Sunday, September 03, 2006

Now listening to: Beef Jerky (I'm Tender Inside) - ATWC

There have been some crazy rumors flying around the internet the past few days about some mystery "band" that me and a few allies were purported to have "created". Someone even "reported" seeing the leaked "album" art. The "Paparazzi" have "been" active this weekend. Someone "said" that they saw "me" with "sunglasses" on.

The "rumors" are "true".

That's right. I'm in a band. Within the week, we'll have video up. We're called ATWC, but you pronounce it atwhack. Our first album is slide pee. Look for the official band site to be launched within the week, with the real business. w00t.

Ok, second part of really good news, this is something I'm really excited about. As alot of you know, I've been pretty anti-social for the last year or so. It initially started as a joke, but it sorta grew out to be the way I really am. I've been happy to just sit by myself and stare at a piece of sidewalk.

But as of tonight, I'm gonna change that. I'm actually going to go places where there are other people. I'm going to hang out with people again, how cool is that?

That's the plan, the goal, the course of action. What does this mean for the world? It means that in about a month, I might start going on dates. It means that frisbee might have to be switched around so I can actually hang out with people instead of playing frisbee every night. Don't worry, frisbee is still gonna be a huge part of my life, but there'll be othere sorts of stuff involved too.

All in all, I'm happy with the realization. I figured that I was being a grumpy old man for no reason, and that I was depriving myself and others a good time. Yeah, things've been really easy this last year, but I think things are going to be better because of this. Actually going outside? gasp.

Arr, I'm not in a very good writing groove right now, I don't know why. But, I said there'd be a post. So, there's gonna be a post.

First order of business: The Alliance site is about 50% ready to go. We spent a while tooling around with the new template, and it's going to be pretty cool I think. We determined (Me, Nick, and sorta Jaron) what we want it to do exactly for now. I'll give you the run down.

Basically, it's going to function as a big pointer for now. For starters, we don't have mad web skills. We don't have hosting, or money to get it. We don't have coding skills. We've got nothing here, so we're improvising.

Here's what's going to happen. Let's say that Nick writes a killer post on his blog. He posts it to his blog like normal. On the alliance site, we put up a post that says "Oh snap, Nick put up a post." and then we have the cool little snippet in quotation marks and italic style. Then, that post links directly to Nick's post. Not necessarily to his front page, but to the individual post.

Let's say that someone emails me some cool art that they've made. I toss it up on the front page for a bit, but eventually that's going to get gone. That just won't do. Especially if they keep supplying stuff that they want shown. So, similar concept. We'll probably just make a new googlepages page with all their stuff on it, and update it whenever something new comes in. Then, from the site we'll link to it, and say "Oh snap, something new." We'll show the thumbnail or something, and link to the google page. The page will have the button to come back to the alliance.

Yeah, we'll put stuff up on the alliance site, but it's sort of limited. For now, it's going to function as a giant hub. We're going to create a virtual network really. From the Alliance, you'll have everything good right at your fingertips. It's going to combine alot of projects that we've been talking about. The doodles? Yeah, definitely going to be through the alliance. If I write any more fiction, it's going through the alliance.

The alliance will also be where we'll do joint projects. Me and Nick have long talked about doing some debates, among other ideas. Yeah, joint projects go to the Alliance.

So, what do we need now? What do we need to get rolling? We need you guys. The whole idea behind the alliance is that we all come together to make each other better. Everybody is going to be welcome to host their writing, their art, their rantings. Whatever they want, really. Sure, me jaron and Nick can do it on our own, but it's not going to be half as much fun that way. We're going to be working alot of cool projects through this, please join us.

More specifics later. The site and template is nearly done, we just need some final tweakings. It's just another blog really, but it's going to be super tweaked cause we used the beta to do it. I like it. The color scheme is pretty dark, but I think it's ok. I made a banner in photoshop, and I think things are going to be good. We're not revealing anything yet, but expect the official unveiling later this week.

So, this post has been less fun than usual. It's mostly business. But wow, I really am excited about the alliance. The concept is golden, now it's just up to us to make it happen. We have the tools to launch it, and hold it together for some time. It's going to be difficult to run it out of blogger, but since we don't exactly have the skills or resources to do it elsewhere, this is where it stays. It figures that we started here, it might as well stay here right? If we've got any friends with mad mad web skills that want to help, come forward.

But really guys, it's going to be good. It's the next step. Is it going to make this blog obsolete? Never. This thing is going to last for as long as I can possibly make it last. I love it too much. The Alliance isn't meant to replace anything, it's meant to supplement. It's going to be the next phase in this whole interweb shindig. There's gonna be some great things. yea verily, be excited.

If anyone has a scanner that works but that they want to get rid of, I'd be glad to take it off your hands. That'd be useful.

Hmm. I really wanted to write a better post tonight. But, it's getting late, and there is business to attend to. Business like sleeping and that stuff. So, I'll make you a deal. I'll write a good post tomorrow, because I really do have stuff to talk about. I guess tonight I'm just a little excited about the alliance idea. It's coming out for reals later this week. It's going to be good. So, yea verily. Think of stuff you can submit. Tell me your ideas. If you think it's a crappy idea, let me know.

Oh, snap. Before I go. Next sunday I want to read scriptures again. So, if you're interested, contact me. I'm not about to put lots of info out online, but yeah, contact me if you want to come. I'm excited.

So... have a nice night everybody. Happy Sunday.


Courtney said...

oh man, i'm super psyched. this is soo good. Thatcher's invalid days are over. :D yay for social thatcher. :D ok, i'm excited for the alliance, and for scriptures next sunday. definately count me in. lots 0f excitement here.

Anonymous said...

Were you ever NOT social? I can't imagine that. Nice job using beta but doing html coding isn't actually so bad.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your going to be social now! Its so much fun :) But count me in for scriptures too!

Jaron Frost said...

Nice! I'm pumped! If there's anything I can do for the Alliance, let me know. I don't know what all I can do, but whatever it is, I'll give it a shot. Can't wait for the official unveiling.

Scripture Sunday... sounds fun. I wasn't around for the previous run of this, so I don't know what it's like, but I would really like to come! It sounds like fun.

Combat Kyle said...

I didn't even read it...your posts are too long and I'm too lazy. Get a job you hippy.