Monday, March 21, 2005

Neil Gaiman Charity Auction

Neil Gaiman Charity Auction

Fantasy author Neil Gaiman is auctioning the chance to name a cruise ship in his upcoming novel Anansi Boys to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

The winner of the auction will have the name of their choosing given to a cruise ship in the book and will receive a signed first edition of Anansi Boys when it is published in the fall. All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a not-for-profit organization that specializes in the defense of First-Amendment-related cases on behalf of comics authors and retailers.

The eBay auction ends March 18, and can be found at

DAMN!!! This thing went for $3533!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Alien Alcoholics

No, I'm not talking about Klingons.

I'm talking about Phil The Alien. I first read a post about it on The Website at the End of the Universe.

When I read this on the website, I knew that I would have to catch this show. The worse part about the show (that was almost a HUGE turn off) is that whiney hag Nicole deBoer is in it.
PHIL THE ALIEN is a classic coming of age story, told through the bloodshot eyes of an alcoholic alien. Phil crashes into a small town in Northern Ontario, befriends a young boy, and a super-intelligent beaver (voiced by Joe Flaherty), and quickly develops a heavy drinking problem. Phil is an innocent lost in the wilderness. He learns that everyone in town (children included) drinks hard liquor and carries a gun. Surrounded by hunters, prostitutes, an ex-CIA operative, a bartender named "Wolf" (played by Graham Greene) and other Northern misfits, Phil becomes close with the local bar band.

Meanwhile over at the "Top Secret American UFO Base" ( located beneath the Niagara Falls), "The General" (John Kapelos) has discovered Phil and ordered his Agents to bring him in. Right wing radicals in fur coats are sent to find and capture Phil. Back up North, the beaver tells Phil that there is a ship in Niagara Falls that can take him home. Phil wants nothing to do with it. Instead he uses his alien powers to perform bar tricks, falling deep into the depraved depths of alcoholism. Phil hits bottom and attacks a cigarette machine.

After a short stint in prison, Phil finds Jesus and joins the band as their singer. When the General learns that Phil is performing miracles on a touring pilgrimage to Niagara Falls he orders Quebecois assassin "Madame Madame"(Nicole deBoer) to kill the alien and his band. Phil the Alien is an original cutting edge comedy.

Right wing radicals in fur coats.... that's hilarious! I tried to download the trailer but I got that classy 404 error. I'll keep a look out for this one.

Off topic a bit. Speaking of that wretched trollop Nicole deBoer, what's up with The Dead Zone?

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Dr. Who Leak

Im going to say that it was a good thing and leave it at that.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Matrix Game Sneak Preview

Matrix Game Sneak Preview

The launch of The Matrix Online is less than 2 weeks away. To celebrate, we are having a Sneak Preview event starting at 12 noon PST on Saturday, March 12. Everyone who wants to jack in will be able to participate. During the Sneak Preview, which will end at 9:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, March 15, players will get a chance to see the newest version of the game, including many storyline elements from the continuation of The Matrix trilogy. Also, major player achievements and events that take place during The Matrix Online Sneak Preview will be published in the next issue of The Official Magazine of The Matrix Online.

I'm not excited about this and I'm still mad about Matrix Revolutions.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Chekov is at again... in a fan made series

From TrekWeb:
Walter Koenig to Reprise 'Chekov' Role in STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES Online Series
STAR TREK actor Walter Koenig will reprise his role as 'Pavel Chekov' in the upcoming fourth episode the online series, STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES, a fan-made continuation of Captain Kirk's initial five year mission. The episode, titled "New Voyages Episode 404", will be written by TOS writer D.C. Fontana.

I think the folks at New Voyages are kicking just a little ass. You can also download episodes of their show from the site. I'm going to download what I can and tell you what I think. I'm excited about this. It really brings reality to putting star Trek back into the hands of the fans.

TrekUnited takes further leaps
the decision of tearing down the Star Trek: Enterprise sets with the official end of production on March 8th has been reversed. All sets are now on "hold and fold" status, meaning that they will stay right where they are until further notice.

TrekUnited is still on a roll. I have the crow recipe but I ain't eating it just yet.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Tarantino does CSI: Jason

Okay he is going to the season finale of CSI and probably going to do a Jason movie. I think both projects will be interesting. I think the CSI episode will be a no-brainer for him. Jason? Well... I know we won't be disappointed. Hell, I'm one of those folks who actually enjoyed Jason vs. Freddy. Now if Tarantino is in charge of Jason vs. Freddy vs. Ash, we'd be in for a treat.

Tarantino Tackles "CSI"

Tarantino to Kill Jason?

Monday, March 07, 2005

That's right, I'm blogging about a book

Rediscovered 1892 Book That Predicted Bullet Trains and TV Can Now Be Read Free Online

Just because I blogged about it doesn't mean that I'm actually going to read it. I'll wait for the SciFi Original. :D
The book "Golf in the Year 2000; or, What We Are Coming To" made international news earlier this year when a collector paid more than $2,000 at auction for a rare first edition copy.

Although the book has been reprinted from time to time over the years, usually in facsimile form, no digital versions have been available until now. Steve Smith, a writer, editor and web site developer living near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has put the full text of the book online where it can be read for free. The web site is

"Golf in the Year 2000" was written by a 19th-century professional golfer named J. McCullough under the pen name "J.A.C.K." Little is known about McCullough, but the book is a curious blend of wry commentary on golf and the people who play it, and a vision of the future that is eerily accurate in many of its predictions. It foresees golf carts, bullet trains, digital watches and television--although the last is accomplished by a complicated arrangement of mirrors.

Walter Koenig @ Coastcon 28 in Biloxi

Sci-Fi Fans Gather In Biloxi For Coastcon 28
Along with legendary Sci Fi icons like actor Walter Koenig who played Mr. Chekov on Star Trek, CoastCon also gives enthusiasts an up close look at other worlds to inhabit through games, videos, and even wardrobe.

It seems everyone, even security guards decked out in vintage Star Trek uniforms, get into the act.

And no one is left out on the fun, during this yearly Sci fi and Fantasy family reunion that's nothing short of out of this world.

More on CoastCon

They are making their own Star Trek series called New Voyages. They are on the third episode.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Point Pleasant better than Enterprise?

ScifiWire: top SF&F Network TV Shows
1. Desperate Housewives 14 <--- This is now Science Fiction and Fantasy guys so it's okay to admit you watch it. :D
2. Lost 11.6 <--- A given.
3. Medium 9.2 <--- Way to go!
4. Joan of Arcadia 5.0 <--- No comment.
5. Smallville 3.1 <--- I've been keeping up. It's still watchable. They've been chilling out of the showers but they've replaced it with visits to the hospital.
6. Point Pleasant 2.6 <--- Even first season Enteprise is better than this garbage.
7. Charmed 2.0 <--- I'm behind on this show. It's been kinda blah lately.
8. Enterprise 1.8 <--- *shakes head*

Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 2/7/05 - 2/13/05. Fewer than 10 entries appear this week, because fewer than 10 original SF&F programs aired during the week on broadcast networks.

Bruce Campbell Alert

I've adjusted my expectation levels for SciFi Original's. I've come to accept that they are C and D movies. I go in with the understanding that they are basically Outer Limit's two- parter episodes. I get it. They are meant to be experience and production exercises for all involved. Okay. I'm there SciFi. I understand.

With that understanding, I can actually get excited about Bruce Campbell starring in the upcoming Alien Apocalypse "movie". Anything with Bruce Campell in it, I'm there. Renee' O'Connor from Xena is going to be in it too.
Now if they can do something else with Jeffery Combs, I'll be a happy woman.

Alien Apocalypse:
Yesterday they were only astronaut.
Today they are humanity's only hope.

Dr. Ivan Hood (Bruce Campbell) and his team of astronauts return from their latest mission, only to find that Earth has been conquered and enslaved by aliens. Now Hood and fellow-scientist Kelly (Renée O'Connor, Gabrielle on Xena: Warrior Princess) must free humanity from its alien masters.
WORLD PREMIERE: Saturday, March 26, at 9PM ET/PT

Get behind the scenes photos from

I think this will be better than this week's Mansquito with Corin Nemic. Mansquito... I can't even think that word with a straight face. I know this one is just going to be bad. Maybe it'll be funny. I think I'm actually going to be out doing some social stuff this fine Saturday so I'll miss Mansquito.

First they hunted for a cure.
Now they're hunting a monster.

A scientist trying to find a cure for the West Nile Virus accidentally transforms herself and a junkie into mutant mosquito creatures. Musetta Vander (Project: Metalbeast, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) and Corin Nemec (Jonas Quinn on Stargate SG-1) star.
WORLD PREMIERE: Saturday, March 12, at 9PM ET/PT

I love those standard two- liner catchphrases for the movies. They sound like fortune cookies from The Twilight Zone. Nice cheese.

Mansquito... sounds like Man in Speedos.

Craigslist is doing it for The Marklar

I was told that officially (by an anonymous person claiming to be from craigslist) craigslist was beaming ads into space for The Marklar. Now, they are going to take our jobs.
If you don't watch South Park this isn't funny.

"Greetings Marklar! I am Marklar!"
Cute huh?

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Craiglist is now in the WTF? files

Craigslist to beam ads one light year into space
The San Francisco online classified ads site plans to collect millions of ads and beam them into deep space May 15, accompanied by a videotaped greeting from craigslist founder Craig Newmark. ``We believe there could be an infinite market opportunity,'' Newmark quipped in a press release.
My first question is why? For what purpose? Have aliens come in to our solar system? If so, this is the first I've heard of it.

Effective immediately, all earthlings posting to craigslist will have an opportunity to earmark their message for inclusion in the historic transmission from Cape Canaveral, immediately following the launch of the Discovery Space Shuttle - currently scheduled for May 15, 2005. Deep Space Communications Network will transmit the postings, along with a personal video message from Craig, and a clip from the documentary "24 Hours on craigslist" light years into space, for the benefit and edification of potential future craigslist community members in the great beyond.

More here...
Online Community Set To Leap Beyond Solar System

Finally! A Hurley Episode!

Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley on LOST finally gets an episode that's focused on him.
After all of the cast members on LOST got two rounds of flashbacks, tonight, we finally got a Hurley flashback. If felt like 2nd and 3rd episode all over again!. Of course, next week we get a repeat but until then we'll be chanting "4 8 15 16 23 42" trying to figure out what those cryptic numbers mean. That's all that I'm going to say about it because I don't want to spoil the show for anyone.

Apparently MadTV did a LOST sketch. I'm downloading it now, you can check it out here.
Lost Multimedia

3 million for real? GET OUT!!!

Investors in space flight industry contribute $3,000,000 to TrekUnited today announced that three anonymous contributors have stepped forward with a $3 million pledge toward the campaign to ensure a fifth season for the recently cancelled Star Trek: Enterprise.
I guess I need to start looking for crow recipes.

Check this out! This'll make you want to yell "Hell yeah!!!!" and cheer!

"We think Star Trek and especially its latest incarnation, "Enterprise" is the kind of TV that should be aired more often. The people responsible at Paramount think this is just a show and we want to tell them, it is not. We are in the commercial space flight industry and would like to testify that at least one out of two of all the actual entrepreneurs involved in this industry has been inspired by Star Trek; and we are not only good at watching TV sci-fi , we are also good at writing checks, big checks. The people airing this kind of TV have a responsibility; inspiration. Star Trek has inspired us, and particularly Enterprise, with its superb theme song that tells so much about our struggle to move space travel forward and closer to the public, this inspiration is so self evident, that Virgin Galactic has ordered a 5-sub orbital ship fleet from Scaled Composites, a 100 million dollar investment, and the first one being built is going to be christened ‘VSS Enterprise.’ Now doesn’t that ring a bell in Paramount’s ears? Now, canceling the series so bluntly, for the sake of just ratings, tells very much about the kind of thinking going on inside Paramount. If we thought the same way, Paul Allen would have never funded the SpaceShipOne program. Sir Richard Branson would never have funded Virgin Galactic and Space Adventures would never have put two space tourists aboard the International Space Station. Instead, we would all be at home watching Survivor or some other reality TV show. Enterprise needs to be renewed, for the sake of fan loyalty, for being quality TV, for bringing imagination and hope for a better future to our homes, but over all that, for inspiring us so strongly that we have fought all our adult lives to bring that future closer to our children and to us."
Fascinating! Will it help? Will we get that 5th season? I'm really interested to see Paramount's statement.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Sweeps are over

Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings for Feb. 21-27

The only thing that is close to science fiction is Medium. I still don't know what type of show Lost is. I think they consider it plain old drama. Nothing with space ships and aliens is on this list.

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Feb. 21-27. Top 20 listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X" in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.

1. (X) "Academy Awards (news - web sites)," ABC, 42.1 million viewers.

2. (1) "American Idol" (Tuesday), Fox, 28.3 million viewers.

3. (2) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 28.1 million viewers.

4. (X) "Oscar Countdown," ABC, 27.7 million viewers.

5. (3) "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 26.7 million viewers.

6. (X) "American Idol" (Monday), Fox, 23.5 million viewers.

7. (5) "Survivor: Palau," CBS, 21.6 million viewers.

8. (7) "Without a Trace," CBS, 21.4 million viewers.

9. (14) "Lost," ABC, 19.5 million viewers.

10. (6) "CSI: Miami," CBS, 19.5 million viewers.

11. (12) "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 17.5 million viewers.

12. (10) "ER," NBC, 16 million viewers.

13. (62) "House," Fox, 15.5 million viewers.

14. (23) "Law & Order," NBC, 14.5 million viewers.

15. (19) "CSI: NY," CBS, 14.3 million viewers.

16. (18) "The Apprentice 3," NBC, 14.2 million viewers.

17. (20) "Law & Order: SVU," NBC, 14 million viewers.

18. (15) "Medium," NBC, 13.8 million viewers.

19. (21) "NCIS," CBS, 13.6 million viewers.

20. (37) "24," Fox, 13.2 million viewers.

Titles in italics are also shows that I watch.


So Tech TV is just for video games now? I know they changed the name awhile back but I haven't cared enough to figure out why because I can't get the channel with my cable company. I used to have it when it was just plain old Tech TV. Missing Vir-Con made me thing of Tech TV. Now it's a G4TV. Makes me think of Macs or video cards. I think I'm going to go to Best Buy tomorrow. I need to see some new gadgetry. I know. Not the most innovative place but I'll get my fix of newness.

Remember Vir-Con?

The 3D Virtual Star Trek™ Convention?

I remember that I couldn't participate because my computer wasn't up to specs back in the day. I remember intentionally getting a new computer just so I could participate in stuff like that. I thought the idea of attending a convention without really being there was kinda cool. They could have not only used avatars, they could have incorporated webcams and other geeky gadgets. Of course there is no more Vir-Cons. I guess the died with the whole "dot-com" rush. I miss the good old "dot-com" days. Everyone was willing to be innovative and take risks. *sigh* I've been in a really idealistic mood lately. Looking around, no one's interested in anything but talking about fashion, people's problems or celebrities without make- up. I think I'm depressed.