Tuesday, September 23, 2008

From the archives: my old homepage, courtesy of The Wayback Machine


I am an aspiring artist/writer/performer cast in the biggest role of my life:
obscurity. My greatest hope in life is to make a distinguished artistic contribution to the world, whether it is a novel, a film, a work of art or a brilliant ad campaign. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "I dream things as they never were and ask, 'Why not?'" The entire time I've been here at the University of Chicago I've been seeking new expressive possibilities. Constantly I find myself possessed by inspiration, with too many poems in my ears to listen, too many artistic visions in my mind to see.

According to the enneagram, I am a type 4. Fours have various descriptors, some of which I like better than others: symbol maker, individualist, artist, romantic. (Personally, I find the term "romantic" a little melodramatic.) But I am definitely an individualist, which is why I am designing my own major. My major will be a
combination of several areas that interest me: creative writing, art, and psychology. And that's cool because it means I get to take classes I like that involve painting and writing plays and not being stressed out like all my friends who are economics majors. :)





Remember the old days, circa 1997 or '98, before everyone was blogging and people had homepages instead? Remember when you could just use regular old-fashioned HTML and build yourself a little Web site and you didn't have to keep updating it every five minutes? Well I remember. And back in those days, I had a homepage. Much to my pleasant surprise, I discovered that parts of it are still indexed on The Wayback Machine. The rest, I soon realized, were still right here on my computer because I saved them all this time. They survived the transfer from computer to computer.

So now, I give you the first installment of the From the Archives series. Here is a link to the gallery on my old homepage:
http://web.archive.org/web/20010507113901/http://home.uchicago.edu/~tjgholar/gallery1.html
Some of the links work, while others don't. In my old gallery you can see what I was working on when I took my first figure drawing classes and you can read what I had to say about my art. There are even illustrations of characters from my novel/screenplay/B.A. project/obsession A Bitter Pill to Swallow, with excerpts! Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. I love the wayback machine. I don't remember my first website address, but I remember how awful it was. It was a purple background and just a "list" of every single tacky moving image i could find. the dancing baby, some scrolly thing, flashing lights... whatever. and I stole bandwidth of every one of those tacky images.

    ah, it's great that you have this!

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  2. Who can forget the dancing baby? That kid really got around!

    Maybe if you try searching for your name in Google your old site may come up, or some link to it that you could put into the Wayback Machine. It's always fun to reminisce.

    And it is truly amazing how far the Internet has come in just a few years. No more ugly animated gif graphics, no more scrolly things...

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  3. I found my old Website on The Wayback Machine too. It was embarassingly basic html with a purple background and comic sans font because I thought comic sans was cute and different at the time. YIKES!

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  4. Wow, Comic Sans! Well you have a great looking blog now. ;)

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