Fresh pubs, stale drafts

Quick note — having sorted through the old posts, I am now slowly trickling in the publications. Until I say otherwise, don’t take any of the collections as definitive. Still, you will find new or renewed access to some old and moldies.

One of these days I mean to rewrite most of my early Insert Credit material. It shouldn’t take long once I get into it. I’ve larger priorities, though. For now we’ll suffice with enhanced teaser text.

In mind of the season, let’s see who spots the easter eggs in a recent entry. It’s a taste and an experiment; I’ll figure out a more elegant approach later.

Crystallizing the Canon

I’m getting there. I’ve made my one pass on the posts; over half of them are now private, and everything is at least remedially tagged and sorted. I’m about five-eighths of the way through a quick second pass, making sure things are formatted okay, adding any missing tags, and hiding or making public misfiled entries. I should finish that up in the next day or two, depending on my free time.

And then we come to the professional publications. Good thing I have been keeping fairly good records of my own! With the aid of this site, though, I will have a reference guide always at my fingertips. And then perhaps, eventually, a cross-reference guide. For once I’ve uploaded and updated all my work, we will notice many running themes and recurring elements. Having crystallized my official canon, as it were, we can begin to weave the web even tighter. You know, the way we used to do at Insert Credit.

And once all of that is updated, who knows! I have untold reams of material, both written and otherwise, to put up and integrate. I can begin to update more constantly, and have a basis on which to hook any new thoughts. I’ve many more interests; I can move on to related sites, and link them back in here. The limits are only my energy and enthusiasm.

And now that I’m getting to know what I’m doing with backend coding, any future developments should be a bit more ambitious. The overall concept of this site is now four years old; it just took this long for me to get my wits together and code it properly. It’s a nice design, and I’m proud of it, and I’m proud for finishing what I started. It’s just, hey, this is 2010. Let’s get interesting.

Bit by bit. Within another two weeks, I think everything old will be settled. Again, depending on what else life delivers.

So, jump to the left. As I’m writing this, it is now quarter after one in the afternoon, New York time. That’s five hours earlier than GMT, which makes it quarter after six in the UK. In forty-five minutes, the new era of Doctor Who begins. Who’s paying attention, eh? I’ve rambled about it before, and I’ve a good excuse to do it again. This is pretty much what I’ve been waiting for since the show returned in 2005. It is going to be great, I know it.

And then, in two weeks, the new Doctor, companion, and showrunner — Smith, Gillan, and Moffat — will be in New York, for a free theatrical screening and Q&A session. You can bet your bootstraps the lady and I shall camp outside the theater, as early as possible. It’s a first for me, this behavior. Perhaps I’m finally hitting nerd boot camp. I do feel like I’m making up for ten years of lost time, lately.

Soon I may institute a feature on this site; I’ve been tagging particularly memorable entries, and setting them aside. I may set up a highlight post of the day — allowing an insight into the more curious depths of the archive. The posts will be of all manner of subjects, from game design to philosophy to film analysis to musings on the aesthetics of doorknobs. The odd dream or misadventure may also get its air. The idea is to start pointing arrows in all directions: see how this connects with this, and that connects with that. It’s all about connections, here. And in the end that’s how I’d like to shape the site. Make it one big, squishy neural net, ripe for the plucking.

I’ve some other business to attend to, so you will forgive my cutting this entry short. Keep in mind the comments feature is actually functional. It would be great to get some conversation going. And now that it’s on my brain, as one final note, if anyone’s in need of a bit of light design or coding — HTML, CSS, PHP; a bit of Photoshop or what-have-you — do get in touch. I’m branching out, here. Or, rather, picking up some long-forgotten threads, and twining them back together.

This place is going to become pretty neat, pretty soon. Keep on comin’ back, will ya.

Quick update

I have now sifted through about half of the old posts; certainly the last three six eight nine years’ worth, with other bits and pieces. When I’m done there, I will begin to trickle in my past publications.

As I am becoming preoccupied and the above process is a little mind-numbing, it may be another week or two before everything is current. Nevertheless, as I filter and sort, more material will magically reveal itself in the categories to left.

Even now I am surprised by some of the artifacts I have unearthed.

Hey, Moc.kcareda!

So this place is working… after three and a half years. Once I set myself to it, it took me only four or five days. Isn’t WordPress the simplest thing. Were I not so intent on hacking out my own theme, and figuring out some non-standard PHP routines to get the site working exactly as I envisioned it, almost down to the pixel, it would have taken just hours — and still would have looked and operated much as you see it now.

There may/will be a few display errors here and there. I’ll be twiddling the code for a while to come, so if you see anything wrong, you let me know. I’ve noticed that the colors may look a bit off on a Mac; I’m not sure why this is. I’m looking into it.

Otherwise, let’s just call the site launched. Over the next few weeks I plan to add a bunch of new and archive content, and update or flesh out a few elements (such as the “about/contact” page (good grief)). The plan is to present an archive of pretty much everything I have written and edited over the last decade — either linked at its original location (if available), or hosted here.

You’ll find your first arguable treat over in the “columns” section; the full body of an article previously published only in part, during the final days of Play Magazine. No sense in letting the rest spoil!

I will also be keeping a daily journal. Though most of the entries will be for my benefit alone — that is to say, they will be invisible to you — you never know what may slip through the filter.

So go ahead and peruse. Maybe you’ll catch something embarrassing before I change the permissions. Sorry I’ve no filter for the Doctor Who posts; you’ll just have to suffer through those.