InsanitySandwich.com was bought on 02 July, 2005. The site itself was launched fully on 08 August, 2005, though some sites in the network were up before this. As of July 2006, both site and domain registration were moved to Dreamhost.
This is version 6.0 of the site which uses a WordPress template created by cyberchimps.
Version 5.5 used the basic template established for version 5.0 but with behind the scenes photographs from Stargate: Atlantis taken from the Official Stargate Website. It featured a gleeful Dr. Radek Zelenka and Lt. Col. John Sheppard as played by David Nykl and Joe Flanigan.
Version 5.0 featured Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester and Bobby Singer of Supernatural fame. The image of Sam and Dean was scanned from the cover art for the Season 3 DVDs, while the pencil drawing of Bobby was taken from issue 6 of the Supernatural Magazine.
Version 4.0 also featured Dean Winchester (or rather a shapeshifter impersonating him). It used a texture by grrliz and the font the bends.
Version 3.0 of the site featured Constable Benton Fraser from due South. Screencaps used were taken from Pipsqueaky and Pulsar4529. The header image also used a texture by Gender, a brush by TrashGraphics and the font Georgia.
Version 2.0 featured two images of the X-Man Jamie Madrox, both by Ryan Sook.
Version 1.0 featured a photograph of Jeff Buckley taken from Merri Cyr’s book A Wished-For Song.
InsanitySandwich.com actually has a longer history than this though, being the result of the merging of my previous domain, cacophany.com, and my previous fanlistings collective, Insanity Sandwich.
cacophany.com was born in February 2004, the result of a long-running desire for my own domain. It was preceeded by many efforts, beginning with a Geocities website which ran from the mid to late 1990s, alongside a site at Esatclear which ran for much of that time. I took a break from webdesign for a few years before re-emerging in 2002 with a redesigned Esatclear site. As I passed my limits there, my various sites were expanded into space at Eircom. This is where the idea of cacophany.com began to form. Cacophany was originally a site collective, hosted at Eircom. It wasn’t great design or content wise, but it served its purpose.
For simplicity’s sake, I’ve termed the Eircom version of Cacophany, Version 1.0.
Version 1.5, was both domain and site collective. It began in February 2004 and was constantly under construction. The name was not chosen for complicated reasons. I just happen to like the word ‘cacophony’. You’ll notice, that the site is called ‘cacophany’ rather than ‘cacophony’. This is simply became I didn’t particularly like the way the word looked when spelled correctly, so I altered it. The layout featured an image of Susan from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books.
Version 2.0, retained the format established by Version 1.5, but sported a new layout and an image of Death, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books.
Version 3.0 of Cacophany used the cover of New Mutants # 11 by Chris Bachalo. The format was largely unchanged from the previous two versions.
The fanlisting collective version of Insanity Sandwich began its life as the fairly uninspired Fan-Tabulous.
For Version 2.0 of the collective, Fan-Tabulous became Insanity Sandwich, a name indirectly suggested by the wonderful Rissa. It featured art from David Mack’s Kabuki: The Alchemy and I still miss it a teeny, tiny bit.
Version 3.0 of the collective used artwork taken from a print ad for the diamond specialists Van Cleef & Arpels and included several new features thanks to conversion to PHP.