Archive for the ‘Things That Rock A Lot’ Category

It’s been 15 years, the long national nightmare is over…



At least three new episodes of MST3K are going to be made!


File under: so wrong it’s right

Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while: voice actor panels at Emerald City Comic Con where they, uh, reinterpret the Star Wars scripts.  They’ve got through the first two movies; one hopes they’ll be doing ‘Jedi’ eventually (looks like they didn’t have a voice talent guest list this year).  Jim Cummings’ ‘Darth Pooh’ is disturbingly hilarious.  :D

Not generally work safe, once they get good and going…

Part 1 (2012)

Part 2 (2013 1st set)

Part 3 (2013 2nd set)

Part 4 (2014)

What brings the most raw, unadulterated joy into my life?

A new series of I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue. I’m already giggling as soon as the theme music starts.

And The News Quiz‘s Susan Calman making her first appearance on the show is the icing on the cake.

Happy anniversary, H2G2

It was 36 years ago today that a certain radio program(me) made its debut on BBC Radio 4.

Radio 4 is celebrating by rebroadcasting the original series, and re-releasing the (in)famous text game in a modern browser-friendly, illustrated way… with DNA’s original hints.

And if you’re in London and get very lucky, you should know that I can make myself available on the morning of March 29.

This just in…

There have been rumors of a large cache of missing Doctor Who episodes floating around this summer, always later debunked.

This is not a rumor, this one is real: nine missing Troughton episodes have been recovered — the five missing episodes of ‘The Enemy of the World‘ in which Patrick Troughton gets to play both the Doctor and the main villain, and four of the five missing episodes of ‘The Web of Fear‘, which introduced the world to Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (although only a colonel then).

Thanks to Paul for the head’s up!

I hope Douglas Adams would have been pleased.

I got curious about the home of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, Ursa Minor Beta — or rather β Ursæ Minoris, as it would properly be known — and looked it up on Wikipedia.

It’s 42 times the size of the sun. This was not known until 2011, so Adams didn’t choose it deliberately.

This goes into my file of ‘unexpectedly beautiful facts’. :)

Just asking for trouble

Even though the PDF spells out the rules for what names are and are not acceptable, I expect the number of people who read them before submitting names to the International Astronomical Union under their new initiative to solicit names for astronomical objects from the public will be an exceedingly small percentage of the number of people who actually do submit names.

That said, I wonder what I would suggest for the planet candidate I co-discovered earlier this year–which I just noticed I never blogged about. I participate in several online citizen science projects, Planet Hunters among them (a Zooniverse project — join us, join us!), and one of the light curves I marked as possibly being a planet appears to actually be one. That was one of the coolest emails I ever received. :D

Anyway, the host star is a 15th magnitude one in Lyra (which gave me a lovely Contact moment when I learned that!), and is generally quite unremarkable. And it’s right here.

Let no one ever question this proposition.

Blue Man Group is friggin’ AWESOME in concert.

Aging like a fine wine

Furthur 2011. Phil and Bobby. Hell yes. With Jeff Chimenti (a little Keith, a little Brent, a lot of awesome keys), John Kadlecik (who was absolutely channeling Jerry), Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson.

It started in the party in the parking lot and the Bazaar of the Bizarre, with a nice spiced hot cider spiked with rum and just got better from there. My seat, which looking at the map appeared to be nosebleed and obstructed view, turned out to be excellent — even with the stage with a terrific (and unblocked) view across it.

This was one of the best damn Dead shows I’ve ever seen, period. Even if it’s technically a Furthur show.

Many, *many* moons ago, I wrote a story (unfinished and now completely lost) that involved a Grateful Dead concert going on about 150 years from now, on the theory that as time goes on, so does the band, bringing in new members as needed. The personnel aren’t as important as the experience. And while I would never minimize the talents of any member of the Dead, past or present, I’m starting to think this is actually a possibility. Kadlicek and Chimenti have decades ahead of them; eventually they could be the elder statesment–as Weir and Lesh are now–when it’s time to bring the new generation up to speed.

Speaking of: I was amazed by how many people there were young. As in, too young to have possibly seen a pre-’95 show, unless they were lugged to one by a Deadhead mom and/or dad. This is the other reason my old vision of an eternal Grateful Dead could happen: the fandom is also self-replacing. We are not only everywhere, we are everywhen.

Anyway, the setlist, which included several surprises:

Easy Wind
Black-Throated Wind
Ramble On Rose
High Time
Cumberland Blues
The Mighty Quinn

Lost Sailor ->
Saint of Circumstance
You Never Give Me Your Money
He’s Gone ->
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire on the Mountain
Eyes of the World
Black Peter
The Wheel
Casey Jones

::Touch of Grey

o/` Nothin’ left to do but smile, smile, smile… o/`

Moff rocks it again

Been watching the new ‘Sherlock’ seried on PBS’ website — done by Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the Doctor Who showrunner and one of his writers.

Shit, yeah.

Massive props to Suburban Banshee for the heads-up — I probably wouldn’t have given it a second look, except that former Arthur Dent (and future Bilbo Baggins) Martin Freeman is playing Watson.

They’ve brought Holmes into the 21st century, and kept his essential Holmesishness. This series is a win from the get-go.

And this from a guy who watches almost no TV anymore.