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Surprises in the works

The matron is getting a new computer in the next week or two (thank her exceptionally generous parents for that). This means there’s a better than average chance that the web site redesign will go a lot faster than it currently is which in turn means that updates will happen a lot sooner than currently projected. All of which is Good News.

It also means we might be able to swing some extra special stuff on the site. Not just some of the stuff you’ve been waiting for but…no, better not divulge the details just in case there are problems and the surprises have to be abandoned.

But you’ll like them, that much I can promise. If and when they appear on the site, you’ll like them. ‘Nuff said. ;-)

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Changes are a comin’

Expect a new site design, along with some new content, to be unveiled sometime around or before late November. The coming design is fairly different from the current one in that the different sections, though still bearing the same names as they do now, will no longer have their own colour schemes and the content tables will no longer be hard coded at 600 pixels the way they are now.

If I manage to find a job in the near future, expect updates to be made on a regular basis. If, on the other hand, I don’t find a job here by the end of November, I will likely end up having to move across country. Which means that any pending updates at that time will be on hold while I pack and move.

Which brings up another point. This site has never had and will never have advertisements or affiliate links. I pay for the hosting and upkeep of this site myself (well, technically, right now I’m getting some help with the hosting costs but that can’t last forever). When I was gainfully employed, that wasn’t a problem but it could become one in the near future. I have had people ask before how they could help in this respect so after much soul searching, I’ve decided to add donation links for anyone who feels they’d like to contribute to the site. Please remember that donating is absolutely, positively voluntary and not expected of anyone.

Donate towards my web hosting bill!.

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Unemployment sucks

I seem to be losing all track of time when it comes to keeping up with this site. Right now, like many other times, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that this site is taking a far back seat to Real Lifeā„¢ issues. In this instance, that means looking for a job. If I don’t find a job by the end of the year, I pretty much have to move as I won’t be able to afford to live where I am. What that means when it comes to this site, I can’t really say except to say that it won’t surprise you if my mind and energies are occupied for the next little while. I will try to work on updates but they will be few and far between. Bear with me, like you have been all this time.

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Where’ve you been, Kitty?

Mmmm, sorry for the gap in notes (of course, someone other than me would have to be reading these notes to have noticed). Got sidetracked by some other things. I’m a volunteer editor with a site called the Open Directory Project — it’s a web directory manned by thousands of volunteers that is used by a number of other sites including the Google Directory (not to be mistaken for the Google Search Engine). Anyway, I got promoted to Meta editor (the top level of editors) there early in June and have been busy getting used to my new responsibilities. So, no time for much else besides looking for a job and trying to survive.

I’ve also been toying with changing the design of the site a bit, introducing some cascading style sheets to the coding to make upkeep of the pages easier in the future. I’ll be doing that on a section-by-section basis starting with the episode guides and then the cast biographies since those two sections already have their own looks. So you’re gradually going to start seeing changes to the look of the site — changes to the look of most of the pages, though, won’t happen for quite some time as I’m still going to try to concentrate on adding content rather than changing the appearance for the time being.

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It’s 5 am — why am I still here?

*yawn* Sooooooo tired but brain working overtime so here it is again — 5 o’clock in the morning and Kitty is wide awake working on her computer. Oh look, the sun is coming up (grrr, and the pigeons are waking up and coming to her balcony).

Started setting up the new forums using one program, decided I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t customize said program as much as I’d like to so decided last night to switch over to something else. Hence my current sleepless state. Got the sucker properly configured sometime early this morning and have been playing with settings ever since. It’ll take me the next couple of days (while I try to relearn how to sleep at night like everyone else) to finish fine tuning the configuration of the forum and then she’ll be up and running (and hopefully being used — it would really suck to be talking to myself both here and there). ;-)

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