Archive for August, 2010

“You and I are scientists…”

August 31, 2010

“You and I are scientists, professor.  We buy our privilege to experiment at the cost of total responsibility.”
–Doctor Who (played by Tom Baker)
Planet of Evil
episode of Doctor Who
screenplay by Louis Marks

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

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“Entertainers are dumping…”

August 30, 2010

“Entertainers are dumping ground for all the fantasies of their fans.”
–Lloyd Willey
in an interview with Lisa Hogan
in the San Francisco Music Calendar, April 1982

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

The Week Ahead: August 30 – September 5 2010

August 30, 2010

The Week Ahead: August 30 – September 5 2010

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

Monday, August 30

On TV: it’s the Grasp of the Gnome on Scooby-Doo on Cartoon Network, which also gives us new eps of Johnny Test and Flapjack; there’s a new ep of Lie to Me on Fox; VH1 gives us a new Scream Queens; and MTV’s Warren the Ape wraps up its first season with an ep called Rock Opera

Tuesday, August 31

On TV: the Cartoon Network has a new Unnatural History; they make a firehose “jet pack” on G4’s It’s Effin’ Science; there’s a new Warehouse 13 on Syfy; the Discovery Channel’s post-apocalyptic reality show continues

Wednesday, September 1

On TV: the Ghost Hunters are at the Philadelphia Zoo (and on Syfy); A&E gives us a new Criss Angel; USA has a Psych called Shawn 2.0; the Science channel starts the 2nd season of Sci-Fi Science

Thursday, September 2

On TV: there’s an asteroid attack on the Universe on the History Channel; Stan Lee’s Superhumans continues has a new ep on the History Channel; WCG Ultimate Gamer continues on Syfy;  it’s the 100th episode (and 6th season finale) of Futurama…in this ep, Leela leads the underground mutants in revolt, and Devo guest stars

The 68th annual Worldcon starts today in Melbourne, Australia.  This is arguably the most prestigious con* of the year, where the Hugos are awarded.  It doesn’t haven’t the flashiest media stars, maybe, but I saw Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov at a Worldcon decades ago…and that was as cool as shaking hands with Chewbacca.  😉

Friday, September 3

At the movie theatres: Machete is a spin-off from Grindhouse, sort of…this was one of the trailers.  Danny Trejo, the star, also played a character named Machete in Spy Kids.  While the later was a big box office success, this one probably isn’t being made with that expectation.  It was made because…it was fun to make.  🙂  Of course, I’m just speculating.  😉  Even though this has some big and interesting names (Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba…and a Nash Bridges reunion with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin), I’d still be surprised if it breaks 40m domestic gross (dogro).  It’s probably going to be too violent and have too much nudity for the mainstream.  That helps it on the secondary market, though, and it may do well in some other countries.  My guess is that it will be beaten by several holdovers…as I write this, I haven’t seen any figures on the Avatar re-release, but that might be one of them.  🙂

Cons* starting today include: the 24th Dragon*Con is held in Atlanta…they are going to try and set a Guinness World Record for most Star Trek costumes.  Guests include Lynn Abbey, Neal Adams, Rene Auberjonois, Scott Bakula, Ben Browder, Levar Burton, Jim Butcher…and believe me, that’s just a tiny sample; Geek.Kon is in Madison, Wisconsin; RoadHouse  celebrates the show Supernatural, and is in Birmingham, England; the 30th CooperConn  is in Mesa, Arizona, with Stephen R. Donaldson as Guest of Honor; the Fayatteville, North Carolina Headquarters Library has a free one day anime con, Librari-Con

On TV: NatGeo’s Amazing! features the Jesus lizard (it runs on water…really) and ghost science; the Kids in the Hall’s Death Comes to Town continues

Saturday, September 4

On TV:

Sunday, September 5

On TV: TNT has the third season finale of Leverage; Rubicon continues on AMC

*Cons are short for “conventions”, when people who rarely leave the house get together…just kidding, of course, they can be great fun.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

“Listen, Graham. Let me remind that you’re…”

August 29, 2010

“Listen, Graham.  Let me remind you that you’re writing for the Space Opera Division.  You’ve got one job, and that’s to please your immediate supervisor–me.  And if you want to please me, you’ll stick to one plot–Bem meets Fem.  That’s all.”
Zank
Preview
written by Robert Bloch

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

Ticking, dialing, airing, tuning

August 29, 2010

Ticking, dialing, airing, tuning

It’s funny how some idioms outlast their original meanings.

I’ve been noticing this one recently…

“Clock’s ticking.”

I can completely see a twelve-year old saying to an adult, “I hear people say that, and I know it means we don’t have much time…but what does it really mean?”

After all, clocks don’t tick any more.  It would probably be even more confusing if you pointed to your wrist while saying it.  Most kids don’t have wristwatches…if they want to know what time it is, they look at a cellphone.  That’s a little hard to mime, though, since we look at cellphones for so many reasons.

We also still say we “dial a number”…most kids haven’t used (or probably even seen) a dial telephone.

In fact, my favorite obsolete technology story (and you know you’re a geek when you have a favorite obsolete technology story) was with my own kid.  When my kid was, oh, seven or so, we found a dial telephone.  It wasn’t plugged into anything, of course.  My kid was pretending to dial a telephone number, and there was a finger slip.  My kid looked at me and said, “How do I delete that?”  I had to think for a few seconds before saying, “We couldn’t delete it, we’d have to start all over.” “Start all over?”  This was followed by walking away…that was like Flintstones level technology, and not worth the effort.

We also still talk about a TV program “airing” and “airdates”.  Well, some shows do…network shows.  Oh, and I suppose ones that come down by satellite count.  But i think we still say this because of shows broadcast by big antennas, rather than by cable (internet or otherwise).  You know, I’m backing off this one…enough of them go to cellphones to count.  🙂

Another one is “tuning” in a show.  We used to actually have to turn a dial to tune in a show (radio, then TV).  I remember turning a radio dial, just tweaking it until I got it as well as I could.  No, not on a big console set, but definitely on a transistor radio.

I know we still say things that are based on things that were hundreds of years old, but these caught my eye…er, ear. 

Any other ones you’ve noticed?  Feel free to let me know…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

“Rabbit’s clever…”

August 28, 2010

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
–A.A. Milne
writing in The House at Pooh Corner

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

Where are the 1980s TV stars? At The Hub!

August 27, 2010

Where are the 1980s TV stars? At The Hub!

Been missing Family Ties, The Fall Guy, and Star Trek: The Next Generation?

Stars from all three will be on The Hub, a new cable channel launching on Trip Ten day (10-10-10…Tenth of October, 2010).

The channel itself is interesting: it’s a joint venture between Disney (because they clearly don’t have enough cable channels) 😉 and Hasbro, the toy maker.  That’s pretty up front, right? 

What caught my eye in some of the casting was the appearance of some major 1980s TV stars.

Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter provide voices in Dan Vs.  That’s right, it’s a mini-Keaton family reunion!

This one is a little more obscure, but Markie Post and Lee Majors have voice roles, but not in the same series.  Quick!  What show were they on together in the 1980s?  Not the Six Million Dollar Man…not Night Court…that’s right, it’s The Fall Guy!

The hottest voice cast might be for Pound Puppies.  They’ve snagged Betty White, Eric McCormack, Michael Rapaport, and Rene Auberjonois (that’s your ST:TNG castmember).

Of course, I could have picked shows out of the 1990s or 1970s as well.  Michael Rapaport (mentioned above) and Paget Brewster give us a Friends guest arc reunion.  Clancy Brown was a star of Earth 2, which was another hyped (if not necessarily iconic) 1990s series.

I suspect some of you may be more excited about the shows and the toys on which some of them are based.  Transformers, My Little Pony, and G.I. Joe, among others.

They’ll have some other interesting properties as well, including reruns of Doogie Howser and Wonder Years, and a new series based on Clue.

Official Website

 This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Ah, nostalgia…Avatar returns to theatres today

August 27, 2010

Ah, nostalgia…Avatar returns to theatres today

Remember way back in December of 2009?  Lost was still being broadcast, Betty White was only 87 years old…and 3D in the movie theatres was amazing, Dude!

Yes, if you are nostalgic for those good old days, you’ll be excited to know that Avatar is being re-released in theatres today. 

Oh, and it has never before-seen footage, because, you know, it just wasn’t long enough the first time.  Actually, I thought it moved very well…as those who’ve read my earlier post know, that wasn’t my concern with it.

I do think this will do pretty well this weekend, and easily push the movie over $750,000 dogro (domestic gross).  It doesn’t need much to do that, and it’ll happen.  Not adjusting for inflation, it’s way above its competition.  It’s alone in being over $700m dogro at $749m.  The closest one is director James Cameron’s Titanic at about $600m.  That’s right: Avatar is about 25% higher than the number 2. 

After that, we get The Dark Knight at $533m, and then eight movies over $400m…including Toy Story 3.

If you haven’t seen Avatar, I do think it’s worth seeing.  🙂  If you have seen it, you’ll get a few more minutes…more animals and more intimacy.

Avatar at Fandango

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

“Because…I don’t know. Because, I think…”

August 27, 2010

“Because…I don’t know.  Because I think because they need us.  The plebs.  They don’t know it; but in a funny sort of way the…uncertainty…matters to them.  Not knowing where we are, where we shall pop up next, the crazy things we shall do.  They need people who’ve made lunacy a profession; and that’s us.  Without us, they’ll forget they’re living in Hell; they’ll just sludge down into a sort of great doughy mass, and forget how to think, and how to eat, and day they’ll forget how to breathe.  I think we’ve got to help them…keep things stirred.  Like worms tunneling through earth, letting the air in.  Us.  The Unsavory Elements, the won’t-do-gooders, and won’t-stay-putters.  And I think we’ve got to do this even if it hurts because it’s important to them as well.  Because we might not like it, and we might refuse to face it, but in the long term the plebs are what matters to us more than anything else.  Once we all opted for the Humanities.  Well, there they are.  The proper study of Mankind.  The Plebs.  Man…”
–Jed
Manscarer
written by Keith Roberts

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle

“Like most people my age, I…

August 26, 2010

“Like most people my age, I just existed.”
–Dave Lizewski (Kick-*ss) (played by Aaron Johnson)
Kick-*ss
screenplay by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn
based on the comic book by Mark Millar & John Romita, Jr.

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle


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