Richard Hatch 1945-2017

Jul. 27th, 2017 07:26 pm
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Don't know how I missed it at the time, but Richard Hatch - a veteran of both iterations of 'Battlestar Galactica' - passed on last February. He was Captain Apollo in the original series, and terrorist Tom Zarake in Ron Moore's 2003 remake.

'Hatch died at around 1:30 p.m. in Santa Clarita, California, with his son, Paul, by his side, Kaliski said. The 71-year-old actor had been battling pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from his family.
In the original "Battlestar Galactica" series that ran from 1978-1979, he played Captain Apollo and in the 2003 remake, he played Tom Zarek. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the first series.

"In my case, 'Battlestar Galactica' was a milestone," he wrote on his personal website. "It afforded me the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams and fantasies. Hurtling through space with reckless abandon, playing the dashing hero, battling Cylons, monsters and super-villains -- what more could a man want?" ...'

Hatch led an unsuccessful attempt to revive the original series, and even after being cast in a major role in the RDM remake, remained critical of the new version.

'In 2004, he stated to Sci-Fi Pulse that he had felt resentment over the failure of his planned Galactica continuation and was left "exhausted and sick ... I had, over the past several years, bonded deeply with the original characters and story ... writing the novels and the comic books and really campaigning to bring back the show."[13]

Despite his resentment, Hatch developed a respect for Ronald D. Moore, the remake show's head writer and producer, when Moore appeared as a featured guest at Galacticon (the Battlestar Galactica 25th anniversary convention, hosted by Hatch) and answered questions posed by a very hostile audience.[13] Later, in 2004, Hatch was offered a recurring role in the new Battlestar Galactica series, which he accepted. He acted out Tom Zarek, a terrorist turned politician who spent twenty years in prison for blowing up a government building. After Zarek's death, Hatch commented that "never did I play this character as a villain nor did I think he was one and I still feel that way," and that he considered the character to be a principled figure who is driven to violence after being "blocked in every way possible" by Roslin and Adama.[14] "Zarek, Adama and Roslin all wanted power for the same reason, to make a positive difference."[14]

Even so, Hatch remained harshly critical of Moore's remake of Battlestar Galactica.'

So his career was a remarkable case of both an actor and his character having a radically different vision of a fictional world - and thus playing the role of antagonist both in the story and in life.

oh, *you*

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:58 pm
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Our camp's Pennsic prep is a little unusual:

Me: dials phone
Her: Castle Towing1
Me: Hi. I'm going to need some towing at Cooper's Lake this weekend. Can I book that in advance?
Her: Oh you don't need to. We offer 24x7 road service; you can just call.
Me: It's a 20' trailer. Probably 3-ton, but we don't really know.
Her: ... oh. Uh, I don't know if we can do that.
Me: For what it's worth, you did it two years ago. That's why I specifically called you. But I understand things can change.
Her: I need to check with a driver. I'll call you back.

Return call:
Her: He remembers you. When did you say you need him?

With luck, this will be the last year we have to do our own towing for the house. The Coopers declared it too heavy for them to tow a couple years ago. A lot of what makes it too heavy is the kitchen structure and furniture we store in it. We are well under way with building a new kitchen trailer, which will replace most of that and store the rest between Pennsics. And that will make the house light enough that the Coopers should be willing to tow it to and from our campsite like they had done for years before the new rules. And hey, kitchen trailer instead of having to build and take down our current structure every year.

1 Yes, that really is their name, and yes they're familiar with the Pennsic site.

I miss music!

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:12 pm
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I can't catch all the lyrics. But man alive, what a voice! I heard a live version of this also, just to be sure he's for real. He is!

ETA: Wait, this song is even better!

Man alive, it's been years since I've fallen in love this fast!

On second hearing I was already singing along, even the harmonies.

I MISS MUSIC! It's where I belong!

daf bit: Sanhedrin 11

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:47 am
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Remember that mishna I summarized last week, the first one of this tractate? The g'mara is still discussing it (not surprising, given its length). On today's daf the discussion turns to intercalating of years, the decision by a beit din to add a leap-month to the current year. The g'mara tells a story about a case of this and from it we learn lessons of humility:

The year can be intercalated only by a beit din appointed for that purpose. It once happened that Rabban Gamaliel had called for a court of seven to assemble early in the morning, but when he arrived he found eight people there. He asked the group: who has come without permission? Let him leave. Shmuel the Little said: I'm the extra; I didn't come to sit on the court but to learn the process. But Shmuel the Little wasn't the extra person; he spoke up to save the intruder from humiliation.

The g'mara tells another story of this kind of face-saving, this time about R. Meir. A woman came to his study hall and said: rabbi, one of you here has taken me to wife by cohabitation. R' Meir immediately arose and wrote her a get (a bill of divorce), after which every one of his disciples did likewise. And the g'mara says that he learned this from Shmuel the Little. (11a)

Anime Summer Season: Early Ranking

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:08 pm
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Mitsuyo, Inukai, and Manami
Centaur no Nayami, Episode 3

Seems like my watchlist is established for the season. There might still be a few dropouts in the next week or two. I know that mid-August that Owarimonogatari 2 will get added, but that will be short.

My goal was to be following no more than 16 shows in a season – and preferably closer to 12. Turns out I’ve got 16 on the current list – a surprising number considering that Anime Strike has skimmed some of the better series away from Crunchyroll. I guess there’s no point in me adding Anime Strike to my subscriptions – I wouldn’t be able to keep up.

Here is the current breakdown. As always, the shows are ranked highest to lowest within each category (and consequently, the entire list is in priority order).

Watching With Enthusiasm
Top shows of the season that aren’t likely to get cut
Tsurezure Children
Boku no Hero Academia
Mahoujin Guru Guru
Centaur no Nayami (a.k.a. A Centaur’s Life)
New Game!!
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Jigoku Shōjo Yoi no Togi (Hell Girl: The Fourth Twilight)

Shows I expect to stay on my watchlist – but if they take a wrong turn, I’ll drop them
Knight’s & Magic
Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boy Friends)
Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite)

Watching With Wariness
Shows that are on the fence. Wouldn’t take much to knock them off of my watchlist.
Hina Logi – from Luck and Logic
Isekai Shokudō (Restaurant to Another World)
Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life)
Tenshi no 3P!

Watching informally… not tracking/reporting
Nobunaga no Shinobi (a.k.a. Ninja Girl and Samurai Master)

Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu
Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni (In Another World With My Smartphone)
Jikan no Shehaisha (Chronos Ruler)
Aho Girl
Nana Maru San Batsu (7O3X)(Fastest Finger First)
Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart (Nora, Princess, and Stray Cat)
Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun (Aoyama-kun is a Clean Freak!)
Enmusubi no Youko-chan (Fox Spirit Matchmaker)
Hajimete no Gal
Musekinin Galaxy☆Tylor (The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor)
Ikemen Sengoku: Toki wo Kakeru ga Koi wa Hajimaranai

Tasuku Uehara And Karen Tendou
Tasuku Uehara And Karen Tendou
Gamers! Episode 2

Here is the list of simulcasts I watch broken down by day. (I took this from my weekly task list.) The times in parentheses are Crunchyroll broadcast times (Pacific Time). On weekdays I don’t watch the shows at the time they are simulcast; I watch the shows after I get home from work.

Tenshi no 3P! (Mon 5:30a)
Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Mon 8:30a)
Isekai Shokudō (Mon 11:05a)

New Game!! (Tue 7:00a)
Tsurezure Children (Tue 8:45a)
Mahoujin Guru Guru (Tue 11:05a)

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (Wed 2:25a)
Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Wed 9:00a)

Gamers! (Thu 8:30a)
Konbini Kareshi (Thu 12:05p)

Jigoku Shōjo Yoi no Togi (Fri 9:30a)
Nobunaga no Shinobi (Fri 11:05a)

Hina Logi – from Luck & Logic (Fri 9:00p)
Boku no Hero Academia (Sat 2:30a)

Centaur no Nanami (Sun 7:30a)
Knight’s & Magic (Sun 8:00a)

This is the most even distribution I’ve ever had. 3 shows on Monday and Tuesday – and 2 shows on all other days of the week. It’s most telling that every day – except Monday – I’m eager to see that day’s anime. That means that Monday has the weakest shows in the watchlist. I wouldn’t miss any of the shows on Monday if they went away. But other than that, the season is quite entertaining.

Chiaki and Kana
Chiaki and Kana
Tsurezure Children, Episode 3

PWLF Gallery

Jul. 26th, 2017 06:13 pm
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The Photo Gallery for the Portland Winter Light Festival has some of my photos from this year’s festival. Pretty cool!

Athena Profiled by PBS

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Helen Church, Kathryn Townsend, and my friend Athena Brown are the subjects of this refreshingly fair piece at PBS, which covers the June 4 rally in Portland.

'Some are extremists. Others hold more moderate views. Still others are hard to pin down. They include independent voters like Townsend, who are becoming more active and strident as they see unprecedented efforts on the left to shut conversations down. They include people like Church, who, when slapped with labels, respond by showing up at rallies for the first time. And they include Republicans like Brown who have become fed up with what they see as the left’s PC culture. ...'

Go read the whole thing at the link.

a signage mystery

Jul. 25th, 2017 03:00 pm
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I-376, like many other highways, has those overhead digital signs that somebody updates with topical messages like "accident, right lane closed 1 mi" or "stadium parking exit 72A" or, when they've got nothing better to say, "buckle up -- it's the law". There are two of these signs on my commute that, in their default states, say "distance to downtown: N mi, M min". Which, while usually not especially helpful to me (I live five miles from downtown), is still more useful to me than seatbelt nags. (I always use seatbelts.)

This morning, while stopped in traffic near Oakland, I saw one of those signs update from "4 mi, 5 min" to "4 mi, 6 min". That was less inaccurate, but far from accurate -- I reached downtown about 25 minutes later. (This is all very unusual; two of three lanes were closed due to a bad accident. My commute is sometimes slow, but I don't remember the last time I was in stopped morning traffic.)

It got me wondering -- do the indicators on those signs update automatically based on sensor data or are they human-controlled? The fact that an update happened but didn't jump to a more-appropriate number makes me think that we're dealing with an automated system that only bumps one unit at a time. (I would hope that a human would have updated it to warn about the accident.)

Why would it be designed to only increment in single units? Or is it a bug? What are the inputs to these signs, anyway?

Monday evening

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:39 pm
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Had a busy but productive day. Tired but still here. Hello everybody! Back to regular journaling tomorrow.

The new job isn't real ...

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:38 pm
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... until you pee in the cup.

Tomorrow, I pee in the cup.

School Trip!

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:31 pm
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Nike Portland
Nike Portland

One of my errands in Portland on Sunday afternoon was a stop at Nike Portland. Upon arrival I was surprised to see a group of Japanese students gathered outside the front door. I unfortunately screwed up the photo (above) – but you get an idea of what the scene was like. After the group entered the store, I went in myself to do my errand.

Nike Portland is a pretty cool store with three levels, and the students were having a great time. I heard one, ”Sugoi!” which is how I knew the students were Japanese. The excited girls in school uniforms made me feel like I was in an anime episode. (^_^)

You’re not really supposed to be taking pictures inside, but I sneaked a few quick shots with my iPhone. I wish I could have pulled out the Nikon D810 in my purse, but that would have been way too obvious.

Beaverton Night Market

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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Beaverton Night Market
The Round • Beaverton, Oregon
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last night (Saturday) was the first of two Beaverton Night Markets for this summer. I’ve been planning to attend only one, and the second one is on the same day as the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. So… the first one or nothing. I went.

I did review my Blog Post from Last Year and my Photos from last Year to figure out a strategy. Again, I didn’t want to make a big thing out of this. The Night Market is fun, but it’s not one of my major photo events of the year.

I used the app on my iPhone to calculate the difference in golden hours between this year (July 22) and last year (August 13). And I wanted to spend more time in the dark. I figured arriving about 30 minutes later than last year would be fine. I used the PDX Bus app to check realtime arrivals/departures at Millican Way MAX station, and timed my departure from home about 15 minutes ahead of the next train. On arrival I had about 4 minutes to spare, so my wait was short. The train arrived at 8:15 pm. Beaverton Central is only one stop away, so I was there by 8:18.

The market was really, really crowded. I thought it was bad last year, but it was even worse this year, even though more physical space had been allocated. (I think there were more booths, also.) The crowds were all along the booths, and there were also long lines for many of the food booths. There were fewer people in the chalk area for kids, so that’s where I started out.

I did try to visit booths and take pictures, but it was tough with so many people. I simply did the best I could, reminding myself that this was just a minor photo op, and I didn’t have to be super photographer.

As the dusk settled in, I started playing follow the light – and that’s pretty much what I did for the rest of the evening. As the sun went down, the air started to cool a little (it had been a 90°F day) – but more importantly a refreshing breeze started to ripple through the market. That was really nice – especially after 9:00 pm when the crowd started to thin a little. The market remained very busy, but movement was easier, and there were some small open spaces around some of the booths.

When the night started to take over, and the number of people continued to fall, the market felt closer to what a natsu matsuri should be like. I really enjoyed the end time of the market. Walking was comfortable, and I followed the light to various booths, where the activities were illuminated by random, artificial lamps.

I stayed until 9:50 pm, and the market was scheduled to end at 10:00 pm. There were still a lot of people at the stage performance, and I wanted to catch a MAX train before the masses clogged up the station. From the time I caught MAX at 9:50 pm to the time I got home was only 10 minutes! Home-to-home total elapsed time was two hours.

I used my Nikon D810/306 with the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens – mostly wide open at f/1.4. The photos have been posted to the Beaverton Night Market 2017 Photo Gallery.

For the Library

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:18 pm
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Monogatari Series Heroine Books
Monogatari Series Heroine Books

This weekend Kinokuniya had another 20% off everything sale for members, and I couldn’t resist stopping by on Saturday. I was surprised to find some of the Monogatari Series Heroine Books in stock. The store even had some wrapped so that the contents were viewable – a big improvement over the fully shrink-wrapped packaging used normally.

I bought a Hitagi, Tsubasa, and the Fire Sisters – but passed on the Yotsugi. The Hitagi one starts off in a fun way – the cover has Hitagi with her usual serious look, but the first page inside the cover has the same view – but with her smiling. I love it! The Fire Sisters book has two “sides.” The first side – the front of the book – features Karen. The second side starts from the back of the book, where the pages are inverted. I wonder why Tsukihi’s side doesn’t have an inverted cover illustration on the back of the book.

Each ¥900 book was marked up to $13.99, but the discount brought each one down to $11.19. I also had to renew my annual membership ($25).

Today (Sunday) I drove into Portland for a couple of missions. The second mission was a stop at Powell’s to buy the newly released Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8. I was terribly disappointed when I saw in the manga section all the manga in the series from volume 1 through volume 7 – but no volume 8. Shoot. I assumed they sold the two copies since my check the day before. I wondered why they didn’t stock more.

I looked around for a couple of other titles but found nothing to my liking. Before I left, I had a thought… what if they (again) mis-shelved the new volumes? Volumes 1-7 were shelved in the “M”s. I checked the “N”s – for Nozaki-kun. And there were the two volumes. I took one for myself and reshelved the remaining copy with all the other volumes. Yay!

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8

Time With Friends

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:24 pm
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I’m taking a moment to count my blessings… among which are a number of friends – who I don’t see often enough. I did OK in the last week and a half, though.


Friday a week ago I drove to east Vancouver to meet Mike for dinner. I should know better than to check Google Maps, because the time estimate is always short for traversing Portland. Google Maps said 1:10. I planned 1:20. It took 1:35. And this was leaving Beaverton a little after 2 pm. I need to allow at least 90 minutes next year. I shudder at the thought that had I not changed jobs 3 1/2 years ago, this drive across the breadth of the metro area would be my daily commute.

Mike and I had an overdue catchup dinner at Five Guys; I hadn’t been before and wanted to give it a try. The burgers and fries matched what I’d been told – average burger and weak fries. I doubt I’ll ever go back. The important thing was catching up on news. Although we keep in touch by phone, dinner is important face-to-face time. Our fun dinner chat went from 4 pm to 7 pm. The good thing was that after rush hour, the drive east to west was only 45 minutes to my house. Huge difference.


Friday two days ago I had lunch with an ex-co-worker who recently left Mike’s current (my former) company and started work at my current company. Small world. (Actually, there are quite a few people from my former company who moved within the last four years to my current company. Not surprisingly, it’s never – well, one exception – the other way around.) I haven’t seen Angie since 2014, and we had a lot to catch up on, although we had a scant hour to exchange news. I enjoy talking with Angie; she’s smart and filled with positive energy. We’ll definitely have lunch again in the near future.


Saturday I made an impulsive decision to have lunch at Reedville Cafe… and I gave Debbie a scant 1-hour heads up, inviting her if she was available. She was. We met at 11:30 am and had a lively chat until 1 pm. She had a stack of things to do (including stops at the Portland Saturday Market and the Canterbury Renaissance Fair) prior to her departure on another adventure next week. So we kept a time cap on lunch. In some respects I was surprised at how much we had to talk about considering we spent two whole days together earlier this month.

Anime Summer Week 3

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:19 pm
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Mahoujin Guru Guru, Episode 2

At the beginning of each anime season, I try to sample all the new shows (excluding sequels of series I haven’t watched) at Crunchyroll. Week 3 is generally where the watchlist begins to stabilize. Here are the shows from this season that I watched last week…

Tenshi no 3P! (Angel’s 3Piece): Episode 2
Still ramping up, and there was nothing extremely good nor extremely bad about the episode. I don’t know what the deal is with this Masayoshi character; his opposition to the performance is annoying. I hope that his request gets permanently buried soon. The series overall is on the fence.

Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life): Episode 3
Surprisingly sad story about Kuri and Shiro. I don’t know why the apartment residents didn’t think Yūshi shouldn’t watch the arrival of Kuri’s mother – things seemed more sad than scary, and everything was under control. At least the series has a serious side.

Isekai Shokudō (Restaurant to Another World): Episode 3
Two more cheerful stories. And good food. Relaxing.

New Game!!: Episode 2
Maybe the most serious we’ve ever seen this show. I expected Aoba to win – and yet things didn’t turn out in a simple way. My favorite character in this show remains Kou, and although she took a huge misstep mid-episode, I’m glad she came around to doing the right things.

Tsurezure Children: Episode 3
Ahhhh! So sweet! My favorite 12 minutes of the week, I think.

Mahoujin Guru Guru: Episode 2
Wow. I didn’t expect a cliffhanger! The show still makes me smile a lot. I’m going to enjoy this series.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 16
Between large story arcs, Naruto (and consequently, Boruto) takes a timeout for single-episode stories. This week’s story about Denki and Iwabee was rather tame and predictable. (Also, I found it hard to believe that Denki could master vertical climbing in the short period of time that he did given how long it took Naruto to do the same.) Nothing special, here – but no harm, no foul.

Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite): Episode 2
Ooh. Ayanokōji has hidden talents! I didn’t expect that. I still like Horikita… and maybe Kujita isn’t as bad as I feared. There’s plenty of mystery remaining around these three, and I’m still interested in seeing how they are going to save their class.

Gamers!: Episode 2
While there were some problems with the way Uehara treated Aguri through the entire episode, there was a sort of poetic justice at how his brain got zapped when Aguri revealed their backstory. This episode brought a number of surprising twists to character relationships, and I’m liking how these stories are developing. This show is more entertaining than I had expected.

Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boy Friends): Episode 3
Both guys (Honda and Mishima) remain idiots. At least there’s a third couple on the horizon. This was a pretty slow and rather frustrating episode. I hope something nice happens soon – because nothing of importance happened today.

Jigoku Shōjo Yoi no Togi (Hell Girl: The Fourth Twilight): Episode 2
While I had guessed the ending, the getting there was nonetheless creepy. I thought maybe Nanako would come to her senses at the end, but I guess for the sake of the drama, she had to go all the way.

Hina Logi – from Luck and Logic: Episode 5
Continuing in the mahou shoujo slice-of-life… exam time. Shows like this need some excuse for competition. Give Yayoi credit – she’s rational, reasonable, and fair. A lazier show would play up Yayoi’s competitive streak to the point of weakness; I’m glad this show took the high road. In recent episodes the series has ignored the dark side of Rosa, but at least we got a reminder this week.

Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 29
Excellent battle between the U.A. students and Stain. I was entranced the entire episode. Good job, Bones!

Centaur no Nayami (a.k.a. A Centaur’s Life): Episode 3
Both stories were excellent. The societal / government undertones remain spooky, but that’s part of what makes this series interesting. Also much attention was paid to my favorite character, Manami, and her family. The Chi-chans and Sue, Manami’s younger sisters, all were adorable. Hime’s cousin Shino was adorable also. The Mitsuyo x Inukai couple made a good showing – funny and heartfelt. This was simply a feel-good episode all around.

Knight’s & Magic: Episode 4
While an adversary remains within the kingdom, I was concerned that Ernesti would be facing multiple groups. However, it appears he might actually win over the Marquis and his engineering organization. That would be huge. Ernesti is like the Naruto of the magic & mecha world. Stefania, Addy, and Kidd provided good support for this episode. Some combat. Some humor. Overall this episode was entertaining.

Mitama Family
Centaur no Nayami, Episode 3
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I had just taken a sip of coffee at one point and nearly choked/slobbered on my keyboard.

God bless this lunatic man!

Summer Safety Tips For Leftists

Kanna’s Garb

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:51 pm
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Kanna, My iPad Pro, Wrapped in a Photo Skin
Kanna, My iPad Pro, Wrapped in a Photo Skin
iPhone 6 Photo

Last week I received the photo skin I’d ordered from DecalGirl. From my photo library I chose an image that works regardless of how the iPad is oriented. I didn’t get the skin mounted perfectly – but it’s close enough. The skin adds a bit of grip and protection – and it shows off one of my images, so I’m pretty happy with the setup.

Babylon Galactica

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:25 am
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Last night started binge-watching two of my favorite SF shows in tandem: Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.

Babylon 5 aired from 1994 to 1998. The creation of J. Michael Straczynski, it was groundbreaking in its time and I think it stands up very well today. The show featured the most advanced and extensive CGI effects to date, and set a whole new standard for CGI production. It also marked a departure from the procedural format common in TV series - in which each episode is a self-contained story, and the episodes may be watched interchangeably in any order - toward a serial format, in which an extended story arc is developed from one episode to the next over the length of a season or even the series. The premise of B5 is a space station located in deep space, and hosting visitors and diplomats from various spacefaring races. A similar concept was used in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and Straczynski maintains that the Star Trek franchise stole his idea, although he declined to pursue legal action. B5 was notable for its dramatic sophistication and strong character development.

Battlestar Galactica, which aired a decade later, was Ronald D. Moore's 're-imagined' production of a 1978 TV series of the same title. In the pilot mini-series, the human race (an Earth-like, spacefaring civilization spanning twelve planetary 'Colonies') is wiped out following a war with robots of its own creation, called Cylons. Only about 50,000 humans survive aboard the spaceship of the series title. This show too set a new standard for CGI effects and for dramatic production. The scenes have a gritty, lifelike feel which Moore said was part of a conscious effort to differentiate the series from the 'Star Trek' model. Much of the tension comes from internal conflicts among the protagonists, sometimes overshadowing the external threat from the Cylons.

So I've started watching both shows from the beginning, more or less alternating by episodes. Vorlons to the left of me, Cylons to the right! This is gonna be fun.
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