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New Babylon 5 project?

Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski told fans on a message board that he’s working on a follow-up to the popular SF series, according to a report on the Dark Horizons Web site. Straczynski remained coy about the project, saying only that he’d have more news next month. –New Babylon 5 project? (Sci-Fi Wire) I haven’t really followed any TV show since B5 ended its run. JMS has said numerous times…

Where is Jorn Barger?

Jorn Barger, editor of Robot Wisdom, is missing. He resides in Socorro, New Mexico, and was last seen there by his housemate in very early October. Most if not all of his possessions, including his ID card, are still at his residence. –Eric Wagoner Update: According to poster “cedar” on Metafilter: “I called the Sorocco PD at (505)835-1883 requesting any information they might have. Officer Richard Lopez returned my call…

The Golden Age of Gadgets

No matter how digital the electronics got, the companies that made the gadgets were still stovepiped; suites of devices worked in perfect harmony – as long as they all wore the same corporate logo. If you managed to force a Sony receiver to work with a Panasonic TV, you lived in a rat’s nest of cables with a coffee table covered in remotes and a spouse who couldn’t turn on…

Why Santa is Dead

Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings,…

Buffy 'inspires Doctor sidekick'

Doctor Who is to get a Buffy-style sidekick when he makes his TV return. His new colleague will be a modern action heroine, according to writer Russell T Davies, who is reviving the sci-fi series for the BBC in 2005. –Buffy ‘inspires Doctor sidekick’ (BBC) While the screaming girly female companion is part of the Dr. Who lore, there were several notable exceptions, including Leela (my wife’s favorite) in the late…

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Blogshares — Closed Down

It’s been an interesting and very rewarding nine months bringing a bit of entertainment to bloggers (and blog lovers). I’d like to thank especially all those people who donated money or their valuable time, those who became premium subscribers, those who worked on cool toys which made use of the fledgling API and all those who could be found on the forums and IRC channel. You turned a silly fun…