February 8 - 12, 1999
Sick today with the nasty flu/cold thing that's going around. Just in time for the weekend, lucky me. I think I'm just starting to catch it, so I hope I can head it off.
So probably won't do too many updates today/this weekend.
(If anyone sent me email at work recently, better to send all email to me at my windowseat address. Thanx).
Don't Forget: Minicon registration deadline is Sunday (well, postmark-wise it'll actually be Tuesday).
It's going to be fabulous this year (and I'm not just saying that 'cuz I'm one of the people who's supposedly running the thing). Great guests, fabulous parties, wonderful music, fascinating programming, and the usual fannish shenanigans. And we're in downtown Minneapolis this year. Get a supporting membership if you're thinking of coming and aren't yet sure.
Weekend Classic Movie Alerts:
(Alas, I don't get Turner Classic Movies and I don't have the heart to post listings for things I can't see myself . . . )
Saturday Morning TV Fun:
A fine "station break" from the folks at teevee.org. Three decent little pieces, in the first one James Collier reveals these secrets (and more) from the upcoming X-Files episode (no real spoilers here, at least I don't think so):
Congratulations to Raphael Carter, winner of this year's James Tiptree, Jr. award for the story "Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation" in Patrick Nielsen Hayden's Starlight 2.
Woohoo! It's a grand story in a wonderful anthology. If you don't have it yet, you should (follow the above link to get the book at amazon). Don't forget to get Starlight 1, too. Starlight has become my favorite new anthology series, both volumes have been chock full of fine speculative fiction and fantasy by some of my favorite writers (and by some promising new ones, as well).
Raphael's Honeyguide Web Log is wonderful; it's fairly likely that you read it. But have you read Raphael's fiction? Read the above award-winning story. And also check out The Fortunate Fall if you haven't already. One of my favorite novels of 1996, if not my favorite.
The web is weird, the web is cool: I did an altavista search for information about Howard Hawks; I'm reading a book about him right now, I'm disappointed there isn't more info online. Though I can find out when his films air each month, at least. From one page with a Hawks reference, I found this fabulous website devoted to Louise Brooks. And then, well, I discovered that there are websites devoted to bobs (the haircut, not the musical group) and page boys (ditto). How odd.
Good salonmagazine interview with Julia Sweeney:
More interesting movie rumors, this one reported at Dark Horizons:
Thursday Night TV:
Joyce Millman on Cupid and ABC:
Phillip Michaels writes a nasty review of The '60s (with spoilers, just in case anyone out there cares):
New bleat from James Lileks, in which he visits New York City and the Toy Fair:
Odd/funny/geeky websites: Diagnosing a Redneck Jedi
X-Files stuff to keep one occupied until Sunday's episode:
In case you ever wondered what Krycek (or Mulder, Scully, Krycek, Skinner, CSM, the Lone Gun guys) would look like with a milk mustache: X-Files Milk Ads.
Think the characters on the X-files never smile? Think again.
Oh. My. God. Take The X-Files and The Sound of Music and put them together . . . you get a very frightening collection of filk songs. I fear I'll always think of "Alien Eyes" now when I hear "Edelweiss". Oh the humanity! There's a West Side Story filk, too (instead of "Tonight" it's "Tooms might").
Duh. Of course there's X-Files filk out there. Be afraid, be very afraid. Here's an archive of X-filk. You'll find frightening stuff like this there (with apologies to Paul Simon):
This list made me laugh out loud: Top Ten Things Overheard Outside She's All That. (Yeah, it's funny enough all the way through that I'm not bothering to quote one or two items here).
I'm more amused by the title they gave last night's Top Ten list than the list itself: Top Ten What Dumb Guys Think 'Y2K' Is
After watching a couple more episodes of Sports Night that I taped a while ago, I've gotta say it and Cupid are my two favorite new shows of this TV season. Just discovered that ABC's website has good stuff, the official webpages for the shows have complete episode guides, behind the scenes details, and the kind of thing usually left to fan pages.
News for Magnum, P.I. fans: Tom Selleck co-hosts The View this Thursday, Larry Manetti is on a signing tour (he's supposed to come to Minneapolis, but I haven't yet found dates/details) in support of his book Aloha Magnum, there's activity in alt.tv.magnum-pi, and one of these days (Feb or March last I heard) a cable network (not USA) is going to start showing the show again.
Groovy Googie Architecture website [via teletype]:
I really should finally go to Baltimore for Homicide Live, but I fear that I'll miss seeing the folks I want to see (Secor, Johnson, Belzer, Kotto, et al) and end up meeting Jon Seda. The horror! The horror!
Moxy Früvous fans take note: Frücon 2 approaches. My only chance to go would be if a Cybersaver fare for Mpls-Toronto turned up for that weekend (Feb 20-21). Not in the cards, Toronto is on this weekend's list of cheap fares. Hmph.
Yes! Finally found an article about Supernatural Being's Westminster win that includes fabulous pictures. I just loved how when the winner was announced, the owner/handler dropped to his knees and covered his face with his hands . . . while the dog jumped and pranced and danced next to him. And then later the dog just sat and posed in the trophy cup for 10+ minutes while pictures were taken and interviews were given. You could tell the dog really loves dog shows and the applause.
Still pictures definitely don't do this dog justice. But they're better than no-pictures. :-)
A really bad case of unrequited love: Lovelorn albatross falls hard for decoy
Sigh. Neal Justin makes his case for Cupid (trust me, watch it Thursday... 8pm Central time ABC):
I've seen maybe four episodes this year, all were fabulous. And now I kick myself for not watching it sooner. It's a cool show. Watching it's last (sniff) episode is probably the best way to celebrate the approaching holiday I shall not name.
Jacqueline Mitchard bemoans the lack of good family movies and skewers Disney's remake of Mighty Joe Young:
Fascinating article from Jackie Crosby of startribune.com about Iceland as a "genetic lab made to order:"
The story goes into the privacy issues, but there are compelling reasons why this would be an amazing resource.
I loved watching the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last night (and bits of it the previous night). But then I love dogs. Gorgeous stuff. Incredible group of dogs this year, and the winner is truly a supernatural being (hey, that's the dog's name, and a fitting one). (If you're near a TV and reading this on Wed morning/early afternoon Central Standard Time, you can catch the rebroadcast of the show on the USA cable network, the win is amazing).
Court TV announces a President's Day Homicide marathon. Cool. They intend to air episodes that featured "big stars" in guest roles. I'm bemused by the episode list because when they say "starring" they could just as well (in a couple of cases) be saying "with a cameo appearance by". Oh, well. Still, some good episodes on the list. I hope they'll be uncut episodes like their first marathon. [via hlotslinks]
Richard Belzer on the upcoming Law and Order/Homicide crossover:
(I misread that last word as typical on first reading . . .)
Thank God Taco Bell doesn't do this kind of promotion or we'd be seeing chihuahua tattoos everywhere for the next 20+ years. But this is a fine story (via obscure store):
It's the Gyros! Gyros! Gyros! website! They've got a pronunciation guide (honest) and there's even a link to "Gyros in Art, Literature and Film".
The ten best songs set in the Twin Cities (Mpls/St. Paul, that is)?:
Awful headline (at first I thought maybe it was about the new Star Wars movie): As Net Use Rises, So Does Hacker Menace.
Puhlease. FUD-inducing headline o' the day, right there. Story itself is better than the headline, I guess. Still.
Cool to see Todd McFarlane out and about talking about the baseballs he spent a lotta money on. I think they're in good hands. And if I had that kind of money, I'd be tempted to do what McFarlane is doing. Good for him. What's all this nonsense about how if someone breaks the record next year, the baseballs won't be worth anything? Baloney. They'll always be a part of baseball history, all of 'em. (Yeah, I'm a big sap when it comes to baseball sometimes, oh well).
Wonder why I like baseball so much? Plenty of reasons. Including some mentioned by Twins fan (and season ticket holder) Thomas Hodne:
I've gone to more Twins games than I can remember, largely 'cuz my folks have had partial season tickets since 1984. I've seen some really really bad boring ballgames (and some amazing ones, too). But going to games is often less about the game itself, more about sitting there and chatting with family and friends and strangers about the game and about anything at all. Funny how sometimes going to a ballpark is a nice break from everything else, too. It can be restful. Or exciting. Or a good place to read (really, I've read many novels during ballgames, strange as that may sound). I dunno. I can't imagine not going to a major league ball game at least a few times each season.
Also new episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity, King of the Hill, Will and Grace, Third Rock from the Sun, The Hughleys, Spin City, JAG, and NYPD Blue (I've seen good episodes of each of these, Tuesday is a TV night full of options . . . ).
New Late Show News has more details about some of the stranger performances we've seen on Late Show w/ David Letterman in recent months:
But is Fresh Step a real band or another joke? Folks at The Late Show aren't telling, but it's simply gotta be a joke, IMHO.
Aaron Barnhart also interviews Craig Kilborn in this issue, sounds like he's actually got some decent ideas for his Late Late Show (we shall see):
So after watching The X-Files this past weekend, I'm eager to see the second part of this two-parter. Yes, I am. Though I quite liked the recent episode, I couldn't help making fun of it a lot. That's the X-files for ya. Anyway, I always get a kick out of Amanda Finch's take on episodes. Not so much review or analysis as observations. Don't read 'em if you haven't seen the episode in question. Her take on "Two Fathers" includes this gem (well it makes sense if you've seen the episode):
(Me? I think they should've run "The Truth is Out There " thru the jive filter. Then again, so many previous taglines were quoted in the episode itself, having a new tagline would've just been asking for more trouble further down the road).
Cool Stuff Reminders:
And the nominees are . . . Yup, Oscar nominations have been announced. Fairly bland ballot, IMHO.
Yes! Dave Langford has put together a piece of software called SFVIEW, it's an alternate viewer for the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction CD-ROM. Sounds like a huge improvement over the original. You can order the software from Langford... and if you don't have the SF Encyclopedia (edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls) on CD-ROM, he's also got that available packaged with his viewer at a very reasonable price. Grand. Langford's viewer is PC only, alas. I'm pretty sure the original viewer comes in both Windows and Mac flavors, you'd wanna check with Langford on that.
Here's a link to the dead tree version of the book @ amazon.
Lisa Schwarzbaum details the dilemna faced by videotapers everywhere:
Hey, at least her tapes are labelled.
Joyce Millman talks of George Clooney, Doug Ross, and their departure from ER:
Yes! This is one law I'd support wholeheartedly:
Potentially interesting developments in the Kevin Mitnick case. A letter to a congressman sparks more questions about why Mitnick was denied a pre-trial hearing.
I think I'm in love. No, I didn't meet someone this weekend, I just discovered Retro magazine. Pop culture! Lots and lots of pop culture stuff. And their almost-daily Teletype is at least part weblog, darnit. Lovely stuff (well, if you like this kind of thing).
Need more proof? They featured links to this Dr. Strangelove page, a Cracker Jack Box page, and Squaresville fonts/clip art. Gotta love a free font named after Mr. Tate from Bewitched.
It does give one pause. Al Roker observes:
A fine piece about TV (then and now) and how there is stuff worth watching if you give TV a chance:
Reading about forthcoming series is always . . . interesting. Here's a "new" one from UPN:
Don't get me wrong, I love spy shows. But something loosely based on a classic? On UPN? Guess I'm a girl of little faith.
Aaron Barnhart (of Late Show News) debuts his TV Barn website. Looks promising. With Barnhart's picks for TV shows each day, links to TV related news and articles and such. And the usual fab Late Show news content.
My favorite card game when I was younger was Spite and Malice. Perhaps still my favorite card game, I've not played in eons. (trivia: It was Cary Grant's favorite game). Anyway, I got email last week about this version of Spite and Malice for PCs. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm thrilled it exists. Looks cool.
October Sky is worth seeing when it comes to a theater near you. Based on the book, Rocket Boys, tells of kids growing up in a coal-mining community who get fascinated by rockets when they see Sputnick. Yeah, they build some rockets . . . and enter a science fair . . . Quite cool, and a true story.
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