From Fred, the dad
From time to time, people come by in a truck and offer to paint or repaint
your name on your mailbox or your address on the curb. You are torn
between the desire for privacy and the apprehension that your friends will
not be able to find your house when they come to dinner.
My son, who is something of an Internet wizard, has offered to design me a
web page, putting me in somewhat the same quandary. I am already
overwhelmed by communication in various media, and one more avenue of
connection is alarming to one who is entering the phase in his life when
he wishes to sit on a mountaintop and contemplate the bamboo leaves.
However, my son tells me that a sufficiently informative page may satisfy
the appetites of the idly curious, while sorting out and giving a welcome
to true soul mates. So I have agreed to expose myself, and hope that my
son's formidable satirical gifts will be held in check while presenting
his father to the cyberworld.
From Ben, the son
It has taken a long time to push my dad onto the Internet, even though
the rest of our family uses it quite often. He simply resisted the notion,
even though he was paid to write about the 'Net a few times. After we got
him an Internet account for Christmas and he saw some of the web design
work I was doing, though, he buckled and let me build him a site.
I am hoping that readers won't find the site design in itself
self-indulgent or arrogant. It really isn't intended to come off that
way. I figured I had a lot of good photos of my dad to scan and, since
the site would be a personal site, plenty of photos would be appropriate.
Besides, it's hard to get more arrogant than
my own site.
When I started to design the site, I wanted to make sure the purpose of
the site was clear. Besides the obvious, getting paid, I wanted to
do the site because it would be a good introduction to the 'Net for my
dad. His friends, who often call when he's not home, leaving me as the
sole secretary, could find the essays, documents, or whatever they wanted
at a web site, since it's much more accessible than Fred is.
But even though friends of Fred will find the site most interesting, the
site also strives to attract new readers to Fred's works. That does not
mean the site is a marketing ploy, however -- it's more like a
contribution to the beliefs and ideas behind the Internet.
The site uses valid and cross-platform HTML for the most part, allowing a
wide variety of readers to experience Genesis. At the same time, I wanted
to see how far I could take my design skills without limiting my scope
to just one or two browsers (although only Netscape Navigator supports
backgrounds in tables). I am aware of connection speed issues, and I am
aware that Genesis is heavy on the design and layout side, as well as on
content. I wanted to show Fred what could be done on the Web without
putting too much on the site. If you don't want to download all
the excess layout, it is recommended that you disable image-loading in
your browser. I hope you enjoy your visit.
Designed like a fan's page
by a fan and son,