Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Comics Fans, READ THIS.

(Cross-posted.)

Wondering why this "manga boom" isn't really hitting your local comic book shop?

Dirk Deppey pretty much hits the nail on the head here, though I thought Mary Jane was at least a nice try. I'm slowly coming to share his opinion of mainstream American comic books-- I still like that shiny superhero sheen, but not so much that I'm willing to bury my head in the sand.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Google Goes Interplanetary, or One Small Step For Search...

Google Moon.

Quite possibly one of the finest Google products, if not in usability than in cool factor.

(Be sure to zoom all the way in.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Get Your Dragons Out of My Spaceship and an Emmy for BSG?

There is a pretty good article (via Newsday) on the reasons why television shows with science fiction and fantasy elements have a hard time being taken seriously. It also gives a little hope in its explanation of some recent changes in how Emmy ballots are structured.

Side Rant: I have never liked the way science fiction and fantasy have become so intertwined that articles, like the one cited above, can start with a premise about science fiction and end up pointing to shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer as examples. Just yesterday I was browsing at a book store and I noticed a couple of science fiction anthologies that looked interesting. They had science fiction themed cover art and the words like "Best science fiction" in big bold letters, yet a closer look revealed a large portion of stories about dragons, etc. Now, I also like fantasy but I have never understood the need to link these too genres so closely. So, in the end, I did not buy the book because, at the price, I would have been buying half a book. Ironically, I am sure some marketing person thought that mixing the two genres would attract more customers.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Bionic Electrician, or I Wonder If It Really Cost $60,000,000

Jesse Sullivan from Tennessee in the US is the world's first 'bionic man.'

The BBC is reporting that a man who lost his arms to an electric shock has been successfully received a bionic left arm and can now do everything from shave to play catch. The science of "neuro-engineering" is looking to be quite impressive.

The article does not, however, say how long he's been dealing with the arm (he has a normal prosthesis on his right side), but implies it's been a while.

I think this is interesting for many reasons, and an encouraging sign. I'd like to see some more experimentation, but this being human trials the only way to do it is really slowly.

(CWCID: The Weasel King found this one.)

Screenings Round 3, or Propogating The Signal

Rumors have reached me that Serenity is going to have another pre-screening, this one on July 28 with tickets going on sale July 14.

While nothing is verified yet, say with a message from Joss Whedon himself, it will have been about a month, so it may be due.

The official site for tickets is cantstopthesignal.com, which at this time merely shows the listings for the June 23 screening.

Also, I'm throwing this in as a token note, because it's really not news anymore, but the Sci-Fi channel has picked up "Firefly" for airing--all the episodes, even the unaired ones, starting July 22.

(CWCID: Cult Of Lincoln for the screening heads-up.)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Kaboom!

Deep Impact (no relation to the movie)

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Boy, We Hate Being Right Sometimes, or Fox Goes Outside

"[The Inside has all the ingredients of] a compelling, entertaining, intelligent drama which Fox will cancel after four episodes."

I wish I could say differently, but we pretty much called it.

Short form: The Inside is effectively dead, though not declared as such; Tim Minear suspects he'll end up with six unaired episodes (not counting the two unaired pilots), and he's already plotting for the DVD set.

You know, at this stage, can we call it the Curse of the Mutant Enemy?

(Credit where credit is due: link pulled from Cult Of Lincoln)