Web Development

I was going to mention this at the end of the previous post, but that was before it turned into a 2,000 word essay. After all time spent working on the Arts project, I had forgotten what it was like to spend an evening without coding (time off? what’s that?). Around the time we launched Arts and UChicago, I was yearning for another website to hack instead of, say, eating dinner. Or replying to email. Or shopping for groceries.

The site I picked belongs to one of my martial arts clubs — UCTSD: UChicago Tang Soo Do. It was a beast. My fault — we were in such a rush to build it years ago that I hacked it together out of some free online template. Of course, the original template wasn’t intended for our use, so I had to rejigger a lot of it in very messy ways.

Here’s how it looked:

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Before anything else, let me give a shout out to my former roommate (yes, the one who cruelly abandoned me to pursue a career in another state — the nerve!) who has set up his own blog: Nerd Out. As is his wont, he promises that he will be “overthinking everything you can be a nerd about.” It currently involves discussion over the finer points of game design and unfortunate PR parodies, and I fully expect it will soon contain his thoughts on artwork in comics, great moments in cinematic history, a symbolic reinterpretation of Schrödinger’s Cat for the internet era, plus whatever he happens to stumble across on Reddit that day. I, personally, find him an excellent and thought-provoking writer, and intend to engage him in witty repartee at every opportunity. Should nerdy things interest you, you should consider doing the same.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.

First off, let me apologize for the past few weeks of radio silence. I’ve been distracted by the start of the school year, which brings with it new classes, club organization & internal politics, and a number of major website launches. It’s said launches that I’ve been wanting to discuss, but in addition to my generally overbooked schedule, I’ve also had the dickens of a time trying to find the right tone. Though my goal is to point out some design & technical accomplishments (or failures), most of what I say varies between shameless praise and a frustrated griping session. Either approach seems vaguely inappropriate for the very public nature of the sites, so writing about them has become an arduous process.

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