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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2009!
   Assistant Editor / Co-Moderator:  Terence Nuzum.                             HOME      ARCHIVES
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our tenth calendar year!
Number 458  (Vol. 10, No. 1). This edition is for the week of December 29, 2008 -- January 4, 2009.

"The Reader"
Loose in Las Vegas: 2008
Passing On .... Coming Soon .... .... .... .... .... .... .... My Favorite Films, Part 2... a

Art Brown, Jan 2, 58 yrs.
Lisa Ciurro, January 3, 39 yrs.
Patty G. Henderson, Jan 6, 58 yrs.
Matt Drinnenberg, Jan 9, 48 yrs.
Nicholas Castellano, Jan 13, 9 yrs.
Scott van Sickle, Jan 14, 46 yrs.
Tedd Webb, Jan. 29, 60 yrs.

New Message Board Forum Created.
...And Florida Filmmakers Deleted.


Out with the old, in with the new. The "Florida Filmmakers Forum" in the Independent Film category of the Crazed Fanboy Message Board has been officially declared dead and removed due to inactivity. "Tampa Independent Film" will remain for the forseeable future.

New to the board is a much-requested item by our younger members, a Video Game Section under our newest category, Youth Nation. I am experimenting a bit to help reinvigorate the board, and I am hopeful our teen titans take the reigns and run with it. If it is successful, the category will be expanded to include new forums.

Slim Turnout

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's celebration.

Looks like much of the PCR staff partied a little too hearty last week, as only two of our regular columnists were sober enough to send in columns! Just kidding about the sobriety part, of course (or am I? haha), but special thanks to Michael Smith and ED Tucker for seeing to it I had any kind of columnists nav bar to start out with this week!

Will Moriaty returns next week with La Floridiana. Also, there's more conspiring amongst our youngest members for new exciting input. We're gettin' there, folks!

The Morning After...

Unnnghhh....my head hurts. Made it back from Nina O's OK, about 1:30am. Decided against trying to get into Mad Dog's after all, reservation fears and cold weather patio-sitting made it unattractive in the end. Stayed at Nina O's. Got very drunk on their very wonderful margaritas. In attendance, Chris Woods, John Miller, Lisa Ciurro, yours truly, with a brief cameo by Ron Canova & girlfriend Cheryl. No photos, sorry.

I thought I was well sobered up by now, but thoughts remain jumbled.

Dinner was expensive, more than we expected -- they did that restaurant thing they do with the "special New Year's Eve" menu where everything's triple. Oh well, the food was great, but there goes the rest of my residual vacation pay.

Dick Clark....how does he do it?

Need some more rest. Peace and Love. Out.

Happy New Year!

Well, see, the new graphics shouldn't rattle anyone's cage all THAT much, just enough to remind y'all that Ye Olde Editor likes to shake it up now and again with a newer logo and fresh PCR banner for the new year! With only a few rare "total overhaul" years, that's how I've always done it.

I decided that the layout upgrade from '07 to '08 was pretty darn stable after all, so largely resisted tampering with it for '09, only making minor changes here and there.

The spacescape motif, as long-time readers are aware, is a theme I return to again and again for pagetop designs and backgrounds as it just never gets old with me. Recalling the graphic for my old online store, The Last Outpost, the neon-lights-on-a-lone asteroid is an image that sticks with me, just like the faraway planet used for the opening of The World of Nolan videos would appear at the edge of a galaxy. (I'm trusting my older readers remember all this -- younger folks, I'll be digging out some old vids for re-posting this year...hopefully.)

As far as the PCR Banner, well, the '08 banner was a personal favorite, but besides needing something new to look at, I get guess I get a perverse enjoyment out of everyone watching me age year by year through the graphic, hahaha.

The more critical upgrades won't be so obvious: they have to do with making the writers' columns have more independent functionality through their private accounts than before. I'll be dealing with that for weeks to come, but that should be a fairly transparent transition for the casual reader to notice.

Although this content is being posted slightly ahead of New Year's, it is actually the first issue of 2009. This is one way the site is evolving, however confusingly, over time. Hopefully, downtime can be minimized in the future.

OK, boys and girls, Ye Olde Editor needs some naptime to recover from the last two phenomenal weeks of year-end issue madness, and get ready for some New Year's Eve fireworks action later tonight. Yes, I have a designated driver, and yes, I won't be handling any fireworks in an inebriated state!

Take care, play safe, and see you on the other side.

--- Nolan B. Canova

Readers' Comments

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Crazed FanComments -- We Welcome Reader Feedback on any article(s) on this page.
Steve Beasley [04-01-2009 22:15] 

I figured you were turning 29, tops!
39 and holding Lisa C. [03-01-2009 17:07] 
Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone. Happy New Year!
ED [03-01-2009 07:15] 
That's too funny Mike. That's a pretty lame excuse about the counterfits. Some of the stuff they have is rare if it's real but it's not like the information couldn't be obtained on the internet very easily if someone did want to make copies. I hadn't thought about the autograph angle but someone could take a picture and compare it to a verified signature BEFORE they bought it.
Steve Beasley [03-01-2009 00:07] 
Michael [02-01-2009 21:17] 
ED, loved the Vegas piece. I've been to Vegas a few times and I always stop at the shop at Caesars, though it is pretty high priced. The last time I was there the gentleman in charge told me he didn't like photos being taken as he was afraid they might be used to counterfeit something, i.e. a "signed" Beatles album. There is another store there where the manager kept assuring me his signed "JAWS" piece was legit (I noticed at least 3 bogus signatures). He was selling an "authentic" Hoffner Bass played on stage by McCartney for $40,000. He told me it was a very good price. I told him he could probably get more if it wasn't strung for a right handed bass player. Oops! Wow, SAG and BeBe on the same day. All together now..."Oh, Chicken With His Head Cut Off....."

Happy Birthday to Lisa, Art and Patty!
ED [02-01-2009 15:41] 
Glad you guys liked the article. If you have never been to Vegas I highly recommend you go. If you have been but not lately, go again you won't recognize the place! I just read an article today that said that vacation packages to places like Vegas will be considerably cheaper in 2009.
Stephen Beasley [02-01-2009 15:38] 

ED: Excellent Vegas write-up!
Chris Woods [02-01-2009 15:11] 
Happy New Year everyone and Happy Birthday Lisa.

ED - Enjoyed the Loose in Las Vegas article. I liked the pics of the Star Wars and Superman collectibles and also the Star Trek slot machines.
Nolan [02-01-2009 11:59] 
Yes, Lonnie, I did, thank you.
Lonnie Dohlen [02-01-2009 11:51]  
Nolan,I hope u had a Designated Driver.
Lonnie Dohlen [02-01-2009 11:29]  
To Ed,I'd been to Las Vegas 3 times in 2000 & 2001
Me [01-01-2009 13:17] 
Damn! I meant for that to appear left to right so that it wouldn't take up so much room.

Sorry about that!
Down Under Wonder [01-01-2009 13:16] 
American Happy New Year!
Afghani Saale Nao Mubbarak
Afrikaans Gelukkige nuwe jaar
Albanian Gezuar Vitin e Ri
Arabic Antum salimoun
Armenian Snorhavor Nor Tari
Assyrian Sheta Brikhta
Azeri Yeni Iliniz Mubarek!
Bengali Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Cambodian Soursdey Chhnam Tmei
Chinese Chu Shen Tan / Xin Nian Kuai Le
Corsican Language Pace e Salute
Croatian Sretna Nova godina!
Cymraeg (Welsh) Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Czechoslovakia Scastny Novy Rok
Danish Godt Nytår
Dhivehi Ufaaveri Aa Aharakah Edhen
Eskimo Kiortame pivdluaritlo
Esperanto Felican Novan Jaron
Estonians Head uut aastat!
Finnish Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French Bonne Annee
Gaelic Bliadhna mhath ur
German Prosit Neujahr
Greek Kenourios Chronos
Gujarati Nutan Varshbhinandan
Hawaiian Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew L'Shannah Tovah
Hindi Nav varsh ka shubkamnayein
Hong Kong (Cantonese) Sun Leen
Nolan [01-01-2009 07:21] 
Very observant, Puff! Thanks for noticing. Yes, I changed it for the first time since the start.

PCR was never really a newsletter, but in the beginning I didn't know what else to call it. I knew I wanted an online magazine ("e-zine"), but again, in the beginning, didn't have enough content to really qualify for that. So it was a little of both.

I've been very happy with how the "e-zine" part turned out over the years, but it became harder to promote than "blog" which for years I considered the illegitimate stepchild of cheaper web hosting mixed with open-source journal applications. I've since changed my tune on that, being influenced by outstanding bloggers like Lisa Ciurro.

In 2009, you'll see the homepage start assuming a bit more of a blogging look, which you've all probably noticed started happening the last few months of 2008. This will help keep the homepage current and, theoretically, cut down on "under construction" pages!

So....newsletter no more. We are an e-zine and blog. Email newsletters I'm still considering, but always seemed redundant. I dunno, maybe this year...
No Newsletter, but Blogging Puff Chrissy [01-01-2009 06:49] 
I noticed that 2009 is the year the N-word is dropped from the banner and replaced with the B-word.
Nolan [01-01-2009 05:41] 
Terence, I appreciate the feedback, glad you're OK with the new banner.

Mr. Petrey, thank you, sir, Happy New Year to you, too!

Scott Gilbert, very kind of you to post some thoughts, my friend, and, of course, I wish you the best in 2009 as well.

To Bebe Williams, HELLO, daddy-o!! Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I think I remember your political machinations when I still had a MySpace. Congratulations on that and keep up the good work! Happy New Year!

Lisa, Happy Birthday and Happy New Year!
Bebe Wiliams [31-12-2008 21:08]  
Happy New Year dude. Hey, I'm a politician now, town council in a tiny town in Virginia. Later
Scott Gilbert [31-12-2008 20:50]  
Happy 2009 to Nolan and all the Fanboys & girls!
Petrey AKA Brittons Bitch [31-12-2008 20:45] 
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday Lisa!
Terence [31-12-2008 13:40] 
nolan- while i still prefer last years pcr banner this one here is definitely better than the test version.
[31-12-1969 16:00] 
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