June 7-12, 1999
DeForest Kelley has died. He acted in a lot of westerns, but will always be best known for playing Dr. McCoy on Star Trek my favorite Star Trek character.
I never met Kelley, but from all accounts he was a true southern gentleman, a kind soul, the nicest of anyone to ever work on anything Star Trek. He retired years ago and is survived by Carolyn Kelley, his wife of 55 years.
Emerchandise has marked down their Homicide stuff. Pr'y your last chance to get t-shirts, mugs, hats, etc.
For what it's worth, I've ordered from emerchandise before . . . the order took quite a while, but the product (a Homicide mug) was cool and worth the wait.
The Ectophiles Guide to Good Music is very cool. And I'm not just saying that 'cuz I'm an ectophile from way back. Confused? Um, er . . . it's a long story. This page may have the best explanation, maybe.
I've been on the ecto mailing list for years, though I'll admit I've not read or posted much recently. I used to be a regular on #ecto on IRC (EFnet and DALnet). Those were the days (or something). I still feel residual guilt for not contributing more to the Guide (perhaps one of these days in my copious free time). I'm still proud of introducing ecto to Richard Shindell (one of the few male artists revered by ectophiles-- him and Peter Gabriel, mainly).
The font I used for "Windowseat Weblog" (above) is fontdinerdotcom, one of the fine fonts available from http://www.fontdiner.com/ (imagine that). I also used it for the asterisks, in case anyone was wondering.
I love fonts, especially free retro fonts.
An excellent question, posed by Mike at the Backfence:
I've often wondered if anyone buys more than one issue based on these covers (someone must). And what's the deal with people buying four copies of The Phantom Menace novel for the four different covers? Ack. I know I'm a collector, but even I can't imagine going that far. Well maybe if they were on sale . . . (no no no no no, I wouldn't).
I know I have a tendency to champion underdogs (have no fear, Laurel is here!), but perhaps it'd be taking it too far if I registered a pro-Jar Jar domain name. Had I any extra money right now, I'd be tempted. That's my new motivation for finding a job, extra money so I can register jarjar-rocks.com. Or not. (I didn't mind him . . . much, for what it's worth. Don't think him worthy of all the backlash. Though the monster candy tongue is truly frightening).
Sitcoms Online [via memepool]
Yeah, I'm in the middle of a redesign of this particular page. Like it? Dislike it? Are the asterisks too much? Got a better idea? (I'm so so so sick of horizontal rules). Hate this color scheme? Like it? Help me, oh faithful readers, you're my only hope.
I got socked today with a nasty cold, I'm not so sure it's a good idea to redesign webpages when drugged to the gills with cold medicine, but you never know . . .
I told a friend via ICQ that I had gone through almost a whole box of Kleenex today, says he "I hope you have the kind with lotion in them." My reply: "Alas, no. What, you don't want me to be Laurel 'sandpaper nose' Krahn?"
I wasn't the only one trying to watch the series finale of Deep Space Nine while storm warnings were splashed all over the screen. Lileks:
I don't think I have any use for a tilt sensor for my Palm Pilot, but it's good to know it's possible . . .
NBC to invest in/partner with TiVo. I'm most intrigued by NBC's comments that they might air "desirable shows" outside of primetime to benefit TiVO users (or folks who use other means to timeshift/archive shows).
http://www.lyrics.ch/, the international lyrics server, is back online . . . sorta. Lyrics to songs are made available as they get approval to list them online . . .
A fine piece about Marilyn Monroe and the many women who are now writing about her (and the differences between their books and older ones by men) [via Robot Wisdom].
Oh-oh! Law & Order fans who thought they finally knew for sure (maybe) this year that Claire died can think again. Maybe Sam Waterson is messing with people's minds? Rumor was posted to Ain't It Cool News and presumably to the Law & Order newsgroup and mailing list that Jill Hennessy may return for at least an episode or two next season. 'Course it could be flashbacks or a different character or or or . . .
Harry Knowles on meeting Bruce Campbell and the Evil Dead film festival.
Might as well plug Bruce Campbell's website while I'm at it.
Whatever happened to "there can be only one"? Sounds like there may be a fourth Highlander movie (I've only seen the first one).
Okay, I think I'm finally going to redesign this page. It's a very, very simple page in the first place and I'm inclined not to add another column or any bells and whistles. Mostly I think I'm gonna change background/text color and make a new (probably smaller) header graphic. If you've got any suggestions, now's the time to send 'em in. I'm leaning towards something as simple as white background, black or navy text. Too boring?
I was intrigued by Ira Glass' appearance on the Late Show w/ David Letterman a week or so ago. Perhaps I'm behind the times, or I simply don't listen to the radio enough, but I hadn't heard of his show before. Here's the website for This American Life, I'm gonna try to catch the show next time around.
What the? An article about luring girls into the technical arena, titled "Geeks are from Venus, too." Do you all still think there's a shortage of female geeks?
Doesn't seem like it to me at all, but then I've been online for 15 years and remember how few women there were around in those days. 'Course maybe fewer women are opting to try to get net related jobs. Or fewer are getting hired . . . (Hire me!)
Rob Owen lists 9 good reasons Deep Space Nine is the best Star Trek series [via Bradlands].
Excellent. And yeah, I agree (and I agree with Brad's assessment of the finale at Bradlands, FWIW).
There's too much potentially good or outright good TV on tonight (Tuesday). And I'm going to a Twins-Reds game. Time to set the VCR (and wish I had a couple more).
Were I one of the lucky geeks to make megabucks off of a website or a cool bit of software, I'd probably be tempted to buy the Star Trek Camaro [via camworld].
More spiff stuff from memepool: GameFAQs has, well, you know. And AMC's website for their American Pop series is, indeed, really cool. If you're a pop culture junkie like me (and if so, you do read Retro, right? And Teletype . . . mentioned here many months ago).
You should also visit the rest of James Lileks' website when you go there for his bleats (or for the Gallery of Regrettable Food, or the Ghost Ads, or or or . . . ) Pleased to see parts of it mentioned in a bunch of weblogs in recent months.
Cool. I've been playing Zork on my PalmIII for a while now, Rafe links to a PalmPower article about running Infocom games on Palm Pilots.
Is it real or did they make it up? The Save Everything! email is hilarious, regardless. Especially if you've seen a lot of Save our TV Show campaign letters.
An article about Homicide's east coast actors, quotes Pat Moran and extras and supporting players from the show.
Lileks reviews The Phantom Menace in today's (Tuesday) bleat (it's not archived so read it Tuesday or miss it). Does contain spoilers.
I think I like Katie Couric, here's what she had to say about a certain Guv Jesse Ventura [via tvbarn]:
Amen. Not that most Minnesotans I know are sick of hearing about Jesse Ventura (and his book tour in particular) or anything. And tired of the international media paying him so much attention. It was cool for a week or two maybe, but now it's just tiresome. Not that I'm not looking forward to the tax rebate.
Arrrgh! Another confounding piece about Steven Bochco's new drama. Why confounding? Oh because of the usual, talk as if he's doing something oh-so-groundbreaking by creating a drama with a lot of black characters. Nevermind that Homicide is the first (and so far only, near as I can tell) show to have a realistic racial mix (or as close as anyone has got) among regulars, supporting players, extras . . .
Two new half-hour series to replace Hercules when it goes off the air [via tvbarn]:
No, I didn't make that last one up. I like the sound of the first one, but then I'm a sucker for spy/adventure type things. The second one surely sounds like a joke, but then you never know . . .
Dates, times, and locations for Richard Belzer's book tour.
And Emily Post apparently has nothing useful to say about pet pigs (or other pets, for that matter):
There is a campaign to save Homicide: Life on the Street, in case anyone is interested. I've decided not to support it as I think there's little hope (I did my part writing to NBC while the show was still on the air) and because I felt the finale was a decent end for the series.
I hope Richard Belzer does get to play Det. John Munch on one or both of the Law & Order series. And I wouldn't mind a Homicide movie in which Kay Howard returned and caught Beau Felton's killer (and arrested Falsone for his part in that), but somehow I don't think there's a snowballs chance in Hell of it happening. Ach well, a girl can dream.
I've saved a ton of TV show episode guides, for instance. And the Jargon file, of course. And some definition lists. It can be an incredible timesaver. And I know I've been very relieved to have saved some obscure TV websites-- once they disappear with no forwarding URL.
And he nails the heart of it, with this:
I miss the show already. I'm glad that I know there are episodes I've missed, so I can look forward to catching them in reruns (assuming some local channel would air reruns at a decent hour with some frequency . . . sigh).
I like Lileks musings on regrettable hues from Sunday's Backfence column, but I'm quoting this part 'cuz I'm curious what y'all think:
Arrgh! I'm one Minnesotan who loathes the use of "rubber binder" instead of "rubber band," I'd hoped it was a regionalism from somewhere else . . . because I truly hate it. If I hear anyone say it, I want to hurt them. And I'll give them a withering look (to put it mildly). Thems fighting words? Something like that.
A particularly fine piece from the often-fine Jon Carroll (read the whole thing, darnit):
Many cool links at memepool this week, I could link to a bunch myself, but I'm gonna be lazy and just tell you to visit them already (if you haven't). You can play "guess which links Laurel likes" if you'd like.
Review of Laurie Anderson's Moby [via Robot Wisdom].
New profile of Suzanne Vega from The Irish Times [via Robot Wisdom]:
On New York:
Theremini is a Theremin-emulator (sorta) for Palm Pilots. Thanks to Felix Strates for the link.
Jar Jar Binks Monster Tongue Candy and other, um, interesting stuff in last week's log.
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