Who would have known that making a personal archive of Dave McGowan's work would some day be the only source available to the public, after his death?
Shortly after Dave died, I noticed that his daughter had taken the entirety of Dave's work off his website, and "promised" to redistribute his work as soon as possible. Only this time in the form of ebooks, and possible a deal with Hollywood.
Know that I am working toward the day when David McGowan’s entire body of work is available to the widest audience possible. If you would also like to see that goal achieved, please consider donating, purchasing a copy of Weird Scenes, and/or spreading the word to others.
Call me crazy but wasn't his entire body of work already available to the widest audience? You don't get much wider than the internet. And even though Dave's website was crap, the content was Grade A excellent, and plenty of people went there to read it.
I don't know how she did it, but she even went so far as to have Dave's work removed from Archive.org's Wayback Machine.
Anyway, it appears my archive is now the only one available. Get it while you can folks. Now, I'm just waiting for a cease and desist letter from a certain member of the McGowan family, telling me to take down this illegal archive of material that was once freely available to the public. We shall see.
In other news...
Introducing Weebly 4
My website service, Weebly, just introduced an update to their content management system that's got me really stoked!
Of course, a big part of their focus is eCommerce, which I'm not really into. I didn't make this website to make money, but I'm glad they've got a good business model. That just means they'll be around longer than other services that have already gone by the wayside.
So I've already tried out some of the new features, and created a page about the SpaceX falcon 9 rocket exploding on the launch pad, and the possible link of a UFO.
I don't mean to brag, but I am pretty proud of it. It's the kind of website design I've wanted to do for a long time, but was too lazy to figure out how on my own.
So other than that, I've been working a little bit on Dave's Archive, slowly but surely. I've decided to add links to the bottom of each post to make easier navigation from one article to the next, and cleaning up the pdf files a little bit. Here's an example.
This process is taking some time for me to accomplish, but I think it will make reading the articles much easier and the reading experience nicer.
Aside from that, that's about all the news I have for now. Oh, I almost forgot. As you can see in the example above, I've brought back my shortened links, only I'm using Bitly's service to generate them which is making my job much easier.
I have some other plans for that in the future, but the bottom line is I just couldn't let them go. I had regretted not renewing the shorter url, and later when I checked for availability, it said it wasn't available. (I'm not sure why, I was the original owner and I didn't own it anymore. And there wasn't a website at futl.work.) My heart broke, and I started to slip into a deep depression. Then one day, I decided to check it again, and it was available! So I snatched it up, and never looked back. I knew I had a good thing when I first registered it, and it was futile to give it up.
Okay, so in case you're wondering, the title was mainly related to my new page about SpaceX, but I decided it still worked since I'm pretty spaced out about being Dave's only archive, and the new features to Weebly's service.
Ironically, a couple of days after I wrote this, I got a DMCA take-down notice. Can't say I'm surprised.