Pop. You Know things.
07/28/16/0442 - Still working on the July issue of Frontier Pop. We
are not skimping or cutting corners. We should have it up before the
end of the month, but it looks like the August issue could be delayed
a week until August 8, as we want to give the July issue a chance
to be read, and will be taking our time writing the August issue,
The July issue is coming along nicely, only in the works for a week,
now, and is nearing publication. We had to wait until July 21 to start
work on it because the rest of the site needed so much work, and that
work isn’t close to being done at the moment.
The July issue will contain the following:
Pop July 2016 Volume 6 Issue 91 “Losing
The video game industry losing its was over the past decade.
State of the Video Game Industry
Has the video game industry stopped catering to gamers?
Motion Controls, Mobile Gaming, Portable Consoles, Home Consoles,
and Virtual Reality.
The trends, misfires, and fads of the modern video game industry.
Go (Needs To Go Away)
Nintendo licenses a third party smart phone app developer to unleash,
in our opinion, a scourge on society with the overrated augmented
reality/ geocaching “game” Pokemon Go.........
Nintendo may have a chance.
07/06/16/0630 - We are in the process of updating the site code for
Frontier Pop and are updating the menus and the layout. The site,
however, will look the same, for the most part. Our site layout may
will be adjusted to support this, and that adjusted layout would be
a “Pioneer 2" Pioneer Class site.
We are thinking about dumping social media support for now, too, with
the option to restore it some time in the future (We may restore it
once we sign on some writers, who will contribute to our online publication).
The updated site menu would dump social media support if we decide
to do this; there would be no warning, and although we will maintain
our social media accounts regardless of what we decide to do just
to retain the option to restore them in the future (we will be using
our Youtube account, for example, for video support), they would not
be accessible from the site.
We are also working on getting Frontier Pop mobile-friendly, which
should be easier because we will immediately start using an updated
format with the issues and the content of this site (something that
we have been tinkering with for a few years, but have not implemented
it until now). Our issue pages will contain header content with the
issue title and information on what the issue is about, brief summaries
on the editorial, articles, and supporting content which make up the
issue broken down into small sections on the issue page, and a footer
section with the Readers Reaction. Each section will link to a dedicated
expanded content page for the actual issue, with each expanded content
page referencing the issue page and the previous and next pages of
the issue. This will ensure that our readers are discouraged from
printing out content from our web site and that they will access our
site content online to guarantee that they are reading the most current,
Past issues will be reformatted like this as we expand upon the content
in those issues.
To summarize this, the issue pages will be much smaller and easier
to skim over, and they will serve as menus for the actual content,
with each article and feature getting its own page, or even cut into
several pages for large amounts of content. Each content page will
also serve to be organized by subject, while referencing the host
issue, and will be linked to from our subject and reference sections
so that our readers can easily reference content by subject and not
by the issue. Other issues may also directly reference subject content
pages, and that page would be updated to link back to the added issue
reference so that the reader can return to that issue as well as the
host issue under which the content was originally published (Also,
all issues remain “in play” after they are published based
upon subject; no issue or the issue content is ever final, or “complete”).
The “Thoughts” section will get its own page for its host
issue. Each issue will also have an editorial page referenced from
the header section, and we are thinking about adding a letters section
for each issue.
On the issue page, the Past issue updates, the issue synopsis (with
the addition of a table of contents), and the Readers Reaction would
remain to give the issue page content.
We will be finalizing our issue layout and format this week.
In related developments, while we will retain our Frontier Society
site at the domain name with Frontier Pop with the hyphen, and will
update that web site with a new one, the official Frontier Society
web site, a brand new web site, will be built and launched under its
slogan domain name, Society Has Evolved (.Com), with the original
site used for support (there will be two sites). Although trademarks
are declared through the use of branding and slogans, we will be investing
in domain names for branding and slogans specifically to prove first
use and prevent someone from interfering with the use of our property
by filing a trademark on something that we created. Although it is
not as legally protected as a trademark (trademarks are not cheap,
and we have a lot of intellectual property; we simply cannot afford
to register everything as a trademark), it would effectively deter
most from filing trademarks on branding and slogans that we create.
We have had issues with people stealing slogans that we created, and
this strategy was created to deter plagiarism.
07/05/16/0446 - Working on the July 2016 issue of Frontier Pop, which
is titled “Losing the Plot”. This issue is about video
games, the decline of the video game industry (at this point, we are,
literally, hoping for another crash.... The video game industry has
been getting worse over the past few years, with at least five years
of consistent decline, and E3, in our opinion, sucks, now), virtual
reality, smart phones and tablets, and why we are growing apathetic
about new video games.
Nintendo, in particular, are disappointing to the point of disgusting
us right now. After the passing of Iwata-san, the company seems to
be going off of the deep end, and is the focus of this issue of Frontier
Pop. They dropped the ball at E3 2016, and it is inexcusable!
Ironically, at this point, too, video games are becoming cheap for
us, because we are investing in older, or retro, video games (when
games were actually games), arcade games, and making our own arcade
type video games, which can be made cost-effectively compared to modern
“games”, especially when we can make them exactly the
way that we want to (customizable video games are the future). Emulation
and indie games are also very important to us, now (Games such as
Hotline Miami and TxK for the Playstation Vita being examples of awesome
video games which are recent. The Vita, which has been neglected by
Sony in Favor of the Playstation 4, is becoming an excellent consoles
for indie video games, despite the overpriced memory cards and the,
in our opinion, lack of support from Sony. The Nintendo 3DS is also
an excellent console for indie video games and remastered arcade and
console video game classics, with games such as Dark Void: Zero, Steamworld
Dig, Outrun, Afterburner II, Streets of Rage II, Gunstar Heroes, and
Sonic the Hedgehog 2. That said, we think that it is B.S. that you
are forced to invest in a “New!” 3DS with its feeble second
analog nub to play Super NES classic games now available on the eShop.).
We simply refuse to buy new video game consoles as soon as they are
launched, now, and don’t buy into the hype of video game marketing
types who don’t seem to understand what video games are. We
would rather play Chip’s Challenge on an Atari Lynx than most
of the new games and systems coming out, or arcade-perfect Jackal
on a $30.00 old PC using the MAME emulator and a $10.00 controller
(and we would support the video game publishers by paying full price
for such games if they made them available!)
We started working on this issue on July 4, and hoped for a publication
date of July 5, but some things needed to be worked on, and now we
are projecting a publication date of July 8, after which work on the
August issue of Frontier Pop will immediately begin to ensure that
the issue is up on August 1. The extra work entailed updating the
site itself, updating the slogan, and dialing in the details of the
new format, which will take a while to evolve. We are resuming publication
after a very long hiatus, and will be working to catching the site
up over the next few years, so it will take time.
This issue may become a two parter (we are actually making the cover
for the August issue, now, which will be Volume 7, issue 92!). This
issue may focus on what is wrong, and the next, on solutions. That
said, although video games are important to us, Frontier Pop will
be about a variety of subjects other than video games, so please do
not think that we will be a video game site. A former rival pop culture
web site never touched on video games because they are not gamers,
and while we will have a lot of content about video games, we will
also cover a variety of other subjects. Just not right now.
The cover of the July Issue of Frontier Pop, which is now up, will
link to the issue once it is published. Please be patient.
06/14/16/0521 - Preparing to resume publication. Changes are coming.
We decided to have the best of both worlds with the resumption of
publication with our “assigned” issue numbers for continuity
with our past issues, which will one day be done, and with a long
term strategy to finish those past issues, which are incomplete or
There will be a disclaimer on the site explaining that the issue numbers
are not currently accurate, and are assigned, as those past issues
will be completed; we have no desire to mislead anyone with the issue
That said, it will take several years to catch the site up.
At any rate, right now we just want to resume publication of Frontier
Pop and get it back on track, for real this time. The back issues
will wait for now, as we have a lot of work on the site itself and
a very busy schedule for our other sites. Frontier Pop will be updated.
Our slogan “Know Things” will be adjusted, too, not because
anyone has a trademark filed on it, but because someone has the .Com
for that phrase, and they obtained it in 1999, which means that it
would be difficult to prove first use (Which we can’t, because
the earliest that we could have started using it was in 2010). We
will be .Comming the new slogan so that we can use it, which will
establish proof of first use, as there are no trademarks filed on
it, currently. While this new strategy is no substitute for a registered
trademark, we can use it is a declared trademark, and it gives us
a fighting chance to protect it against claims of trademark infringement
if someone does register it in the future because it does prove first
use. This protection strategy was invented by C. A. Passinault this
year because he became tired of unethical photographers stealing his
slogans and other content; this strategy should prove to be an effective
deterrent because it becomes easy to prove first use of the content,
and no one wants to be exposed as a plagiarist (Another domain name,
DomainsProtectIdeas .Com, was established recently to protect the
domaining concept, as well, for proof that Passinault was the one
behind the concept)..
The ongoing saga of the Frontier Society brand is different. We own
it, and we created it. We can prove that we have been using the name
and branding since 1993, and we can also prove that we were the first
to buy the domain name in 2002, through Internet records and copyrighted
content. The catch is, however, that we made a mistake transferring
the domain name, losing it as we were new to the process all of those
years ago, and cybersquatters were able to get it. The jerks quickly
registered several incarnations of the domain name, and we had to
get a Frontier Society domain name with a hyphen, which is useless
for marketing. We waited over 12 years to get our old domain name
back, but the jerks kept it. As of ths time, too, there are no claims
on the name and brand in the trademark database.
There was also a time a few months ago when we almost changed the
name to the Frontier Order, which did not happen because someone bought
that domain name just before we tried to buy it.
We intend to keep using it, as the branding and name is our intellectual
We have been planning to build and launch a new Frontier Society web
site for some time, but did not want to do it under the hyphenated
domain name (although Frontier Pop was designed as a marketing lead-in
for that site). We .Commed the slogan of the Frontier Society, which
is “Society Has Evolved”, and will be launching the new
site under that domain name, SocietyHasEvolved . Com. We are also
getting another domain name which will help us secure the Frontier
Society name and branding against any future claims, with published
proof of first use.
Of course, there is little that we can do about those other domain
names, but they can’t stop us from using our own brand, either.
Going back to Frontier Pop, we have some overhauls to do on the web
site. The format will be adjusted and the image and graphic set templates
adjusted. More support content will be added. We are also trying to
get the site mobile-friendly (a priority).
With that, and with E3, the Electronic Entertainment Exposition, going
on this month, with a lot to write about, the current plan is to resume
publication with Issue 91 for July 2016, and establish a monthly publication
schedule. Issue 91, which isn’t actually Issue 91 at this time,
will be the last and current first for the tail end of Volume 6, and
the August issue will begin Volume 7 of Frontier Pop, with Issue 92.
We will be able to maintain a monthly publishing schedule for the
rest of the year despite the construction and deployment schedule
of our other web sites, as we have taken out the time to work on Frontier
The adventure continues! - 06/14/16/0611
05/18/16/0444 - Resume or Reboot? Will the next issue be Volume 6,
Issue 90, or Volume 1, Issue 1?
In June, most of our web site work will concentrate on building and
deploying a fleet of Mosaic Class marketing and support web sites
for Aurora PhotoArts at the rate of two per week. This work will take
the rest of 2016.
Despite the tight schedule, we intend to get Frontier Pop updated
regularly, with a new issue published every month, so that we don’t
get any farther behind (finishing, creating, and updating past issues
in our official Volume and Issue library will take several years once
we have the resources to work on them concurrently with the publication
of new issues, which won’t be until January 2017 at the earliest.
We are way, way behind in issues, and our next current issue, for
June 2016, would be Volume 6, Issue 90. That is a nice number, except
for one thing: Frontier Pop currently has nowhere near 90 issues of
content. That will change, but it will take years, possibly going
into 2020, and until then we will have a disclaimer up that the Volume
and Issue numbers are not accurate, and that they are only up like
that so that they will be accurate once all of the past issues are
published and are in place. Those past issue HAVE to be done, and
if we were accurate in the number of issues that are up, it would
lead to problems in the future when the past issues are online)
We did toy with the idea of simply starting over, and in archiving
past issues of Frontier Pop as our first incarnation, especially since
we have to overhaul the web site, anyway (and that option remains
open), but we were leaning more toward continuing and in catching
We will decide with the next issue. We DO have to overhaul the entire
web site, so if we DO reboot it and archive past content, Frontier
Pop would not resume until January.
03/12/16/0521 - Updating Frontier Pop.
We are working on the issue for March 2016 now, which is issue 87
of Volume 6, but it has come to our attention that, for almost six
months (since our last update), that we have had a link here on the
front page for the February 2015 issue of Frontier Pop (“Game
On”, Issue 74 of Volume 5, just over a year ago and, currently,
the previous issue of Frontier Pop) for an issue that was not even
uploaded, leaving a dead link.
What a mess.
We will update what we have of the content of that issue and will
upload it, will complete and publish the current issue, and will go
back and complete issue 74 sometime in the future, once all of our
external web site work is caught up and we have the extra time to
work on additional issues in addition to the monthly ones that we
need to focus on. For a long time, the March 2016 issue will be our
most recent “back” issue; We need to get the March 2016
issue up, need to work on the April 2016 issue (88, and we might do
one of a twisted Easter with a jacked up Peter Cottontail Jackrabbit,
maybe with something from Donnie Darko), and then need to focus on
keeping up with the regular publication of monthly issues while we
work on other web sites, too.
Frontier Pop needs to becomes a stable online publication with regular
published issues and updates that out readers can count on and look
forward to. We need to do this before we can work on our back content,
cover events, and begin producing our podcast series.
We understand that this site has problems at the moment, with an inexcusable
history of being updated (Terrence has done a much better job of updating
Crazed Fanboy than we have of updating Frontier Pop, which is saying
a lot because he hasn’t been updating it much, and this will
change, because that is one of the things that we will go into in
the current March issue of Frontier Pop.), and there is no excuse
for it. We have been neglectful and will get this site back on track.
Thank you all for your patience.
Oh, and we will soon be overhauling the entire Frontier Pop web site,
and will make it mobile-friendly, as well as clean up the organization,
navigation, and the user experience. We will also adjust the design.
In other news, the Frontier Society will be rebranded (with a “Frontier”
branding), although it will retain the rights to the Frontier Society
name. Stay tuned, as these are exciting times!
09/29/15/0524 - We are still busy working on other web sites, but
we were thrown a curve ball when a search engine required that web
sites be made “mobile-friendly”. This led to a break in
all web site development and updates.
The good news is that Frontier Pop, due to its design, will be relatively
easy to get mobile-friendly, but it will require an overhaul.
Updates to Frontier Pop will resume, soon, but we may end up pushing
it back to 2016, due to a massive backlog of work on other web sites.
Also, our official podcast is also due to debut in 2016, as we recently
invested in equipment to produce those podcasts with (there is a lot
more to report on this, but we don’t have time to go into it,
Once updates resume on Frontier Pop, we will first focus on keeping
the site updated and current with new content, and then will expand
our work to retroactively publish and update past issues at the rate
of several per month, in addition to the publication of new monthly
issues. If we resume publication in 2016, it will be around 2019 by
the time that the site is entirely caught up, although that three
years of work will be invisible to most readers of our site, and will
have no negative reprecussions, as the site will be fully usable;
the extra work will simply be bonus content and additional updates.
We will work on it. We have to, as this site is extremely important
to us, and it will soon be to you, too.
05/30/15/0951 - We have been sidetracked with work on Tampa Bay Shoots
and with Tampa Bay Film, and had planned on resuming publication of
Frontier Pop in September (with all of the pending and planned back
issues eventually published, of course), but the upcoming Electronic
Entertainment Expo, E3, for 2015 is just too good to pass up as far
as immediate coverage goes.
As of now, resources have been freed up to resume publication of Frontier
Pop, starting with a new issue a few days from now!
We will be doing an E3 speculation issue for June 2015, as well as
an E3 follow up issue for July 2015, and then will continue on with
issues for August and subsequent months, as well as our past issues.
The June 2015 issue of Frontier Pop will also include an article on
how Nintendo has fallen off the wagon and is no longer innovating
or leading, and what it needs to do to recapture the lead and make
us care about new video games, again!
Seriously, we are not at all excited about any of the new games out
or coming out right now, especially from Nintendo. With that said,
we will now go back to playing Hotline Miami and TxK on the Playstation
Vita, as well as Metroid Zero Mission on the AGS edition of the Gameboy
Advance, and dream of a better future. Either that, or we may shift
our focus, and support, to independent games, including the ones that
C. A. Passinault will be making with his video game development company
in the Tampa Bay area, as well as retro gaming and classic video games.
In other news, we may be modifying some features such as the Readers
Reaction section (We may stop doing parodies of Fanboys. Also, we
have made peace with Joe Davison, and there will not be a war with
the Nerd Shuttle), and will be adding some new features, such as a
podcast, in the future.
Frontier Pop. Know Things. The top pop culture and entertainment publication
of Tampa Bay, Florida.
04/07/15/0919 - The February issue of Frontier Pop is still being
worked on, which means that it will still be published. Because of
delays with Tampa Bay Film, however, we are well, well beyond our
initial publication window for the February issue, since it is now
Of course, the issues for March and April 2015 will eventually be
published. We just need to get a regular monthly publication schedule
going for a while before we go back and work on past issues, with
the exception of the February issue, since it is almost done.
The next issue of Frontier Pop, when we will have the time to actually
work on it, will be the May 2015 issue, with the February issue published
before the end of April.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, especially as Frontier Pop is
extremely important to us, but delays with those other projects have
kept us pinned down.
Pop for February 2015: Game On.
Volume 5, issue 74.
Frontier Pop Reboot.
Call for writers: Looking for Nessa- I mean, Nessie.
Video Game Reviews.
Fandom and convention event coverage.
Tampa Bay Cosplay.
Crazy and not cool: Crazed Fanboy / Pop Culture Review
VS Frontier Pop war and the results.
DJ Frontier progress.
02/04/15/1251 - Now working on the February 2015 issue of Frontier
Pop! We will link to it when it is up.
01/13/15/0957 - Still waiting on resources to be free so that we can
update Frontier Pop. Work on Tampa Bay Film is STILL not caught up,
and that is what is holding us back. It is looking like we will be
resuming publication and updates to this site with the February 2015
12/28/14/1052 - It is looking like we will be caught up with Tampa
Bay Film this weekend, which means that Frontier Pop can resume work
next week, before the new year.
We are very much looking forward to resuming publication, while catching
up on past issues.
Over on the Aurora PhotoArts main site today, in their blog, is an
announcement of production of the fleet of Mosaic Class marketing
and support web sites being reduced 50%, to about two sites per month,
in order to free up resources to work on web sites such as Frontier
Pop, Tampa Bay Film, experimental web sites, other support and talent
resource web sites, and a new generation of talent and business resource
web sites. The fleet of Mosaic Class sites for Aurora PhotoArts are
set to begin construction on their virtual assembly line and deployment
in January 2015, with the fleet deployment ending sometime in late
2015. Aurora PhotoArts Mosaic Class fleet deployment levels will be
in force by the Summer of 2015.
This reduction in production levels of fleet deployment is important
for Frontier Pop, because we want work on this site to be consistent,
high quality, and sustainable.
12/15/14/0726 - There will be a December 2014 issue of Frontier Pop
(Issue 72), eventually, just not soon. We are still behind in work
on other web sites (Such as Tampa Bay Film). We plan on resuming the
monthly publication of Frontier Pop starting with the January 2015
issue (Issue 73), and then plan on publishing other reserved and backdated
issues, and on completing incomplete issues, concurrently, every month.
Obviously, that would start with the incomplete issues. Expect this
to take years, however, and it will be well after 2017 before we are
caught up, as we are really, really behind. The important thing, however,
is that you will be getting monthly issues of Frontier Pop every month
starting in January, uninterrupted, and then some, with “new”
additional issues being linked to as they are published.
For now, however, we are just going to concentrate on resuming publication
of monthly issues which are worth reading and worth bookmarking this
site for. Our readers are very important to us.
We have also been working on the format of Frontier Pop, and almost
have all of the details worked out. Each issue will be cut up into
several pages, with each page linking back to the host issue page
(for issue continuity, the main menu and links will tie into the host
issue. We will also be able to track who is reading what) as well
as subject based sections on the site; cutting up the issues into
separate pages will discourage the printing of issues and keep our
readers on the site for the most updated content, and it will also
enhance our SEO (the new format can easily be retro applied to past
issues). Readers Reaction, the parody feedback section at the bottom
of every page, will also continue.
We are sorry for the wait and for the delays, but we are working on
it. Soon, everyone will forget about the time of few updates.
11/15/14/1638 - Frontier Pop will resume monthly publication starting
with the December 2014 issue.
Expect new marketing tools, too, such as business cards, shirts, flyers,
pens, mugs, cups, bumper stickers, pins, swag, swag bags, and much
more, all sporting our cool logo which can be seen above, as well
as our Frontier Pop branding and our slogan “Know Things”.
Frontier Pop is planning our first official coverage of conventions
and other events in 2015, as well, which would explain the creation
and the stockpiling of new marketing tools. We will be covering events
with comprehensive articles, interviews, video, and photography, including
cosplay photography, at a professional, polished level which has never
been experienced in Florida before. We will set the new standard in
event coverage, and will maintain the standard. Frontier Pop will
also cover independent film festivals and similar events from our
pop culture angle, sharing resources with sister site Tampa Bay Film,
which will cover them from an independent film and film festival angle.
Expect interviews with cool people and celebrities to be a major feature
of this web site and our issues starting in 2015, too, as we are now
working on a lot of interviews, ranging from local interviews to overseas
interviews, for upcoming issues of Frontier Pop, starting with an
interview with the video game development team out of Sweden which
is responsible for one of our favorite 3DS video games, Steamworld
Dig! Other than interviews, too, you can expect a lot of features
covering video games and technology, two subjects with which we are
the top experts in Florida!
We are planning 12 new issues for 2015, and the site will see updates
several times a week.
Incomplete and placeholder issues of the past will also be completed
at the rate of several per month, and links to those new and updated
issues will be referenced from the current issues and the front page
of Frontier Pop. Note, however, that even with several issues being
produced a month, that it will take several years for us to catch
up on our backlog of work and make our volume and issue number accurate,
although that backlog will not interfere with the publication of our
new monthly issues, as those have priority.
When we do catch up, however, expect a massive party to celebrate,
DJ’ed by our very own resident DJ, DJ Frontier!
Frontier Pop branding will also be reenforced with the official DJ
Frontier web site, a new Frontier Society web site, a successor to
the Frontier Society subculture and its new web site, the DJ Wiz Kid
and VJ Frontier web sites, two additional DJ Frontier web sites, and
perhaps one more web site.
DJ Frontier, after starting out as the popular underground DJ known
as DJ Wiz Kid in late 1990, and becoming DJ Frontier in early 1993,
and starting with his 22nd release in 1994 and working until 1998,
when he took a break from producing, will resume his career in 2015
with new releases, podcasts, events, an online television series,
and more projects! DJ Frontier, after years of research and development,
which went into high gear from 2008 to the present, has also figured
out new ways of producing events, which includes new formats for making
his interactive theme events cost-effective and awesome! That dream
which began in 1988 of doing the best events in the Tampa Bay area
is about to come true!
Regarding the official online publication, Frontier Pop, this site
will more than earn its claim of being the top Tampa Bay pop culture
and entertainment publication in 2015.
10/03/14/1006 - It’s been a long Summer.
With the development hell that Tampa Bay Film has been experiencing
(that should be completed and finally updated by this weekend), and
emergency, fast-tracked work on the Aurora PhotoArts Mosaic Class
and Spectacle Class sites and support infrastructure, which are also
way behind schedule, it looks like it will be November before we can
get Frontier Pop back on track.
Don’t worry, however, as it will be worth the wait. After we
resume publication, too, at the very least, you can expect a new issue
of Frontier Pop every month, although we will also work on getting
the past and missing issues done; these issues will be referenced
from here on the front page of Frontier Pop, as well as from the current
issues, as they are completed and published, so expect a lot of this
awesome bonus content, which are literally entirely new or updated
issues, along with your monthly Frontier Pop issue goodness, and remember
that all issues remain in play, so you will get updates on previously
published issues on top of all that, for more rich goodness! We will
get to the point that we will be back to publishing once a week, although,
officially, we will be publishing “monthly”. Honestly,
though, there are so many incomplete and missing issues that it is
going to literally take years to get caught up, even on a weekly publication
schedule which allows us to generate content over four times the usual
rate, and that’s perfectly fine. Let it take years. We can afford
to work a long term plan, and so can you, although none of you will
notice with regular issues being published. We just are not going
to take short cuts and skimp on anything, and will not compromise
on the quality and the content of this web site, so what ends up being
published will be worth it. We are always worth the wait. The same
can’t be said of others.
As more and more of our backdated and backlogged content is published,
it will be harder and harder to find any evidence on this site that
we are behind, or that we ever were. These lean times will soon be
forgotten in an environment, and times, of plenty.
Give us credit, though. This site, while on standby, has hardly been
abandoned. We have done a lot of work to it recently, including the
addition of an official logo (and now we are thankful for the delays,
as we can now incorporate that logo into our marketing materials,
tools, and swag. Things are even better, now, after the wait, with
more work into everything). Much of the work has been under the hood
and behind the scenes on support infrastructure which the site will
depend upon; just because it can’t be seen or observed does
not mean that it does not exist or that it does not make a difference.
Frontier Pop will soon be..... everywhere. We will be covering relevant
events and sharing resource with sister properties such as Tampa Bay
Film. We will have Frontier Pop shirts, cards, bumper stickers, cups,
mugs, pens, hats, swag, and other branded items. We will also be using
Frontier Pop as the perfect marketing platform for sponsors, as well
as our photography, design, and event planning companies.
Frontier Pop is our most important web site, as well as one of our
main properties. Just like the photography event business which used
to be known as Tampa Shootouts, it is pushed and has a critical purpose
so that, by default, it can’t fail, and it won’t; it is
part of support infrastructure for a lot of other things.
We have just been very, very busy, and have been crushed by important
work that is almost done at this point.
In format related issues, we are currently debating whether to keep
the Reader Reaction section at the bottom of every issue. It’s
great. Evil Nolan, Tez, Blessings, and the others may be an ongoing
interactive feature. After all, we did win the pop culture site war
in Tampa Bay..... Tez has sat back and let Jason update Nolan’s
once great pop culture review web site, which we now refer to as “Jason’s
site”, and Nolan is now out of the game, “retired”,
reminding us of the invalid and impotent wheelchair bound and bell-ringing
Hector Salamanca from “Breaking Bad” (Rick thinks that
this comparison is mean, but with Nolan giving up his web site and
unable to do anything anymore, it’s pretty accurate, as well
as hilarious at Nolan’s expense. Hey, we did not give up and
quit. It has to eat Nolan up knowing that he is no longer in the game
and that life goes on without him). Don’t worry, Nolan, we will
be the Gus to your Hector, and will visit you in the nursing home
to fill you in on what is going on and what we are accomplishing.
We’ll just make sure to check under the chair every time.
Aurora PhotoArts gets priority this month, once Tampa Bay Film is
up to speed, because of resource issues which must be resolved. Aurora
PhotoArts needs to get up to speed by next month.
We are still working on things, though. The official Frontier Pop
podcast and multimedia projects will be online in 2015, as well as
the resumption of the career of DJ Frontier, and the Frontier Society
subculture, founded in 1993, will have a new public brand and web
site, although the old site will relaunch using a new Pioneer Class
web site, will also remain online, and will be updated as the legacy
old school web site. The Frontier Society will be renamed this Fall,
on its 21st anniversary, which will be yet another crippling blow
to the cybersquatter who took the original domain name and who is
trying to exploit the brand by forwarding the domain name to some
crappy, lame “invention” web site.
Then there is DJ Frontier. Although we briefly looked into the idea
of changing the DJ Frontier name brand to another name a few weeks
ago, which would have had not affected the Frontier Pop branding,
the DJ Frontier name and brand will be maintained and expanded, while
retaining an option on the new name, as it is a great name. Others
who insist on calling themselves “DJ Frontier” will soon
come to terms with the legal consequences.
The new branding of the Frontier Society and another dedicated domain
web site will further enhance the DJ Frontier brand. Expect more Pioneer
Class web sites to be built and deployed, much like the one which
Frontier Pop uses, especially as two older ones are about to be decommissioned.
The Celebrity Class web site which will eventually be used for the
DJ Frontier web site and the legacy DJ Wiz Kid web site are still
in development, and we are going to get those web sites online, in
the meantime, with what we have to work with, which are Pioneer Class
web sites. That’s right, just like the one which Frontier Pop
08/03/14/1531 - Progress is being made on the new format for Frontier
Pop. Because it is scalable, however, it makes it easier for us because
we do not have to roll it out all at once (the scalable format is
also completely compatible with our previous issues, so that is great!).
We don’t have to go for an all or nothing approach, something
which is delaying updates to Tampa Bay Film, but which is an problem
which won’t plague that site much longer due to breakthroughs
made here at Frontier Pop. This is at least one advantage to spreading
development and work over several web sites and properties.
We will have an August issue. Due to everything else that we have
going on, though, it will be a small one, with the option to expand
it when we have more time; right now, we have to finish updating Tampa
Bay Film, write content for starter web sites which we have to buy
a bunch of domain names for at the end of the week, get the new online
film festival, sans reviews, online by next weekend, and design and
order some business cards, as well as some shirts, this week to make
a deadline. We just want to publish an issue, introduce some new things
such as our logo, resume our monthly publication, and move on (in
fairness, Nolan did some tiny issues on his pop culture site, too,
so it’s all good, especially since his writing was always a
good read, as it was all about quality, he was a good writer, and
he knew what he was writing about). It will be a good issue, and it
will be a complete issue, and that’s good enough for us, as
well as our readers.
We have a lot of cool things in the works, however, such as the first
of our interviews, which will start with a Swedish video game developer
for the September issue as we feature their game, an awesome platformer
video game which has become one of our favorites.
September’s issue will be larger, with more features of the
new format, and the format of Frontier Pop will evolve substantially
over the next few months, with those changes being instantly retro-applied
to everything published before on Frontier Pop.
These are exciting times!
08/01/14/1129 - Frontier Pop, with starting with the August 2014 issue,
will see an updated format, which includes a new main menu.
Our menu is outdated, and needs to be updated.
An example is in the “Current” menu option. In the old
days, new issues of Frontier Pop were published on the home page,
and then moved to archive with new issues. This is no longer the case,
as issues are now published in the issues section, and the front page
is more of a front-end for the most current issues. So, that will
be changed to “Home”, or simply “Frontier Pop”.
We are looking at cutting down on all of the social media buttons,
too. We don’t use most of them. We need to use what we have,
Regarding our back issues, most of them are so incomplete that they
are far below the quality that our readers, or this site, deserve.
We will downplay past issues while we focus on new issues full of
compelling content. We will get to those back issues when we get to
them, and work our way back. By then, we will have at least 6 full,
new issues, so it won’t really matter as much. Past issues and
new issues of missing issues will be updated with our logo and will
be completed, with the date of the issue emulated in the content.
One reason that we will complete out incomplete and publish our missing
issues is to make sure that the issue count is accurate. We estimate
that it will take at least three years to catch up with those past
Content of all issues, which include past ones which are updated,
will be organized into subject-relevant sections, with parts of each
issue published in subject section and routed, via links, back to
the main issue body, which will have enough content to support itself.
This will prevent people from easily printing out issues, which needs
to be discouraged, anyway, because all issues remain in play, and
are updated. The only way to ensure that our readers have the most
current version of our issues is to make them read the site.
That said, we are not 100% decided on how to do that. We may publish
a light version on the issue page, with links to expanded subject-relevant
sections. That way we get the best of both worlds. We will decide
this as we work on the August issue.
The editorial and the letters section, where the letters section is
relevant, will be moved to the main issue page to give it some content.
They will be removed from the main menu, making the new format dramatically
With that, we look forward to resuming publication starting with the
August issue in a few days.
07/31/14/1001 - Our podcast
section has been updated. Our official podcast series for Frontier
Pop will debut in 2015.
07/31/14/0958 - A few more days......
Due to work being behind schedule on Tampa Bay Film, the August issue
of Frontier Pop will be delayed by a few days.
At least until Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Regarding Tampa Bay Film, the site needed some major work done which
was unplanned, such as the addition of support sections, java locks,
meta content, and navigation threads installed, before we could add
content. When it went online last year, it was incomplete, and we
found that out the hard way when we began trying to add content; this
led to major delays which affected work on other sites. We are also
trying to publish updated archived content and get the online film
festival back online, which will require a total refresh of the site
files on the server, in the latter case, to bring that online and
to properly support that feature. Tampa Bay Film has not been updated
for the past two months because of all of this work. Tampa Bay Film
will also need an arsenal of offensive tools to make some unethical,
unprofessional people accountable, too, as the independent film war
in Tampa Bay looks to continue, at least on a cold to lukewarm war
level, for years to come; it began in 2008, and there is no end in
sight at this point, as some people have not learned their lesson
and do not know, or accept, when they have been defeated.. Tampa Bay
Film is currently building and mobilizing a fleet of Revolution Class
web sites, and they should all be in place and fully operational by
2015, with integrated support from sister sites Tampa Bay Talent,
Tampa Bay Acting, and some other (currently secret) support sites,
including some advanced third generation talent resource sites due
online in 2015 (that ongoing war may be low-key, but it will be extremely
effective and efficient, and will make what happened between 2008
to 2012 look like a simple exercise when you weigh in the cost-effectiveness
of the offensive action and the results achieved. Unethical and unprofessional
independent filmmakers will find themselves cut off from support and
resources as early as 2015, and completely by 2016, ironically the
end result of what they have been trying to achieve themselves, unethically,
as they attack others through slanderous credibility attacks and ganging
up on people. We will do it the right way, however, showing everyone
how it is done, and will be professional, ethical, and smart about
On that note, some support work needs to be done to Frontier Pop,
too, as our site format is being adjusted. We are loving our new logo,
though! Oh, and we did get an early start to work on the August issue,
so it is well along. It just won’t be ready tomorrow.
Thank you for your patience.
07/24/14/0932 - Effective immediately, Frontier Pop will cease any
actions which may taint our credibility and opinions. While we retain
that ability, and the right, to aggressively address issues that come
up, such actions will be a last resort. We need to be both diplomatic
and open minded, while maintaining a balance with being critical (These
same rules will apply to Tampa Bay Film and our sister sites).
This means that the Reader Reaction parody will be discontinued, and
removed where it has already been published, as entertaining as it
may have been.
This does not mean that our opinions about certain things have changed,
nor is this any admission of wrongdoing.
It’s about dignity and professionalism. We are working toward
creating a publication that even our most dedicated critics and opponents
There are certain things that we will be writing about where we have
to be critical, and we will make points to support our criticism which
support our opinions and cannot be ignored or dismissed. Being seen
as an aggressor or perceived as having an axe to grind would undermine
our journalistic credibility, and that is something that we have to
We have won past conflicts, and we are moving on. We know who to support.....
As well as who not to support. There are people out there who do not
need to be called out or slammed, especially since it is overkill;
what they do they do to themselves.
Regardless of how we feel about someone or something, we will not
allow those feelings to influence our editorial content or our reviews.
- INCOMING FOR THE AUGUST 2014 ISSUE OF FRONTIER POP: "Game On"
- Crazed Fanboy / Pop Culture Review VS Frontier Pop war and the results.
Old school video games. The trade-offs of event, such as convention
and film festival, duration. Frontier Pop: Into the future. The myths
about GMO. Oculus Rift: Virtual Reality comes of age. Video game reviews.
07/22/14/0915 - Updated the format of the support files to prepare
for what is coming. We designed and added our official logo today,
too, which can be seen at the upper left, now! The official Frontier
Pop business cards and shirts are coming in August, as well as hats,
cups, bumper stickers, swag bags, and other cool things, and we will
start covering the major pop culture and fan conventions in Florida
starting in 2015, once the site is up to speed and in order. Speaking
of August, we will be working on the August issue this weekend, which
is officially Issue 68 of Volume 5, and are on track to publishing
it on time. We will concentrate on our regular monthly issues for
the near future, and then will also work on the missing and incomplete
back issues once we have the time, with a regular monthly issue and
up to three back issues published every month (That said, it will
take years, literally, to catch up). Passinault also decided today
to bring back the Reader Reactor parody comment section on each issue.
07/07/14 - The July issue has been delayed until August, and the
June issue will be done later. It will take more time than we have
at the moment, as we are busy working on other web sites (We are launching
five new web sites this month, in addition to work on Tampa Bay Modeling,
Independent Modeling, a new Florida Models web site, and the start
of mass production of the Mosaic Class web sites for Aurora PhotoArts,
as well as contract work and marketing tool fabrication work for Aurora
PhotoArts. We are currently one month behind, and it will take us
at least two to three weeks to catch up. This leaves us no time at
all to work on Frontier Pop, as our plate is overflowing). Additionally,
the issue on black projects and on defeating stealth technology is
not a simple one, and we also have to work on a new format for the
The June issue, when retro produced, will be about another subject.
Sorry about the delay, and we shall see you in August 2014!
05/02/14 - Until we resume publishing next month, bow down and
take a drink from the fountain of knowledge with issue
56 of Frontier Pop for August 2013. It is our largest
issue ever, and it’s a really great read!
05/01/14 - Frontier Pop will resume publication of monthly issues
in June 2014, which is next month. The Volume and Issue count will
correspond with the time that has passed for continuity reasons, which
means that we will have massive gaps in back issues which will need
to be filled over time. This means that we will have to write and
publish those back issues for those missing months. Along with those
new monthly issues, we will write and publish at least two additional
issues per month. This may sound like a lot, but the gap of missing
issues is so large, that even with this aggressive publishing schedule
it will take well into 2016 before we are caught up.
The emphasis in writing and publishing “new” old issues
will be on the most recent ones, and we will work our way back from
the present to the past. For current events on those months, we will
obviously have to do some research for what happened in those past
months. All “new” past issues will be written in the tense
of those published months, as they would have read if they had been
published in those time frames with no knowledge of the future. We
will obviously publish disclaimers and clarify things if there is
any chance that we could mislead our readers, which is obviously something
that we want to avoid; expect a special disclaimer for this situation.
The next issue of Frontier Pop will be a special one about stealth
technology and how to defeat it, as well as types of stealth and how
to make it work effectively. We will also be talking about black projects
and secrets. Don’t miss it!
We would like to thank all of our readers for their patience!
11/17/13 - Frontier Pop is on hold for the remainder of
2013, as we do not have time at the moment to give this online
publication the time and the work which both it, and you, our readers,
deserve. This site is also undergoing an overhaul and the addition
of a new format, which stalled work on the September and the October
issues. We intend to resume publication in 2014, at which time we
will be publishing new issues on a monthly basis. Back issues will
also be published, as planned, at the rate of at least one per month,
so that our volume and issue numbers are consistent. Obviously, this
means that the issues for September, October, November, and December
2013 will eventually be published, as well as any issues that we miss
in 2014 (We are keeping track). These new delays are directly attributed
to the fabrication and the deployment of the fleet of new Mosaic Class
marketing and support web sites for Aurora PhotoArts, which, as of
now, have priority until Spring 2014 (work on all other web sites
and writing projects have been diverted to this project, which is
behind schedule. Scheduled overhauls and the launch of new web sites
for the talent resource sites have also been delayed, as well as work
on front line web sites such as Tampa Bay Film). Obviously, because
of past delays of issues which were not done, added to these new delays,
we will not be caught up until sometime in late 2015, at which time
the site will be up to its full potential, although we will be fully
operational and regularly updated sometime in 2014. We have not abandoned
the site, and this site is extremely important, especially since it
will be needed for some extremely important projects which have not
yet been revealed or announced. We will be discontinuing some features,
such as the parody features (parts of the reader reaction section)
in which we mock certain people, primarily because we want Frontier
Pop to be taken seriously as a top online publication (You will see
why starting in 2014. We want to land some interviews and do some
stories, and we won’t be able to do that if the credibility
of the web site is in question because of anything which could be
perceived as petty, amateurish, or unprofessional; we will not sell
the potential of this web site short. Some of those interviews will
be with sources which mainstream magazines and news media would want
to land, so, obviously, we need to step up our game and set some high
standards). Thank you for your patience, and, in the meantime, feel
free to read our library of already-published issues.
Pop is a publication of the Frontier Society, a secret underground
cyber, arts, technology, and entertainment subculture in Tampa Bay,
Florida, founded on October 26, 1993. What was to become Frontier
Pop was founded in the Fall of 1998 as Colony Alpha, and published
under the Frontier Pop branding and web site starting in July 2010;
content from the original Colony Alpha will be updated, published,
and maintained on Frontier Pop, including the lexicon, the arcade
and the video game file support sections.
This makes us the first pop culture and entertainment web site in
the Tampa Bay area.
the current issue of Frontier Pop, please click on the cover image
above, or on one of the issue image thumbnails and links below. Recently
updated issues are also referenced on this page. Current issues of
Frontier Pop, as of September 2013, are no longer published on this
main index, and are published in our issue directory, which is their
permanent location on the Frontier Pop web site. This is required
due to the way that the articles of each issue link back to the host
issue and other issues which also reference them.
UPDATED ISSUES OF FRONTIER POP
Issue 56 for August 2013: “Back
This issue, which was written over the entire month of August in order
to help get Frontier Pop back on track and regularly publishing again,
as well as to start the process of updating past issues and finishing
incomplete issues, is the LARGEST single
issue of Frontier Pop, EVER, and it should be, as
it is the swan song for the old format of the web site. We are talking
about over 45 pages upon initial publication, and it will only get
larger over time (If you try to sit down and read this, do it at a
computer, make yourself comfortable, and pack a lunch and lakes of
tea; you're going to be there a while).
Highlights of this landmark, brilliant issue include:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf impressions and suggestions.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a video game for the Nintendo 3DS, and
it is awesome.
An Artificial Life essay, in reference to Animal
Video Game Emulation update.
The Frontier Society Reloaded.
News about the official DJ Frontier and DJ
Wiz Kid web sites.
Tentative schedule for C. A. Passinault and his projects from
2013 to 2018, including web site, independent film, film
festival, independent film industry, photography, and modeling plans.
Frontier Pop Issue 50, for February, 2013, "The
Love Issue". This issue is a special Valentine’s
Day issue of Frontier Pop for 2013. It is about, well, love. It is
a little about some ladies by the name of Kristen and Samantha, too,
from failed relationships from over a decade ago.
It is also very controversial.
This issue is about heterosexual love, so fanboys need not apply.
We know what you are into, and most people are not into that, despite
what a vocal few may say! Upon reading this, one of our readers told
us that we have a very 90's mindset, which we agree with and are proud
of, but we disagree with what they are implying with that term. We
do agree, however, with equal rights, although giving anyone special
rights is, well, not a good thing. Equality is good.
We do think for ourselves, though, and refuse to think a certain way
because the crowd, most of whom have been conditioned since childhood
to accept certain things as normal, tell us that we have to think
a certain way. Don’t.
Frontier Pop Issue 33 for September, 2011, "Video
This issue of Frontier Pop is all about emulation, specifically video
game emulation. We go into the legalities of video game emulation,
the emulators, the rom files, and the recommended emulators for classic
consoles and the arcade machines.
Emulators, basically, turn your computer into the video game console
or arcade machine (coin op) being emulated. By themselves, emulators
are perfectly legal. The rom files which are the actual game, however,
are protected by copyright, and are not legal to play unless you own
the game, in our opinion.
Although the legality of playing emulated games without owning the
actual games is in question, it is possible, although illegal, to
play perfect classic video games on your computer free of charge (please
read the disclaimers in this issue. We do not recommend breaking the
law, and you use this information at your own risk). Most of the time,
the emulated games are perfect, but sometimes, due to missing support
files or corrupted rom files, the games are not perfect. Galaga, for
example, although it looks and plays perfectly, is missing some audio
files. Super Castlevania IV for the Super NES crashes. Most emulated
games , however, are perfect, although adjusting settings on in the
emulator software is sometimes required.
Our favorite games for each emulator are also revealed in this issue.
Most importantly, the top games of all time, recommended by C. A.
Passinault, who is a video game expert and possibly one of the top
experts in the country, are explored.
If you love video games, don’t miss this issue.
Like all issues, this issue remains in play, and is updated as-needed;
it is the official issue covering this subject.
to Frontier Pop,
Tampa Bay’s top pop culture and entertainment
web site and online magazine. Updated as needed, with new issues published
monthly, Frontier Pop is a publication of the Frontier Society.
As it is with our mother web site, the Frontier Society, Frontier
Pop is considered to be a compendium of human knowledge, covering
both mainstream and fringe subjects, with an emphasis on technology,
cyberculture, and current events. There is, literally, information
in this web site which you will not find anywhere else.
Frontier Pop began publication on July 20, 2010, with a weekly publishing
schedule, which, eventually, in January 2011, was changed to a monthly
schedule so that we could more time into the content of each issue.
Although Frontier Pop does publish content delivered in issues, issues
usually have a dominant subject, and serve as a subject-based dynamic
document long after new issues are published. Issues are organized
by month and by subjects covered. Also, no issue is ever final, and
all issues remain in play, and are updated as needed. Additions to
issues are referenced through links and synopses on current issues,
which means that updated issues become an extension of current issues,
and that our readers don’t miss a thing.
readers who are short on time, we added an in-site search engine on
Frontier Pop in September, 2013.
As of the September 2013 issue, we are now publishing individual articles
which make up the content of each issue in their relevant category
directories, with the articles referencing, primarily, their host
issue, but also issues which share them. The body of each issue has
the issue header information, which includes the month of publication
and the title, past issue updates, a thought blog section, and an
issue editorial under “initializing”. The main body includes
links to each article, and the issue can be read, in its entirety,
by simply clicking on the links going to the next article (or back
to the previous one) from within the articles. Issues can be accessed
from within the article by clicking on the host issue cover graphic
at the top of the page, or through links. If the reader tries to read
an article which is before the first article, or after the last article,
they are brought back to the host issue. The articles can also be
individually accessed from the main body of the host issue, or from
our subject directories, which the articles are also referenced from
rest of the issue body, after the article links, consists of the closing
statement and preview of the next issue in the “Initialized
and set” section, as well as reader and character comments in
the Reader Reaction section, which is primarily published for entertainment
and parody purposes, as well as real reader feedback and debate. The
Reader Reaction section is a mix of characters and parody characters
that we create and write for, often with pop culture references, as
well as real readers, who we do not write for. We leave it up to the
readers to determine who is real and who is not, and make no guarantees
to the accuracy of any statement made or the legitimacy of any “reader”
profile in this section. Again, this section is for entertainment,
parody, and debate purposes, and some “readers” may not
actually exist in real life. Reader characters who may have similarities
to any persons, living or deceased, are either a parody or coincidental,
and we are not obligated, in any way, to point out which is which.
It’s supposed to be entertaining and fun, and half of the fun
is figuring out who is real and who is not. Any use of this web site,
which includes, but is not limited to, access and reading the content,
waives Frontier Pop and its publishers, affiliates, advertisers, and
sponsors from any and all claims of liability. Use this site at your
own risk, as all readers assume liability and the potential of the
use of this site. We are also not responsible for anxiety, anger,
and the feelings of those who feel that their rights have been infringed
upon. Again, use at your own risk, as you assume all liability.
covered in Frontier Pop include, but are not limited to, lifestyles,
pop culture, cyber culture, video games, anime, entertainment, theatre,
events, trends, fashion, cool things blogs, services, military technology,
speculation, parody, DJ Frontier, and the Frontier Society. This list
will grow as we grow. The only things that are off limits for the
subjects that we cover are subjects that we have no interest in, or
which are simply boring, in our opinion. These forbidden subjects
include, but are not limited to, sports, coffee, country music, and
ignorance in general.
use of Frontier Pop, as any use of this web site is covered by these
statements, and all users are bound to them.
Information on Frontier Pop is not to be taken as advice of any kind,
and the publishers make no guarantees about the accuracy of published
content. Use at your own risk. Use of Frontier Pop waives the publishers,
and this web site, from any and all liability.
Content published on Frontier Pop which may be owned through copyright
by other parties is used under fair use. We respect the intellectual
property rights of others. If you feel that we have infringed upon
your rights as a copyright holder, please notify us, and we will review
the matter as soon as possible. Most content published on Frontier
Pop is original, and we have copyright over this material. Copyrighted
material used which is owned by other parties is referenced and credited
when possible, as part of the purpose of this web site is to educate
and promote while entertaining. Some content is used through a creative
commons license, or is appropriated from the public domain, as we
do not profit from the use if this material. Thank you.