About Me Summary

My name is Joe. Some of my interests include writing stories, drawing comics and cartoons, history, and of course, technology. I like all sorts of things like old TVs, VCRs, computers, etc. I’m especially fond of Packard Bell computers. I also have some rather unusual interests – like office supplies and business stuff. I also really like the Dodge Dynasty – it just seems like a really unique car to me. I am also obsessed with foreign languages like Russian, Korean, Georgian, Chinese, Greek, Armenian, and Arabic.

See Details About Me for more details about me.

About Jemascolia

Jemascolia – originally incarnated as “Joseph’s Website” – first appeared on the web in January of 2002 on GeoCities. Since then, it went through several revisions (I had trouble getting everything quite the way I liked it), and from mid-2003 to late 2005, Joseph’s Website was more or less taken down and replaced with a concept of a 3D internet “world” called Planet Web. I resumed work on Joseph’s Website in January of 2006 and renamed it “Joe’s Website[.]” It used some crude 3D graphics like the ones in Planet Web and were actually borrowed from an attempt at Joseph’s Website around August of 2003. In late 2006, Joe’s Website became very plain and barebones. A year later, the site got an overhaul with a new, more graphical template, and was called “Joey’s Website[.]” In October of 2009, GeoCities closed, so Joey’s Website found a new home on a new server as a result. Work on this site was on hiatus from January of 2009 (before GeoCities even closed) until August of 2012 (though I made an attempt at reviving the site in January of 2011). For a while, I considered the idea of not even having a standalone website in the light of things like YouTube, Blogger, Experience Project, and other such places where I could express myself much in the same way I would on a personal website – and since my website possibly wouldn’t have much to offer. However, I think having a personal website is still a good idea since I like being able to design everything on it myself. Also, on September 8, 2012, the site was renamed from “Joe’s Website” to “Jemascolia.”

See Jemascolia Timeline for a list of noteable events or milestones for my website.

Why Web 1.0?

To summarize, perhaps around ten years ago (as of 2024), I felt that websites of the time lagged badly, I have liked cartoony-style graphics, and I have liked read-only content.

First, perhaps a decade ago (as of 2024), I felt that, ironically, despite Flash and other non-HTML or CSS elements supposedly designed to make websites more dynamic, beautiful, and easier to use, it did just the opposite. It seemed then that many pages took forever to load, and even if one wanted to read just a small snippet of a news article, one would have to wait a minute or two – or longer – just to get one or two second’s worth of information. I felt that was ridiculous (and still think so). Websites should be practical. They should load quickly and be easily and readily accessible.

Secondly, I like cartoony-style graphics (see my made-up word cartoophilia), and many Web-1.0 sites use simple, cartoony graphics.

Finally, I like read-only content, and this can tie in with what I said regarding bloated websites. Modern websites archive poorly. I’ve wanted to save forum posts, Facebook posts, etc. online – only to find that the information has been sometimes hard to archive – probably due to non-HTML and CSS elements. Even if the textual content is archived, the saved pages take a long time to load, and once loaded, they look ugly with the “broken image” icons – and site elements not arranged properly. However, with properly-coded Web-1.0 sites, content is much easier to archive and to retain its aesthetic value. Also, while I like the interactive ability of Web-2.0 and Web-3.0 sites, I’ve feared that it puts the content at greater risk for being unintentionally edited or deleted. Read-only material provides an extra barrier of protection – and ensures that content is unchanged.


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Updated Tuesday, May 28, 2024