Money, coding skills, managerial skills, research, editing, fund-raising, online social networking, yourself, anything.
Here's what I know: This is a project called Ars pistorica. This is not me. I am separate from it. I am one person. Just call me 'il' (pronounced 'eel'), as in the French impersonal pronoun for 'he' or as in 'il pane.' I know there's a lot of really good bakers online, all interested in answering the sorts of questions I was once interested in answering.
I also know that I am but one organism, like LB SF. However, I, like that Prokaryote during the sourdough process, cannot and will not do this alone.
I'm not much interested in money or control or any such silly (my personal word for "irrelevant outlier" to my own interests) concerns. I do want to bake. I also love to read. Like, more than what's considered obsessive. I am also good at remembering what I read and distilling it down. I love to share my passion, which is basically everything food-related. I push myself to always find something new to learn. I also know I am really, really, really good at all of these things, mostly due to a lot of actual hours of physical repetition put in coupled with the same quantity but with more selective quality in terms of reading. I'm that one monkey sitting several typewriters down from the one typing Shakespeare. And I'm the one typing about sourdough science. Weird how random chance works out.
Regardless, I am calling all ya'll out: I need help. I'm also willing to cease control of the direction of the project and become a normal, contributing editor and content-creator (that's basically the direction I'm looking for). There could be money in it, but that's irrelevant to me. Somebody else can become the director, the web-presence "head," etc. The more independent third-parties there are, the better. We'd need an accountant, a web-design dude or dudette, researchers, editors, content creators, money to raise "project" research accounts for other researchers/members to have access to the same private journal-databases I use and pay for myself. We need someone librarian-minded; A-type, dominant; organised; self-directing; interested in online networking. We also need people who are: great at coding; programming; good at reading technical literature that includes chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and higher maths; web-design. We also need test-bakers who are willing to be precise, help run experiments, photograph and blog about their results on the project site, as well as record all data. I would love to create an online interface where this is possible. I have done simple versions for other formulas when I was a pastry chef. My spreadsheet abilities are not that good.
Basically, the more people who want to help build, take control of, and steer the future of this project -- whatever it is -- the better. I'll fund a lot of it myself.
What's important is that more and more people come together: more minds equals more solutions found, I promise.
If you've ever lurked and wanted the answers to these sorts of things, or if you've ever dreamed of building this sort of website, please, by all means, step up. Whoever you are. I am only interested in being a co-anything, and not particularly interested in what form it takes, as long as it's free for all and as long as it is always producing better, more original content all the time. This imperative is very easy. We all want to learn, and there's always something to learn, thankfully.
I just want to personally learn as much about baking as I can before I die. I'm sure there's lots of others out there who feel the same way.
So, is anybody there?