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Plot - Switched On - August
On: Current Issue, Issue 103, Volume
7, for July, 2017. New Issue published every
month, and updated throughout the month. Next issue due online August
and missing issues will be completed and referenced on current issues
of Frontier Pop, so, until Frontier Pop has all of its issues online,
and is caught up, there will be more than one issue published per
month. Missing issues will be retroactively published with their assigned
issue numbers and "months", so months indicated may not
be actual publishing months. Missing issues published this way will
have actual publication dates indicated within the issue, and issue
date accuracy may not be assumed on any issue portrayed as being published
before August 2013.
INTRODUCTION BY EDITOR AND PUBLISHER C. A. PASSINAULT
Pop Resumes Publication with Updates
a long hiatus, Frontier Pop has returned to publishing. Without going
into some long celebration while our faithful readers roll their eyes
and wonder if this is another false restart, we need to get to the
issue at hand.
Before we do, please note that there have been some changes to Frontier
Pop. First, we have updated our slogan, from “Know Things”,
to “You Know Things”, as our recent slogan and trademark
policies demanded that we change the slogan; the original is still
in the clear, as it is not registered as a trademark by anyone, but
we have no way of locking it down with proof of first use (Our legal
opinion: We are using domain names to prove first use and to deter
people from trademarking our slogans, as we have too many to register
as trademarks, and could not afford to register all of those trademarks.
Like a copyright, however, you do not have to register a trademark
to declare it and use it, as use alone trademarks it, although it
isn’t as good as registering it. Also, once you have the slogan
as a domain name, anyone registering that slogan as a trademark cannot
force you to give up the domain name or stop using the trademark,
and that alone would be a pretty effective deterrent against registering
something that you are already using; although it is not as legally
binding as a registered trademark, it is pretty damn effective, providing
that we are using those slogans, in our opinion. That said, please
do not take as legal advices of any kind, as this is our opinion,
and consult an attorney regarding our tactic if you decide to use
it; we are simply explaining what is going on and what we are doing.
This tactic came about because we have experienced multiple cases
of people stealing from us and plagiarizing our content, posts, and
slogans over the past two years, and, so far, our new tactics are
actually working. We are deterring people from stealing from us with
these tactics as of the time of this writing. Right, Elizabeth?).
Regarding our long, long hiatus (roughly two years and half, and that
issue, from February 2015, isn’t even done, although it was
off to a good start. The last complete issue was from roughly three
years ago, August 2013, and it was a false resumption issue, issue
56, titled “Back On
Track”; one and a half issues in three years is pathetic!),
we intend to resume monthly publication now, and you may notice that
this is Volume 7, Issue 103, and that number is issue is NOT accurate-
not even close. The point is that, one day, the number of issues will
be accurate, as we will, eventually, go back and finish, as well as
create, those past issues, although it will take years to catch the
site up (Writing and publishing an issue a month is just treading
water and keeping us from slipping further behind. Writing and publishing
our mandated one issue a month, as well as working on and completing
several more issues each month, which will eventually happen, will
dig us out of our hole, but even at that pace, it will take us several
years to catch up; we will not be able to do the extra work until
our other web sites are caught up, which will be well into 2018, and,
starting there, it would take us until 2021 to catch this site up,
at the earliest).
For now, we are just concentrating on resuming regular publication,
and will work on those back issues when we free some time up, which
will be sometime next year, in 2018.
Also, Frontier Pop itself is getting older, and the site has some
glitches and a slightly outdated format. We are working on updating
the site, and it will take a few months to get the site up to spec,
even without taking in account that we are dozens of issues behind
(and without even touching that work). Until then, the least we can
do is to resume monthly publication, and take it from there.
On the subject of getting older (or, more “seasoned”,
we finally got Frontier Pop to a place where we wish that it could
have been when it launched back in 2010. We finally figured out all
of the angles and should now be able to get this site up to speed
and, finally, realize its full potential as Tampa Bay’s
top pop culture and entertainment web site and online publication.
Starting this issue, we will also start working on a new publication
format (which will be retroactively applied to past issues, eventually,
for site issue continuity), with an introduction (Initializing), Editorial
section, issue content section introductions, an issue epilogue (Initialized
and set. The issue page has to have core content to anchor it, as
we do not want to reduce it to a table of contents for the issue.
The blog-like “Thoughts” section at the top of each issue
will be discontinued, as it was distracting), and a reader reaction
section on the main page, with the issue content sections each getting
their own content pages defaulting and pointing back to this page,
the sponsor issue, although other issues can also reference those
content pages, which also serve as subject based reference content.
We should not have to explain more, however, as this is more for us
to be concerned about; the new format should be intuitive and easy
for our readers to follow. This new format will also help search engines
index the vast and interesting content on Frontier Pop, and also deter
anyone from printing out entire issues, ensuring that our readers
get the best updated content by referencing our content online on
our actual web site. It will also help us follow and reference what
parts of our content are being read and by whom. Other than clicking
on some links to navigate the content of each issue, our readers won’t
have to do anything more than what they have done in the past (which
will soon be the future as we go back and update past issues).
Some old rules remain in effect, too. Just like the past, all issues
remain in play; once an issue of Frontier Pop is published, it can
be updated at any time, without warning, especially since it becomes
an issue about its main subject once it becomes a past issue. For
example, that i-IDIOTS issue (Volume 1, Issue 18, for November 16-22,
2010, back when Frontier Pop was published weekly and not monthly
like it is today), when it is finally finished, will be the dominant
issue about iTunes, because that was the main subject of that issue.
With the resumption of the regular publication of Frontier Pop, too,
this means that, soon, we will heavily promote this web site and start
covering stories and events. We will also be getting things such as
shirts, apparel, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, business cards, and
Just like we had problems falling off the wagon when it came to updating
and publishing content on Frontier Pop, this issue, “Switched
On”, is about finally getting back on track,
for, real, this time, by switching everything on and working toward
the future. With all of the other news out of the way, we shall now
proceed with this issue, starting with our Editorial
section (you can access each section page in any
order from this page, or simply read each section in order from the
section pages by clicking on links on each section page, as well as
go back to the preceding section. You can also return to this issue
page from the section pages, simply by clicking on the title image
at the top of the page, which is now contextual, with links changing
depending upon where it was clicked in the site; from the section
pages, the title image takes you back to the issue page. From the
issue page, that same image takes you to the main page of Frontier
Pop) and from links in the section pages. You can also return to any
issue which references section pages which are “sponsored”
and owned by their “mother” issue, as links back to the
referencing issues will be added to content sections once they are
referenced, although the main issue will not change for those content
We hope that all of that was not confusing. It probably was, but it
doesn’t really matter. You don’t have to understand it
to use this site, as the changes will be intuitive. Well, at least
that is how we engineered it to be. Frontier Pop is certainly an ingeniously
and creatively formatted web site and online publication.
Although this issue is about getting back on track, and features the
Nintendo Switch, which has been all but
consuming my time for the past three months, keep in mind that Frontier
Pop, although we will be reporting a lot about video games in past
and upcoming issues (Something that Nolan’s pop culture review
and crazed fanboy site had little to say on, although it was well-written
and covered subjects that we are ill-equipped to), will not only be
about video games. We cover a wide range of interesting subjects,
from pop culture to technology. We even have upcoming issues about
We have some others news, too, such as the change of the name of the
Frontier Society to the Cypher
Society, but we will get into that in the meat of this
That said, it is time to get on with this exciting issue, the first
new issue in a long time.
Welcome to “Switched On”, the
special issue about the Nintendo Switch
and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for July
C. A. Passinault
Frontier Pop Editor
Frontier Pop: Are we really back?
Editor and publisher C. A. Passinault explains why Frontier Pop is
finally on track after a history of false starts, as well as the history
of the site, which goes back farther than 2010, and its relationship
with the Frontier Society underground cyber subculture, the Frontier
Society being founded by DJ Frontier, Passianult’s DJ alter
ego, in 1993.
While launched in 2010, Frontier Pop began life as an artist community
web site known as Colony Alpha in 1998! Colony Alpha was Passinault’s
very first web site, and it had a thriving community of artists contributing
years before social media began.
Passinault also addressed the misconception and the perception that
Frontier Pop is a video game web site, which is not true. Video games
just happen to be a frequently covered topic.
With all of the pieces in place and the convoluted development phase
now behind us, we will salvage Frontier Pop by fixing the problems
and by resuming regular publication.
main topic and featured content:
The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s hybrid home and portable video
game console. At the time of this writing, it is the most powerful
portable video gaming console ever made. Inversely, it is also the
weakest of the current generation of home consoles, hopelessly outgunned
by the Xbox One, the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X, the Playstation 4,
and the Playstation 4 pro.
Rushed to the market, the Switch is gimmicky, glitchy, and it occasionally
crashes. Its Virtual Console is cobbled together with stand-alone
Eshop releases, and it has a group of face buttons on its left JoyCon
emulating a D-Pad, but failing to do that job as well as a dedicated
The concept of a portable console playing games on a TV is not new,
either. We were doing it with the Sega Nomad,
a portable Genesis with a TV output, back
in 1998. The 2000 series of the Playstation Portable
could also be played on televisions with an accessory cable, and we
have done so using one, which we still have (We still have the Nomad,
That said, the console is worth getting just for the new Zelda and
the Neo Geo games. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
alone is worth buying the console for. It is why we call it a Zelda
player, just like the Japanese used to call the Playstation Portable
a Monster Hunter Player.
Breath of the Wild
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the first truly open world Zelda game,
and it is so good that it transcends the description of a video game.
It is like having a world in your hand, and it is infinitely replayable
because of its vast, compelling content.
We would go so far to say that the Switch would have failed if it
were not for this incredible game, quite possibly the best game ever
made. It is worth getting a Switch for.
Virtual Console, but Neo Geo games!
The availability of Neo Geo arcade games on Nintendo’s sorry
excuse for a Switch eShop is a big plus, and adds a lot to the Switch
It is just too bad that the lack of a proper D-Pad sucks, as even
the Playstation Vita has a proper D-Pad.
Frontier Pop format
Frontier Pop is currently being upgraded and the layout design is
being refined. We are losing the social media buttons and are revolutionizing
the way that we organize our content.
Sadly, the old design template does something weird to the existing
content, and applying the new design template to existing pages rips
apart the pages and shears content. The content will have to be imported
to the new design one page at a time, and this will take time; we
simply cannot apply the new template to the entire site at once to
update it, because this would destroy the pages of this web site,
which defeats the purpose of using CSS with the site, but can be worked
around since the content needs to be edited and reformatted, anyway.
After months of research, development, and hard work, especially with
the development of next-generation talent resource web sites, Passinault
has resumed updating web sites. It has been a while, but the results
will be worth it.
Passinault is also investing in new computers and new software tools
for web site development at this time.
Then there is all of the investing and hard work going into new web
sites, which we will get into elsewhere in this issue of Frontier
Passinault will have 300 operational web sites by 2019.
Canova and Crazed Fanboy / PCR (Pop Culture Review). My opinion.
Some of you who have been around since the launch of Frontier Pop
in its present form in 2010 are probably aware of the conflict between
this web site and a rival pop culture web site called Crazed
Fanboy, also known as the PCR,
or the Pop Culture Review. It was run by
a web designer and writer by the name of Nolan Canova.
Nolan Canova and I haven’t always seen eye to eye on things,
but I respect him. Hell, I even like him. The heated debates over
his web site and my criticisms about him and Crazed Fanboy over the
years were, oddly enough, born of frustration.
I was frustrated because I cared.
Nolan is a good writer. The years of content on Crazed Fanboy / Nolan’s
Pop Culture Review is excellent and vast, and there is nothing else
out there like it, even on Frontier Pop, or on ANY of my web sites,
for that matter.
As I told Nolan at the Tampa Bay Comic Con in 2011, there are some
things that he knows far better than I, such as fandom and fan events.
Which is why I was especially disappointed when Nolan quit his own
web site at the end of 2011 and allowed Terrence to take it over.
Terrence did not do a bad job. He wrote and published about things
that he was into, such as Doctor Who (Which I cannot get into or understand,
no matter how much I try to; to me, Dr. Who is kind of the coffee
of pop culture. I just don’t like it, and never will). Terrences
podcast were also excellent.
I was just kind of hoping that Nolan would come back. He never did,
and the web site was never the same, although there are rumblings
that he is about to return.
Of course, something happened a years ago, and Crazed Fanboy has not
been updated since, other than the note that Nolan posted on the main
page of the site.
It would be a tragedy if Nolan did not return to Crazed Fanboy and
resume publishing. It would be a great loss.
If you need any help, Nolan, just let me know. You have my support.
Web Sites by 2019
Resource Sites and Security
Frontier Society is now the Cypher Society?
INITIALIZED AND SET
ISSUE CONCLUSION BY EDITOR AND PUBLISHER C. A. PASSINAULT
of Frontier Pop achieved initial publication capacity as the issue
was concluded, which means that it was officially published and promoted
at that time.
This, however, is not the end. It is merely the beginning.
No issues are final. They can be edited and added to with no warning.
Since this is an online publication, this issue remains in play, with
new content added as-needed and existing content edited as-needed.
This is a dynamic, interactive publication. After the month of publication
which is specified, this issue remains active as a reference, as well
as for its primary subject covered, and most new content would add
to the primary subject matter of the issue, as this issue would be
referenced by subject.
Features such as the Readers Reaction remain active, and can be posted
to at any time.
Any additions to this issue will be immediately referenced, via links,
from the current issue of Frontier Pop, as well as the front main
page. To bump this issue for reference from new sections of Frontier
Pop, simply post to the Readers Reaction section.
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- Posted 07/17/17/0801
Is the jackasssssssss really back?!?!?
I must let the boyz know! Hee hee!
Tez - Posted
Oh, Christ! Here we
I need to let my illustrious mentor know so that we can put a stop
Nolie, oh spirit of that who he was, I cry out for thee!
Joeba The Butt - Posted
The nerds and me will
mass our armies together and crush Passinault and his Frontier Pop
web site! I have a shuttle which can transport them to our beachhead
on the Internet.
Nerds, let us unite as one! Load up on the Nerd Shittle! YES!
This is WAR!
the_truth - Posted
Do not fear, my Internet
children. I am always watching. I will protect you from this evil
Frontier Pop web site and Passinault’s babblings.
He will probably quit and give up for another year or two before he
tries to resume publication again! Ha ha!!
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