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  • Remembering Neptunus Lex

    Posted by David Foster on September 26th, 2016 (All posts by )

    Bill Brandt has assembled and posted some comments by readers about what Lex meant to them.  Very much worth reading.

     

    8 Responses to “Remembering Neptunus Lex”

    1. Jeff the Bobcat Says:

      Love the Neptunus Lex Blog at the https://thelexicans.wordpress.com/. Great stories that are very well written. If you haven’t been to Bill’s site, you don’t know what you’re missing. Check it out!

    2. Bill Brandt Says:

      @Jeff it has been an honor posting what I considered the best of Lex since January. And as someone who occasionally blogs I am just astounded at the quality of Lex’s writings day after day for nine years. (For that matter you guys on this site do amazing work too. I did not realize how difficult it is to write something on a regular basis that stays interesting)

      He really was quite a writer and I consider his work to be better than a lot of published authors. One of the commenters on the site was saying that he was trying to help get him a publisher for his work called rhythms, about life on an aircraft carrier. They had just started talking to a publisher when he had his accident After that the publisher did not want to proceed.

      I’m still working on compiling the index. It will be far easier to find these posts rather than try random searches in Google. I’m pleased to learn that Lex is getting some new readers.

      Finally it’s really lex’s site and I’m just the poster. Or more accurately re-poster :-)

      Thanks for noticing David. I have you thank for discovering Lex. I just wish I had known him before his accident but better late than never.

    3. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks for doing this, Bill.

    4. David Foster Says:

      One of the best Neptunus Lex posts…one of the best blog posts, anywhere, ever…was his personalized and hyperlinked version of ‘Ulysses’, on occasion of his retirement. It would be wonderful if that could be recovered somehow, complete with images.

      Bill, why can’t the site be restored? Surely the hosting provider must have done backups at least occasionally. If there are costs involved in a restore, I for one would certainly be happy to contribute.

    5. Bill Brandt Says:

      David I think with his ISP it comes down to proof of legal ownership of the site. I think if Lex were alive it would’ve been easy to restore. It might be something as simple as a password forgotten. I think, though, that a file was corrupted. Whether even the domain name ownership has been retained I cannot say. Do you know that we were very lucky that one man started going back from the beginning and downloaded what interested him for reading later. That’s the only reason we have anything today.

      I’ll see if I can find that post of his retirement. One of the main reasons I’m building this index is that it’s hard to find posts you remember because using a Google search you have to either go by the title which may or may not be called Ulysses. Or remember key phrases of it. That second link in my postscript where I say that his work is still here and there on the Internet, the fellow was just doing a random Google search and came across the post that he references (which was the worst day ever).

      Then again it may be permanently in the “bit bucket” but I’ll see what I can find.

      But I’ll see if I can find it tonight. If I do find it then I should include it in the index.

    6. David Foster Says:

      Bill, it really isn’t essential that the domain name ownership have been retained…if the site can be restored, a new domain name could be assigned. And if there was a corrupted file, there should be an earlier backup in which it is good.

      I suspect you’re right that it comes down to legal ownership of the site—might be an opportunity for a lawyer to do some pioneering work in Internet property rights and the inheritance thereof. Lexington Green, any ideas?

    7. Grurray Says:

      David, I remember reading it in your memorial of Lex when he died. It looks like it’s archived on the Wayback Machine:

      https://web.archive.org/web/20080523190135/http://www.neptunuslex.com/2008/05/14/ulysses/

      but the links aren’t saved

    8. David Foster Says:

      Thanks much, Grurray. It is nice to at least have the comments to the post. The images are really what made it so great, though.