A Few Notes
~ March 1, 2002|
In the grand tradition of "Dead Piro Day"
long enough and you'll get the drift) I've decided
to use today's entry to chat about some of the
mechanics of the site, rather than making yall wait
on an essay that ain't done. So chill out and lissen.
The Schedule. Currently, I plan to do a new
blog entry once every two weeks, at which time I
also plan to upgrade the site to use more
advanced features like printable versions of stories
and essays, comment pages, and so on.
The Software. Thanks to everyone who's
sent in pointers to weblog software like
However, to keep my scripting skills fresh I plan to do the
first versions of the software myself, and once the
software is in a reasonably stable state I plan to
post it to the web site (whenever possible, open source!)
However, I may move to a more professional system
eventually, so keep the pointers to useful software coming!
Just send mail to the
link at the top of the page.
What's up with your
link? It's busted.
No, it isn't. It's an intelligence test.
Or ... more apropos, think of it as a
Countless spambots troll the net, looking for email
addresses embedded in web pages. One
found that an address posted on a link could
get spammed within eight hours.
To discourage this, I've encoded the link in a
way that's doesn't match most obvious rules for
parsing addresses, but which should be trivial
for a human to decipher. (I thought about writing
it backwards or some nonsense like that, but
since not everyone is a computer expert I didn't
want to add the difficulty of deciphering the
address to the chore of sending mail).
The way I see it, if you can send me mail via
that link, you are either (a) a person worthy
of my attention or (b) a damn fine machine
intelligence, and I'll read your spam any day
of the week.
A lot of other links appear busted too.
Yes, they are. I hope to have the existing
site links fixed by the 15th of March. Always
striving for the virtue of laziness, I hope
to have a simple link validation system built in
by the 15th of April.
The Future. Once the site is stable,
the software is complete and I have a good
idea of the production schedule, I plan on
starting to release more of my fiction and
art through the site. At first this will
consist primarily of "support" material
on the characters and history of the Alliance
universe (something a number of my fans
have asked for) and rereleases of previously
printed material like
and the back issues of the Far Trader fanzine.
Ultimately, however, I hope to feature on
this site stories and serials intended for
web publication first, and print publication
later. The details are still in development
- keep your fingers crossed.
To Tide You Over.
If I don't have anything interesting to say
one week, I plan to point you to something
interesting someone else has said
Recently, I came across a trio of
articles discussing three closely related
topics: productivity, creativity and giving.
Each of the three has helped me creatively
and spiritually over the past few weeks.
The first was a piece by
Bruce A. Epstein
While I don't agree with everything in the
article, he makes some good points and
the can-do attitude of his article helped
prompt the Renaissance of this site.
The second was a piece
on the art of gifting.
This article really started to crystallize
my thoughts on what I want to do with this
site - to add to the pool.
The third of these springboards was a
book I had recommended to me:
The Artist's Way
by Julia Cameron.
This book has served as a lightpost of creative
inspiration for me over the past few months,
reminding me that we are all given our talents
for a reason - namely, to use them to create.
Neat stuff. You might want to check them out.
And that's it for now. Cheers.
See you in 15!
- The Centaur