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Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009, 01:50 pm
Some Stuff You Might Be Interested In

It's a good day to hype some friends and their work:And what do all of these things have to do with each other, besides that I think they're great and talented folks?

New album.

You also might notice that the web site has been slightly buffed up. This is an ongoing process. If you have any problems with it, please post them in this thread, with the subject "Website Bug Report". Thanks.

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)

New album.

Hey, cool!

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)

Thanks for getting the new album, Will, but there's a problem in the download e-mail. I'm workin' on it -- please have patience. Ideally, it'll just take me a couple of minutes.

ETA: Bwaha! Older version of an important file. Fixed, and your album's on the way.

Edited at 2009-03-15 06:23 pm (UTC)

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)

Fast work.

(And now, for what I always ask--is there album art? Or some in the works? *grin*)

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)

At some point. I admit it's not a priority for the D/L stuff, but I'll come up with something soon.

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)

No huge rush, of course. But when it comes to my MP3 collection, well, you know the line: "I prefer CDO, because the letters are in alphabetical order that way."

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)

The Buy Stuff link! What happened to my beloved Buy Stuff link?!

*breaks down sobbing*

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)

You can still get there: http://www.tomsmithonline.com/buystuff.htm . I'm going to incorporate all that stuff into a Music page, which is what has that link currently. On the other hand, I just noticed that, until that's done, I don't have a way to get back to the Buy Stuff page from any of the sub-pages, or back to the main page at all....

Edited at 2009-03-15 06:31 pm (UTC)

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
brmj: Website Bug Report

This *might* be how you intended it, but...

The text over the banner appears rather squashed together and hard to read. "music in every style... except dull" is slightly overlapped by "Online", which is in turn about 40% obscured by going off of the banner on the bottom. I am using Firefox 3.0.7 on 32 bit Ubuntu 8.10. I'll send you a screen-shot or something if you want.

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
filkertom: Re: Website Bug Report

Might be helpful. I'm finding out that my clever idea of using layers for that little bit of text positioning may be hosed by every single person's individual screen. And you really don't want to see what it looks like in Opera....

Edited at 2009-03-15 06:40 pm (UTC)

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)

Speaking of your CDs, I've got a story to tell you.

My mother called me up the other day to tell me that she and my stepfather had been listening to a CD that she thought would be totally to my taste. But she couldn't remember the name of it. (She's not great with names)

So she put him on the phone, and I asked him what CDs they were.

It was your "Debasement Tapes".

Which I gave to my stepfather for Christmas, at his specific request...

I reminded him of this, and there was much *headdesk*-ing.

They are right about my taste in music though.

(You'll have this new CD available @ Penguicon, right?)

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)

Yep. At the very least, burned, but I'm hoping to be able to afford to bulk-replicate it. We'll see.

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)

No rush, you've got time.

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)

Hehe, soon as I get money I'll grab the new album. I have a question though! Do you have any intention of making LHoE into a dead tree format? (And hell, do you need an artist? I'm looking for a project :D )

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)

I'd love to. Send me a link to some samples. Dunno when I'll be able to afford doing it, though.

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)

Right now I'm an artist who needs scripts. I have published credits with Shanda Panda Fantasy Arts, and Furnation, but nothing big. We can work something out between bartering and copies to sell, if you don't have free flowing cash *chuckles* I -like- the barter system.

Tue, Mar. 17th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)

:) do let me know what you think, even if its to decline.

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)

I think your stuff is pretty good, possibly of a style that would work well with the story... and I still can't afford it right now. :) I will definitely keep you in mind, however. Many thanks! -- HEY GANG, CHECK OUT THOSE LINKS! SHE'S GOOD!

Wed, Mar. 18th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)

Eep *laughs* Thankies hon. looking forward to doing it, if it works out (Huge fan of the work)

Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)

Purchased. (And a 2nd copy for a friend who give me filk.)

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)

YAY! (Note the artwork credit on the icon. *grin* Had I known about this project, we'd've had more to discuss while he was sketching me.)

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)

I just finished listening to SoC2 and it's great! Thanks for everything you've done! Is there any chance the Domino Death and Who Let Him In Here? cassettes will be released in downloadable format? I just realized those are the only two Tom Smith albums I don't have yet. (Yes, I know the songs were done on other albums, but I'd like a complete collection.)

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)

Thanks so much -- glad you like it! And, re: tapes -- NO chance at all, at least not from me. I don't own those recordings; Dodeka does. Talk to billroper. That's why I'm redoing them in Sounds Familiar.

Edited at 2009-03-16 11:15 am (UTC)

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)

Cool! Bill Roper is at Duckon and Windycon. The filk I don't buy downloads for I get from him. He got me a tape I wanted at Windycon last year.

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)

Contact Bill in advance if you want a tape to appear at a con. (He brought some to OVFF for me last year upon request.)

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)

Just a suggestion for the website, could you make a list of albums with a link of where to buy them? Sort of like the buystuff page but in chronological order.

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)

That's pretty much what the new Music page is gonna be, when I get it finished in a couple of days. It'll be your one-stop shop for everything.

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)

oooh! I shall buy that when I get home tonight. Thanks!

And as a writer for Anthrozine - thanks for the plug too :)

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)

De nada. I'm really fond of the song.

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)

I found something out about the album you may want to know about. The file names are numbered, but you don't have the track number in the IDE. (I know because when I moved the album to my media player it ordered the songs alphabetically by name instead of by track number.)

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)

Thanks for that -- I can fix that easily enough, and double-check it for all the other albums. I didn't have anything else to do today.... :-7

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)

Tom, mind if I have a question about filk albums in general (not just yours). I've noticed that when an album is named for a song in that album, that song tends to be near the end. For example Bill Roper's "Falling Toward Orion" is track 14 of 15. Why is that? Shouldn't the album's title song be close to the start of the album, if not the first track on the album?

Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)

Honestly, I know of no hard and fast rule. I name my albums thematically, mostly. "Domino Death" seemed to be the right name for that one, as did "And They Say I've Got Talent", but the rest are not named after any particular song. Dunno.

Tue, Mar. 17th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)

Nifty little story board with the song!
And the web site looks good.

Fri, Mar. 20th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
joan_not_jaon: Website Bug Report

The download links for SF04 - Barbie Doll and Zombie Pirates In Love appear to be slightly busted. When I run my mouse over them they're pointing to file:///C|/Documents and Settings/Owner/My Documents/My Webs/TSO Current/freestuff/oddio/SF04_Barbie_Doll.mp3
file:///C|/Documents and Settings/Owner/My Documents/My Webs/TSO Current/freestuff/oddio/Zombie_Pirates_In_Love_lo.mp3

Needless to say they ain't on my computer and that directory doesn't even exist here.

I'll be ordering the new album come payday, but was hoping for these to tide me over.

Fri, Mar. 20th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
filkertom: Re: Website Bug Report

Very sorry -- found and fixed. And, I just realized that, as I haven't yet incorporated the Free Stuff page into the new Music page yet, I don't even HAVE the Free Stuff page linked right now. It's at http://www.tomsmithonline.com/freestuff.htm -- if you want some more freebies. ;)

Thu, Mar. 26th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)

I know this post is over 10 days old now, but I hope you can answer a question related to your new album. I really liked the song about Accidental Centaurs. So I went to the site to read it. What happened? It looks like it stopped half way in the story line and we're now having flashbacks (and incomplete flashbacks at that). Did the artist loose interest or became too busy? Why would he want a song about his webcomic done if the webcomic in question is fading away? I like the comic and would hate to see it end before the story is over.

Fri, Mar. 27th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)

Glad I came back to check on this thread. :) John stopped the strip because of time considerations awhile back, but he very recently got a plot bunny and started working on a short story, is all. The song was commissioned a few years ago, when it was right in the middle of things, and he used it as a promotional bonus for signing up as a sponsor (which Anthrozine also did with their song). I'd like him to start doing it full time again as well, if it ever works out for him.

Fri, Mar. 27th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the info! I didn't realize how much time has passed since SoC 1. I hope it will work out for him. Maybe the renewed interest in the strip the song generated will help.