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Building the Truckin Online Archives

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Building the Truckin Online Archives
Posted February 9 2007 03:05 PM by Edward A. Sanchez 
Filed under: Opinions, Observations, Trend Observations, Funny Stories

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At some point in our lives, each of us have experienced this. Whenever you have a bright idea, and share it with managers or co-workers, you're automatically volunteered to head up the task to actually do it.

Well, I find myself in that situation currently. In an effort to increase the depth and breadth of material on, I said, "Wouldn't it be a great idea to create an online archive of all the material we have available going back as far as we can?" Oh yeah! In theory, it's great. Lots of clicks, and hours of entertainment for you, the visitor, reading that story that you thought was lost and gone forever from that time you had to ahem...take care of business in the restroom of your local performance parts shop, and picked up the closest available reading material.

Atlantic City Organ Pipes

The not-so-glamorous reality is that it's gonna take a LOT of manpower and hours to get all those stories up. Heck, I've only got material through '05, and already I'm feeling overwhelmed. We've got discs going back to '01, and eventually, it's the intent to get it all online.

On a somewhat unrelated, (but somewhat related) note, I found this photo that I think is a good illustration of what I'm feeling right now. Yes, they're giant organ pipes. I'm somewhat of a closet organ nut. I'm fascinated by their operation and complexity, not to mention the gut-throbbing bass tones and ear-splitting high notes the bigger ones are capable of. This photo is just one snapshot of the world's biggest, the Atlantic City Convention Center Hall Organ. Sadly, this big behemoth has been badly neglected over the years, and is in the midst of a multi-million dollar restoration to get it playing again. Zoom in on that picture. Yep, that little thing in the corner is an adult male. I don't know his specific height, but figure between 5 and 6 feet tall. The pipe he's standing next to is approximately 32 feet tall. Purty big. But there's an even bigger 64-foot-tall pipe in the organ, but it's so freakin' huge, it's nearly impossible to get a good relative photo of it. More photos, music clips, etc. can be seen and heard at the link above. Right now, I'm feeling like that guy standing next to that huge-@$$ pipe. The Truckin' website is like that big pipe, needing a whole bunch of air to make it work. In this case, we're talking data and stories. And we're gonna need a whole bunch of 'em to get this giant to where we want it to be.

One of these days, we'll get there, but it may be quite a while 'til we are. All I ask is you guys be patient with us on the journey, and rest assured that there are great things coming down the (excuse the pun) pipe for

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