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January 28, 2006

Scanner Darkly images

New images from A Scanner Darkly are available for viewing.

Posted by sferrell at 7:39 PM

January 27, 2006

An author's day in the stockade.

Well deserved, and I'm glad that Oprah finally realized that "truth" and "emotional honesty" are not the same thing. Fiction can be emotionally honest, and compelling and life altering. But memoir, or what claims to be memoir, must also be "true"

Note, I use "true" in the sense that "things actually happened." In a very real sense, no book is fully objective, but even when being subjective, there are things that took place, and things that didn't. Memoir is supposed to live among the former.

CNN.com Video

Posted by sferrell at 10:00 AM

I'd read this book, but...

...I know I'd pretty much end up crying like a little girl.

Belatedly, a Bad Dog Finds His Forte: Selling Books - New York Times

Posted by sferrell at 9:43 AM

January 26, 2006

Who wants to die, or go to the potty... or something.

I'm not sure which would bother me more: a muppet concerned with my mortality or a muppet concerned with my bowel habits. They seem about equally troublesome to me.

In any event, the woman who has brainwashed her child to think that Baby David is bad is going off the deep end here. "It was really scary," she said. Scary? Maybe if the book started to bleed.

CNN.com Video

Posted by sferrell at 12:21 PM

Lethem, comics and PKD

An interesting article about a public discussion between Jonathan Lethem ("Motherless Brooklyn") and designer Gary Panter. It's one of those "foot in two camps" discussions, bringing low-brow uptown for "serious" discussion.

(You have to scroll down, for the LA Weekly site is loading incorrectly for some reason.)

LA Weekly

Posted by sferrell at 10:05 AM

January 24, 2006

If at first you don't succeed, merge.

Perhaps CW would be interested in a little show called "Arrested Development?" What? No? It's gonna stick with "America's Next Top Model?" I guess having a host with a forehead big enough for a movie screen is hard to give up.

CW network to replace WB, UPN - Jan. 24, 2006

Posted by sferrell at 12:06 PM

"At least he learned a lesson."

Apparently Michael Stott from "The Office" has a real world relative. John Kelly, a teacher of an ethnicity class in Pennsylvania, forced a student to sit on the floor to take a midterm exam and openly mocked him for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey. He taunted him and encouraged other students to throw paper at him. Now the kid is upset. Says the teacher: "If he felt uncomfortable, then that's a lesson; that's what [the class] is designed to do," Kelly told The Denver Post. The lesson? It could only be "don't be different" or "don't share your beliefs" or maybe even "authority is cruel and hypocritical."

Says school superintendent: "We'll take whatever action we need to in order for the student to feel comfortable." I think that would pretty much start with firing the teacher.

SI.com - NFL - Pa. student humiliated over Broncos jersey - Tuesday January 24, 2006 12:30AM

Posted by sferrell at 9:22 AM

January 23, 2006

The Death of the Internet

This is an incredibly important article to read. The big tel-com companies are beginning to rattle their swords over the issue of providing bandwidth for no money from internet sites. Companies like AT&T feel left out of the money-train. As a result, they may start to slow down certain sites, or give preferential treatment to others.

This would kill our current internet commerce and shut out start-ups.

Write your representative in Congress (this affects EVERYBODY; just think, when Amazon no longer loads or EBay starts to shut down because they have to add a surcharge onto every item) and tell them that "network neutrality" must be protected.

The Coming Tug of War Over the Internet

Posted by sferrell at 10:07 AM

Heather Graham has to be happy about this.

What I find marvelous about this story of "Emily's" cancellation is that ABC committed to a huge ad campaign for Heather Graham's quickly cancelled series (in NYC you couldn't get hit by a bus that didn't have here grin plastered to the side) before they saw a single episode or script. Who is running the national networks. It's like when you mom hires the neighbors kids to mow the lawn when she's never seen them do anything but hangout on the front porch--then she's upset when the run the mower through the garden.

I still can't believe that a show like "Arrested Development" gets cancelled for winning awards, but shows like this get on the air through some sort of vodoo-agent magic.

CNN.com - Why did ABC cancel 'Emily' after?1 show? - Jan 23, 2006

Posted by sferrell at 9:52 AM

January 20, 2006

Counter Strike: MOOOVE!! I SAID MOOVE!!!

Someone lost his mind while playing Counter Strike online. I don't know if it's the one who made the video or the kid he was teasing.

Posted by sferrell at 7:58 PM

One of the funniest pranks ever.

Do you need help, little man?

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Star Trek: The Multi-Generation??

I don't know what I'm more shocked by: the fact that there could be a new Star Trek movie with Kirk, Spock AND Picard, or the fact that Patrick Stewart is "very fond" of Shatner.

‘Star Trek’ Supermovie :: Hollywood.com

Posted by sferrell at 10:09 AM

January 19, 2006

NYTimes pimping films

Interesting that the New York Times is now reviewing previews of films?

Letting Us In on the Joke - New York Times

Posted by sferrell at 1:42 PM

January 18, 2006

Let's talk about Dick. Philip K. Dick.

Dogmatika :: books >> culture >> stuff

Posted by sferrell at 9:45 AM

January 12, 2006

LEEROY JENKINS!!!!

One of the funniest videos on the web. Ahh... the best laid plans of mice and LeeRoy Jenkins.

Leeroy Jenkins - Google Video

Posted by sferrell at 2:00 PM

Through a Scanner Delayed.

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Posted by sferrell at 1:37 PM

Liars unite.

Daily Show writer Tim Carvell joins James Frey in coping an attitude.

A Million Little Corrections - New York Times

Posted by sferrell at 12:00 PM

January 11, 2006

Liar, Liar!

Well researched article pointing out how James Frey, author of "A Million Little Pieces" may have fabricated his memoir. My advice to Frey would have been that there is a word for fabricating your memoir: fiction.

Smoking Gun finds out Frey's lies

Posted by sferrell at 10:17 AM

January 9, 2006

"Crazy like a fox..."

...as long as Mel Gibson is playing the fox.

Religious zealot or marketing genius? Hey, you're both right!

"APOCALYPTO": Gibson's next film and the Mayan year 2012

Posted by sferrell at 1:52 PM

Funny man makes a smart movie about being funny... in the Muslim world.

Albert Brooks is underrated as far as I'm concerned. His Merv Griffin appearance as a ventriloquist who drops his dummy while singing "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" so that he can light and smoke a cigarette is understated and brilliant. Most of his movies and cameos are laugh-out-loud funny too, but in a world that thinks Adam Sandler is funny is there a place fo subtle, sophisticated humor?

We'll find out January 20th when his new movie opens up.

So an Imam Walks Into a Mosque . . . - New York Times

Posted by sferrell at 11:59 AM

January 5, 2006

Free online comics at Shooting Star

Free Commics At Shooting Star

Posted by sferrell at 11:32 AM

Swearing In


Posted by sferrell at 10:19 AM

Philip K. Dick's screensaver

PKD inspired screen saver program:

the electric sheep screen-saver

Posted by sferrell at 9:23 AM

January 4, 2006

Make your own comics

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Witty Comics - The Lake

Posted by sferrell at 10:22 AM

An early "A Scanner Darkly" review.

They get their films fast in Canada.

A Scanner DarklyReview

Posted by sferrell at 9:20 AM

January 3, 2006

Arrested Development moving?

The Bluth's may need to hire a moving company!

I will always marvel that shows like "Next" and "Dancing with the Stars" get millions of viewers, and this show languishes with low ratings. Maybe it's too smart, or maybe I'm totally out of touch with what American audiences want. As one of the most subversive, wide-ranging, and well constructed shows ever I would think it could have a long life. Also, I agree with David Cross--FOX doesn't know how to market it.

Variety.com - Inside Move: Nets keen to get 'Arrested'

Posted by sferrell at 3:29 PM

How do you describe Brooklyn, NY?

This is just plain weird: In an attempt to come up with a slogan for Brooklyn, Borough President Marty Markowitz held a contest. Some of the winners:

"Instead, the Brooklyn Tourism Partnership will use several slogans - which range from the classy ("Brooklyn: Bridge to the World") to the wacky ("Brooklyn: The Tenth Planet") and possibly risque ("Do It In Brooklyn") - for specific advertising campaigns."

How can they not pick one single slogan. "Brooklyn: The Tenth Planet" is clearly superior.

New York Daily News - Boroughs - 1 boro tag? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Posted by sferrell at 11:39 AM