Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Post-Mortem Update

This isn't an April Fools Joke.

As stated before, the site hasn't been updated in several months, but I still continue to get visitors.

I have created the Commons Companion (further updates coming soon) and still continue to update the Zachry Engineering Center page on my main website (new domain name coming soon), and I am currently looking to either receive some guest posts, or to trade the site off to new hands altogether. Please write a comment or send an email if interested. A "bonus" to anyone who decides to re-start it gets access to cancelled posts (a large post on Evans Library, the Cushing Memorial Library, the Annex, and more were planned--wanna know why Evans has that "dip" in the second floor?) and additional photos unpublished.

Do you want to help revive the site? Speak up. The email's still active.

The other thing that I wanted to say is...I kind of do miss this site. Because circumstances have prevented me from actually leaving the area, I want to make one more stab at the site. Not because I want to truly revive it to its "glory days", so to speak (at least the closest it came to its glory days) but mostly to re-do a few things for consistency, breaking up a few of the longer pages (some attempt was made at the Texas Avenue page), and adding a few pages that I might have wanted to do before. Any "new" posts will be pretty short, and may involve some recycled content. I've been getting a ton (ton being a relative word, of course) of visitors via Facebook and I kind of want to satisfy that group. I still get about 2500 visitors a month, whereas in the summer months when updates were plentiful, I would get over 3000.

So some things I would do, in theory:
- Officially shut down the forums (long overdue—no one's posted in well over a year)
- Break up compilation posts even further (The Far South Point of Texas Avenue, Northgate: University Drive, a few others)
- Add a few ad-focused posts as I've done before. While these are popular, they're the first to get ripped off (old advertisements of course)
- Completely outsource some of the grocery store posts. This would also make the University Square article flow a lot better, for instance.
- Freshen up some pages with updates and photos for consistency
- Integrating it with carbon-izer.com

Things I will not do is breaking into my stash of University Drive East photos, restart any cancelled posts, new enormous projects, etc.

Any and all of these is depending on how much I want to do things here (some of them could end up happening without *new* content). It could make a more attractive site to hand it off to someone else, which of course hasn't happened yet.

The ideal course of action is that I pick a successor to the site, finish my duties here, give them access to photos and posts, and slowly reduce my presence to a mod as the site continues.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kyle Field


The history of Kyle Field would be kind of difficult to write, since it has been heavily modified over the years, and because Kyle Field is so iconic, there's a million better sources than my somewhat derived blog. But the most iconic part of Kyle Field, the west end, constructed as we knew it in 1979, is no more. It has been less than 24 hours as of this writing when the west side was imploded. You could feel the earth shake as concrete pillars hit the ground.

Editor's Note: Read this.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Safeway at the Health Department

Boring government building or a disguised old supermarket? You decide!

Unlike the still-born Zachry Engineering Center and Scoates Hall posts, we actually have something for this one, even it was hacked together on fairly short notice. The Safeway at the Health Department, discussed over at Safeway and Albertsons in Texas Blog, which is just starting out.

UDPATE: Finally added real picture.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Scoates Hall

333 Spence


Who loves old buildings? I do! I took these pictures of the 1932-built Scoates Hall in June 2012 shortly after renovation plans were announced (I think Scoates was last renovated sometime in the 1950s or 1960s, I have a hard time believing that a lot of what I was seeing was 1930s vintage). Unfortunately, I didn't have good picture taking skills or a good frame of reference to where these were (the floor plan threw me a loop, you can't directly access the two halves of the building, and even the second floor connections require some manuevering), so the pictures aren't entirely adequate. I can however tell you that the water fountain in one shot is totally gone, the stairs were reinforced with new guardrails (the old rails used to terrify me--especially since they were below a taller person's center of gravity), and the new hallways look nice and shiny, though of course something is missing.

Check out the shots here, on Flickr.