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Tube Bits for 02/03/2009

  • Wired’s Geek Dad (Patrick Orndorff) gives us his list of 10 science fiction TV series he can’t wait to share with his kids. As he states in the piece, his list is targeted for when his kids are older and it’s easy to see why. I’m glad to see two anime up there, Ergo Proxy (which I haven’t seen yet) and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (which I have and it’s great). I can’t really argue with anything on this list (except Lexx), although for me, Galactica has become very hit and miss.
  • Atomic PC has this very cool look at the science behind Dollhouse.The show premieres next Friday evening so set your DVRs.
  • The Space Ramblings blog states that the syndicated TV show, Legend of the Seeker, has been getting better during its run, culminating in a great episode. Now, I thought the first book, Wizard’s First Rule, was decent enough fantasy, but the show hasn’t grabbed me. Is anyone out there watching? I know someone must be because it’s been renewed for a season 2.
  • Why is LOST not only a great SF show, but a great show in general? Because it leads people to explore connections and come up with awesome, and mind bending, things like: The smoke monster is like the monster from Forbidden Planet, or the smoke monster is the physical manifestation of the Wheeler particle-wave duality experiement (as an aside, J. Woods articles on each LOST episode are dense, challenging and awesome), or, if not for the fact that much of his writing was lost (scroll to the end of the article), Archimedes’ would have had an enormous impact on future societies. And that’s just the tip of the ‘win’ iceberg that is LOST.
  • The Cola Wars of the 1980’s left an entire generation with PTSS (post-traumatic soda syndrome) as Pepsi and Coke left no taste bud un-tingled in their quest for soda domination. The only real casualty of the wars was ‘New’ Coke, for which we can all be thankful. takes a look at one of the weapons that Coke unleashed on the drinking public: Max Headroom. With an enemy like that, is it any wonder Pepsi is #2?
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1 Comment on Tube Bits for 02/03/2009

  1. I started watching the first episode of Legend of the Seeker and got a little over half way through it when I got fed up with the naive, incompant youth they turned Richard into. I can understand many of the changes they made from the series (the Book of Pointed Shadows is an actual book Kahlen gives to Richard; Richard is the prophesied Chosen One, etc) but that Richard’s depiction as a callous youth was just too much for me. However, one of my friends (who has also read the books) pointed out the show is geered toward teenage boys, and if I forget the books and keep that in mind it’s a fun, fluffy piece of entertainment. I dunno. I might go back and try to finish the episode later, but it’s on my list of “things to watch when I’m sick and don’t really care.”

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