Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The Torchwood Institute: Anime, Future of TV, and You-Know-Who
Your Movie and Showtime Map
Monday, November 28, 2005
(One of the reasons why I'm quite happy with the rather slow rate that the Doctor Who DVDs are coming out is that they are generally exceptionally well presented; and while there are certainly compromises that are made to get it out there on a budget, there's usually an effort to make sure that it's a good authoritative version of the story & additional features. )
Oh, and while Leonard Maltin is encouraging that fans let people know what they want -- I wish Leonard Maltin's site had an rss feed -- I find that I'm relying on rss feeds more and more for anything that I want to look at regularly using tools like Bloglines more and more.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
The New Order of the UK Music Hall of Fame,
I think it's a huge, huge shame that VH1 apparently cut a section on a UK-specific group like New Order but included several American acts. It makes some sense that they include multinational acts in their Hall of Fame -- after all, the US Hall of Fame will have some of the same acts. But I think if there's any reason to have a UK Hall of Fame -- and if they're going to distribute it in the US, which I'm hugely in favor of -- it's to demonstrate some of the things that are different between US and UK musical and pop culture. (Especially for those of us that enjoy much of the UK pop culture over in the US...)
I'm sure they needed to do some editing to get into a two hour slot -- but I think there were better ways of doing it than by cutting out an act entirely..
[See the Wikipedia entry on the UK Music Hall of Fame.]
Tracking the backlinks..
Friday, November 25, 2005
Alias to finish
I've enjoyed the series over the years -- and I suspect that it'll continue to have a good life on DVD. And I'm glad that it's going to get a proper finale rather than silently fade away...
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Torchwood Institute
I've had some Doctor Who pages on one website or another for over ten years now, and I've still got most of them on Question Mark, which hasn't been terribly well maintained as internet and blogging technology makes these things a lot easier to do. But having a place for my review of Goth Opera by Paul Cornell from the early 1990s is fun, and if you want to be really nostalgic, there is a nearly two-decade old issue of Question Mark, which captures true 1980s geeky embarassement.
But really, from now on, I'll be blogging and writing about Doctor Who and Torchwood primarly at the Torchwood Institute. I've been writing about Doctor Who for all of my adult life, and it seems unlikely that'll stop anytime soon...
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
She's Such a Geek
But I've also seen (and to be honest, have been a part of) geek groups that haven't been particularly good at adapting to women being involved at all as well, and I'm not even sure it's a conscious decision on anyone's part either.
It'll be interesting to see some of the essays...especially as I'm always intrigued by the different cross-sections from both the IT career perspective as well as the hobby-and-cultural perspective.
BBC - Look Around You - DVD
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
I'm a bit surprised by that, considering Aquaman is hardly one of the more successful characters from comics...
Friday, November 11, 2005
Interest in physics growing by quantum leaps and bounds
Thursday, November 10, 2005
It looks a lot like you can see Bryan Hitch's influence here -- it looks similar to his Iron Man. I'm actually quite pleased that it's neither a Borg-style design, as the Borg are very similar conceptually to the Cybermen, and that they are men-in-suits as opposed to the CGI Cylons from the new Battlestar Galactica. They're recognizably Cybermen, with handlebars and eyedrops.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Nothing Is Free
Perhaps I should have taken an economics course in college -- it's one of my few educational regrets, actually.
I realized that in a typical going-out-to-the-movies experience, you'll possibily encounter multiple different sorts of transactions.
There's the obvious direct translation of cash into a product, service, a set of information, or a combination of all of the above. So in a movie, there's some that goes for the various services involved with keeping the theater clean, functioning, and providing the entertainment that you want. There's also the price to produce the information (ie, the movie) that you are watching.
And that leads to advertising. When something carries adverising, instead of you buying the product, another organization is paying the advertising vehicle's ability to deliver a set of eyeballs.
Also, the movie theater may have a loyality program. With this, you'll occasionally get free movie tickets, or discounts at the concessions stand. Really, what you're doing here is "selling" information, and also perhaps doing something similar to "buying in bulk". I've no doubt that the movie theater can make lots of interesting conclusions by tracking when, what, and where people see any particular film. We get this same thing at supermarkets or other retailers as well -- patterns of what people buy, when they buy them, and how many things they buy. Even if they don't use that for targetting advertising later -- which in many cases they do -- there's still a lot of things that they can do with that data. For example, there's usually some obvious logic when they package two apparently unrelated items together for a sale. You see it with something like Amazon.com all the time.
That's all obviously key to what a company like Google is doing. They're collecting data -- all sorts of information. Most of us don't write checks to Google -- but they can collect information, based on what we link to, what we search on (and then follow), and so on.
I suppose this is all obvious. But also all quite relevant, especially as it becomes easier to use more and more information. Maybe.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Some great new Doctor Who pictures
Looks good so far. Lots of fun.
You can also see David Tennant in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in a couple of weeks...
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
The Doctor Who Shooting Scripts
One of the glorious parts of the Doctor Who tradition is that it invites the fan and viewer to get involved with the production aspects. The curtain is raised, and we get to see some parts of what goes on behind-the-scenes. Doctor Who is one of the most documented television programs out there, for a wide variety of reasons. One of the worries that one might have had is that a ressurected, modern Doctor Who would overlook that part of the series legacy -- especially as they try to keep secrets and surprises before something airs in the UK.
The new series is, of course, the result of people that read books like The Making of Doctor Who in the 1970s, or old issues of Doctor Who magazine -- and this book carries on that tradition, quite probably encouraging the person who revives Doctor Who in 2040. It's happened before.
It is also one of those pieces where despite the American marketplace's resistance to the new series, we can still get a feel for it very quickly through items such as this, besides just importing DVDs.
Ah well, such is life...
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