A retrospective on 15 years

On the 3rd July in 2001, I registered some domain names and signed up for a hosting package.
They were all vanity domains - just my name in different tld's (.com, .net, .org, and so forth).
About a week after that, a website was on this domain.
 
That was my second website. I actually thought it was my first, but when writing this I went back to some old diaries to verify the dates - and I found that I'd completely forgotten about an older web presence that I hosted on my ISP's free web space.

Genie

Genie

This wonderful cloud formation looks like a Genie coming out of a lamp.

I don't need much more of a reason, do I?

Code Pages

I can't remember the last time I received a file from someone that I couldn't use.

These days, the file formats we use are pretty standardised. PDF files, Word documents, JPGs, MP3s, MP4s and so on - unless the person sending you it is a specialist in some area you actually have very good odds that any file you're sent will be readable.

Of course, it wasn't always so. But it was once much worse than just having different file formats. WordPerfect vs Wordstar vs Word was just an argument between companies. Once, it was a battle between computer hardware and countries.

Treeline Sunset

Treeline Sunset

In 2008, I went to Beckenham Place Park specifically to try and capture photos as the sun set.

Time well spent, it would seem...

Cyphers Clubhouse Ruin

Cyphers Clubhouse Ruin

Ruined by a fire, this is now luxury housing. Once, people watched the gentle crack of leather upon willow here on warm days, politely clapping as the day draws on.
I know which I prefer.

Busy Street

Busy Street

This street is about to be dug up, and all the underground cables and pipes have been marked so that nothing gets hit. Every day people are walking over this complicated system and taking it for granted, but for a brief few days it was made visible.

Once Proud

Once Proud

A once proud tree, now home to insects and standing incongruously in a lush green park.

Lush Sphinx

Lush Sphinx

This Sphinx is one of the few remains of the Crystal Palace. It sits guarding where the Palace once was, now occupied by lush trees.

Through the Keyhole

Through the keyhole

A quick shot of a water stop cock access, which has lost its covering plate.

Well, with "cock" and "access" in the Google cache, this should be a popular page...

As it stands, I like this shot due to its pleasant geometric alignments, and the sodding big keyhole in the middle. A very pleasing arrangement.

Slight Reflections

Slight Reflections

Reflections on a 60's office block, now long derelict despite being in the packed City of London.

It was a throwaway shot when I took it, but there's something about the texture that I really like about this shot.

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