Welcome To The House of Gonad
Pursuing Mediocrity since 2001
At the House of Gonad we champion The Doctrine of Positive Mediocrity. True happiness can only be obtained by accepting that we are mediocre and that all our achievements will be an amorphous mass of nihilistic understatement. This website supports the underpinning principles of Positive Mediocrity: the server is slow and archaic; the available bandwidth is highly contended and based on unreliable technology. To compound all this mediocrity, the pages are built dynamically introducing an inevitable and uncomfortable lag into the proceedings
This page is a portal to a number of other sites developed at The House of Gonad. Our aim is to experience the latest developments in web design and therefore we will produce standards based sites that are accessible with all browsers. We will use server side technologies that embrace open source principles. Some of the technologies we aim to use are listed below:
All sites will be developed using the principles of The Doctrine of Positive Mediocrity and therefore we will carry just enough work to complete our objectives. We embrace The Law of Diminishing Returns and condemn the waste of energy that is the pursuit of excellence. Please note that some features may be under development and you are welcome to contact us regarding an estimated completion date or further information on the underlying mechanisms.
Weather data at The House of Gonad is collected using 1-wire technology from Dallas Semiconductor. The data is collected in a searchable SQL database and is also sent to Weather Underground which displays information from local weather stations all over the world. Weather information has been collected at The House of Gonad since 2001.
The music collection at The House of Gonad is extensive and eclectic and covers styles from baroque to contemporary production. Using technology from Shoutcast.com we are pleased to produce a high quality continuous audio stream for discerning listeners. However if you are looking for Hardcore Eurphoric Garage or similar genres you will be disappointed as we at The House of Gonad like music with a proper melody.
A SQL database driven gallery of photographs from the 1970s to the present day.
We have learnt a lot in our exploration of web and internetworking technologies and where appropriate we will produce documentation or point you to other useful resources.
The House of Gonad trusts that some of you will gain pleasure or useful knowledge. We trust that you will chose mediocrity in your own pursuits and gain comfort from knowing that the energy saved by avoiding the pursuit of excellence will enable you to produce considerably more output - Never mind the quality, feel the width!