Monday, April 30, 2001
Oh, they have a series of strips about The Sims which I was addicted to for a while....
Sunday, April 29, 2001
Friday, April 27, 2001
this one and this one might take some hunting
But that looks like all of the ones with me hiding in the corner somewhere....
but this one is a bit easier....
A picture from Minicon open ceremonies that I spotted myself in....can you?
Thursday, April 26, 2001
And they've got the archive going back to 1995....so I'm looking through for old things I wrote....
Subject: GIG REVIEW: King Crimson in Milwaukee [6/16/95]
I do remember one thing.
It is difficult to put a King Crimson live performance into words. I've
been listening to Crimson for seven years now, and it's my first chance to
see the entire band together live. One thing is for sure; the live
performance is unlike anything I've ever heard before, and is absolutely
miles away from what is on the album.
First of all, the California Guitar Trio was a wonderful opener. They
were clearly enjoying themselves, and it was an intense, unique
experience. I realized that I had talked to Paul Richards five or six
years ago after a Crafty concert in Madison, when one batch of new Crimson
rumors had just started. The sense of humor they have was quite evident;
and it's interesting to see how they have used the vocabularly they
learned from Fripp used to speak their own words.
As far as Crimson goes, what can be said that hasn't been?
The layout of the musicians were very interesting:
PM RF BB
TG AB TL
We had very good seats -- on the right aisle, about 10 rows or so back.
Close enough to get a very good view of everyone.
One thing I was interested in seeing was how the different "pairs" of the
double trio format worked. Bruford was clearly liberated by the chance to
not have as much of a responsibility as a time keeper, and it was also
very interesting seeing him send Mastelotto signals; at one point clearly
sending him a signal to quiet down. Mastelotto is *big*.
Fripp was very still, not moving for long periods of time. Not having the
spotlight on him has a very interesting effect, especially in the center.
I saw Fripp once with the Crafties years ago, and it was interesting to
see how he was in an electric context.
As far as the music goes....wow... The new material was much better live
then on the album, especially on songs like "One Time" and "People".
There was a thickness to the music that is difficult to describe. One
Time had a lot more going on in the background, Bruford filling in some
light percussive touches. The challenge of the band is to switch from the
vocal pieces to the long instrumentals. It's sometimes easy to ignore the
vocal pieces, but it's the contrast that makes it all the more rewarding.
Red was smoking, of course. Thrak was an immense pleasure, with a long
venture into musical exploration, unlike anything I have ever heard
before, and proved to be quite a free for all. I had hopes that this
would be a band that it would be often difficult to follow who was playing
what, and this was one place where that turned true. Talking Drum/Larks
Tongues PT II was a joy as well.
The absence of any Beat or Three of a Perfect Pair tracks was
interesting. I would be interested in seeing some other older tracks as
well; but then that may just be my tremendous desire to see "Starless"
Get the program. Very interesting thoughts from RF.
I like it!
Subject: A sign that it has been to long since a new episode
I'm not sure if I want to admit this; but I just woke up from the
strangest dream. I think it's a little disturbing; and probably a sign
that I can't wait for both the B5 episode and the soundtrack at the same
The primary image is a bizzare combination: Ivonova is flying one of the
Battlestar Galactica fighters, attacking a Star Destroyer (from Star
Somehow I also knew the whole scene was CGI as well...don't ask me how.
There were some other scenes as well, but not as bizzare.
I think the most embarrassing part of the whole thing is that my
subconcious took a piece from Battlestar Galactica....
I think they're upset.
I just hope that the move of Buffy to UPN isn't a repeat of what happened when Babylon 5 moved to TNT.....
Wednesday, April 25, 2001
Big long rant about how TV isn't evil from the dawn of time...
I don't watch a whole lot of TV right now -- just Buffy, Angel, The X-Files, The Simpsons, Futurama, and well, yeah, occasionally Survivor or The Weakest Link. There's probably more television I should be watching -- the West Wing, which I've never seen, or work my way through old episodes of The Avengers that I still need to see -- but there's never enough time, or I find myself spending it online.
Perhaps because since I don't go out to bars much, during the week online is my best social outlet, which is sometimes very much needed when you're working more or less on your own most of the time..
Since the translation of British TV to American TV interests me in general......
Monday, April 23, 2001
Hmmm. A little interesting article about the dynamics of the US version of the Weakest Link, and how things might be different in the US version as compared with the UK version, including what it means when the host is the same in the US version...
More information....and the article confirms that if the WB cancels Angel, it'll follow Buffy to the UPN.
Saturday, April 21, 2001
Friday, April 20, 2001
Relatively balanced....though it's always hard to tell with the UK stuff...
saying that some fans are a bit...eccentric...is just a fact of life, I figure...
This has been occasionally on the horizon recently, so when I came across this article, I decided to save it...
Thursday, April 19, 2001
Amusing. We know this is how computers really are....
Wednesday, April 18, 2001
Lots of good links.
I thought I had put this on my site, but it looks like it wasn't there. It's the US distributor for Anoraknophobia. It's got a longer sample of Between You And Me, and I want the whole song. No, I want the whole album.
Though it is a little disturbing that the site got the name of the band wrong in a few places!
Only a couple of weeks. :)
I wanted to emphasize some of what I had said earlier that some of it was just me -- based on a lot of other readings I've seen on various on line groups, most of the people there had a fantastic time, and that's important to note. And it took a while for me to understand the convention, since I didn't know very many people there.
Fortunately, in the end I got into one very good long conversation at the end, and I was starting to feel better about things. I had a great conversation with a bunch of people at a panel that started about the X-Files, but then sort of went from Buffy, to fandom and local cons, to how Laurel could get more hits for the cool tvpicks.net. (Like I'm providing any hits from here; no one reads this, I see the logs! :) )
I'm really interested and hopeful that Minicon 37 will start to really improve things, as I think they know what worked well over the past couple of years, but they also want to make it perhaps more relevant to other local science fiction fans, where I felt that this years convention was great if you were in Minn-stf, or were reading rec.arts.sf.fandom, but was more difficult if you weren't.. (And I think if I had been able to stay longer, the convention would have been better for me, as I'd have been able to understand the convention better.) I'm going to be keeping a close eye on what they do, and I really hope that they can revitalize what is, after all, the original Minneapolis SF organization and convention, which I think everyone in the local fan community -- even those of us who aren't Minn-stf, are influenced by.
One of my concerns over at MISFITS is that we're not as well grounded in history, and it's not a sf lit club, it's more of a mixed media thing. I've got a lot of passion for both MISFITS and CONvergence, and it's my home now. But I'd like to see Minn-stf be a little bit better connected to things, as I think there's a lot of misunderstandings in the local sf community.
And if you're not a twin cities science fiction fan, and you're reading this, it really doesn't make a bit of sense, does it? :)
I'm impressed; Doctor Who news on the front page of Reuters. That's always a good thing. :)
Actually, Hugh Grant was surprisingly good when he played the Doctor in the charity Curse of Fatal Death a couple of years ago, so there are worse choices...
As someone who occasionally jumps in with my thoughts on something, and who deals with reviews all the time on the MISFITS site, I thought it was an interesting article to skim over....
Tuesday, April 17, 2001
I'm a little disturbed by this story....for obvious reasons, really...
Monday, April 16, 2001
And if you don't immediately know the answer, GIVE UP!!! Time seems to be the most valuable resource to me....
It's more the lyrics than the actual song, but it is so true, so true....
Sunday, April 15, 2001
There were a couple of programming items I found interesting, but it felt a little light to me. And if there wasn't a programming item going on I was miserable -- I had nothing to do but wander the third floor, be amused by what was being built with K'Nex (which were really quite cool), or just kind of wander aimlessly in the consuite or at home. I came real close to buying a book to read, but something about that just felt a bit wrong to me at a con -- I can do that at home. Some people clearly did do that though... I didn't want to leave too early during the convention -- and I'm very glad I didn't Saturday night, because I had one good conversation about a whole lot of things. But there was a lot of time where I just didn't know where I fit in there, and I just got my excercise by wandering around the third floor, seeing if there was anyone I knew at the convention.
The art show -- which I only wandered through once -- felt small, it was in the back of the dealers room and a bit out of the way. Lots of the panels were empty.
I'm sure there were many of the people there that had a great time -- but if you weren't already connected with people that were there, it was very difficult to find a good place to hook in -- the people that I saw that were under 40 with the exception of one group were isolated, clearly aliens at the convention. Some of that in my case is probably my fault and personality, but still, there was a time that wasn't the case.
There once was a time when you couldn't take the elevators at Minicon; now, when you did, they were both instantly available and empty.
It's been updated for the new album, and I'm very excited.
I'm trying to put some thoughts together on Minicon, but I'm still not sure....
Thursday, April 12, 2001
One of those sites you come across at odd times, Michael is someone I went to grad school with, and would run into at Minicon once or twice, which is roughly how I came across his site as I was looking up some information for this weekend's convention.
Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Sunday, April 08, 2001
and since I'm helping with a room party at CONvergence with a Krofft theme, I was pleased to find some old episodes that are available on line....
The Computer Science graduate student in me thinks this is very cool....
Tuesday, April 03, 2001
I can't wait, only a matter of weeks until the new album ships to me...
Monday, April 02, 2001
Though I think the really interesting thing to see is how next year will go, as I think that Minicon 37 will be a big shadow over Minicon 36.
I'm curious about it all, that's for sure.
I've been doing some spring cleaning; though I think I knocked enough dust in the air to irritate my throat a bit. Yuch.
I saw Tailor of Panama last week. Not worth writing a whole big review about, but I wasn't to thrilled about it. Though I also watched a bunch of Hitchcock films on video over the weekend; Rear Window was fantastic, in particular.
I'm reading The Burning right now, the first of a new storyline in the Doctor Who novels, and enjoying it a great deal. Fantastic stuff, and the best Who out there right now.
Sunday, April 01, 2001
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