Thomas Arthur Schaefer

Friday, March 09, 2007

Logic Over Reason


I've been really busy lately developing the new website —, which this blog is hosted on. It's really difficult because I'm dealing with well over a thousand works of art to post and trying to find the most effective navigational system to go about it. The big job currently is preparing all the images for the web with proper naming conventions... then of course the programing of the thing. This site needs to be able to handle my work for the next 10 years easily or until I can afford to hire someone to manage it for me (yeah right). Unlike the previous site which had a god-awful opening time of 15+ minutes, was built like a piece of garbage and was too big for even my own laptop to view without scroling like nuts, this site will open in seconds, launch sections of images the same and be tight and small.
The main sections of the site that will be functioning first will be the online store and the first major section of the site 'Correspondence'. I've decided to order that section by mailing dates instead of by individual people I've mailed. This will allow me to create a smarter navigational system begining now and throughout the future, almost the same way the blog works. Considering the only thing all my correspondences have in common is the date they are sent on, it makes perfect sence. It will be a 'backward' system starting with the most current dates and moving back to the beginning of it all, some 7 years ago. There are close to 800 pieces in this section alone and still growing, so I figure if I can design a smart system around that body of work, all the other sections of work will fall into place pretty easily. I'm running a hidden BETA version of it on the web as I type this and hope to have it go live on April Fools Day... but no jokes about it. It runs really fast... even though I'm dealing with over a GB of data (images/audio/video) that the site pulls from.

MARCH 09, 2007
BARKER - Bacon Bits A (stuffed envelope)

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