15 Years of Opus
Although it existed in several forms before August 10, 1999, that was the date I registered “opuszine.com,” the domain that would serve as Opus’ home for many years until I switched to opus.fm. Which means that Opus is now 15 years old. And while not my sole writing outlet — I’ve also written for Christ and Pop Culture, Filmwell, and Twitch — Opus is still very much my hypertext homebase (pardon the nerdy term).
Opus has changed quite a bit over the years. It has slowly evolved from a place to share random things with close friends (and teach myself HTML and CSS) to a somewhat legitimate webzine (which, if nothing else, got me Cornerstone Festival press credentials) to its current form (whatever that might be).
What hasn’t changed, though, is my desire to constantly improve Opus and use it to hone my talents as both a writer and a web developer — and to make it an interesting and thought-provoking experience for the thousands of people who visit every month.
To that end, I think Opus has been pretty successful (though improvement is always possible). Many thanks to those who have read, contributed, and offered feedback and camaraderie. I’ve met some very cool people, and had some great experiences and opportunities, as a direct result of running this website/webzine/blog/whatever. It’s grown into something more than I ever imagined it could be back in 1999.
The Best of Opus
Given the occasion, it seems only appropriate to compile a “best of” list from the thousands of articles, reviews, etc. that have been posted on Opus over the years.
- Deeper Truth & Elusive Beauty: An Interview with The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (June 30, 2014)
- An Anime Primer, #5: “Tokyo Godfathers” and Some Honorable Mentions (December 6, 2013)
- An Anime Primer, #4: “Darker than Black,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Ghost in the Shell: SAC” (December 5, 2013)
- An Anime Primer, #3: “House of Five Leaves,” “Paranoia Agent,” “Macross Plus” (December 4, 2013)
- An Anime Primer, #2: “The Garden of Words,” “Grave of the Fireflies,” “Haibane Renmei” (December 3, 2013)
- An Anime Primer, #1: “Eden of the East,” “Summer Wars,” “Baccano!” (December 2, 2013)
- Believe It or Not, But There Are Video Games That Are About More Than Just Shooting People (September 28, 2013)
- The “Infinity Blade” Games’ Worldbuilding Is Deceptively Simple (June 1, 2012)
- “Gangnam Style“ ‘s subversive critique of South Korean materialism (August 28, 2012)
- Some random thoughts while watching “Talk Talk: Live at Montreux 1986” on Netflix (April 19, 2012)
- Thoughts on “Mass Effect 3” (March 22, 2012)
- In the shade of “The Tree of Life” (July 16, 2011)
- How “Dragon Age 2” Undermines Its Own Narrative (April 6, 2011)
- Smartphones & Our Ever-Changing Communication (January 22, 2011)
- Is ExpressionEngine becoming too expensive? (August 11, 2010)
- Hanging with Aang: The Miyazaki-esque mythology of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (June 29, 2010)
- Safari 5’s “Reader” and the death of web publishing (June 9, 2010)
- 12 of my favorite songs by The Cure (June 3, 2010)
- Beyond the Glowing Cave: Some Thoughts on “Lost” (May 26, 2010)
- The old Starbuck hates the new “Battlestar Galactica” (March 7, 2009)
- Paragons & Renegades: Morality In “Mass Effect” (and Other Thoughts) (December 3, 2007)
- Scenes I Go Back To (Redux) (September 1, 2007)
- Well I’ll Be Frakked (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New Starbuck) (March 6, 2007)
- The Cycle of Days and Seasons (February 18, 2007)
- With Crippled Wings (May 17, 2005)
These articles represent what I’m most proud of about Opus, and what I hope will be part of Opus’ legacy. Here’s to 15 more years, and then some. All glory and honor, world without end…