Serenity – Can a Failed TV Show Make a Good Movie?

Mark your calendars for October 7. On that day, the age old question posed above will be answered. Okay, maybe not age-old, but the attempt to do so will certainly be a departure from the recent glut of successful TV show remakes that have made their way to the big screen.

A long time ago, when this blog was in its infancy, I posted about the idiocy of Fox executives when they killed the sci-fi show, Firefly. A bit later, I mentioned in passing how a movie based on that show was currently in production. Now, there is verifiable evidence on the web – in the form of a trailer – that this is actually going to happen. And from the looks of it, Serenity may be pretty darn good.

Originally, this movie was scheduled to be released this spring. Much to Kate’s chagrin (she may not admit it, but she LOVED that show), the release date was pushed back to October 7. At that point we will either have a newborn, or Kate will be BEGGING TO BE INDUCED. I suppose the studio executives at Universal decided that with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Star Wars Episode III, and War of the Worlds all being released this spring, a later release date for Serenity was in order. I certainly can’t blame them.

The trailer gives a lot of time to Captain Mal, who, it could be argued, seems a lot like Han Solo reincarnated. This could be looked upon as a bad thing. However, with the recent stink-fest that has been the Star Wars movies, I think a good healthy dose of Han Solo in the science fiction genre may be just what the doctor ordered.

Anyway, I am taking it upon myself to firmly plug this movie for anybody who will listen, mostly because I was a huge fan of the series and hope they will make sequels. Oddly enough, it seems studios only make sequels for movies that make money. Go figure. So get out there on October 7 and see Serenity. And for those with broadband, check out the trailer.

Definition of a Good Time – $0.25 beers

Before I left the house, I was prepared to write a diatribe about how all the cell phone companies and cable companies are out to leech ever last dime out of good natured consumers like me. After dinner and $0.25 beers – yeah, not so much with the caring.

Hard Times Cafe in Herndon had a great deal this evening – half priced burgers, $0.25 beers, $2.50 chili dogs, and $0.25 wings (can you tell it’s their 25th anniversary?). At any rate Kate’s coworkers suggested going there for dinner, so we decided to get a cheap meal. We both ate for $10. It was fabulous.

So yeah, good times. Did I mention $0.25 beers?

Things I take for granted: my commute.

I spent 1.5 hours (each way) getting to and from DC today for a meeting. I get to do the same thing tomorrow. This is NOT my normal commute. My normal commute is 5 miles against traffic and it takes me about 15 minutes in the morning and 20-30 minutes in the evening. It is unbelieveable, and I really do take it for granted.

So here’s to me not bitching about my two days in DC. Cheers.

The Birth (and Death) of a Peep – A Photo Essay

Ever wonder where a peep comes from?

An egg, of course!

Casey seems very interested.

Here comes the Peep!

I see you.

Mostly out.

Free at last!

She has an evil glint in her eye. . .

Ah! Noooooooo!!!! Somebody save me!

Casey doesn’t care that this peep has lost it’s head. Poor peep.

And thus endeth the life of the peep. Tune in next week for the Stay Puffed Marshmallow man story. It’s not as horrific.

Swearing and Children

The linked article is from the Washington Post, and it discusses the growing prevalence of swearing among children. I will be the first to admit that I swear far too much, and I need to cut back. Way back. It’s an easy habit to slip into, and I can see how it is difficult to stop children from swearing.

Kate is a teacher and deals with this every day (god bless her). The article makes some interesting points not only about the inappropriateness of the behavior, but also the effects it is having upon the English language itself. What’s the solution? No idea.

Google Maps – An Impressive Application

Kevin posted recently about Google Maps. There were services out there before that provided satellite views, but Google’s interface makes it super-easy. In screwing around with the site, I found a couple of really cool pictures. My favorite is the picture of Hoover Dam. So here are some sites of interest.

What other places of interest have people found?

New and Improved Design

I’ve been working on a redesign for the site for quite some time now. Well “working on” implies that it has been a constant effort. In reality it’s been sporadic at best. I wanted to do a redesign because the site was too bulky. There were too many areas that required updating that I had neither the time nor the inclination to maintain.

So what’d I do? I threw away everything but the blog. That’s it. That’s the site. I’ve done away with all the extraneous crap that was taking up space and nobody ever read, anyway. Eventually I will add back the photo albums. However, I won’t do that until I figure out how I want to handle the assembling and publishing. So for now, it’s only the blog.

I decided to stick with the basic color scheme and banner from the last incarnation (incidentally, all the old posts are still around), and only made some minor layout changes. To be honest, I’m not terribly happy with it yet, and there may be some additional tweaking that happens. Or possibly major overhauls. Same thing. Right?

Blogger is my current tool of choice, and I am giving some of its more advanced features a shot (listen to all the Moveable Type users out there laughing). Besides the refined visuals, some of the new features on include:

  • Each post now has it’s own post page, for permanent linking (click on “link to this item” to see a post-page in action).
  • The site now uses conditional blogger tags to provide varying content between the main, archive, and post pages.
  • The site now uses Blogger comments. While Enetation has been very good to me, I decided to give Blogger’s comments a whirl. I feel strongly that the comments I receive add a lot to each post. By using Blogger comments, I am ensuring that the comments will always and forever (unless my hosting company blows up their server) be tied to the post. Also, I can turn on the feature where blogger sends me an email when a comment comes in. So the bottom line is: easier for me, no smileys for you. So sorry!

As always, I wanted to give credit where credit is due. The following resources were immensely helpful in creating the new design. While it doesn’t look like much, parts of it were a real pain in the rear.

Smooth Curves in Photoshop, by Jim Amos (@ Graphikjunkie)
Faux Columns, by Dan Cederholm (@ A List Apart)
W3C Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Specification

I’m done geeking out now, and will come back with something entirely mundane and/or entertaining at a later date.