Whenever I update the What’s New? page, I delete entries that are no longer new (i.e., more than a year old) and move them to this archive. That keeps the What’s New? page to a reasonable size, while maintaining a complete history of this Web site for anyone who might be interested. I can’t imagine why anyone would actually be interested in such a thing, but here it is.
Since this archive goes back to 1999, some links and other things mentioned in old entries may have changed, moved, or disappeared. I’ve removed outdated links and annotated some entries to indicate where things have moved, but I’ve otherwise left the original text unchanged. I add the annotations when I archive the entries, so in time the annotations may themselves become outdated.
Happy end-of-year holidays! I recently rediscovered the black and white pictures I took in Yellowstone National Park (alongside the color slides on the main Grand Teton and Yellowstone page). Nine of those pictures are on the new Yellowstone in Black and White page. I also have accompanying notes on black and white photography.
Happy Saturnalia! I reorganized the Scenery page to accommodate two new pictures taken on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula: Malaga Cove Panorama and Point Vincente Park. Also, a new scan of Lunada Bay. [These pictures all moved to a new Travel Photo Essay on Palos Verdes Estates. And the picture I thought was of Point Vicente is actually Rocky Point.]
Made various minor corrections and updates to about a dozen pages of photo essays. Mostly of interest to those concerned with jots and tittles.
Two new pictures on the Maui page: Corrugated House and Making Surfboards. Made some minor revisions to the Commentary pages. [I deleted “Making Surfboards” (which wasn’t actually about surfboards) when I completely redid the Maui Travel Photo Essay in 2006.]
Added a new “mini-trip” page on a nice day in Old Quebec.
Added a new “Mini-Trips” section to the Photo Travel Essays page. A “mini-trip” is a short page about a specific location, with maybe six or seven pictures. It gives me a way to write about a place of which I have a few interesting pictures but, perhaps due to lack of time or uncooperative weather, not as many pictures as I usually include in a regular photo essay. The first two “mini-trips” are in Southern California: the Santa Barbara courthouse and the La Purisima Mission. I visited these places in May, when the seasonal fog and overcast along the Southern California coast precluded the “Central Coast of California” photo essay I had planned (the mission is far enough inland to escape the fog, and I was just plain lucky the afternoon I was in Santa Barbara). But I still had an enjoyable trip and brought home some interesting pictures. [The “Mini-Trips” section is no more. But the Travel Photo Essays on the Santa Barbara Courthouse and La Purisima Mission are now on a California page within “Places.”]
Added new picture, Nojoqui Falls, to the Fine Art page. Made some minor updates to the Links page. [“Nojoqui Falls” moved to the Travel Photo Essay on the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, California.]
Added a brand new Travel Photo Essay page on Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta. Some of the pictures used to be on the Scenery page, but I made new scans of these to go with the twelve new images. Consequently, the Scenery page is now back to one page, with links to some particularly scenic Travel Photo Essay pages.
I made some fairly extensive updates to the Commentary pages, including a whole new page of what I learned in Alberta about freaky weather, traveling alone, and photofinishing. I also added a section about my travel kit. I made a separate page for AOL users explaining how to improve the quality of displayed graphics. This used to be part of the Commentary pages, but I have expanded it and linked it both to the Commentary and Adjusting Your Monitor pages.
Added three new pictures: “Cedar Breaks”, in Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah (on the Bryce Canyon page); “Avignon Zigzags” (on the Avignon, Provence page); and “Cannes Umbrellas” (on the Nice and Cannes page). I also made some new, improved scans of three existing pictures: “Jug Handle Arch” (on the Arches National Park, Utah page); “Wuptaki” (on the Indian Country page); and “In the Forest” (on the Scenery page).
Added a new picture, “Athabasca Falls”, to the Scenery page. I also have improved versions of “Autumn in the Canyon” and “Blue Tetons”. [“Athabasca Falls” is now on the Canadian Rockies page. “Blue Tetons” is now on the Grand Teton page.]
Ted Marcus’ Virtual Light Table now has its own hosted domain at tedsimages.com. The new server promises better speed and reliability, as well as a more reliable contact form (The Virtual Mailbox). All the pages on the old site, and the old pointers to it (www.lightbox.cx and tmvlt.cjb.net) now have automatic redirection that sends the browser to the appropriate new page. [tmvlt.cjb.net still works. lightbox.cx does not. “.cx” is the top-level domain for Christmas Island, a tiny Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. In 2000, when Network Solutions still had a monopoly on the .com/.net/.org domains, Christmas Island’s contract registrar briefly offered .cx domain registrations at an irresistible price. Deregulation of American registrars, combined with political changes on Christmas Island and the bankruptcy of the registrar, soon put an end to that.]
Divided the Scenery page into two pages for easier loading. Added two new pictures to these pages: Lassen Peak and Emerald Lake, both taken in Lassen Volcanic National Park last September. Also have a new, improved version of Arcade. [The Scenery section is back to one page, since I subsequently found better homes for many of the pictures that were originally there.]
Converted the entire site to use Cascading Style Sheets. This technical change means pages will have a more consistent look. Unfortunately, what it also means is that if you’re using an old browser (e.g., Netscape 3 and older, Microsoft Internet Explorer 2 and older, Opera 3.0 and older) the fonts, colors, and format will not display correctly. If you’re using one of these browsers, please accept my apologies, with the caveat that a great many Web sites are even more incompatible with these old browsers (I recommend updating with Opera, since it’s faster, smaller, and works better than Internet Explorer or Netscape on older or slower systems). Also made numerous minor editorial and “clean-up” changes to a number of pages, and added some new links to the Links page.
Made the “menu” pages consistent by adding “larger version of picture” links throughout. So on the Photo Travel Essays (or “Places”) and Hawaii pages you can now view larger versions of the sample pictures. Also cleaned up the layout of the Provence menu page so it’s less crowded.
For the incorrigibly curious, I’ve added some brief biographical information (and a picture of myself) to the Commentary pages.
I finished and uploaded the photo essay pages on Provence, France, with 68 new pictures. I also made some improvements to navigation buttons throughout the site.
I made some updates to the Links page as well as the Commentary pages. While I was at it, I gave these purely-text pages a new background color that, I hope, should be easier on the eyes. I have finished scanning 68 new pictures for the upcoming pages on Provence, France, and that new Travel Essay section is coming along nicely.
The home page has a new look. I also updated the Virtual Mailbox page and the E-mail and Privacy page to reflect my new domain name, and fixed the bad link on the main Hawaii page. Meanwhile, I’m busily working on preparing pictures for the upcoming Travel pages on Provence, France. Stay tuned!
I updated the links page to correct an erroneous link and update some obsolete ones. While I was at it, I made some fairly extensive revisions to the Commentary pages. No new pictures, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, the revisions should be the equivalent of a few images.
My assimilated Internet provider must have received a lot of complaints about the abrupt, unannounced termination of support for forms, since they just as stealthily made forms available again. So my Virtual Mailbox screen now includes a handy form, in addition to several other ways to contact me.
Added three new pictures to the first Fine Art page: Tower and Leaves, Pillars and Arches, and Colonnade. Also reorganized the page somewhat. Updated the Ted’s Commentaries pages to correct an error in a link and to reflect my latest choice of a “standard” film. [“Pillars and Arches” and “Colonnade” moved to the Travel Photo Essay page on Palos Verdes Estates, California.]
Finally, exactly three days after my last update (31 March), and a week and a half after switching to a new Internet provider and Web host, my new Internet provider was assimilated Borg-fashion by a new company. As one of the “service improvements” that went along with the buyout, the wonderful new company abruptly (and without informing anyone) discontinued support for forms. So I had to go back to “mailto” links on the Virtual Mailbox screen. In these hectic days when mergers and instantaneous change are what everyone values most highly, the best recourse for dealing with the inevitable frustration is to take several deep breaths, and then repeat the sacred mantra “Change Is Good!” until Nirvana is attained.
Moved the site to a new server, which supports forms. So I have created a Virtual Mailbox screen for sending messages, to replace the old “mailto” links. Also made minor updates to the E-mail and Privacy page.
Added new picture, Mediterranean Afternoon, to the “Spring” section of the Scenery page. Minor update to the What’s a Virtual Light Table page. [“Mediterranean Afternoon” moved to the Travel Photo Essay page on Palos Verdes Estates, California.]
Added new picture, Golden Gate, to the “Spring” section of the Scenery page. [This was the only usable picture from a brief trip I made to San Francisco in 1997. A longer trip in 2008 gave me enough pictures for five Travel Photo Essays. This picture moved to the Iconic San Francisco page.]
Added two new pictures to the “Flowers, Gardens, and Trees” section of the Fine Art pages.
Happy Y2K! Having ascertained that this Web site is fully Y2K compliant, I’ve revised the Grand Teton and Yellowstone page and added two new pictures to it.
Changed the “Graphic” page to Fine Art, which better reflects the content, and rewrote the introductory words for this page to explain what I mean by “Fine Art.” Shifted some pictures off the Scenery page that better belong under “Fine Art”. Revised the What’s A Virtual Light Table? page.
Added a new picture to the Graphic page, the Château Frontenac in the Old City of Québec, Canada. One of these days I’ll get to go back to that charming and picturesque city when there’s good weather so that I can get enough pictures for a full Places page. [The picture moved to a not-quite-full Travel Photo Essay, A Nice Day in Old Quebec.]
Added six new pictures to the Graphic page, changed the “Trains” section to “Transportation” (to reflect four new pictures that aren’t trains), and split the page into two pages. [The trains moved to the Travel Photo Essay page on Griffith Park in Los Angeles, where I took the pictures. The “Transportation” section is now called Ships and Boats, since that’s what remained after the trains departed. The “Graphic” page is now three “Fine Art” pages.]
Added three new pictures to the “Buildings and Architecture” section of the Graphic page (they’re the new third row). [The “Graphic” page is now three “Fine Art” pages.]
In honor of the autumn equinox I have added a new autumnal picture, Mountain Aspens, to the Scenery page. Also on the Scenery page, I have an improved version of Moraine Lake (some people thought the original version looked too purple). [The picture of Moraine Lake is now on the Canadian Rockies page.]
Added a Links page (without which no Web site would be complete, after all). Also changed the main page to move the Updates link (this page) to the top.
Added three new pictures to the Scenery page (they’re the last of three rows under “Serenity”). All three were taken in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, as were two others on that page. Because of the unseasonable weather I had during the two trips I’ve made to that area, I don’t have enough pictures of that beautiful region to assemble a coherent Places page devoted to it; I have to make do with the shots I was able to grab during the few minutes of favorable light between spells of overcast, rain, and snow. Perhaps someday I can figure out which deity of the Great White North needs to be propitiated so that I finally be rid of the Canadian Bad Weather Karma I’ve somehow accumulated (I had similar bad luck in Quebec). [I eventually did find enough pictures of Alberta to create a Travel Photo Essay on the Canadian Rockies, to which I moved these pictures.]
I added a new Catalina Island page to the Places page. I also reorganized the Graphic page and added four new pictures. If that’s not enough, I’ve modified various other pages to eliminate the yellow dots and dashes that appeared between images on certain browsers (thanks to Vince Gillis for elucidating the HTML quirk that was causing the problem). [The “Graphic” page is now three “Fine Art” pages.]
The home page and the picture pages now have snazzy new titles! I’ve also made the contrast wedge on the Adjust Your Monitor page a bit bigger.
Added three new pictures to the Graphic page. [The “Graphic” page is now three “Fine Art” pages.]
Happy Solstice! I updated the Adjust Your Monitor page to make it clear (in red type, no less) that it’s meant as a starting point for adjusting your monitor for comfortable viewing rather than an absolute directive. I have also completed an ongoing “stealth” overhaul of the image files to make them sharper and more vibrant for viewing, and rewritten some of the Commentary pages (which are still incomplete).
Aloha! I have finally finished and uploaded the Hawaii pages. 64 new pictures cover five islands.
A “stealth” update. No new images, but I have uploaded new versions of a number of existing images that should be of better quality. In particular, the updates include all the images on menu pages, as well as the entire Graphic page. [The “Graphic” page is now three “Fine Art” pages.]
Added new Stone Walls image to Graphic page. Updated several images on the Scenery and Graphic pages with versions that are sharper and have better color. Still working on the Hawaii pages. [The “Graphic” page is now three “Fine Art” pages. “Stone Walls” moved to the Travel Photo Essay on the Empire Mine (where I took the picture) in Grass Valley, California.]
In response to several comments, I have modified the home page and the “Places” page so that clicking on any picture or text goes to the appropriate sub-pages. I hope that makes things clearer.
The first upload to the Web, thereby establishing me as a major presence in global e-commerce! Or so says my ISP’s brochure. There are 97 images, but the “Commentary” pages are in an early stage of incompleteness (and what there is probably needs some trimming). I’m working on adding Hawaii (five islands) to the “Places” pages. [This “first upload” included four Travel Photo Essays: Grand Teton (which also had a few pictures of Yellowstone), California Deserts (which after later additions and rewriting became Joshua Tree and Death Valley), Mono Lake and Bodie, and Indian Country.]