Archive: November 23 - December 14 2005
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Wednesday, December 14
Steven Grant of Comic Book Resources looks at the future of web-comics, while Kurt Amacker of Cinescape proposes a solution to the Crossover Conundrum.

Monster News: Wil Forbis at Acid Logic interviews King Kong.
Speaking of Kong, Dial B for Blog has a gallery of DC Comics ape covers.
Monster Zero gives us our first look at Gamera's next opponent Jidas.
Warren Ellis shows us the Cthulhu Dildo Cthozy.

Tuesday, December 13
Metafilter links to the blog of Dr. Fredric Wertham.

Assorted Items: Wil McCarthy of SciFi Weekly does the math on King Kong's size.
D.K. Latta of UGO Comics remembers Omega the Unknown.
Grow-A-Brain links to the Bookstore Hall of Fame.
The headline reads: "Lockwood man, sidekick, roam U.S. as Batman and Robin."

Monday, December 12
The World of Kane shows us the furniture of Space: 1999.

Jonathan Amos of BBC Science tells us of a proposed mission to Neptune.
Neptune, usually our Eighth planet, is home to clothes-washing aliens, some puppets, the Vampire Men, Nymphs, the alien Quarx, Devil Goblins, the Neptune Men, a non-existent Star Trek alien, a Witch, some elephants, the Neptunian Federation, and Robot Santa and the Neptunians. It was the original destination of the Red Dwarf,  the returning point of the Event Horizon, and is where transformed humanity eventually resides.
Oops, I forgot Aquaman of the year 85271.

Saturday, December 10
A moment of silence, please, for Mr. Richard Pryor.

Friday, December 9
A moment of silence, please, for author Robert Sheckley.

With the remake of King Kong out, show some love for comic gorillas, like Grodd, Solomon, Monkeyman, Titano, and the Weeping Gorilla. Read up on your faves at the Character Biography section of Comic Book Gorillarama.

SF Signal links to this archive of over 100 downloadable public domain SF movies.

Thursday, December 8
The headline reads "World's First Musical Sandwich."

A few folks wrote in to inform me of Human Upgrades, a hoax site (like Genochoice and Clone Watch) offering some extreme body modification.
For your homework, re-visit Popular Science's Future of the Body and Natasha Vita-More's Primo Posthuman.

UGO Comics interviews comic painter Alex Ross.

Wednesday, December 7
Steven Grant of Comic Book Resources looks at where the industry went in 2005.

The Mondolithic Images of the Week are these very cool World Power Mashups they did for Maxim Magazine.

Tuesday, December 6
Stu Kobak of Films on Disc looks at great noses of the silver screen.

Assorted Items: Check out this great gallery of old horror and monster magazines.
Cinescape gives us the details of the upcoming DC Superhero postage stamps.
Geekpress links to this John Borland column at CNET News which asks "What creature will succeed the couch potato?"

Space Stuff: Ryan Zelnio of The Space Review proposes an international moon base.
Daniel Clery of Popular Science gives us a glimpse of the proposed Russian mini-shuttle. reports on the phenomenon of space weather.

Here's a disturbing robot named Albert Hugo. He has Einstein's head. Scroll down for pic.

Monday, December 5
Assorted items: The headline reads "NASA Astronaut to Help Build Martian Bedroom."
Here's a look at the next set of McFarlane's Dragon action figures.
I missed this last week: Larry Young at Comic Book Resources compares the problems with the comic industry with those affecting the space program.

Friday, December 2
Chatting with some of my favorites: SF Crowsnest interviews author Robert J. Sawyer.
A Special Thing sits down with comedian Patton Oswalt.
Comic Book Resources talks to writer Mike Carey about the approaching end of Lucifer.

Thursday, December 1
It is December.
The God of the Month is Ullr. The Molecule of the Month is Formic Acid.

A moment of silence, please, for Wendie Jo Sperber.

Assorted Items: The Star Tribune and Newsarama preview the upcoming DC Comic superhero postage stamps.
SciFi Brain gives us the Top SF Events of the 80s.
Ian Sample of The Guardian examines the possibility that signals from space contain malicious computer code.
I was completely unaware until today that the original manuscript of Jack Kerouac's On The Road, which was written on a 120 foot roll of paper, is currently on tour. (via Things)
And researchers have drilled the world's smallest hole.

Wednesday, November 30
Kurt Amacker of Cinescape compares and contrasts the Ultimate and All-Star line of comics.

Tuesday, November 29
Dwayne A. Day of The Space Review has some interesting Cold War facts about Star Trek.

Be Afraid: The Virtual Air Guitar is here.

Monday, November 28
Two Words: Dalek Porn.

Geekpress links to this Philip Ball story at Nature about melding matter with anti-matter.

There's a nice thread over at Metafilter about one of my favorite authors Olaf Stapleton.

What the Internet was Meant For: Wizard invites us to vote in Round One of the Spokesman Smackdown, which pits assorted animated advertising mascots against one another.

Sunday, November 27
Looking ahead to the years 2010, 2015, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, 2040, 2050, 2100, 2150, 2250, 2300, 2400, 2500, 2525, 3000, 4000, and 5000.
And here's some assorted future histories, a timeline of SF inventions, and a future map.

Friday, November 25
A moment of silence, please, for Mr. Pat Morita.

SF Signal links to SciFiBrain's Top Ten SF Moments of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Dial B for Blog feels the love for Major Matt Mason.
We can take some comfort in the fact that there is no shortage of websites dedicated to my favorite plastic astronaut.
Also, I am severely disappointed in this Wikipedia entry for Fictional Astronauts. Where's Steve Austin? Tony Nelson and Roger Healy? Dave Bowman and Frank Poole? John Crichton and his dad? The guys from Marooned and Capricorn One?
Send me more, preferably with links, or post'em at the Bar & Grill, and I'll do my own entry. And not just any ol' spaceman, either. I want characters whose job title is "Astronaut." For example, Barney and Junior from Far Out Space Nuts don't count. They were officially ground crew.

Thursday, November 24
LiveScience has an interesting story was I saying?

It's Thanksgiving. As usual, technical and staffing issues will keep me firmly ensconced at work for most of the weekend. On the bright side, I have finished my christmas shopping.

Wednesday, November 23
Mark Duff of the BBC tells us of plans to "lift" the city of Venice, Italy.

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