||[Mar. 8th, 2006|08:01 am]
|||||The Mountain Goats - Song for Dennis Brown||]|
For those of you that are following Oh No Robot: T and I are parting ways. When we started out it was envisioned that it would be a 50/50 partnership, with me doing the coding and T handling advertising and so on, but it hasn't really worked out that way: it's turned out that the coding is the hard part and there hasn't really been a need for advertising on or about the site itself. So we are breaking up!
But this is a good breakup! It is the kind of breakup where you still get to be friends, where you can meet each other at a party and laugh. There is no webcomics drama here. I am sorry for that.
For his part, T has taken a copy of the site, and maybe he'll start up something new and exciting with that. Oh No Robot isn't losing any features or anything, and it isn't going away: there's just going to be one less little name on the footer of the page.
For me, the hardest part of working on ONR was accepting that I didn't need to work on ONR. Like early Google, it doesn't really need promotion or advertising at this phase in its development. I have all kinds of ideas about search, but what Ryan has is a coherent vision, and ONR seems to get better the more he pursues that vision. I appreciate him giving me a copy of the code, and with it, the opportunity to tinker with my ideas on the side. He didn't have to do that, although he will tell you differently. I'm still a huge fan of ONR, and a huge fan of his: he's one of the finest minds and nicest people I've ever met. The Robot is in good hands.
That is extremely flattering and I wouldn't have posted it if T didn't ask me to. Anyway! Comics!
It is interesting to see how these things turn out - although surely a quick revision of internet history would show coding to be the primary concern with utility-esque internet technologies, rather than the advertising (thanks in part to the medium and thanks in part to the users) - I sumbit for your consideration: Winamp, WinRAR, LiveJournal, Google, Altavista (we will exclude Yahoo because I recall promotional material - and even then they lucked out, poor guys), Limewire (and Morpheus, and other P2P programs), BitComet and related BitTorrent programs, Spyware Doctor, Ad-Aware, etc.
The list is rather long; browsing Download.com will reveal more examples.
Furthermore, it has been my experience that coders generally are more efficient when they code by themselves than when they have to share and deal with other people's code.
The point of all this? I started typing and forgot, so I will end on a generic piece of consolation:
Everything will be totally okay, probably
Thank you! You can certainly use an image. And emails to me should not be bouncing - could you forward the bounce message to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll take it up with tech support?
and you're most welcome.
OMG Ryan! This is the nicest breakup ever. But it is probably because you are naturally a nice guy, and so everyone likes you.
Speaking of which! I was hoping you would start having posters available on qwantz, because they make pretty awesome gifts and also pretty awesome additions to offices such as the one I work in.
Also good luck with ONR!
I'll see what I can do! I had some printed in the past, but they ended up being too expensive to sell, so I will try something different in the future. Also: thanks!
He's friends with all his exes. TRUE STORY
I totally agree, posters would be so kickin'
he's one of the finest minds
god. i want to make out with your mind so hard, the way it's all flauntin' that shit.
Thats so sweet.
From now on, when I break up with a girl, I am writing that, just changing "Ryan" to "Hey Girl"