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Viola Fair is a quiet, slow poke, small beans website featuring art, music, poetry and vaping. There are obviously no geeks here. The unsophisticated code is a mess because we prefer working on content. Design is for tablets upward, not mobile devices. Sorry. But not really.  We've worked about a month on code for mobile-compatibility to small success. Making this site mobile-friendly amounts to rebuilding it in general from scratch yet again, which I don't see happening as the fourth time around. What began fifteen years ago only to make a thumbprint on the internet with an experimental website has become a Sisyphean labor only to keep it from becoming a thumbprint on a chalkboard. With no native solutions offered by smartphone manufacturers, mobile is a huge problem for the majority of websites, including majors like Wikipedia which has a few brainiacs on its staff. Besides, you can shrink Michelangelo's Last Judgment to fit the back of a dime, but so what, since you still can't see it? Fifteen years ago you could create a website with good content in Kansas, like nailing a poster to a pole if you could find a good website editor. But we're not in Kansas anymore and I'm saddle sore from code, especially per using a highly corrupt free edition of Expression Web 4. One can create a brand new website without the problems that older sites now face as technology advances. As for Viola Fair, we've come to spinning wheels on ice for various reasons beyond but mobile-incompatibility, and we're flat out of bleach. Such as our website search bar, now funked to no good result per endeavor to be phone-friendly, is going to have to stay, at this point, just as is.

Content also sees priority over commerce on this site. Nothing is sold on Viola Fair and we point to no affiliations. I'm weary of the rabbits that have to be ceaselessly chased only to present content, much less make a dime. I estimate this entire site to be worth about $25 a month were it bloated with advertising. Years of workdays longer than most in return for the vanity of a task well-done is one thing. But in return for a few hundred dollars a year it's not a real good deal. Especially not if its battling code instead of addressing content. This website was pursued to its present state of abandoned projects because they were there, so to speak, like the proverbial mountain. But advertising doesn't follow only because content and/or space happen to exist for such. Since I have zero interest in marketing together with zero promotional talent Viola Fair will likely remain free of any commercial interests. Be as may, though we don't request information of any kind in any way (passwords, shopping carts, etc.) we're SSL certified since portions of this site exceed experiment or vanity. SSL certification simply means that I've officially had to confess to owning this site, which you should presently be using instead of some other of which I wouldn't know.

== Launch ==

The initial purpose of Viola Fair was to advertise book indexing services, a career of several brief years that disappeared. But to market book indexing services required only five pages, hardly seeming worth the investment of website editing software and learning to use it. So some art, literature and various other experiments were added (such as roman numerals charts, since I couldn't find one online years ago), making Viola Fair largely a vanity website upon its launch in June of 2002. By 2003 that expanded into a publishing industry and international art index, now long since gone. In the interest of experiment, one solitary affiliate link for software (having nothing to do with art, book indexing, literature or publishers) was buried upon launch in an obscure location and forgotten. A few weeks later a check for a couple dollars was received. That link never made another dime, but it sparked a commercial endeavor which over the next year expanded into three areas: business ethics, website and traffic development, and a niche market that could be targeted with relatively small competition (at the time): transgender fashion. However, late in 2004, about the time that blogging was emerging with note on the internet, the website had to be abandoned. In mid-2005 the webmaster's computer was destroyed, upon which additional hosting problems left the website in ruination. Though in a state of rubble, the website was left online. Not until late 2010, after six years of drifting unattended in internet space, was it possible to readdress Viola Fair, at which time the site was redesigned bare bones. Neither music histories nor vaping existed at the time, so even drop-down menus were removed in the interest of simplicity.

We have initial pages at Google+, Twitter and YouTube, but have left them undeveloped thus far. We've no other presence in social media.

== Art ==

Art accounts for only about 1% of website visitation. Largely vanity, documenting ancient times before the desert got too dry. Doesn't accomplish a lot, but neither does erasure. So there it is in four categories: 1. Conceptual cartoons inspired by simple math equations on scratch paper. 2. Fundamental art studies ranging from portraiture and the human figure in various mediums (acrylics, oils, charcoal, conte, ink, pastel, pencil), to the abstract, conceptual, expressionistic and illustrative, again in various mediums. 3. Editorial ''Scratch'' ranging from humorous mental exercises to fine, or not so, abstract and conceptual paintings on notebook paper. 4. Pirate conceptual digital art, which begins with a digital image, either original or downloaded from the internet, that gets rearranged with Picassa. Sometimes the original is left unaltered enough to easily recognize it. (I don't know what's become of the model in a couple of them. I wrote to her years ago that I was doing some art with her images, but I never heard from her. Since they're not for sale, nor anything else on this site, I've used them.) Other times it gets deconstructed, morphed and reconstructed to degree that it becomes an entirely other representation. One could call them responses to the originals to various measures. Albeit often a tongue-in-cheek indulgence, Pirate Art is one section concerning which I remain attentive, due a seeming confluence between analogue and digital phenomena that I've experienced while doing it. It hasn't been possible to create more pieces since early 2011.

== Music ==

The YouTube History of Music accounts for about 85% of website traffic. Not that the world needed another music history, but upon learning that one could be made using YouTube for samples seemed a unique approach, not possible before the internet, nor before YouTube, founded in 2005 and acquired by Google in 2006 to become the second largest search engine after Google's own. YouTube pays big money to copyright holders, without which the histories would lose a lot of content. I had no notion one could build a history of music with YouTube when the notion began to occur in latter 2011 per wifi at truck stops (driving a big truck in places like Canada at the time). I was done with trucks and working on the histories full time about midnight 2012/13. Since then I've been constantly amazed at what's there (YouTube) as the histories grew to their present 36 sections from the medieval period to musicians surfacing on vinyl by 1970 per classical, blues, country, jazz and rock. Another internet phenomenon emphasized via the history is Wikipedia. One needs verify information as one can as with any source, but Wikipedia is usually on target and certainly among the most important encyclopedias wrought by the human race. What a remarkable thing Jimmy Wales has done since launching Wikipedia in March 2001, the 5th most visited destination on the internet.

== Poetry ==

Poetry accounts for only 12% of website use, especially the sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay, way beyond the sonnets of Shakespeare, compared to which the poetry of Something Strange doesn't even chart. The Gypsy's Address per Strange, is a simple rhyming heroic romantic comedy science fiction adventure, written in 2006 at seventy or eighty miles per hour in a Pete 379. (I had to write while driving, good trick, no longer able to deprive myself of sleep. Figure the average day as a truck driver to be about fifteen hours and I could only do a few years of that.) I wrote a few more books of poetry wheels rolling until in 2011 when I decided that writing like that was too much a fight and said no more. Retiring a couple years later, I've since pursued the YouTube histories, concerning which there is more quoting than writing. Anyway, 'The Gypsy's Address', was a romping laugh through a job that wasn't always great hauling onions and potatoes from Colorado to Texas, taking back alcohol of one kind or another from southern states. It's a shallow, simple Hollywood plot built for fun, not reality. There is apparently little else I care to publish though I've been writing intently since '81, more by circumstance rather than choice. I've not been published, having had other reasons to write, largely in examination of something. I've written a couple bad novels for which disappearance I'm grateful, one I oughtn't have destroyed, poetry as difficult for this and that reason, a good dose of lechery, and analytical or investigative journals concerning this, that and lot of which yet wants a clue - like parts of this website, somehow just there. I took up writing when I couldn't get back to college, so it went with books I bought instead. As it is, I can't pretend to have learned overmuch through the years, have failed in psychoanalyzing the cosmos, and include myself among the ignorant which greater exhibition, than already, feels less than compelling to pursue.

== Vaping ==

Viola Fair began as a largely nonprofit amusement. We've since found advertising too imposing relevant to profit to put on our pages. To make a website of value at all was the task at hand. Plastering advertising everywhere for a few hundred dollars a year isn't going to increase whatever worth more essential. Our content leans toward high quality because it's content to which we attend with no profit agenda to distract from it. What we've to say about ecigs or vaping, therefore, is entirely uncolored. We simply know ecigs to be a perfect solution to anyone who wishes to quit smoking. It's not a smokeless world we're after. Help yourself. But I quit smoking cigarettes with ecigs in January 2013, and am considerably healthier, both financially and physically, for it. Within a week of quitting smoking I noticed major improvements. I began vaping ignorantly (too much nicotine), but DIY put an end to cigarettes. Cigarettes and disposable Ecigs come to about the same in cost. But DIY vaping is as a dime to a dollar. I put vaping on this website to give it five round sections of possibly positive value, not measured in dollars, on which to build, or not.

== Of Note ==

There seem two essential backdrops of concern, though unaddressed, of which blackboards this website is chalked: 1. Freedom of speech and expression. (It's been a war on two fronts, analog and digital, only to keep this website online. This website has been produced in America, but not in peace. I've been getting hacked for amusement and/or damage one way or another since 1996 on cordless phone. Perhaps yourself as well, unaware.) 2. Extraintelligence, consciousness, presence, concerning which empirical experience has long left me no doubt. Though we touch upon such, ever so lightly, here and there, we don't pursue it, being both an inexplicable matter behooving circumspection and beyond the scope of this site. The truly important aspects of our experiences, etc., on this little ball called Earth are largely beyond relating because they're understood the least, concerning which I'd not be eager blather anyway. Ideal in this world of noise would be more reticence when one doesn't know what one is talking about, upon the ability to recognize that. I prefer to keep such from myself to a minimum.

== Statistics ==

Based in the United States, Viola Fair receives the majority of its website traffic from America. Of remaining international traffic the major portion of page views arrive, in descending order, from: France, Italy, Canada, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Ukraine. Per December 2014 twenty-five percent of visitors use a Mac, up 8% from 2012. Nigh thirteen percent are using a version of Linux, up 10% from 2012. Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer are no longer the browsers of choice as they were in 2012: Chrome per 2014 is at the head of the pack at 34% of browser use, up 15% from 2012. Some version of Mozilla such as Firefox follows at 27%. Apple's Safari follows Mozilla at 19%, up from 9% in 2012, but back to about 10% per latter 2016. Use of Internet Explorer has dropped from over 30% to only 9% from 2012 to latter 2014. The new Edge browser, however, has surpassed both Chrome and Mozilla in usage per latter 2016, being 29% (with Internet Explorer) in comparison to about 18% for both Chrome and Firefox. It would appear that MicroSoft has both Chrome and Mozilla lagging no small distance behind in the browser wars, with Edge alone now claiming just a touch more market. (I don't know about you, nor Edge, but Firefox cruises a full 15% faster than Chrome for myself. That's a lot.) Opera hovers at about 3% through the years.

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