A New Beginning

Hello all and welcome back to TDG - The Daily Grail. Or perhaps that should be welcome to DUAT! What's going on you might ask? I would answer a heck of a lot, so if you'd like to read on I'll try and fill you all in on what is happening in the TDG world. What follows should be a good introduction to the new setup here at TDG, so please do fill your coffee cup and read on...

The New Look

No doubt returning TDGers will have noticed a slightly different look - at least in the logo and colour scheme of the website. We have tried to mimic the old TDG layout as much as possible though. While we had a dead ringer for the old TDG ready to go, we decided at the last minute to subject ourselves to abuse by changing everything around. Our reason for this is simple - while we have returned to the old TDG, the website is now part of a larger concept. TDG is now the internet news/blog section of a larger 'idea' that we call DUAT. We wanted everyone to know right from the outset that our plans are bigger and bolder than before.

What is DUAT?

Many of you are probably familiar with DUAT - this is a CD magazine produced by myself (Greg Taylor), Simon Cox (former Editor-in-Chief of Phenomena Magazine), and Mark Foster (former Art Director with Phenomena). We only produced one issue of DUAT - well-received I might add - before we were all asked to participate in the Phenomena project.

While we were delighted with what we created at Phenomena, getting back to DUAT is an exciting prospect as it allows us to slip free of the 'print' medium and indulge in a wide range of presentation format, from video and audio, to plain text and internet formats such as Flash etc. Additionally, we now have the freedom to pursue our own ideas to the fullest, and I think you'll be excited by what we're building at the moment. We therefore decided to pursue all of these projects under the umbrella of DUAT - the magazine, TDG, and other exciting projects (see below).

We will soon be announcing a schedule and line up for DUAT II , with a lot of content already 'in the bag' so to speak. Additionally, as part of the new TDG-DUAT concept, we will also be making some of the DUAT content available here on the website - multimedia presentations such as video interviews and tours of famous sites...Egyptian temples, Rosslyn Chapel etc. Needless to say, we can't put the whole thing on the web due to large size of the complete video files and other content - so we will also be selling the complete issue of DUAT in DVD form to watch at home on your television or computer.

One thing you can't replicate on a DVD though is a community that can discuss, debate (and sometimes just plain argue) the subjects at hand. That's where TDG comes in, as the internet face of DUAT where you can get your news and have some fun in the process. Plus we get to include TDG dudesters Bill, Rich and Jameske...and that David dude who lurks around back somewhere...in the DUAT concept just to spread the love.

This Damn Cool Website

Okay, while the layout of the website is much the same as previously, we have completely changed the engine behind it. This gives the user a lot more power and voice than previously. For example, if you've registered as a member, you will find that going into your account (in the left-hand main menu, 'My Account' and then 'Edit Acccount') gives you the option of changing what you can see on the page.

So if you don't like the archive calendar - get rid of it. Conversely, you can add cool things to the page that aren't there by default. For instance, as I'm writing this, I have the news feeds for Space.com and Astrobiology magazine present in the right-hand side block. Get in there and configure, I'm sure you'll enjoy playing with it (no not *that*, the interface you dirty children).

As we move along we'll be adding other ideas as well, which I'll inform you about as we install them. One such is a little real-time chatbox where you can discuss things in an IRC-like interface.

I should add, that once we escape the claws of time a little we will be adding new themes to the site. So if you prefer black text on white background we'll try and have that for you...heck, we might even make an old TDG-like theme as a nostalgia piece. This brings us to another crucial point - TDG was, and still is, a community-based site. So if there's something you want, think would be a great idea, then email us and we'll try and implement it. We're completely open to change, and I hope you are too because we're bound to shake things up occasionally.

Blogs:

This one excites me. Another feature of the new system is that every registered member gets to keep their own blog (internet based diary, log, call it what you will). So if you are a member, you now have the capability to create a blog here on TDG and let the rest of the community read it. If it's popular enough, your blog will pop up in lists here on the site...hey, I might even post it to the front page and claim it as mine (well, at least post it to the front page).

Get into it, I want to see of your ramblings!

Things...They are a' Changin':

Now the caveat - while we present this beautiful website to you for your fun, enjoyment or sadistic voyeur pleasures, we warn you that we're so busy adding content here and finishing other projects that we may have missed something simple. If so, yell at us and we'll fix it. This website is a work in progress, and we intend to keep adding new features and themes to make it a real tool for the alternative community to keep in touch with what's happening (and each other).

Not only is the TDG aspect a work in progress, but we're currently so starved for attention that we are diversifying into some other exciting projects which will all come under the DUAT umbrella. For example, Simon has just published a book analysing Dan Brown's best-seller THE DAVINCI CODE, titled CRACKING THE DAVINCI CODE (ooh look, here it is) - we're currently creating a really cool DVD and website to accompany this book as well. As it's all under the DUAT umbrella, again - we'll be giving you access to some of the raw data from this...video, inside stories etc. So stay tuned for announcements, we're cooking up a spicy brew.

We're back!

To finish, once more I'd like to welcome everyone back to TDG , and hope you'll enjoy the new concept of DUAT with the associated benefits to all members. Also, I hope everyone appreciates the spirit of this site - for example, TDG editors Bill, Jameske and Rich didn't hesitate in deciding to leave paid employ with Phenomena and come back to TDG (that rocked my world). This is a community site, so speak up - post comments, opinions, send us news, rumour and innuendo. Send us emails with what you'd like to see. Tell us what we're doing right, and try to be gentle when you tell us what we're doing wrong.

Welcome one and all to the show that never ends, TDG. Let's have some fun.

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Anonymous's picture

Good to be back..

Enjoy.

Greg Taylor's picture
Member since:
30 April 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

Sure is.

derae's picture
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1 May 2004
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8 years 13 weeks

Greg and the gang - just want to say thanks for bringing back this fantastic site. Things just haven't been the same. I love the option for displaying the feeds from Slashdot/Space.com etc. It's even more of a one-stop shop for me now.

zhixiongkang's picture
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29 September 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

welcome home
ronren2004

neanderthal's picture
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1 May 2004
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2 years 44 weeks

Although I had to create a new Account, I am actually an old member of Daily Grail - I just can't remember what my old userid/password was.

Thank God you came back from Phenomena Mag!! It was not bad as magazines go, but I hated all the advertising and the 'hype' that goes with American media.

Actually I was expecting that you would not last long at Phenomena. It always happens like that. I felt Daily Grail being sucked under by the behmoth of 'Bıg Business' from the first day.

Adam's picture
Member since:
1 May 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

Welcome home, guys. It's good to see you back. I'm going to take a while getting used to all the new stuff, though...

Post Scriptum, Happy Birthday to my Dad Phil who's 50 today. Keep rocking...

GlynL's picture
Member since:
1 May 2004
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7 years 33 weeks

I echo the previous sentiments, it just wasnt the same without TDG, I know you were part of Phenomina but it just wasnt you.

Glad to have my favourite site back.

Anonymous's picture

Yes! Finally the Proof that the Universe is crazy but Sane. The Dailygrail is back! Keep it up Greg, you are doing so much good for the Benefit of Mr Kite... No, I mean it really. Karma Yoga is a powerful connection to the Web of Life. I am humbly thankful for your return to the Daily Grail! Goooood Vibrations to You! / Daedalus, for the moment incarnated in Sweden

heatmiser's picture
Member since:
1 May 2004
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8 years 45 weeks

This is a great day. My favorite hockey team won a playoff game, I get to see my favourite website return, and the evening's festivities will surely add to the sweetness of it all!

Greg, you're the greatest! Thanks for everything. And thanks to the rest of the TDG-DUAT team. You all rule.

Anonymous's picture

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Anonymous's picture

I knew you'd be back ! The Daily Grail is a must. I'm very glad to discover it reappeared. Chapeau !

Anonymous's picture

I'm so happy that this site is back. I never updated my bookmark from dailygrail.com to the Phenomena site so got a very nice surprise tonight when I checked in as usual. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this site.

Julia.

Anonymous's picture

Yahoo!

evilblackdog's picture
Member since:
1 May 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

Great Work, keep it up. Glad your back.

Anonymous's picture

As a member of the original TDG, and long time daily reader, its good to be back home again. I wish Greg and the team warm regards in their new pursuits.

Anonymous's picture

Hi Greg,

Well it looks sharp around here, there might be some starter problems though. Saturday i created an account, changedpassword , got sort a lost where/how to comment..later. In the evening all my messages were deleted from the phenomena board-still up in the afternoon. I couldn't link back to dailygrail as these links were scrapped too. So i used my history , i seem to have entered straight in as toxilogic that way. As i logged out , i couldn't log in anymore -wrong password blabla. This morning i asked for a new password, got one, but still i got the error message . Confused ? Well i am.

Anyway i think it's a rather strange the way the phenomena people have reacted, stupid too if you ask me.

Rest to say that i wish you lot all the best.

toxilogic

james12345's picture
Member since:
1 May 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

I really enjoy this format much much better. Thanks for starting
up the site again.

James12345

Anonymous's picture

I just can't see the fonts that well in this color. I do love the black background and I've been a big fan of the website for a couple of years, but I preferred the fonts better in the days of old.

I do like DailyGrail better back where it is...with us...the true alternative community. Best of luck,
guruji
steensod@bellsouth.net

Anonymous's picture

Why did you subject us all to so much time in the wilderness?

Good to be back! Keep up the good work we all look forward to every morning!

Regs

Rich

debraregypt's picture
Member since:
1 May 2004
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3 weeks 1 day

Yes, I too have missed this site... didn't care too much for the other Phenomena stuff.....

Glad your back.

Deb

Anonymous's picture

"Never Look back - something might be gaining on you" - Satchel Paige

c4stf's picture
Member since:
4 May 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

Whilst Phenomena was ok...... it wasn't TDG..... :(

Welcome back and keep up the fantastic work....!!!! :))

TDG was easily the best of its kind and as a long long time fan I'm well pleased to see you out here again.

I look forward to keeping up with you all again and many interesting hours of research and debate on this all new and improved TDG community. ;))

c4stf

vx's picture
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4 May 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

Been a regular visitor to Daily Grail virtually since you started. The Phenomona experience was good, and I'm sure I'll still visit them from time to time, but it really is great to have the Daily Grail/Duat back.

WELCOME BACK!

P.S. Will you be putting the links page back up? I've really missed being able to surf through that on a quiet Saturday afternoon.

Anonymous's picture

Great to see you lot home at last. Missed the site lots. If its not too much trouble, can you add a couple of hours to each day so I can get my browsing time back.

thanks in advance,

mick [fireblade]

Anonymous's picture

Welcome back, i'm lookin' forward for some great stuff!!!

Anonymous's picture

...was getting sick of having to trawl through PM's site to get to the real news! Long may Daily Grail run in it's new incarnation, the second coming is truly upon us ;-)

Anonymous's picture

Am I glad your back with the old format as the Phenomenon one was, well, Im glad your back.

mjw's picture
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19 May 2004
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8 years 33 weeks

Fantastic! You're back!
Please dont go away again, it was far too hard finding you in the depths of Phnmnn!

ellisdamion's picture
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1 May 2004
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3 years 33 weeks

well, i took off for 5 months with no intraweb access and i come back here and all hell's broken loose! the site looks great, and i'm glad that it is pretty much back to the origional format. but my question tho is this: what about the forums? i'm sure i could find the answer inside the pages here somewhere, but i'm too lazy to look :) are the da vinci forums going to expand into a wider discussion forum? is there going to be one attached to the main page? what about phenon's forums? i'm about to go look there, but are they active? so many questions, so little time! i'm glad to be back here tho, and the BLOG idea is great.

thanks for all your hard work.

everything in the media today is tainted by either satan or the democrats - RMC

freyes01's picture
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1 May 2004
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This is much better than phenomena mag!

Congratulations!

Freddy
http://www.freddyreyes.com

Karris Graywolf's picture
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6 July 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

I missed my daily dose of the daily grail!! I've been huge fan of this site since the late 90's and while Phenom was nice, it just didn't have the same soul.

Not too keen on the colors and I'm having a hard time with the tiny font size, but so *happy* The Daily Grail is back!!

lgowen's picture
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13 July 2004
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9 years 9 weeks

When TDG left Phenomenon I e-mailed to ask what had happened and was told nothing, all was the same. Finally two days ago, on a whim, I did a web search and found you up and going again. Hooray! It is good to have you back! Lois

Anonymous's picture

new beginning,be sure

厨具

Anonymous's picture

Hi. The site looks very interesting, but for right now, annyway, the black background is hurting my eyes on my notebook. I'll try later though. Thanks for your work.

rt

Greg's picture
Member since:
30 April 2004
Last activity:
4 hours 54 min

Hi rt,

If you become a member then you have access to site customisation, one of which is the ability to change themes. I created a white background version of the page for those who can't handle the black. Once logged in, just go to 'My Account' in the left-hand menu and then 'Edit Account' - on that page you can choose to changed the theme.

BTW, membership has no strings attached. Just a lot of extra features.
:)

Peace and Respect
Greg
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