A Zoid and Stuff

In: Unsorted Forever

The Zoido Hall of Shame

In which I post screenshots of almost every iteration of this site, all the way back to the beginning of time.

  • 1995–96

    The only thing this is missing is a “best viewed in Netscape” button. And content. But hey, this was the second Zoids site ever. (The first one was a 1995 user page on teleport.com that was gone shortly after. As you can see, I have been using some variation of that background image (from Techno Zoids boxes) since the beginning!

    Note: In 1995, this site was on AOL (my cat signed up for lots of “free hours”). Later, I moved it to a local isp that gave me a whole megabyte of storage (hence the “I quit” splash).

  • 1997

    In which I discover animated gifs. Also, my first plastic swap (an all silver Merda)! I didn’t have a camera at the time, so I just shooped it, and provided shooping instructions.
  • 1998

    I got burned out on inter-nets.
  • 2000–01

    I had a nifty ascii-art splash page, even though splash pages are stupid and annoying and useless. The 2000 subpage header was a bad shoop of Death Saurer about to destroy Atlanta, because I lived there at the time, and hated it. The 2001 one is something else, because I moved away. On both, the bad posterization effect was intentional. Trying to make bad photos look less bad doesn’t always work (#instagram, #hashtagsdontworkonblogs).
  • 2003

    I tried a different color scheme. That’s about it. The new header image was a black and white scan from the manual that I colorized in Photoshop. For all that work, it just ended up looking like a scan of the box art with the colors not as saturated.
  • 2006 (or thereabouts)

    Still blue, but starting to look like the current layouts. First appearance of the random corner image. I also started trying to arrange things into categories. By hand. I made each entry a separate text file, and then used virtual includes on each of the category pages. It was a pain. During this time I had an “old designs” page, which I forgot to restore until now.
  • 2007–08

    The last pre-Wordpress site, and the first appearance of the “Gustav carrying Smeat” banner (since I got a real can around this time). Also around this time, “lightbox” style scripts were invented, so I could finally ditch that custom popup script I’d been using for images since 2000. It was pretty nice, all conforming to the image size and having a loading status, and even a title, but UGH I HATE POPUPS. I had a bunch of other silly javascript stuff in this design too. The top menu always stayed at the top, and a “go back to top” link always stayed in the lower right corner. I was also into showing and hiding blocks of text for some reason.
  • May, 2008–January, 2012

    So I thought I’d learn how to do a site in WordPress. I spent too much time trying to get things to work to mess with the design.
  • January, 2012–??
    You’re soaking in it!

Status: BO-RING

Last Modified: 2012-06-07

First Posted: 2012-01-11


  1. Zoidstar said:

    A lot of nostalgia here! Never realized this was your site back in 2000!

    May 12th, 2012 at 6:17 pm | #

  2. then thecurrymaster said:

    Zoids ’n shit was the best -_-

    March 4th, 2014 at 10:04 pm | #

  3. then RCM said:

    @thecurrymaster: in case you were wondering… Raising Arizona is one of my favorite movies

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:29 am | #

Leave a Reply

Allowed tags: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <strong>, <i>, <em>, <code>. (all others will be removed)

No Pingbacks/Trackbacks