Behind the music.
This site is the end result of an idea that has been kicking around in my head
since the late 1990s. I originally registered the domain
Sorrentino.net to serve as both a nifty
email address for myself and a web address to house my family and personal
interests. The problem, many
design iterations later, was trying to balance my personal interests with
the family-related ones. In May of 2003, I finally came to the realization
that I would be best served by leaving
Sorrentino.net for family topics
and creating a separate site as my own playground. In case you haven't guessed
it, Sinepaw.org is that playground.
The greater question that prompted you to visit this page is
likely related to my choice of domain name, as opposed to the above paragraph
on my web sites' evolution. On a basic level, it's a kitschy name and it seems
like just about everybody and their brother's got a site with a unique-sounding
name. I'm sure our links section is full of them. To go beyond this basic
reasoning requires two quick stories:
When I was a senior in high school, I had an English
teacher with a penchant for spelling words backwards. I'm not talking
about palindromes here, just normal names, words and phrases. It didn't stop
at spelling backwards; he also liked to pronounce these "new" words. At any
rate, I picked up this habit and have used it from time to time. In case
you're wondering where I'm going with this, ignore the dot and try spelling
the domain name "sinepaw.org" backwards (or look at this page in a mirror).
As to why I would choose a domain name based on such a potentially vulgar
phrase, it's time for the second story.
So, there you have it. The domain "sinepaw.org" comes from re-arranging the
letters in the name of a certain vice president and a bit of backwards
spelling. Sorry you asked yet?
Growing up in Buffalo, I made it a point to set aside some time
to read our local paper daily. I especially liked the Sunday edition because
it contained pages of color comics and a syndicated copy of humorist Dave
Barry's column from the Miami Herald. I haven't paid much attention to the
local papers since then (perhaps the Internet is partly to blame), but the
point of all this is that I became a fan of Dave Barry's humor. In one of his
books, "Dave Barry Slept Here", he credited Dick Cavett with discovering the
fact that you could re-arrange the letters in Spiro Agnew's name to spell out
that particular vulgar phrase I referenced above. Why this trivial nugget of
information about Richard Nixon's vice president has remained with me all
these years, I cannot explain. It should be noted that
there are many other fun anagrams you can make with those same letters, some
of which have been included as random titles on our main page.
Working my way back to the original concept behind this site,
I'm trying to collapse ideas and projects from other sites I had started but
left to languish into the new Sinepaw.org. Feel free to browse
around and send me your comments or suggestions at the address below. I know
many people like to hide their personal addresses for fear of SPAM harvesters,
but I'd love to receive your feedback. Spammers be damned!
Scott M. Sorrentino <firstname.lastname@example.org>