to our humble site. Originality
is Overrated, or 'OIO' as we sometimes call it, is the brainchild of
The domain itself was originally registered in January 2002, simply
because I wanted a personal web site, and liked the title, especially
as a web/graphic designer.
For the first year or so, the site consisted of a smarmy flash page
as a few of the editors will attest to, and the ubiqitous phrase 'coming
soon'. I pretended to have some grand plan for the site; I had none.
Instead, I began to develop the site out of the need of a way to use
a 'cool' graphic I had created.
I added a PHP news script that I found online, and gave a few of my
closer friends accounts. Eventually, I thought this would be a great
place to show off some of our writing, and also to maintain a journal.
Within three months, I developed the code base for creating new users,
adding and editing entries and musings, and all of the other functionality
you see on the site. A lot of the concepts were inspired by other journal
sites- we are definitely not original in that respect. I do think our
editorial staff sets us apart, though, with their ramblings featured
on the main page, and the like.
Originality is Overrated is fundamentally a web site created by a high
school student-cum-college-freshman for the purpose of providing our
group a way of keeping informed about each other's lives. Many
of us are moving out of state and far and away, and instead of using
more direct means, we thought a place to maintain a journal of our day-to-day
'adventures', such as they are, would be invaluable during this time.
The more I thought about the site, the more concepts came to mind.
I was inspired to create a 'musings' section of the site to allow the
editors a place to display their writings, creative, introspective,
and everything in between. The journal functionality remained
for less critical writings, and for a place to write about the current
happenings in one's life.
Originality is Overrated has a few users called editors. These
are 'special people'. That is, they were chosen, probably by me,
because I thought (however mistakenly, sadly the case may be) they would
contribute meaningful, well thought-out creative works and introspections,
as mentioned above. This is a tightly controlled membership, but
you may break in if you feel you have the creative fortitude to impress
us. In all likeliness, this is one of those "don't call us, we'll call you"
sort of things. Simply put, if you have to ask for it, you're probably
not editor material.
That being said, there are two ways to become an OIO editor:
1) Work actively within your journal account, posting
write-ups, such as they are, on anything and everything. Make
the writings you consider musing-worthy intelligent, spell-checked,
and interesting. After you've collected a few of these within
your journal, contact me, and tell me you wish to run for a shot at
editorship. I'll put your material under review with a few of
the existing, active editors, and we'll make our decision there.
Chances are, a better, more thought-out process for this will come about
2) Sleep with me. If you are this desperate,
I pity you. But not in the way that doing so wouldn't make you
an editor. It's worth a shot, anyway.
About Page Titles
Page titles are those spiffy sayings you see embroidered on your browser
window at the very top of the window, typcially directly to the left
of that weird underscore line, those two boxes, and the big X that closes
the window. Sometimes, its accompanied by the name of the browser
The thought to use random titles came to me a long time ago.
Probably somewhere near the era of Chris Online... (yes, I once had
registered chrisonline.com, at the recommendation of OIO editor diffused)
but <tech talk> JS isn't processed until the header information
is outputted. That is to say that the title couldn't contain the
information generated and output by a random title generator within
JS. Unless I missed something, which is a very real possibility.
Also, JS generators pull their values from unsightly arrays, usually
maintained in text files. This was no good. I decided to
create a database table to hold the titles, as well as add the ability
for OIO editors to contribute their own. Now, if you're an editor,
you can easily contribute a title to the OIO nodegel, and it'll be plucked
lovingly from the database on pretty much all the OIO pages you load.</tech
No, really. I don't get those titles...
Oh, yeah. Well, editors add them. They may make sense
to you (chance are, if they're from resplendence, this
is sadly not the case ;-) if you're particularly on the up-and-up with
nerd/pop culture and various other elements of esoterica. We fully
understand that what is funny to us is funny to us because we know the
background behind it. Consider it our inside joke playground.
I'm considering adding a function that allows us to provide backgrounds
on titles, to explain where the reference comes from.
What about those random links on the main page, and in a
few other places?
There is a site called Everything2.
This is, quite simply, the greatest web site on the Internet.
It contains 470,000+ writeups on literally everything, most written
with a certain level of quality. Entertaining to say the least,
I use those links to showcase my E2 bookmarks. (I'm disillusioned
on E2, also. However, all of my E2 writings I publish on OIO)
What's next with my account?
Well, you've got your brand-spanking-new account. Congratulations on
following those simple directions- you had us worried for a while there,
but we're glad to see you pulled through. And kudos for using
a real email address, too!
Now that you have this account, you need to do the following: (These
links won't work if you're not logged in)
your profile - Tell the world (read: six people who actually read
the site) about who you are
(Sometimes called a bio, depending on the mood I'm in)
your journal description - That gigantic blank space to the left
of your journal entry list is just aching to be filled. Give your
journal a personality. Or paste the long part of your bio that
you just created here. I don't much care.
new journal entries - It's fun. It's easy. It'll let
you keep track of that mess you call your life. (Read
about my mess here)
Register on the
OIO Forums - Yeah, it sucks. Our forums use vB, which isn't
tied into the user creation or bios of OIO. Terrible tragedy,
I say skimp on the forum bio, focus on the OIO one. With any luck,
I'll at least create a link to the OIO bio from your forum one in due
time. Forums are used to discuss things more openly. Sure,
you can leave notes on user's entries and musings, but those usually
have something to do with the content of said musings and entries.
The forums provide you with a place to chat about whatever.
Private entries - Promise you won't tell?
Private is something of a misnomer. It means that no one with access
to the site can read your entry, unless they have your user name and
password. However, I (disillusioned, in case you forgot) do
have access to the database, and can view all entries at will, private
or not. While I don't have the time, nor am I bored enough to actually
go through the journal database and match up editor numbers with entries
(entries aren't saved with your editor name, but with your id number),
it is a possibility that I can see them, especially if I have to debug,
although this is increasingly unlikely. I promise I won't ever publish,
share, discuss, or otherwise make mention of any entries kept private,
if I ever see anything kept in one. 99.9 percent of the time, I won't
be reading them anyway.
Cookies? Yes, please.
box you can click when you login plants one that keeps you logged into
the site when you close the browser. Ahh, the wonders of modern
technology. Don't use this feature on public computers, as anyone
could access your account, change passwords, screw with your journals,
and make an otherwise good day bad for you real fast. If
you set one, and know others will have access to your account, logout!
The time's all wrong!
No, you just don't live in Arizona. The server is based off of Arizona time, which is Mountain Standard Time without Daylight Savings Time.
What this effectively equates to is that, during those "spring forward" months that the rest of the western world follows, Arizona is
on Pacific Standard Time. When you all fall back, we switch it up to Mountain Standard. It's confusing for you, but for us, we don't
have to bother with all the clocks in our house. All dynamically generated times on the site are in Arizona time.
Copyright and all that jazz...
Any content submitted to the site remains the property of the author. Originality is Overrated respects the rights
for authors to contribute creative works, journal entries, song lyrics and the like without transferring any rights
to our precious little web site. All content on the site should be original. If you're pasting song lyrics or poetry
or other works that aren't yours, please cite them properly. It's as simple as that.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, all source code, backend, and static content, as well as any original aspects of
our layout and all graphics and graphical works *are* copyright 2003 Chris Cardinal, aka disillusioned. Please
contact me if you wish to use any of the graphics on the site. Graphics not created by me will be cited. Graphics
held within other user's journals may or may not be the property of said user. Take it up with them.
"Help, I don't get [blank]"...
If you find yourself truly unable to figure out certain things about the site, always feel free to
email disillusioned or any other editors. Bugs go to dis, as
do suggestions, props, and anything else you need. I've tried to cover pretty much everything in here, and to make
the site's basic features as intuitive as possible, but sometimes even the basest levels of fundamental design can
thwart those who choose not to apply levels of higher thinking to the task at hand. To those people, I apologize.
Chances are good, for instance, that if you can't read or comprehend, you will be unable to use this site. I'm sure
I'm violating some disability mandate or some such, but tough cookies. Use your brain, *then* email the help. Oh, and
read this FAQ again. You probably missed something. I'm almost sure of it. So read it, and don't skim this time.
Why do I care what "Dis" is listening to?
You don't. You don't have to. If you must know, the text at the very bottom of every page is generated every time
I (disillusioned) change songs on my computer. Changing a song submits a query to a web page from Winamp, using an info
sender plugin. That page grabs the song name from the URL it used to get there, and then adds it to the database, in a special
table I actually made *just* for this purpose. The site footer parses the last song title submitted, and yes, I'm probably listening
to just that. If it hasn't changed for awhile, chances are it's because I'm not online anymore, and it was just the last entry submitted.
If you've read all of this, props and pity at the same time. You have great patience, or simply bizarre curiosity...