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Some Announcements January 31, 2009

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First . . . some 24 Frames news. . .

From Brad:

“I just received word that “24 Frames” has been accepted and will screen at the East Lansing Film Festival in East Lansing Michigan, home of the Michigan State University. The festival runs from March 19-26, 2009, and I may plan to attend, as I have several friends and family members in the area. More details as the event approaches.”

And announcing a new project . . . I’m soon going to be a regular columnist on the Geek Syndicate website, writing the column “Watch Out! Mind Leeches!”


Preparedness Test January 30, 2009

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Are you prepared in case of a zombie apocalypse? You should be.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been a strong supporter of having a “zombie plan”. A zombie plan is your plan of action, the steps you plan to take to ensure your safety should there ever be an outbreak of brain-eating undead. I’m not going to tell you mine, because then everyone would do it and I’d lose my guarantee of safety.

But mark my words, you should have a zombie plan.

This is a promising sign . . .

“AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin drivers making their morning commute were in for a surprise when two road signs on a busy stretch of road were taken over by hackers. The signs near the intersection of Lamar and Martin Luther King boulevards usually warn drivers about upcoming construction, but Monday morning they warned of “zombies ahead.””


“Even though this may seem amusing to a lot of people, this is really serious, and it is a crime,” said Austin Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley. “And you can be indicted for it, and we want to make sure our traffic on the roadways stays safe.”

It IS serious. Deadly serious. There is no more serious matter in this world than zombies and it would be a shame to prosecute these brave young hackers for their invention . . . which one day may save us all.

When the zompocalypse comes . . . wouldn’t you like there to be road signs warning you of present undead? I know I sure would.

Keep your thoughts with these hackers, people, for they are true American heroes.

Tubes . . . of many sorts January 29, 2009

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“The high definition screens dominating world television sales could become obsolete following a major breakthrough in 3-D liquid crystal technology that has already stoked the interest of a world leading flat screen TV manufacturer.

A researcher at Cambridge University is looking to replicate the Princess Leia hologram from Star Wars and adapt the technology for a widely available 3D television that could be ready within three years.”


“The 3D system is possible following a breakthrough by Dr Wilkinson that has allowed him to combine liquid crystals with vertically grown carbon nanotubes, creating a reconfigurable three-dimensional liquid crystal device structure.”

Oh, those wacky carbon nanotubes. Is there anything they CAN’T do?

Between this, super light and super durable armor, space elevators and all the other things they’re going to bring to this world, I think we’ll see find ourselves living in a tubular future indeed. Pun SO intended.

Onto tubes of another sort entirely, we have the subject of masturbation. Sure, your mom always said it was bad for you, but now there’s something like proof.

“You’ll go blind,” she would say. But you’d be unresponsive, locked in your room with a gym sock and the quarterly womens’ fashion magazine sent out free in the mail from Sears. Mom never said anything about cancer though.


“Researchers at the University of Nottingham have determined that men who masturbate often in their 20s and 30s are far more prone to developing prostate cancer.”

Now, I’m not sure that’s a legitimate article because the site looks a bit dodgy, so I’m hoping someone can confirm. But I couldn’t resist a good wank joke, so I went with it.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? January 27, 2009

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The viral marketing campaign for Watchmen has been one of the best one’s I’ve ever seen. Well executed things like this video . . .

. . . and this website . . .


. . . are going to make for nice DVD extras when the time comes.

Who watches the watchmen? Well, Juvenal . . . come March . . . I will.

Jumbo shrimp? January 22, 2009

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“. . . the tadpole shrimp, one of the oldest animals on Earth, does not usually grow bigger than 5-6 centimetres, while the creature caught in Ukraine was almost 20 centimetres long.”


One can’t help but wonder just how far downriver this place is from Chernobyl.  It is the Ukraine, after all.

I Poured a Forty of Stout Out for Poe January 20, 2009

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That’s right, today is Edgar Allen Poe’s 200th birthday and I hope it’s a good one. I hope he is kicking back with some brews and some ladies.

Oh, you thought he was dead?

Clearly you haven’t read Poe then . . .

“I carry a log.” January 19, 2009

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Oh, that wacky log lady . . .

The Milwaukee adventure continues, as does my attempts to be more frequent about keeping the blog going. Today we’re going to be a bit scatter shot cause there’s a bunch of different things I want to talk about.

First, the weather. Start with the global warming already, planet! Minus forty windchill? I mean, I knew I was moving, but I didn’t realized I was moving to the ice planet Hoth.

Nah, I kid. It’s much like Edinboro. That isn’t praise. . .


Monk is back . . . huzzah!
Psych is back . . . also huzzah!
Burn Notice comes back next week . . . huzzah to the third power!
The final season of Scrubs is going strong . . . well, you get the idea. . .

Also, Clone Wars. I gotta say it’s a good time to be a television fan if you’re me. Even if you aren’t me probably.

But the mack-daddy of them all is Battlestar Galactica, the final season of which began last Friday. And it hasn’t lost step. This is, by far, the best show on TV . . .

Another thing of note: Christian has begun my indoctrination into watching Twin Peaks. Thus this post’s title. As part of the fun he’s begun a Twin Peaks blog analyzing it episode by episode. It can be found at: agentcooper.wordpress.com

If you scroll down to the comments you’ll find each post has a snarky one-liner from yours truly . . .

Living on the Edge of a Mirror January 16, 2009

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Is everything that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?
– Edgar Allen Poe

Apparently so, Edgar. Or rather, a movie. At least according to an article in New Scientist which states that our entire world may be a giant hologram.


Now I’m not going to pretend to understand ALL of the science here, but what I do know from this is downright intriguing. It’s great fodder for science fiction writing, while at the same time doing my head in. I just don’t think men were meant to comprehend beyond four dimensions.

The big question is . . . does it really change anything in our day to day lives? Not really.

But it’s cool, innit?

I have a Bad Feeling About This . . . January 16, 2009

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“Twentieth Century Fox is bringing the Japanese anime TV series “Cowboy Bebop” to the big screen, with Keanu Reeves attached to star as a bounty hunter traveling through space in 2071.”


No, this isn’t me trying to bash on Keanu Reeves. I’m sure that there are plenty of people who are going to hook onto that, and if it’s your bag to do so, you probably won’t have any trouble findig it. (That said, Reeves is completely wrong for this part, but whatever).

Where I have a problem is the idea of making a live action version of Cowboy Bebop in the first place. It’s truly just not necessary. Not only was the story perfectly suited to animation, but what we have is just fine.

We live in an era where we see live-action versions of animated stories, remakes of old movies, film versions of TV shows. I’d really just like to see more original content.

Cowboy Bebop is awesome. It’s great. I love it. Why try to top something that’s already great? If they want to produce Cowboy Bebop content they should make another animated movie.

Also, another bugbear about this article.

“One of the big titles in anime, “Bebop” is set in a time where “astral gates” make interstellar travel possible.”

They do not go interstellar in Cowboy Bebop. Now, granted I don’t expect The Hollywood Reporter to give a rat’s ass about that, but this is a common mistake among science fiction writing and people should know better.

It’s not interstellar unless you leave the solar system. Interstellar means between stellar systems (or more accurately, between stars). If you are still within the same system it’s INTRAstellar. Maybe that makes me a science nerd. Maybe that makes me a grammar nerd. But I just hear that way too often.

A Bad Day to be a Science Fiction Fan January 14, 2009

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