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The Hidden About Page

Wow, good for you. You found the not-quite-so-hidden second "about" page. Your reward? A few more inane facts about this site.

The black background and huge font size? How dare you question my web design skills. I did that for YOU, dammit. Okay, not true. I did it for me. I hate having eye strain, but I read a lot. On the printed page, black text on white is easiest to read. (I hate those Signet Classics books that are dark grey text on medium grey page. Puts me to sleep.) The computer monitor is different. The white on a monitor, to use a scientific term, screws with your eyes. It's like looking into a flashlight. So I use a black background and very, very light grey text. Plus, black looks awesome.

Want a printable view of the site? Cut and paste into Word. That's right! No more clever HTML coding for you.

The number five? Yes, well, if you add this site to your "favorites" or if you look at your browser, you'll see a number five as represented on the face of a die. In addition to being the sum of the first odd and even numbers (2+3=5), five symbolizes the human being. If nothing else, that is what this site best represents. We write what we want, when we want, the way we want. We are beholden to no one but ourselves. Now, I don't want to drag the rest of Team Awesome down this roughly worn path of thinking, so let me say that to me--Dave--this site is about human beings doing what they love. The first content on Maximum Awesome appeared in mid-January, 2005. I am not paid a cent. I don't have a "donate" button. I regret that I ever had Google Ads here. I'd be more than happy to take your money; don't get me wrong. But the point is, this site will exist without your cash, without any visitors, without any link trading or anything else. It's here because I like it. It's well written because I put time into it. It's funny because, damn it, vomiting action figures could make ANY site funny. A lot of smart people (not you, of course, your brain is already too rotted by our disposable celebrity culture) have thought deeply about the meaning of life and what it means to be human, etc. I honestly don't think it's such a hard question to answer. To be human is to pursue life passionately, to do something and then come back tomorrow and try to do it better. Hence, the five.

I'm going to try to work on that definition. It could use a little tightening. I'd like to get it to sound like an Epicurian or Wittgensteinian maxim. That would rule.

That's it. I don't know what else you could possibly want to know. Although you're free to email me and request something.

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