Star Trek is 42 years today!

It is fitting that we finish our Star Trek: The Experience Audio tour today as Star Trek turns 42. I was looking down the article on and saw several videos that they have posted at YouTube. One that I thought was particularly interesting was Leonard Nimoy doing an interview about Star Trek in Full Makeup! What was strange it looked like Spock talking about getting his start into acting and growing up in Boston.

Happy Birthday Star Trek!

It was 42 years ago today… |

On September 8th, 1966, the world was transported for the first time to the 23rd century and the final frontier. On TV screens across America, “The Man Trap” introduced Star Trek and ushered in a franchise that endures to this day. Some fans recall the day, but for many more, they were too young or not even yet born to experience that moment in TV history.

Save “The Dresden Files”

[Reposted Courtesy Slice of Scifi]

If all fans of “The Dresden Files” which was canceled by The SCI FI Channel are serious about wanting to get their show back with all new episodes, there might be something you can do.

Taking a page from the “Save Jericho” script, one of our Slice of SciFi fans by the name of John VanSeters took our cue about Mike suggestion of sending drum sticks to the network to the next level and got SCI FI President Bonnie Hammer snail-mail address. The drum stick is an appropriate message to send to Hammer since Harry Dresden uses one for his magician wand.

You can mail those drum sticks to:

The Sci-Fi Channel
Attn: Bonnie Hammer, President
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1513

Now get those drum sticks going and donate forget to print “SAVE DRESDEN” on each stick you sent to Ms. Hammer.

Robert Cringely’s Theory on the Apple TV HD

Robert Cringely asks why there is a hard drive in the new Apple TV. I don’t see the big confusion…I believe it is for downloadable content such as Movies/TV shows from iTunes and/or podcasts (Audio or Video). Now, his Peer 2 Peer theory is interesting…but I think unlikely. I wouldn’t want a Peer 2 Peer box in my house.

I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Appearances Can Be Deceiving | PBS
The new Apple TV media extender is supposed to ship this month, perhaps even by the time you read this column, and if you are like me you are wondering what that 40-gig hard drive is doing inside. I’m guessing we won’t know for sure until later this year, though of course I also think I know the secret answer, too.

Sign of the Times…DRM is on the way out.

Here is a perfect example of how a TV network gets it, or is starting to get the fact that there are fans that want to “play with their content”.

When you loosen up and not be such a hard nose about copyright issues and suing your customers but allow them to create new things with it .. it can only peak curiosity. It is what viral marketing is all about. It is about creating interest in something by letting the audience create the interest for you.

CBS to allow snippets of shows on Web – Yahoo! News
CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves said Tuesday his company would embrace products and technologies that allow viewers to “time shift” and “place shift” his network’s shows and interact with them in new ways.


I have always loved the Rankin/Bass stop motion holiday specials. I have seen the pictures of the original puppets in disarray and they looked bad. However it looks like they have now been restored! Check out the link below to see pictures of them in all their original glory.

Rudolph & Santa: RESTORATION FINISHED!: updated 8-15-06
The original Rankin/Bass Ani-Magic Puppets of Rudolph and Santa from the 1964 TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have finished their restoration process. The puppets spent the early half of this year residing among other modern day stop-motion puppets in one of Hollywood’s leading animation studios where experts in puppet construction and preservation have been meticulously working to restore them to their original specifications. This includes detailed cleaning, careful repair of broken parts and reconstruction of a few minor missing costume pieces. Now finished the puppets arel be back in working condition, able to stand and pose as they were originally designed. For the first time in 40 years, Rudolph’s nose can once again light the night with his famous red glow.

Also, here is a link the the people at Screen Novelties that did the restoring.

I found this via Cartoon Brew.

New Star Trek? Why Not?

If you haven’t heard, Star Trek the original series is getting a face lift with new digital effects like Star Wars got. I for one think it will be interesting to see what the “new” one looks like.

Hey look on the bright side. It is on TV, Cost Nothing, and George
Lucas isn’t getting money from it.

It starts on Saturday the 16th…check your listings.

SurgeTV, what tha…

This is the stupidest thing I think that I have read in a long time. First G4 takes over TechTV to become G4TechTV then just G4 again…and now we have the SciFi Channel changing the name to what sounds like a Cola? AND adding wrestling? What the Heck is going on!

Maybe I am just getting older…I don’t know.

SCI FI Channel to Change Name to SurgeTV
November 1, 2006, the SCI FI Channel will change their name to SurgeTV,
to reflect the changing demographic thrust of the successful
long-running cable channel. In addition, deals are currently working
out to bring back ECW for a three-times a week run in prime time, as
well as reruns (Pre-WWE) of professional wrestling events.

Update: Ok, I am an idiot…Looks like I was taken in. Apparently this is a prank…I went looking for an official notice on their site but didn’t find one, and now I see others questioning it. Guess I should have looked before I pulled the trigger on my blog! Bleh.

I find THIS Offensive!

This is just over the line! Turner Broadcasting, the people that brought you colorized movies from Black and Whites…now takes it upon themselves to remove smoking from all of the old Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Now, I do understand that smoking isn’t good for you or me…but to go a step further and erase it from history? Who the *&%@ do they think they are!

You know…I think I remember a few times that Tom, Jerry, and even Fred or Barney got sloshed. Perhaps they should take that out too…Now that I think about it…Anvils and boards to the head are ok to leave in?

I can’t stand this kind of censorship when someone thinks they know better than me. I have some advice for you…Talk to your Kids, don’t shelter them by chopping up old cartoons. Yea, that will save the world.

Pfft. Idiots. Kiss my P.C. Free butt.

AOL News
LONDON (Aug. 21) – Turner Broadcasting is scouring more
than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including old
favorites Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, to
edit out scenes that glamorize smoking.

Makes me want to smoke in protest!

Ben 10

There are not a lot of newer cartoon shows on that I can get into, but my son has been stuck on Ben-10 and I have to say that I am getting that way to.

Ben Tennyson finds the Omnitrix (looks like a big watch) that permanently attaches to his arm and it allows him to transform into 1 of 10 aliens with super powers. It is the sort of thing that I think any boy would have hoped to find.

He uses this new found abilities for everything between stopping bad buys and saving his cousin Gwen.

Lots of Fun especially if you have a young one into Superheroes.