Monday, May 30, 2005

Dairy sports

Not science fiction exactly, but an indication of the wonder and strangeness of the human world:

Three hurt in cheese chasing race Guardian May 30th.

I desperately need to see this documentary.

Hotel Torgo is a short student documentary on the making of Manos: The Hands of Fate.

Googling for useful information on the film, amusingly enough, turns up some posts by Hal Warren's daughter.

At least cool to mangle his grammar, thinks it he doesn't

Matt Shepherd has been raiding Lucas' cutting-room floor. Meanwhile, Tragic Lad fears the power of the Dark Side.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Mmmm. Bester. Bester's hot -- Oh, wait.

Walter Koenig is appearing in a Star Trek fan film which takes up where TOS series 3 left off. He's not the only one from the classic series participating in the effort, either.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005

Convalescent bloggist seeks snappy post-title

Kristopher Straub launches his new daily strip Starshift Crisis today. Checkerboard Nightmare isn't ending anytime soon, though, regardless of smart-aleck guest artists.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Back from my sick-bed with diverse news

Apparent evidence that shopping trolleys can stray in time as well as space has unfortunately proved to be fake.
The old dream of robotic surgeons is at last coming to fruition.
The Mars Odyssey probe is showing signs of boredom.
Oh, and there was some film or other.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Submitted without comment.

Samuel Jackson in "creative collaboration" with Gonzo for a Spike TV anime series.

(Except to say that what?!)

(And, also, do they speak Japanese in what?!)

(And... what?!)

Meanwhile, on planet Spoiler Whore

Just in case you wanted to read about Serenity's Rosebud, the preview posts are starting to come in now.

No, not like that.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Like I Told You

...Ain't it Cool News has a metric buttload of Serenity reviews from the test screenings. I got the sense that the last couple were spoilerific, so I averted my eyes.

Caveat lector.

As Cat & Girl said, you technically just need one

Time Traveller Convention May 7th at MIT.

After May 7th this post will of course continue to be an open invitation to the event for any time-traveller reading it. The link above will be dead in less than a year, so I'd better include the full temporal and spatial details:

The Time Traveler Convention
May 7, 2005, 10:00pm EDT (08 May 2005 02:00:00 UTC)
(events start at 8:00pm)
East Campus Courtyard, MIT
3 Ames St. Cambridge, MA 02142
42:21:36.025°N, 71:05:16.332°W
(42.360007,-071.087870 in decimal degrees)

Enjoy! :D

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I Just Can't Get Enough

Hey — remember last week, when I gave you links to the brand new trailer for Serenity? Wasn't that fun? Ah, yes. Good times.

So how about I give you links to two more trailers for Serenity?

But wait — these aren't just any old trailers for Serenity, no sir: They're the same exact trailer you saw last week.

Only bigger.

Much bigger.

As in, 80 MB of 1280x544 widescreen 48KHz stereo in the first case, and 130 MB of 1280x544 widescreen in 1080p HDTV format in the second case. The second one requires Quicktime 7, which is currently available only for Mac OSX 10.3.9 or higher. It is possible that other programs, such as VLC or Nero ShowTime, which understand both Quicktime and the H.264 video standard, might be able to play the file; but I haven't managed to do it yet, so I can't say for sure.

Of course, if you foolishly believe that there is more to life than trailers for Serenity, Apple's HD Gallery also has trailers for Batman Begins and The Fantastic Four. The Batman Begins trailer was downloadable last night when I downloaded it, but it doesn't appear to be downloadable any more (I don't know if the change is temporary or not — the now-invalid download link was simply commented out in the page's HTML source).

And stay tuned for tomorrow's inevitable Serenity article when all the people who attended tomorrow's preview screenings write in to Ain't it Cool News with their opinions.

Peasants-With-Torches 1, Frankentoons 0

Warner Bros. are yielding to fanpower over the Loonatics.

Speaking of animation nightmares, Platinum Studios are starting on a computer-graphics horror movie, Bonesaw.

Monday, May 02, 2005

My May Media Madness

Fans of obscure SF TV shows, rejoice! Both Earth 2 and Cleopatra 2525 have been announced for R1 DVD release in July. I'm not sure about Earth, but Cleo has been available in R2 for a while, which certainly makes up for the fact that so many other things take so long to get to R2. Right, Wednesday?

Anyway, I can't speak for anybody else, but I thought that Earth 2 was a decent little show; and I thought that Cleopatra 2525 was entirely more enjoyable than it had any right to be. Now if only we can get Strange Luck or its Fox predecessor, VR.5, on DVD...

In the meantime, of course, the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise comes out on DVD tomorrow, along with a "Collector's Edition" of Spaceballs.

Finally, let's wish a happy 80th birthday to John Neville, a wonderful actor who played General Staedert in The Fifth Element, and has appeared in such SF TV series such as Peter Benchley's Amazon and Odyssey 5; he also memorably played Isaac Newton opposite the actual Steven Hawking on Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, the two SF roles for which he is best remembered have all of those beat, hands down: He was "The Well-Manicured Man" on The X-Files; and he played the title role in Terry Gilliam's magnificent The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

The truly impressive thing? All of the above roles came more than twenty years after he was awarded an OBE in 1965 for his illustrious acting career.