beaten tatoo by Art-Bot
Avast Ye! (from the olde Dutch for 'hold fast') there-there me Ohana (olde Hawaiian for extended family) the site (Ning.com) has served us well: many of us made contact there for the first time in decades and new friends have joined us along the way.
Five years is an incredibly long period in my time-stream - a time-stream that you have all helped make possible I might add.
In that time children have been born, others have died.
Much change for us all.
The Ning.com Ahob site has served us well as meeting place, information kiosk, media archive and more...We have grown to 235 members and have had 162,807 page views from 115 countries...But I don't have to tell you - times change.
The web landscape has changed and so have we. When we started - I could make my own studio site with iWeb - now discontinued, and very eyetracker unfriendly anyway... Facebook was a shadow of what it would become, web interconnectedness was just getting off the ground. So, happily, we have decided to discontinue the Ning.com Ahob site, partially because of the popularity of the Facebook Ahob (591 members) and partially because of the cost and technical peculiarities of Ning.com.
Of course, many Ning.com Ahob members aren't Facebook slaves, a decision we deeply respect.
So what to do? We don't want to lose contact!
Come over to my Studio site and press the little orange RSS button!
For the record, I would like to thank specifically: Michael Grover, Kate Stilley-Steiner, Lindsay D. Mofford, Cynthia and Hugh Stilley, Eric and Marisa Mofford and Phillip 'Art-Bot' Stilley (blue-ribbon for most pictures posted single-handedly). At one time or another they have all had hands-on responsibilities for running the Beast...I also must thank www.human80.com for hosting and inspiration, and Samira Emelie for setting us up with WordPress!
And I especially want to thank you - The Members - for contributing you time and spirit, and all the fabulous fantastic pictures and vids - we pulled them off the Ning.com site and they will appear in galleries on my new studio site (here).
So in conclusion, without you, this would be meaningless - we feel great affection and gratitude for each and every one of you.
All Hands on Board/Ning.com went live
Sept 10, 2008 - Deactivated Oct 11, 2013.
Photo by Art-Bot
Thursday, 10 October, 2013
San Marino, Ca.