FROM NOCHE’S DESK:
It’s alive!! After some fussing around over details such as font colors and format, this Web site is now pretty much up and running, although I will be tweaking the banner. Meanwhile, let’s take a quick trip back in time to trace how this blogzine evolved. This project has been several months in the making, due chiefly to the time that it took to create the content.
Initially, I began building a site using Microsoft Office FrontPage, but I scrapped that effort because I longed for the pages to have blogging capabilities. I also wanted them to be very easy to maintain. Regular Web pages can be a huge pain in the neck. All I wanted to do was make intelligent (I think!) posts dealing with virtual reality and get on with the rest of my day. Additionally, I just LOVE the look and feel of a blog. I have a much greater affinity for this type of Internet medium than I do for regular Web sites.
When I subsequently viewed my site donning its new garb, I immediately adored the refined font (I have a font fetish), the slim text columns, and the uncluttered page design.
While we’re on the topic of aesthetics, let it be known that I initially designed a blog that looked very futuristic, a la Wired News, complete with black background and appealing blue, white and dark yellow text colors. It was all set to go, but several months ago, I just so happened to check out this template when I fell in love with its features.
When I subsequently viewed my site donning its new garb, I immediately adored the refined font (I have a font fetish), the slim text columns, and the uncluttered page design. It reflected the same concept as the Google home page, superior in my view because of its clean and to-the-point presentation. And that’s another reason why I liked this template: it really allowed the content to take center stage, versus pages that are garnished with features that can wind up being disruptive. I also viewed the streamlined looks as a good way to weed out the feeble-minded and intellectually lazy!
All that said, I am surely not ruling out ultimately developing a blog/standard Web site hybrid to serve as this blogzine’s future home. In fact, I expect that to materialize some time in the not-too-distant future. But for now, I’ll leave you to peruse this new site and enjoy its content! As I have pointed out elsewhere on these pages, some aspects of VR that this site will pay special attention to in the future include total virtual environments, online identity and sexuality, and the representation of the user’s body in artificial environments.
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