Archive for July, 2009
In their panel at Comic Con, Boom Comics announced that the Farscape comics have been doing so well that they’re turning it into an on-going monthly series. Rockne O’Bannon will continue to develop the story lines, and Keith R. A. DeCandido will continue writing them. Read a more in-depth report on the Boom Comics panel from Comic Con here.No comments
As a Farscape fan, a scifi fan, and a child of the sixties with an interest in scientific stuff, it would be remiss of me not to note the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. In Farscape, not only was Commander Crichton an astronaut, but his father, Jack Crichton, also was one, and had participated in the Apollo missions. Well, fictitiously, of course. Nonetheless, Farscape began with a space exploration mission, and the series’ last episode had John Crichton returning to the moon for a poignant moment that reminded us (well, me, anyway) of how far we’ve drifted from our lofty national goals.
Commentators on this 40th anniversary of the moonwalk range from late night talk show hosts (Jon Stewart and Craig Ferguson) to newspaper columnists and editorials (here and here) to various bloggers (here and here). You can also get some pretty cool merchandise commemorating this event (like an Omega Speedmaster Watch, or the Fisher Space Pen) although simply buying a jar of Tang will also accomplish the same thing, and at a vastly lower cost.
In searching for stuff on the internet related to the Apollo moon landing, I found the original CBS broadcast clips, restored NASA footage, and coolest of all, Pink Floyd jamming to the moon landing footage on the BBC (with music that has never been released). And here’s a nice .gif image that shows the US Flag NOT waving on the moon.
You can relive the mission at WeChoseTheMoon.org, which provides a fascinating "you are there" look at the entire event, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.
I don’t have anything profound to add to all the commentary other than to observe that we, the American people, sent a man to the moon, while simultaneously engaged in an effort to build The Great Society and fighting a war in southeast Asia. We may not have achieved all of our goals, but we certainly aimed high. Our national values and goals seem to have shrunk considerably since then.
In the daily hurly-burly of life as we know it on earth, it was seeing Farscape on TV that reminded me how exciting it had been to see our engagement in space exploration.No comments
Looks like there’s a secret life that some toys have.┬á I found the image on Flickr.
Bender’s weekly poker game at the Sunnydale High School library. The post-game eating has begun in earnest and Bender is all out of moonshine. The DRD ate all the crab rangoons and GIR is full of stuffing. Wall-E, drunk as a skunk, wants more pepperoni pizza and is about to be sorely disappointed. R5 is enjoying his seventh slurpee.
You can find other cool images of Daleks and Cybermen, too.No comments
A&E Home Video, the folks who will be releasing the new Farscape DVD set, have also extended their deadline for submitting questions to the Farscape panel at ComicCon.┬á The original deadline was two days ago, but you now have until Monday, July 20th to submit more questions.
If you have a question that you would like an answer to, go to A&E Home Video’s Facebook page and scrawl it on their wall.No comments
Claudia Black has won a Constallation award for her performance as Quetesh and Vala Mal Doran in the Stargate movie, Continuum. You can read the entire article at ClaudiaBlackOnline.com. (Did you know that she had also won a Constellation in 2007 for her performance as Vala in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Memento Mori"? Me either. HOW, I wonder, did THAT escape my notice??)
What is a "Constellation" award? It’s like the Canadian version of a Saturn award, except with a much cooler name.No comments
Remember in Star Trek how if anyone in the crew wanted something, they would speak to the computer, and then a cupboard door would open and the part would be magically there? Usually this happened with food, but still, whatever they wanted the only had to say the word and it would appear. There was even a term for it: replicator.
Well, from Switched.com comes a story about an article in Popular Mechanics where Jay Leno makes a replacement car part from a PRINTER. Yes, a printer is used to MAKE SOMETHING in THREE DIMENSIONS. This is just awesome!
And make sure you watch the cool video, too.No comments
This is VERY cool. Over at TVShowsOnDVD.com, they have a link for you to submit questions to be asked at the Farscape panel at ComicCon. Check it out. Maybe we can get some fresh new and interesting questions, and we won’t have to listen to the same dumb questions that get asked over and over and over again.No comments