Archive for March, 2006

Cheap Trek (didn’t they sing “Dream Police”?)

Friday, March 31st, 2006

There’s good news for all of the Trekkies who don’t have the money to buy 28 season box sets at $100 each. There are now “Fan Collective” box sets which group episodes around a theme. Unofficially, this was started with the Jean-Luc Picard Collection.

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The Borg Collective features the following 14 episodes:
Regeneration (from Enterprise), Q Who?, The Best of Both Worlds pts 1 and 2, I Borg, Descent pts 1 and 2 (all from Star Trek: The Next Generation), Scorpion pts 1 and 2, Drone, Dark Frontier, Unimatrix Zero parts 1 and 2, Endgame (all from Star Trek: Voyager)

Upcoming Collective Box Sets will center on Time Travel and Q.

One goofy and aggravating element is that there’s a lot of double-dipping forced on the buyer. Tthe Voyager episode “Endgame” qualifies as both Borg and Time Travel, and so is in both sets. Similarly, “All Good Things…” is both a time travel and a Q episode, and is on both sets. (And it qualifies as two episodes.) And just for good measure, “Q Who?” is both a Q and a Borg episode. If you buy all three collectives, you’ll have duplicates of all those episodes.

Superman Visits Another Dimension

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Superman Visits Another Dimension

Multiple Earths, The Fifth Dimension and now IMAX. Up, up and away!

Alan Kistler’s Profile On: FIRESTORM!

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Before we begin, I want to thank writers Michael A. Burstein and Bob Greenberger for their invaluable/helpful contributions to this article and its research. Thanks guys, seriously.

A lot of heroes have trouble at times balancing between their two lives. They’ll be on a date and then the Green Goblin or the Parasite will tear through the city and they have to think of some excuse the girl or guy will believe, or they’ll have to skip work and figure out if they still have any sick days left, etc.

Well, imagine how much more difficult it would be if you not only had to balance your own two lives, but the life of another person entirely. If you can imagine that, you can kind of picture what it’d be like to be Firestorm.

So let’s start.


South Park rocks again!

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

So far, the tenth season of South Park looks to be a grand slam. Here’s a summary of “Smug Alert”, the new episode about hybrid cars. If you missed it last night, it will be repeated again Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (Episodes are also available on iTunes.)

It was only a matter of time…

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

According to this article a student spent less than two full days nonstop in a Wal Mart supercenter.

Unfortunately, he has yet to break the record of the some Wal Mart employees…

Today’s my birthday, and I get a swell present

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

I wake up, wondering how three dozen years of my life have gone by so fast, only to find Beau Smith telling us all that we’re going to die soon and the ticking of the clock is the sound of doom.

Thanks, Beau! I forgive you. As you can see, I did put “devastating omen about the fleeting aspect of life” at the top of my Amazon wish list, so I brought it on myself.

Don’t worry, Beau. I won’t seek revenge. Nah.

On a completely separate topic, Beau, which Amazon wish list is yours? I searched for “Beau Smith”. I rejected the one with the Che Guevara, Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre…not because of the ideology, but because it would probably have too many big words. Nah, I think this one is your list.

Heh heh heh.

New Over the Hedge trailer

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Over The Hedge

Worth watching just for the THX joke.

Fox programmers are a bunch of clowns

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Fox has been giving King of the Hill the Futurama treatment for the last two years, pre-empting it for football all too often and ordering less-than-full seasons… then acting surprised when the seemingly-never-on show isn’t able to draw high ratings. So it’s a bit of a surprise that they finally decided to renew the show for an 11th season. Fox had let the renewal deadline pass without comment, and as the producers were somberly emptying their desks, they were suddenly called out for an emergency meeting to commit to an 11th season.

King of the Hill is one of my favorite shows, so this is exceedingly good news. I just wish Fox would show them some proper respect. The new episodes haven’t been promoted much at all, even when the “entire” Sunday line-up is promo’d/

Late to the party

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I had not seen this Lay’s ad with the fence.


Life without Star Trek

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Star Trek: The Lost Generation

“Flight 93” movie renamed, trailer debuts

Monday, March 27th, 2006

The movie “Flight 93” has been renamed “United 93”, and the double-meaning of the title is beautiful in its simplicity. The new trailer is available for download.

The Streets of Bakersfield Are Emptier Today

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Country Music Hall of Fame member Buck Owens has passed away today. Okay, maybe this post is just for me, but I am certainly saddened by this news. He has gotten a hokey image because of his days hosting Hee Haw but I think it’s unfair (but of course, I actually like watching Hee Haw on DVD now, too). In the mid-60s, Buck was at least as big as the now-trendy-again Johnny Cash. After all, the Beatles covered his “Act Naturally.” Creedance Clearwater Revival mentioned him in “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” He brought an enormous amount of vitality and energy to the almost cookie-cutter industry of country music because of his “Bakersfield Sound.” More recently, Dwight Yoakam’s popularity has done a lot to bring Buck back into the spotlight.

I had been looking forward to seeing Buck in concert this summer at his Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. I am very sorry that I won’t get that opportunity now. “Hillbilly Heaven” is an even richer place today.

By the way, I’m never sure how cutsey to make the titles of these posts. I refrained from calling this one, “Pfft! You Were Gone.” I hope my restraint is appreciated.

Will It Be The Artemis Version Of Wonder Woman?

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

According to’s news section Lindsay Lohan is desperate to play Wonder Woman in Joss Whedon’s upcoming film.

I don’t know if she could pull it off or not. She’s a good actress so I have no doubt she could handle the emotional aspects of the role. I’m just not sure she could handle the physical aspects as I’ve never seen her do a really physical role and wonder how convincing she’d be.

I still say Morena Baccarin from Firefly/Serenity would be a great choice. She has the look and attitude and has shown she can handle the physical too. Of course in a perfect world it’d be Catherine Zeta-Jones in the suit, but I think she’s a bit too old now if Whedon is going for Diana’s first foray into Man’s World.

You must never show it to the Laker Girls…or little boys

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Well, they say death in fiction isn’t permanent unless you see a body, and maybe not even then, but for all intents and purposes South Park has removed Chef from the show. I don’t know to what extent Isaac Hayes wanted off the show…whether he did, or his Scientologist minder quit for him… but it’s done now. There is still a possibility for bringing him back if it is all resolved.

Here’s what happened in “The Return of Chef“:

SPOILERS!! FULL SPOILERS!! Do not click the extended entry and read further unless you want to know what happened.


Funniest thing I’ve read in a while!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

QDB: Quote #628411

A lady came up to me on the street, pointed at my suede jacket and said, “Don’t you know a cow was murdered for that jacket?” I said “I didn’t know there were any witnesses. Now I’ll have to kill you too”.

Was his name Daniel?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Man tries to convert lions to Jesus, gets bitten

He was quoting Aslan 5:23-28 at the time., which reposts funny Instant Messages, has this:

#628630 +(2287)- [X]

<samsim> I heard about this guy who broke into a lion’s den at the zoo
<samsim> and got mauled
<samsim> and people were talking about how there should have been better defences put up to prevent people getting into the cage
<samsim> a friend of mine suggested setting up some kind of deterrent
<samsim> for example, putting some sort of fierce animal in the cage, which would attack anybody who climbed in

Thanks to Scott Kurtz for alerting me to!

Looks like Chef’s coming out of the closet, er I mean ‘kitchen’ tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Judging from a short preview of the season premiere of South Park, chef will be returning! However according to this article, things may not be what they seem…

I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

Harrison Ford movies tending to run together?

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Oh sure, Mel Gibson gets tortured in a couple movies and Trey Parker figures he has a masochistic obsession, but there aren’t any similarities in Harrison Ford’s body of work!


Falling cat video

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I remember reading once that a cat had a better chance of surviving a fall from 10 storeys up than 6 storeys (those numbers are my best guess; it was something like that) because a cat falling from a low height wouldn’t have time to orient itself to landing on its feet, whereas the higher altitude gave it time to twist in the air and land properly. I hesitate to think there were physicists chucking dozens of cats out of windows to test feline survivability. (I may eat meat but I’m not a monster.)

Check this out:
Caught On Video: Cat Survives 80-Foot Fall

Flying cows, cop cars and illegal immigrants

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Flying Cow Leaves Two Police Cars in Flames

A flying cow (no, not this one) led to the destruction of two cop cars and one cop was almost run over by a truck carrying illegal aliens (no, not the ones abducting the cow).