December 5, 1998|
Dozens of new sites have been added to the Loop, and
the graphical index has been
updated and should be current. If your site is not
listed in the graphical index, or it has the wrong
image, please let
me know and I'll fix it. Quickly.
Yesterday the server was offline twice for about
fifteen minutes each time as hardware in the server
was upgraded. Prior to that, the servers had been
running without a reboot for two and a half months.
Looking at my last note, four months ago, it seems
I'm a bit late with the member logins page.
This code got put on hold as things got a lot more
complicated at Rock
River Internet. Hopefully soon I will be able to
complete that code.
August 10, 1998
First, I'd like to thank the sysadmins at Digital for
identifying the source of the stats-hammering problem.
They didn't have to do that, but they did.
Next, the fractalus.com
server was offline for part of yesterday and today.
Even sysadmins occasionally make mistakes. The Loop
script is back up and running, and as long as I was
tinkering with scripts, I altered the "next 5" pages
so that there is an extra link at the bottom to show
the next five sites after that. A minor change, but
there are more coming; I'm currently testing out
Loop member logins (at last) and hope to have them
available by the week's end.
July 31, 1998
The stats script is back online, for now. The initial
page (the one you see when you first get the stats) is
generated once each hour. This has the effect of making
it pop up much faster. If you click any of the links to
change the sort order or site/command filtering, you'll
get a freshly generated page. That will take a little
longer, but it's still faster than it was before. I
think I'm going to have to abandon Perl if I want to make
the stats script faster still. And that will have
to wait a while.
I've not heard back from the folks at Digital yet, but
they may not have anything to tell me. I just hope the
problem doesn't repeat itself.
July 28, 1998
The stats script has been taken offline due to someone
(or some software) on a DEC server causing problems by
attempting to "index" all its links. This put a severe
load on the server here, causing other visitors to the
site to get very slow repsonse. Fortunately I was aware of the
problem within ten minutes and was able to disable the
I'll restore the stats page when I've had a chance to
optimize the script so it runs much faster.
May 22, 1998
server was offline for a few hours today while a
redundant net connection was installed. This is the
permanent solution to the problems listed under April
May 15, 1998
The Infinite Fractal Loop was briefly mentioned in a
short piece on fractals that appeared in Science.
(Specifically, the April 24th issue, page 491.) While
not an enormous highlight, traffic has been up sharply
for the past two weeks. Congratulations to all IFL
members, who make the Loop worth visiting!
April 17, 1998
Due to some problems with our net connection (Ameritech
mangled a line somewhere, or something) the
fractalus.com server, and
thus the entire Loop navigation script, was down for
most of Thursday. Sorry about that!
There have also been repeated problems with the sign-up
script, handing out bad site IDs or reporting that
information was missing from the form when it wasn't.
These should, finally, be fixed.
As you've no doubt noticed
:) the Infinite
Fractal Loop has yet another new look to its home pages.
Hopefully this new look is a lot cleaner and less
visually distracting. As always, I invite you to
tell me what you
think. Most especially, tell me if you find a flaw in
any of the pages (either because of the new design, or
just a typo or misinformation). While I was tweaking
pages I refined the statistics
page, and wrote a better explanation of what it all
Congratulations are in order as well, for several
artists on the Loop had their imagery used in "Among
the Stars", a series of ballets with celestial themes.
The ballets featured imagery by Julian Adamaitis, Don
Archer, Mark "Bud" Christenson, Dan Finton, Sylvie
Gallet, Terry W. Gintz, Alice Kelley, Garr Lystad, Bill
Rossi, Les St. Clair, Janet Preslar, and Sharon Webb.
For more information on the ballets, see the
the Stars home page.
April 6, 1998
A new statistics page has been installed, this one gives
a lot more information, and is sortable and filterable.
Some of the column headings are not clear, so I will add
a page explaining what the statistics mean in a few days.
I also changed the graphical index script a bit. Now it
will start the index at a random site, every time the
page is generated. I did this because I noticed that a
large number of hits are generated by the graphical index
(all of the "go" command hits come from this page) and
the page takes so long to load, most people are probably
choosing one of the first few sites in the Loop. This
isn't very fair to those at the end of the Loop, so by
starting the index at a random location, everyone gets
a fair crack at things. Think this is a raw deal?
Tell me what you
March 7, 1998
Analysis of the server logs here for the past six weeks
indicates the Infinite Fractal Loop is averaging 1800
hits per week, which works out to be about 30 hits per
site per week. Not too bad! Today I altered the loop
script so that such traffic data is easier to access;
this will pave the way for full Loop traffic statistics
While I was tinkering with scripts, I wrote a new script
to generate the graphical index. This means no more
missing images, and I can update the index more
easily. If your site is part of the Loop, but isn't
showing up in the graphical index, it's probably because
you haven't told me which picture to use as a thumbnail.
February 4, 1998
The entire queue of waiting sites has been processed.
Some sites seem to have disappeared, but most sites have
been sent acceptance notices, and a few have already
responded and are now part of the Loop.
While testing a new script for handling submissions, I
accidentally replaced the existing page, and some visitors
submitted information that was never delivered. If you
tried to join the Loop today, February 4, and your site
isn't listed in the queue,
then you will need to re-submit your site's information.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
January 13, 1998
index works now. So does the Next 5 button.
Also, the bug with the Random site occasionally
giving a bad URL should be fixed now (I messed up while
transcribing the database from WebRing).
There is a new, low-impact banner on the Loop
HTML Code page. And I rearranged the graphical
index page to work better with some browsers and small
January 12, 1998
OK, OK. I know it seems like nothing's been happening
for a while. Well, things have been happening, they're
just behind the scenes where you can't see them.
First, several changes have been made to the appearance of
the IFL home pages here; a few more color schemes for variety,
a work-around for an IE4 font bug, and now thumbnails
for every site in the Loop. Spiffy. (At least, it will be
spiffy when everybody does send me thumbnailsright
now there are a few sites which I don't have thumbnails for.
If this means you, why don't you pick out a picture you think
represents your site well, and I'll thumbnail it for you?)
You'll notice that the IFL home pages have moved. I've
moved from sunny Florida to Illinois, and in the process had
to move the pages from my old ISP in Florida. Since I'd just
registered the domain fractalus.com
for my own gallery, it seemed like a good idea to move the
IFL home pages there. As long as I run the IFL, these pages
won't have to move again!
The most important news, though, is that
WebRing (which provided the
script that makes linking between Loop sites work) has been sold
and its new owners have indicated they will be stepping up the
advertising content. Until now, ad content has been voluntary,
and only on a few pages completely generated by WebRing's
servermost sites in a web ring weren't affected. The new
plan changes all that. Since several IFL members indicated they
would need to drop out if ads were mandatory (due to restrictions
from their universities), and since WebRing doesn't really send
many hits into the IFL anyway, I have written a replacement
script to do just about everything WebRing's script does.
This means that the IFL no longer relies on WebRing for anything.
If you have any problem related to the IFL, there's no
longer anyone else to pass the buck to.
:) So just
send all the problems you have directly to
There are still a few links which do not work. The "Next 5"
button may not function, statistics are currently unavailable,
and editing your site's information (Member Login) has not been
implemented yet. If you need to edit information for your site,
please just e-mail
me with the necessary information.
September 23, 1997
Well, the new home pages are finally finished. Yes, I know
it's taken me a while, but at least they were 80% there right
away, and only the supplemental information was missing. If
you should find an incomplete page or a broken link, now is a
good time to tell
me about it. You can even critique the style of the site,
if you want. I won't mind.
I finally realized that I had not finished customizing all the
forms, pages, and mail messages generated by WebRing. For
those of you confused by the information given you by WebRing,
I humbly apologize. The problem has been fixed.
New pages have been signing up more frequently. I've checked
all the sites in the queue again today, so within a few days
there should be several new sites for your browsing pleasure.
Recently, two IFL members had their work shown in an
exhibition is Rio de Janeiro, entitled A Fronteira entre
Arte e Ciência (the Frontier between Art and
Science). Reportedly the exhibition was a success, the most
popular exhibit at the RioCentro. Congratulations are in
order for Sharon Webb, Doug Owen, Eliana Guedes, Javier
Barrallo, Linda Allison, Noel Giffin, and Paulo Gergel. (My
own artwork was also featured, but hey, we know that's
If you've got some fractal news you think should be posted
here (like maybe your site got an award?) then please
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