The Wall's Evolution
Christopher W. Thomas (
Mon Nov 17, 1997 at 6:42PM

The Wall's Evolution ....

Back in 1996, Ronald Trang began this project with a little bit
of web space and a lot of brilliant ideas. A perusal of the many
pages of games, graphics and works contained within this site
will attest to this. It is a masterly job of inventiveness, and a
clear stroke of genius. ... All who visit here will find this so.

When I first visited - on March 3rd, 1997 ... I was dumbfounded!
The sheer genius behind all of it showed in everything Ronald
had touched. ...

Being a poet - I was particularly interested in both Ronald's
poetic work & everything which had been posted on "The Wall" -
now known as Old Walls Number 1 thru 7.

I became a constant visitor in the following months,
and, eventually - posted close to 300 works of my own ...
first - just sayings of mine, and a scattering of free-form verse -
initially on Old Wall Number 6, and then on Old Wall Number 7.

On March 16th, seeing my constant visits and additions -
Ronald chose to initiate The New Wall - which was designed
to set the scene for the more serious work myself (and others)
chose to post - instead of the graffiti which the style of
The Old Wall seemed to attract.

During the following months - The New Wall did attract
many visitors, and eventually caused posting problems.
The original server was overwhelmed with the space
demands needed to keep it going, and it soon became
apparent both myself, and - eventually, Ronald, too -
were no longer welcome.

In the month of July, therefore, I initiated my own site -
The Tristram Home Page, & proceeded to write my work there.

I also posted about a dozen of my works as audio clips,
as well as text. Unfortunately, these "broke the bank" ...
as-it-were, and so it became necessary for me to withdraw
my audio renditions.

This caused me to lose interest in maintaining my own site,
and I started to look around for another place to post my work.

Right after I vacated this site and started my own in mid-July
... Ronald - feeling the same pressure I had experienced,
had chosen to change his Internet Service Provider,
and rerouted everyone from his old site at Erols to
this new one at New Age Web.

Following this, he then wrote me a very nice letter
in August - informing me of his move and asking me
to "come back to the fold" - as-it-were.

I visited once or twice, as can be seen by my posts,
but found the new workings to be unsatisfactory,
and the climate not entirely comfortable.

Also, The Book of Writers filter took me away from
the collective pool of The New Wall's many visitors.
Although I did come back from time to time -
I was not as comfortable as I had been earlier.

The filters which tended to send humorists in one direction
(to the Joke Wall) chatters in yet another direction
(to the Chatting Wall) and writers in yet another direction
(to the Book of Writers) divided us, and many of us now
wondered why The New Wall even needed to be there still ...
if we were all being routed in different directions.

Basically, The New Wall had become a dinosaur of the past,
and only there as a reminder of how we all got to be -
where we are now.

Interest waned, and the constant stream of visitors diminished -
in part, as many had gone on to other things (myself included)
and because Ronald no longer had the predominant Cool Sites
hotlink direct access from Erols' Home Page - which had
brought most of us here from the beginning.

Now - it is apparent the sheer genius which went into this site
might be overlooked by many. As you read this - please realize
this page is only part of a magnificent site with many dimensions,
along with wonderful entertainment.

After finishing this, go visit the other pages contained herein.
Enjoy the brilliance and creativity which went into all you will
find here. Then bookmark it, and come back again and again,
in order to be presented with the new thought which will be
posted continually on The New Wall.

Look at the other sites within The New Wall itself, including
The Joke Wall (The Funnies Corkboard) The Chatting Board,
The Book of Writers, AND Old Walls #1-7 ... which can be
accessed from the top right-hand corner.

Go to the bottom of this page and press on Previous Postings ...
this will bring up everything which was posted from March 16th
to July 16th - the date upon which Ronald transferred the site to
New Age Web - his new server. This page reflects only posts
made since the transfer.

If you like poetry - there are some wonderful pieces posted here
- and I don't mean just mine.

Initially, the concept contained here laid out the welcome mat to
some truly inventive genius, and they came - en masse. ...
If you have the time - read everything ... as much of it -
will open your mind.

If you came here to The New Wall just to read Tristram's work -
then please be aware much of it was a reflection of other posts,
some with good intent, and some with bad ... but all of it -
came from the heart.

Christopher W. Thomas
Original Posting - 10:25am Tues 10/14/97