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Wow! What's up with Typepad? I hit "post" and there was a bizarre site-quake, it asked me to type a Captcha that didn't appear, and then it spontaneously ate my comment while I waited for the Captcha to appear! Hopefully this won't post twice: Paramount could have stood on its IP rights and stopped Star Trek fandom in its tracks back in the early 70s -- allowing fans to share unsanctioned photos, drawings, fanzines, buy and sell handmade Trekkie goods and throw unsanctioned conventions didn't immediately enrich Paramount, so why should they allow it to occur? But allowing that early version of pirating is what created the huge-tastic cash cow that is Star Trek. Without early fannish pirating/sharing, there would be no 40 years or more of Star Trek profits for Paramount; Star Trek would be nothing more than a half-forgotten 60s show. It's a pity Big Content can't accept the fact that pirating is the kind of PR money can't buy. Independent studies have shown that people who pirate are enthusiastic content-devourers: they go to musical events, they go to lots of movies, they shop iTunes and have huge collections of DVDs and other media-related goods. They are Big Content's biggest fans. It's a pity Big Content wants to make felons of them.
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If you're seeking anecdotal proof that a "no touching" policy keeps you healthier, I come from a huge family and had to institute my own no-touching policy at the family Christmas dinner after spending from just before New Year's eve to the end of February sick with bronchial pneumonia two years in a row. In previous years, I'd have hellacious headcolds that would turn into chest colds, so the progression to full-blown pneumonia really scared me -- I mean, what's the next step? A coffin? It does cause a certain amount of hard feelings, especially among the aunts, but I find I am able to attend a lot more New Year's Eve parties due to not becoming ill a few days after Christmas, and I also enjoy not getting covered with other people's makeup as a side-benefit.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2011 on My Dragon*Con Schedule at WWdN: In Exile
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The episode was excellent, and there was so much neat stuff in it that it bears re-watching (thank you, Tivo.) Do I remember correctly hearing Fargo say that Parrish was obviously not the sort of person who should be in outer-space? Because I remember thinking of that as a delightfully ironic reference to Wesley Crusher. Nice Stan Lee cameo, great little in-jokes during his bit. Rewatched it six times! (Thank you, Tivo, again!) I think the best thing for Doc Marten would be, at the end of the season, Parrish & Fargo demand she choose between them and she looks startled for a moment and expresses surprise because she hadn't noticed she'd somehow become a prize they were fighting over. Then she could pat them both on the cheek and skip off with her significant other, played in a cameo by Nathan Fillion, who'd piloted his own corporate jet to Eureka to pick her up. A GIRL CAN DREAM!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on EUREKA: Glimpse at WWdN: In Exile
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I totally second this! I actually said to my husband on more than one occasion (whenever an actor from Star Trek or Firefly appeared on the show) that Wil would have made a great guest star.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2011 on on the delivery of technobabble at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm so sorry this happened to you, Wil. Nobody deserves to be treated this way, esp. when they aren't even suspected of any criminal activity. It makes me wonder if someone in the govt. would be happier if Americans were less free to move about the country at will--easier to control and keep track of us if we stay quietly in one place! My sister is a freelance nurse at about a half-dozen hospitals in NYC, and her hobby is world travel. She's been warned by radiation and X-ray technicians at every hospital she works at to avoid the back-scatter machines at all costs, as ionizing radiation is dangerous even in tiny doses--don't even walk near them, they've said. Neither the TSA nor the corporation that makes the machines will share info on the tests they've done, or specific info on the machines themselves. The techs (at the hospitals) believe TSA workers who work near the machines may be getting hit with radiation leakage that will make even frequent flyer exposure look paltry in comparison, and will be the first to get sick. I wish there was something more to be done than just writing to our Congresscritters, who are already in the pay of the corporation that makes the machines. Sadly, there is too much money to be made (they are becoming taxpayer-funded billionaires even as we cut spending to necessary public works) to let a little thing like popular opinion stop them, and we, the taxpayer, are going to be forced to pay for more & more of these super-expensive machines at more transportation centers as time goes on.
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It frightens meeeee!
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2011 on Cherry Flowers and Bedroom Songs at WWdN: In Exile
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I wasn't sure if Dr. Parrish was under the influence of his invention from the moment we saw him (he had undoubtedly been exposed to its rays during the testing phase, off screen) or if he was just a naturally snarky dude, until the tag. It cheered me no end that, cured, he still insulted Fargo (and his tiny head), as I was afraid he'd become as much of a doormat as most of the other scientists seemed to be around Fargo. Others run from the big boss, but Dr. Parrish knows no fear! He and Zane make a great team -- I don't see them as evil, just rebels stickin' it to The Man!
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I'm not sure which of the two of you is the cuter one! BTW, my husband just bought me season 1 of Leverage as part of my anniversary present... this is a show we hadn't even watched until you appeared on it, so you really did introduce us to it.
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Wow! My husband and I are planning a trip to Vancouver; I'm going to make a list of all the great suggestions. Sounds like The Geek's Tour of Vancouver, which suits us fine. We didn't watch Leverage until your episode and are now never-miss-it viewers. This time we're already huge fans of the show, but if any of your fans missed it, they're gonna get hooked when they tune in to see you. One of the many great things about Eureka is the way the show celebrates intelligence and geekery.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on Eureka: all the rage - day zero at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm so happy for you! But also for us, because we laughed like loons the last time you were on that show.
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Oh, Charo! Such a classy dame! Not only was she lip-syncing, the guys around her were bongo-syncing. I thought there were hanged men in silhouette in the background until I realized it was only stuffed parrots in silhouette... beautiful plumage, the Norwegian Blue!
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2010 on Connect the dots! LA LA LA LA! at WWdN: In Exile
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Why have I not watched this show before? I tivo'd the recent Deadman episode and really enjoyed it. Nice animation, great illustration style, snappy dialogue, and a really good sense of the history of the characters.
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Is not sniper kitty a girl kitty? Calicos are pretty much always girl kitties, or are otherwise very, very confused. She is beautiful *and* deadly!
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Your experience is pretty much the same experience I had at the last 3 or 4 concerts I went to: and that's why I almost never go to concerts anymore. I think the constant and obnoxious cell-phone use was the straw that broke this camel's back! In defense of older concert-goers, I hadn't noticed it was only people in their 40s behaving badly. The two women sitting behind me and my husband who pulled on us *exactly* the same crap that woman pulled on you (plus pouring their cheap beer down behind our seats to soak our shoes) were drunk 20 year olds, and our version of your stoners were college kids. The woman who brought her 4 year old to the fairly intimate setting of Club Passim in Boston (he wailed that he wanted to go potty or go home pretty much all through the concert) was a young mother. Here's hoping your (and our) next concert is a better experience!
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I think the bestest part of all is that ALASKA WON! She argued successfully on her own behalf. Clever girl. She looks so much like a tiny lioness!
Toggle Commented May 2, 2008 on Yes, I speak a little Siamese at Cute Overload
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The Bible is just a book. It's crazy to base your entire life around it, and doubly crazy to insist everyone else to base his or her entire life around it, too. IT'S JUST A BOOK!
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That's a damned fine show, and obviously they are smart enough to hire you for what will be a memorable role! Can't wait to see you playing this wonderfully sleazy character!
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OMIGOD, I have the male version of this kitteh, named Zack. Looks exactly like her, just a bit manlier! He does that sack-of-meal drape thing, too. I wonder if it's genetic to this type 'o kitteh, to be a sack of meal?
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Alas, I know nothing about DirectTV, but I would like to post a link for you, to cheer you up: here's a Trouble With Tribbles parody drawn in the style of Edward Gorey: http://shaenon.livejournal.com/48834.html Yeah, thought that would make you smile.
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That kid totally deserves a nice *rimshot!* sound-effect! Good one, Ryan! When I was a kid, I had a Get Smart spy kit that came with a REAL FINGER GUN. It was a "flesh-toned" hard plastic pointing fore-finger that shot a hard pellet of the sort that would never be allowed today out a hole in the tip of the finger via internal rubber-band action. ...aaaand I just totally dated myself as practically elderly here.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2007 on comedy from our resident genius at WWdN: In Exile
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I had read that they had decided to try to become a "romantic comedy" as opposed to a biting satire, and that that emphasis would come to the fore in the two-parter. But the featured relationships are so unhappily toxic and creepy, it's difficult to watch them. I see no UST, no witty banter, no romance. Cal and Bivo had more chemistry together than Danny and Jordan, and the ferret and the viper had more chemistry together than Matt and Harriett. You are correct, the most interesting bits tend to be about the writers (much love for the ex-Kid In The Hall!) and the underpinnings of how the show gets on the air.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2007 on okay, NBC, let's talk about it. at WWdN: In Exile
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Hmmm. I tried to get to work yesterday, and was thrown off my train at Wellington, where we were all squashed like cattle into shuttlebuses after waiting 30 minutes in the cold, spent another 30 minutes doing a nauseating stop-and-go on the highway to get to Sullivan, where I flung myself off the shuttle bus in order to escape someone standing over me with the worst bad breath imaginable, walked 8 blocks in the cold to make it to a bus stop as far away from the madding crowds as possible... and made it into work at about 10:30 am. So, yeah, I'm a bit upset. BTW, it wasn't viewers encouraged to make these things, but a guy who was hired to do it, I'm assuming by some idiot MBA who majored in Marketing who works for the show. As for the harmlessness of a black box with flashing lights in the shape of a cartoon character flipping the bird... well, to be honest, it didn't *look* all that harmless. It had computer bits attached to the back and a huge blob of black duct tape holding something (which proved to be batteries) in a box-like shape on the bottom. What does something have to look like in order to be taken seriously as a bomb? Doesn't a ricin bomb look like a couple of glass bottles in a paper bag before it blows? Will bombers have to put "WHY YES, YOU ARE CORRECT, THIS DOES HAPPEN TO BE AN ACTUAL AND FOR REAL BOMB - TOO LATE TO RUN, SUCKER" in large red letters on their bombs before someone should be expected to take it seriously? That said... Mayor "Mumbles" Menino scenting the air for public opinion and self-righteously terming this "an act of corporate greed" totally turned my stomach. Yes, TNT should pay the city's cost. No, nobody should go to jail -- I'd love to see the ad wizards who came up with this dim-witted idea do some community service, though, it might teach them to be useful members of society. I feel kinda bad for the guy who did the actual placing of the boxes all over town, he looks like the Una-bomber and would make somebody a fine scapegoat. Sorry this is so long. I'm going over to sit in the corner and take some deep breaths and find my "happy place" now....
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I think the thing that angers me most about Han Solo shooting second was the simple-minded reasoning behind the change: "Han is supposed to be one of the good guys, ergo he'd *never* shoot first! We can show him responding to an overt threat, but not taking someone unawares, even if that someone is an assassin hired to kill him!" It was ostensibly to preserve the delicate sensibilities of the young'uns watching, but really, it infantalized the entire movie and destroyed the beautiful character growth shown by Han under the influence of Luke and Leia. Can you imagine if some busy-body with all the best intentions bought Casablanca, thereby giving him the right to change the scene at the beginning where Rick cheerfully hands over Peter Lorre's terrified thief to the cops? After all, Rick is supposedly the hero of the movie, right? He should be shown trying to hide Ugarte in the back, or preventing the police from searching the bar. It wouldn't be too difficult with a little computer work and a re-dubbing, and there's probably a Humphrey Bogart impersonator out there who need the voice work, even if he'll have to move to Casablanca himself to get away from the irate fans out for his blood immediately after. There are just some things you do not do, and re-imagineering an important classic movie "for the sake of the children!" is not one of them. (See also replacing the guns in ET with walkie-talkies.)
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