Update, 8-27-07. Hurricane Dean, written up as my headline section below for last week's issue, disintegrated within 24 hours of my writing about it and was downgraded to a big, sloshy thunderstorm. I never had a chance to update this until today. However, my sincerest condolences go out to anyone who suffered loss during this event. ---Nolan
As I write this, Hurricane Dean, a comparatively rare Category 5 storm is due to hit Mexico for the second time a few hours from now. After wreaking havoc in the Caribbean with a close brush with Jamaica, it landed in Mexico south of Cancun in a fairly sparsely-populated area. But the HUGE tendrils of the monster caused much wind and flood damage to nearby tourist spots, including ancient Mayan ruins (no word yet on how much damage, if any, the monuments sustained). Weakend by the encounter, the storm reorganized and restrengthened after exiting westward back out over the Gulf of Mexico.
We in Hurricane-weary Florida breathed a sigh of relief, of course, when it looked like no landfall in the United States was expected. However, all eyes are now on new atmospheric activity rolling off the west coast of Africa. We've had it pretty good since the hellish years of 2004 and 2005 forever replaced our previous complacency with guarded paranoia. And the hurricane season still has a loooong way to go.
Welcome New Columnist!
We enthusiastically welcome Corey Castellano, Hollywood Make-up FX maestro, to our stable of writers! Turns out Corey has been nursing some writing ambition for some time now but lacked the time and place to carry it out. I'm delighted to encourage this endeavor during this rare extended break from his seeming never-ending travels.
Long-time readers may remember the very first Classic From The Vault from 2002, "Musings of a Make-Up Artist", as a Castellano tome. In the new column, Film Biz 101, Corey talks about what it takes to go pro in the film world. Check it out!
Welcome Back Terence! / New Program Initiated
OK, well, PCR's music editor Terence Nuzum never actually left, he just took a loooong hiatus. However, when he recently got the inspiration for a new Audio Philes column, I asked if he'd be a guinea pig for my latest mad-scientist machinations concerning this website. He agreed. So this week's Audio Philes is the first column to employ the new PCR content management system written and developed over the past several weeks by yours truly! The system, designed so the writers will be able to upload their own columns independently and easily, is something I've been wanting to do for years, but learning the interactive scripting languages taxed my poor old brain something fierce. We're testing it out fully this week. If there are no complaints and the system seems as stable as it is at the moment, full deployment could likely begin as soon as next week.
Of course, we'll be keeping to the "house style" of PCR: graphics, navigation, and general font styles won't change, but for example, you'll notice the layout of the Audio Philes article itself may look a little different than something I might've done and I'm OK with that -- Terence, in other words, formatted it himself with the tools provided. Over time, all the writers will be able to do this. Exciting times.
FANGRRL Delayed For One Week
Lisa Ciurro contacted me recently about some important personal business that will temporarily take her out of the PCR world for a time, maybe as long as a month or two. HOWEVER, to help ease our pain of being separated, she is sending several columns in advance. That's a real soldier there, people! Thanks, Lisa, and we all hope your upcoming situation turns out for the best.
Please consider making a donation to help support Crazed Fanboy! Click on the "donate" link below and give whatever you can. I sincerely thank you for any and all consideration.---Nolan