"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge."
  - Bertrand Russell


           The Why
"Reality" and Evidence:  
           The How 
           The What


03-01-2014:   Noticed the other day that the Introduction page was not really an introduction, and was like 12 years old, besides. So, I took the introductory bits out of the "Preface and Canon" page, thus making it the "Fictional Reality and Evidence" page, and updated the site's introduction.

ST-v-SW.Net is also now on Facebook. Like it. Maybe then I'll figure out what to do with it. :-)

01-05-2014:   Been digging around a bunch of old stuff and found e-mails discussing the Section 31 Project which I once teased, and which per this ancient upcoming projects page, got cancelled in 2003/2004. Hating to see the work wasted and never having heard if the guy got his pages elsewhere as planned, I googled and found that he'd been providing the private link to it elsewhere, as seen on this response page from "Darth Timon".

So, a mere 10 years later, give or take, allow me to present the Section 31 Project, which was originally intended to be its author's sub-site with a complete bit-by-bit teardown of StarDestroyer.Net (back when SDN still had some remaining relevance to the debate). Bear in mind that these pages are ten years old, and that this is officially part of the Obsidian Order Project wherein I squirrel away old defunct sites for history's sake. So, when reading, do be fair to the elderly.

The author was an absolute machine and there were, as I recall, many more Word documents sent than I ever managed to get converted for use on the planned sub-site.   And considering how prolific I was with this stuff in 2003, the fact that I was overwhelmed is saying something.  Maybe someday I'll look for those and add them somehow, but for now, enjoy a whole other website.

12-25-13:   An additional update, this time to the Obsidian Order pages with the inclusion of SWDAO archives. To find out what that acronym means, go see.

12-24-13:   A wee little update to the Volumetrics page, slashing out the inaccurate NX shuttlepod figures. Hopefully I can get those replaced soon after fixing up the pod model. (I know, not much of an update, but hey, at least there is one! I also have a big blog post and the long-rumored page about the new JJ-Trek's relation to the prime timeline well on the way, so do check in from time to time. Thanks!

01-27-13:   Incidentally, I neglected to mention that the ST-v-SW.Net Weblog is back at a temporary Blogspot home. After blogger killed FTP publishing I'd left it be, hoping that would be my impetus to get the backend work done. That obviously didn't work. So for now, enjoy.

01-01-13:   ST-v-SW.Net is changing hosts after almost a decade. Unfortunately I have nothing new beyond that at the moment, but I hope to make some further (and visible) changes around here soon. In the meantime, follow @STvSW on Twitter!

12-04-10:   As you might've noticed, there hasn't been much obvious activity of late. The reasons are manifold, but one aspect is that I am awaiting the next version of Drupal to use as a powerful site backend (and to replace the weblog).  The experimentation referenced below was going fine, but even the most recent versions of Drupal are absolutely primitive when it comes to image handling … “primitive” as in “no better than all the manual operations I was already doing, and actually worse because it slows me down”. The new version is supposed to be superior in that regard, but if this proves to be incorrect I'll seek another option.

The basic rationale there is that whereas I might be able to author a page fairly quickly, doing all the publishing work (here I refer to all the HTML- and image-related activity) simply takes too much a percentage of the total time for a page to get done, and I'd like to both streamline that and make some awesome new features, both for here and for sites like NoLettersHome.info.

I'm also going to try to get away from my recent custom of doing mega-page projects.  To be sure, I think the quality of something like the recent Star Wars power generation page or older large pages like the Star Trek ground combat page is what I want to see on the site, and of course you know I love the Starship Volumetrics.  I think that's a lot better work than little one-off pages like, say, the Phasers vs. Lightsabers page.   But at the same time it represents a huge investment of time and energy, made worse by having to find my place and thought process all over again whenever I get back to it (since it's not like I have uninterrupted weeks of time).

In that vein, I've been going back through some old e-mails recently that I managed to recover, and there's an amazing amount of stuff that I've discussed with people through the years that never really materialized into good site material.  I'll be trying to get some of that thrown onto the site when time permits.

But in the end, this is a hobby, and I thank you for enjoying it with me.



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