February 21, 2007

“Unlike you, I actually respect the audience at home and I don’t — and I don’t believe in lying to them.”

— Simon Cowell, one of the three judges of American Idol (originally created in England as Pop Idol)

From Seacrest and Cowell Get Nasty on ‘Idol’

Le Pen Continues That Great Post-Modern French Tradition Of Stark Cowardice (While Balzac, Baudelaire, Dumas, Hugo, Nerval, And Zola Spin In Their Graves)

February 21, 2007

9/11 attacks ‘an incident’

Paris – French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has dismissed the September 11, 2001 attacks as an “incident”, saying the death toll of 3 000 was equal to the number of people killed in Iraq in a month.

Le Pen made the comment in an interview published on Wednesday with the Catholic newspaper La Croix during which he praised Islamic leaders for condemning the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

“The September 11 event, or one could say incident, prompted a certain number of people to distance themselves (from Islamic extremism) to avoid falling under the barrage of accusations that was then unleashed,” said Le Pen.

Commenting on the death toll from the attacks, Le Pen said: “3 000 dead, that is how many die in Iraq in a month and it’s far less than the deaths in the Marseille or Dresden bombings at the end of the Second World War.”

It’s also probably far fewer than the number of cowardly quisling bastards who formed the Vichy “government.”

Vichy France

On July 10, 1940, the National Assembly, faced with imminent military defeat by Germany, gave full power to Marshal Philippe Pétain. In 1940, Pétain was known mainly as a World War I hero, the winner of Verdun. As last President of the Council of the Third Republic, Pétain suppressed the parliament and immediately turned the regime into a non-democratic government collaborating with Germany.

Vichy France was established after France surrendered to Germany on June 22, 1940, and took its name from the government’s administrative centre in Vichy, southeast of Paris. Paris remained the official capital, to which Pétain always intended to return the government when this became possible. While officially neutral in the war, Vichy actively collaborated with the Nazis, including, to some degree, with their racial policies.

Hey, Le Pen! Do you want a full demographic breakdown of how many perished in that “incident” of September 11, 2001 in the city I was born and raised in? Or would you be satisfied to know only how many Jews, how many queers, and how many of those with non-white skin died?

See What Fluorescent Lighting Did 5,000 Years Ago?

February 21, 2007

The ancient girl with the golden eye: 5,000 year old priestess found

The body of a strikingly tall 5,000-year-old woman with an artificial golden eye has been discovered in Iran.

Those damned fluorescents killed one of her eyes. I know it!

Don’t You Bastards DARE To Even TRY This Here!

February 21, 2007

Australia to Ban Old-Style Light Bulbs

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs across the country.

I cannot stand fluorescent lighting! It saps my energy, makes me sleepy, fogs my brain, and destroys what’s left of my eyesight.

I’m not one to erect barricades and start a revolution, but this shit would do it!

He Does It So They Never See A BSOD

February 21, 2007

Bill Gates keeps close eye on kids’ computer time

The Microsoft founder said his 10-year-old daughter, his oldest child, was not a hard-core Internet and computer user until this year, when she started at a school where the students use tablet computers for almost everything.

Gee, tablet computer or, cough, TabletPC?

It’ll be the girl who catches on to him first. At about, oh, between 14 to 16, she’ll look around at the history of products her daddy put out — especially the earliest Windows — and will exclaim in shock, horror, and disgust: “Eeewwww. Daddy, you got rich selling people shit!”

Now there’s something Steve Jobs’ kids will never say.

LifeDrive Notes: Getting A Mac To Do .PDB Files

February 21, 2007

Grinding Out Document PDB’s with PorDiBle

In the distant past (before I traded my Windows rig in on a shiny MacBook), I had a stable of applications to move documents from my PC to my Palm T3. Now that the PC is history, and I’ve joined the Mac Revolution, I’ve found that the choices for accomplishing this task are more limited.

Gerry Anderson’s Dick Spanner, P.I.

February 21, 2007

Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 1 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 2 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 3 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 4 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 5 of 5)

Dick Spanner, P.I. was a tongue-in-cheek 1986 British television series filmed entirely in stop-motion animation, starring mild-mannered robot private detective Dick Spanner (voiced by Shane Rimmer).

The series consisted of 22 six-minute episodes, covering two story arcs: “The Case of the Human Cannonball” and “The Case Of The Maltese Parrot”, both consisting of 11 episodes each. The programme was originally seen in the UK as part of Sunday morning show Network Seven, but was later given a late night showing, where its sly satire and sight-gags could perhaps be better appreciated.

As far as I know, this has never been seen in the U.S. and is unlikely to get here via DVD, either.

This is what YouTube is good for: Letting us deprived Americans see the stuff the Brits have had for ages.

See it before someone with more power than brains classifies it as a DMCA violation and it gets a takedown put on it. Don’t forget, Firefox users: Video Downloader is your friend!

Damn! That was fast! Gone 24 hours after I encountered them. As the saying goes, I got mine, Jack!

Second Update: Hey, You Suits who hold the rights! Release it on DVD in the U.S., dammit!

Third update: I’ve emailed the rights holder to ask for a US DVD release. You should too. One Media Publishing Ltd.

Thunderbirds: The First Abomination

February 21, 2007

“Thunderbirds” on Fox Kids (1994)

Hoping to jump on the Power Rangers bandwagon, ITC re-edited original Thunderbirds hour-long episodes into new half-our shows featuring all new dialogue and rock music.

The bastards. This was a blasphemy and a sacrilege.

Worse was to come: Turbocharged Thunderbirds! With Jeff Tracy being condescended to by a pair of sickly Californian teenyboppers who addressed him as “Mister T”!!!

Then that horrible movie by Frakes.

Space:1999 Still Wants To Live

February 21, 2007

Moonbase Alpha: Darkside

This is a combination of several short clips I download a few years back from the Moonbase Alpha: Darkside web site, into a short trailer. Unfortunately the DAKSIDE web site has not been updated since 2003 and I am afraid the project has been abandoned, but I am not sure about that.

Darkside was to be a collection of stories and animations which takes the universe created by Space: 1999 and bring in a new perspective.

Watching the CGI Eagles cross the surface of the Moon at such low altitude really gives a good simulation of velocity. This is something they could never achieve in the original series with models.


A LightWave 3D Rendering of Eagle One lifting off of Moonbase Alpha. I created Alpha Moonbase (Still under construction) from scratch. Eagle Model courtesy of James Murphy.

Wow. More stuff just not possible with the original models. Wonderful Barry Gray music.

Space: 1999 Face of Eden

A FAN EDITED Video – Episode never happened. Scenes were edited together from several episodes

Well, this also solves a mystery for me! This had been floating around P2P nets but was harder to get than intelligence out of a U.S. President’s head. Really nice work. I loved seeing Year Two images with Barry Gray’s Year One theme.

Space 1999 Requiem

Space 1999 fan video to the music Requiem for a Dream.

Montage of still images that tells a story. Very well done. When The Sci-Fi Channel was still devoted to fannish sf (what the fuck is wrestling now doing on that channel, for Christ’s sake?!!?), they had a half hour newsmagazine. This is the sort of thing that would have appeared on it. Those were the days…

Space:1999 “Year one” in Bubble gum cards

Space 1999 Fans will remember these!

The cool collector cards you got from those wax packs with the stick of gum that you could chip a tooth on…

Well here they all are, all 66 cards from year one, in order!

Including original music from the show by Berry Gray called “Event Horizon”

These rare collector cards from 1976 are getting harder to find in good condition.

Some younger people will not have seen this series.

Please remember that this show is from the 70’s but still has a cult like fan following.

The show ran for two seasons before it was cancelled.

It was beleived the second season director changed the format of the original show and it was not liked as much by both the creator, Gerry Anderson and most of its fans.

I still think that they have the coolest space crafts.

Now this is “user-generated content” to the fekkin max! Features Barry Gray’s majestic music. Maximize the speaker volume!

Space 2261

A sci-fi fan video remix using the cuts and music from “Space: 1999” and video from Babylon 5’s “Endgame” episode.

This is part of a collection of fan-made sci-fi themed music videos. There are a couple of us uploading these, and they will all have the tag “PagesBar”, so search on that if you want to see the whole collection.

A ringer! For Bab5 fans, but features the wonderful Barry Gray (marred by Vic Elms!) theme.

Space 1999

Video made with animate gifs

The Koenig shot in Main Mission is incredible. Warning: This features the horrible adaptation of the Barry Gray theme by Derek Wadsworth. Turn off the speakers!


If Space 1999 had made a 3rd series then maybe the openning titles would have looked like this.

Wow. Very nice appearance of the series title! I think Gerry Anderson would like that!

Moco – A Horse is Just a Pony

A Horse is Just a Pony – Music Video
Created by Tony Southworth

The ~311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha face their worst enemy yet: bad rock music!

Space: Eternal

A fan film designed to highlight the essence of Space: 1999.

Very well done. A true labor of love.

Message from Moonbase Alpha- Space 1999

Message from Moonbase Alpha – complete with ATV front and end caps and my version of what could have been season 3 tiles. Music used is an unused demo version by Derek Wadsworth he submitted for season 2! Hope you ENJOY!

And that’s, for now, as official a sequel as there is…

Rest In Peace, Tony Anholt. You died far too young.

Gerry Anderson’s Joe 90

February 21, 2007

Joe 90 – Before & After Digital Restoration

A Selection of Stills from the 16mm Negative & the Digitally Restored 35mm Interpositive Negative, This really shows you just how lucky we were!!

An absolutely remarkable document. With wonderful Barry Gray* music too! Crank up those speakers!

Hey, Suits! This is more interesting than the shit you think we want to watch! Take Lost and shove it.

*Holy shit! I never knew his birth name was Jack Eckles!

Update: DMCA takedown as of June 25, 2007. This takedown is particularly stupid as there was nothing there that I could see violating any copyright! It was a collection of stills, for Christ’s sake, showing how degraded they were in their original form and how they were restored to vibrancy digitally. It was a great promo to advertise the DVD set. You stupid Suits!