20080912

Fringe

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I always feel bad at how bad the science is in science fiction. Should I feel bad if I like Fringe? It's all bad science, right?

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20051216

Firefly lyrics

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Firefly lyrics:
Firefly is one of my all time favorite TV series which was mercillessly slayed before it's prime. Here are the lyrics from a neat site Blackcatter's World of TV Theme Song Lyrics.

"Take my love. Take my land.
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care, I'm still free.
You can't take the sky from me.

Take me out to the black.
Tell 'em I ain't comin' back.
Burn the land And boil the sea.
You can't take the sky from me.

Have no place I can be since I found Serenity.
But you can't take the sky from me. "

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20050609

When Fox canceled 'Firefly,' it ignited an Internet fan base whose burning desire for more led to 'Serenity'

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When Fox canceled 'Firefly,' it ignited an Internet fan base whose burning desire for more led to 'Serenity': "When 'Firefly' was canceled, fans -- dubbed Browncoats in honor of the doomed-but-noble Independents -- campaigned to have it moved to another network. True to Browncoat tradition, they failed -- but their efforts convinced Fox to release the show as a DVD set that included three unaired episodes and behind-the-scenes extras. The DVD quickly sold more than 200,000 copies. Impressed, Universal Pictures climbed onboard, enabling Whedon to make 'Serenity' (due out Sept. 30), which picks up where the series left off."

Here are some links from the article for "Firefly" and "Serenity" Online:

And a couple more links:

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20050518

Tech Firms Owe Debt to 'Star Wars' Creator

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Tech Firms Owe Debt to 'Star Wars' Creator: "In fact, dozens of groundbreaking technologies were initially developed at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s San Rafael headquarters, known as Skywalker Ranch.
“Half the technology companies here are spinoffs'' of a Lucas' company, said Robert Huebener, a former LucasArts videogame developer who in 1998 founded a competing firm in nearby Redwood City.
Perhaps not half, but the list of companies that in one way or another got their start at Skywalker Ranch is long."

The impact Lucas has had outside the movie industry is even more astounding that within it.

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Star Wars Special Feature

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ROTTEN TOMATOES: Star Wars Special Feature: "The year was 1976, and a young filmmaker named George Lucas was coming off of the critical and box office success of a nostalgic ensemble comedy called 'American Graffiti.' George's current project was an outer space adventure called 'Star Wars,' and little did the filmmaker know what he was building at the time. Immediately upon its release in July of 1977, 'Star Wars' became a bona-fide cultural phenomenon. And now, 28 years later, Mr. Lucas is about to unleash the sixth and final entry in the 'Star Wars' saga, 'Revenge of the Sith,' to a planet full of devoted fans, unhappy skeptics, and young newcomers who've yet to experience what the excitement's all about.

In an effort to help those neophytes get up to speed, and maybe remind casual fans of the various plot divergences, we present a 'surface overview' of the story so far. "

(That could have used a vertical crawl animation...)

Finally, the circle is complete. The final story is revealed, and Vader is masked. I can't wait much longer.... Here's a guide to the movies from my favorite aggregate movie critic site: ROTTEN TOMATOES.

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20050512

The Language Construction Kit

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The Language Construction Kit: "This set of webpages ... is intended for anyone who wants to create artificial languages-- for a fantasy or an alien world, as a hobby, as an interlanguage. It presents linguistically sound methods for creating naturalistic languages-- which can be reversed to create non-naturalistic languages. It suggests further reading for those who want to know more, and shortcuts for those who want to know less. "


This looks really cool. Any SF world building Zemoxians should take a look at this for creating unique languages. Software Zemoxians could possibly take this and build a language construction tool or generator.

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