Some of you may be familiar with the website Brickfilms.com. Once upon a time, it was the center of the brick animation community. Then there was internet drama, and a big chunk of the community moved to BricksinMotion.com; though there are all sorts of splinter groups these days. To borrow the words of Yeats:
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
After the pillars of the community left, the Brickfilms.com forums became a desolate wasteland; filled primarily with spambots, questions about what had happened to the once great site, and a trickle of sub-par animations.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Brickfilms.com has continued to sputter on, undergoing several redesigns in the hands of subsequent webmasters. The latest of these launched in the last month. On the plus side, some of the old content (the film directory) from a previous incarnation of the site — which was hidden in the last redesign — is once again accessible. On the down side, the film directory is an absolute nightmare to navigate.
On the humorous side, the site is riddled with bizarre errors. My favorite of these is that the “contact us” links on the site currently link to an old forum discussion about contact with alien lifeforms.
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?