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.
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.
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!