Friday, August 31, 2001
The idea of having early 1990s usenet posts is really disturbing... I hope they are successful though, and I know there might be some old posts I'm interested in seeing with what they already said they had.
Eeek. I think my biggest concern about getting a TiVo is that they stay in business. But it looks like they're getting cash as they grow their business, and I'm sure that the technology is here to stay.
I really hope the dual tuner upgrade shows up for those of us that have a standalone TiVo at some point in time -- that would really solve all of my television needs and desires. (From what I've seen, I suspect it can't, as it'd require two tuners... too bad!)
I had a bat sighting earlier in the week, so I had this article forwarded to me...
Thursday, August 30, 2001
I've been also looking at the TiVo FAQ. My hardware karma is bad enough that I doubt I'll need the Hacking the TiVo FAQ or other sites concerning such things, but I'm amused that you can do it. Accessing the controls of your TiVo over the web. Though I can find out everything that happens in the TiVo world on a forum about it.
While that Marillion plan of selling their last album worked out very well, another band that I pre-ordered an album for has had a more mixed reaction, and it's shows that it isn't a risk free sort of deal, and I don't know if we'll ever see anything because of it....
Wednesday, August 29, 2001
cool little online toy that lets you make shapes that bounce around and stuff.
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
A comic showing how Silent Bob and geek hero Kevin met his wife. With art by pizza delivery boy Joe Quesada.
I watched the first two episodes of Farscape since they are starting nightly repeats on the scifi channel, and so I was looking around for an episode guide and this looked like a pretty good one.
I'd never actually watched whole episodes of the show before -- but I'd heard mainly good things about it, and I don't think it's bad at all.
Monday, August 27, 2001
It is probably horribly unfashionable to admit that I watched and loved his show when I was a very young child. For many years one of my treasured toys was a mom-made Purple Panda. [It's possible that this would have been my first contact with a sf concept, as Purple Panda came from the Planet Purple. Purple was also my favorite color for many years, and it's probably difficult to say whether I like Purple Panda because it was Purple, or that I like Purple because that was the color of Purple Panda.]
But as Mr Rogers retires and puts on his shoes for the last time, it's time to give him a big thank you for his contribution to my childhood. Hopefully it'll still be in repeats when (and if, I suppose) I have children of my own....
Sunday, August 26, 2001
Saturday, August 25, 2001
This movie is also The Five Doctors of the View Askew series of movies -- nostalgia held together with the simplest of story, where part of the thrill is seeing old characters in color that were originally only in black and white.
There's something really appealing about all of that. It's not a movie for everyone, but for those movies it is for, it is definitely for in a way movies rarely are. I think one of the reasons why Kevin Smith's films are appealing is that he's so clearly "one of us" really.
One thing that was also impressive is that he's improved his directiorial skills -- it's his best directed film yet. (Probably not his best film -- but I don't think it was trying to be.
But it's really good fun, and I really enjoyed it. It was good to spot some cameos -- I didn't even recognize Marc Blucas when he appeared.... Though you can't miss Eliza Dushku..
I don't think that's the scariest fan fiction category out there, but it's close. minesweeper is up there, but I think N-Sync probably wins the scary contest.
Friday, August 24, 2001
Thursday, August 23, 2001
It was a light week for comics (& related stuff) -- a new issue of New X-Men and The Brotherhood, and issue 307 of Doctor Who Magazine (which I didn't know had a website until right now!)
sort of disappointed by the two comics. I'm not a big fan of Quitely's art, I think. But the storyline is ok, and there are some things that make me very glad to be buying X-Men titles, as one of the reasons why I stopped reading it years ago was removed.
DWM is ok too -- I think they're doing a little bit better job as far as balance goes, perhaps leaning a bit to heavily in the audio direction still at times in their previews. The article about the NAs is fantastic though, as David J Howe turns his skilled eye at the true legacy of 1990s Doctor Who.
Though I'm thrilled they listed the American Doctor Who DVD releases -- I preordered my copies of Spearhead from Space, Robots of Death, and The Five Doctors earlier this week, and I'm really looking forward to them. It doesn't hurt that they're all truly classic Doctor Who, but they also look like they're really putting together DVDs that take advantage of the format.
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
And from personal experience -- where I think there are more people who have been laid off of work now than I've ever known before in my life, it's not very surprising at all. But still scary & frustrating.
Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Sadly, I think he's right that British TV isn't what it once was -- they just aren't producing much television anymore. (And I'm not just talking about Doctor Who). He gets cast alot as John Clesse in the things he does in the US (see the last James Bond film) -- so he's a bit exceptional in the work he gets, but still...
Sunday, August 19, 2001
Saturday, August 18, 2001
some stuff on progressive rock -- some things that are a bit more obscure than my interest, but they've got a neat Marillion section.
Friday, August 17, 2001
Also there is a Minnesota Doctor Who Viewing Society extravaganza on Saturday to look forward to.
Thursday, August 16, 2001
very interesting -- and "only" 45 light years away.
will only available on the website. But you can get two. It's got the two radio-friendliest tracks on it. And the Crash Course CD that you can get with it for a buck is good too.
This one is funny and oh-so-true.
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
I got: Dork Tower #14, Ultimate X-Men #8, New X-Men Annual 2001, and Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine! #9
The FF mag is what is described in the Doctor Who fan community as "fanwank" -- it's self indulgent, greatest-hits stuff. I mean, next issue promised Doctor Doom vs. Galactus. It's over the top, nostalgic, and very silly. But I recently read some of the oriignal Stan Lee and Jack Kirby FF that this is imitating, and it's only slightly more exaggerated than this, really.
New X-Men Annual 2001 is slightly disorienting, because it's done on it's side in a sort of "wide-screen" type format. It's also been released out of order from the main run, so it's a little confusing as it takes place after some stories we haven't seen yet.
I think I liked the first arc of Ultimate X-Men more than this one -- i'm losing track of the plot a little bit, and they're throwing in too many of the old characters too quickly -- a fatal flaw in revamps, I think, especially when the revamped characters are similar -- but not identical -- to their original versions.
Dork Tower rules. If you're a fan, of any of those geeky types, you should check this book out. Especially if you're a gamer, but I haven't been for a long time, and I still think it's great. For a sample, two characters have this discussion in this issue:
"Can Fanboys find love, Ken?" - Carson
"Hmmm... You know, they might possibly be the best people to be in love. Think about it...we're devoted to games that go out of print as soon as we learn the rules! We adore science fiction series that television stations will cancel as soon as they gain any kind of following! We Feverishly await movies that Invariably bite, and we follow comic book characters even if the companies treat us like dirt and trash their own creations!" - Ken
"In other words, we know we'll be dumped eventually" - Carson
"It's a more useful outlook than you might think..." - Ken
ha! Seriously, check it out. I had this recommended to me a couple of months ago, and I've got both trade paperbacks and you can pretty much get everything still. Lots of the strips are available online.
(My life can probably be understood by combining Dork Tower with The Norm, with a very light touch of Dilbert.)
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
I've said several times before that I could tell I was getting old when I was VH-1 and not MTV. But Monty has a good point -- and I think what it says is that the people choosing the list are people that fixed a lot of their musical taste in 1970 or so; probably a lot of people that are 45 or so. (Or people who worked so much with older journalists that their tastes were dominated by those older than they are.)
I'm actually not much of a fan of "greatest" lists -- that's far more objective than I could be about something like music (or anything else really). The reasons we like or dislike something tend to not just be something about the work itself, but how it interacts with the person you are at the time you encounter it.
I know that my default musical selections tend to come from my junior high, high school, and college age -- you probably get exposed to the most music then.
I would have liked to have talked about this sort of stuff at the CONvergence fan websites panel, but we found out more about Harry's website and other activities instead, which is a different beast entirely from this stuff. Some other day, perhaps...
Monday, August 13, 2001
The e-mail newsletter about Doctor Who books has moved to the BBC website. It contains interviews & cover previews & other good things.
Friday, August 10, 2001
it looks like it's the usually- risky (and sometime contractually obligated, but maybe not here) Cover Album. But there are some interesting songs that are being covered there, and she's done interesting covers since very early in her career, with a wonderful Nirvana cover. And she's doing a Joe Jackson cover, and I've had his greatest hits album living on my laptop all year.
But the picture of her... oh no, i'm shocked....the red hair is gone....
Well of course, we all know that Jesse is a MIB, we've all seen that episode of The X-Files :)
Thursday, August 09, 2001
I'd kind of feared this might happen -- with DVD becoming more and more mainstream, I've heard that the studios have some research that "the masses" would actually prefer pan-and-scan instead of widescreen, and the studios will therfore go that route. Ick, ick, ick -- I want my movies on widescreen please, so we see the *entire* movie! Especially on something like DVD.
While it has the horribly-cliched "Bang! Wow! Zap!" header, it's sort of an interesting article about what direction on-line comics have. I'm all in favor of the net for comic delivery -- but I think it tends to work best for comics like you'd see in the newspaper, and I read most of those three-panel ones there. But I think you're getting longer storylines as well -- like what GPF has been doing recently, or even some of the threads that show up in a strip that goes into the paper like the norm. I think it's all going to be a lot more complicated than anyone would imagine....
spooky. very spooky.
Wednesday, August 08, 2001
An amusing little article about books that become movies that are then novelized again. I almost picked up the original Planet of the Apes book over the weekend, and I still might do that, as I'm curious about it.
Well, yeah -- I think we're somewhat jaded these days to these titles. I'm not excited about it really either, but it is a standard serial title, certainly -- as Harry points out.
And I think there is some wisdom of having the word Clones in the title -- they were mentioned in A New Hope, after all, and since they're very topical, it dovetails very nicely. And I'm not sure if the obvious The Clone Wars makes sense, since the movie series is called Star Wars.
But still, it is a blah title. But we'll get used to it. (And I think The Phantom Menace is a good title now.)
Babylon 5 on DVD
Yeah! And actually, I don't want them to release them to fast, I'd like to be able to digest them all. But I haven't taped the widescreen editions on the sci-fi channel because I want them on DVD.
And then Ewan McGregor slams the new Star Wars title
but with a title like Attack of the Clones, can you disagree with him? And the whole story is available here, apparently with video footage.
Tuesday, August 07, 2001
On A&E tonight, 8 PM CST. There is also an accompanying book.
Monday, August 06, 2001
And one of the problems of the modern era is that rumors quickly get thrown on the web, and while no one should believe a thing I say, it also gets on news wires that should be believable as well....
# 1 the Criminologist
# 2 Dr. Scott
# 3 Brad
# 4 Riff-Raff
# 5 Janet
# 6 Eddie
# 7 Magenta
# 8 Frank N. Furter
# 9 Rocky
# 10 Columbia
ewww. Attack of the Clones. And I like The Phantom Menace as a title....
Maybe we'll get used to it...
fun if you want to check to see what the degrees of seperation between two actors are -- like how you get from Star Trek's William Shatner to Doctor Who's Tom Baker
This was a popular link according to blogdex, and I can see why. I think the problem with this thought is that it's still the case that many servers are on some UNIX variant, and will continue to be for lots of reasons (including security). I'm sure MS would love a "better" network protocol -- and they could try something, certainly.
I am disturbed with the idea that XP makes all of the sockets available though.
Sunday, August 05, 2001
Saturday also had a MISFITS meeting. Ok turn out -- but I think we still need to do better at promoting meetings, and we had some problems with parking and the like. I gave away some Avengers and James Bond videos that I had upgraded to DVD and a bunch of books in a "book/video" swap -- I came away with less than I brought, but I expected as much, and I figure it'll work out karmically in the end anyways. I think it's a good idea for the meetings. Though my problem is that I tend to want to "collect" things I like -- so if it's a book I've read, I'll keep it, even if I'm unlikely to read it again. And I'm not so out of hand yet where I have to get rid of stuff just to get rid of it.
and I just noticed that my duplicate Avengers tapes may increase -- I see that I can get every Emma Peel episode in one DVD package, and I probably will have to do that.
Friday, August 03, 2001
And this is right on my way home....I don't think I'm going home after work tonight.
yes. yes. yes.
Thursday, August 02, 2001
- Michael Gordon Philip Lee
- Living Arrangement:
- Two bedroom house in suburban Minneapolis, with one cat Gustav.
The second bedroom is filled with a 23 year long comic collection, but nothing there is really that valuable, because I'd rather have them to read than to collect.
- What book are you reading right now
- I finished Father Time by Lance Parkin earlier this week. I haven't decided what I'm going to read next. I really should re-read Flatland so I can move on to Flatterland, which I should review for the MISFITS site.
- What's on your mousepad?
- The Micron mousepad I got with the computer.
- Favorite Board Game?
- Trivial Pursuit , when I'm winning. Monopoly otherwise, especially the Star Wars original trilogy version.
- Favorite Magazine?
- Salon or Slate when I'm online. Newsweek perhaps if I'm looking a print magazine.
- Favorite Smells?
- I could identify it if I smelled it, but I don't know the name.
- Least Favorite Smells?
- Eww. Anything rotting.
- Favorite Sound?
- Evening rain. But that could just be this humid weather lately.
- Worst Feeling in the World?
- loss of control
- What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
- How long until I need to get ready for work.
- Favorite Color -
- as a kid, it was purple. Now I'm much more split into it's components; red and blue.
- How many rings before you answer the phone?
- As soon as I get to it, usually two.
- What is your biggest fear?
- long term chronic illness at my age.
- What is most important in life?
- Happiness. Friends & Family.
- Favorite Foods?
- Mexican, Italian, Chinese.
- Chocolate or Vanilla?
- Do you like to drive fast?
- When the circumstances call for it.
- Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
- Storms - Cool or Scary?
- What type was your first car?
- I drove my parents 1980s cavalier in high school, it was pretty effectively mine during those years. My first car was a 1995 Saturn.
- If you could meet one person dead or alive?
- My great-grandfather, because one of my earliest memories is of visiting him in a nursing home at about 2 years old or so, before he passed away. I had a little donald duck finger puppet that I was fascinated with during one of my visits.
- Favorite alchoholic drink?
- Rum & Coke. White Russian.
- What is your Zodiac Sign?
- Do you eat the stems of Broccoli?
- If you could have any job, what would it be?
- Something that was varied and changing and let me do the other things I want to do.
- If you could dye your hair any color?
- Red, probably. Maybe blond. It'd be super scandinavian either way then...
- Ever been in love?
- I don't know.
- Is the glass half empty or half full?
- Both, of course.
- Favorite Movies?
- this still works
- Most recent movie you've seen?
- I watched a little bit of The Living Daylights, but the last whole movie was the new Planet of the Apes.
- Do you type with your fingers on the right keys?
- Not perfectly -- but it's always worked well enough for me, and I had worked out my own system at an age well before they taught typing courses, and at that point I was more effective with my system than I would be with any new system.
- What's under your bed?
- some comics and magazines. my room needs to be cleaned in the worst way.
- Favorite Number?
- Favorite Sport to Watch?
- Football the last couple of years.
(later addition: it's an interesting interview, and is available on their site at the current moment...)
Wednesday, August 01, 2001
Science fiction legend Poul Anderson passed away -- [Windowseat will be listing some obits and the like]. What's frustrating is that he's yet another one of those authors that I'm much more familiar with by reputation than by actually reading his works. One of my initial thoughts, and this is a terribly sad sign of a Doctor Who fan, was "oh, he's the writer Chief Mover Poul from Robots of Death was named after". And I'm a bit embarassed and saddened by that. That clear tributes and references like that -- which you've known about for years -- weren't followed up on, and should have been. And you want to go and read a bunch of things, but you should have done that years ago...
Also, Korey Stringer of the Minnesota Vikings died of heat stroke after practicing in yesterday's weather. It's perhaps a bit odd linking a science fiction legend and a young football player, and it's really only a tragedy of timing that links them. The friends, families, and fans of both will miss them terribly, and forever, and my thoughts go out to them. There's just never enough time.
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