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Well, the first time through I barely noticed them. Then I got to the part where they get turned into spies by the Rangers because they are “invisible”.
The second time through I started seeing them all the time. Later I started seeing them EVERYWHERE. To the point that, were I a drinking person, Pak’Ma’Ra sightings might make a good drinking game. Almost as good as Minbari sightings.
(Then sometimes I think I see a hump behind someone but it turns out to be a hat.)
I’m editing a story by a JMS fan (original– not fanfic) and I’ve just converted my friend so now of course I have to watch them all again since I’m discussing them daily, which means I might as well hunt for Pak’Ma’Ra.
Truthfully, I suspected someone else somewhere in the vast reaches of the internet had already come up with Pak’Ma’Ra statistics. It seems obvious in hindsight that stating they are invisible is a challenge to find them.
It may be easier to list the episodes they aren’t in. 😉
They are in the background or mentioned in nearly every episode in seasons 1-3. There may be some I missed because sometimes I get caught up in the story and forget to scream and point when they walk by, but they hang out in the Zocalo a LOT.
(Which begs the question, what do Pak’Ma’Ra shop for?)
I think they are not in Soul Hunter, Mind War, and Survivors.
I thought they couldn’t possibly be in The Face of the Enemy, but I think Ivanova mentions something about everyone looking like a Pak’Ma’Ra ate their cat.
They are not in Intersections in Real Time.
They are not in Endgame, erm, unless you count their ships as a sighting. (?)
This is about the point in the series where I forget to look for them every time. Next time I should tack a checklist to my TV. So, I don’t know how often they appear in Season 5. Yet.
I have not hunted for them in the movies and the less said about their semi-nude appearance in Crusade the better….
I have just converted someone to B5 and (somewhat unfairly) asked for him to look, but he got caught up in the story, too.
Thanks, peeps, I’m having a good time with Loki. Turns out he likes wearing clothes. Who could have predicted that?
How funny. 🙂 But I like your other one too. Where the cat is just chatting. 😀 Too cool.
Hee, most of them are like that. The real Loki started with a video blog and branched out into some sort of cat advice column. His sister, Luna, is obsessed with a TV show called Fargate Trekwars, and is working on some fan scripts for them to act out. I’ve promised the Prisoner NG a Prisoner parody and have the costumes for the SG-1 episode almost done.
(There, I made it almost on topic!)
Pet ( 😀 )
Heh, I forgot about this. The link was to an audio file of a werewolf telling a dirty red riding hood joke, that’s the one that’s been removed. The other one was to KB’s pic at http://www.awfulplasticsurgery.com.
Although I don’t personally think she had plastic surgery, I DO think someone in show business for so long should have learned by now that when you’re going someplace where your picture is going to be taken you don’t just use makeup on your face if you don’t want people to pick on you. It’s an embarrassing pic, but work safe, and there are far worse pics there.
Christopher Eccleston is not playing Number 6. He was not approached and it went no further than that. His management agency even referred to the rumor as “balderdash”, Eccleston himself said it was “nonsense” about 3 weeks ago, I believe.
(Edit: I left out a “not”. Sorry, I am in the midst of a caffeine cut-down.)25th May 2006 at 10:49 am in reply to: Anybody got any ideas what this film might be called? #76437
Must. go. play. space. invaders. upside.down.
This one doesn’t jump. The final ep is a doozy!
Who Monitors the Birds and The Angriest Angel tie for the most memorable, IMO.
They should all be like me and sound normal.
Those are exactly my sentimonies. It’s a perfectly cromulent pronunciation. It embiggens us all, axe anyone. 🙂
The author Theodore Sturgeon wrote “A good science fiction story is a story about human beings, with a human problem, and a human solution, that would not have happened at all without its science content.”
Based on a similar definition to this, I have often attempted to argue that Frankenstein is Sci-Fi– without much success because there aren’t any spaceships in it. 🙄 Sigh…Fie!
I think the main thing that makes the science part “science fiction”, however, is that the science must be largely speculative. For instance, the human stories in doctor shows are completely dependent on science for a diagnosis, but in spite of being fictional stories based on science you wouldn’t call them science fiction.
Time travel, long-term space travel, wormholes, alien life, problem-free cloning, mind control, ultra-violet bullets– they are all areas of science that are theoretical.
I admit I’ve been lurking more than usual as I have little to say about the new stuff. I haven’t seen any Dr Who, BSG, TTR or SG-1s, and for the most part I’ve stopped going to the movies until my unwatched DVD shelves are caught up. At the rate I’m turning on the TV these days I’m not getting very far. And I got hooked on 43Things so if I don’t complete goals on my list and return my cheers complete strangers will be disappointed in me. 😆
The last Sci Fi I watched was The Cat from Outer Space (no kidding) and the waffles episode of Invader Zim about a week or two ago. Since then I’ve seen one Paul Newman movie and one Dave Chappelle episode. I’m really kind of out of touch.
Oh, and the SadCast. I watched that yesterday. 🙂
No, it’s Doooooooon!
BTW: The Frey
“Muscle cars and motorcycles” ROFL!
I thought this was great fun. Off to preorder the Dune book. 🙂
simply for compressing moviemaker is great!
anything else its terrible but for compression it does an amazing job!
Ditto. It’s easy to use because all the settings are ready to go. There are more options with Quicktime but therein lies the trouble. Mess up one setting and the whole thing goes haywire. Though QT7 Pro offers better default options than they did in the past– there’s a one-click m4v option. I’m still waiting for my Pinnacle 10 upgrade to see how well their m4v works. Their WMV compression is as easy as Movie Maker so I’m hoping it’ll be the same.
I use m4v for the podcast even though iTunes will play other formats because it doesn’t need to be converted for iPod video and I like to carry mine with me to show people.
(GARG! I resisted buying an iPod since that infomercial came out awhile ago about it. What did they call it again? Oh, yes, Blade III. But now they have video, so….)
Thanks Pet. I personally don’t like feedburner. I use libsyn to host and generate my rss feeds.
Ah! libsyn’s feed does look user friendly! Would you believe I skipped right over the link and just plugged in the rss to iTunes? Though I haven’t gotten a chance to watch it yet as I’ve been installing software to a new hard drive and cleaning out a (shudder) hog shed to turn into a studio and it just finished DLing while I was napping. I’ll turn it on in a few.
After my coffee.
I didn’t realise that wmv was so hard to play on a Mac.
I only started hearing about it when people complained about the McGoohan clips. The WMP for Mac apparently is a program designed to make people curse, as one of them said, and the freeware alternatives work for some and not for others.
Some people refuse to use iTunes because it can be such a memory hog and has more ads than MySpace.
By the way, your animation will be in SadCAST 2 (hopefully up this weekend). Would you believe that I was so nervous I forgot to introduce it in the first show!!!
There’s no rush. If you have space, you can use it, if you run out it’s no big deal. It’s been on his own show so I’m not biting my nails waiting to see how it will be received by the public anymore, LOL. (His girl fans seem to really like that tux.)
Done babbling, getting breakfast. 😀
I find Windows Movie Maker to be the easiest plug and play video compression software. Windows Media also uploads the fastest, which is a good thing if it’s going to be converted to flash video on a site like You Tube anyway and you have someone else in the room who has a Warcraft Raid coming up in a few minutes….
However, more people have access to free software which plays m4v in one form or another, and I find, at least for me, that m4v has a sharper quality for the types of videos I make. My bro has a Mac and can’t find a good WMV player to save his life.
I would suggest that you consider using Feedburner for an easy “clickable” podcast. It will also give you stats on subscribers and what software most of them are using to view your feed. This is what one of mine looks like. Even my technologically challenged friends are able to figure out the “play now” button and the “Add to iTunes” link. 😉
Loki’s just ordered The Cat from Outer Space for review. 😆
I haven’t seen any current Sci-Fi. I’m livin’ in the past, man.
And did the Americans give up after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor??? Hell no!!!!!
I’m with you, though…I hope your theory pans out and we get a 2nd movie.
I’m with you on the second part, but as to the first, was Abe Lincoln born in a log cabin he built with his own hands?
I would love to watch, but I am spending all of my off time on Loki right now. Plus I don’t have whatever that thingy is, and my camera is an actual camera, not a webcam, and my connection is… well, heh. I’d better not say anything or they might cut me off.
But if Loki does any Sci-Fi besides the Twin Peaks catnip thing, I’d be honored if you would accept a file. 🙂 He could perhaps do a commentary or something.
(I’m all about the Loki these days!)
Pet21st February 2006 at 4:56 pm in reply to: Anybody got any ideas what this film might be called? #76075
Le Dernier Combat
by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional)
Available on R1 and R2 DVD. 🙂
*bounce bounce bounce swish*
Boris Karloff’s Thriller.
That ep is “The Cheaters”, I think. 😀
EDIT: Overview here!
…and then Connery said that Bond ruined his marriage. I had the article once but I think since then it’s been sold on Ebay.
Not gone, just moved. Though I don’t have time to go there anymore. Other people are running it.
(And it’s a Patrick McGoohan site with some Prisoner stuff on it, not a Prisoner site by any stretch of the imagination. There is much more about his theatre and movie career.)
My hubby likes to play that game with Soylent Green…. 😆
I had an idea for a show some time ago called “Typecast” starring William Shatner and Adam West as two actors trying to put a show together but being stymied at every turn by fans of their former roles. Each guest star for the week could inspire a story based on the cult show they had been on.
Mostly improv with those two, mind you. It would be more hilarious than anything a writer beaten down by standards could come up with.
I think it would be nice to have an episode in which Patrick McGoohan guest stars as the Director of an actor’s retreat where they are doing all those horrible workshops on how to pretend to Be the Tree, and Shatner and West keep trying to escape. It could be called “Hotel California”, and all the tea would be Long Island Iced Tea so they would get more and more wasted until they think they meet themselves, then they each wake up at home and find a note saying they weren’t Hotel California material. . 😉
Wayne Alexander could show up in another episode called “Eyes without a Face” and just as you thought you were going to see his real face, something would pass by the screen. Or he’d have a different face on every time. (*Yes, I know Sebastian was his real face, but most of his B5 roles weren’t.)
I can’t figure out why The Odd Couple’s cover of You’re So Vain and Milton Berle singing Yellow Submarine (I even hate the Beatle’s version of this) aren’t on the worst list.
Um, Fabio’s Love Attack, maybe, too.
The albums I recognise from the good list seem to be influential in some way. As in they started a new sound trend (or were the first to break through with an underground sound), however long or short that trend lasted. None of them sound like any other album on the list, for instance.
In fact, for many of them I can remember the first time I heard a release from them and thinking things like, “Hey, this is going to change things.” Then listening in horror when lame imitators showed up a few months later to cash in.
Ah, thanks for the creative title, Frey, but I think it’s best I stay as far away from Lexx as possible. 🙂
Well, as I see it, everybody Hahas about something. My friend HaHas me for refusing to watch broadcast TV because they replaced Firefly and Farscape with “reality” (*snort*) shows (apparently I am taking it too personally), and I HaHa her for using “scrapbook” as a $50-a-week verb. She HaHas me for wearing BDU pants, and I HaHa her for using a 20-lb purse.
But, as we’ve come to agreements on Ewan Mcgregor and Ben Browder, (though she through Down with Love and Party of Five)all is right with the world.
Backstroke of the West goes down a lot for bandwidth. It’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith translated from English to Chinese to English (most likely faked, but still hilarious and worth a look.)
I made an icon from it:
Lynnees main office is in Montana- in a complex which also has a church in the basement *snicker*.
The main reason I’m moving to lulu is for the bulk rate and the global distro. I had ISBN numbers but I can’t use them there and also use their GD service. I am probably just going to slap them on CP comic books and use Lulu for graphic novels.
But reformatting is not something I’d wish on anybody. What a mess. My Word doesn’t allow me to redo my header info for page numbers so I had to cut out each section and paste them in a new file…ugh.
The global package is only available on 6×9 and one other size, I think, so you have to pick that from the beginning if you ever think you will upgrade.
The square book looks like it might be a fun change for some things, too. I was thinking of scanning my GrandDad’s 1939 scrapbook into that format for family gifts.
Heh heh heh… I was already cynical about such things. But it helps to move to a department with a sense of humor.
Funny you should ask… quite accidentally I teamed up with a place called Lynnees (Prolly not safe for work). She is writing an intro and I’m retooling the brand names to fit in with her business better. I’m moving to lulu.com for printing because their print to order rates are cheaper and they have isbn/ global distribution options/ Amazon placement.
(Also full color should you ever want it…. had you found lulu yet?)
She’s moving to a new domain as well , but we expect to have the second edition out in time for her holiday parties. I was hoping for Halloween but it was not to be….
How have you been?
Hummm, Jedi humor is on various sites. I liked this one. 😀
I’d like to rule
in perfect Tryanny
I’d like to buy
myself a coke
then kill democracy!
I like that one, too. 🙂
P.s. Pet… the avatar…. thou art a sick puppy. 😉
Yes, yes I am. 😀 The girls at Do Me Anakin are nicking it like Jawas. 😆
The level of lingerie discomfort is inversely proportional to the amount of time you’re expected to spend in it. Perhaps this was the plan? 😀
I liked the ending of SPACE: Above and Beyond. Sure it was a cliffhanger but the episode and the sadness and the sakrifise.
The Prisoner was the best, IMO, Nowhere Man a close second to the Prisoner for changing everything you thought you knew in the last five minutes. S:AAB is my third. They kept to their vision of keeping the show a military show which happened to be in space.
***SPOILERS IN THE NEXT LINES***
Main characters were sacrificed, McQueen lost his leg in a guerrilla/terrorist action, depending on how you looked at it, and it turned out they were wrong to go to war in the first place. It was all because of a corporation’s greed, not to save the Earth at all.
I thought Farscape’s Shakespearean ending was one of the best until they made the miniseries, (which admittedly I have not seen, have they shown it yet? I am not living in the present day right now.). The idea that the universe no longer needs a person after his destiny is fulfilled (John and Aeryn stopped the baddies from getting to Earth, then apparently died tragically just as it looked as if everything should work out) actually renewed my interest in the DVDs after I got lost by the soap opera it had become after season 2. But I only got that far before I found out they were coming back to life for a miniseries and I then lost interest in buying the other seasons.
Firefly’s “ending” was one of the worst. Show the pilot last, cancel it, then win an Emmy. Dummys. I know the movie is coming, but I am still annoyed.
Hayden was much better at angsty bad guy than whiney teen, IMO. I wasn’t expecting that at all.
But Natalie Portman seems to be the only one in the movie who doesn’t enunciate, or is it just me? I mean, everyone else has a kind of epic presence. Not just the British accents, Jimmy Smits and Samuel L. one-of-the-gods-in-pet’s-pantheon Jackson have a classic delivery style. But she just sounds like some chick they picked off the street.
In other movies where her delivery matches other people, I think she does well, but matched against those pros she didn’t really fit in. It was like the difference between a celebrity-voiced national commercial and a local “I’m-the-owner” commercial.
***SPOILER IN THE NEXT LINE****
Anyway, I’m glad he choked her.
The Honey is comparing the plotline to a greek tragedy and that part to Othello, but not the, erm, writing.
MacGregor was alarmingly Guinness, you’ve got that right. Whoa!
I am selling 1 a day! All of them appear to be shipping to women who live in provinces in New Canada (surprise!) And one to Austria, 4 to Old Canada.
I expect that will peak sometime in the next couple of weeks, then die off. 😉 Hopefully I can catch the Bridal-Shower-Gag-Gift market in June.
Long time, no see.
Sorry I haven’t been around. Sorry I abandoned all my writing plans, too, but I have overhauled my schedule and there’s just no time anymore.
I am so out of the sci-fi loop, it’s scary. I even stopped visiting my own site when this next project turned into a novel about 15th Century Italy, which is odd because I am usually much more interested in the entertainment value of 15 Centauri than the 15th Century. But I’m sure the girls are happy to be able to chat without feeling as if they have to behave themselves in front of the Almighty Admin and her Zero Trollerance Magic Banning Tool.
Now I’m off to lurk and see what certain peeps have been up to now that I have a few minutes….
Tivo is the reason the promos invaded the bottom of the screen during broadcasts.
Here’s another one: AFLAC duck in Lemony Snicket
In one of the Killer Tomatoes movies a cereal box floats up into the screen….
Soooo, do you think CNN will pick up on this for their footage? 😀
Unless you are suffering through the rebellious teenage years of a cat named Loki, who keeps using my computer to go to alt.cats.world.domination.
My new favorite Prelinger Movie:
Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?
Oh! LMAO, Logan! 😀
The girls in the Drooler Clubhouse at my site have decided that every time something stupid happens, we’re going to rewrite it as if Kerry had won and his cabinet are doing the exact opposite.
In our Village we are living in an alternate universe. How’s that for denial? 😆
You’d be surprised how much better you feel….
BTW, is that going on a T, Frey?
Unfortunately so far is appears to be the only one of its kind. 😀
Most other places require advance purchase and make you drop-ship your products. The bookstore seems to be working for people who can get their pdfs to work, but there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to which ones do and don’t. (I am still sending it to real publishers, btw; I’m very lazily getting back into the cover letter thing after taking many years off, LOL!)
I’ve been monitoring the forums, but I couldn’t get the other suggestions to work on my computer. I think pdf creator was one? When I tried that one I had to reinstall Microshaft Word.
They have cancelled the order made with Adobe, as well, citing the same reason, that I am using Ghostscript. 🙄
I’ll have to check for the survey, thanks!
This was a riot! He’s absolutely right head to tail, speaking as one who hates spintheatre.
(Too bad I still won’t be able to watch the Daily Show because I’m going another 4 years w/o TV to make sure I’m sickened by the faces of the CRAB as little as possible 🙄 . But I will have the book. :D)
Off to watch Free for Alll!
So, out of curiosity, did you just make a new file with pdf995 and it worked from then on, or did you just keep ordering until the printer worked?
Because I would rather not use Adobe’s $9.99 a month service, but if they have changed their process to disallow pdf995 I don’t see a way around it.
Also, they didn’t tell me WHY orders were being cancelled until a week after I asked. Truthfully, they didn’t even tell me the orders were cancelled. I found out when I logged on and looked. No cancellation email. Nothing. Nor for the other people who ordered.
I was using pdf995 as well, which they say uses Ghostwriter and isn’t compatible with their printing process.
However, it has the most complete instructions on their own site, and can be used more than 5 times, so that’s what I picked.
Hmmm… why exactly is it on their site if it can’t be used on their site?
Anyhoo, the free trial of Adobe doesn’t exactly inform you that simply choosing 7.5 x 9.25 in your preferences doesn’t necessarily mean you will get 7.5 x 9.25 in your document. Enter two more downloads. Just for that.
I managed it on the last try. Whew, and (disharmonious word beginning with “F”) to Adobe.
You actually got an error message? I just got orders cancelled left and right. Then I wrote and they gave me the form response telling me “rest assured, we will respond to you within 24 hours” which as you likely know means “we will respond to you within 24 hours after a week has passed”. 😆
Thanks, Logan, I do love McChampagne!
I should mention that anyone who ordered and found their orders cancelled inexplicably, they have finally admitted that the pdf converter they suggested (and are still pushing) is not compatible with their printing process. So they were unable to print.
The new version should be printable at 9AM EST November 2.
(Too bad, I was hoping to be banned! :D)
Hee! Thanks, Lizard, I like to prove to people geeks get laid, too. And often we are more creative at it….
As for the questions, my inspiration was that people keep hunting me down for articles I wrote for a now-defunct romance site, and I decided to update them and no longer give them away for free, and my marketing plan, well….
I am hoping to
A) get banned by the bookstore it’s being sold in now so that I can use that to sell to a bigger publisher or,
B) Not get banned and get featured in February. Also going for a bookcrossing promotion in January if they still allow it, though I’m not sure where it could be released in the wild!
Aside from that, I’m sending out review copies and working on grassroots word-of-mouth. If it goes well, I’ll expand it to a larger edition for a bigger publisher. If it doesn’t, no big deal. They are printed individually as ordered so it doesn’t cost me a cent.
Yeah, who knew being a Love Slave would be so much WORK!
50 First Kisses in January, in time for Valentines, but it’s works of short fiction, not a how-to. Unfortunately I am only up to 8 right now. 🙄
Looks like this will require more research….