I guess Internet Cleanup Day finally got here -- at least for me. I haven't looked at my own files on this site for a long, long time -- and there are truly some amazing time capsules here, like a home page I think I never posted, but is straight out of the height of the dot-com boom & before the bust (HTML element tags in allcaps and all!).
I spent almost all of the intervening time between 2000 and the present neglecting these pages, except for when I posted something like the pages about the 2002 flooding in Prague, the Czech Republic. But even though I was neglecting things here, I was often working on someone else's pages. So now that I'm on my own again, I am left wondering if I am supposed to use ISO-8859-6 or utf-8 for character encoding? (Of course it goes without saying that Windows-1256 was never a correct answer to that question).
Of particular concern to me are which meta tags are truly necessary, which are merely cruft, and which are evil (break validation or spy on users or both). A lot of these details are extremely tetchy, but I just want to get them right the first time and not have to re-do things later.
My aim with these pages is to show it's possible to make nice, manageable things without tracking anyone at all.
Soon I will post a story about how I got a speeding ticket from a robot camera in Buffalo. It made me so mad! These robo-tickets have been declared unconstitutional in several states, and if they are unconstitutional there, then they are most certainly unconstitutional here, too. However, someone I trust very much told me -- much to my surprise -- that traffic court is not the right venue to argue constitutional matters. So I had to fight the ticket on its merits. So I would like to post something on this, to help anyone else who is fighting these evil robots.
I'm off now to format my Play about GameStop that I wrote earlier this month. I'll post it here when it is done.
Or you can Join the Facebook Group I started. I never usually spend any time on Facebook, so I have no idea what I am doing.
Finally, what would a page that is under reconstruction be without a list of links? I am always on the lookout for news that is more fact-checked and less partisan. Unfortunately, that tends to be a moving target. Here are some sources I currently use to keep abreast of the news:
Once upon a time this page was all about the Prague floods that were current at the time the pages went up. If you are looking for those pages on the flooding in Prague, the Czech Republic in August 2002, that page's permanent home is http://jskelly.com/pragueflood.html.