Input needed: renaming the site!

All right…as part of my move to bill myself as a web professional, I’m striving to present a (marginally) less geeky facade online, and to associate all online content with my real name. As a result, I’m moving away from using the name “Andorus” as an alias wherever possible–and that includes renaming my websites. “Andorus’s Hideaway” is (for now) simply, but will eventually be changed to something else.

Andorus’s Pirates of Dark Water Page,” though…I have no clue.

So, I’d like you all to tell me! What do you think would be a good new name for the site? I’d like something kind of classy, obviously related to the show, but not too over-the-top or contrived. I suck at naming stuff on my own, so any and all input would be appreciated! This site also wouldn’t exist in its current state if not for the contributions (and words of moral support) from several thousand of you all over the years, so it’s only fair to include you in the decision-making process.

Please comment here, or send me an e-mail. Thank you so much in advance!

Wikipedia entry

Thanks to Nathan for alerting me to this, and sorry I didn’t post it earlier (I was out of town and fell pretty sick while I was traveling, so I’ve been out of commission for over a week).

A guy by the name of Soetermans took it upon himself to make some major edits to PoDW Wikipedia site, deleting a lot of stuff he (and he alone) claimed doesn’t belong on Wikipedia. I think the admins intervened in the favor of the regular maintainers, but a lot of content that was once there is gone. If you have the inclination and time and aren’t averse to editing Wikipedia (some people think that’s the height of geekiness, but I think it embodies the original intent and ideals of the World Wide Web in many ways), please take a few moments to head over and add in whatever info you’re willing.

Oh, and a note to the guy who insisted in the Discussion tab (sorry, I’m not a frequent contributer and am not up on my Wiki-jargon) that Frank Welker is the only voice actor for Niddler: actually, he isn’t. I have VHS copies to prove that Roddy McDowall did do the original voice, and I swear I’ll digitize them soon so everyone can see! (Not that I’m complaining about having a social life…it just makes my online presence more incidental and less regular.)

Maybe I’ll ride this wave of guilt over letting this website just sit here and rot, and go back to my parents’ place, pick up my copies of the VHS tapes, and go to our local Indian grocery and see about having them converted. I’ve been eyeing DVD-burner/VHS decks, too, so I can just do it myself. And TVs, because those are also kind of important. ;P It’s been really nice living a TV-free existence, though I’d only be using it for movies and basic channels (reloading and searching for streaming webcasts of local weather when under a tornado warning is not ideal! But for Atlantans, does have one). I’ll figure something out soon. And maybe I’ll spend a weekend just catching up on website updates…it’s so hard when the weather’s so beautiful, though.

Wrist preservation and Facebook

God, I need to update this site so badly. I have something like a year’s worth of stuff to put up, but I guess the fact that I have an active social life is a good thing, though not so good for any of my websites. ;P And I’m trying to go easy on my hand and wrist, which have been aching lately from overuse, since I spend 40 hours/week on a computer already. I’m getting back into playing the violin seriously again, so I definitely don’t want to strain my hand as I prepare to audition for community orchestras.

Anyway, this is just to say that I’m finally loosening up a bit, raising the floodgates, what-have-you. If you’re on Facebook and you want to add me as a friend, feel free! Thank you to everyone who has tried to friend me already, and I’m truly sorry for having to turn you away before! Facebook’s customizable privacy settings have made this possible now, so I’m not broadcasting my personal contact info to every single person I add. ;P Just be sure to mention that you found my name through the site–I want to add people with whom I share some connection/commonality, and not just random folks.

(And there seem to be about 27 Facebook groups that relate to PoDW these days–besides the standard “Pirates of Dark Water” groups, there are other ones like “Replace the F-word with Noy Jitat” (ha! I love it), and a few “Classic Cartoons” groups. Take your pick!)