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31 Aug 2008 15:57 - 31 Aug 2008 15:59 #1109385358 by tigger
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Jessie, I've just had a thought.

This week, for example, a couple of Nat-items are about to be released: the audio-book of Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies (Nat narrates), and the American DVD of War Requiem.

As the distribution companies themselves are rather lax in their advertising (er... it's virtually non-existent), we have to really dig for information about upcoming films and audio-books, prices, ISBN numbers (such useful things!), links to legitimate outlets, etc.

Would you consider establishing a schedule here for such items, with members helping out by providing any updated information that comes to hand? I, for one, would be more than happy to help provide the info and I'm sure there are others who would also be glad to contribute this information so that we all have it in a reliable place and can refer to it as necessary (e.g. for telling our families and friends precisely what we'd like for a birthday/anniversary/Christmas present :P ).

Tigger
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31 Aug 2008 18:08 - 01 Sep 2008 03:09 #1109385362 by webmistress
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Hi Tigger,

Thanks for your lovely and supportive suggestion. Actually I had been planning on providing such a thing while I started out creating this site. B) There are various reasons why I came up with the "Where Can I Get It" and "News Flash" and the complete lists of Nat's work within the "Downloads" section. I think I had a small mail exchange with one fan about this several months ago. But for those who are interested in my reasons... go on reading - it's dreadfully boring webmaster-stuff - be warned ;)

The problem is the reliability of info and its longevity. Plus: Any issue of an audio-book, a DVD or anything else is always subject to last minute changes. And the various versions vary a great deal internationally. Take Fade To Black. Hmmm. The Spanish DVD is about 15 minutes longer in running time than the UK version. Which one would you suggest to the fans? Just think of that BBC TILM audio-book - or the UK versions of the DVDs. A hoot! All this confusion about the latest Artemis, two different productions, and the one with Nat is still not in sight. I could go on writing away for years on this subject. :pinch:

Then there's the aspect of longevity and things getting out of print and new ones turning up somewhere on our lovely small planet. Sorry to say it, but my resources to hunt down all those details on an ongoing basis simply aren't there. And even IF the fans would provide some info, the time I need for checking and re-checking and updating that time-table suggests a full-time job and service for the site. I'm not going to bang on about the resources I already spend managing this place, it's getting boring. :S

Giving guarantees for any supplier or news is a very delicate and fragile thing to do. After five years the fans developed their own methods and a platform which is right here on Nat's site and forum. They know what they buy where and when. People do collect their info here more than timely and there are always links up to somewhat OK sources.

Tigger, thanks again for your idea which is great if I had the resources to get it going and keep it alive for more than a month or so. I'm not a huge supporter of data-graveyards. The forum is a good place to post any info that you have, reliable or not.

When things are somewhat stable in their quality the front-page will tell you what where and when. And even then sometimes things need re-editing. Everyone is warmly invited to add info right here on our forum. :kiss:

Cheers!

webmistress

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"If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck." A simplified version of Occam's razor.
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01 Sep 2008 14:08 - 02 Sep 2008 02:10 #1109385368 by webmistress
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Tigger,

Me again. After thinking about how to reduce my work with that great idea I came up with a solution. It's fairly simple. All you (and the other members who'd like to participate) need to have is a public google calendar. You can open up one anytime and it's for free. Add the dates you think relevant as a whole day event (please no double stuff) and send me an invitation out of your public calendar. I will add it and from there it all functions automatically. Each time you add something to YOUR calendar at google and invite me, it will update our thing here. What do ya reckon'? Easy enough?

I started out creating it all, just hit that "calendar" button on the left hand side and take a look. Now it's up to you all to keep it alive. Go on gals, "feed me". Those who'd like to participate, please use the contact button, I'll give you the right addy where you can send your invites to... B)

Cheerios!

webmistress

"I don't know. I need help. I'm sorry. And something else. [...] I forgot it."
~ Armand Gamache

"If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck." A simplified version of Occam's razor.
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01 Sep 2008 16:34 #1109385370 by Pitzel
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Dear Webmistress Jessika,
You are a gem and a such a generous person to give up so much of your time for us. Thank you for your suggestion of the calendar. It will certainly help keep things organized.

Pitzel

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01 Sep 2008 18:52 #1109385373 by tigger
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Dear Jessie,

Many thanks for your full and informative reply.

If I can get enough time on the computer in the coming days, I'd be happy to start the ball rolling. I certainly didn't mean to suggest that you spend hours more of your precious time on this stuff, but rather that we all contribute as each version of something (be it the Spanish, American, German or English one) becomes available, or is advertised as soon to be released.

This Google calendar may well be a good solution. I simply don't understand the attitude of the distribution companies/publishers -- they go to all the trouble of hiring the best vocal actor around to read/act the books... and then don't bother to put them on the shelves in shops or even to advertise them widely. Silly.

But we can fight it! :-)

Tigger (grrrrrrrr!)

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01 Sep 2008 19:31 #1109385377 by Fantines
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Thanks Jessie

It's a brilliant idea and so easy to use.

Thanks for all your hard work.

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend" -- Robert Lewis Stevenson
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