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The Great Big Catch-up Post

Wednesday, October 05, 2005
I'm back from New Zealand where I had a fantastic time (I'll be posting pictures and a story or two in the next day or two). Two weeks, however, is a long time in net-time. There's a lot that has slipped by, but a few things which have caught my eye reviewing two weeks worth of emails, blogs and other messages include ...

[X] The NYTimes looks at Yahoo's entry into the print-book scanning realm, parallelling Google's efforts. [Via]

[X] Australian IT, Tom Raftery & Scoble plus lots of others are talking about the Sun/Google pairing: online office is just around the corner!

[X] The BBC has a dire warning in "Australian poor students warning": "Following plans to increase university fees, the Australian education department is reporting a reduction in numbers of disadvantaged students."

[X] Steven "Everything Bad is Good For You"Johnson talks Web 2.0 in Discover Magazine. Also check out the Web 2.0 Conference Coverage.

[X] Waxy & Co's Upcoming.org just got Yahoo!ed!

[X] The Duke University Podcasting Symposium has its full archive online; Apophenia presented "mainstream-ification and podcasting" there; JD Lasica talks about the RIAA rep who was there.

[X] The new Rooster Teeth machinima series PANICS (?People Acting Normal in Crazy-Ass Situations?) is much funnier than The Strangerhood, getting back to the basics of military folk being silly! [Via]

[X] Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, Australia's top movie critics review Serenity with David stating: "It's like watching Star Wars almost back in 1977." I can't imagine higher praise for a film! (TIME also has an interview with Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman.)

[X] The Shining trailer, remixed and Westside Story as a horror film are two of the cleverest edits I've seen! (Details.) (Update: Also check out Scary Titanic, a Psycho RomCom and EDOTSM as Horror.) [Via]

[X] The planet Xena has a moon: Gabrielle! :) [Via]

[X] Crooks & Liars feature Kanye West and Mike Myers: Part II. A good move by Myers!

[X] Cory Doctorow is podcasting.

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At 10/05/2005 10:11:00 pm, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Serenity was amazing. After leaving the theater I had the overwhelming urge to find a FOX executive and kick his ass.

At 10/06/2005 05:14:00 pm, Blogger Grant said...

I can't blame Fox for cancelling the show, given that nobody was watching it. Sure, they could have kept it on the air in the hopes that an audience would build, but the show wasn't cheap by any stretch.

There's lot of arguments you can make back and forth about things like this, regarding advertising, scheduling, etc, but in the end TV is a commercial business and the choices that get made are going to be fiscal and not creative.

Ironically, had the show come out today it would be much more likely to stay on the air, given the booming market in TV show DVDs that Firefly helped create.

At 10/06/2005 09:43:00 pm, Anonymous flb said...

Calling the moon Gabrielle is just taking it too far...
Funny that they named it Gabrielle though, as opposed to Hercules...or is that because all planets are gendered female?...I forget...

At 10/07/2005 08:42:00 am, Blogger Tama said...

Malnurtured Snay & Grant: While I do understand that Fox is, after all, a business and Firefly never really gained a decent audience first run, I do think that Fox didn't show much evidence of trying to promote or even give the show a fair chance to survive. Ironically, they've probably made a shiteload of money off the perpetually impressive DVD sales!

flb: Personally, I think if that planet's really being called Xena, then naming the moon Gabrielle is perfect!

At 10/10/2005 08:37:00 am, Blogger sussy said...

I ADORE that West Side Story clip. The one for Titanic is fab too.


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