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A short history of the Lone Ranger

July 2, 2013

A short history of the Lone Ranger

The Gore Verbinski/Johnny Depp version of The Lone Ranger opens in the USA on July 3rd.

The character has been around for eighty years, and is a solid part of pop culture.

Before I give you a chronology, let me talk a bit about the Lone Ranger. If you know nothing about the character, it’s possible that you might consider some of this as spoilers, but I think that’s unlikely for most people. I have not seen the movie, so this won’t reveal anything specific to that production (which looks like it is going to take a different approach).

The future Lone Ranger was one of the Texas Rangers, along with his brother. The group rode into an ambush set by the Cavendish gang. All of the rangers except for the one who would become The Lone Ranger (in the original series, his first name was not given, but he is generally now thought of as John Reid) were killed.

The future Lone Ranger was rescued by Tonto. Tonto buried the other rangers (including the future Lone Ranger’s brother), and made an extra grave for the future Lone Ranger, in order to fool the Cavendish gang and give the future Lone Ranger a chance to recover.

After being helped back to health by Tonto, he becomes the Lone (the last left alive) Ranger. He dons a mask, made from the bullet-ridden vest of his brother.

There is a wild stallion that he later names Silver. It may not be appropriate to say that he tames Silver, but they do become a team.

Traditionally, the Lone Ranger doesn’t shoot to kill his opponents. In fact, he avoids gunplay. That’s why he uses silver bullets…it’s because they are rare, expensive, and difficult to get. That means he will always think twice about using one. Obviously, there is also symbolism here, as seen in naming his horse Silver as well.

The Lone Ranger travels around, helping build the West. Tonto travels with him. It’s important to note that the Lone Ranger generally treats him as an equal, and the audience is expected to do the same. While Tonto does encounter a great deal of prejudice, it’s from other characters (townsfolk, bad guys), and the audience believes the prejudice is wrong.

There are other things associated with the Lone Ranger. “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” starts a ride. When the Lone Ranger leaves an area, after having saved someone, they might say, “Who was that masked man? I wanted to thank him.”  The William Tell Overture, used in the radio show and the TV show, is also closely linked to him.

The Lone Ranger is someone who has sublimated his own identity for the greater good. He believes in the individual and helps others. He tends to side with the less powerful against those who abuse power and who might dictate the way the West develops.

To quote the show, “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear…

Timeline (click links for information and content, including the original radio shows)

January 31st, 1933: the first Lone Ranger radio show is broadcast (there is some suggestion that it might have played on January 30th as a test, but the 31st was the official debut). It would run for close to 3,000 episodes, and become a national show and sensation

1936: the first Lone Ranger novel is published. Seventeen more in the series will follow through 1956. The Lone Ranger Rides

Late 1930s: a serious silent cartoon version is produced

1938: Parker Brothers released The Lone Ranger boardgame Board Game Geek listing

February 12, 1938: Republic releases the first chapter of a 15 chapter serial, just called The Lone Ranger Watch at YouTube

September, 1938: A Lone Ranger comic strip starts, and will run through 1971. Lone Ranger comic strip

January 7, 1939: The Lone Stranger and Porky, a parody with Porky Pig (and directed by Bob Clampett) is released Watch at YouTube

February 25, 1939: A Republic sequel (again, fifteen chapters) is released: The Lone Ranger Rides Again Watch a restored version at YouTube

1947: As a premium for Kix cereal, kids can get a Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb ring…which reportedly actually contains a radioactive isotope Tracy’s Toys

1948: Dell Comics begins a Lone Ranger comic book, originally reprinting strips, but later including original material. It will run for 145 issues

1948: Cheerios prints special editions of the boxes with 9 different paper card model sets, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the show Board Game Geek listing

September 15, 1949: The Lone Ranger becomes an early hit for TV with Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. New episodes run through June 6, 1957 The Renegades episode of The Lone Ranger

1951: Dell publishes a Tonto comic book series…it runs 31 issues

1951: Dell adds a Silver comic book series…it runs 34 issues Silver comic book

January-February, 1953: Mad Magazine does a parody: Lone Stranger!

December 1953 – January 1954: Mad Magazine does a parody…sequel: Lone Stranger Rides Again

1956: Parker Brothers releases The New Lone Ranger boardgame Board Game Geek listing

1956: A theatrical release is done with Moore and Silverheels

1956: Lisbeth Wirthing releases The Lone Ranger and the Silver Bullets boardgame. It is reportedly later pulled due to licensing issues Board Game Geek article

1958: Another theatrical release with Moore and Silverheels, The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold

September 1964: Gold Key begins a Lone Ranger comic book series

1965: Bill Cosby’s album I Started Out As a Child features a Lone Ranger routine audio clip on YouTube

1966: A Lone Ranger animated series runs, with Michael Rye as the Ranger. It is reportedly a darker tone than might be expected at the time

1966: Milton Bradley releases The Lone Ranger boardgame, apparently based on the cartoon series Board Game Geek listing

1973: Gabriel Toys released a line based on the Lone Ranger Skooldays article

1978: Warren Company releases The Lone Ranger& Tonto boardgame Board Game Geek listing

1980: The Tarzan/Lone Ranger (later Zorro was added) animated series. William Conrad (Cannon) voiced the Ranger. Ran through 1982

1980: Milton Bradley releases a Lone Ranger board game, The Legend of the Lone Ranger Board Game Geek listing

1981: A big budget version is made…with Christopher Lloyd as Butch Cavendish. A controversy at the time is Clayton Moore, TV’s Lone Ranger, being prohibited from wearing the mask in public appearances (so as not to conflict), and switching to sunglasses

1994: Topps comics does a four-part Joe R. Lansdale miniseries

July, 1991: Konami released a Lone Ranger videogame for the NES

February 26, 2003: A TV movie with Chad Michael Murray as the Lone Ranger IMDb listing

September 6, 2006: Dynamite Entertainment begins another comic book series

2013?: Lego releases a series of figures and sets connected to the new movie Lego

June 6, 2013: Disney releases Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer inspired characters for Disney Infinity L.A. Times article

July 3, 2013:  The Johnny Depp version opens

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

Michael Clarke Duncan reported dead

September 4, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan reported dead

Michael Clarke Duncan could easily have been typecast.

Just like his Oscar-nominated (and Saturn-winning) portrayal of John Coffey in the Stephen King adaptation, The Green Mile, Duncan did not let others define him.

Since his first appearance on screen in 1995, Duncan found success both in geek works and the mainstream, and on screen and as a voice artist.

Geek credits include:

  • Weird Science (TV series): Cardinal Carnage
  • Armageddon (as Bear)
  • Breakfast of Champions (Bruce Willis starred in this Vonnegut adaptation)
  • Star Trek: Klingon Academy (video game…Duncan voiced a Klingon)
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Planet of the Apes (Duncan played Attar in this Tim Burton update with Mark Wahlberg)
  • The Scorpion King (Balthazar)
  • Daredevil (Duncan was the Kingpin…he would also voice the character on Spider-Man)
  • George of the Jungle 2 (mean lion)
  • Brother Bear (Tug in this Disney animated movie…he’d repeat the role in the sequel)
  • Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (he played Wade’s future self)
  • D.E.B.S. (schoolgirl spies)
  • George and the Dragon (James Purefoy, Piper Perabo)
  • Static Shock
  • Pursued (reunited with Estella Warren)
  • Crash Nebula
  • Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (video game)
  • Racing Stripes
  • Teen Titans
  • Sin City (as Manute)
  • The Golden Blaze
  • Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone
  • The Island
  • Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (as the stork)
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (two appearances as Commander Baker)
  • The Land Before Time XI
  • The Suffering: Ties That Bind (video game)
  • Minoriteam (his “Balactus” destroyed the home world of a main character in this Adult Swim parody)
  • Air Buddies (yes, in the Air Bud series)
  • The Last Mimzy
  • Loonatics Unleashed (Massive)
  • Slipstream
  • Family Guy (including voicing Fozzie Bear)
  • God of War II (video game)
  • Kung Fu Panda (Commander Vachir)
  • Chuck (Colt)
  • The Slammin’ Salmon
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (Balrog)
  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (returning as Sam)
  • The Sibling
  • Bones and the spin-off, The Finder
  • Green Lantern (voiced Kilowog)
  • Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit
  • Annoying Orange (the Marshmallow King)

Good-bye, Michael Clarke Duncan…the world is a little less easy-going without you.

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

2011: The Measured Circle Year in Review

January 6, 2012

2011: The Measured Circle Year in Review

Movies

I had suggested that 2011 might be the Geekiest Movie Year Ever, and certainly, looking at the top movies, they did very well.

There are some late year releases that are going to join the top tiers (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked will all make over $100m domestic gross). Those are all sequels, and there are fewer originals in the box office champs this year. Four of 2010’s top ten weren’t sequels (Inception, How to Train Your Dragon, Tangled, and Despicable Me). At this point. only Thor and Captain America are non-sequels in the top ten (and that may not be final…MI may get up there for one).

However, if we look at non-geek movies in the top twenty, they definitely were on the rise this year. In 2010, we had True Grit (#13), Grown Ups (#15), Little Fockers (#17), and the King’s Speech (#18) (and I’d entertain arguments about the Karate Kid #11). This year (based on rankings of domestic gross on December 31st…it will change), it’s The Hangover Part II (#4), Fast Five (#6), The Help (#11), Bridesmaids (#12), and Horrible Bosses (#20).

Originality still works in animation…successes included Rio (#15), Rango (#19), Hop (#22), and Gnomeo & Juliet (#27).

When we look at live-action geek originals, there really is no comparison with the cartoons: Super 8 (#18), Battle Los Angeles (#32), Immortals  (#33), Zookeeper (#34), and Contagion (#39).

Some movies that weren’t as successful?

  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil: wide release (over 2500 theatres), big stars (Glenn Close, Joan Cusack, Cheech Marin, and many more), a thirty million dollar budget, and a 50m+ first movie, this one only earned about 10m
  • Straw Dogs: again, big names, big release, remake of a cult classic…you probably would have budgeted $25m for this, too. Gross: about 10m dogro
  • The Thing: okay, not star-studded, but still…prequel to a cult classic, promotable genre…I would have bet the 35m here, probably. Return in dogro: aobut 16m. Not the best year for R-rated horror
  • Some other 2011 geeky movies that didn’t make 25m dogro: Apollo 18, Fright Night, Shark Night 3D, Conan the Barbarian, Dream House, Mars Needs Moms, Your Highness, Season of the Witch

I’m still working on the 2011 Box Office MVPs…hope to have that soon.

TV

It was a good year for geek TV. While The Cape failed to get a second season, a number of new geek shows did. Cable continues to be the best bet, but Once Upon a Time drew good numbers as a network show. Here’s a look at some highlights from the year:

Some 2011 Debuting Series and Their Status

  • Alphas on Syfy (renewed) team of people each with an extraordinary ability
  • American Horror Story on Fox (renewed)
  • Being Human on Syfy (USA version) (renewed) ghost, vampire, and werewolf are roommates…based on BBC series
  • The Cape on NBC (canceled) superhero
  • Death Valley on MTV (renewed) mockumentary: cops deal with zombies and such
  • Face Off on Syfy (renewed) competition show for special effects makeup artists
  • Falling Skies on TNT (renewed) aliens invade Earth
  • Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet (renewed) reality show search for Bigfoot
  • Game of Thrones on HBO (renewed) based on George R.R. Martin’s book series
  • Grimm on NBC (ongoing) cops and fairy tales
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness on Nickelodeon (ongoing)
  • The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family (canceled) Discovered Destiny series
  • Once Upon a Time on ABC (ongoing) fairy tale characters in our world
  • Paranormal Challenge on the Travel Channel (unknown) reality competition
  • Paranormal Witness on Syfy (unknown) nonfiction
  • Person of Interest on CBS (ongoing) computer predicts crimes
  • Prophets of Science Fiction on the Science channel (ongoing) documentary
  • Teen Wolf on MTV (renewed)  more serious take on the movie
  • Terra Nova on Fox (unknown) time travel and dinos
  • Unforgettable on CBS (ongoing) special (but medically real) power
Special note: Congratulations to Peter Dinklage for winning an Emmy for a performance in a geek series (Game of Thrones). That’s certainly noteworthy…Leonard Nimoy was nominated for playing Spock, but didn’t win for it.

Books 

Bestselling geek books listed at Amazon.com for 2011:

  1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
  3. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
  4. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  5. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
  8. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  9. Miss Peregrim’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  10. The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Games

Released in December, Star Wars: The Old Republic (an MMORPG…Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) got to a million players faster than any of its predecessors. While that takes a considerable personal commitment, there is no question that the game with the biggest crossover cultural impact could be played for thirty seconds at a time: Angry Birds. Traditional gamer games, like Call of Duty (both Modern Warfare and Black Ops) and Madden were in the top ten, but so was Just Dance 3 (and 2). Games being marketed for fitness and for party interaction seems like a bit of an evolution. The Kinect was  part of the national conversation…and “hacking” it was promoted in a TV ad. The Kindle Fire provided another platform…and home hardware expanded its offerings (giving you movies/TV and the web). What’s the future of dedicated home gaming hardware? Will games be played overwhelmingly on portable platforms…and “gaming systems” become simply entertainment systems?

Miscellaneous Pop Culture

  • A major story was the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical on Broadway. It became the subject of jokes when it had difficulties getting up and running, including some injuries. There was backstage drama as well. However, it would eventually set a one-week Broadway record of nearly three million dollars. That may not be enough to make it profitable, but it is popular
  • Watson’s IBM won a highly-touted Jeopardy tournament…and would later help with medical research
  • Telepresence robots were in the news…allowing an immunochallenged child to attend school, buying a scone
  • Netflix changed its pricing plans, and ran into massive bad publicity.  Amazon gave free video streaming at no additional cost to paid Prime members
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published information on how to survive a zombie apocalypse
  • To great fanfare, Pottermore, an online Harry Potter experience was announced. Harry Potter e-books did not materialize when expected
  • DC Comics renumbers and reinvents its comic books with the “New 52”

In Memoriam

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

Chronology of the Planet of the Apes

August 9, 2011

Chronology of the Planet of the Apes

This weekend, I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

My involvement with the franchise goes back considerably before that, though. I thought it might be interesting to show some of the chronology*, which began close to fifty years ago.

1963: La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle is first published in French in Paris by Juillard. There are significant differences between this and the first movie, but significant elements are preserved (including some character names)

June 1963: An American hardback is published by Vanguard Press, with a translation by Xan Fielding. This version is entitled Planet of the Apes

As early as 1963, Rod Serling begins adapting the book as a screenplay

January 1964: A British hardback (using Fielding’s translation) is published under the title Monkey Planet by Secker & Warburg. Apparently, the word “singes” in French is like “non-human primate” in English…it doesn’t specify apes or monkeys

November 1964: Signet publishes a US paperback copy for fifty cents

1965: Serling submits his script. It will be two years before the funding is raised. Michael Wilson, another screenwriter, also works on the script

1966: Penguin publishes a paperback version (still called Monkey Planet) in England

Up until this point, it doesn’t seem to have made a mainstream impact in the US.  There were a couple of reviews in the 1960s before the movie.

May 1967: Filming begins

February 8, 1968: The movie debuts in New York

April 3, 1968: The movie opens wide in the US. It becomes the third biggest US grossing movie of the year, behind 2001: A Space Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet

1969: John Chambers receives an honorary Oscar for his make-up work on the Planet of the Apes movie

1970: Gold Key releases a one-shot comic book of Beneath the Planet of the Apes

May 26, 1970: The second movie, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, opens wide in the US. It isn’t anywhere near as successful as the first movie in the US, but that doesn’t stop the sequels

July 1970: a novelization of Beneath the Planet of the Apes by Michael Avallone is released

May 21, 1971: Escape from the Planet of the Apes is released, with Roddy McDowell returning to the series

June 30, 1972: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is released

June 15, 1973: Battle for the Planet of the Apes, the last of the original series is released in the US. It’s profitable, since it reportedly cost under $2 million to produce (it made about $9 million in the USA…at the time, that’s a good showing)

1973: The “Go Ape” movie marathons show all five movies in movie theatres

1974: Milton Bradley introduces a Planet of the Apes board game

January 1974: A novelization of Escape from the Planet of the Apes by well-known science fiction author Jerry Pournelle is released in paperback by Award

February 1974: A novelization of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes by John Jakes (North and South) is released in paperback by Award

Summer 1974: Mego introduces its line of Planet of the Apes toys

August 1974: Marvel begins a comic book series with original stories…it runs 29 issues, ending in February 1977

September 13, 1974: The live-action TV series, called just Planet of the Apes, debuts. It will last until December of 1974, with some episodes re-cut into TV movies

September 6, 1975: The animated series debuts…it will last until November 29, 1975

October 1975: Marvel begins a comic book adaptation of the first two  movies.  It runs for 11 issues, ending in December 1976′

September 6, 1998: American Movie Classics celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first movie, and shows a new documentary, Behind the Planet of the Apes

July 27, 2001: The Tim Burton version is released in the USA: it grosses over $180 million in that country, and over $360 million worldwide, on a budget of about $100 million. Rick Baker leads the make-up team…and doesn’t get an Oscar nomination

September 19, 2001: Ubi Soft introduces a Planet of the Apes videogame for PC

November 21, 2001: Ubi Soft introduces a Planet of the Apes videogame for GameBoy

September 2001: Dark Horse comics begins a new comic book series

August 5, 2011: Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens in the US, using motion capture rather than makeup. It is the number one movie of the weekend and gets good reviews

There you go! I couldn’t find a year that Don Post introduced their Planet of the Apes masks (I had one), but it was in the 1970s. I was a bit surprised not to find an official Planet of the Apes role-playing game…that seems like a natural, with different character types and abilities. I found quite a bit of discussion of the idea, though. I haven’t listed many reprints of the novel: you can get more detailed information in the links below. Do you have a nostalgic memory of PotA? Feel free to let me know.

References

RodSerling.com

Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB) on PotA

http://planetoftheapes.wikia.com/wiki/La_Plan%C3%A8te_des_singes

Big Comic Book Database listing for PotA

Hunter’s Planet of the Apes Archives

Planet of the Apes Wiki at Wikia

The 6 Best (and 6 Most Ridiculous) Pieces of Planet of the Apes Merchandise

PotA Wikia on Ubi Soft PC game

Board Game Geek

Mego Museum

Planet of the Apes Wikia on the Ubi Soft GameBoy game

 

* Note: for a chronology of the events within the Planet of the Apes stories (caution: here be spoilers!), see http://pota.goatley.com/prophecy/timeline.htm

 

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

Have a Wii? Get the free Netflix disc

April 22, 2010

Have a Wii? Get the free Netflix disc

Owning stuff is so Twentieth Century.

Music on CDs?  You might as well have wax cylinders, ya dinosaur!  😉

Books on paper?   Pshaw!

Movies and TV on DVD?  Not when you can stream a huge selection.

I’m kidding, of course…sort of.  I’m a person with ten thousand paperbooks in my home…but I’ve stopped buying them (I’m a Kindle guy).  The concept of collecting shelves and shelves of something is just not that much a part of the New Millenials’ lives.  Oh, they have thousands of songs on their iPods, and they even paid for some of them (again, kidding), but they don’t have them on individual physical media.  They are stored for them somewhere else.

I was predicting years ago that we’d be able to watch pretty much whatever we wanted on TV.  I pictured a model where you could watch shows with commercials for free, and you’d pay by piece for others.

I was wrong on the latter…partially.  You can go to your On Demand and pay $1.99 to watch a movie.  You can go to iTunes and pay ninety-nine cents  for a TV show.

But the other model is “all you can eat”.  That’s the streaming Netflix model.  You pay a set amount a month, and then “consume” whatever you want.

I know this is popular: I write about e-books in my other blog, I Love My Kindle.  One of the frequently asked questions is why Amazon (or some other e-book provider) doesn’t offer a similar program: pay X amount a month, read all you want.

There are some things like that out there (BookSwim for paperbooks, PressDisplay for digital periodicals). 

Netflix has one of the best deals.  For $8.99 a month, you can watch all the movies and TV you want.  Oh, if you do it the old-fashioned way, you can only have one DVD at a time…but that’s still a lot.  Let’s say you get a DVD on the first of the month, and watch it that day and send it back in the pre-paid envelope.  The turnaround time is really quick: you’ll probably have another one on the third.  Figure you could watch about ten DVDs a month if you really turn them and churn them.

However, you can also watch streaming.  No waiting for that silly old mail.  You want to watch ten movies in a day?  No problem.   Time for a Buffy marathon?  Done!  Watch until you’re undead!  😉

For college age kids, a lot of them are fine watching these on a computer.  Some of them don’t even own TVs any more.

Some people like watching on a bigger screen, though.  That’s especially good if it’s a community event…like singing along with Dr. Horrible.

Hooking up your computer to your TV is an option, but that’s never really caught on.  I have a cable to connect my laptop to my computer, and I could do it wirelessly, but there’s just something about that.

I use a Roku to watch the streaming Netflix on my TV.  I really like that…it’s a little set-top box, it connects to the internet wirelessly…snap to use, really.

However, that does mean you have another box.

Enter the Wii Netflix disc.  If you already have a Wii hooked up, you can get a free disc from Netflix.  When you put that disc into your internet connected Wii, you can watch the streaming video through your Wii.

I got one to test it out…after all, it doesn’t cost anything for the disc.  🙂  It works pretty well…in one specific area, it’s actually better than the Roku.  What’s that?  You can choose shows right through the Wii…you get categories, recommendations (“similar to”).  With the Roku, I add them through my computer to my Instant Queue first.

That’s both an advantage and a disadvantage.  With the Roku, you get parental control.  The parents might have the password for the Netflix account, and the kids don’t.  The parents can add all the things they want to be available for the kids (a hundred or more, if you want), then the kids pick through the Roku from that list.

With the Wii disc, the kids aren’t limited like that.

 The other disadvantage is that you have to put the disc in every time you want to watch.  The Roku is just another TV input, like your DVD player.  So, if you do the Wii Fit, you’ll have to put the Wii Netflix disc back into the Wii to watch a movie or TV show.

As to selection, it is really very good.  You probably won’t see recent movies, maybe the last year of so.  Outside of that, you’ll see a lot.  I usually figure that they give some time for the DVDs to sell before they release it.  Some things are available right away, and sometimes it’s for a short time.  They also add things right away.

For example, I’ve been watching The Dick Van Dyke show from the first episode.  However, I’ve also watched Dead Snow (a recent Norwegian zombie movie).  You can watch the original Star Trek series and/or Firefly.  You can watch the recent comedy Step Brothers and/or the Marx Brothers in A Night in Casablanca.

After we got the Roku, we canceled our premium cable channels.  We still have some “extended cable”, but no HBO/Showtime/Starz.  That paid for the Roku quite quickly. 

One little tip setting it up.  When you get your disc, log into Netflix and activate it from there.  When I followed the instructions on the screen, it didn’t know who I was, and wanted to give me a free trial.

To get the disc, log into Netflix and search for Wii.  You’ll see a link that will take you to the right section to get it.

If you don’t have a Wii, I’d consider the Roku

So, let’s see…streaming Netflix, Pandora, Zipcars…hmmm, I wonder when we’ll get digital food?  😉

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

The week ahead: March 22-28 2010

March 21, 2010

The week ahead: March 22-28 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, March 22

On TV, you get new episodes of Chuck, 24, The Big Bang Theory, and a couple of new to Syfy eps of Naoki Urasawa’s monster anime.

Tuesday, March 23

On TV, we get a new episode of Lost, as the countdown to the end continues. 

Tuesday is the big book release day of the week.  This week, you can get: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Kindle edition), the follow-up to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (although not by the author of the first book) and Dark’s Tale…the protagonist of this Young Adult title is a cat abandoned in Golden Gate Park (in San Francisco).

Tuesday is also a big videogame release day…hmmm…do they think it isn’t the same audience, or do they figure that as long as you are in the store, you’ll buy both?  There’s a videogame of the Zhu Zhu Pets being released for the DS.  It does come with a (non-motorized) Zhu Zhu.  If you don’t know what a Zhu Zhu pet is, you probably didn’t have a young kid who needed a gift at the holidays…it’s a motorized hamster, basically.  Also for the DS is Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey.  While a sci fi game, you’ll negotiate with demons…and they may or may not fight on your side, depending on how good you are. 

DVD releases include: The Men Who Stare at Goats.  Well, you probably didn’t see it in the theatre, right?  🙂  Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove stars Bindi Irwin (Steve’s daughter, and a television star in her own right).  I’m guessing they wished a certain recent news story hadn’t happened…for many reasons.  The recent The Prisoner miniseries, with Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan is out.  I wonder if Rover will put it back in?  😉

Wednesday, March 24

On TV, you get a new episode of Human Target.  For the paranormal crowd, we have new episodes of Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth.  One segment of the latter?  Israeli mermaid… There is also a new episode of MonsterQuest called American Wolfman.  It supposedly includes “new footage”.  Since the description says the episode goes to the Midwest, I assume this will talk about the Beast of Bray Road and not the West Coast’s Wolfman Jack.  😉

Thursday, March 25

Flashforward has a new episode…does the show have the momentum it did before the hiatus? 

Even if you happen to be in England, membership for the World Horror Convention is sold out…they say they don’t even have press passes left.  Guests include authors Tanith Lee and James Herbert, and Hammer star Ingrid Pitt.  This is the first time it has been held outside North America, and that clearly worked out well. 

Friday, March 26

Fridays often have new movies, and this week we have Hot Tub Time Machine and How to Train Your Dragon.  I’m thinking you have a pretty good idea what the audiences are for these two movies, if you’ve seen the trailers.  🙂

Saturday, March 27

Dark Relic is a new TV movie on the Syfy Channel.  It takes place in 1099 AD…that’s 1066 upside down (sorta)!  I wonder if that means anything…probably not.  😉

Sunday, March 28

A new episode of Life sounds hairy…it features mammals. 

Now, don’t say there’s nothing to do…  😉

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


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