I forgot to ask permission

I've spent the last 12 hours or so trying to get an interactive form for TOY STORY submissions going, and almost had it yesterday shortly after I began, using work that I and our sys_admin had cobbled together from web-downloaded parts and pieces of perl and cgi back in June. I had forgotten the most important aspect of the script that finally worked: the fact Dru had adjusted the cgi so that it actually worked... Imagine my chagrin when I stupidly overwrote it and it stopped working, just like that. And, doubly stupid, with no backup.

I launched into a new script which Dru had recommended as being better than the first and, after many many many many many many many many false starts and failed attempts I remembered to think about setting PERMISSIONS. Once I remembered the importance of that, and with some help from a new tutorial I found online at widexl.com, and a quick study of the best way to set permissions in Dreamweaver, we were up and working. Widexl.com's Hello.cgi file was invaluable in its simplicity... they have my GRATitude!

The script is from London Perl Mongers, available free here: http://nms-cgi.sourceforge.net/scripts.shtml. Doggone great when things finally work.

Preview the form in use now by cutting and pasting the following into your browser bar: http://www.latdamuseum.org/index2.html . Now to get the thing approved! So 2 interactive things new at LATDA this week: this WEBLOG, and a STORY FORM.

And speaking of interactivity, I don't know how the word got out, but darn if there haven't been some TOY STORIES already submitted! Got a strange and profane entry from one Chuck Eames telling all about how Alex G stopped by and immediately saw the furniture possibilities in steam-bent plywood, and how Ray only wanted to create large hinged playhouses with that medium. A. Rodin also wrote in with a brief memoir of his stint in an Alsace woodcarving factory producing little reeling Balzacs on wheels, which didn't by the way sell... but Kathe Kollwitz's carvings of cuddly forest animals did. Yet today they would all be highly collectible amusements.