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Tuesday, January 29, 2002
By Paul Ford
What are Ftrain Reader Services? Why don't they work?
Why are you mucking with PHP instead of writing about tasty kittens?
I don't know. It might be a mistake.
Something is broken! I can't change my name!
Umm, yep. I released this thing too soon on purpose to find out what I need to do to make it work. Sometimes the name doesn't change (on IE?) I don't know exactly why. If things aren't working and you are willing to trouble yourself to care about this silliness, please:
- “Erase Yourself” by clicking the "Erase Yourself" link.
- Enter a name for yourself.
- Click “Change”
- Click one more links.
- If you're still called “Stranger”, send me an email at email@example.com with your type of browser and operating system.
Hopefully then I can figure it out.
All right. So it more or less works. What is it?
As my web site has grown to a surprisingly large (
But let's say I or someone else wanted you to have more options as a reader. Let's say they wanted to help you find your way around a story and keep track of things and make use of all the exciting things computers offer in your reading experience? In a way that's not intrusive or distracting but actually contributes to the reading experience?
So that's what I want all this to be. This is just a tiny little beginning but I released it because it's fun and confusing in a way that I hope will make others think a bit, even if they just think I'm an idiot, and because I need to work out some of the basic problems before I continue building it.
Do you expect me to read all of this shit? Like all 1000+ pieces?
No. Honestly I myself don't know everything that's here on Ftrain anymore. I've more or less given up on editing too much from the first few years, although I'm trying to slowly make things into coherent narratives.
Anyway, this is more of a proof-of-concept. Maybe the idea will be useful for other things where the reader will gain benefit from reading it in its entirety. I'm starting somewhere.
You suck. This sucks. Please entertain me.
I promise to try harder.