August 23-31, 1999
Assuming I can find a ride, a roommate, and scrape together enough cash . . . I'll be going to Congenial, a small relaxacon that's in Racine, Wisconsin this year. Guests of Honor are all fabulous folks: Bob Berlien, Kathy Routliffe, Howard Harrison, and Samantha Star Straf.
I had an absolute blast the convention last year: good food, good drink, interesting people, fine guests, and wonderful music parties.
Salon interview with Richard Thompson
Fan page for Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys! Jerry Doyle and Michael Dorn are among the cast.
More re the possible Homicide movie [via hlotslinks]:
I laughed out loud at Lisa Schmeiser's latest piece @ teevee.org. It rings so true. Read it if you love TV-- better yet, read it if you don't watch TV. (Mwhahaha) (Um. Er. Yeah). (I'd form a longer, more coherent sentence, but I can't just now . . . I watched three episodes of Sliders last night).
Cold Fusion Express is finally available (I've been watching and waiting for this).
I bought and read Jonathan Carroll's The Marriage of Sticks last week. The first novel I've read in I don't know how long-- which is odd for me, I used to read fiction frequently-- now it seems like a rare treat. I intend to rectify that, darnit.
Anyway, the book is wonderful, of course. I'm never quite sure how to describe Carroll's stuff. It's good. Always makes me think. Is always something I'll read in as few sittings as possible (I read 'em quick and I hate it when I'm through and end up counting the days 'til his next story or book). Things didn't quite come together as well as I'd hoped during the last part of the book, but I think I'm usually disappointed by the end of Carroll's books-- not because they're weak endings, but because I hate to have the book end at all. And he doesn't wrap things up in pretty bows like soem writers do. The book also has gorgeous cover art by Tom Canty. (Me? I've bought some books solely for Canty cover art. Strange, but true).
Another good bleat from James Lileks.
Sandra Bernhard and Janeane Garafolo to guest star on The Sopranos. Cool.
ABC has pulled Sports Night off of their schedule until the season premiere. Grrrr.
Entertainment Weekly piece on the future of Homicide and the cast, crew, others [via hlotslinks]. A must-read for any Homicide fan.
Munch to appear on The Beat [via hlotslinks]:
All these pieces about the many appearances of Munch seem to neglect a few other pseudo-appearances. Belzer plays a familiar-looking policeman in A Very Brady Sequel and in an episode of Mad About You as well.
startribune.com's State Fair webpage has lots of good stuff, even if it does look a lot like an ad for Gateway 2000.
I ran into some of my former coworkers at the Fair yesterday, I guess you could say they were "on assignment", taking pictures of Walleye on a Stick, friend cheese curds, and other Fair delicacies. When I left them, I believe they were about to embark on an investigation into the differences between pronto pups and corndogs. (Could I make this stuff up?)
The Fair was crowded already on the first day, Thursday. Amazing. Fab stuff: African Violet show in the Horticulturve/Agriculture building, Huskie dog show, the many animals of the animal barns (rabbits, sheep, geese, ducks, pigeons, pigs, goats, horses), the young cougar (and other animals) of the DNR building, the parade, the food (too much to go into now), the people-watching (of course), the art exhibit, the crop art exhibit, the free stuff, and so on. I never even got to the Midway or a number of the buildings I usually hit. Nor did I ride the cable cars or the space needle or the river rapids. Hmm, maybe I'll have to go back sometime next week. . .
A James White tribute page, where fans can write comments.
Harry Knowles urging Warner Brothers to rerelease Iron Giant or somehow remarket it. Also more details on the marketing failure.
L.A. Times piece about The Iron Giant's box office and marketing woes [via flutterby]:
Article also mentions the universally good reviews, that the film is probably the best reviewed movie of the year. Ahem. So you've seen it, right? Go.
And many fine points are raised. All the things I've been wondering (like why the pundits aren't embracing it, especially in the wake of Littleton . . . ).
Both these Iron Giant pieces are worth your time, and the movie is splendid. (But I repeat myself. Go now, go often . . . pay no attention to the film's trailer or commercials if you've seen them . . . just go.
Kevin Mitnick in a multi-car accident when being transferred (unnecessarily, it would seem) from one facility to another. Good grief.
I'm excited, I got passes to see a sneak preview of American Beauty next week. Yay!
Check out the movie's website if you haven't lately. It takes time to load, but the interesting movie trailer-- of sorts-- is worth it.
Barry Levinson re his new series, The Beat (that he's co-creating with Tom Fontana):
I'm too tired (or something) to properly explain why I like today's bleat from James Lileks so much, but I do. Has me smiling.
Good Backfence column today, too. re Deep Fried candy bars on a stick:
I've been urging folks to check out the season 1 episodes of Chicago Hope now airing on Lifetime TV weekdays at 10am CST. I guess the first season of the series ranks up there among my favorite TV ever. Not as high as some, but it's surely some of David E. Kelley's best work.
In chatting with someone about the show, I was reminded of this piece by Philip Michaels for TeeVee circa 1996:
Part 1 of Neil Gaiman's fabulous story "Murder Mysteries" is performed by Brian Dennehy and others for Seeing Ear Theater (Sci-Fi channel/scifi.com).
I haven't had a chance to listen to it all yet, but I like the story heaps. And I've heard it read aloud well before (by Gaiman). Should work well as a radio play (or should I say internet audio broadcast?).
Fascinating stuff for TV geeks (like me): The Primetime Emmy Awards Database. Includes all nominees for Emmys from 1949-1999. Some detailed data. Most fascinating bits? Seeing which episodes were submitted for various acting and series Emmy nominations . . .
Go see The Iron Giant. This is a recording. Go see The Iron Giant. Seek it out at a movie theater near you. Go see it. Trust me.
Just in case any of you don't visit The Obscure Store daily, consider this a recommendation . . . a gentle reminder. Good stuff to be read there.
A Talk parody site. Well, actually it's more a parody of the promotional stuff pre-launch, but it's funny regardless.
Where has the summer gone? It's time, once again, for the "Great Minnesota Get Together"--the Minnesota State Fair.
It's one of the largest state fairs in the country and it's one of those must-go events for all Minnesotans. If you live in MN and have never gone-- you simply must go. Now. Well, soon. I'd be happy to play tour guide or to email you tips on what to see, where to go, etc.
And if you aren't from Minnesota . . . what can I tell you? If you ever get a chance to visit Minnesota around Labor Day, you've gotta go to the State Fair. Really. It's just so very . . . um. Very. Words don't quite do it justice.
I'm going today (Thursday), maybe I'll come up with some descriptive prose afterwards.
Here's some old, but good, FairStuff:
Luke Seeman @ The Fair with Garrison Keillor, a nifty photo essay.
One of Luke Seeman's dispatches re The Fair:
And another one.
Always cause for celebration: a new album from Richard Thompson.
Another good Backfence column from James Lileks (and company):
James White, science fiction writer and fan, passed away this week. :-(
It was a little eerie, I was just adding one of his Sector General novels to my to-read stack right before I logged in to check email and got the news. I was smiling at the thought of the Sector General series and of the time I met White briefly at a convention. Sigh.
A new profile of Randy Newman (part of Brilliant Careers @ salon):
Some spiff articles about Palm pilots, pilot software, etc. I'm particularly fond of the "My First PDA" column. Some good software recs and fun commentary.
Entertainment Weekly's Fall Movie Preview.
. . . Musing . . .
I know, it's not exactly an earth shattering observation. But I'd really love to have a spiff pair of shorts that went down almost to my knees, with neato pockets to hold my palm pilot and cell phone, for instance. I'd just up and buy men's shorts to fit my needs, but I somehow doubt any of them could accomodate my hips. Sigh. Ach well. I guess I have some jeans shorts that sorta fit the bill, but they're getting ragged. This year, I can't seem to find shorts that are longer than mid-thigh length.
NBC trying to put together a cast for a Homicide movie. Tom Fontana:
And another article profiling Fontana mentions movie possibilities. With quotes from Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, and Fontana (of course).
So he's joking a bit there, but I'd absolutely adore any Homicide movie that brought back Beau Felton (Daniel Baldwin) and/or Steve Crosetti (Jon Polito) (a.k.a. The Dead Ones).
mindsec is a new search engine for a bunch of security and administration resources. Worth checking out. [via HNN]
Ugh, that's our governor.
Patrick Reusse re The Guv:
And then there's Barreiro's column . . . yowch.
I'm waiting for Jesse to talk a lot about a media conspiracy against him, a la Denny Green. Oh wait, he already has, hasn't he? Well, pretty darn close . . .
Should I be concerned that I think I figured out many of the answers to this crossword puzzle, without looking at the actual puzzle portion?
Brad Graham (of The Bradlands) on The Iron Giant:
Chuck Taggert (of Looka!) on The Iron Giant:
I've seen it twice already, think I need to go again. Well, at least a bunch o' webloggers are seeing it. :-)
For Homicide: Life on the Street fans or those who are wondering what all my fuss is about . . . I can't recommend these videos highly enough. Your chance to own three of the best episodes of arguably the best TV drama ever, uncut. With some extra behind the scenes stuff, too (15 minutes, total). Figured I might as well link to these again as who knows how long NBC will keep 'em available.
I've ordered scripts from Script Shop before and I've been pleased with their product and services. Cool stuff. If you're a geek like me who enjoys reading scripts for shows you've already watched countless times. They also have movie scripts, of course.
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