Well, our 2004 taxes are filed (I think), and we've shipped off our 1,400-page response to a letter from the Treasury Dept. requesting "clarification" of some issues that arose during consideration of our application for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States tax code. The agent handling our case asked to see every single link to other websites (100 printed pages of small print external URLs), as well as a copy of every single page -- articles, weblogs, indexes, everything -- ever published on TNS.
As impossible as that task seemed, now that we have finished it, we are sort of amazed at what a tangible view of our last year's effort looks like. For anyone wondering what we have accomplished since we launched in January 2004, here's a visual illustration.
The first photo is of all 1500 or so articles and news briefs, printed in 10pt font, spanning 1000 printed pages.
Then there's the rest of the response. I didn't take a picture of the 8-page letter we wrote, but here's what we "attached" to it: about 1,400 pages of documentation of what we've done in the last year.
This of course may not satisfy the Treasury Dep't, but it sure as hell looks satisfying to me.
The job was so expensive and time-consuming, we didn't even make two copies, so the government now has the only known complete paper version of The NewStandard. Go figure...