For several years now, I’ve celebrated the birthday of Cinema Sight along with my own because I couldn’t remember/find data supporting when the site was first created. This year, I uncovered that information, several months after it had already passed, so I was stuck with one big issue. How do I celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Cinema Sight?
It had already passed and my birthday was still a few months away, so I did nothing, much to my personal disappointment. 15 years is nothing to be laughed at, there aren’t many websites still in operation after that many years and being one of the first and oldest Oscar fansites on the internet is cause for celebration. But, again, I missed the whole affair.
So, today, on my birthday, I’m going to wish my site a happy 15th anniversary and promise in the future to plan my anniversary celebrations to coincide with the true origin date of the site (at least the oldest date I can find to associate with the beginning, which I feel is pretty accurate), February 15, 1996.
I seldom talk about myself these days, wanting my work to speak for itself. But in order to set up today’s updates, I thought it important for me to start off this way.
Today, 11-11-11 is my 36th birthday. I began this website 15 years ago when I was only 20 years old. In 1996, William Jefferson Clinton was sworn into office as the President of the United States and The English Patient was crowned Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I was a sophomore at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and was still pursuing a degree in computer science. I turned my online moniker, The Oscar Guy, into my website name and thus began my journey.
My interest in the Oscars had begun 7 years earlier with the win of Driving Miss Daisy for 1989. Although only a handful of wins since have brought me the extreme levels of joy that victory did, I was irrevocably hooked on the Oscars and movies in general. After a few fruitless years as a computer science major, I decided to pursue a degree that I thought best suited my interests. We didn’t have a formal film studies degree, but I opted for a Film Studies emphasis in the then-combined Communications/Mass Media department. My passion for films didn’t abate and I finished with high grades in every film-related class I took.
There are many things I’d love to have changed since then, but where I’m at right now isn’t the worst of places to be. I love my site, I love the friends I’ve made through it and I still love the Academy, even if they frustrate me to no end.
In honor of my birthday, I have taken over this site’s content for the day (with the exception of the This Day in Oscar History post) and submit to you a series of articles I think are most interesting. As you probably noticed yesterday, the Oscar in Box Office History and What to See articles posted, giving me space today to highlight only what interests me the most. In addition, I’ve put Film Fun Friday on hiatus this week to make room. It may or not be back next week, I haven’t yet decided.
Throughout the day, I’ll be posting two film reviews of my favorite murder mystery comedies (Clue and Murder by Death) as well as a site retrospective honoring this year’s 15th anniversary of Cinema Sight/The Oscar Guy.
I hope you enjoy.
For those of you who don’t know what a permalink is, it’s that link you bookmark in your address bar of an article you like. Previously, the site used a too-complex structure that included the date the post was made. Now, the date has been removed and it’s only the site name and title of the article. This means that all previous links will no longer work as of now. Please update your links if you can.
It is with a deep sadness and appreciation for nine years of service that I bid adieu to the message board/forum software I’ve used exclusively for the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Awards Discussion Board) for so long.
Last week, I noticed an extreme slowness in accessing not only the message board but my entire site. This was reflected in a handful of posts from posters at the site. I contacted my service provider who, through research discovered that the main .cgi file that ran the board was taking up a great deal of CPU capacity, something it had not done previously. Recently, the NOC (Network Operations Center) had upgraded to a new server and new software. We believe this is what was causing the issue.
At 5:30 p.m. on a typical Spring Sunday afternoon, the residents of Joplin, Missouri were sitting down to family dinners. They were browsing for their next home improvement project at Home Depot. They were buying their groceries at Wal-Mart. They were seeking routine medical treatment at St. John’s Hospital. High School students had just graduated, ready to meet their future head-on. Within fifteen minutes, their lives would be inexorably changed.
In the deadliest single tornado hit in the United States in nearly 60 years, over 117 unsuspecting people lost their lives and thousands lost their loved ones. It was the deadliest tornado on record in the U.S. since 1947. The numbers rise each day as brave men and women sift through the rubble of shattered lives hoping to find that one survivor.
I know this is not a film-related post, but this is a monumental event. The mastermind of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden, is dead. For more information, please reference the link below to CNN.
Osama bin Laden is dead.
My apologies for lack of posting yesterday, but I had a large plate of stuff to get done, so I wasn’t able to get to anything. The Morning After will be postponed until next Monday and the Box Office Predictions Game results will be posted this evening. The rest of the week should go off as scheduled.
Starting today and through the end of the weekend, I will be taking a tiny vacation. Although I won’t have a lot of time to update the site, I will still do what I can. Most of this week’s articles are already ready to go, but things do come up. So, I’ll be around checking periodically, but I can’t guarantee how frequently. I should be back in the full swing of things by Sunday or Monday, so play nicely.
I have made a couple of small modifications to the sidebar on the site to provide more data.
The first change you may notice is the simplified Update Schedule. To see what is scheduled to post on a given day of the week, just hover over the day and a pop up will show you what is being updated.
So, June is turning out to be an exceptionally busy month here and I wanted to give you a heads up on some things, get your advice on some of those and then get excited about something else.
Item #1: Thursday (tomorrow, June 10), I will be going into the Dentist to have my wisdom teeth extracted. At 34, I’ve been told that it’s a much more difficult healing process. Anyone out there had such an experience and can give me advice on what to expect?
But one thing is for certain, I will most likely be out of it tomorrow. So, later today, I’ll be posting the fifth week of the Summer Box Office Prediction Contest for your perusal. In addition, I’ve prepped the next Film Fun Friday in case I am still zonked on Friday and can just hit “Publish” and stuff.
Our very own Tripp Burton today is a proud papa. Little Elaina Lynn Burton entered the world at 2:32am. She’s 8 lbs., 11 oz., 22 in.
Please be aware that Tripp may be conspicuously absent from our updates for a little while, but we understand perfectly why.
The forums are back up again. Thank you for your patience.
The forums are down temporarily. We are actively working on trying to get them back up as soon as possible, please be patient.
Cinema Sight is live and operational.
Those of you who have been following our transition may have noticed the changes to the front page of the site and been wondering what’s going on. The Oscar Guy was established in 1996 as the ultimate in pre-Oscar coverage. Since then, I’ve been expanding my coverage to include film reviews, previews and many other features that have taken us from being just an Oscar fan site to a full-fledged film website.
With my contributors (Peter J. Patrick, Tripp Burton and Wes Huizar) in tow, we have launched cinemasight.com, where our motto is “Looking at Film from every angle”. While we will continue our coverage of the Academy Awards and the awards leading up to it, and we will continue everything that has made our site great, we will be doing so under a new name and look. For all those who have supported us over the years, I thank you and hope that you will continue following us on our journey through the self-discovery, reflection and examination of film as an art form, an entertainment medium and an educational tool.
This new name, Cinema Sight, represents our varied views of film criticism and appreciation as well as our effort look into the past and the future at everything that makes film so wonderful and the reasons why we became so enthralled with the medium.
For the next few months, we will be forcibly re-directing your traffic from oscarguy.com to cinemasight.com to help streamline the transition. However, you will want to update any bookmarks you have to reflect the new location because the original site will be going through a transformation of its own and will become little more than a personal webpage for myself.
So, thank you all for coming with me on this new journey and helping to make this site a wonderful place to be.
As you may be noticing, this page has been going through several changes today as I restructure and redesign it to its new form. My apologies if this is distracting or difficult to look at. In the end, it will be worth it, but for now, it does look like a mess.
Please stick with me as I make these transitions to a new layout as I’m working with other people’s code, so I don’t always know where the information I want to change is located, so it may take a few days for everything to start looking normalized again.
Thanks for your patience.