February 1 - 5, 1999
Sneak previews of October Sky this Saturday, February 6th. I've heard extraordinary things about the book and about this movie, so I'm gonna check it out for myself Saturday night. You can check on the webpage to see if there's a theater showing it in your area.
A fine piece about machines and humans and like that. By Michael Finley, who taught me more about writing and life than he probably realizes . . . way back when. And still he teaches. Read it already:
Ever have a song stuck in your head? Of course you have. Now playing in Laurel's brain: "The Twentieth Century is Almost Over" by Steve Goodman and John Prine.
Yes! Fabulous piece by Joyce Millman at salonmagazine about Chris Elliot's Get A Life:
Also at salon, a favorable review of Rushmore:
Loopy and original, this I gotta see. :-)
Wired News profile of Ayelet Sela, writer/producer/director of Homicide: Second Shift. Nice piece, with still more details about tonight's TV/Web crossover.
Timmy, Timmy, Timmy . . . What would Frank think?:
New batch of letters to Mr. Blue (a.k.a. Garrison Keilor) at salonmagazine. There's always plenty of good stuff there. I chuckled at this advice:
Makes sense that more people are turning the TV on to see Providence at 7pm CST on Friday, before it started all that was on were news magazines (bleah) and kiddie shows. Good to hear that the show is keeping some new viewers around for Homicide later in the evening, too. So far the show has been good, shows potential, good cast. Nothing earthshattering, but it's enjoyable.
Many articles of late about the web/tv Homicide crossover. And the Director's guild just announced their nominations for their award... Steve Buscemi was nominated for directing the Homicide episode "Finnegan's Wake". As always, latest and greatest articles, transcripts, sites, etc. are at Homicide: Links on the Sites. And if you want to see the Web portion of Homicide, visit the official site at nbc.com. Story starts on the web, continues on the show this Friday, finishes up with more webstuff.
Lovely profile of Andre Braugher. The more I read about the guy, the more I see him work, the more I see him interviewed... the more impressed I am. Pretty impressive considering I first saw him in Glory (one of my favorite movies). This profile nails it in the first paragraph:
Aw drat, Pluto is still a planet. Sure, after I bought a pair of socks with pictures of all the planets on them, thinking they might become collectible when Pluto was deemed not a planet (ergo it shouldn't be on the socks).
(I'm kidding! Really!) (Though I did buy some socks, and they did say Pluto is still a planet). (LOL! No, my socks do not talk. And my shoes aren't on top of the world, either. I did buy socks. Experts say Pluto is a planet. I can sometimes form coherent sentences).
Gateway My Yahoo! sounds like a secret code phrase used on Get Smart or Hogan's Heroes. Actually, sounds too odd for the latter.
Lileks wonders if anyone outside of Minnesota plays duck, duck, grey duck. I've been wondering the same thing. Is grey duck a Minnesota thing? Does everyone else play duck, duck, goose? And why do we care anyway? (I've seen people fight about this, now that's silly).
Someone also fesses up in this particular Backfence column, to actually keeping gloves in his car's glove compartment. I'm shocked!
Ah, good. Those Florida l/i/c/e/ licenses won't be sold after all. [via hnn]
I like Al Roker's description of Groundhog Day:
Fine column by Jon Carroll about walking and running and Hawaii and it has beautiful bits about rainbows. Do read it. One example of the fineness within:
I really want to visit Hawaii again. I went there once, when my Dad had a business trip there and took the family along. That was when I was in 5th grade, something like that. We stayed in Honolulu, didn't leave Oahu. I mostly remember the pleasant warm breezes (we were there in November, just before or after Thanksgiving). And the flowers and white sand and big waves. And the buses there said "The Bus" on the sides, appropriately enough. We rented a condo for a week, I think. And filled the freezer with macadamia nut ice cream, the fridge with mango and papaya juice. I made leis from flowers we found on the ground beneath huge flowering trees near the beach.
I'm behind on email, and I didn't add anything to the log yesterday. Oops. Then I got an email asking why I stopped my online journal way back when, which reminded me that this is how it starts: skipping a day 'cuz I'm tired, depressed, uninspired. Ooops. I'm back now. Weblogs are easier than journals in a lot of ways.
Do iMac's come in "Smurf blue"? [Thanks (I think) Felix, for the link].
It's a really fine piece (I like it better than the original). I also really appreciate this bit from Lisa's main page:
(I'm blinder than a bat sans glasses and I couldn't wear contact lenses if I wanted to, so I usually get crabby during those scenes in movies where the heroine removes her glasses and is somehow Transformed. Puhlease).
If you don't visit Tomalak's Realm each day, you're missing a fine collection of headlines (and highlights). When I'm in a rush, without time to visit my long lists of haunts, I can count on Tomalak's Realm to have links to the top tech/net stories and some of the best stories. Thanks, Lawrence.
Huh. Sounds like the Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade may not be aired on TNT after all. The show has paused production (I think they've already filmed a dozen episodes) and sounds like there's much shuffling of paperwork. Will it stay on TNT? Move to the Sci-fi channel or elsewhere? Whatever the case, I hope it finds a stable and supportive home, 'cuz the show sounds promising. Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 is the main source of info, but the most recent rumors and alleged quotes from JMS are at Ain't It Cool News. Babylon 5 reruns continue to air on TNT, 3pm CST weekdays.
Tuesday TV with Potential:
Oh-oh, looks like David Duchovny just ticked off some more geeks (as if a bunch aren't already jealous of all the time he gets to spend with Gillian Anderson, not to mention his wife Teá Leoni):
Would you trust a Microsoft phone? Though I gotta admit, it sounds kinda neat. This made me laugh, though:
Perhaps these Microsoft phones are really lawsuits waiting to happen . . .
Good/Interesting TV (maybe) for Monday :
This week's Entertainment Weekly has a decent cover story about the upcoming X-Files two-parter. Some of it is available online (all of it is if you're a subscriber). (Some of the online photos aren't in the magazine). Gotta love this bit:
In the full interview, Duchovny says "I can't believe Mitch admitted that!" or something like that. :-)
Huh? What are the folks at PC Week thinking? The headline "Hackers are out in full force" and the piece (which is pretty much just PR for one ISP/security outfit) seems like mindless fluff. I expected better of 'em. Duh. Yeah, there are people out there breaking into computers and networks, folks who take it seriously. This is a newsflash? Like personal webpages are front page news, I guess.
Ha! I love this stuff. A slashdot review of The Story About Ping:
There's a webcam at the Montreal BioDome that points at a group of penguins. Nothin' but penguins, 24 hours a day. Wheeee! [via slashdot]
This is kindof a clever cute bit of software for Windows users, for use as a screen background and/or screensaver. 'Course I seem to always not bother with wallpaper as my screen is invariably full of windows running applications or showing webpages. I do like the pet parrot.
Fine article about youth in the hi-tech industry, working long hours as slaves to the machines, all that jazz:
I was a geek true believer or something, who worked ludicrously long hours on projects... throwing my heart and soul and life into the work. Without making overtime, while being underpaid, without having much of a life beyond work. Happened on a couple of jobs. And then in both instances, the fickle nature of hi-tech biz left me laid off and (perhaps overstating it a bit) lifeless.
I know more twenty-something individuals with the same experience, who now have a hard time caring about their work or wish they could stop caring so they could stop playing the game of working zillion hour days. For fear of The End. And I know many folks like me, who'd love to have a steady job they could let themselves love a bit. While still having a life apart.
Hey science fiction fans . . .
Only 14 more days 'til the registration deadline for Minicon. Register now if you haven't already and are thinking of going. Even if there's just a slim chance you'll go, it's a good idea to get a supporting membership. Saves you money at the door, but (more importantly, at least to me) helps us make sure we've got enough food and drink and other good stuff to go around.
Good idea to reserve a hotel room now, too, while you're at it.