The Inner Mind came into existence back in the 1990s. The World Wide Web (WWW) was just getting started and it looked like it was going to be the next big thing. I wanted to learn more about it so I took a class at a local college on building web sites. To practice what I was learning I needed some content so chose two of my favorite shows at the time, the Outer Limits and Young indiana Jones. At that time the WWW did not very much information on these shows so after the class ended I published the site on June 18, 1996 using space on my internet provider at the time, peak.org.
Over the next couple of years more content for the shows was added. Two more sections were created, one with episode guides I created for other television shows. The second section had Siskel and Ebert's yearly top 10 lists and schedules for the U.S Sci-Fi cable channel. The site generated enough interest that I decided to give it a more permanent home. I also wanted a domain name so I looked at all the shows I had done episode guides for ideas and chose innermind.com which was available at that time. I also got a web host and opened the site there on October 1, 1998. Some interactive functionality of the time was added to some sections which included guest books, discussion forums, and voting polls.
After the Outer Limits and Young Indiana Jones shows stopped creating new episodes interest in these shows declined over the years. In the early 2010s the interactive features were dropped because they were mostly getting just spam. The site still gets a steady stream of traffic so I maintain it as a place for people to find the information on the site. Some sections continue to have a bit of new content added. In 2011 the section for the GUIquotes program was added and in 2013 the Proportions Calculator app section was added.
The web master of the Inner Mind is Loren Heisey. I created and maintain all of the site. A few of the television sections had content contributed by others which I try to acknowledge in those sections. From this site it should be obvious I enjoy following various television shows. I also enjoy hiking and exploring the greater outdoors some of which can be found at the Picturesque Photo Views photography blog. My professional background is developing and testing computer hardware, first for Hewlet-Packard and later for Sony. More recently I have been freelancing involving computer hardware. Currently I am working on making a job change to becoming a web developer.
The image used for the Inner Mind logo is of the Crab Nebula in the constellation Taurus. In 1054 A.D. a star's spectacular death was observed in this constellation. The bright source was visible in the daytime for 23 days, and would have been seen with the naked eye for close to 2 years in the night sky. In the 18th century French astronomer Charles Messier entered it as the first object in a catalog he created as Messier 1, or M1.
The center of the Crab Nebula contains a rapidly rotating neutron star or pulsar. This is pumping enormous amounts of energy into the nebula in the form of high-energy particles and magnetic fields. The image is a composite using data from three of NASA's Great Observatories. The Chandra X-ray image is shown in blue, the Hubble Space Telescope optical image is in red and yellow, and the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared image is in purple.
The reason this image was chosen is because when re-oriented it somewhat resembles the profile of a head (at least to me). The colored particles and fields might represent turmoil in ones inner mind. I also added a starfield around the nebula. The original image and more information about the Crab Nebula can be found on the Spitzer Space Telescope website .
When I first started creating websites in the 1990s they only used HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language). This was because at that time CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) were just a proposal. Even though by the time I moved the website to innermind.com in 1998 CSS had been released it took some time for browsers to incorporate the features of CSS. Since I wanted the website to be viewable by as many people as possible I did not use CSS. For positioning things on a page tables were used.
For providing interactive functionality such as guest books, discussion forums, and voting polls CGI (Common Gateway Interface) was used which was a popular way to do this at the time. All of the CGI scripts were implemented with the Perl programming language. The CGI scripts were written by others though I typically made some minor changes and improvements.
By 2010 CSS was available in all browsers and I had some time so the Episode Guide section was converted to use CSS. Template Toolkit was used as a template processing system for generating the web pages. This allowed common elements like headers, footers, and navigation to be in a file which is incorporated into all of the pages when the templating is run. The Template Toolkit uses the Perl programming language. When the Software section was added it used Template Toolkit.
The Inner Mind website is static which in my case means all pages on the website are complete and changes are only seen when I upload a changed page to the website. All editing of the pages is done on my computer. After all the edits are made the templating is run to generate the complete page to be uploaded to the website.
The Picturesque Photo Views photography blog was started in 2014. For various reasons it was put on a different web host and given its own domain name. It uses the WordPress CMS (Content Management System) which runs on the PHP programming language and uses MySQL for the database where the site content and settings are stored. The website is dynamic which in simple terms means each page is generated every time any visitor to the website views that page. Any published change is seen the next time the page is viewed. All editing of the blog posts are done on the website using WordPress. This does allow both my sister and I to create and change blog posts even though we are located in different parts of the country.