JANUARY BIRTHDAYS 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. POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, JANUARY 3, 2009
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 POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, JANUARY 3, 2009
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... POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, JANUARY 1, 2009
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! POSTED BY NOLAN B. CANOVA, DECEMBER 31, 2008
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.