Global Conquest One Year Anniversary
I have taken this milestone occasion to redesign my website. I would like to say thanks to everyone who visits this site once in a while. Many of the reasons I maintain it are personal, it is a repository for my thoughts and photos as well as a communication hub, but I would surely lose interest if no one ever came here. I appreciate all the positive feedback and comments as well as the silent voyeurs.
In the year since I launched this site, a lot has happened. I graduated from University. I went back to Japan. I moved from Waterloo to London and then to Calgary. I renovated a kitchen. Held a yard sale. I drove from Ontario to Alberta. And back again. I saw Trinidad. I went to Boston. I went to New York. Twice. Rented a car for the first time. I was president of the UW Breakers. And a lot of interesting stuff in between.
I have no doubt this year will be as interesting as the last. Hopefully the new layout will give me new motivation to share stories and information and you more motivation to consume it.
When I first launched the site, I was much less concerned about how it looked than I was about getting something published. I would take lots of photos on my trips and never manage to share them. Ironically, my digital camera was stolen by the time I launched the site and I was much less able to share pictures in a timely fashion. But at least I was sharing them!
Since this time I had time to work on the site, I could create something much closer to a form I wanted. As anyone who does creative work knows, design is an evolutionary process. And though the new style is quite different from my original mental image, I still like it.
The last version of this site was really dry. One of the first critiques I received was "You've got to spice it up". Well, I feel I may have strayed a little far from function as this time I strove for form. There is still much to add, a bit to change, and hopefully not too much to tweak. I will iron out the wrinkles, including some poor colour combinations, as I go.
I would like to add sections on Japan and Japanese, something on Technology and the various little projects I work on or gadgets I have fun with, and even something on Philosophy (or my "Weltanshauung"). A couple of other sections will be surprises. For now, there is only the photo gallery accessible by clicking the top right block (my left shoulder) in the image map. The web mail is my private server so the gallery is the only useful link.
Hope you like the new site!
Posted by William at 2005年02月21日 23:51
i like the pic in the banner! cool~
i think the layout is nice; not extravagant, clean and pleasing to the eye.
Posted by: meli at 2005年02月22日 21:45
Nice work! Looking good. I like the graphics at the top, and the feed from the Mainichi Shimbun.
Posted by: Jeff at 2005年02月24日 01:35
nice will, very nice... it's gratifying to see someone putting their degree to use on an aesthetically pleasing project!
Posted by: eva at 2005年02月25日 14:35
loving the new site.
definetly will be visiting more often now :P
and about your last post how home don't feel like home.....i know exactly how you feel but taking me longer then the 4 months lol.
hope everything starts feeling right.
Posted by: Mr. Pesh at 2005年02月25日 22:05
Whoa, did you see this Mainichi article? For better or for worse, this will forever change the nightlife of Tokyo...
Posted by: Jeff at 2005年02月25日 23:10
Hi Will, 元気？
Nice work! 上出来(jodeki=excellent)！
And I can see you & THE JACKET(^_^)v
Posted by: Mama at 2005年02月27日 06:50
Just worry about the content, Willy. I read for the writing, not pretty pictures and things.
Posted by: Arthur at 2005年03月01日 21:40
Thanks for all the great comments everyone!
Jeff, I have a feeling the enforcement will be as strict as it is with many of their other sex laws; non-existant.
Art, without pretty pictures and things I'm excluding a certain demographic of the population, such as current United States presidents.
Everyone else, flattery will get you everywhere ;)
Posted by: William at 2005年03月01日 21:59
Hey Will! Glad to see your life happily unfold on this cool website u made!
payce =D hope ur still breakin 2
Posted by: Seniorboogie at 2005年03月04日 06:46
Mr. Metcalf! Nice site redesign! :) where are you at these days?
Posted by: Danpire at 2005年03月08日 21:35
Hi will, I write down here with my new VAIO.
It`s good. I need to switch the Key. There are two types of people in the world, who switch the Ctrl to CapsLock and who do not it.
It is Saturday night. There is no party. It is good day for Hack.
Posted by: taizo at 2005年03月12日 10:13