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    Sunday, July 20th, 2014
    6:38 pm
    Something Not Known Before
    I knew that today is the anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon, but perhaps hesitated to think about it too much, supposing it might be tricky to strike just the right tone. I did, though, take a look at its Wikipedia article linked off the main page, and there noticed a new tidbit of information. From what I'd read before, I'd supposed the awareness that this mission was to be significant had led straight off to seeking command and lunar module call signs more dignified (not to mention patriotic) than Gumdrop and Spider or Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but the article claimed an early document used "Snowcone" and "Haystack." I followed the link and downloaded a "Technical Information Summary" from the George Marshall Space Flight Center that, along with using those call signs, included some pleasingly hand-lettered drawings. The cover page had June 25, 1969 typed on it, so I do wonder now how close things came to being that little bit different.

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    Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
    5:54 pm
    Launch at Last (but not too much of a landing)
    I happened to see a bit of news this morning that another Falcon 9 rocket has launched, this one carrying a cluster of communications satellites. I'd known another launch of that particular rocket was upcoming but kept being put off; I even managed to be around to watch one particular instance of streaming coverage only for the launch to be called off at the last second. There seemed so many delays, though, that I'm not even sure that moment involved the rocket just launched.

    In any case, the satellites did get into orbit, although it seems the latest test of a system that's eventually supposed to return the first stage to its launch site for reuse didn't quite work so well when trying to ditch in the ocean. I suppose we can only keep looking ahead.

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    Saturday, July 12th, 2014
    1:08 pm
    Star Trek Thoughts: Patterns of Force
    Even after getting Blu-Ray sets of the entire "Original Series," I still intended to be picky about what Star Trek episodes I watched. There were a few episodes on which I seemed sort of divided about whether to watch or not, though. I've somehow formed the impression "Patterns of Force" has become one of the "controversial" episodes through being "the Nazi planet episode." When I decided I'd watch it anyway and form my own opinions, I could suppose one thought about it way back in production was that it was another chance to "film on the back lot," draw the costumes from wardrobe, and save money. With that, though, I could wonder whether the series was "playing with fire" in invoking historical realities too big and troubling for the usual game of Kirk and Spock solving everything in an hour's time, whether the setup of "a well-meaning historian supposed fascism could be kept benign to motivate a troubled planet," in permitting the "good" kind of interference (once again), somehow allowed for a misleadingly safe "one of a kind" distancing, whether the iconography on display was once more being employed to catch eyes but have full consequences missed. It might also just be that Kirk bluffing his way around in a black uniform with red armband troubles in a way that, say, The Guns of Navarone might not (although there I'm going by hearsay...) I did, though, happen to think the gulf of time implied between World War II and Star Trek's future could have meant something "within" the story, although I'm not quite sure what's said in the episode allows for that interpretation.
    'You look quite well for a man who's been utterly destroyed, Mister Spock.'Collapse )

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    Monday, July 7th, 2014
    4:43 pm
    Choice-based Discovery: Mecha Ace
    While I've long supposed the "Planet IF" aggregator to concentrate on "interactive fiction" games, specifically typing in commands to move around the game's described-in-text world, handle objects, and solve puzzles, in the past few months I've noticed enough references to start really catching my attention to "choose your own adventure"-type games, where you're presented with a list of choices every so often, trading fine control for the potential of greater scope. If my early years spent playing adventure games amounted in some part to never quite figuring out the puzzles, the Choose Your Own Adventure books in my school library just seemed to intimidate me; I guess I took the whole "'you' could die at any turn" possibility too seriously. Now, though, I was getting a little more curious about the current computerized variety; having recently played a few "visual novels," more illustrated variants of this kind of game, may have played a role there. Remembering that one phrase being used to describe them was "choice-based games," I tried searching for that phrase. The results at the top of the page weren't general discussion, though, but links to a single game company. I followed one of them all the same, though, and it just so happened their latest game, visible on the front page, caught my attention in a specific way.

    Even if the title "Mecha Ace" did make me think in part that the company must have run through a good many other genres already, the game did exist; I went ahead and bought it for my iPad. Starting it up, I was intrigued to see a good part of its first choices seemed to be shaping your own character, picking strengths and weaknesses (although you don't get to name yourself until later on, most of the offered choices instantly recognizable for someone familiar with the specific genre); the rest of the game seemed as much "playing to those strengths" as "guessing at the obscure best choice early on." That on my very first try I got to a conclusion that didn't involve personal death or complete failure was at once encouraging and somehow suggestive the game had one major storyline built in instead of several diverging off in different directions; however, the accomplishments that showed up in Game Center did make me think there'd be chances to replay it and try out different strategies. (I'd played things "cautiously but honourably" to start with.)

    Beyond the mechanics of the game, I was interested in its own take on the genre. The world described in the game's text did seem definitely inspired by Gundam, although "interstellar" in scope instead of Gundam's "we won't casually invoke interstellar travel and have you suspend that bit of disbelief straight off." There did seem a few nods to Battletech, too, and in general I did have the impression the game was trying to avoid the familiar "youthful, inexperienced pilots" of mecha anime without making too big a deal of how it was avoiding it. In any case, it didn't seem to be proclaiming "mental control" to be an indistinct yet essential add-on to the control sticks. While there may be a bit of "so how can the next game top this?" to my thoughts, I suppose I can always take another look at the catalogue.

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    Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
    11:35 am
    2014: My Second Quarter in Anime
    I continued to watch a considerable amount of anime in the past three months, but as it seems I always have to find something to be concerned about somewhere with respect to it, I was aware in the first days of April that while new series were being announced for release through official streaming, I would look at those announcements and not feel compelled to watch them. This divergence from "the way things have worked out now" could get to me; for all that I have stacks and stacks of things still to watch I suppose I was projecting ahead to the future when the series now streaming were available for sale on disc over here and wondering. For the moment, however, I didn't seem to be lacking for interest in the things I was watching.
    The *other* dose of nostalgia: Dairugger XVCollapse )
    Hopeful impulses rewarded for once: HaganaiCollapse )
    Not quite out of the loop: Captain Earth and Ace of the DiamondCollapse )
    Spun off and spinning up: A Certain Scientific RailgunCollapse )
    On to a sequel: Wagnaria 2Collapse )
    The whole thing now: Mardock ScrambleCollapse )
    Preparation: Macross FrontierCollapse )
    Another whole thing: Gundam UnicornCollapse )
    A sequel speedily arrived at: Haganai NextCollapse )
    Conclusion: the Macross Frontier moviesCollapse )

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    Saturday, June 28th, 2014
    8:52 am
    Blu-Ray Thoughts: The Lego Movie
    From what I overheard, people seemed to like The Lego Movie when it was in the theatres. The trailers I looked for after I'd started noticing those positive comments looked fun to me; I was sort of impressed by the staccato "stop-motion" effect given to the computer animation, similar to the "brick films" I've seen a few of online. (Years before that, back in elementary school I did include two Lego astronauts in a stop-motion short filmed with a home movie camera; given that I remember most of it used a toy space shuttle it may not have counted as a real "brick film," though.) I contemplated going to see it at the movies myself, but then another comment overheard in different circumstances about the sort of audience bound to be at it did sort of give me pause, weekends got busy with other things, and I decided at last that I'd wait for the home video release. As I bought the "regular" Blu-Ray in the middle of the pricing spread, though, I was still wondering if it would indeed seem to me to be too much "kid's stuff," and more than that just how I would take one specific cameo of a "licensed minifigure" from a company other than Warner Brothers (even if that studio was associated with a "theatrical premiere" featuring associated characters just a few years back...)
    Not just one cameo discussedCollapse )

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    Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
    6:47 pm
    A New Old Game
    While fiddling around with a directory full of emulator programs for old computers could be grandly described as a way to "understand them as systems," I would have to say that more often than not when I start one of them up it's to play an old game. Because the Apple II emulators I are easy to use and have some interesting features, I do seem to concentrate on a computer that's long been described as "not as audio-visually impressive as the other big models" (although I can indulge myself in a TRS-80 game or two every so often, and the TRS-80's graphics were just slightly advanced from "ASCII graphics"), and out of the Apple II games I've tried I seem to find Lode Runner particularly interesting.
    Convenience, authenticity, and a new opportunityCollapse )

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    Monday, June 16th, 2014
    8:43 pm
    Just Odd Enough to Mention
    I can suppose "dreaming in anime" is "a thing," but also something that to make a big deal of will make you seem "obsessed." However, dreaming about the way it's sold on discs and what happens after those discs are sold does seem sort of different...

    Waking up, the impression that an exchange program had been announced for the box-set release of Zeta Gundam managed to stick with me long enough to transfer into waking memory. That that particular release would sneak up on me dreaming caught my attention. I have the impression the combined scandal of the opening and closing themes being left off the DVDs sold over here and the subtitles seeming sort of inaccurate marked the end of a golden age to some fans, and certainly did seem to throw Bandai Entertainment into the unfortunate role of the "R1" company that could always find a way to mess up its most eagerly awaited releases until the day it was shut down, but I also have to admit I watched through Zeta Gundam, and then a second and a third time just trying to confirm the personal impression, with the feeling I'd been oversold on it beforehand. On the other hand, I'd watched through all seven Blu-Rays of Gundam Unicorn just the week before, and felt better about it in particular at the end.

    In any case, I somehow don't have the impression the dream included news of the replacement DVDs including the opening and closing themes, which made what you would get sort of elusive. Nor did it seem to identify just who you'd be sending away to, which eliminates any sort of prophetic edge. It was still odd enough to be remembered, though.

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    Friday, June 13th, 2014
    4:36 pm
    From the (Library) Bookshelf: Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914
    With the melancholy centenary of the beginning of World War I approaching, along with watching a documentary series on the provincial educational channel I've been taking note of books about it. Finding one in the library I remembered seeing a review of in my newspaper's book supplement, I signed Max Hastings's "Catastrophe" out. (I've also managed to notice it already in paperback in the bookstore, so either I'd remembered the review for longer than I'd thought or perhaps the review was for a later American edition.) It covers just the first year of the war, but this does make for more detail than a general history while extending further than Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August" (which I've found a copy of at a library book sale), which dates back to from just before the fifty-year anniversary (when Hastings was helping interview veterans for a BBC series on the war). It also expands on books that just focus on the chain of events leading up to the beginning of fighting, one of which I read not that long ago only to get the impression that while the cover offered an interpretation of "blame should be spread around" the book itself might come across as suggesting Austria-Hungary and by extension Germany were all but blameless, which still opens up the question of "appropriate response" and may even bring to mind some much more modern rhetoric that may not have worked out.

    This book may specifically address the one I read earlier through a quote near the end, "It seems mistaken to brand the 1914 rulers of Europe, and especially those of Austria and Germany, as sleepwalkers, because that suggests unconsciousness of their own actions. It is more appropriate to call them deniers, who preferred to persist with supremely dangerous policies and strategies rather than accept the consequences of admitting the prospective implausibility, and retrospective failure, of these." Hastings also touches on a different recent debate in the literature by insisting as the book opens and closes that a German victory would have been worse than the alternative and Britain in particular would not have found staying out of the war better, but in the close-up, soldiers'-eyes-view of the opening months the book presents it might still be possible to see the whole thing as intensely unfortunate. The book does seem to point ahead every so often to the later years of the war, but its conclusion does leave me wondering if Hastings will get around to follow-up volumes. Nevertheless, what he did write was interesting to read.

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    Sunday, June 8th, 2014
    4:49 pm
    Better to forgive quickly
    People who keep up on comics took particular note in the past few days when it turned out the "Watterson-esque" panels, "drawn by a second-grader," some were beginning to speculate about in Stephan Pastis's "Pearls Before Swine" had been drawn by Bill Watterson himself. In seeing the confirmation, though, I did have to face how I was still conscious of being in a "grudge-holding mode" over how a recent strip had been meant to make a "joke" out of "prequel denial." A first attempt by someone else to lead off with a declaration of there being "three Star Wars movies," as if to bait the chance to ostentatiously deny there are any more, which they got straight to anyway, had already annoyed me when I'd seen it. However, in retrospect Pastis might have managed to add an interpretation of "prequel denial" being sort of pathetic; maybe I was just aggravated by this giving a chance for all the commentators on the official site I read the comic on to pitch in with their own contempt.

    In any case, I'd already known of a few other recent instances where Bill Watterson has begun to say a few things beyond the implied "I said everything I intend to say in the work I completed." Nearly two decades of that implied statement haven't dimmed his legend, anyway, although I can be conscious of how I seem much more likely to take a volume of "The Complete Peanuts" off my bookshelf than to work one of the big volumes of my copy of "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes" out of its box. I'm also a little inclined to remember how I became interested in the comic strip "Frazz" in part because of an impression, commented on by others (even if some of them do that in a disdaining way), that its art has its own "Watterson-esque" feel.

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    Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
    6:07 pm
    One More Piece in the Jigsaw
    The combination "hard disk PVR"/"DVD recorder" I bought a few years ago has seemed a useful gadget, even if most of the discs I've recorded "for later," what with not watching many "network" or "cable" shows these days, are old films off of Turner Classic Movies. With the impression that video quality really starts to suffer with more than two and a half hours on one disc, though (suffers more than it does coming through my standard definition cable, anyway), I've avoided recording some really long movies and stashed a few others on the hard disk with the thought that maybe, as with cases from Gone With the Wind and Seven Samurai to It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, they'll have an "intermission" in the middle and I'll be able to split them between two discs. Before I can do that, though, I have to watch them, but this weekend I devoted the time at last to do that for another one of them. After a few moments' thought, I settled on a notable example of the previous time Hollywood went for "spectacle" to compete, the 1959 production of the "sword, sandal, and scripture" epic Ben-Hur.

    Although long enough that I wound up getting through the movie in three separate viewing sessions, it kept my attention. For some reason, I was convinced the musical score was a significant contributor to the experience; I also had the odd feeling I was having trouble applying the actual name of the main character to someone I kept thinking of as just "Charlton Heston." Around the intermission, though, all of a sudden the thought had come back to me that the famous chariot race sequence coming up had been called a clear model for the "podrace" in The Phantom Menace...

    This didn't suddenly transfigure the whole experience, much less make it something less than it had been, but I suppose I was looking at the sequence with a new curiosity and able to see the setting-up pageantry and the colour scheme itself as familiar, while still thinking there'd been at least some changes. I also reminded myself of a thought I'd had when I'd watched The Hidden Fortress, that you can identify influences on all the Star Wars movies in a "positive" or a "negative" light. For all that I was conscious some could be noisy about proclaiming "this is all real," I could also remember supposing earlier in the movie that the "tops" of some establishing shots could have been done with matte paintings. A new thought, though, was to wonder about the intimations those working on the Star Wars movie in production keep managing to toss out to try and link themselves to the three old movies. Drawing on a number of inspirations may begin to feel a bit different if it comes to seem a work to follow is just obsessed on echoing a fixed number of works themselves once suggested to be "composite."

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    Friday, May 30th, 2014
    8:24 pm
    From the Bookshelf: The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992
    I was interested to see The Complete Peanuts enter another decade, with its endpapers and the picture of Charles M. Schulz changing for what I presume will be the last time, and yet there was getting to be an edge of worry to the wondering if this time I wouldn't be able to say anything. The blurb on the back specifically mentioned Snoopy being obsessed with cookies, and I can remember the "cookies" comics being referred to with disdain back when the series was just getting under way. While it couldn't be said Snoopy wasn't a "cookie-hound" going back quite a ways, the certain blandness that he now seemed to treat the subject with might have risked carrying over to everything else. The introduction by cartoonist Tom Tomorrow seemed genuinely respectful, though, and as I read further into the volume other things started to catch my attention.
    'Well, remember how you recommended the 'transdermal patch'?'Collapse )
    'You said it would cure his craving for cookies... It hasn't worked..'Collapse )

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    Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
    6:06 pm
    Unusual Claims Require Unusual Proof
    Constant shrugging thoughts more or less like "of course I'm not utterly opposed to paying a premium to import one of those really nice anime Blu-Ray releases from Japan--it just has to be something that impressed me enough in the first place and have English subtitles so I can do more than just stare at the visuals and try to remember translations I've seen before" came to a sudden head when I heard a new box set of the Macross Frontier movies would indeed have subtitles. The thoughts that started percolating might have something to do with the special case of the whole tangle around the rights to the franchise (although there I may be readier than some to just see suffocating ambiguity than to find a single source of blame over here), but I had liked the movies when I'd taken the karmically unbalancing step of seeing them "fansubbed." My mind was further concentrated when some of the sites offering the set for export closed down their listings after mere days, their initial allocations all sold through; when I heard another site I wasn't quite as familiar with was still offering it, I took what seemed a chance and signed up to put in an order, while back home on Christmas vacation no less.

    From there, it was quite a wait. The email request to make the Paypal payment was almost a surprise, but I didn't take long to put it in. Not only the set but also the shipping seemed expensive (although not quite so pricy as one other wincing report on an order at a different site), but perhaps in my own case unfamiliarity helped, and the set was on its way in a hurry according to the online tracking... even if when the parcel made it to my local post office there was one more steep payment for the customs fee.

    That might not have helped thoughts beforehand that this "once in an ultraviolet moon" occurrence wouldn't move me far down a stern yet noble path other people in online corners I pay attention to make a big deal of walking, to the point where every season they maximize their contribution to the creators of several anime series, and if the disdain they grow to show for cheaper "domestic" releases merely helps inspire some other people to pirate they're at least obeying their own consciences. I could also suppose this hasn't done much to restore karmic balance with the thought I just might lead off watching the movies by at last getting back to the Macross Frontier television anime series the movies are a sort of alternative version of, contemplating impressions that while the movies may address certain points some seemed to find sticky they still gave a certain feeling of taking some character introductions for granted, but still having to do that through "fansubs." In any case, I had the set.
    Unusual claims require unusual proofCollapse )

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    Monday, May 19th, 2014
    8:19 am
    Marking the date (finally)
    Fifteenth anniversaries seem the odd ones out, lost between tenth and twentieth and not as important as fifth or twenty-fifth. They may be around where things change from "this has lasted for a while now, hasn't it?" to "time's really started to pass." There's a particular fifteenth anniversary, though, that previous circumstances have made a bit more important just to me.
    On May 19, 2004...Collapse )

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    Monday, May 12th, 2014
    6:22 pm
    One "Analogue" Experience
    It's been a while since I first learned about one group of "visual novels" (or "visual novel-like 'indie games,'" anyway) by Christine Love, long enough that I can't remember exactly how I did it. When I was playing through her "Digital: A Love Story," though, I already knew she'd named a later game "Analogue: A Hate Story," which did pique my interest. As I bought that later game, however, I also decided I'd play through another one of hers "in between" the two named, and with one thing and another that took a while to do. Once I'd got around to "Analogue," though, I did seem quicker to get to one of its multiple endings. It was, unfortunately enough, what I suspect to be the "not enough accomplished ending," but even in reaching it I'd found plenty in the game to intrigue me.
    At least a bit moreCollapse )

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    Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
    5:55 pm
    Spring Progresses
    After a long chilly winter, one sign of a developing spring is having to walk through clouds of small flying insects in the parking lot at work in the afternoon; they also settle on the shadowed sides of the cars. Today, though, there didn't seem nearly as many of those insects around, even if I still got into my car on the sunny side. That's at least a change, although I can think ahead to how in a month or so I'll be thinking it's just too hot all the time.

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    Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    8:37 pm
    FOR Y=1964 TO 2014
    In noticing comments about the fiftieth anniversary of the computer language BASIC, I decided I could skip the day of the official commemorations and wait until the day recorded as the one the first programs in it were run (at four in the morning) to set down a thought or two of my own.
    The thoughtsCollapse )

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    8:03 pm
    A Concluding Dose of Relief
    In another last flurry of contributions, the third and concluding DVD set from the online streaming and crowdfunding site Anime Sols for the series Dear Brother has been funded. It's a relief for me to know this series should be completed; after all, I'd actually found the time to watch the first episode of the series to get a first sense of motivation for contributing to it. At the same time, it was about as nervewracking a wait as the one for the final volume of Creamy Mami. If the site does get around to pledge drives for other anime series in the future (it didn't start anything new in these final days), I fear I may be a bit more inclined to rest on my laurels in general cases.

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    Sunday, April 27th, 2014
    9:06 am
    Completed Collection Thoughts: MST3K XXIX
    With another official DVD set of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes finished, once more I'm reflecting on the collected experience and how the additional features Shout! Factory adds to the episodes affects it. Joel Hodgson provided introductions to "Untamed Youth" and "Hercules and the Captive Women" (although I always watch those "introductions" after I've watched the episode on DVD), enthusing about how the "juvenile delinquency" and "sword and sorcery" movies were a nice change of pace from "mystery science." He also talks a bit about a new autobiographical one-man show he's performing. "Untamed Youth" also provides an interview with that movie's star Mamie Van Doren. Watching it, I somehow had the impression she'd been reasonably well-regarded by Mystery Science Theater fans themselves (although Beverly Garland might be affecting those impressions), and her efforts to project an independent spirit might have played into that.

    When introducing "Hercules and the Captive Women," Joel explained at last that Gypsy's appearance in the theatre was more a matter of trying to distract from the beginning of the movie being a collection of scenes from previous Hercules movies and a lot of narration. The bonus feature for that DVD was an interview with Steve Vance, who's drawn the covers for all of Shout! Factory's DVDs, always working Tom Servo and Crow into the action of the movies themselves; while in the past I've wondered if his Crow doesn't have all the strange subtleties of expression of the actual puppet, it's at least something to be told he watches the movies without benefit of "riffing" to be able to form his own impressions for how things should look. There was also a "cover gallery" in order of how the episodes were released on DVD.

    The Universal movies Shout! Factory has been able to release in recent sets seem to have lots of archival material available; once more, we get a little documentary about the (low-budget) making of "The Thing That Couldn't Die," turned out right when Universal was at an ebb but doing well on the bottom half of a double bill. "The Pumaman" (which is, after all, the title in the movie itself) included a brief discussion of "the nanites" of the "Sci-Fi Channel" years and an interview with Walter Alton, Pumaman himself. It turns out he'd been a lawyer before he became an actor and he went back to being a lawyer afterwards, but he does seem reasonably resigned to how the movie turned out (for one thing, the script had been translated from Italian) even as he's sort of polite about not enjoying the stabs at him in the "riffing." That just contrasted to my own continued enjoyment of the episode as featuring a movie that "got to the action" pretty soon on, although I noticed the interview included scenes cut from the episode that might even have established odd moments picked up on. The DVD goes to far as to fit the original movie in, but there I suppose I don't have as much nerve as Steve Vance.

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    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
    6:49 pm
    The New Blank Slate
    I was looking at the Satellite News site, wondering a bit more than before just what they were going to do each week now that the episode discussion has almost reached the last instalment of the series again, when I saw a link to "the definitive oral history" of the show that was itself more interested in a mention right at the end that Joel Hodgson was hoping to soon start "a new online incarnation of the show." That very much got my attention as much as all the other commenters on the piece, but I then had to confront once again how with the most recent "riffing" projects of the show's scattered creators I've only glanced at a fraction of the online samples. I'm afraid the reason why is quite simple. Mike Nelson and company's "Rifftrax" hit "no sale" territory for me almost at once when they recorded a savage audio track meant to be synched with a DVD of The Phantom Menace and then went on to make the familiar tiresome distinction between the other new Star Wars movies and the old movies; I stayed interested in Joel Hodgson and company's "Cinematic Titanic" for a little longer until I heard they threw some comments on that movie into their new "riffing" on the comedy relief of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." It was bad enough cringing through the post-series MSTings always expecting fans to jump into the general piling on; I've got no interest in awaiting "official" jabs this much later. Of course, wondering if Satellite News would now get around to beginning discussion on the "Rifftrax" was connected to the expectation that in that case it would be a very long time before I went back to the site again.

    For all of that, though, (and knowing that one time I made a faintly dismissive reference to "Rifftrax" in a post someone from that project commented on it), I am curious as to whether this new project will get closer to the familiar characters and settings of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and I'm at least wishing it the best in a detached sort of way. If "Rifftrax" and "Cinematic Titanic" were like certain "non-standard MSTings" in not needing to dwell on just why people were commenting on cheesy movies, this new project might get back to the old dynamic.

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