All right. The friend's site that I've been working on in bits and pieces for the last five months or so is now done - or at least as done as my current Flash skill-set will take it. There are a few tweaks I'm likely to make in a few months, after I've shored up the miniscule (read: zero) amount of Action Script I know. For now, it works, and it looks pretty good to me.
I invite you to take a look - not for my work, but for the work of the artist whose site it is - Kate Ten Eyck. I've always been a little in awe of her work, as one of the few artists I know who manages to find that sweet spot between soul and technique.
Thanks especially go out to Greg Gritmon, who did his level best to give me all the tech help he could. I learned more from him about Flash in a few brief phone calls and emails than I did in the last three years of working on it. Well, the phone calls and emails were brief to me. I'm sure he found them interminable, but what're you gonna do?
Note: if you do happen to stumble across something that doesn't look quite right, please let me know - don't forget computer/platform/browser info. I don't expect this thing will work on a Pentium 386 running AOL on Windows 98. Nor (being Flash) will it work on your iPhone. But the rest of the world should see nice things.