Not that it actually matters but since P-Bucket (I don’t want to say the full name) has gone full retard, and wanting money for the ability to link pictures, hence I have closed my account there. This does not affect the WaBi~SaBi pictures since they were already uploaded on here after the debacle of 2015. However, this means that most pictures from other areas of the website are now gone. Again, it doesn’t really matter since those who care have already seen them and nobody else drops by.
Anyhow, major changes are coming on my end, the deadline for these being the renewal of this website’s yearly fees (March 2018). I will, of course, keep you all posted when they happen.
I am glad (and rather relieved) to inform you that the website who featured my stolen articles acted accordingly and deleted most of “Mr.X” articles that contained them (about 10). “Mr.X” has also received a 24 hour ban, which has now expired, but should be getting a chat from the website’s chief editor.
While I would have wanted more articles deleted, I am still content of the overall outcome, and have thanked the website for owning up to good ethics. I also feel rather sad that people like “Mr.X” are more interested in stealing to get praise and “likes” from their readers than actually getting real work done to achieve it. I have advised the website that it is more than likely that all articles of “Mr.X” are plagiarized. Admittedly they won’t be removing them unless the authors make a complaint. On my end, I have lost enough time on this affair so I won’t be doing the work for them.
I have modified my plea letter to “Mr.X” on the Shrine so to not implicate the website who hosted his articles further. I decided to keep it on there to help spread the word of good ethics to other bloggers.
However, I know fully well that “Mr.X” is only the tip of the iceberg and that my content has already been stolen a lot of times, and know it will evidently happen again. As such, even though I would have liked not having to spend more money on my website, I have upgraded my plan to be able to include more features such as copy protection. While not infallible, it should prevent 99% of simple minded bloggers from stealing my content further.
That being said, I was also recently invited to be part of WordPress advertisement program. I would have liked to avoid such ads, which I see as no better as spam, but they should help finance the new fees but only in part. To opt out of these ads, simply be logged into WordPress when browsing the Shrine. I will be making a fundraiser at the end of the year to try and recoup as much of my hosting fees as possible.
Don’t worry, WaBi~SaBi is fine… in fact, I might treat you guys (or is it still only one guy?) to a picture in a few days. I am quite busy, tired, and distraught, so I will be leaving this here:
Hi Aaron… are there others too? I’m not sure any more! Hahaha… Anyhow, no matter, and I am here to give some news about the project… but mostly about something else.
I have been recently sidetracked by my Rally Group B Shrine website and work on WaBi~SaBi’s Gruppe B conversion has been affected by it. However, work has still progressed; the turbo setup has returned to stock location and I had to remodify all the ancillaries that I had modified for the low front setup. Believe me there was a lot to do there. Cheap crap from fleabag saved me some time though. Eventually, I’ll be upgrading, but not in the short term… I need to leave myself something to do in the long term or I’ll go loco.
Right now I am at the point of doing the rear clamshell. After that is done I’ll be tackling the cabin bulkhead. Then complete the cooling systems (shit, plural, spoiler!), braking system, and fuel system. I am leaving the bodywork for the end since I decided to make the car functional first. I’ll complete the bodywork in phases, giving me the opportunity for some testing in between, as all prototypes should.
Ok, time to write about what has kept me busy on my Shrine… In fact a BUNCH of things. Too varied to re-tell here so you’ll have to go check out for yourselves in my explanatory post:
HOWEVER, I am giving you guys a hint about the TV gig. It’s about the car show of some guy with quite a protruding chin that once made jokes late at night. I am not sure when the episode will air but it should be rather soon. I will be able to look proudly and say: I helped! Like mama’s apple pie way back when… Awwwwww!
A friend of mine says that I should milk all of these recent opportunities like crazy but it doesn’t feel right to me so I’m leaving things to Karma! Good things may come my way, eventually…
“The Shrine of Pride”, it sounds like something you’d find in some cheesy RPG game… but for me my Rally Group B Shrine has truly become a source of much pride. It is becoming THE go-to website for anything Group B with growing respect and interest from my peers. I am getting more frequent information contributions and I should be finally able to offset the website hosting fees with some good old fashioned partner advertising. Expect that to pop up in the next few months. What I am truly proud of is that I was recently contacted by book authors and magazine editors to have information found in my website featured in printed media.
It is my honor to having helped author Bill Munro with his work on the Ferguson 4WD Formula book (a system thrown to the forefront by Group B)! I was promised “special thanks” credit. Look for it to be published soon!
Furthermore, it is very much so my honor, again, to have provided free of charge my comprehensive article about the Ford Escort RS 1700T Group B Prototype as a background story to a story of Pacenotes Rally Magazine, soon to be published in the February 2017 issue! I should get full credit to my name alongside a printed link to my Shrine. Oh and a free copy, of course!
For me, this makes all the hundreds of hours spent on researching Group B all the worthwhile. Even though I would have liked best to having taken part of it in the 80’s, ensuring that its history is not forgotten is a cool spiritual redemption. Finding that some people respect my work and dedication is all the thanks I’d ever wish for!
All good plans also get derailed at some point. The paid plan transfer to the Shrine did a mess of the media storage so I have no choice but to keep things going on here until all Group B related media is re-uploaded and re-linked properly in each article. This will take months as I will also take the opportunity to revamp / expand each article as I go through the process.
However, the sad part is that I won’t be able to continue uploading pictures to the RRS blog since it is currently at 134% capacity, and I had hoped to keep this website (albeit in private mode) open to host pictures. I’ll find a way to write my updates and deliver them via email as promised before. However, even though the work on the car is going well, I like to write my updates in a themed manner (say bodywork only, chassis only, etc) so since it’s currently much of an incomplete mish-mash, it will take some more time.
My parts sales attempt has been a total and utter failure on the blog as well. Zero sales in a year, with only one or two inquiries in between. As such I have put most of my Subaru and VW stuff on eBay. CLICK HERE TO SEE EVERY LISTING. There was also a total lack of interest in my 80’s features, albeit again I was doing it mostly for myself, and the blog in general is mostly dead with only 2 or 3 visitors per day even though months ago I had made a new INTRODUCTION and PROJECT SUMMARY pages open to the public. I believe they explained the gist of the project, while keeping the undesirables at bay, and protecting my intimate details. So yeah, all of this came into play in my decision to abandon the blog. However, I must point out that the main reason, as stated before, is that I feel my online time is better used in my Group B Shrine instead. Speaking of which, another update coming right up on that topic!
I’m just letting you know that I’ll soon be terminating my operations on my Recce RallySport website (a few weeks probably). This decision is mostly since my Rally Group B Shrine has been sapping all of my spare time outside of my Gruppe B project. It has become quite the operation and I now consider it as my main window on the internet and something I can truly be proud of! I will be concentrating on improving it for the next few years at the very least. It will become bar none THE website about Group B rallying on the internet. That is my goal.
My RRS blog was cool and all, especially since the shift to the 80’s theme, but since I had already turned it into my own private cove it was also costing me money (with premium plans) so I do not see reason to continue putting it out there. However, (the however you’ve might have been waiting for), I’ll still be sending out email updates about my Gruppe B project but it will be done outside of WordPress though. This means that I will continue to write my build journal exactly in the same manner as before but I’ll email you a copy instead. No need for you to come here and punch in the code. Aaron, Matthew, and Nigel, I’m pretty sure you’ll be interested, if probably only out of your sense of curiosity since the car is long gone from being a Subaru. For the others, hit me up to confirm. You all know how to reach me!