Monday, May 26, 2014

History From That Era is Spotty At Best

I was feeling a little nostalgic this morning, so I surfed on over to the Internet Archive and looked up my old website, so I could read my old commentary section.

Unfortunately for me, the archive was only able to find nine of the articles I had in the Commentary section.  This is probably due to my constant shuffling of directories, tweaking of the site, deleting files, changing filenames, etc, which I did constantly in previous years as I learned HTML and website design.

As luck would have it, the articles the Wayback Machine did save were some of my favourites, as well as some of my most depressing.  It was interesting reading, and really took me back to a period of my life (2003-2004) that could only be described as turbulent.  I'd climbed to great personal heights, and I also hit rock-bottom a few times.  I was frequently depressed, withdrew from the social scene for months at a time, drank heavily, was getting increasingly paranoid (now apparently justifiably so) about government spying on the Internet, and engaged in really destructive (and self-destructive) behaviour.  Thankfully, things have really come together in the decade or so since!

I've integrated the nine articles from the old Commentary section into this blog, to serve as a bit of a history lesson.  Look for posts from 2002 - 2004 in the Blog Archive on the left side-bar.  I'm going to go through the Internet Archive's backup of my old site to see what else I can salvage in the days to come, after which I'll integrate whatever I can into either this blog or into Archaic Online (for computer-related stuff).

I am also going through my lab computers in the coming weeks as I prepare to sell most of them off.  Before I do that, I'll be going through them to see if any of my old writing/web pages are on them, and archiving what I can.  It'll be interesting to see how much I've grown in the last 12 years...