So Much for Webbing

February 10th, 2015

Okay, nobody was interested in the website updating, so I stopped posting about it.

Quick note, though: I’ve finished with all the HTML files from 2007 or earlier. I’m partway through the only one from February of 2008; when that’s done nothing on the site will be more than seven years out of date.

DC: Deteriorating Continuity

February 6th, 2015

So today I read a piece about DC Comics revamping their line.

It’s a mixed bag, but over all I don’t think it looks good. Prez, fergodssake! And it’s pretty much all rehashes and revivals of old superhero stuff; why is there nothing new, nothing where I say, “Hey, that sounds cool!” or “That looks like fun!”?

(Okay, I don’t know what Dark Universe or Mystic U or Doomed is, but I’ll bet they’re derived from some existing properties, and they all sound pretty grim.)

Wait, I looked it up — Dark Universe is just a revamp of Justice League Dark. Bleah.

Is there anything here that will draw in new readers? Anything that will appeal to kids? Not that I see.

At least there’s some humor, in Section Eight — at least, I hope that’s intended to be funny, since the characters originally appeared as comic relief in Hitman many years ago, a series that, despite the title, had many funny moments and was generally enjoyable. I confess I’m looking forward to seeing Dogwelder again. (And yes, his name is an accurate description.)

But mostly it’s spin-offs, yet more riffs on characters and concepts originating with Batman and Justice League, more grimdark. Why do they think we need more of that stuff?

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m missing something, but this all just looks like More of the Same. Pfui.

P.S. I see DC’s announcement says Bizarro, Bat-Mite, and Prez are intended to be humorous. They don’t mention Section Eight on that list. This does not encourage me.

The Music Will Never Stop 87

February 4th, 2015

Right, so, next tape in the stack is labeled “Dean Groves Music.” Dean Groves was a guy I knew back in high school, a couple of years older than me; his sister Buffie, a year younger than me, was a friend I knew from several places, and I knew Dean through Buffie.

I don’t know where this tape came from, but it’s about an hour and a half of Dean and his guitar. I think the songs are all his own compositions. There are thirty-one of them. I know the actual title of precisely one, though there’s another I can make a good guess at.

The quality here — well, it’s all a bit muddy, though how bad varies. On the other hand, it’s all definitely music — you can hear the melodies and everything. Lyrics take some effort, which is why I haven’t suited titles to anything yet. I won’t be deleting anything. I might try another pass, see if I can get cleaner sound.

Dean, it turns out, has a Facebook account — I know it’s the right Dean Groves from his friends list, which is mostly people I knew, or knew of, in high school. I’ve left him a message about the tape. We’ll see what (if anything) he says.

Why is there Webbing?

January 23rd, 2015

Okay, I have updated the pages for The Cyborg and the Sorcerers and The Wizard and the War Machines

Still don’t have the other two (artists and directory) done.

Haven’t done anything more with those new placeholders, either.

The next chunk, chronologically, is five files dated November 6, 2007. They’re all for novels — Split Heirs, The Lure of the Basilisk, The Rebirth of Wonder, Touched by the Gods, and Worlds of Shadow.

Yeah, fine, that last one’s a series, rather than a single novel.

Anyway, I don’t know how much work they need, but I’ve loaded them into my web editor.

Webbing On!

January 20th, 2015

I still haven’t finished with updates for The Cyborg and the Sorcerers or The Wizard and the War Machine, or two others — one I decided was just too much for now and put the placeholder back up with a few minor changes, and the other (about cover artists) is progressing bit by bit.

But I skipped ahead and did several more files. Except for those four, I’m now up to November 6, 2007. In the last three months of 2007, ending December 16, I did a pretty major update, so there’s plenty to do — but once I’m through this chunk things should speed up, at least for awhile.

I’ve spawned four new placeholders I’ll need to fill in eventually, for Nathan Archer, the Bound Lands, Carlisle Hsing, and Tom Derringer.

Webbing Winds On

January 15th, 2015

Workin’ on October 2007.

You know what I hate? When I realize I missed something obvious from a recent update. For example, I updated The Chromosomal Code and The Spartacus File earlier this week and only just now realized that I hadn’t added a link to Realms of Light to either of them — and even stupider, I had added links to Vika’s
Avenger
and Tom Derringer and the Aluminum Airship to the page for The Chromosomal Code, but not to the one for The Spartacus File that I did two days later.

Well, they’re fixed now.

I’m working on The Cyborg and the Sorcerers and The Wizard & the War Machine. They needed some work. There’s no mention of the Wildside reprints…

Why Webbing?

January 13th, 2015

Updating my website is addictive. I keep trying to tell myself, “That’s enough for now, focus on something else,” and then think, “Oh, just one more…”

This is because I spent three years wading through all the placeholder files I put up on March 7, 2005. File after file, tracking down where a story had first been published and saying something about it — and then suddenly, on December 7, 2014, they were done, and I was updating existing stuff and talking about all sorts of different things and there were never more than maybe four or five files in a day, and I could just tear through months at a time.

Exhilarating!

I’ve gone from nine years and nine months back to seven years and three months since then. It’s wonderful.

The Webbing Continues

January 12th, 2015

So I had to figure out what to do with that bibliography page — which, upon checking, said it was last updated on December 12, 1995, and the 2007 update had only consisted of tagging it “Placeholder” and moving it to a new URL. Did I really want to update nineteen years of missing data?

My eventual answer: No. I decided that this mostly duplicates information I have elsewhere on the site, so I threw out most of the content and reduced the page to more or less, “The information you want is here, and here. Follow the links.”

One reason to do it that way is that if I kept it, it would need constant updating. I now know I’m not going to keep up with anything like that — back in ’95 I hadn’t yet figured that out.

I went ahead and worked through several more pages after that, many of which didn’t need much. Even the “personal” page turned out to need less work than I’d expected.

I did generate a couple of new placeholder files, though, where pages I was updating should obviously have links to pages that didn’t exist yet. I’ll fill those in eventually.

The next set of four files, from October 12, 2007, is the pages about the four volumes of “The Lords of Dus,” and I know the links to booksellers need updating, but otherwise they should be pretty much okay as they are.

So I’m down to just seven years and three months out of date.

The Music Will Never Stop 86

January 12th, 2015

Okay, I didn’t get anything more off Side 2 of the Talon tape. There’s 48 minutes of music on that side, but it isn’t salvageable from this recording. I’ll need to try it again.

Meanwhile, I went ahead and did Side 1. Got an hour and eighteen minutes of music off it, but the quality ranges from almost okay to really bad. I may try that side again, too.

It’s progress, I think.

More Webbing

January 11th, 2015

Still updating my website, oldest files first.

There were six files that shouldn’t have been on the server in the first place; they were blog archives from when I switched from Blogger to WordPress in 2006, and they should have been filed away on my hard drive, or simply deleted once I’d copied the posts here to the WordPress archives, instead of sitting there taking up space.

So I copied them to an archive folder and deleted them from the server. I did put in a redirect for the one that had been set up for public access, even though I doubt anyone ever saw it.

(If you’re curious about what was in them, it’s everything in the September 2006 archive, there in the right-hand column, except for the last two entries.)

Did a few other quick little updates which finished 2006 and got two files into 2007. Updated or removed some dead links, reformatted a couple of things.

The next file is from April 23, 2007 — International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, less than eight years ago. Definitely needs some clean-up, but a relatively minor job.

But after that there’s a bibliography page, and then http://www.watt-evans.com/personal.html, which is going to be a big job.