Philip Goddard
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To keep this list a sensible length I shall not usually include minor updates and cosmetic changes. I intend to delete each entry after 6 months to a year, depending on length of the list.

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Details of update

23.Mar.17 Personal Site
  • I have now completed a very intensive and time-consuming programme of processing and editing new copies of most of my natural soundscape recordings from late July 2016 onwards and updating the CDs of them with the greatly improved content. I reluctantly chose to do this because I found that the semi-rigid squared shape of the inner windshield that I was using on each of my PCM-D100 recorders had been screwing up the recordings' treble by causing a prominent peak at about 5KHz and another smaller peak a bit higher. Most of the respective CDs are now temporarily on hold, awaiting approval of the updated versions, but you can hear excerpts of them taken from the properly corrected copies of the recordings. They are nearly all in the Premium - Cornwall section of my CD store.
  • I am now busy building a list of queued CDs for production as soon as I can get round to them. These are using recent dramatic sea recordings (most will replace relevant earlier recordings) and also quite astonishing-sounding recordings of the exquisite Davis Blanchard wind chimes (in the Teign Gorge) that I purchased recently. For the list of queued CDs-to-be, please see my CD Store's Premium section home page.
22.Mar.17 All sites
  • I have finally withdrawn all my sites from the Cloudflare service. Although superficially CF appears to give amazing benefits in terms of speeding up page and resource loading and providing a variety of security bells and whistles, the sordid truth appears to be that the CF system and indeed its whole concept has a fair number of underlying fundamental issues that make it actually a very mixed 'benefit' even for speeding page loading, and actually a potent long-term threat to every user site's security, and indeed to the security of each site visitor who doesn't have really effective online protection. If you want to learn more about those issues, please research online (try the search string Cloudflare problems OR downsides), and think carefully about the implications of what you find.

    Some visitors to my sites may experience slower page loading than when the sites were running through CF (especially sites in locations furthest removed from the UK), while others will experience actually faster loading now (I myself do). Please be aware that, overall, in the long term my sites are actually safer for visitors without CF, despite all the claims made for the great security benefits it provides.
22.Feb.17 Broad Horizon Nature
6.Feb.17 Personal Site
  • On my Second-hand Items For Sale page I've now returned to the listing there the Woodstock and Music of the Spheres wind chimes that I'd used for my big series of Wind Chimes in the Wild CDs, as I'm now pretty sure that I wouldn't have cause to want to use them for further recordings.
    Instead, I have four exquisite new chimes, which are awaiting suitable conditions for me to be out in the Teign Gorge recording them. They are described in my CD Store's Wind Chimes in the Wild - Premium page.
6.Feb.17 All sites
  • I have now made the websites' protection against bad bots more efficient by changing the configuration such that now when a bad bot falls into a bot trap on any page, it is not just blocked from that site but immediately from all five sites. That means, however, that if you yourself succeed in falling into one of the bot traps, you'll at once be blocked from all the sites, though initially some pages may still load because of caching at Cloudflare.
    The positive side of this new arrangement for genuine human visitors, however, is that it will now be simpler to unblock you if you do get banned, and I'd no longer need to know which site you got banned from. You'd still get the same 'unban me' page so you can request me to do the necessary.
29.Jan.17 All sites
  • It was only today that I discovered that my sites' contact forms and Visitor's Book form were not working. This was an issue arising from the Cloudflare connection, which I'd restored on 27 January for all sites, and I resolved it late today. Apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by that.
21.Jan.17 All sites
  • Yesterday and through to this morning at least some visitors would have experienced page loading delays and in a few cases pages just hanging without loading - for which I apologize. This was the result of my setting up the sites with Cloudflare 'acceleration' and extra security. I found this morning that, far from speeding page loads, Cloudflare was causing page loading delays and general unreliability, so I removed all sites from the Cloudflare service pending my working out how I could get Cloudflare to work properly for my sites.
11.Jan.17 All sites
  • Over the last week there has been a variety of website glitches, ranging from the odd pages not displaying properly to whole sites being temporarily unavailable - for which I apologize. This was due to various issues during transfer of my sites from 1&1 to a new hosting provider, Kualo, and my getting them and my webspace there configured to make it all work smoothly as I intended.
    The Good News is both that all those glitches appear to be sorted out now and that free SSL certificates for all one's sites are included in the Kualo package (which is the primary reason for the move to them), so now ALL my sites have secure (encrypted) connections - though some really old browser versions may not trust the particular certificates and try to dissuade you from visiting these sites (in this case it is safe enough to ignore such warnings if you have an old browser version - but really your real need would be to upgrade to a current browser version).
  • Please note that my changing my sites over to secure (https) connections has caused the Facebook 'Likes' figure for each page to be reset. So, if you previously 'liked' any particular page(s), it would be very helpful if you would re-'like' them. Because the vast majority of people are 'sheep', it requires a high 'likes' figure to persuade most of them that the pages really are worth reading or at least taking seriously - silly though that may be!
1.Jan.17 All sites
  • I have closed all the Webring memberships of pages on all my sites. This is because I have established that Webring is no longer operative, at least with respect to the service that it is supposed to be providing. If you clicked through to a website (mine or anyone else's) on any of the individual webrings, you were supposed to be landed on a subject-related 'secondary hub' from where you would click through to the site you wanted, but those secondary hubs seem to be non-functional, long-term, and all my representations to Webring Support have had no response. I have now sent Webring admin an ultimatum, and expect very shortly to be onto PayPal to get a chargeback on the c. $100 that I have notionally wasted recently on my supposed Premium membership of that non-service.
    (I did eventually get the refund, thankful to say!)
22.Nov.16 All sites
  • Completed a reorganisation of the headings in all the pages, to bring them all into line with a proper system of structuring of each page's content. Prior to that I had mostly been rather negligent and had used headings a lot for styling purposes rather than using them consistently for structuring. In the course of that task I identified a number of other issues, some of which I have fixed, and others that I have noted for future attention
12.Nov.16 Personal Site
  • Reorganised the CD Store pages for natural soundscapes. Now both main sections (Main and Premium) are each split into sub-pages, each of those containing a respective one of the subject divisions (Dartmoor, Devon Sea and Cliffs, etc.). This reduces the amount of scrolling required, so, hopefully, making the Store more friendly for smaller screens, and I have at last bitten the bullet and replaced the simple hyperlinked 'Play' buttons (for listening to preview excerpts) with HTML5 audio elements, which give basic player facilities right there on the page, without use of Flash.
    However, because I found that some popular browsers (not Google Chrome, though) go very slow when they get a page containing many of those audio elements, I have not made that change to the Wind Chimes in the Wild section, which therefore still has the original 'Play' buttons.
6.Nov.16 Broad Horizon Nature
  • Updated Recording Natural Soundscapes - Some Experience Based Tips - added new and more accurate information based on a lot of field experience now, relating to the Sony PCM-D100 recorder, regarding correction for my particular windshield arrangement and for that recorder model's intrinsic weakness in recording very low frequencies. Basically, I have reduced the treble correction and significantly increased the very low bass boost, and give curves for them both for others to use as a starting point, with certain cautions.
1.Nov.16
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All sites
  • Final upload of all pages, now with internal modification and cleaning-up of mark-up code, to make them compliant with the current main Web standard, HTML5. This should result in browsers finding far fewer errors and confusing inconsistencies on my pages, so being able to render most of them a little more quickly and accurately. With any luck it might also even slightly increase the pages' search engine ratings... (Ever hopeful!)
    There may, however, be the odd visible errors, such as misplaced bullets in nested lists, where the clean-up program has misbehaved, so please look out for any and let me know of them!
6.Nov.16 Broad Horizon Nature
  • Updated Recording Natural Soundscapes - Some Experience Based Tips - added new and more accurate information based on a lot of field experience now, relating to the Sony PCM-D100 recorder, regarding correction for my particular windshield arrangement and for that recorder model's intrinsic weakness in recording very low frequencies. Basically, I have reduced the treble correction and significantly increased the very low bass boost, and give curves for them both for others to use as a starting point, with certain cautions.
1.Nov.16
(approx.)
All sites
  • Final upload of all pages, now with internal modification and cleaning-up of mark-up code, to make them compliant with the current main Web standard, HTML5. This should result in browsers finding far fewer errors and confusing inconsistencies on my pages, so being able to render most of them a little more quickly and accurately. With any luck it might also even slightly increase the pages' search engine ratings... (Ever hopeful!)
2.Jun.16 Personal Site
Broad Horizon Nature
1.Apr.16 Broad Horizon Nature
27.Mar.16 Broad Horizon Nature
2.Jan.16 Personal Site
24.Dec.15 Literary Works
  • Forbidden Flood Warning (The Bishop's Little Wet Dream) now available as quality paperback and Kindle e-book. That marks the completion of the publishing of my literary works. Note the change of the above novel's title. All the works are available from my Bookstore or Amazon, or can (at least soon) be ordered through at least some booksellers.
18.Nov.15 Literary Works
  • The paperback production queue had reduced to just the poetry volume, which is now awaiting receipt of proof - BUT an unexpected new item has now been added to the queue. I have revisited my unfinished sixth novel, Flood Warning (The Bishop's Little Wet Dream) and come to the conclusion that there is no need to complete it as originally envisaged, and all it needs is a little work to properly join together the already written parts - and then it would work well as a short novel, something like half the length of my others. Full details on my Novels Synopses page.
30.Sep.15 Literary Works
  • The production of books of my literary works is now well under way, with the first three novels already available, both as paperback books and as Kindle e-books. The final two novels and the short stories (the latter in one volume) are already submitted and due to become available over the next few weeks, and I am currently preparing the final volume of my literary works - the collected poetry, under the title of The Horizon Watcher. Please see my Bookstore.
1.Aug.15 Literary Works
  • Removed the downloadable files of the novels, because I am about to start preparing them for production as actual paperback books. This will take some while.
    Please note that this is viewed as a prelude to possibly reproducing much of the contents of my Self-Realization site as a small collection of books - i.e., subject to my working out a way that this could be done without compromising the integrity of the material.
10.Jun.15 All
  • Completed the considerable task of making all pages on all my sites at least reasonably compatible with mobile devices whose display has at least one dimension of 600 pixels or above, and can rotate the display if necessary. That leaves only particularly small displays not fully supported. As I understand it, they would be very much a minority of current smartphones, and the clear indication is that if you're serious about using a mobile phone at all for Internet use, you really do need to have one with a larger display than the paltry 480px maximum dimension (or even smaller?) that some phones sport.
28.Mar.15 All
  • Removed ALL relevant pages of my sites from Webring and other webrings.
    Reason: Vanishingly little traffic from them, and decreasing, and the Webring Javascript navigation bar code had been causing many would-be visitors to the respective pages to be automatically redirected to webring.com. This latter issue has actually been going on for years without Webring doing anything about the situation despite numerous complaints from members. So, once a visitor to my sites reported the issue to me I regarded that as the last straw, and chose to ditch involvement with Webring or indeed any other webrings.
21.Jan.15 All
  • Well, it did have to come sooner or later, didn't it! Despite my (still ongoing) abhorrence of social media, including Facebook, on all my sites I have now added Facebook 'Like' and 'Share' buttons at the top of all pages with content that I consider to be suitable for public 'sharing'. I hope site visitors will make good use of this facility to 'spread the word' of the respective sites.

    It will be very interesting to see how each of my sites' traffic changes now that I have (with some revulsion at what 'everyday' Facebook contains) 'Facebooked' my sites!
29.Oct.14 Broad Horizon Nature
14.Sep.14 e-Store and  Music Site
  • Completed setting up commercial CDs of all my opus-number music compositions. That brings the list to 10 CDs.
  • Deleted 9 natural soundscape CDs from my catalogue. That may sound a bit drastic, but actually it has been a positive move. They were all sea or at least clifftop ones, and the point is that the increasing size of the catalogue meant that it made sense to do a little pruning as further more outstanding CDs are set up. That still leaves us with 138 CDs of natural soundscapes, including the Wind Chimes in the Wild series.
17.Aug.14 Broad Horizon Nature
  • New section in the Introduction of the Broad Horizon Natural Soundscapes page: at last, the definitive solution to the problem of speaker and room resonances screwing up the sound of natural soundscape recordings. -- Enter the DSPeaker Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core (albeit, at a price)!
8.Jul.14 Music Site
  • Replaced all the 'listen' text links (all too small for easy touch-screen use) with larger, conspicuous buttons.
7.Jul.14 e-Store
  • Having seen for myself how difficult it was to use the links for buying and for listening to excerpts on a friend's tablet, I have now replaced the small text links with buttons, which should help a lot in usability. Also, in the course of doing that I found a number of broken links and corrected them.
10.May.14 Broad Horizon Nature
  • 110 of my CD titles are now available, with a further 9 'in process' and to become available within the next few weeks. The 'huge' task mentioned below was actually completed in late April, for I prioritized and carried out the restorative work only for those recordings in which the very low bass frequencies were a significant part of what one should hear in them.
1.Mar.14 Broad Horizon Nature
  • Updated Recording Natural Soundscapes - Some Experience Based Tips - I have now recognised that the apparent bass 'hump' that I was getting in my recordings was NOT in the recordings at all but was simply a product of the speakers that I was using for auditioning the recordings. Therefore I have removed my recommendations for applying an EQ to the bass of recordings from the Sony PCM-M10 - and I am laboriously replacing all the processed / edited copies of my recordings with freshly processed / edited copies taken from my archived originals, and also, re-uploading the respective commercial CD contents. That's a huge task that will take a LONG time!
22.Jan.14 Broad Horizon Nature
  • Rationalized / simplified the Broad Horizon Natural Soundscapes page, bringing the whole list of recordings into chronological order, and removing all the Freesound links, which became rather a distraction as my own CD list (with preview excerpts) grew.
  • Currently 105 CDs are on my list (including 4 of my unpublished music compositions), 95 of which are available at the moment. Latest addition is a particularly spectacular pair of recordings of the Shag Rock blowhole near Perranporth, Cornwall, UK, one of which recordings was made at the tip of the headland (which itself is like steep high mountain terrain), closely and directly overlooking part of the blowhole 'action'.