We are a collective, not a collection

When this site began, it was intended to be a portal for a group of people to share information and to collaborate on real-world projects. It quickly turned into a hodge-podge collection of interesting tid-bits and doo-dads, but not even a very good collection of that, if we’re honest with ourselves. There is so much missing from this site, not least of which is the collective.

It’s also becoming apparent that we’re pissing off people who are trying to “earn a living” from selling other people’s work. Maybe that’s enough of a reward? If, by releasing the information here we’ve put the needs of humanity over the needs of someone’s personal gain, then at least our consciences will be clear when we go to jail, because we certainly won’t be paying any fines.

Alas, no, the most nefarious reason we keep this site around is because it’s useful to us. It could be more useful. This site is powered by WordPress, and over the years this has become cumbersome and awkward for our purposes here. We’ve given up trying to maintain or do much with the collection, because it’s a burdensome process, and we have easier means of sharing.

For these reasons, we are rebuilding this collection of tid-bits and doo-dads! We are developing a custom, purpose-built site, dedicated to showcasing the true extent of cool science that we have access to via digital collections from all over the Internet while making it easy to explore. From the new site we will have access to an extensive collection of curated resources, available in multiple formats, managed through a streamlined interface that will allow us to maintain the collection with ease. Stay tuned over the coming days and weeks as we post more about this project, and begin the migration away from this site and to the new, as yet undisclosed site.