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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
4:55 PM ++ posted by
Uncle William ++
I have killed Enormous Fun.
I'm sorry, but it had to be done.
I started EF four years ago, at a low point in my mid-thirties. I'd been bounced from my awful job, I was living on my lonesome in a shithole basement studio, and I had a lot of time on my hands for trawling through news sites, reading webcomix, and thinking bad thoughts. I needed an outlet, or at least something to do besides worry and take naps.
Luckily I had a copy of DreamWeaver and a warm bathrobe. My early inspirations for EF included Memepool, which is still a going concern, and Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom, which is not. I favored pithy entries with links as punchlines, and I chose as targets the Taliban, the Swiss, and the current administration.
Much has changed since then. Some for the better (Taliban mostly kaput, Swiss showing some sack and contrition), some for the worse (President has gone from annoying clown to polarizing the nation into two vast cages of overexcited howler monkeys). The Enormous Fun Weblog has changed for the worse. I blame myself alone.
My current lifestyle does not support the original format, I fear. That is to say: I have a job now, and a girlfriend, and a dog. I no longer have the time or compulsion to spend the whole day scrubbing around the web finding items of interest, and I haven't for a while. Over the past year the site has gone from Enormous Fun to "Will Reads Yahoo News So You Don't Have To (and his Friends Rush to Fill in When He Can't be Arsed to Post for Days on End)".
This is bullshit, and everyone involved deserves better.
I realize that I am being a bit self-serious here, considering that EF gets all of 10 to 40 hits per day, rain or shine, and has from the beginning. But I'm not going to pretend I don't give a crap and just let the project sit here dead in the water. It's all the more embarassing in light of the fact that my audience is mostly my friends and family, since they actually know me and figure I could probably do something much better if I stopped dicking around.
So I'm killing EF in its current form. The bare-bones future plan is to bring it back as a one-man operation, updating weekly, and featuring longer pieces (rather like the old Brain Dumps from the original site, which some of you reading might recall). I'm going to do a redesign, of course, and will otherwise make improvements to serve you more proactively out of the beee-yox.
If you'd like to be kept informed of new developments, please write to EnormousFun at gmail dot com. The current site and archives will remain here on blogspot for the time being, should you wish to copy any links or use it as a jumping-off point for your daily webcomic hopscotch.
Thank you all for reading, and for supporting the Enormous Fun Mission. I hope to see you all on the other side of this thing.
People are reading way too much into the demise of WHFS. Have the corporate media goons ever considered that it's not the music that is sucking the life out of their ratings?
My radio dial rarely goes above 91.9 anymore, and it's not just because I am an NPR target-audience geek and recovering college DJ. It's largely because commercial radio IS CRAP. The "personalities" are lame, toothless vanilla clowns and the music selection is by diktat. The worst offense is the advertisements, which are universally grinding, deafening, and insulting. Give me the choice between an hour of chewing tinfoil and listening to "drive time" FM radio, and I will probably opt for the one that lets me make a hat out it to block out the radiowaves when it's over.
Monday, January 17, 2005
5:17 PM ++ posted by
I'm taking the high road here and not joining the pitchfork-and-torch brigade, as I have only the smallest possible dog in this fight. Nevertheless, I wonder how one gets to such a position with such a profound lack of PR and public speaking skills. Perhaps he has learned to overcome some innate deficit in his abilities.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
10:38 AM ++ posted by
Uncle William ++
It's a misty week for me, I suppose. But I can't tell you what a swell of hope it gives me that there's a royal who can pick up the torch in the event of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.