Saturday, February 26, 2005

Babylon 5 movie deal dead

According to the series creator J. Michael Straczynski, the dream of a Babylon 5 movie is over - a post to the newsgroup (reprinted at this link to lays out just how close it was to becoming reality, and that now it seems like a movie version of the series will not come to be. Sad news indeed - I for one had been really hoping that this movie would get made.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Sin City the movie!

This movie looks like it's going to be really really cool - go here to watch the trailer and here to check out the official site.

You want some cheese with that whine, Michael?

Apparently Michael Gorman, President of the American Library Association, is not fond of bloggers. He also smacks Google around in that article, talking about an op-ed piece he wrote for the Los Angeles Times called "Google and God's Mind (December 17th, 2004)" in which he "question(s) the usefulness of Google digitizing millions of books and making bits of them available via its notoriously inefficient search engine." Well, I'm rather surprised that the Dean of Library Services, Madden Library, California State University doesn't like Google, or blogs. Because if I can read blogs (some of which have actual good information and/or valid points on world affairs) and search Google for information and for books - why would I even need to step inside a library again? So yeah, I'm not at all surprised. But to call Google "notoriously inefficient" seems just a little harsh. Maybe he's just bad at it, and has to take it out on those of us who can actually use Google to find what we are looking for more quickly and efficiently than we could by going to the library. Now don't get me wrong - I'm not against libraries, and I think supporting and funding libraries is important. Maybe a better way to approach the "Blog People" as he calls them would be to start a discussion of ways their worlds can merge - libraries and Google and blogs all working together. I can think of one of the "Blog People" who helps libraries all the time, Pamela Ribon. She runs, and she's spent tons of her time organizing book drives for libraries. It's very cool how they do it, the library creates a wish list on of books they'd like to have, and people go to those wish lists, buy a book or two, and have them shipped to the library that needs them. Now how's that for integrating libraries and "Blog People"?

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Second season of Battlestar Galactica to premiere this summer

SciFi announced yesterday that the second season of Battlestar Galactica, which has been getting good ratings for them, will begin airing this summer. Good news - and it's also confirmed that the entire cast will be returning. They're scheduled to shoot 20 new episodes, and production will begin next month. A quote from the story states that "The series, which premiered on Jan. 14, has been averaging over 3 million viewers per episode and has quickly become SCI FI's highest-rated original series and has received unprecedented critical acclaim." That's also good news - I really like it, and I hate it when good shows that I like get screwed over. The show is also apparently very popular among file sharing folks, ranking 9th on the list of top 10 most downloaded shows. Even if you don't get into the whole file sharing thing, you can go to the Galactica part of the SciFi site and watch the first episode legally - and commercial free!

So... tired...

Wow am I tired right now - stayed up too late last night I guess. Don't you hate it when you are really tired, and it seems like every question someone asks you is just the most insipid, most inane, just plain DUMBEST thing anyone has ever asked? Now imagine that situation magnified a thousand fold - and you've got an idea how bad a mood I'm in right now. When you feel wiped out, tired, and really crabby? Yeah, that's not the best time to be talking to a bunch of mouth breathing morons. It reminds me of an old saying "Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience." So true, so very true. Bah, this sucks. Maybe I just need some more coffee...

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

UPDATE : SPOILER ALERT : Episode III screenshots

Here's a link to a mirror site where the pics are still viewable - for now...

A FINAL(?) UPDATE : 2/25 @ 8:04am At last check, this site was down, and the one linked below was back up. And the working one has some GIF images of a couple of the lightsaber battles - very cool!!

SPOILER ALERT : Website with screenshots from Episode III

Not sure if this site is still up, or if it's just getting crushed because it was linked on Slashdot this morning, but here's a link to site reporting to have 80 screenshots from Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith. Apparently they say there are more screenshots to come - if the site is ever reachable.