"Easter is the demonstration of
God that life is essentially spiritual and
~~Charles M. Crowe
First, I want to wish everyone a blessed Passover and
Easter! I hope you all have a lovely time whether you
gather together with others, reflect in solitude, or do some
Second, I'm still working on a story that is now apparently
past the 400 page mark... So I haven't been able to
spend much time on the site or newsletter. So please
excuse this rather redundant one. However, it's been
quite a while since I did one of these and some things have
changed since the last one. Seemed okay to reprise the
site tutorial. So I did!
So the JABB web site has been a labor of love since pretty
early on. We went through a couple different hosts
before landing at 1and1 where the site currently resides. In the beginning,
the site was simply an archive for past newsletters but now
it's so much more. Regardless of what you're looking for
on the site, you can always start at www.onthisside.net.
If you want, you can choose to view the site in frames but, to
be honest, I don't know of anyone who really uses frames these
days. Still... options are good! I try to update
the look of the index page depending on the holiday or season
but, regardless, it's always arranged pretty similarly.
At the top of several pages, you'll see a light or bright blue
dove icon. Those will always lead you to our memorial
site for John.
Once you click the bucket logo on the main/index site, that's
when the fun begins!
You'll find yourself at the Table
of Contents. The first link you'll find there is
time visitor? link which I affectionately think of as
the "hopefully saving my sanity" link. While most of my
interactions with John Dye and TBAA fans, especially those
tied to JABB, have been very positive; there have been a few
people who have demonstrated a decided lack of tact with
asking prying sorts of questions. So... here's hoping
that link keeps that at bay. Cause if it does... you get
a happier co-founder! After that, you'll see a nice lil
logo that will direct you to our hate-free mission
statement. And it now occurs to me that maybe we should
also have a main mission statement but oh well!
Okay... After that comes the newsletter section.
So, basically, that's the archive. Just because I don't
like super cramped pages, each page has 30 newsletters on
it. Currently we're on our 14th newsletter Table of
Contents. Wow! Right below that, you'll see a lil
dove. Click on that for directions on how to contact
me. But then most of you probably already know how to do
The bulk of the page actually falls under "Our Other
Stuff." Yep, I was pretty darn eloquent when I named
these sections. First off, you'll see a link to our CafePress Store.
It's kinda fun to poke around. I need to get myself
another "I Heart Andrew" mug... And maybe make an "I
Heart Joshua" one while I'm at it. ;-)
Anyhow... Below that is a link to our YahooGroup.
At least it should be... Yahoo has been changing some
things so seems like those button links sometimes don't work
like they were meant to. But, for now, we're good.
Then, finally, what I believe to be the most popular section
for non-members and likely for some members, too: The
JABB Photo Gallery. Pretty self-explanatory.
One thing I will say about it is that screencapping can be
really time consuming so, while I like doing it, I'm on hiatus
from it right now and may, as time goes by, get a lil less
regimented about updating it. But, boy, I'll be happy
when the TBAA section is done!
Now we move into the
second table which is divided up into sections. The
first section is aptly titled "Stuff that's Useful for Using
this Site." (Is that capitalization right?
Hmmm...) Anyhow, the Updates
page comes next. It's pretty rare for me to go more than
two weeks without updating something although right now I am
cause of the hiatus and the
so-long-my-puter-freezes-when-I-open-it story. But once
I finish that, I'll probably resume updating every couple
weeks. I miss it. After that, we have The JABB
Self-Help Page. From there, you can access the Welcome
Newbies! page... all there to help you get the answers
you want/need. If you have suggestions for additions,
please let me know. Next up is the Encyclopedia.
It is huge and getting huger. It also freezes my
computer sometimes. Nonetheless, it is useful for those
times when I just gotta know when Andrew's fondness for red
velvet cake first came up. If you haven't been there...
you do not know the depths of my nerdiness. Then we have
a short page: Useful
Links. It's always a fight to keep dead links off
that so please yell if you find any. Below that is Contact
Info, just in case ya missed the dove. Then we
have the Calendar
which is really just a tool I use to remember birthdays and
anniversaries, real, fictional, and both. The Dictionary
of JABBerisms follows. It, too, could use some
updating. After that comes Things You
Should Know About JABB. At the top, you'll find
links to the other informational pages. Unlike those
pages, this one is more focused on the actual content of JABB
newsletters, stories, etc. Although the fifth sentence
in item 2 now strikes me as particularly hilarious.
Sorry Arthur... you are so much more than Charity Shop
Dude. I should probably reread the whole thing
sometimes. Honestly, after so many years sometimes I
even forget what we have on our site!
Moving onto "Stuff We Wrote or Made"... Easter
Egg Cheat Sheet offers a key to finding all the
newsletter easter eggs. Fair warning: some are old
calendars so maybe not worth the hunt. Although, these
days, I typically don't do calendars. Poems
and Stories follows. There you will find a few one
shot stories, mostly from former members. Ah and a story
I co-wrote. I only vaguely remember that...
Anyhow, you'll also find a few poems we've enjoyed and a
lovely folk tale. Next up is one of my playgrounds which
Kim also contributes to of late: The
Author's Cut. Originally, this was for rejected
bits of stories and newsletters. Later it became a place
for stories that didn't necessarily feature Andrew. I'd
also go there to talk about my stories. Nowadays, it's
basically where stories go unless I need them to double as a
newsletter or they're part of a series that has traditionally been in a newsletter
(i.e. Christmas and Valentine's stories). When I finish
"The Carpenter," it will go there. Because of the
growing number of stories, I put together the Story
Index. Basically, this lists all JABB stories in
the order in which they were written. JABB
Member Links follows and, right now, it's pretty sad
with only two links. So I may get rid of it. But,
for now, it remains. The JABBers'
Fiction Page is much more enjoyable. There you can
find Yvette's and Kim's stories along with a handful of
resources for writing. Next is a ridiculously out of
Info Database. Some day I will update it, I
promise! Somewhere Max, Arthur, Violeta, Kemara, etc.
are crying about not being included. The TBAA
Episode Guide follows. Really it's just more like
me giving commentary. At the time it was created, it
didn't occur to me that touched.com wouldn't always be
there. So... one day I'd like to add actual
synopses. Help on that would be welcome! Andrew's
Historical Timeline closes out the section. That's
going to be updated fairly soon when we learn more about
The third section is "Stuff about the Stuff We've Done."
I'm not really sure that there's a very good reason for "The Green Pages"
to exist. Mostly it's just there because the program
that created them was a fun toy on our 1and1 package.
But I guess it's a sort of resume for JABB. Or
something. It's green. :-) Holy cow we have
a lot of question-based pages... In case you feel like
you need one more, look no further than Our FAQ.
News and Reminders follows. Not the most active of
pages. I've fallen into the habit of just posting "news"
to the YG. But if anything really big happens, I'll try
to remember to put it there, too. Disclaimers
and Credits follows. Eventually, I think that's
were I'd like to have a list of resources I've used for
stories. But, for right now, it's pretty much just a
"snaps for you!" page. And we have another woefully out
of date page when it comes to About
Us. If you'd like to be featured there, that would
be cool. Although the way it's divided offers an
interesting conundrums about where Joshua would go if he had a
page there... Hmm...
"Stuff You Can Do" offers some ideas for how you can be more
involved with JABB. Contribute
to JABB has some very generic suggestions for how to
participate with newsletters and other parts of the
site. There you'll find stuff like info on how to submit
a question to Ask Andrew, Dear Annie Dru, etc. Contests
Rules and Information hasn't really been utilized in a
long while since we haven't really had any contests. But
I would like to get back to that eventually. I'll need
to do a major overhaul on the prize lists, though, it
Contests and Games mostly serves as an archive for past
Jeopardy games. We haven't played Jeopardy in a long
while but you can always revisit past rounds there and quiz
Scouts offers fun Andrew, John Dye, and TBAA themed
challenges to get your creative juices flowing. It is
also clearly in need of a new banner as I just realized those
photos are from when we had to rely on parking ourselves in
front of the TV with a digital camera. Ha!
"Stuff We'll Probly Get Committed For" is one of my favorite
Map and Info is the gateway to much more than just the
map. Of particular importance to me are the the Dyeland
Timeline and Cultural
References links. The latter lists (hopefully)
every book, song, movie, etc. quoted or referenced in Dyeland
stories and newsletters. My focus with the Timeline has
mostly shifted to the Detailed
Dyeland Timeline where I've tried to lay out and recap
every scene from a story in chronological order. I visit
that page constantly while writing. Below that is JABB's
Official Graffiti Wall which is just plain fun and
goofy. Rounding it out is AndrewBlog
which, sadly, I no longer have time to update. But, ever
the optimist (okay not always), I keep hoping that one day
Violeta and Andrew will be able to share their musings there.
And that, in a nutshell, is how I've spent over a decade of my
One day, several years ago, my brother was
teasing me about being a nerd. Cause brothers do
that. Never mind the fact that his room was
practically wallpapered in Star Wars and Indiana
Jones and such stuff... Anyway, yours truly
apparently had a mental freeze and shot back with... I kid
you not... "I am not! I have lots of cool web
pages!" Yes... That's right. I defended
myself against accusations of nerdiness by citing the vast
number of web pages I had. Well... gosh darn it... I
do have lots of cool web pages! And I'm happy being a
nerd. So this issue is dedicated to John for being the
inspiration behind a hefty portion of my cool web