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Comedian (and Epic Movie Actor) Leslie Nielsen, 1926-2010

It might be a stretch to call “The Poseidon Adventure” science fiction. It was part of the all-star disaster genre, thus giving Nielsen impeccable credentials when it came to his most famous movie roles, in the Airplane! series. I actually prefer his role in Forbidden Planet, but that’s just me. Nielsen along with co-star Anne Francis in his second film, Forbidden Planet (1956). Nielsen: “Supposedly a science fiction version of…

Dying on Facebook

“Last week, his cousin announced on his Facebook wall that he was missing and asked everybody to contact her if we’d seen him,” my friend told me. “The next day she wrote that they’d found him, dead. Just like that.” We’re finally getting used to learning about our friends’ and acquaintances’ lives through Facebook. Will we ever become accustomed to learning about their deaths that way? –cac.ophony.org

Uniforms

The second and, sadly, last of Douglas Johnson’s play-a-day experiment. (The three open the box and rummage in it, and pull out shirts with the Starfleet insignia.) DARNELL: Mine’s blue! TOMLINSON: Mine’s yellow! RAYBURN: Mine’s red! (DARNELL and TOMLINSON cough uneasily, and sidestep away from RAYBURN.) RAYBURN: Oh, very good. Top notch observational comedy there, guys. This hasn’t been done to death for forty years, at all. TOMLINSON: You mean…

Journalism in the Age of Data: A Video Report on Data Visualization

Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays? –Geoff McGee

Livetweeting Buck Rogers "The Plot to Kill a City" (Part 1)

About to start tweeting #BuckRogers “The Plot to Kill a City” (The kids watched “Vegas in Space” without me.) Frank Gorshin… And Markie Post are guest stars. #BuckRogers Haha, #BuckRogers hits on a blonde who turns around and has a huge elephant nose. Then he shoots out a chandelier to kill a baddie. Thank goodness Dr. Huer is here to provide the exposition we crave. Action and spandex can sustain…

Writing in the Age of Distraction

There is never perfect silence, or happiness. Until my kids have gone to college and are out of the house, I will never get a full weekend of unbroken time to concentrate on writing (or reading, or coding, or whatever). I used to be able to bang out a blog entry or mark a few papers while the kids were watching Elmo. Now, the kids simply won’t stand for my…