I'd like to wish all visitors to the Stormcock.net web site all the best for this holiday season, no matter what your religious persuasion (if any) or country of origin.
It's been an interesting year for me. I set up this site earlier in the year after I started playing with "drupal" and thought it would make an interesting foundation for a new Harper site. I had not originally envisaged actually making a live site; I just wanted to play with the community tools and see how easy it was to set up a site like this, and chose to make a mock-up of a web 2.0 "Stormcock" site on my test server. However, after I got things up and running and had time to play around, I thought that it might actually be a good thing to launch. I felt for a long time that there were a lot of people that would be interested in finding out more about the Harpers, and talking to others, but who wanted a web-based platform for doing this rather than the email based mailing list (which is still running happily as well).
To cut a long story short, I registered the domain, launched the site after a brief testing period, and here we are.
Then, at a drinks evening with some old friends, one of them suggested I might want to try podcasting with my new Apple laptop. This set the little gears in my brain whirring again and some weeks later the first experimental Roy Harper podcast was finished, and I published it. Those first few hours were quite fun, with me checking to see how many downloads or on-site plays there had been and waiting for comments. The podcast has gone down well too and I have plenty of ideas of things to do with it in 2008.
So anyway, in summary it's been a good year for Harper related stuff for me and Vicky and I also celebrated our first wedding anniversary yesterday. I managed not to poison her last night while cooking roast duck with cherry confit. Today (Monday) is my last day of work for a few days and I am looking forward to the rest and particularly with watching my son William open his presents.
I am looking forward to some new music from Nick Harper next year, hopefully drawing on his experiences on the Everest project, and I also hope that Roy does well writing new material. I also hope Roy might be persuaded out for a gig or two despite his wish to stay in the studio until it's done!
I wish you all a happy holiday and a great 2008.