i went to seattle in mid december to hang out, make a track with dustin h, and just, in general, get away. okay since this is my first post i should introduce myself. just this once. i am davin. living in victoria. snotty designer. music label co-owner. into photography. known to dj as ariz0na, known to produce as AFK.
the idea of a blog is a fabulous one but it’s also one that needs focus. i had a website before this one called davin.ws. i took it down after a couple years for a variety of reasons; it was cool while it lasted. this website is not going to cover everything that is me — instead, it will be parts of me that i want to share with everyone — commentary on fabulous and tacky design, issues i find to be interesting, nerd factoids, the odd photo, loads of free DJ mixes, and that’s about it really.
i am hosting this website, at this time, on godaddy.com’s servers. they seem like a really good deal when you’re looking at them from their package sheet – however, when you get into it, the servers sometimes fall asleep, the normal packages do not support CGI’s or PERL, and they’ve got this awful thing on it called SBOX which screws up CGI script execution. they also don’t know what to do about it. baddaddy.
if you’re seeing this and my site isn’t quite done yet, chances are you’re one of my friends. hi friends! sorry for dropping off the face of the planet in december. you see, the old website was hosted on my home machine, which has been hosting that site, being my photo-database (60gigs+ of photos), my studio machine for producing, and also my design machine. it’s been working hard with no sleep for a long time and it’s just about done. it sits with the case open because if i close it, it overheats very quickly, stops functioning and eventually crashes when you least want it to. coincidently, i was sick of the look and feel of the site at the same time and i tend to redesign things every year or so anyway.
here’s the deal on this site: 100% CSS. it’s going to be a breeze to redesign because of the way i set it up and the simplicity of the navigation, which is a PHP include with floating list items. that navigation will likely grow, but not by much as i want to keep this site as simple as possible.
you’re probably wondering what this business about the edge of the world is all about. well it so happens that i have an explanation for you that will make your head spin. or maybe it will just make you spin in your chair, technically still making me 100% correct. here is the story:
i was talking to my uncle in vancouver about something. about flying, flying places, visiting people, and how uncommon it is for people to fly over and visit us here on the west coast. so why is that the case? we don’t smell. in fact, we’ve got some great air here, sitting on the coast of the biggest body of water in the world. so why no visitors? it’s quite nice here. i visit people all the time. the reason is quite simply that we are not on the way to anywhere else. you can’t fly from england and come to victoria or vancouver on the way to where you really want to go. it’s the final destination of a long trip for most people. in europe, everything is so close together — it becomes very inexpensive to fly around comparitively speaking. as my uncle put it, we’re on the edge of the world. what’s west of here? japan. so there you have it, that’s the story. hope you’re not disappointed.
the truth part is a play from my previous website that promised “true confessions of a digital ninja.” i don’t think that the confessions were all that great to be perfectly honest (and truthful, see! look at how this website is living up to its promises already! wow yeah.) so off it goes. plus i have not been up to anything worth confessing or that i’ll admit to so you’re on your own on that one.
must go watch the daily show.