About Me Summary

My name is Joe, I’m a college student, and have a white Pit Bull Terrier named Buffy. 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. And I really like the Dodge Dynasty – it just seems like a really unique car to me. I am also obsessed with the Russian language – mainly because I think the Cyrillic letters are cool looking.

See Details About Me for more details about me.

About Jemascolia

Jemascolia – first incarnated as Joseph’s Website – first appeared on the web in January 2002 on GeoCities. Since then, it’s been through several revisions (I can’t seem to get everything quite the way I like 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 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 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 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 2009 (before GeoCities even closed) until August 2012 (though I made an attempt at reviving the site in January 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 can 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 still think it would be good to have a personal website anyway, as I feel I have a little more freedom to express some of my personality in greater depth (I don’t want to bore anyone on the more popular, public sites). 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, many modern websites lag badly, I also like cartoony-style graphics, and I like read-only content.

First, ironically, despite Flash and other non-HTML or CSS elements supposedly designed to make websites more dynamic, beautiful, and easier to use, it has actually done just the opposite. Many pages take 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. It’s ridiculous. 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 modern websites. Modern websites archive poorly. I’ve wanted to save forum posts, Facebook posts, etc. online – only to find that the information is 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 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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