All ready for the 72nd anniversary of Don Van Vliet’s birth, I am delighted to present an all new Radar Station website.
Apart from the content (much of which has been expanded, revised and brought up to date but in essence remains the same) it’s entirely new: new design, new structure, new way of doing things.
I do hope you like it.
It’s been the product of about 18 months of incessant clicking whenever I have been able to around work, family and general life stuff. The new site currently contains a massive 2,610 items which perhaps helps to explain just why it’s taken me so long to get this far.
I’ve felt for a long time that while the old site was adequate 15 years ago when it first went online, it now just looks like a 15 year old website and that’s not a fitting way to remember the unique music, painting, words and personality of Don Van Vliet. To make matters worse, the state of the old site was actually deterring me from making many updates: why bother when it’s just going to get lost in the big pit of a very tired looking site?
I hope that isn’t going to happen any more.
I think this is a considerable improvement, but there’s still quite a long way to go. Still to do:
- The related records, bootlegs and videos are currently missing from the discography.
- Art exhibition catalogues need to be split up into individual pages.
- The bibliography needs a tidy up and “Skeleton Breath, Scorpion Blush” needs to be re-added.
- If you hover over the date on any posts it needs to tell you the year as well as the day and month.
- Some sections (e.g. song links from the discography and the live performance links currently have an awkward intermediary page which means you have to do two separate clicks instead of one to get where you want to go.
- Some of the automatically generated thumbnail images have been wrongly cropped and are missing people’s heads.
- Various small bits of content still need to be transferred (e.g. the guitar tabs).
- Metadata for all images needs to be improved; currently it’s a complete mess.
- The year each painting was completed needs to be visible on the painting’s page.
I hope to gradually put these problems right over the coming months along with any other snags which crop up. If you spot anything which seems wrong in any way at all which is not on the above list please do let me know.
So that’s the bad stuff, what about the good? I’ll let you find that for yourselves!
Thanks all for your support over the last 15 years, here’s to the next 15.