When I staked out my first 20 MB of server space on the internet, the biggest hurdle I had to overcome was a towering absence of content. In this respect as well as so many others, I failed to distinguish myself from millions of my self-styled webmaster peers.
I did, however, have a metric pantload of keyboards. And while that may not have set me apart from the masses of keyboard enthusiasts who I had already read about on the web, the keyboard collection was certainly the most interesting thing about my apartment.
Well okay the junkie prostitute upstairs was a pretty good conversation starter too.
At about the same time I decided to use the gear to pad out the web site, it occurred to me that none of the gear I owned was particularly rare, and most of it was already documented on sites dedicated to that sort of thing. As a result, I chose to document the instruments not with their specs and manufacturing dates, but with personal anecdotes about how I found them, or what I did with them after I bought them.
I used to have links from the museum to technical information on other sites. But at this point I’d like to think that anyone visiting the museum is clever enough to track down that information on his or her own, even without the handy links page that I’ve been slaving over all these years. And because I’m not currently selling anything (though multimeter t-shirts are on the drawing board), I’m free to over-estimate the intelligence of my readers with impunity.
As I compile the old entries into the new format, you’ll see them bubble up to the front page now and then. Until I finish converting them, the navigation link to the left and the museum directory link at the bottom of the story entries will take you to two different places: the former to the old museum, and the latter to the new one.