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Seasonal updates

Seeing Christmas stuff in a couple of stores last week got me thinking about the holidays early. Two tasks sprang to mind:

  1. Finally reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol
  2. Expanding the holiday music collection I've built up.

Plenty of time for both, since they can be put off for another month.

Lots of Python

Been watching the new Monty Python doc over on IFC this week: Monty Python: Almost the Truth: The Lawyers Cut. Quite good so far, although spreading it out over six nights (an hour a night) is a little awkward. Found out that it'll be out on DVD soon, but since we're halfway through we'll just keep watching. Need to check and see if there's any bonus stuff on the DVD version. Glad I re-watched all the episodes this summer.

Heard about this event after the fact: A Night of Round Table With Monty Python - ArtsBeat Blog - The Spanish Inquisition story is killer.

Summer Project

Tackling an important project in June and July: watching every episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I'm up to episode 40 so far with just a handful left to go. 

What's scary is that I remember about 90% of it, some of which I know I haven't seen in 20 years. Good stuff and just so weird sometimes.

Good News Everyone: More Futurama

It has been a bit since I've heard anything new about the future of Futurama. Came across this tidbit on Slashdot today:

More here , here, and here.

The Future of Futurama?

Is it true? Will Futurama be coming back as more DVDs or a new series? Good news, everyone. There's an article at Wired today that looks into things:

"I don't know if there will be more DVDs, or if the show might return to TV in some way," Cohen told "But the return of Futurama is being discussed. I'm just not privy to those discussions."
Will Futurama live on beyond these DVD releases? Will it ever find its way back to prime-time television?

"There's no official word, but I think the future looks positive," Cohen said. "The DVDs are selling well, and that helps. I admit I've developed an addiction to checking our sales rankings on Amazon."

I still need to pick up the fourth DVD: Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder.

Watchmen parody

Sorry, haven't seen the movie yet. All the hype about it makes me want to reread the graphic novel. Maybe I'll see the film next weekend. There was a great parody of the story and the state of newspaper comics over at PVPOnline last week, though. Worth a read even if you are not familiar with it.

Kindle for iPhone Platform

This morning I saw that Amazon has released a Kindle app for the iPhone platform. Grabbed a copy a little while ago and installed it. After setting it up, which involved remembering the unique e-mail address and password I use for Amazon, I quickly scanned through my wish list to see what books were available. Several were, so I grabbed a free sample chapter of G.K. Chesteron's What's Wrong With the World. It arrived quickly. You turn pages by flicking to the left or right on the screen. Sadly, it doesn't rotate, which I would find to be a little more useful way of reading. Nice to discover that the book's price was $1.99 for the Kindle version. I may end up grabbing it and Peter Ackroyd's London: A Biography (only $7.96) and test out a real, full length book or two.

So far, so good.

Del Toro Interview at

TORN chats with del Toro about some basic plans for The Hobbit and whatever they'll call that pesky second film. Not too much info, but worth a read.

Hobbit Movie Director News

Well, that took long enough. Guillermo del Toro has been signed to direct The Hobbit and its sequel. Filing to start next year, with movies released in 2011 and 2012.

Star Trek Online


CBS has streaming video of the first three seasons of Star Trek. Caught a little bit of "Tomorrow is Yesterday"—looked pretty good.



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