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Re: CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)

From:Rik Roots <rik@...>
Date:Friday, June 27, 2008, 12:13
Rick Harrison wrote:
> If you have web pages that you want to stay online after you can > no longer pay the hosting bill, what options are available? The > Wayback Machine at doesn't catch everything and it might > not be around forever. > >
I've already decided that when I die, my website will die with me. Nobody knows the codewords to access billing and contract details for my site, so once my bank accounts are shut down there will be no way for the hosting company to get money to pay for the site - it will be gone from the world within a year of my demise.
> The conlangers of ancient times published their ideas in books, > which has preserved them to some degree, although some of the old > books are scarce collectors' items, unavailable from libraries and > never webified. > >
This is a good idea. At the moment you can pull together a book of your conlang and publish it via a company such as - this company in particular doesn't require any upfront money (unless you go for goodies like an ISBN no or distribution packages) nor does it demand running costs - it makes its profits on books sold. Assuming they don't change their contracts in the distant future then the book could long survive its creator. And once the book is created, it can be uploaded to venues such as Google book search for posterity.
> Is it arrogant to want some of your ideas to live on after you die? > >
No, not at all! I think I'm one of a tiny minority of people who doesn't really care if any of my ideas and thoughts survive me (I'll be dead, after all, and unable to take part in the celebration of my 'genious'), but for others it can be a very important thing, indeed a healthy way to help them cope with the fact of their own mortality. Rik (possibly human)