95 website is still @round, sort of, trouble is, it's
only available only on a corrupted Floppy Disc or on faded old A-4 print outs.
Anyway, by December of 1996 the original site was looking kinda
ordinary, so I hitched
into Adelaide and went to ground in my favourite back packers in the world, the one behind
the car park and down the lane from the offices of ircsa.com.au. For the next 6 weeks
Peter Christo, Stephen "Chuckie" Fuller and I, randomly brainstormed.
The creative process and synergy of those lazy Adelaide days was a turbulent
time to say the least, one I'm sure none of us will ever forget. The cannabist scene in
South Australia, was a constant attraction / distraction as was the summer party life
style of Australia, but somehow the work got done.
By morphing the Billboard Entry
Image Style of the 95 site, we designed one of the first "First Scene
Screen" web sites and Steve's idea to put the custom
designed Navigation Buttons to the left proved to be ahead of it's time, several months
later the "Big Boys" invented the Frames Layout. The basic way we worked
was, I wrote the wwwords in NOTEPAD whilst Chuckie did all the Graphics and built the
structure to a layout that Christo & I "Jointly" devised, although
negotiated could be a more accurate way of describing the process. Chuckie
was responsible for the basic Index Page Layout, he scanned a B&W "Big Bong
Logo" and colourized it, he also invented the "Peace Spin." It was Christo to whom most of the task of unscrambling my hand drawn spaghetti looking site
layouts and translating them into Virtual Reality, once
again, the compromise we struck had a great sense of balance.
We decided to go light on the graphics, each page had to down load in under 20
seconds, in those days dudes would swoop through a preplanned list of sites and then go
off line to read from cache, nowww-adays impatience is the main factor, "Is the
eyecandy worth waiting for?" so to speak, I digress, back to the wwweb design stuff,
once the frame wwwas Up There, it was a simple matter for me
to go into any internet web cafe or webbed up qwerty, down load a copy of the web file I
wanted to update (like, say, this one ;O) and alter the "Source Code" by cutting
and pasting in WORD. For a while there I felt my entire life was hitch hiking between
computers and the wwweb, actually it was, 50,000 K's worth of stories, anyway, I
would then hotmail the amended page to Christo and he would ftp it up to the server.
But all this is back in the early
pentium era, 640X480 monitors, 14.4bps and $12 per hour wwweb
connectivity, the cyber dynamics where different from today and as such this web construct
was designed under an old set of rules. This web construct was limited to a certain size
and the 24 hour live feed of the construction requires more MEG space than is currently
available on ircsa's server, since ircsa is part of the Australian Hard Web and the
majority of the linear scholars come form the northwwweb, it meant that by mid 1998 ircsa
had become "geographically inconvenient" and with the integration of "LIVE
FEED" imminent, a solution had to be found........
The solution was created rather than found, the upshot of which is that through
a complicated series of transactions and negotiations the
Next BIG BONG Web Construct
was woven into the USA hardweb in early 1998.