Aug 1, 2011

Thoughtnami 2.0

Just wanted to remind those still checking out Classic Thoughtnami that the current incarnation of the site is located here:

http://thoughtnami.tumblr.com

Thank you for your patronage here, and I hope to see you there.

Feb 9, 2011

Favorite DC villain, and you can't say Joker or Luthor.

Favorite DC villain, and you can't say Joker or Luthor.

Answer here

May 12, 2010

The End of This Chapter

Since the last post, you probably guessed what this post is all about.

With a heavy heart, I'm ending this chapter in Thoughtnami's six-year life.

Why? To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure. I mean, I'm still trying to figure out why I needed to make Thoughtnami in the first place.

Think about it.

I already have a site, The X Bridge. I've had that site since 1998. Nearly 12 years have passed since I first created a place that was originally seen as a Toonami site. Over the past five years, I've been trying to transform that outlet into a well-rounded animation/comics opinion site. I spent much of the six years at Thoughtnami talking about the moronic nature of the animation industry, the networks that air animation (and those that don't), and the increasingly interconnected world of pop culture (TV, movies, comics, and animation are now more intertwined than ever). I began Thoughtnami separating those topics. However, it seems that lately, things I would have posted at Thoughtnami are finding themselves on The X Bridge.

Oddly enough, some of the things I would have posted at Thoughtnami has also found a home on Twitter. I found myself on Twitter a lot the past year conversing with folks and actually thinking out loud with topics almost in real time. And I tend to get a response to my tweets more than I would on a post around these parts. So, in a strangely Luddite way, I'm blaming modern technology for a reason behind the end of the site.

I also began the site because I didn't want to offend my other site's host, Toonzone, nor any company they're connected with in my articles. But you know what?
If they're offended, so be it. I'm at the point in my life that I believe in the freedom of speech. Toonzone believes that too, so stuff that I post here won't be an issue at the Mothership. Whoo-hoo!

Speaking of stuff that I've posted here in the past. I'm collecting them all and putting a bulk of them at The X Bridge. I have six years of articles, 229 items I've posted over the years about every little thing that comes to mind. Plus, as the old adage goes, there can be only one, and as much as I love Thoughtnami, I choose The X Bridge. I've known it longer, and it's been a part of my life a lot longer.

What will be in this space? That's another topic for another time. Yeah, there will be another time. I said this is the end of THIS chapter of Thoughtnami. There will be a new chapter opening up in the months ahead. What will be found here? Who knows? But I thank you for being a part of the first six years and hope you'll be around for the next chapter of both The X Bridge and Thoughtnami.

It's not goodbye. It's "later."

Jan 28, 2010

Great Website… or the Greatest Website? #1 - 11 Points

It's a deviation of sorts. A new feature showcasing sites I think are pretty damn good. These are sites that you should check out by folks I don't consider friends or online acquaintances (yet).

First up, 11 Points.

What is 11 Points? It's a site created by Sam Greenspan, one of the masterminds behind Panda Smash. Never been there because I'm one of the nine people on Earth still using dial-up internet access. Thankfully, 11 Points doesn't blow out my modem, but it does blow my mind. He's one of those children of the '80s. You know, the generation that keeps Nintendo in business, spent a lot of time watching television, experienced a time when MTV actually showed wall-to-wall videos (not to mentioned respected and feared for doing so), slapped fabric-wrapped metal across our wrists, and are the demographic the entertainment industry is trying to cater to (we're the reason Transformers 2 and GI Joe came out last year; sorry about that). Sam's one of the few to leave the decade unscathed, recognizes the ridiculousness of that and the subsequent decades, and writes 11 points about a particular pop cultural subject.

Why 11 points? Because Letterman's the only guy to do Top Ten lists any justice and, as Sam says, top 10 lists are for cowards.

With that in mind, 11 Reasons Why You Should Check Out 11 Points Right Now:

1. If you know the significance of 007-373-5963, this is a site for you.

2. If you understand the dirty joke in the title Sneed's Feed and Seed (formerly Chuck's), this will become your favorite website.

3. If you regularly post on Yahoo! Answers, you will be rightfully mocked by this site.

4. If you are a child of the '80s but managed to grow up appreciating (and mocking) the previous decade, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

5. If you need a reason to understand why The Simpsons is the greatest animated sitcom ever made (or a refresher course on why it's better than 75% of the shows on the air or have ever aired), please read and respect the site.

6. If you ever wanted to know what the first image on the internet was (as well as a picture of said image) along with other internet firsts (including a link to the first website), this is the place for you.

7. If you wanted to see the winner of a high-profile NFL game determined by pitting the mascots against each other, a thirsty dog, Madden NFL and Tecmo Super Bowl simulations, and internet chatter, you must make this site a pregame ritual.

8. If you ever wondered what Back to the Future Part II accurately predicted (or, if you're pessimistic, abysmally missed the ball on), then there are two articles you must see only on this site.

9. If you want a first-hand look at the unoriginality of Hollywood movies, well, you know what you have to do.

10. If you want to understand the ridiculousness of the music industry by an observer and a fan, you are the audience the site is aimed towards.

11. If you haven't checked it out, what the heck are your waiting for? Mattel to release the Hoverboard in five years?

Jan 24, 2010

New Year, New Job, More Money, More Problems

Let's see. Where do I begin?

Happy New Year! It's a couple of weeks late, I know, but I've been busy in the real world. Yes, I've been somewhat neglectful about this page as well as my main site for much of the year, but there's a perfectly good explanation behind that.

I've been working.

Readers of the sites knew that I spent much of the past three months as a substitute teacher, but lately, I've been doing real work for a friend of mine. Data input and all, but I also get to do design work. I'm designing professional logos for this company that will be seen on signs and vehicles around my area. Am I a little freaked out by that? Absolutely. But for the first time in my life, I'm actually making a living doing work that I strangely enjoy. I can also afford to pay a few bills, maybe upgrade down the line. Also, and this is a big problem, I don't have much time to work on my sites.

Strangely enough, I don't see any real problem with that. I'm not as angry about the way of the world as I was a decade ago, let alone a year ago. Scratch that. I'm not as obsessed about things as I used to be. I don't care about what Cartoon Network is doing. I used to think that I should, but to tell you the truth, if they want to completely fail by alienating their core mission and the audience that did stick by them, let them fail. I'm a grown man, and I shouldn't care so much about such things. Or rather, I refuse to let those things obsess my life.

It's bad for your health. Plus, I've done that.

I've been on the internet for about 15 years, a little under half my life. I spent nearly 12 years of that time on my two sites, The X Bridge (which launched in 1998) and Thoughtnami (which launched in 2004). I've met a lot of people online. I talked about a lot of things. I even collaborated with a major entertainment company and helped create a major cable network. But right now, I think I've done more than I ever imagined online. Now, it's time to take some talents beyond typed words on a screen to actual work in the real world.

That doesn't mean that I'm ending my sites. Not by a long shot. It's just that updates around these parts are going to be sparse at best. I may not have the cynicism and bile that has consumed me, but I still have something to say, and as long as I have outlets to express myself, I'm going to say them.

So, happy 2010. It's just getting interesting.