Words From Andy
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I haven’t written anything in a while, but I figured with the election cycle coming up, and the charged political climate, I figured this bared writing.

I can’t really lay claim to this theory, as I really sort of took it from my hunter safety instructor. I know, hunter safety courses don’t seem like a overly good place to be picking up life lessons, other than, you know, how to prevent hypothermia, and not shooting people in the face.



The worst team in football


Today I'm gonna tell a story. Well, It's kind of more like a fable, but without animals. Semantics aside, It's a story to prove a point. I'll talk about the point later, first, the story.

We go to the city of Providence, RI, where there is an NFL team named the Providence Bufalons. The Bufalons are one of the older teams in the league, having been formed in 1920. The team was inherited by Mr. Dwight Edward Dornob, or D. Ed as his friends call him. At first fans welcomed D., as he spent money and spent it well. With a combination of great drafting and amazing free agent pickups, the Bufalons were able to create their storied God's Hammer Offense that was driven on the feet of the teams Hall Fame running back Thurman Sanders.

Everything seemed to be going the Bufalons way. They were, by every definition, a power house. Though the final prize, a Superbowl ring continued to elude the Bufalons, it seemed that every year there was a chance. Every year there was entertainment... until 1999.


Deadpool with Mickey Mouse ears
My favorite comic book character, Deadpool gets ready for the Disney take over.


Disaster! Red Alert! Armageddon! The world of Marvel is coming to an end faster than The Watcher could have ever guessed! Soon Wolverine will be telling kids the dangers of running with scissors and the fantastic four will be renamed the fabulous four as they take to a Broadway sing and dance routine ala high school musical. Fan boys beware, your only bastian of hope lies with DC. Or, at least that what the knee jerk response to the Disney buy out of Marvel comics would have you believe. The question is, is that a reasonable response? The answer? It's impossible to tell at this point. However, I would venture to say that this move is both beneficial to BOTH Marvel and Disney, and yes, even you comic book fan boy.



Ok, so I started a website about a year ago dedicated to outdoors type activities and sharing information. I made it in drupal as a project to help me the ins and outs of that content management system. My thinking was that if I were creating a website I was actually going to use, I would be far more inclined to pay attention to it and learn the system. It worked, I now know how to use Drupal, so that end of the spectrum was accomplished (well kinda, I still pick up more and more about it every time I go to do something in it, as it should be) but the problem was I was left with a site I wanted to make usable, but had no users.

What good, after all, are message boards if no one is there to message on them? And there is no user driven content with out users to drive it. This is where I noticed my first of many mistakes, which is OK because that's how we learn. That mistake was I created an area for user generated content with out the users, the only content generator was me, and the scale was far too big for me to handle on my own. So instead of scalling back the website into a managable means, I instead turned to the time tested advertising. After all, like they say, "if you build it, they will come." Well it was built, but they weren't coming. Perhaps they just lost the memo...

This lead me to mistake number two.