This site has been a major part of my life pretty much since it opened up for blogging last year but actually I've been reading it fairly regularly for four years and even had a couple of things published back in '04. I haven't been around for fifteen years like so many people here have but I've read quite a bit about its history here and there. so I kind of know how it's grown over the years from what was practically just a listserve.
And I just realized tonight that I want to publicly thank the team. You know, we all thank jj all the time in one way or another, implicitly or explicitly, but I right now want to thank the team. I'm not EXACTLY sure I even know who the team is but I'll give it my best shot.
I want to thank Foaad (aka Admin), our geek. Recently Foaad posted a blog informing us about the new system for uploading graphics and it was one of the very rare times I'd ever seen him publish anything here. But I'd had contact with him via e-mail several times. And this site's getting so huge and I can't begin to imagine the headaches and responsibilites involved in being technical director of a site like this, especially with this LANDSLIDE of new technology (the blogging, the images, the hook-ups to news sources, all of it,, all of it, and god knows what's coming next, it snowballs). And yet with all of this going on, every time I have ever asked Foaad to work out the most MINIMAL, TRIVIAL technical problem I've had, he has done so within a day. That's unbelievable.
I was so DELIGHTED when Foaad blogged and also briefly participated on another thread I was on and I told him I REALLY wish he'd be one of US, I REALLY wish he'd participate with us on blogs and threads, as FOAAD, not as Admin. I really mean that. I really do. I want to send Foaad a box of Christmas cookies but I still haven't been able to convince jj to get a snail P.O. box for this site. But hope springs eternal. Maybe Foaad can convince jj so that he can get his cookies.
I also want to thank the business manager, Wayne. I recall reading an interview with jj maybe a couple of years old, on some other site, I don't remember, in which if memory serves me correctly he said he was living on a shoestring because he didn't have time to focus on the business aspects of the site, particularly soliciting advertisers, and that if he could, he'd do much better financially. And now it seems there's Wayne.
Needless to say the future of the technical innovations on the site depend on the income generated, so, in this high, high tech era, without Wayne the site can't possibly keep up. And needless to say, the more comfortable our Fearless Leader is, the better it is for us all. After all we don't want him to go hungry and be in a bad mood.
But the thing is, the job Wayne's doing is INCREDIBLE. I mean assuming it IS Wayne who's getting all these advertisers, right? I mean, jj, you said you couldn't do it and I BELIEVE YOU, so I'm HYPOTHESIZING it's Wayne. And I have seen ads on this site that I can't for the LIFE of me figure out how ANYONE could get. ..I mean...ads in..SPANISH...here? This is amazing.
Like we're not talking GOOD people here, we're talking major heavy duty FANTASTIC people.
I also wanted to thank the art director because I honestly and truly believe this is the most GORGEOUS website I've ever seen on the Internet. That's my opinon and I'm not biased, trust me. It's like a dazzling piece of interactive kinetic sculpture in cyberspace. A virtual Calder mobile.
And so I THOUGHT I remembered there IS an art director and I THOUGHT that was jj's cousin, Karim Ardalan. But I just checked the thank you speech jj blogged from the benefit and it seems....that Karim was only the graphics person for the first...two years??? And he taught JJ everything he knew???
Oh, c'mon, jj, for real. Does that mean YOU'RE the art director? Do I really have to thank you AGAIN? I wanted to thank the TEAM. You're not the TEAM. You're the jj, But if it's really you doing ALL the graphics...well...I don't want to get your head swelled anymore than it already is..it'll burst. But this site...belongs...in some...cyberMOMA somewhere....
I understand there's a whole bunch of volunteers and partners and investors and what not, and I want to thank them all too, but I especially want to thank the people on the team that in essence we the community are interacting with EVERY SINGLE DAY at all times, whether we realize it or not. Foaad, and Wayne...and...well...I guess...the outstanding pedagicaal skills of Karim. This site is GORGEOUS and it's brilliant and it's flourishing.
Not to say that it doesn't have its flaws..but, for once, I won't go there. Just this once.
I predict we're all gonna see jj driving over Golden Gate Bridge in a Mercedes in five years. In Gucci sweatpants. And it won't be because it's a one man band. It'll be because it's a symphony.
Thanks for the music, guys. Thanks for the music.
Robin Jayne Goldsmith
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