What's New for 2005
Links on this page may have been broken many years ago ... maybe not, try them if you like.
We were this close to shutting down the last 4 days. Hope you didn't notice. Someone had hacked and deleted all our website files and then traced everything back to our 2 backup servers - one right here on my desk - and deleted all the drawing files (only?) Anyway, I have tape and CD backups and am uploading as I write this. If you still have trouble getting a file try the private server. Point the browser to: www.adstone.net Then I am going to post a POLL asking the membership, all 14 of us, how we're going to handle the down time but since it was under 4 days, I'll forget it unless you complain.
Meanwhile, everyone, a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.
- SURVEY SAYS!
It's encouraging when 11 members respond to a questionnaire. Hey, the entire membership presently stands at only 27 of us. That's almost 50%
I want to thank you for voting to raise my pay to $175 weekly. For the very first time I can say the Board pays me more than my day job driving bus - $136 weekly. Thanks.
OK, fees will remain at $45 until May 5, 2006. I guarantee you they will drop after that, we are running a small surplus right now. And if we push up our membership numbers, hey, who knows?
In other - and curious - news, from time to time Mark and Linda ask about what ever happened to the JrSB comics. I think John asked once too. They never left, I just never got to post them all, and responded in that way. Then last month during my attempts to get to New Orleans and all that, I met someone who was not ever a member but did follow the comics!?!?!?! Then last week Mark and - a name from way back - Marshall ask about them.
OK, OK, I get the message. I posted all the JrSB comics and am currently posting what I have from the ISLIP MONUMENT comics. When they are done I'll post what I have of the Poor Peters Comics, The LOST YEARS OF JESUS comics and SINGLE AGAIN. I'm amazed anyone ever followed them in the first place.
It's post time for THE CEMETERY BOOK. If you value your customers, here's your chance to offer them something useful after their long ordeal with undertakers, cemeteries and, yes, even the likes of you and I. Better yet, 80% of the proceeds go to reducing our access fees here at the Board. Click here.
September 29, 2005
What a situation! The poll is at 50/50. So I've extended the polling another 10 days to October 10th. So get over there and vote. VOTE HERE.
In other news, The Cemetery Book is about 2 weeks away. I'll have links setup for ordering your copies. DO NOT pay the the cover price. I will have discounts for us. For bulk sales, you will be better off at the links and phone numbers I'll post. I will not be able to discount bulk sales for anyone, that's the publisher's territory.
My Work: nc2, nc2a, ncol, ncol2, see-saw, seesaw
Bill Piesher: grape1, grape2, gunn2, hands1a, hands1a1, hands1a2, mastif1, mex1
September 13, 2005
Starting to look like Yahoo! 'round here, huh? Well, look at it this way: the Board gets 80% of sales for autographed copies sold of I REMEMBER YOU, and 80% of ALL net sales from THE CEMETERY BOOK. Which translate to lower fees for us.
My Work: nutfrog, bros, castro, cohen, cohx, cohx2, cola,
column, danza, degen, delsa, dune, elgart
September 5, 2005
The Cemetery Book is being printed as I write this. Should be available during October, maybe sooner.
My Work: bourne, chiwawa, chiwawa1, chiwawa2, footfal2, footfall
Bill Piesher: gfire, gfire2, gfire3, gfire4, gfire5, gfire6, gfire7, gfire8
Happy holidays to everyone. Sorry for the unabashed advertising but, hey, Old Joe needs the money.
Files converted and posted:
My Work: book14, book15, flower14, full14, full15, full16
Bill's contributions: bobcat, dachshun, ferret, rabbit.fullmc
I know everyone is clamoring about Wish List drawings and postings of new designs. Sorry. I'm up to my ears with building a new private server, selling off my personal interest in the Board and programing new search engines. All valid chores here at MyDraw.
I'm involved with putting together a brochure for stencil designs and cuts. Can see the start of the project here. For those not in the know, on advice from a potential owner, we're going to publish brochures to prompt stencil cut sales. We're also going to re-think and re-do the way we design and cut stencil, so visit the STENCIL area every so often for updates. And check the STENCIL MESSAGE BOARD for all details. Reason I say this and post this is that YOU may want specific designs in the brochures and/or get on board as a designer or cutter.
January 30, 2005
3 conversations with suitors for the Board.
Opened dialog with KUA for 2005 contract for hosting servers.
Fixed the Hebrew Search Engine.
Edited all pages from top level of Board to Library/Logos (logos in process.)
Besides being real sick, yet on the mend, I am recoding all 48,567 pages here at the Board due to too much SPAM coming to my old email address as well as prepping the Board for Mike - our only suitor. Mike employs several webmasters and he - as well as I - see a need to adjust our links. Thus I haven't gotten to many drawings -did do a hedgehog- or convert any files. Slow time of year anyway, right?
On January 5, 2005 around 12:30 PM in an ambulance taking me to Atlantic Maryland General everything changed for me - and my role at the Board: I flat lined. Died.
Obviously I'm back. Thanks to an attendant named Jack and a half dozen people I'll never meet again, though owe so much. Presently I'm suffering from pneumonia, on the mend and re-evaluating my place on earth - yes, I did spend some time in an "other" world, as much as I was never a believer. Forced or pushed back here, I have to choose wisely going forward - I suggest you do also.
I apologize for my absence. Christmas at the florist distracted me although I did handle everything which came my way. Those 2 members who phoned my Florida home, sorry, during holidays please call 888-756-0710 instead. I am back at the server - both servers - now and should be getting back to normal in days.
However, I am giving my notice. Been doing this since 1972 (GemRock) - online as Quantum then ADSTONE.BBS then ADSTONE.net since 1977 - then on the Net since 1992 (adstone.com) and think I built y'll a very impressive tool. Sure wrote a lot of history in several trades, huh? Thank YOU for supporting the project.
We have a buyer. Name is Mike and he is a member since the late 80's. He is a fabricator and wants to take the Board into the Big Time. I have run this purchase by ShelbyM last October and he's not against it. I still prefer a buyer from the memorial sector, but as long as Mike pays for my servers, my name, my drawings and compensates Bill, Derick, Moe, Shelby, Kimon, Mark and Ken for theirs; I will bow out gracefully. Either way, folks, I don't want to "own" the Board come Easter.
Naturally - it is my baby - I will hang in and webmaster and admin until YOU instruct me differently. But let's not drag this out. I am walking away from a beloved as I move on from The Drawing Board. Don't want to glance backwards too often as I go.