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Return of the Second Cousin of the Fly’s Nephew

If you told me, in any tone approximating enthusiasm, that you had visited my site in the last year or so (for a reason other than the out-of-left-field hit, Virtual Stan), you would have been met with an incredulous look. This incredulity would have had nothing to do with false modesty or my tendency toward self-deprecation or my inability to believe that you had managed to operate a web-accessible digital device. It would be a look of genuine confusion, and perhaps concern. “You were on my site? Really? Well, keep an eye out for the new version, which will be online really soon.”

Then I would find somewhere to be alone and contemplate the fact that I was the only one foolish enough to believe the lie I had just told.

I’ve been telling that lie for nearly two years. Today, it becomes truth, at least for anyone to whom I’ve spoken in the last month or so. Thanks to South by Southwest, those people are many, and the amazing time I had and the amazing people I met there provided the final nail in the inspirational coffin to make Version 4 a reality.

There are, of course, some areas that still need tightening up. My stuffed cohort The Monkey, for example, is currently dragging his feet a bit with his section of the site, but he should be up to speed within a week or so. No, really!

Otherwise, the site has finally become what I’ve wanted it to become for a long time: one that encourages participation and frequent visits. So please, take a look around and let me know what you think. It would be helpful to know that any satisfaction or dissatisfaction I feel about it is not merely a byproduct of the health and hygiene I jeopardized to finish it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m kind of excited at the prospect of being unconscious, and I’m also looking into doing one of those “showers” I keep hearing about.