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News for 2005 - 2006
As of 9/11/2006
As of 7-10
As of 3/1
Fixed the errors on the Site Map - Thanks all. Keep those corrections coming. Also suggest additions to the summary.
Did some cleanup over in King Kong over the last month... Will go into the details over on F-costume for those playing beyond LOTR.
On my base web, have been doing large chunks of updating... for Southern California folks, I'm updated all the way though to the fall. There are lots of faires coming up and other fun events... check out my Costume Events in LA calendar.
Now the big one... The long awaited scrapbook ( http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/scrapbook/ ) is here. Over 100 costumes added. I apologized for the long delay and thank everyone for their patience with me over this last year.
While I was working on it, I also went though and cleaned up every dead link in the section, also over 100. I fixed everything I could and search for links for new options before deactivating a link.
Here's where I need everyone's help... if you have EVER submitted a scrapbook entry, please go back and check you entry, this is double for the new entries. Are the links OK? Is the information OK? Do you just want a new picture or something tweaked???? Write firstname.lastname@example.org with the changes and follow the steps below.
ON ALL CHANGES: Please give me the exact page URL, cut and paste it. Please don't say 'the green elf'. Identify which costume on that page, by title. Tell me exactly what needs to be changed -- link on picture, work hyperlink, etc. Don't let me guess. I have a tendency to work on scrapbook at 1am. If you want a new picture, please attach the picture.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SUBMITTED AN ENTRY TO SCRAPBOOK... now is the time.... I'll be doing another update in the next few weeks. Please follow the instructions at http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/scrapbook/#Submitting to make everyone's life easier. Remember that the pictures you put in the Yahoo photo album are just temporary. We clean that out occasionally to share space between the thousands of members we have. The Scrapbook entries stay.
A note on add in the scrapbook... I've placed them at various menu and will be adding scattered bits. As the web moves forward, they will be on every new scrapbook page. As for folks who have older entries... I've only placed them on a few pages -- those that for varying reasons had over 500 views this last month. If you wish to have the adds removed until I get them on everyone's page, please write me off list.... but the Google adds are there so we can earn a few pennies here and there to help pick up the site costs. Please understand and bear with us on that. I've tried to place them where they won't be too annoying, yet will still be seen.
Oh.... and for the fantasy costumes we have... I've got a small section of this gigantic web where I have my own costumes... my fav being my Snow Queen. I've decided that I will collect photos examples of Snow Queen's there... so if you have a sample of one, share them with me and I'll put them up with mine. Do it just like Scrapbook entries. Boba has a great entry with her daughter from last year's carnival. Check out our costumes at http://www.alleycatscratch.com/costumes/SnowQueen.htm . (No, there are no pictures of me with that costume.. and while I did get some of the information updated... no, I'm not done yet. What's there is more about how it all goes together.
And just for giggles... I added up the total number of web pages of everything that is Alley Cat Scratch... drum roll please.... 1193 total pages. (Can I faint now?)
For those that care about silly details...
Remember... that's why we have the Site Map Summary . Use it and the search button (that's on the left hand side of every menu. Site map is under news - go figure)
Next project - I've got a number of sketches and submissions from folks I haven't put up... I'm going to start chewing though those... as we start putting up some caps along with our definitive studies of the costumes.......... so, a long project ahead with additions to both Making Em' and the main Character sections. I ask the folks that submitted tutorials to be patient... I'm going to be chewing though the backlog in a very weird order... so don't worry... I do get to the stuff... eventually. I will yelp when I think I'm caught up. (And yes, I also have to chew though researching getting us on a good stable WIKI/CMS set of software.... but my to-do list still looks like Mount Everest... but at least Mount Kilimanjaro has been conquered! )
As of 1/21/06
Threw together the big notes from the Indy Exhibit and put them all in one place. Not everything is there... but at least we have Mary Jane's comments all in one place.
Been doing under-the-hood cleaning on the site... so if you have any trouble with the menus, please let me know. There's not a whole lot to see, mostly cleanup and index. Two things to help with navigation...
I'm trying to push things into a bit more of a clean organizational tree though out the whole Alley Cat Scratch Costume website -- so we can find thing better.
LOTR Costume and a lot of the other sub-webs have been growing like an out of control tree. A lot of my work has been/and is going to be done to control the beast. To organize and create a better flow for research, I've created a mini web to use as a starting point for anyone interested in our movie costume research. As time comes up, or when I just need a break from elves, more movies will come up.
An organizational change.... new top of the pile for movie costumers...
Hopefully, the changes will help at least the new folks that find us... though I hope the Making 'Em map will help everyone explore the site.
*** Admin Announcements ***
A big change coming is a policy shift. We're going to be putting some caps up on the website. The DVDs and books for LOTR have been out for quite a while now, so everyone who was going to buy them, has given the studio money by this point... so, in using caps, or making new ones, no one anywhere is loosing money. What we will post, will be for study use and within the fair use guidelines.
You'll notice that there are Google Adds on the new pages. This has become a necessary given how life has been changing. (This last year was far too "interesting".) Hopefully, the adds won't be too intrusive... and some may even be useful. Also, this opens up an avenue to folks who've been asking to advertise on our site - you may do this though Google if you wish.
As to catching up on work: I've got a tremendous backlog to get posted into the web while at the same time, we're going to start looking at Wiki and content management tools. So, please hang with us as the backlog gets pumped out as fast as possible. This year has got to be better than last! You'll see your info posted and a lot of cool updates. Just hang in there a bit longer.
As of 12/10
There's been an announcement that the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand will have another exhibit of LOTR artifacts and costumes. The scheduled dates are April to October, 2006. See more details on this news article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3504479a14297,00.html .
As of 11/08 & before
Just kept the new bits updated in October, to crazy with off line questions otherwise.
As of 9/28
Absolute latest news for the Indy Museum's Opening Weekend Gathering.
As of 9/22
Just news and event update... sorry. Been spending more time just correcting the mess of a software upgrade.
As of 8/14
Just a news update... am working on finishing the Scrapbook. Send in your costumes.
As of 7/19
Another mini update (scrapbook is coming)
As of 5/9
Just a mini update...
As of 4/29
As of 4/2/2005 (and summary of interim updates)
As of 1/26/05
As of 1/3/05
For older info... please check our New Archive.
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