Good news, everyone! Two physicists out of Baylor University have figured out a way to make a ship fly faster than the speed of light without breaking any known laws of physics. You can read all about their proposed warp drive here. Armchair theoretical physicist that I am, it all seems to make sense.
So, with the price of gas what it is, I say “Screw that noise, I’m building a warp core.”
Now all I need is a Scotsman and some anti-matter.
I made a brief stop at Comic Con in San Diego on Thursday–there is no word in the English language to explain how totally insane that place is…there may be a word in Mayan, Bantu, or Swedish, but not in English–and decided to sit in on a panel celebrating the 75th anniversary of pulp icon Doc Savage.
For those of you who are not familiar with Dr. Clark Savage, Jr. and his faithful companions, he’s pretty much the first superhero. Well, technically The Shadow is the first by about two years, but Doc is a close second. Both the Shadow and the Man of Bronze (as Savage was known) heavily influenced comic book superheroes like Superman, Batman, and the Fantastic Four.
Anyways, the panel–moderated by Anthony Tollin (one of the men behind the Nostalia Ventures Doc Savage and Shadow reprints) and Michael Uslan (producer of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Spirit, and Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam)–was pretty cool. Tollin and Uslan talked about how the old pulp heroes influenced comic books, and how the pulps were effectively killed off by the growing popularity of the cheaper-to-produce comics. Tollin announced the upcoming release of Avenger reprints. Both Tollin and Uslan led the crowd in giving Savage creator/writer Lester Dent a posthumous ovation (something he never received in life because, like all pulp authors, Dent wrote the Doc Savage stories using a house name).
Then, Uslan “accidentally” let slip that a Doc Savage movie is in the works. According to Uslan, like Batman Begins, the new Savage flick will be closer to the source material than the campy 1975 movie Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. The new Savage movie is little more than a glimmer in Uslan’s eye, but with all of these comic book movies coming out, it’ll be nice to see their pulp forefathers getting a little recognition (Sam Raimi is currently working on a new Shadow movie).
For a rabid pulp fan like me, this is pretty cool news.
The Situation: We’re doing TV theme songs. The catchier, the better. Simple.
The Criteria: These might be the most arbitrary criteria I’ve ever cooked up for a Four on the Floor list. I’m looking at “theme songs” , that means music and lyrics. Sure, that means that I’ll have to ignore instrumental gems like MacGuyver, Magnum PI, and Simon and Simon; I’ll also be ignoring themes that only include narration–sorry Babylon 5, A-Team, Twilight Zone, and Star Trek (well, Enterprise had a theme song…but, really?). I’m also going to stick with non-animated shows. I could probably pick about ten really kick-ass cartoon theme songs ( “Ten on the Table” anyone?). Finally, I’m disqualifying certain “classic” theme songs, like Gilligan’s Island and The Addams Family. Saying you like the theme to Gilligan’s Island is like saying you like Bugs Bunny…duh!
1. The Greatest American Hero
A theme song so hip, so edgy that Jerry Seinfeld–the Nineties poster child for hip and edgy–stole it.
2. Jack of All Trades
If you don’t love the theme song to this show starring Bruce Campbell as a Jeffersonian secret agent, then you hate Jeffersonian America…and the French win.
Hey look! A Joss Whedon show. I wonder whose blog this is….
What? Don’t you judge me! This song is as catchy, up-beat and harmlessly infectious as the show it introduces. You knew I was going to say that, didn’t you?
The good folks over at whedonesque.com have posted a transcript of an interview with The Master himself regarding his new series Dollhouse (although I suspect the entire thing was written by Joss).
Read it, it’s hy-larious.
What are you doing reading this? What you should be doing is watching Act 1 of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. You should be checking out the first installment of Joss Whedon’s new web-musical. Go on. Watch Neil Patrick Harris kill it. Watch Nathan Fillion radiate the kind of narcissistic swagger I haven’t seen since Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors. Watch Felicia Day…well, do you really need a reason?
Go, show My Master the love he deserves.
No, I’m serious. Go. Now. I’ll be here when you get back.
I have no idea why, but Yahoo has posted a bunch of photographs of neighbors Nye and Begley trying to out-do each other in the eco-friendly, green-ification of their homes. You can see all of the photos on Yahoo, but here’s a peek:
I don’t know about you…but I do love that Science Guy!