Strangeness Networks is a site currently being used to host one person's blog and a few personal writings whenever this site's webmaster decides to publish something new. Sometimes I'll put something random in the "Collections" section that I find interesting or cobbled together, with no real organization.
Originally, this site and domain was to be used to produce an "alternative media" site and provide free hosting to people who wanted to publish random things. It might look like it's fairly empty and hasn't been around a while. However, this site had quite a long history, although the looks of it don't really show that.
Strangeness Networks began in the late 90's as a geocities site. This was some random website created by a group of 3 ten and eleven year olds who wanted to put their comic books online for everyone to see. (Eventually they all grew up a year or two later and took them all down to avoid embarrassment.)
Over the course of 5 years, between 2000 and 2005, the site evolved into a website still hosted on free, really bad webhosting that served really crummy stories written by 3 guys who also liked to rant a lot about their high school lives.
In mid 2004, the admins decided to combine forces together to create a webhosting service. The hosting was somewhat a success in their opinion and hosted the random blogs of at least 15 people in their high schools. The site continued on over the next few years, involving a random blog with rants on people being stupid, and several different fanfictions (mainly involving Ed, Edd N Eddy) were posted along the way. With multiple people goofing around on the backend, links were constantly broken by accident and sometimes got fixed and other times didn't.
In 2008, strangenessnetworks.com was purchased, with intention of being used to provided free hosting again to people's creative writings, however, since all three of the administrators graduated high school and went off to college the year before, interest fell out and the idea never came into being. Not too long later, the site was converted to a wordpress blog (now on its own domain) which is updated as frequently as everything else was before.
- Q: Who are you?
- A: You can find more about me, aka the person behind the site from my about page on my blog. No real reason to clone stuff from one to the other.
- Q: Are you on (reddit, twitter, etc)?
- A: No. I might have at one point or another but I haven't bothered for almost 10 years now. Modern social media has kind of turned into a cesspool of circlejerking and nobodies trying to get their 15 minutes of fame by putting others down, acting like they're moral champions without really having a moral compass at all and others supressing privacy, freedoms and society in general. I wrote about this on my blog at one time. I might make a follow up about moral crusaders later on as that's been the big thing for the past few years.
- Q: Do you have a pateron?
- A: No. Sadly, everything in the current year is going behind paywalls, or buried with tons of ads/tracking/annoyances everywhere. The web used to not be like that. People would make things just because and didn't expect it to be an income. Regardless, I've also been in a massive personal debate between wanting to make money off of things I've made. The answer ended up being no. I have a full daytime job (and occasional side jobs) that supports me. Anything I write is more for fun than anything, as it's a stress reliever when things get tough in my personal life. If you do want to toss a tip or whatever, I have two ways I can recieve money, both are crypto:
Basically anything that goes into that will get eventually flipped around and used to pay for the webhosting/domains I have this site on. If I ever decide to do a self publishing thing to get things I make further out in the open, I'll still have it on here for free.
- Q: You started writing "Space Junk" in 2007, why is it taking so long to put chapters up?
- A: Yeah, it's embarassing. The first story, which is now called "Space Junk - The Bright Future" is basically done, minus me doing some proofreading. I'm trying to get it laid out correctly and will post the full version as a pdf and epub complete with art for a book cover (pending me paying somebody to do it) that will be downloadable. I'll leave the first few chapters as plain web pages on here for people to sample if they wish, but that'll probably be the path I take going forward. Unless I get an insane amount of demand for staggered updates (I don't), then I might do that again. I'll do the same for the next two also. Short writings though I'll have just as html pages on my site. I have a few in the works that are different takes on ideas I've had.
- Q: How many visits does this place get a year?
- A: I stopped tracking stuff like that in 2014. I have gotten some emails from Chinese school students that used the first few chapters of Space Junk to practice reading English thanking me and asking for more so I know I get some kind of hits from there. The wordpress blog has most of those features turned off along with comments due to excessive amount of keyword spam and bot hits I was getting so I haven't bothered looking into that. I might set up something eventually but it's lower on my priority list versus setting up content here, a weak point for this site since the dawn of time.
- Q: How do we contact you for things?
- A: Send an email to the webmaster email webmaster@(this site's domain here) and I'll figure out how to answer you. I'm debating having a Matrix channel but I'm undecided still.
- This site design was originally cobbled up together in the mid-late 2000's in Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. For irony sake, it was updated and cleaned up with the same software because why not?
- The text image buttons and logo are of a new design. One of the logos used previously (used on a few older pages) used to be a more "Star Wars"-esque style.
- This site was also primarily tested towards Mozilla Firebird 0.7 (before they renamed it to Firefox) because that browser brought back memories during development. It probably works in IE and Opera of a similar vintage.
- There is one slight glitch with this site design still and that is mobile view looking bad and a large gap that appears between the sidebar and content if on a high resolution "modern" monitor. Since this design was done on a computer of the mid-2000's vintage with a era appropriate resolution, it wasn't noticed until right before launch. And I'm lazy.