It's too much of a pain to deal with posting photos, and I can email updates via MSN, so head on over to my MSN blog to see later entries.
(This isn't really an update, since it's basically a shameless plug, so I've decided to at least make it educational):
There's 3 basic parts to getting a real website up. By real, I mean something like GOOGLE.COM
(1) The first thing to do is register a domain name. Easy. Google.com is already taken, obviously, so think of something else. Then register it. I prefer doing my registrations via GANDI.NET. They are cheap, at 12 Euros per year, and their interface is very clean.
But registering is nothing more than getting, say, a building permit. Sure, you're allowed to go build a house. Even give it a unique name. It doesn't matter whom you've registered with, you still have to park your site somewhere. That part is called hosting. It's easy to confuse the two, so don't. Stop it!
(2) Your host is a computer (maybe more than one) that holds your website data and has a constant internet connection to it. It's also got an address, much like a house. Similarly, that house has a local "post office" of sorts.
So you pay someone to host your website. They give you their "post office" location. You tell your registrar where those "post offices" are. Then, within 24 hours, the whole world will know how to find yourdomain.com
(3) Not totally done yet. You still have to design a webpage. Then upload it to your new host. Whoever does the design for you will know how to handle that, but make sure to give them a separate account, keeping your own administration account to yourself.
Once you have a website registered and hosted with a good provider, you'll also be able to have your own, personalized email account. And here is where I make a plug for the company that hosts me:
Several years ago, I went looking for a host. Checked out reviews. I wanted cheap and high-quality. Who doesn't? Theirs was the only affordable ($60/year) company that had plenty of flexibility and great support. How do I know? Because plenty of people will place good notes and comments, but more important are the bad comments.
Each of the negatives I saw was appropriately and decisively answered by a guy with a Russian-sounding name (the president of the company?) who clearly knew what he was doing. When you buy stock in a company, you want to make sure the management is on top of things. The same goes for hosting.
Details for their packages are in the banner ad in this post and to the right.
What you won't read is how satisfied I am with the professionalism and promptness their support service shows. Their on-line tech support reads your tickets within seconds of submission, usually responding in 5 minutes or less. They've gone out of their way on numerous occasions to solve issues sometimes out of their control.
What can I say? When given a chance to pimp for them, AND make a commission? I'm down for it. Forget contextual ads. Let me post ads on my page that I WANT to brag about. That's the way it should be.
I wish I could have been there for you, buddy.
I suppose I could have waited another week, just to say it's been half a year already, but that would be silly, wouldn't it?
What has happened in the intervening ~6 months?
For starters, I didn't even get out to China until sometime in April. Oops, make that April 1st, officer. I specifically counted the days so I could answer your impromptu question better. Wait, should I even type that? Is Bush going to come breathing down my neck now?
So after a flurry of activity trying to get a script banged out and polished, I was stunned to realize that it sucked. Flat out sucked. Don't ask me why it took so long to figure this out, but it did. But things have a way of working themselves out (for better or for worse) in my life, no matter the effort. Chalk another point up for destiny, I guess. Which brings me to the present day, waiting.
I'm here in Shenzhen, having moved apartments to a place more reasonable for a single thirtysomething, waiting for news from higher-ups that will give us indication of how to proceed with the film project.
In the intervening time, I've set up a new website to represent the project, got it hosted with my current (and highly-recommended) provider ICDSoft.com, only to have it be blocked by China for no apparent reason, moved to the deepdrift server, get blocked again, then moved with deepdrift to a US server. Seems China's networks and Hong Kong's networks don't like to get along. My computer also died, but I got around that, being a geek and all.
At some point, I will actually do some creative stuff, instead of dawdling around. That some point better be tomorrow. If I've ever needed to be inspired, it's now.
I know I'm rambling. Been used to writing a personal journal instead of a public diary. Gotta work out the kinks and start taking pictures and a fresh look at things again...