Yaccs has been screwing up with server stuff and so if there are errors in this page (except for ramdom spelling), it's because of them. That's why the comments thing has been a bit screwey. Hopefully it will sort itself out. Anyway, I'm serious about the Little Willow thing, so contact me if you are interested in doing a project on that.
I spent a million years doing taxes today, but it's all done. By the way: H&R Block lies to you when it says it will e-file your state return for free if you do a federal return there. I sent them an angry letter, so hopefully they'll change thier information about that. Taxes are no fun, but getting that rebate check sure is...
On the less random front: I oftentimes go to design sites to check up on what's new in the webdesign world. Usually, Buffy sites are a year behind the design sites on issues and ideas, so it's nice to get a heads up. So, issues of the moment? Unsurprisingly, originality in websites. But here's the interesting part: instead of seeing just formats and graphics as the original parts to a website, this issue is about personality. Can I just say that this was a long time coming? These sites are dedicated to going out of one's element and reaching out to sites one would never have gone to otherwise. So, in that vein, I am supporting those sites that try to support us.
1. Aortal: the Anti-portal: Thier goal is to get people to "At least once a week, use your site to promote another in the independent web. Write a review if you like. Tell others who may find you about the great diversity in art, personal publishing, scientific research, and the spirit of sharing offered by the original web." Love them.
2. Independentsday.org: "Independents Day is a worldwide project celebrating independent content and design on the web. Itís supported by an informal network of designers, artists, writers, editors, developers, and producers who create content and design to enrich the web (and not necessarily their bank accounts)."
3. Soul of the Web: Totally dedicated to exposing people to parts of the web that they would not normally be a part of.
Anyway, if there's an internet cause to be supported right now, this is it. Support your local website today.
Are you in the Tucson Area? Are you a woman? Go check out Odyssey Fitness/Martail Sciences new event, Kick Back The Night! For just a $1 donation, you can get a night of Women's self-defense and support the University of Arizona Women's Resource Center and the Oasis Center for Sexual Assault. Call the center to sign up!
Okay, done with the plug. So, the Webby Awards are in deliberations for nominees, and it's making me think. As Buffy-people, we do a lot of campaigning. "Stand-Up For Buffy" and other stuff, right? I think that there should be a campaign to get a Buffy site up in at least a TV section, if not the "weird" section in the 2003 awards. It would be great publicity for not only Buffy/Angel Fandom, but for the show itself. Then I thought... who would be the best representative? Of course, it's Little Willow! I mean, who represents us more than the chick who runs, well, almost all the official sites except www.buffy.com? But why the campaign? Well, first, these are not any awards. These are the awards done by the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and everyone travels to the awards, which are telecast. You also have to pay to get in. Hence the campaign: to raise money to submit Little Willow into it since I assume she couldn't do it herself. Oh yeah, and to show support.
Anyone like this idea? Support the girl who's supported all of us! Anyway, e-mail me or comment if you would like to do this (I just come up with these things)...
Ok, so I have so much to say today that it blows my mind.
1. I keep having Buffy dreams. Now, I love it when it happens because I can think about them, but they have been coming alot lately and they have been getting more disturbing. The first one happened after "Sleep Tight" aired on Angel and I was sitting at my dinner table with Angel and Wes and Conner came up through the floor fully grown and started yelling/asking Angel why he didn't rescue him from the hell dimension? Dude, it had been 24 hours, so I guess he was fully grown by then. Angel didn't have anything to say. The second one was actually where I went to the Posting Board Party. It was at a stationery shop, but I couldn't afford the paper to get people (Amy Ackner springs to mind) to give me autographs. The third was last night, and by far the most creepy. And is going straight into Fantasy Spoilage.
Ok, so I was watching from afar as Willow and Buffy were sitting on a bench trying to negotiate with Warren and Andrew. Warren wasn't having any of it, so when Andrew started siding with the Slayer, Warren pulled out a gun and shot Andrew in the head. The fact that Andrew was so close to Willow sent her over the edge from horror that as Warren got up to leave, Willow threw herself down on the ground next to Andrew and when she came up, she had the black-eyes-of-magic in and her nails were all black too. She cast a binding spell at Warren and spoke inside this bubble where only they could hear, and he said something nasty to her, so she put her hands to her face (which was a weird contrast of black-eyes, black-nails and red hair) and screamed and then everything exploded. I then woke up.
I think I need help. Or at least a life.
2. I read in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago that AOL's contract to use Internet Explorer is expiring. For those of you that don't know, AOL-Time Warner owns Netscape, but has a contract with Microsoft to use IE as their system's web browser. Well, the ramifications of this is that AOL is now beta testing using Netscape as its primary browser. The ramifications for websites, and Buffy websites in particular?
Well, if you are one of those site owners who have those silly requirements to view your webpage (like "ie5 | 1024x768 | lots of colors"), guess what? A shit load of web surfers are going to lose access to your webpage unless you make it compatable with Netscape. I always thought those requirements were annoying and arrogant, and now it looks like maybe (hopefully) that trend on Buffy sites is going to get really uncool real fast. This is not to say that I hate webmasters that do this. Hell, my favorite sites do it. But it's still wrong. :)
3. Ok, I just have to share this. If you go into Trade Your Cow in For Some Buffy, and into the affiliates page where all the buttons are, look at the alt text for my button. It says "The Buffyverse's Wacky love Shaft" (instead of Shack)! So last night I went in there, giggled and surfed on. But I kept going back, because for some reason I find it freakin' hilarious. I kept thinking, "is it about porn?" Anyway, I hope you find it funny too. God, I love all of Heather's sites. I kinda want to change the name, since I think that name might be a bigger draw to the whole hedonistic crowd...
Anyway, I think that's all for now...
Ok, so Rae had her Sunday Seven again and so...
Seven favorite TV characters of all time...
1. Willow of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Rainbow Brite (well, she did say "of all time")
3. Jem ("showtime Synergy!")
4. Helen Gamble of The Practice
5. Jonathan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
6. Ling of Ally McBeal
7. Tessa of Highlander
Can you tell my TV viewing is limited? Hell, I only started watching The Practice and Ally recently because FX shows them after Buffy.
Anyway, I am not feeling so well today, so I laid down and got nothing done. And it's a Sunday, so I have school stuff. But I have gotten 20 pages of my thesis done, so there's something. Yeah, only 15 pages more to go. Shit. I was so dead all last week, so I hope this doesn't carry over to next week. But I did update this collective. Go into "seprah.com" and you should see the updates: I put up a list of witchy contemporary songs, and a new article. I also added sense of wonder to my daily links because... I have been going there daily.
Oh, poor Buffy site... how I've neglected you... but not for long now.