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We used to have a MySpace profile for the fake Sony Music executive, until some moron complained and got it pulled. Looks like somebody wanted to take advantage of the links we have to it...

From: Phil
Date: Dec 14, 2007 5:45 PM
Subject: sonymusicexec profile gone?

I was disappointed to see that the “sonymusicexec” profile on MySpace has been replaced by something else…how terrible! =(


I mention I was watching Heroes in the BBlog and it generated a few replies...

From: Jonathan
Date: Dec 14, 2007 3:14 AM
Subject: Heroes

I really like Heroes, I guess you are starting for the beginning of series one (for one mad second I thought you were on ep 3 of series 2 and would be ALMOST UP TO DATE, but I apologise for my foolishness.

I really like heroes. It does start a bit slow. Six months Ago (Ep 10) is the one where they explain a lot of the background and so on. It is about then it gets really good I think. The beginning is not as good, but still enjoyable. They do explain what is going on well, but even if takes a while.

Season 2 starts a similar way ot season 1, i.e. a bit slow and there is an unexplained gap between s1 and 2 (at least initially), (episode 8 is called four months ago, which does what you would expect),,20158840,00.html is an article where the writers talk about the mistakes they made (BIG plot spoilers found there though, so maybe you had better not read it)

All in all my favorite show on TV right now, well apart form the fact that it is on hiatus due to the writers strike :(

After some marathon Heroes watching sessions, I'm now into season 2.

From: Maurice
Date: Dec 10, 2007 2:40 PM
Subject: Heroes
To: Brian Briggs

I've watched the whole first season of Heroes through Netflix. I would say it's definitely worth continuing to watch, but I would caution you against watching it live. The nature of the story lines makes you want to know what's going to happen *immediately* and having to wait for a week between episodes can be quite annoying. Not nearly as annoying as, say, having to wait all summer to find out if Picard will get rescued after being captured and sliced up by the Borg (my father and I were supremely vexed at the "To be continued..." that lasted several months), but still annoying.

My recommendation is keep it up on the DVDs, and wait for Season 2 to come out on DVD as well. Due to the writers' strike it's a short season, so I'd expect it some time in the spring.

I'm watching it on Netflix too, and I agree, it's much more engrossing being able to watch it one after the other. Thank you Netflix.

I Am Legend

My trailer review of I Am Legend generated some response...

From: Mark
Date: Dec 13, 2007 1:48 PM
Subject: Trailer Review: I Am Legend

Oh, read the book first. Get Amazon to ship it overnight or faster. It's more of a novella and sufficiently engrossing to keep you flipping pages until you're done, suffering only middling symptoms of overreading (dehydration, headache, partial blindness, irritability, etc.).

Fresh Prince of Zombietown and anyone associated with the production of the film will tell you that it's a taut, psychological thriller. Smith has gone on record describing his in-depth research into isolation induced stress (interviewing former POW's and solitary inmates), but in the end the film will be a pretty straightforward action/thriller, burying Richard Matheson's central theme: that ordinary human beings are monsters, and it don't take much stress or isolation to bring that monster out; it's all in the title, actually - HE am legend. Either that or we'll be so heavily and heartily clubbed with Matheson's message that the whole exercise will be a parody.

I'm happy that the novella is back in print. It wasn't for more than a generation. I think I related my tale of getting my hands on the ONLY COPY IN VANCOUVER, for sale or let, back in 1991 or so (that turned out to be at the closest library branch, and in miserable shape - er, the book, not the library... actually the Fraser Branch of the VPL system was kinda gnarly, too).

Does Amazon have a "forty minutes or it's free" service? Take that one, even if shipping is two-hundred dollars.

Format Wars

Another response to a BBlog posting I made about the next-generation DVD format wars...

From: Matthew
Date: Dec 11, 2007 5:12 PM
Subject: Format wars

Whatever format loses, everybody wins (except consumers). The factories in China win because they’ve been churning out players with a huge margin for a couple of years. The retailers win because they suddenly get a new market to sell the winning format into (before they start the next format war). The studios win because they get to sell the same classic movie a fourth time to a bunch of people. The only way this could end up costing the studios/manufactures money is if this whole fiasco drives people into the arms of free downloads, and even that will just make money for Apple/Dell/HP/AT&T etc. I think this is the classic balkanization game that big boys play in an attempt to rev up the market (think AMD vs Intel fanboys).

Hurray for greed!

Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. Seth also has a new book coming out that you should take a look at..

From: Seth

Talks were going well, or so we thought,
But it seems now that clearly, they're not.
If the strike isn't through,
TV gets nothing new;
And we'll all be stuck at BBspot.

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