The saddest are these, "it might have been": Yesterday, several weblogs had links to the art for a proposed-but-never-built theme park designed by Jack Kirby. I do not know what depresses me more, the fact that it wasn't constructed, or that if it had been constructed Donald Rumsfeld would have had it demolished for promoting pantheonism.
Tuesday, March 4
Congratulations to my friends Cheri and Doug who have decided to get hitched.
It appears that CMJ, once thought to be the bastion of independant music, has been playing dirty with college playlists. They have condemned the big labels and commercial stations for this practice in the past.
James McLurkin goes and creates a swarm of small, autonomous, and probably evil robots, and MIT gives him $30,000! What is wrong with these people? The phrase "a swarm of robots" can only bring badness to our lives.
Both Pioneer 10 and Fred Rogers played roles in my formative years. I spent a big part of the summer of 1972 charting Pioneer 10's progress on a National Geographic map of the solar system, imagining what strange things it would encounter. No wonder the Land of Make Believe, with it's museum-go-round and a miniature trolley that everyone could understand held such fascination for me.
Some revamped music sites: Goth minstrel Voltaire has got a spiffy new site to cover his music and animation, while the prog ensemble Spock's Beard has redesigned their webpage.
Sunday night at 8 PM there will be an moderated online chat called The Moral Philosophy of Physical Immortality. It will discuss the ethical basis for proceeding with medical research into extending human lifespans, and define why striving for immortality is a noble goal.
I won't be there. I'll be watching the season premiere of Six Feet Under.
I have found several stories about an upcoming production called The World of Tommorow starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. What little info exists on this sounds cool, with one rather confusing exception: I keep seeing it described as "retro sci-fi in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark," and I am a tad uncertain what that means. Raiders hardly resides in that vein, or even in the same cardio- pulminary universe.
Regardless, I hope that a high profile film like this expedites the release of Man Conquers Space.
I was bummed when Mark Waid departed as writer on Crossgen's Ruse, but I am very pleased that DC is resuming publication of Empire, the book he did with with Barry Kitson. It was originally published by Gorilla Comics, which folded after two issues were released.
Science Fiction Hardware: An Israeli aeronautics company plans to make a spy plane that's no bigger than a credit card. I personally think it would be far more interesting to release a bunch of these at a wedding than a flock of doves. They could fly in formation, sky-write the couple's names above the church, update traffic conditions en route to the reception, and end up as centerpiece souveniers.
Monday, February 24
If you have nothing better to do, and twiddling your thumbs just doesn't hold the charm it once did, Roy Rivenburg would like to tell you why boredom is bad.
I am very curious how Genndy Tartakovsky, who has mastered the art of intense, no-bullshit, low-dialogue, no-great-backstory, (and most importantly) fun story telling on the wonderful Samurai Jack cartoon will handle the sophmoric and ponderous Star Wars universe. I like the fact that these cartoons are going to be three-minutes long, as any three minutes of the first Star Wars film were more enjoyable than the entirety of the last two. Stripping the "mythos" down to low-fi action volleys the length of the average pop song should be a wonderful thing. By the way, "mythos" is in quotes because in my book if it's a licensed property, you shouldn't get to use that word.
Sunday, February 23
All of this badness in the news has kept me from trolling too deeply on the web. However one thought keeps nagging at me: In their carnivorous search for tie- in stories to the Warwick RI fire, the media stumbled upon a similar fire in Minneapolis earlier in the week. The pyrotechnics in that instance were set off by The Jet City Fix, currently touring with Link Wray. The main difference was that nobody died or was injured in that blaze, even though the club was totaled, so it wasn't deemed especially newsworthy.
I know that hindsight is 20/20, but if that fire had been pumped up by the media, with all the ancillary talk of fire exits and safety precautions, do you think the Warwick incident might not have been as severe? Would raised awareness of fire hazards and orderly use of marked exits have saved lives?
The problem with the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality of the news media is that stories with relatively happy endings, at least where no one is killed, get buried even though there is a lot of beneficial information to be learned by them. The philosophy that only the tragic and unspeakably horrible are worth repeating and rehashing ad nauseum is obscene.
SciFi.com has (thankfully) received a much-needed facelift. It now loads much quicker and is easier to navigate. None of the content has really changed, which is good.
While I was browsing I discovered the Web Guide has a link to a really impressive site called Jeff Russell's Starship Dimensions. This site compares the relative size of ships, habitats, monsters, and other phenomena from shows, movies and cartoons, in progressive magnitudes from big to bigger to biggest. The coolest feature is that you can drag items to compare them. This is an engineer- geek's dream site.
It's been too long since I sang the praises of Retrocrush. Recent yumminess over there includes galleries of Salma Hayek and Raquel Welch, not to mention a downright heroic and noble attempt to answer the ancient question who is hotter:Jeannie or Samantha? "P'shaw!" say philosophers, "Some things are unknowable!"