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Ghostheads Podcast Mentions Spook Central 14th Anniversary

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:58 AM , Categories: Spook Central, Fans, Internet
Jason Hughes and Luke Crisalli (with guest Pat Harmon) over at the Ghostheads podcast released their 16th episode this past Friday, and I am honored that they spent a couple of minutes talking about Spook Central's 14th Anniversary in the broadcast (from 25:55-28:06). It nearly brought a tear to my eye listening to what the guys had to say. I'm touched...really.

You can listen to the Spook Central excerpt by clicking on the little play arrow/button above, or if you have a desire to hear about Ghostbusters, Bjork, and liquefied gummy bears - and who doesn't? - head over to the Ghostheads site to listen to the entire 36-minute episode.
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Spook Central's 14th Anniversary Prize Giveaway Winner's List

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM , Categories: Spook Central
Spook Central 14th Anniversary To help celebrate the 14th anniversary of Spook Central: The Ghostbusters Companion, one of the longest-running Ghostbusters fan sites currently online, I held a prize giveaway from August 1st to August 7th 2010 to honor the momentous occasion. I reached out to a few of my corporate friends, and dug through my personal collection, to gather up a few prizes to give out to fans. The prize giveaways included a gift certificate good for 2 tickets to On Location Tours' "New York TV and Movie Sites" tour of New York City, free custom sticker sheets at StickerYou.com, a copy of TimeLife's The Real Ghostbusters Volume 2 five-disc DVD set, Gamer Graffix's No Ghost Logo and Ghostbusters Text Logo wall graphics, and more!

The contest was a great success. Below is the full list of winners, along with a brief description of what prizes they won. For more information on the prizes, check out the prize image gallery. For legal and reference purposes, a copy of the original official rules can be found at the end.

PRIZES PROVIDED BY: On Location Tours, StickerYou, and Paul's Merchandise For Sale

2 tickets to On Location Tours' "New York TV and Movie Sites" tour of New York City (valued at $76 USD)
-- Jack Hensley, Belmar, NJ, USA

1 free custom sticker sheet at StickerYou.com (valued at $6.99 USD each)
-- Christopher Rhea, Hampton, VA, USA
-- Tony Stafford, Dovecot, Liverpool, ENGLAND
-- Dan Mattucci, La Grange Park, IL, USA
-- Nathan Bonner, Springfield, MO, USA
-- Scott Silver, Orem, UT, USA

TimeLife's The Real Ghostbusters Volume 2 five-disc DVD (valued at $39.99 USD)
-- Joshua Minetree, Baltimore, MD, USA

Gamer Graffix's No Ghost Logo 19.5" x 17" Wall Graffix
-- Allan Nicoletti, Croydon, PA, USA

Gamer Graffix's Ghostbusters Text Logo 23" x 3" Wall Graffix
-- Samantha Cornell, Millis, MA, USA

Ghostbusters II Homemade Pog (1.5" in diameter) (this is an item I made in the 1990s)
-- Trey Lansford, Amarillo, TX, USA

Filmation's Ghostbusters #4 comic book
-- David Varner, Rothschild, WI, USA

Spook Central retro logo sticker - custom printed at StickerYou.com
-- Lucas Ackley, West Jordan, UT, USA
-- Matthew Rude, Columbia, IL, USA
-- Gary Tabar, Waynesville, NC, USA
-- Delfin Aponte, Philadelphia, PA, USA
-- Andrew Stewart, Beaufort, SC, USA
-- Michael Sedoti, Reading, PA, USA
-- Adam Anderson, Rochester, MN, USA
-- Mike Sopronyi, Miamisburg, OH, USA
-- Brian Rippee, Concrete, WA, USA
-- Matthew Dusing, Lancaster, OH, USA

Ghostbusters 25th Anniversary sticker - custom printed at StickerYou.com
-- Adam Skinner, Kitchener, ON, CANADA
-- Austyn Brown, Bournemouth, Dorset, ENGLAND
-- Daryl Klinger, Sanford, FL, USA
-- Jeremy Neff, Mooresville, NC, USA
-- Vincent Montenegro, La Quinta, CA, USA
-- Jay Wilson, Louisville, KY, USA

OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The "Spook Central 14th Anniversary Prize Giveaway" starts on 8/1/2010 and ends on 8/7/2010. The contest is open only to legal residents of the United States, Canada, and all other countries, 18 years of age or older at time of entry. A vaild e-mail address is required for the contest. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Limit one entry per person and/or e-mail address. Any additional entries will be discarded. All information provided by entrants will not be sold, given away, or used for any other purpose than for this contest - though a winners list will be posted after the contest has ended. Winners will be chosen at random using The Hat random name-selection software. Winners will be notified via e-mail at the address provided in their entry, and will be required to reply to that e-mail and verify their information before the prize will be sent to them. If a winner does not reply within three business days, they will forfeit the prize and it will be given to someone else via another random selection.

No prize substitution or cash redemption allowed by a prize winner. If awarded, prizes will be awarded without any warranty of any kind. Odds of winning a prize depends on the total number of eligible Entries received for the Sweepstakes.

All federal, state and local tax liabilities, if any, are the responsibility of the winners. Spook Central/Paul Rudoff shall not be responsible or liable for entries that are entered by other than human means (such as by an automated computer program or any non-human mechanism, entity, or device), in excess of the stated limit, or for entries that are late, forged, destroyed, lost, misplaced, stolen, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled, or otherwise not in compliance with the official rules, and all such entries will be disqualified.

By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees: (i) to be bound by these official rules and by all applicable laws and decisions of Spook Central/Paul Rudoff which shall be binding and final; (ii) to waive all of his/her rights to bring any claim, action, or proceeding against Spook Central/Paul Rudoff in connection with the Giveaway.

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New Spook Central Title Logo And Site Design

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Spook Central
As you've undoubtedly have already noticed... The incredible Tristan Jones has put together a collection of new Spook Central title logos in honor of this site's 14th anniversary this month. There's a whole bunch of them, which should display randomly when you browse throughout the site (or reload the page). If you don't have Javascript enabled in your browser, then you'll just see one image. Though if you'd like to see more of them, Tristan previewed some of them on his DeviantArt account last week.

To go along with the new title is a new site design. Well, it's more of a tweak of the old design, but it's a pretty significant tweak. Since computer monitor resolutions are usually 1024x768 and higher these days (very few people still use 800x600, and much less use 640x480), I decided to give the site content a set width of 900 pixels. To fill in the empty space on the sides for resolutions larger than 1024 pixels in width, there's a background image showing the temple atop Spook Central, pulled straight off of the Blu-ray Disc. People with widescreen monitors will see more of the background image than those without. I was rather shocked at how well the 900 pixel site fit atop the temple background image - right between the two pillars on the sides of the temple doors! The symmetry is perfect. It's like the movie shot and the site were made for each other.

I really hope that this new design displays well on all browsers as I did not get a chance to thoroughly test it. Heck, I probably did a really sloppy job with the coding, as someone with real design skills could probably streamline all of the backend code into CSS and make everything run smoother. If there's anyone out there who'd like to give it a try, let me know.

I originally intended on finding a free pre-designed website template and going with that for the new design, but I couldn't find one that I liked, and I really wanted to get these new title logos up while it was still August (the 14th anniversary month). I'd like to give a quick shout-out to Jason Fitzsimmons from GhostbustersNews.com for the inspiration and encouragement to give the site a set width and use a background image on the sides. I got the idea (and a tiny bit of CSS code) from his site, and when I ran the idea by him a while back, he encouraged me to go for it. Thanks Jason.

Finally, a very special shout-out needs to be given to Raffaele Ruffaldi for providing me with webspace for the past seven or eight years (since either 2002 or 2003), for all the helpful technical assistance, and for putting up with me and the problems I have every now and then.
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Spook Central 14th Anniversary Prize Giveaway

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Aug. 1, 2010 at 1:51 AM , Categories: Spook Central, Reviews & Merch
Spook Central 14th Anniversary

It was fourteen years ago this month, in August 1996, that I created Spook Central in my rinky-dink Geocities account. It was nothing big - just a picture of the library ghost, on a banana yellow background, with some links below it - but it was a start. To help celebrate the occasion, I've reached out to a few of my corporate friends, and dug through my personal collection, to gather up a few prizes to give out to the fans. The Spook Central 14th Anniversary Prize Giveaway runs from now until August 7th, which should be plenty of time to get your entry in (one per person and/or e-mail address).

PRIZES PROVIDED BY: On Location Tours, StickerYou, and Paul's Merchandise For Sale

P.S. - If you want to see what the actual Ghostbusters 25th Anniversary and Spook Central retro logo printed stickers look like, Jason at GB News just posted a photo he took of the two stickers I gave him.
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