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Periodic Table of Storytelling

Thank you DeviantArt user ComputerSherpa for creating the awesome Periodic Table of Storytelling based off of the sometimes hilarious TV Tropes site (which isn’t just TV). Now if I could just figure out how to use this alchemical mix to get published.

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Hollywood Income

Vanity Fair has published its list of top incomes in Hollywood for 2010. It’s always interesting to me to see these kinds of lists because I think to myself, “If I could go back in time I could probably outstrip these guys.” Of course that’s just ego talking, but seriously, some of these folks are still making millions from older projects that are still earning royalties or whatever? Millions!

Dear Readers, we’re in the wrong business. We need to get into the movies and take over. Seriously, some of these incomes aren’t even for made projects; they are for upcoming projects that may or may not even pan out.

What will it take? One film, cheaply made but well produced. It should have some gimmick that hasn’t been done to death yet. We’ll need time to take it around tons of film festivals and even if the movie sucks we can talk it up intellectually (with loads of BS) to get people to think we know what we’re doing. Then we sell it and get rich.

Easy as pie. Who wants to be a millionaire?

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Completed Stargate SG-1

Rosa and I have just finished watching the complete Stargate SG-1 series, including the movies. I think she deserves her official status as a geek conferred in a ceremony of some sort. This is something I didn’t think I would ever do and it’s strangely satisfying to think that we’ve watched 10 season, back to back, over the span of a bit over a year.

Next up: Stargate Atlantis and, eventually, Stargate Universe. I think we’ll wait a little bit, though. Rosa wants to watch some “real” shows first, and by “real” she means not science fiction or fantasy. Just for a bit.

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News and World (Cup) Report

I’ve been neglecting this blog. I’ve been busy… Heck, I even got married to a pretty amazing woman. I’ve been needing to write but because of work (ask about that offline!) and everything pre- and post-wedding I’ve been suffering brain drain and motivation to write.

Married! Rosa And Doug Forever!
Photo by Jerome Abellar

So let’s get back to it, shall we? Yes!

World Cup is starting up. Here’s all the games, here are the game times set to Eastern Standard time and finally here is a map of where you can watch in the Bay Area. USA plays England first… Let’s make them suffer!

Meanwhile, while I haven’t been writing a whole lot, I have managed to watch the entire three “seasons” (Brits having a different idea of how many episodes constitutes a season than us) of an amazing BBC series called Black Books. See it. It’s comedy gold that will probably not be remade here in America (like The Office) because there’s too much smoking, drinking and swearing without any (well, only once) sex, murder or blowing things up. Brilliant. I need to find out who wrote the opening theme song…

Speaking of explosions, can anyone explain to me why they can’t simply blow up the hole in the Caribbean leaking all that oil? Or pour several thousand metric tons of concrete over the top? Seriously, it seems ridiculous they build these things without some sort of failsafe or cutoff valve.

Anyways, off we go!

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Goodbye Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica ended tonight. I really liked the ending. I can’t say they tied up all the questions but still, lovely.

What did you think?

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BSG Takes Over UN

The United Nations hosted some of the cast and creators or Battlestar Galactica. Cool enough by itself but Edward James Olmos, impassioned by the misuse of the word “race”, got the halls ringing with So Say We All.

At one point the discussion lit a fire under the Admiral, and the talk of human rights turned personal for Edward James Olmos. The “Old Man” launched into a passionate speech about casting off the idea of race as a cultural determinant, and said we were one race, the human race. His voice echoed throughout the chamber growing louder until – I kid you not – he was yelling, “So Say We All,” and the crowd answered right back. Hell, even I yelled it, I was in the fraking United Nations with Adama, the gods themselves could not have stopped this moment.

Video of this event is available from the UN (in RealMedia? Really?), but here’s the So Say We All moment. If anyone finds or converts the whole video shebang into something a little more open please post a link in the comments!

All via Slashdot.

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BSG Auction Catalog

The folks putting together the Battlestar Galactica auction have put up the PDF version of the catalog. You can download it here. I am super excited by some of the items, and really sad that the least expensive starting point is $300. I might have to go into debt…

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Frak in Popular Culture

There’s no denying, if you’ve bothered to watch, that Battlestar Galactica is a pretty amazing show. What is more amazing is the current incarnation, along with the original version, introduced a new word into popular culture that may enter the official annals of the English language much like Homer Simpson’s, “Doh!”


It was [Glen A.] Larson who first used the faux curse word “frak” in the original “Battlestar Galactica.” The word was mostly overlooked back in the ’70s series but is working its way into popular vocabulary as SciFi’s modern update winds down production. … “It may have been the great George Carlin who talked about these things so cleverly,” Larson said. “He’d say, ‘Mother would say shoot, but she meant … when she reached in and burned her fingers on the crocker.’ And the child says, ‘I know what you meant, Mom.’ “

I know I use “frak” all the time (often at work…!) and it’s an excellent example of word substitution that breaks the subjective associations of the substitution source. I also love that the article mentions feldergarb (usually spelled “felgercarb”) which I used to use a lot but actually forgot came from the original series. They should bring back felgercarb!

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Soundtrack

In case any of you missed it, the soundtrack to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is now available at the iTunes Store. Also, in case any of you were wondering what the lyrics for the songs are, look no further.

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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Doctor Horrible\'s Sing-Along Blog

Alright, I have to admit I was skeptical at first. Some time ago I saw mention of this weird Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and I was like, Huh? I read mention how awesome it was, how amazing it was, la la la. Well, I finally said, “Fuck it,” and went to the website to check it out. I can watch it online? For free? OK.

Only I got there too late. They’d taken it down. It was now only available from the iTunes Store. Hmmm… Not the kind of thing I would normally do, but I went and looked and it was $4 for the show. All ~45 minutes of it. I spend $4 for a couple songs. 45 minutes of story and a load of songs? Guided by whim, I bought it. (Apparently you can watch it for free on Hulu).

I’ve watched it four times now.

I love it.

You will, too.

If you love superhero stories = YES
If you love origin stories = YES
If you love musicals = YES
If you love the geek = YES
If you love something that twists = YES
If you breathe air = YES

Seriously, I didn’t think I would like this show quite so much. I thought I might watch it once or twice, but for four bucks it wouldn’t be any real loss. I can see myself watching this again and again, and every time I’ve seen it I notice more nuance and detail I never though I would. Get it. Seriously.

For more check out the out the officially unofficial fan site and, once membership is open, join the Evil League of Evil.

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