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December 27, 2005
I've been doing some rearranging of stuff on the site; it's mostly for my own benefit, putting some stuff into more orderly folders and such. It's a process I started over the summer by placing the Fact List and the Timeline in their own subdirectories, and now have taken the biggest step: the placement of all fan fictions into a folder of their own, cleaning out the base directory.

Everything is still there, but it's in different spots.

With that, a lot of the old fan fic urls will no longer work. Most of them require adding a /ff between the domain name and the fan fic file name (ie ectozone.com/gbzi3.html becomes ectozone.com/ff/gbzi3.html). Or just click the link to the Fan Fic page (which is now Ectozone.com/ff and everything is right there.

I apologize for any confusion, but in the long run I think this makes a lot of sense.

The conclusion of "Extreme Ghostbusters: Hearts In Eclipse" is now out. I know a lot of you have been waiting for it...because it means that the next thing up is a little story called "Forever"...

August 22, 2005

Item 1: Just a few days ago (August 20) I attended the big gaming convention GenCon, and by far the highlight of the day was meeting some of the other members of Ghostbusters International in person for the first time. Dr. Vincent Belmont (Arcane Division, and long-time fan fic contributor, including the editing of Chronicles of Gozer), Kevin Kemarly of the Onarga Ghostbusters, Greg Justis of the Detroit Division, and what must have been Nick Schueren's entire Louisville Ghostbusters crew. As well as a couple of new fans from the Southside of Indianapolis (small world sometimes, huh? Lol) Despite not having a flight suit, I made a semi-credible showing in that illustrious company thanks to Kevin lending me a lab coat ("I'm a scientist") and a "neutron saber" (Well, okay, a Star Wars lightsaber, but close enough...)

Picture courtesy of Nick Schueren. (And no, I'm not in it, thank goodness, or it'd probably make the server crash.)

Update--Oct 3: Read Ghostbusters International: Con-Fusion for a fan fiction take on the events of that day

Item 2: The all-new Ectozone.net. Well, okay, it's not really a new site (if you pay attention the url actually takes you to a page of Ectozone.com) but a nifty new trick I found where I can assign subdomains to the Ectozone.net domain name. I could do that with Ectozone.com, but Lycos only allows three...with GoDaddy, I can create up to one hundred. All the old urls still work, by the way, with the exception of the Digimon site (which used to be Ectozone.net). So here's the component sites of Ectozone.net for the moment...

forum.ectozone.net The Ectozone Message Board. The configuration of the boards have been changed to fit the new concept, but it's basically the one I've had up over a year now.

gbcomm.ectozone.net The Ghostbusters Omnibus Fan Fiction Center

gozer.ectozone.net The Chronicles of Gozer web site.

digimon.ectozone.net The Digimon site that noone ever visited, but it's still there just in case anyone wants to.

gb.ectozone.net Okay, I'm being a little silly with this one, because that one takes you right back here (lol)

There's one more I haven't made public yet, but will when the time is right. And there are a couple of other sites I know who might appreciate the subdomains...but nothing about that until more is set up.

May 13, 2005
It was two years ago today that I first started this web site, mostly to showcase the now semi-infamous Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline; the closure of Ghostbusters.net a couple months later led to it becoming my primary fan fic site.

For the anniversary, I'm pleased to announce that I'm finally releasing the end of The Zodiac Imperative; as I released part 1 on my first anniversary at GBN, releasing the conclusion at an anniversary seemed very appropriate.

For nostalgia's sake, here's two pages I dug out of my backups: the index page on May 13, 2003 (back when it wasn't even officially the Ectozone zone yet; I called it "Digibusters") and a year later, on May 13, 2004. I guess this'll have to be a tradition now (lol).

The Ectozone Forum is going to be better than ever very soon. Proboards is currently in the process of upgrading their software, and as soon as they get to Server 31 there'll be all sortsa nifty new features. As soon as I know when it's going down--then when it's back up--I'll send all members an email to make sure they know about it. And remember, it's the only Ghostbusters board on the net right now where you can talk about Egon and Janine without getting flamed...

I hope you all caught the recent strip I contributed to Kingpin at Ghostbusters.nuts: GHOSTBUSTERS.NUTS #20: Peter, You've Changed. I didn't get my butt flamed off this time and everything!

May 13 is also my 34th birthday. It's led to a lot of reflection of late, especially with everything else I've endured over the last year. I lost my job, I lost my left leg, I lost...well, suffice it to say the last year was not totally kind to me.

But I keep telling myself that I survived a pretty grueling ordeal. If I can survive coming only a matter of hours away from death, I can survive all the rest of the heartbreak life seems determined to shit upon me.
Fritz V. Baugh
Lord of the Ectozone

March 11, 2005
Some new stuff up--in addition to the long-awaited conclusion of GBWC: Curtain Call, I've added some nifty new stuff to the Ectozone Art Gallery and the Fact List: for the first time, I've added pictures of the four Ghostbusters in their "classic" civilian looks (as seen in the animated series) to their fact list pages and to top it off, the art pages and the Fan Canon Update pages include concept drawings of the four Ghostbusters as I envision them today, also in civvies. I got some nice family pictures I spliced together too, and will be posting those at My Deviant Art page

I've spruced up the semi-famous Ghostbusters Omnibus Timeline with a nifty new logo. And events of the Legion mini-series have been added, along with some smaller nods to The Return

If you haven't been by the Ectozone Forum lately, I encourage you to do so. I've been tinkering with the fonts and colors, and now, at last, it actually looks more like the rest of the pages on the site.

If there are any Digimon fans in the audience, or you're just curious about what the heck is going on in Digibusters, take a look at the Ectozone's counterpart, my Digimon website, Ectozone.net. The little blue link at the bottom of the page (featuring Veedramon, the Digimon name I signed up for GBN under) will take you there.

Joined: February 3, 2003
Today marks two years since I first registered for Ghostbusters.net, and I just feel the compulsive need to mark that occassion. Go here for my self-indulgent essay on the matter.

It's been a great two years, and here's to many more!
Fritz V. Baugh
Lord of the Ectozone

Happy New Year
I'm glad 2004 is over.

Last year sucked. Starting in February, when after seven plus years of good work (just a few months after I got my best review ever in September 2003) I get knocked down to part time and pushed out of the job I'd been doing for the previous two years. To add insult to injury, another person in the department--who had been in neither the position or with the company as long as I had, a person I'd trained for the job--got to stay.

And it was all downhill from there. Sick time--gone. Health insurance--gone. (Yeah, I hear the long-time readers gasping there, they have an inkling where that goes...) Then I get to be the store's f***ing tampon--wherever there was a bleeding hole in the schedule, I got shoved into it. There were times where I was literally scheduled for four or five different jobs over the course of any given two weeks.

By the end of June I had to quit--I was stressing badly and having trouble holding down food. It was right after this that the blister appeared on my left big toe...which got infected. Well, read the "Where Is Fritz?" thread on the board to see how that turned out.

And it wasn't just me, either. Right after I quit the HR manager's daughter Ashley was hit by a car. The doctors told her mother, Angela, that she was brain-dead and pulling the plug would be the smart thing to do...well, she didn't. Angela and her husband eventually were able to bring Ashley home. She's breathing on her own, but still comatose.

Another former co-worker of mine ended up getting murdered for drug money. Thankfully, the scum was caught and put in jail, but it doesn't make Teresa any less dead.

And just two days before Christmas...well, this one hits close to me. There's a fussy blonde girl I used to work with in the cash office...someone I've been quite fond of for quite a long time (let's just say...she's a strong inspiration for the character of Chelsea Aberdeen). I got a call from another friend with the bad news that "Chelsea's" neice had been killed in an auto accident.

Sorry to blather on and on...I won't even go into other things that were wrong with 2004, like Paris Hilton still having a career, "The Real Gilligan's Island", and the election of George Duh-bya Bush.

Suffice it to day, 2004 sucked rhino, and I have to hope 2005 will be much much better.

Have a happy and prosperous New Year.

Fritz V. Baugh
Lord of the Ectozone

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