Interesting ... so now we have 4 more milestones in the strange drama that has become As The Apple Turns:
First, and most strange is ... last night I received a "semi anonymous" email pointing me to an "As The Apple Turns 2" website ... which is claiming to pick up where Jack Miller left off. I'm not so sure about the content ... which seems to me like trademark and copyright infringement ... but the site is claiming to be a parody (and satire) of ATAT ... so maybe the author can get by with a fair use claim.
Second ... looks like I'm going to have to send the ATAT forums a cease & desist letter from my attorney ... the forums there have turned into the moderator spreading very threatening and malicious comments about me and this website. (Not to mention that he seems to have sent minions here to post random "HATE YOU" comments throughout the site.) [deleted]
Third ... another day, another hope that Jack Miller would post has passed. Last week I received an email that could not be verified. Both you (my readers) and I think it's bogus since the comment could not be google, yahoo, or ask.com searched or found.
Four ... now The Unofficial Apple Weblog and Wired have done stories asking where Jack is ... this site is STILL the only source that has found anything remotely close to "something on Jack Miller"
Here was the "hope" from that email (but I recommend reading the entire post and all the comments)
A little legwork with Google reveals that Jack Miller is alive, well, and moving onto other things. I'm not going to post a URL here, figuring that he'd be found if he wanted to be found, but here's a suitably Milleresque excerpt:
"Still ducking fans of my old web site, and this week things took a turn for the positively surreal: another web site actually posted an article on how I've been missing in action for five months and they put a call out for everyone to try to find out if I'm actually still alive or whatever. Which means that I've been deluged in email from people literally all over the world, and people have even called the house after pulling phone numbers from domain registration records. Thank heaven for caller ID; screen call, delete message, lather, rinse, repeat. I have a half-assed plan to write something explaining that I am, in fact, still alive (in some sense) and posting it over this weekend, but then again I've been planning to do that since last weekend and so far nothing, so who knows?"
One of the things I'd like to point out about this is ... if this "recent comment" (above) was actually made by Jack Miller ... then why did he say 5 months ... it's been 7 ... I actually started posting at around 5 1/2 months about the topic.
So again ... what is so hard about entering a one sentence, "I'm Ok already ... I may never post again, but thanks anyway" line.
If he has moved on ... I'm very happy for him. He doesn't owe anyone an explanation ... I just simply want to know if he's ok. He was a pioneer and an idol of mine ... and a reason this website was formed!
However, this has begun to take on a "soap opera scandal" level of absurdness ... should I start spreading the rumor that those saying he's moved on (with no proof of life) are part of a conspiracy to cover up his murder? (Dramatic drum beat)