History of the Site

Origins:

This site is the descendant of my original web site, the Temporal Nexus, which I maintained during my time as a full-time Ph.D. student between 1993 and 1996. I've re-used the name Temporal Nexus for my blog, where the reference to time seemed more appropriate, and I've called this site the Cognitive Nexus because it's a place to put more thoughtful and permanent content.

Although the original Temporal Nexus contained a variety of content, it was most successful as a portal site for Doctor Who fandom. Its unique selling point was that, at the time, it aimed to be the most comprehensive index of Doctor Who fan fiction online.

Hiatus:

The site remained online until the turn of the millenium, but it wasn't updated after 1996: a combination of poor connectivity and lack of time made it impractical for me to maintain it. In 2000, the site disappeared as I graduated (having completed writing my thesis in my spare time) and my student account was removed.

Revival:

Somehow, I never got round to re-establishing my presence online, until the release of Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005. That seemed a good time to look around for a hosting company that kept up with the latest developments, and I opened an account with Hosting UK early in 2006.

It's still not a very actively updated site but every so often I get a welcome burst of enthusiasm and refurbish it a little. I spend altogether too long in tweaking it technically to keep my hand in with web technologies, rather than adding content, but it may be worth checking back here once in a while!

Gavin's mugshot (2009)