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Viola Fair is a quiet, slow poke, small beans website featuring art, music, poetry and vaping. A look under the hood reveals that there are obviously no webmasters 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 ('02) only to make a thumbprint on the internet with an experimental website to see where it might go 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 as of this writing, including majors like Wikipedia which has a few brainiacs in its general vicinity. 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 concerning mobile compatibility. We're flat out of bleach so I've given up to save fuel. 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 was marketed on Viola Fair for many years for lack of benefit, interest and time. 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. That takes time and trouble and I'd rather be working music history. Since I have zero interest in marketing together with zero promotional talent Viola Fair will likely remain free of any commercial interests with the exception of recently placing some affiliate links in Vaping, supposing we might try to sponsor work in Music in some way however meager. Be as may, though we're a static site and 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 for Shakespeare 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 forever, but have left them undeveloped as long. 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, it's largely just online parking space, at this point, for experiments that didn't get too far. 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 Picasa's retouching tool. 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 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 a seeming confluence between analogue and digital phenomena occurred. 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 five sections of 39 chapters 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. As for the histories, I may be diving into modern composers soon, a rather huge project, but of elemental necessity if to better fill their present content. As for myself, music is a natural talent. I studied piano for several years as a child, could even sing once upon a time, and know what it is to hear music, but for various reasons have never done anything with it. Composing music (not lyrics) has never been a difficulty to me. Performing, however, has long been quite impossible.

== 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. I gathered Millay together in 2002 upon noting the absence of just such documentation on the internet (likely no more). Shakespeare couldn't but join her, those my two favorite poets. I also liked Lord Byron at one time, but I figured poetic pants with two pockets were enough, until The Gypsy's Address per Strange, 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 perhaps more quoting, the better part, 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 I include myself among the ignorant concerning whom exhibitions of such occur too easily to not be concerned to avoid. The beginning of my vocation as a writer was attended by bad advice from Nietzsche, in so many words, to make one's challenge that which you believe to be the most difficult thing in life (for you) to do, the notion that if you can do that then you can do anything. I believed that the hardest possible thing for anyone, especially myself, was poetry. And I was right. Writing has helped make my life a war, I a little overpowered on the losing side. I'm naturally much better at art or music than with words. Let that be a lesson to you. Do what clicks with you if you can and don't be too hard on yourself in a world that's greatly difficult already. I've also come across countless authors along the path of my studies who keep me greatly humbled, such as Jacques Derrida. Reading someone like Derrida doesn't compel one to too eagerly call oneself an author. Nor others from Alexandre Dumas to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn for that matter. After a few years as a Navy photographer I studied art in college for a couple years, then made the bad decision of dropping out because I needed money that didn't come, then embarked upon an autodidactic education begun in philosophy and religion toward poetry, logic, literary criticism, novels, history, gender/sexuality, psychoanalysis and foreign languages (philology) with very slight forays into economics (later trading), politics, social/cultural studies and science. Fifteen years later I well agreed with Solomon that education is a wearisome responsibility, nor without detrimental value to oneself in the actual world of dog eat dog in the trenches of survival in America. So definitely get yourself a degree or so if you think you financially can (if young you may feel more confident than you should), something practical like engineering or programming. (My salute - not easy stuff.) But forget education: it could get you killed. Don't forget that you're in life for the money in America, thus on this planet. Regardless what you do for what're reasons, if that or you aren't saleable you're in trouble. Durant or Maslov make for pretty good company as a renaissance student more intent on why than how, when, where or what. Such might or might not contribute to a better citizen, but you could end up financially desperate for it when you should have been working, instead, on something that pays you a hundredth of a cent the billion times it gets used, if not at least heading toward retirement at any steady career. Be as may, ambition is one thing, generally profit oriented, in which there's no fault, though it often begs ethical compromises. Aspiration, from specialized to all-encompassing, is another, surely applaudable, but for myself an unpragmatic bridge too far. One result for myself is that I used to vote for what I thought was best for America and the globe; now I vote per what's best for myself, as I'm guessing has long been the case, in general, from the poorest to the wealthiest anyway. Which goes toward saying that who are the opposite of myself and have lived the opposite way are likely a whole lot better off. Howsoever, being something aware of steep genius in various (literary) realms, I easily recognize myself for a moron whom it behooves to do more pondering than writing, thus cease.

== 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 only a few hundred dollars a year isn't going to increase whatever worth more essential. Our content, appearances aside, leans toward high quality because it's content to which we attend with no profit agenda to distract from it. I'd rather be working on the flow of a well-researched paragraph than fighting code to place blocks of advertising that can't accomplish anything with what little traffic this site receives. What we've to say about ecigs or vaping, therefore, is entirely uncolored. We (I, me and myself) 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. Vaping and DIY vaping are also considerably less expensive than smoking. So I rounded out Viola Fair with five sections, adding vaping information. Recently, however, I've added affiliate links to the vaping section, in a manner not too consuming so as to get back to musical research. Such is an attempt to sponsor the music histories, however meagerly (we see only 3500 unique visitors a month as a static site). No way am I otherwise going to load a lot of advertising on this site. I wouldn't get anything else done in exchange for what would reap rather puny sums for the trouble anyway. I also hesitate to make this an interactive site. That would be highly time-consuming, perhaps making progress with music history impossible.

== 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. As well, I've been getting hacked for amusement and/or damage one way or another since 1996 on cordless phone, for one. 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'm not eager to pronounce upon. 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 noise 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. Firefox is the browser for text, unless you need translation, which Chrome has made its domain along with video.) Opera hovers at about 3% through the years.

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