Wetmachine designer & webmaster Gary Gray and I met tonight to go over plans for tweaks to the site, coming Real Soon Now.
We have a couple of goals in mind. Firstly, we want to make “Tales of the Sausage Factory” and “Inventing the Future” more accessible to their readerships. So there will be separate RSS feeds for these series, and vectors into the archives by author/topic. There will be sign-ups for various Wetmachine mailing lists. It will be more obvious how to post comments and how to get in touch with the various Wetmachiners.
Below the fold: your chance to jump into the Gary-John brawl over the “feel” of the site.
Gary is the designer not only of this website, but also of the covers to my two books. (NB: Gary did not do the cover of the first edition of Acts of the Apostles (which sucks). He did the cover of Cheap Complex Devices, and also of the hard-to-find second edition of “Acts”, which is also the cover of the downloadable PDF. (Warning: large PDF)). I think these designs are wonderful: dark, enigmatic, vaguely threatening. Now he wants to repudiate that edge? Like the guy from Korn who found Jesus?
Gary wants to make the new Wetmachine more open, inviting, friendly. He thinks the current design is too dark and stagnant. Too itchy and scratchy. Contrariwise, I think the site isn’t dark enough and could stand to be considerably more itchy and scratchy, a la Cult of the Dead Cow.
Frinstance, he wants to get rid of the “Fair and Balanced” tagline. “That’s played out,” he says. What say you?
Frinstance, he wants to get rid of the nifty angel-in-the-circuitry artwork that hides faintly here (you can see it on slow refreshes.) I myself, personally, love the angel-the-curcuitry. And for Chrissake, Gary designed him(her?).
Frinstance, Gary wants to get rid of the nifty blogbox on the right side of your screen and go back to boring old HTML. I, obviously, love the bloxbox. And I’m not just saying that because “Laszlo” appears on my paycheck.
I mean, after all, I founded this site fully intending it to be a future-fearing technoparanoiac haven, & I still pay the bills. Sure, I invited Harold and Howard and the other Wetmachiners to come party hardy with me, and somehow the site has morphed into something altogether more reasonable. But is that MY fault? How was I to know that they would turn it into a nexus of civic action and webophilia? Don’t my opinions count for nothing around here no more?
So, what’s your opinion? Wetmachine: Too itchy-sratchy? just right? Not itchy-scratchy enough?
If you can figure out how to post a comment, we would love to hear what you have to say!