be first in line to suckle down updates when they boot up. We do all of our Internetting with 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 NeoCities pages look good enough on our home computer, I take them on a flash memory stick to where we find some public WiFi, then upload them with one of our Chromebooks.

Unlike a web page saved by (say) Firefox, which places all the image and other non-HTML files into a folder ("name_files"), Netscape-4.7 simply parks everything at the "root" of the drive or flash stick that you're using --and that's how you must work on them. Afterwards you can copy all the files to a folder --like maybe on the flash stick memory that you take to the library/whatever for uploading.

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 blank flash stick of memory. Again: when you move the files to another flash stick or drive, copy them over from your composing flash stick/s. Do not open and resave them. (You might want to have a flash stick for each web document that you create.)

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 simply build a chart or table by using a monospace font, so that columns stay straight.

Motivations:

* 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, Alexa collectively ranks my pages surprisingly high.

^ I've had about seven responses over the past 20 years --four of them about Giant Bubbles. (It use to be six, but a kind fellow saw my laments here a while back and dropped me a consoling note.) Perhaps nearly all of the "110,000 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 actual readers and potential responses.

 ....Craig