December 6th, 2005
I’ve been telling myself that someday I’m going to make it to Scott’s NY New Tech Meetup, ever since he mentioned it this Summer.
But boy do I wish I was going tonight apparently there will be a demo of
Firefly (decision-support application)
Um, you mean like Pattie Maes’ Firefly, that hottest, sexiest, most buzzworthy, proto-dotcom spin off of the Media Lab? (complete with rockstar founder). The one that was bought, and killed by Microsoft?
Of course, now in our wiser, more cynical age, who would be dumb enough to pour their metadata into a closed system? To trust a company to safeguard the gates of their community?
Also demoing: apap.us, locl.us and movie.us (Apparently .us has arrived. Or at least someone is hoping so.)
October 3rd, 2005
I’m going to go against the apparent conventional wisdom, and note I hated Serenity, am utterly disappointed, and hope that if they ever revive the show they’ll ignore all events of the film.
The show for all its comedy, and western aspects functions as noir. The characters are very minor, very small characters in a very large, very mean universe. They’re buffeted by the forces beyond both their control and understanding.
In the movie, they’re heroes, and not just the everyday heroes of the show, but larger then life super heroes? Rescuing the universe from evil gubermint plots? And it all fitting together all right and tight, everything neatly explained from River to reavers.
The actors did their usual great job, unfortunately this brainless action flick gave them nothing to work with.
September 21st, 2005
I’m not sure yet if we’ll be in Boston or New York on the 30th, but I know what I’m doing … watching Serenity! (not, unfortunately, Santa Cruz as originally planned)
Any movie going parties forming in either city? Looking to add 1 fan, and 1 skeptic to the mix?
update: from brian in the comments:
Serenity will have some competition on the 30th, as the lavish Henson studio production of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s MirrorMask opens that day as well.
Oh my! I had forgotten that was out there, Henson, Gaiman and McKean. (I wonder what ever happened to Gaiman/Froud Tam-lin project?
April 27th, 2005
Walking through Copley Mall yesterday (don’t ask), the two impeccably dressed sales clerks standing at the door way of Benetton were deep in conversation, well one of them was passionately in conversation, and the other was trying to look interested, “it’s cowboys in space… from the creator of Buffy… best TV ever…”, that kind of stuff. Shibboleth to a fellow Fire Fly fan. I smiled, and nodded, and immediately I was drawn into the conversation, “the trailer is supposed to come out today, but it wasn’t out before I had to start my shift, what if its been postponed again.”
As it just so happened, I had watched said trailer, and had a local cached copy.
And I didn’t even get store credit or a gift certificate or anything. (not that I’m sure anything in Benetton would fit)
I’m nervous, it can’t, practically by definition be as good as the TV show, and yet who wouldn’t want more Fire Fly, too pretty to die, and tragically cut short before the end of the first season.
P.S. Anyone know what happened to Shepherd Book? No sign of him in the trailer.
September 4th, 2004
I’m not much of a TV person (which is to say I haven’t owned a TV in 10 years or so), and I’m not much of a Joss Whedon fan (which to say despite the persistent recommendations of people I trust and I admire, and repeated viewings I just couldn’t get into Buffy), and I’m not much fond of Westerns (which is to say that I took an American West class in college with a required attendance Wednesday Nights Westerns screening, so while I can appreciate the subtleties of the genre frankly I preferred Calc homework), and yet I just started watching Firefly, and it is good, very good. Recommended. (and I’ve got the damn theme song stuck in my head)
Additionally, has anyone done work on the tendency of geeks to use frequent and sometimes deeply nested parenthetical statements? I wonder if it is a byproduct of our deep familiarity with the expressive power of punctuation, or an attempt to reclaim the hypertextuality of our many of our preferred writing environments?