Friday, July 3, 2009

Evolution

With my acceptance to SpiderForest, work now begins on massively upgrading the Precocious website. This is going to be a SLOG people. Thanks to Briana of the awesome Rune Master (go check it out!), I have the base for new PHP supremacy! Once it's set up, updating Precocious will be easy and AUTOMATED! That's right, drunken rich kids in white mustangs who drive into the power lines at 11:50pm, you no longer can delay my updating! Everything will be much more streamlined and efficient on the code end - but the site will look exactly the same! Win! Of course, that's once it's set up, and setup means renumbering 250 strips, copy/pasting the titles and alt text of 250 strips into and making sure every link is no longer pointing to the emeybee domain. It's gonna take a while. I love you emeybee, and it's been fun, but it's about time for me to grow up and leave the nest.

Tackling the strips is going to lead some reorganizing. Potentially starting this Sunday (depends on how fast I work) the strips will be listed by their ACTUAL number, not their 2009 number - which is going to be +100 all around. To get such a nice round upgrade, I had to play with the wretched Bonus strips that throw off the numbering. Meet the kids will now be #99, placed after the intro arcs. The first Sunday will be moved up to become the first non-intro strip, at #100. The Gary Larson toon will be stricken from the record and moved to the extras section. The final Sunday is going to be re-run on the 12th, taking that number in the archive permanently.

Wby am I doing this? Because I have to save my sanity. By moving the strips as I have, I can just add 100 to all 2009 strips. Keeping the bonus Sundays in order would mean remembering where they were placed and not overlooking them as I renumbered everything - because if I get just one off, I have to do it all again. This is WAY easier, and all it costs is one Sunday of new material. And this is just STEP ONE! I don't even know how the archives will work...

The Tiffany image is unrelated to this post. I *was* going to draw Sydney trying to capture Bud in a pokeball and make an evolution gag that way, but I snapped my mechanical pencil in two. I figured that was a sign to get my blog on and go back to inking Sunday's strip.

3 comments:

Daniel said...

Hey, I want to wish you the best of luck on your transition! So break a leg! I've been saying that a lot, haven't I? Hope that you'll keep the transcription program open! If you need any help, I'd be more than happy to give you some of my time (as long as I can do it, which I doubt, but anyways... Any dumb number crunching or anything that can be outsourced is alright). On the subject of transcriptions, should I wait to do the archive until you migrate to SpiderForest?

I musty ask, how does a mechanical pencil snap in two?

Christopher J Paulsen said...

I don't know how the transcription program will translate to the new server. I can change the site associated with Precocious, but I don't know what it does to the existing entries. Everything might have to be re-uploaded with the new numbers anyway, so it's ok to hold off on transcribing further strips.

Oh, man, watch what you volunteer for. I need to prep two things for the new site: One text file that lists all strip titles and one that lists all strip alt text. The titles will be easy enough to do by culling it from the archive. It's the alt text that's a copy/paste hell. If you want to help with a chunk of that, email me and I'll give you more details.

As for the mechanical pencil snapping, I guess my fingers know karate. I had to be holding it at just the right angle to snap it.

Regis said...

At any rate, I liked some of the vadlo evolution Cartoons!