Weird Web Site
I suppose we all have our opinions on Josh Poltilove's Crazed Fanboy article, "Opinion-Maker Calls the Shots On His Weird Web Site". I try to look on the bright side of things, especially when it comes to (free) publicity. Though Josh may have missed the mark, the silver lining is that Nole got more hits on the site and may have acquired new fans. Matt seemed to take issue with how Josh painted the writers/readers/Nole himself as "weird"; I kind of wear that on my sleeve. I mean, people who care more about Vincent Price, John Carradine, and Ted V. Mikels are not the stuff of your ordinary American slob, who stares at the boob tube to see who J-Lo's latest squeeze is. To equate me with that kind of person is a personal insult, so call me weird, please. If being "weird" is somewhat defined as preferring "Tales of Terror" over "Legally Blonde", "City of the Walking Dead" over "The Princess Diaries Part 2", and Simple Minds over Marc Anthony, I'm the biggest fucking weirdo on the planet - and proud of it.
Getting back to the article itself; man, it's damned hard to believe Nole is 49! He doesn't look a day over 48 3/4 (*snicker!* - just kidding Nole - you're the fountain of youth). I also didn't know he was an atheist (Oooo! You're in trouble!) and is a Libertarian!!! Aren't Libertarians supposed to lean more Republican?!? You're a true rebel, Nole. I liked where Josh called Nole a "Star Trek" buff (I also noticed Nole commented on that in his editorial). I believe it would have been more accurate to categorize him as a "Lost in Space" buff. Is it true you target "geeky, dorky sci-fi fans"? I'd have to say the site leans more toward horror, with Matt's "Masters of Horror" mentions, my Oddservations column, Mike's/Ed's/Lonnie's contributions, and Nole's occasional topical editorials.
Now Nole; about your writers being unpaid...*begins painting "On Strike!" sign*
I just noticed a reference (I think by Brandon) about my ill-received John Kerry-as-the-TV-Oompa Loompa graphic. Josh used it to point out how occasionally "controversial" CF is.
While it may not have been the ultimate retrospective on what Crazed Fanboy/PCR really is, you have to credit Josh Pontilove and the Tampa Tribune for running the story and exposing more "weirdoes" to Nole's site. Congrats, O' fearless leader.
Enjoyed Will's "Florida Curiosities" feature I recall the St. Pete. Beach attraction "The London Wax Museum". I wonder whatever happened to those wax statues? Man, what I would give for the Frank, Drac, and Wolfman statues from the "Chamber of Horrors"! Will, do you recall "The Stars Hall of Fame" wax museum that once stood in Orlando near Sea World? You mentioned "Castle Dracula". Does the book say where that was?
Rant Against Bush
I found Nicholas Rex's "Rant Against Bush" somewhat suspect. Initially, it's hard for me to believe a youngster like Nick would vote Republican, but of course I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. It's a rarity indeed that a Bush voter would have second thoughts especially after 9/11 (which is why I found the piece suspect).
As far as tax cuts, I got me a nice check back from the gov't - trust me, Nick, Bill Clinton/Dems would never concede to give people their money back, even though it wasn't the most generous amount. They're too busy spending it on important government studies, such as testing the speed of ketchup flow. As far as the economy goes, please realize that 9/11, just like these hurricanes, had a lasting effect on the economy. We're lucky it didn't tank more than it did, due to W's strong leadership in an hour of crisis. I'd say we pulled through okay. Please don't blame the Prez (Repub or Dem) for those lazybones who can't make it out of the $25,000/year trap. Chances are there are good reasons for that: smoking, poor money planning, not clipping coupons, impulse buying, drinking, a wasted opportunity to educate themselves - the list goes on and on.
No connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, huh? How would you go about explaining that you know this is a 100% fact? If you have a dingleberry of a doubt, I'd go with assumption that rat bastard Soddamn Insane had it in for our country and heavily participated in the attack of 9/11.
Lastly, we're not a "financially bankrupt nation" and when you're a lone superpower, you bet your bottom dollar everyone and their mother wants to bring you down - no matter what politician is in office.
VIINIE BLESI ON DEADGUY'S "POWERLESS"
To Mike "Deadguy"
As a fellow native, I must congratulate you on your "Powerless" piece in last week's PCR. It totally summed up all the feelings and experiences that most of us felt in the Bay area (except for the chainsaw incident). Great writing. Hopefully we will see more of your writing in PCR in the near future.
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