August 1-7, 1999
What are you doing reading this when you could be at a movie theater seeing The Iron Giant? Go already.
Okay, if you've gone already, nevermind. But um . . . it's a really good movie for people of all ages (and I suspect especially for geeky ones like me). I loved it. I want my own Iron Giant, darnit.
Harry Knowles on Inspector Gadget (the movie, that is):
Oh suuuuuure. First somebody tampers with the rightful order of Lucky Charms, then someone brings blue M&Ms into the world. Now there's talk of getting rid of pineapple lifesavers and replacing them with a new flavor like watermelon (!?!). Has the world gone mad?
Thank God I heard about this via Rebecca's Pocket. Be sure to visit the above link if you haven't already and express your lifesaver preference (before it's too late!).
And of Runaway Bride:
Somehow I always meant to check out Diversicon, yet another science fiction convention hosted here in the Twin Cities. But I never quite got around to it. This weekend is Diversicon 7, I'm gonna try and check it out.
It was about this time last summer that I broke down, tired of TV reruns, and found myself devouring a heap of X-Files fan fiction. My obsession waned a few months back. Last night I watched a rerun of The X-Files and then promptly got online to poke around some old fanfic haunts.
And, well, I saw that Sparky had updated her overlooked classics page. Couldn't resist, dove in. If you're a fan of the show, whether you're a fanfic neo or an old-timer, I bet you'll like these. Angelis and Chains are both quite good, even amazing in spots. Fugue is well . . . I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Anyway, it's a good set of nontraditional picks.
Television rules us all. Well, some more than others.
Dick Wolf on the timeslot for Law & Order: SVU and Aaron Sorkin re The West Wing. Wolf's unhappy that NBC is gonna air SVU at 8pm CST:
I hate Dateline.
Movies, movies, movies!
Me? I'm gonna see the earliest show of Iron Giant I can on Friday. I'll probably see The Thomas Crown Affair next because I'm a fan of Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo and of the original film and darnit, the previews look good. Plus I'm a sucker for this kind of film. I'm really eager to see Mystery Men, too . . . and I'm intrigued by The Sixth Sense.
I'm busy with plenty of other things this weekend. Will try to get some mini reviews of the movies I manage to see up here by Monday morning.
The Twentieth Anniversary issue of City Pages has hit the streets . . . and the web. It's one of Minneapolis' alternative weekly papers, I guess that's the best way to describe it to those who don't recognize it.
Much good stuff to look at there.
Michael Sragow profiles Brad Bird (director of The Iron Giant, brilliant animator).
Yay! NBC has decided to switch their Tuesday night fall schedule around. Will & Grace will no longer be opposite Sports Night . . . so fans of both series can easily watch both. (It'll be opposite Spin City instead, which has been uneven, IMHO, and I expect the addition of Heather Locklear to the cast will make it worse).
It's pretty sad that I'm as happy over this news as I am. Is a good scheduling move on the part of NBC, for a change.
So it's 6am, I should be going about the biz of starting my day-- or else returning to my bed for a couple more hours of sleep. Instead, what am I doing? I'm laughing out loud at Chris Rywalt's piece re TV, memory, and . . . cereal. Go read it. Even better if you can read it while eating a bowl of cereal (I don't think I'm that coordinated. Plus, well, I don't have any cereal. Or milk, for that matter).
Ha! Robert Bianco does fine TV picks each weekday at USA Today. Had to chuckle at this bit (for Wednesday, August 4th):
I love fonts. I don't buy many fonts, as I often find cool free fonts available for download.
I think I already mentioned that the font I used for the header graphic on this design of my weblog is called fontdiner.com, you can pretty much guess where I got it (right?).
If you've been reading my website for more than a year-- from back in the days before the windowseat.org domain-- you'll recognize the fonts available from fonthead.com: Holstein, Good Dog, and SpillMilk, in particular. I still love 'em and now that I've found them again I'll probably overuse them until y'all beg me to stop. They've other fonts, as well, of course. Much good stuff.
Microsoft's batch o' free fonts.
Webdog also has good fonts.
Utopia Fonts has a design that gives me a headache. But they've got some good fonts. You have to like anyone who named a font I hate Comic Sans.
What? Already? Lileks considers the approach of Autumn in today's Backfence column:
The Generosity Game takes the whole random act of kindness thing one step further: it encourages folks to pass the kindness on. Cute idea [via memepool].
And I've heard a lot of great things about iCab for the Mac. Sounds remarkably like Opera, actually, which is a Good Thing, IMHO.
Oh yeah, Opera for BeOS is in beta testing now. The Mac version is supposedly nearing beta! (whee!)
Bizarre. Apocalypse.org seems to have been down since sometime early on August 1st. I've some webpages hosted there and still receive some email to my account there. Puzzling to be unable to access it for so long . . . very very odd. Perhaps the server blew up in the heat or something. :-( I hope John Romkey and the Ranchers of the Apocalypse are okay. (And if any of y'all are on signal-to-noise or leadheads, those mailing lists are hosted on apocalypse.org and have been inaccessible, too. Nothing I, your humble listadmin, can do about it).
Hey Buffy fans: in case you missed it, TV Guide did a complete episode guide for Buffy the Vampire Slayer last week. Alas, it was easy to miss as they bumped Buffy off the cover to show a pic of JFK, Jr (since he was such a big TV star, I guess . . .).
Anyway, I'm only just starting to make a sincere effort to try to watch the series. Was good to note that the episodes I have seen were rated quite low in the guide-- no wonder I was underwhelmed.
Michael Nelson reflects on MST3K in this week's TV Guide Insider:
It's true! Sigh. Anyway, it's worth reading the whole thing. Nelson was head writer for most of the shows run, in addition to playing plenty of roles (including that of, well, Mike) on the air.
It's probably a good time to mention the spiff book Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide. Very funny stuff (for even the most casual of viewers). Sure the book is a few years old so it's missing data from recent seasons . . . that just makes it easier to find at low, low prices (I recently spotted it at a Half Price Bookstore for $3. Curses, foiled again, I paid full price for mine. Worth it, though).
Oh the fame! The glory! (or not).
I was quoted in an article by Keith Alexander about the CEO of Lifetime television (Carole Black), in the Money section of Thursday's USA Today:
For what it's worth, I was referring to their movies-of-the-week, for the most part. I think their show Any Day Now is decent, for instance. I'm also now 28 (the interview was a couple months back). And I picked up "Wifetime" from the folks of alt.tv.homicide.
(Note: I don't have a deadtree version of the article. Might be nice, I s'pose, to see or have such a beast. Worth a chuckle. But I doubt I know anyone who gets that particular bit o' paper. If you stumble across it and could send me an original or a photocopy, that'd be cool. I might even swap you some bit of flotsam for it).
Sigh. John Zipperer on the last episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000:
The film rocks. Very funny, very smart. You can take it as just an amusing film or you can chew on all sorts of other issues as well. I'm still thinking about it. And smiling over some scenes. Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon are absolutely wonderful (and the supporting cast is pretty terrific, too). Anyway, if you can find it still showing in your neck of the woods-- go see it. If it's passed you by, rest assured it should show up on video pretty soon.
(Yeah, I've witnessed a lot of people who suffer from depression get very sleep deprived and silly at science fiction conventions. And a lot more "up" than usual. 'Course close proximity to friends plus easy access to fine sources of caffeine, sugar, and alcohol might also have something to do with it).
Ha! J. Crow . . . I guess someone had to do it.
In case anyone was wondering (yeah right), Daniel Baldwin is my favorite Baldwin brother. Largely because of the fab job he did on Homicide as "Beau Felton".
Still doesn't look like there'll be any more episodes of Crusade after the initial 13-episode run. Recently there were rumors that both FOX and the Sci-Fi channel were considering picking up the series, here's a site that tells you the truth (i.e. there's nothing to those rumors). [via aicn]
(Can you tell I'm poking around my bookmark file looking for interesting and/or useful links I've not yet mentioned?)
The A.V. Club @ The Onion interviews Neil Gaiman:
I'm also far too amused by this bit, Gaiman on one of the reasons he moved to the United States:
Neil Gaiman gave permission to The Dreaming Website to post scans of his 24-hour comic Being An Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolus. Reproduction prohibited, etc. But if you're a fan who's never had a chance to see it, well here's your chance. A rare glimpse at Gaiman's drawing skills (one of the few glimpses one ever gets-- apart from the occasional sketch shown in Sandman collection introductions or doodles he's been known to draw when one gets an autograph).
Green Man Press is the realm of Charles Vess' magical art. As well as info on the fab Ballads and Sagas comic series, among other projects.
Boy am I out of touch, I'm just now hearing about Ender's Shadow, a new novel from Orson Scott Card that's set during the same timeframe as Ender's Game. It tells the tale from the perspective of Bean . . . whoa. Cool concept, I hope Card pulls it off. I love Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead (and blush to admit that I still haven't read the fourth book).
Jim Yoshimura-- one of the best writers for Homicide and one of the best TV writers, period-- gets a multi-million dollar development deal. Yay!
Lisa Schmeiser beat me to praising VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll. She's said it all, really. I completely agree. Yeah sure I could argue all day about the actual rankings, but I'm just really happy that someone put together such a list, with a usually interesting collection of clips and quotes.
Technolust: I think I need a new TV.
More Technolust: Palm IIIe: Special Edition-- it's clear!
Next best thing to seeing Lyle Lovett in concert? Live in Texas, the new(ish) album from Lovett. Fabulous. A must for Lovett fans. And if you're not a fan yet, this album gives you a great taste of one of the best American songwriters out there. He's no slouch as a performer, either, and the Large Band has always been top notch.
I love how Lyle Lovett confounds some folks: does he play country music? jazz? blues? folk? rock? Um, yes.
When I received an URL from Felix Strates via ICQ with the title "Lightning calculator," I figured it was a really fast calculator. Wrong! It's an app for the Palm Pilot that calculates how far away a lightning strike is (based on data you input, of course. When you see the flash, when you hear the thunder). Now that's geeky.
A really good piece on the media mess surrounding the crash of a certain plane. From Lisa Schmeiser and Philip Michaels of TeeVee.org:
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