Feb. 15, 2005

I started this web site in 1992. No, that is not a typo. You are looking at a twelve-year-old (or more) web site. I had always been a big fan of Blade Runner, so when I discovered this thing called "The World Wide Web" while researching ways to publish medical information online for a job, I thought what better way to test it out than to publish about one of my favorite movies?

And here we are, all these years later. How the web has changed. There is a lot to be said about being the first on the block, even if you end up being far from the best once others show up. I think the early start got this site a lot of attention. People wrote me, sent me books, games, and so on.

Then, everyone got on the web. And next, they figured out how to make web pages. Sure enough, for the benefit of fans everywhere, many new BR sites popped up. Consequently, I let the site lapse. Links grew dim, flickered, and went out. And I neglected to find or remove them. That's just no good. Then again, when you list your directory and see things like this, it is probably a sign that you may need to make some changes:

-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon         14285 Aug  4  1995 scan.gif
-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon         35620 Aug  4  1995 blimp.gif
-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon          4406 Jun 23  1995 esper.gif
-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon          1648 Jun 23  1995 br-tile.gif
-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon          3322 Dec 15  1994 br.gif
-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon         73324 Dec 28  1993 br-faq.html
-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon         16145 Dec 14  1993 tyrell.gif
-rw-r--r--    1 jon      jon          2952 Dec 14  1993 eye.gif

Finally, I have gotten around to making a decision. I am going to put the site out to pasture. No, I am not going to kill it off, really. Just sorta let it live out the rest of its days taking it easy. So I have cleaned it up a bit, basically pared it down to the unique stuff I have on here which seems to me worth salvaging. If you want more, I highly recommend checking out the sites I have linked to on the main page.

So to all the old fans of 2019: Off-World, and new visitors, too, I thank you for your visits, supports, emails, harrassment, ideas, and questions. Thanks to everyone who sent (or will still send) in an essay or paper for me to put up. Thanks to folks who sent any other bit of information, news, sound, or picture that I have had up over the years. Thanks to Murray Chapman for doing the original Fancy HTML FAQ, and to Paul Sammon for listening to my crazy idea.

Now let's just hope for the special DVD release, huh?

- Jon Van Oast