Pixel Scroll 10/29 – Scrolls and the Art of Blog Maintenance

(1) Rob Cottingham’s “Ancillary Stapler” at Medium.com is highly recommended.

I am lost in thought when Coffeemaker speaks to me, timidly, to say she is almost empty.

Not the emptiness of a depleted urn; it is still half full. No, this is the emptiness that strikes at Coffeemaker’s soul: there are no beans in her hopper. When Coffeemaker dreams, this is how her nightmares end.

Marketing Six checks the bean level regularly, even though that isn’t in her job description, but Marketing Six isn’t here this morning, is she? Off sick. I reach out, and find her iPhone’s location coordinates.

“Address Book, where does Marketing Six live?” I ask silently.

“Not at a Starbucks in Eastgate Square Shopping Mall,” she says. I didn’t know Address Book could be wry.

(2) A previously unsuspected musical subgenre – Vulcabilly.

(3) Prowse Still Grumpy, Film at 11.

The original Darth Vader actor, asked about his interest Star Wars: The Force Awakens, told the Guardian:

“It depends,” he said. “It depends if I’m playing the part of Darth Vader in it … Yes – then I’d be very interested. But if they’re putting somebody else in Darth Vader’s mask, then I’m not the slightest bit interested.”

(4) At SF Signal – “SF/F Crowdfunding Roundup: Familiar, ZILF!, Spanish Women of Wonder”.

(5) It will be even harder to be a “dirt farmer” on Mars. Jim Bell, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University, will discuss how hard in a lecture titled “Soils of Mars: Keys to Understanding the Habitability of the Red Planet” at the Soil Science Society of America’s annual meeting on November 18.

(6) The “Journey To Space” exhibition opened today at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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Of the more than 7 billion people on Earth, less than 600 have ever left our home planet to experience the beauty, wonder, and danger of space.

Now it’s your turn….

In the harsh, airless environment of space, peril is everywhere. Meteoroids soar by at speeds that can make them deadly to astronauts. Temperature fluctuates from burning hot to unbearably cold. It’s up to scientists to develop the technology that keeps astronauts safe. Journey to Space: The Exhibition’s hands-on exhibits and immersive experiences give you a chance to not only see that amazing technology (including Neil Armstrong’s glove), but to try handling some of the challenges of space travel yourself.

Take a turn managing the energy of a simulated orbiting space station, operate a robotic arm, and find out how astronauts eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom in space. See if you have “the right stuff” to deal with the disorienting environment of zero gravity as you step into a rotating chamber, inspired by the International Space Station’s Destiny Module, and feel what it’s like to be in a place where there is no up and no down. Designed with the help of astronauts and space scientists, Journey to Space: The Exhibition will inspire the astronaut, engineer and scientist in all of us.

(7) Juliet McKenna appeals for donations to the GoFundMe benefitting Rochita Loenen Ruiz

Rochita Loenen Ruiz is a brave, generous and talented author and all round lovely person. She has suddenly, tragically lost her beloved husband, the father of her two young children, to an ultimately fatal heart attack.

We cannot comprehend her bereavement. But we can understand the practical challenges she and her family will face in the next little while. That at least is something we can help with.

A fundraising campaign has been set up by her closest friends via GoFundMe

As you will see on clicking through, an array of writers and publishers are offering rewards by way of thanks to those offering their support.

(8) Tom Knighton applauds Wil Wheaton’s refusal to let HuffPo post his stuff gratis.

Wheaton declined because he didn’t figure he needed the exposure.  Frankly, I’m proud of him.

Any kind of creative type gets these “offers” all the time.  Someone likes what you’re doing.  They like it so much they want to utilize it in some way, either have your band play in their bar or run your blog post or something.  “What do you pay?” you ask.

“Oh, we just pay in exposure,” they reply.

My reply?  “Son, people die from exposure.”

Huffington Post is one of the biggest news websites out there.  They can afford to pay for content.  Yet they don’t.  You know why?  Because people will give it to them for free.

(9) Melinda Snodgrass will be executive producer overseeing the writing of Star Trek: Renegades.

Okay, so now I can talk about the work I’ll be doing for Star Trek: Renegades. As many of you probably know there has been a tradition of fans of the show making their own episodes and putting them up on-line. They range in quality, but some are produced by people in “the Industry” as we call it. Renegades is one of those.

I was approached by executive producer Sky Conway and asked if I would come on board. I said I would have to look at the pilot they had produced and also that they had to be a WGA signatory. I don’t work outside of my guild. I then went and watched Renegades and was very impressed.

A Kickstarter to fund production of Star Trek: Renegades episodes 2 and 3 is in progress. So far they have raised $100,535 of their $350,000 goal.

(10) If Alice Cooper has a middle name, it’s not “Humility.” Three of his own songs are in his Halloween Top 10.

There were monsters in rock songs before Alice Cooper surfaced in the early ‘70s with songs like “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” “Dead Babies,” and “Killer,” But there weren’t monsters in rock. Cooper changed all that.

Yet despite his violence and gore, Cooper’s style of horror has always been akin to a carnival ride or a monster movie. The thrills are real, but the terror is not, which makes Cooper the ultimate character for Halloween tricks and treats.

Cooper recently talked to Yahoo Music about his 10 favorite Halloween songs, 30 percent of which happen to be his own. “I’m going to have a lot of songs in this top 10,” he explained, “because I’m the only one that really writes scary songs.”

(11) Today In History

  • October 29, 1998 — In 1998, U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, who in 1962 became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth, returned to space aboard the shuttle Discovery. At 77, he became the oldest person to travel in space.
  • October 29, 1969 — The first connection on what would become the Internet was made when bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute.

(12) Today’s Birthday Boy

  • Born October 29, 1947 — Actor Richard Dreyfuss, made famous by starring roles in American Graffiti, Jaws, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is born in Brooklyn.

(13) Vox Day, in collaboration with artist Red Meat, has a new cartoon that explains the difference between the Ilk, the Dread Ilk, and the Vile Faceless Minions of Vox Popoli.

(14) Emperor Palpatine has been elected to a Ukranian city council; Chewbacca was arrested for campaigning for him…

A candidate who dresses as Star Wars villain Emperor Palpatine has been voted on to a Ukrainian city council despite standing as a joke.

According to fellow candidate Aleksandr Borovik, the man posing as Sheev Palpatine, the Emperor of the Galactic Empire, won a place on Odessa City Council, in the south west of the country.

It comes after the local electoral commission revealed that 48 candidates from the Darth Vader Block political party were registered to stand in the local election.

It has been reported that Emperor Palatine won 54.4 per cent of the poll, causing Mr Borovik to speak of his disbelief, despite respecting the choice of voters

He told RT.com: ‘This is beyond my understanding. People, what’s wrong with you?’

(15) If you’re an optimist about there ever being a Pacific Rim 2, you’ll be glad to know that Guillermo del Toro has finished the script. He’s still looking for somebody to greenlight production, of course.

(16) According to “The definitive list of werewolf-friendly cities”  Gregory Benford should beware – Irvine is #4 on this list. David Doering will be shocked to see which city is #1….

Werewolves, the cursed humans that turn into enormous beasts at the full moon, date back to the 15th century. Of old English folklore, supposed shapeshifters were put on trial in Switzerland in the 15th century, much like those believed to practice witchcraft.

In the spirit of Halloween, FindTheHome and FindTheCompany wanted to see where werewolves would live (if they do indeed exist) in the United States today. We looked at the following criteria to map likely werewolf haunts.

Cities deemed dog-friendly. Low number of gun shops and gunsmiths. Low prevalence of silver-producing companies (silver is rumored to be able to kill wolves).Low population density (where werewolves would be less easily found).

(17) Today is the day to see Son of Frankenstein at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

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[Thanks to Arnie Fenner, Will R., Mark-kitteh, Jonathan Olfert, Janice Gelb, John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Soon Lee.]

304 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 10/29 – Scrolls and the Art of Blog Maintenance

  1. 1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)
    Tough… but if I take the top episodes of each, Once More With Feeling beats Smile Time, and even Angel’s series finale is trumped by “The Gift.”

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)
    The Log Lady: so iconic we parodied her cryptic episode intros in my own web series, with “The Blog Lady.”

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)
    Cat’s musical number “Tongue Tied” is a favorite.

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)
    Hey! Who turned off all the stargates?
    Hey! Who turned off all the stargates?
    Hey! Who turned off all the stargates?

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)
    Protest vote for LOST! Protest vote for LOST!…

    My God, I finally understand GOD STALK.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

  2. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS

    Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)

    I only saw the first couple episodes of Angel and never went back. Buffy is Buffy. No contest.

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)

    Twin Peaks by a hair. I don’t have strong feelings for either one, just like TW a pinch better.

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)

    The humor of Red Dwarf never appealed to me, the Addams Family was silly but hit my funny bone better.

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Abstain

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    It was revolutionary in its time and had some great stories and Spock was still my first almost grown up crush.

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    Abstain Liked both, but didn’t love either and don’t care which one wins.

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)

    I’m sticking to Mrs. Peel and her ass whuppin’ until the bitter end!

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

    Call it a tie. Never watched much of either, never felt the love for either.

  3. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    And this is going to end the same way Season Two did.

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Addams Family (6)

    It was funnier.

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Two shows I liked, but neither one I absolutely loved. I’ll go with the one that reminds me of nights on the couch with my sweetheart, and also, I’m guessing, the heavy underdog.

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    There are shows I would vote for over TOS, and we’ll likely get to one of them eventually. But not today.

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    Easy choice of a show I enjoyed over one I never cared for.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

    Help me
    Listen please
    Is there anybody out there who can here me?

  4. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    2. JUST VISITING

    Twin Peaks

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER

    Red Dwarf

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.

    Doctor Who [New]

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR

    Xena: Warrior Princess

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?

    The Avengers

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS

    Farscape

  5. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    Rule of thumb: go for the original and not the spinoff, unless the spinoff was really, really exceptional.

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)

    Ow. First really painful choice. Ow, ow, ow. Both good, both seriously weird. I decided that Sapphire and Steel was more overtly science-fictional, so it wins. Sounds better than saying I had to flip a coin, anyway.

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)

    Slightly less ow, here. The Addams Family was good, but in a sort of inconsequential way, whereas Red Dwarf sometimes has a real philosophical edge to it, in among the laughs.

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    I have little time for Stargate and less for its spinoffs.

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    Definite twinges occurring to me here – but the original (and still the best) Trek show wins it for me.

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)

    Scott Bakula or Lucy Lawless? They’re both equally pretty. I went for Bakula in the end.

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)

    I will defend Blake’s 7 to the death, I tell you, to the death.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

    Nice to finish on an easy one, at least.

  6. Fifth Region – Round 2
    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Had anyone noticed these dice are evil? Voting for the original, while keeping a wary eye on those dice.
    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Voting for Brit comedy at its wonkiest.
    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Very easy one for me.
    Second Fifth Region – Round 2
    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    I’m going to have to betray Life on Mars here in acknowledgement of how influential Trek was.
    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    *Screams about vampiric dice and runs into the night*
    Ok, which did I actually watch more of? B7 it is.
    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

  7. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Angel (8)

    For Smile Time… “Namfar, do the dance of shame”

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    New Who is pretty much the antithesis of what I like in TV, let alone a genre show.

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    Preferred Ashes to Ashes to LoM anyway.

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    Abstain, not fond of either.

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)

    Tough one, Dianna Rigg’s badassery and Steed’s cool nearly carry the day but Blake’s 7 is more sffnal.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

    “Ah, screw it. But I am not Kirk, Spock, Luke, Buck, Flash, or Arthur frelling Dent. I’m Dorothy Gale from Kansas.”

  8. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS

    Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. JUST VISITING
    abstain

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    abstain

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

    Nanowrimo word count : 0

  9. 1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)

    You can only go so far on Angst and Brooding. Even if you do it very, very well…

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

  10. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Abstain

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Abstain

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Abstain

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Abstain

  11. Forehead Cloths! Lavender, Mint, Aloe, or Plain! Forehead Cloths. Getcher Forehead Cloths!

    Continuing the “Cally hasn’t seen much TV” tradition, there’s one pairing I can vote in.

    The Avengers.

  12. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    An easy choice that nevertheless hurts a little.

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)

    Both were inconsistent. But when Twin Peaks went bad, it felt like Lynch was actively jerking the audience around.

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Addams Family (6)

    It spoke French!

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    For the good times.

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    Happy to vote for Trek here.

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    This’ll probably be my last vote for Xena in any forum.

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)

    Avengers is not SFnal enough to deserve to advance further, IMHO.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Wild Wild West (7)

    This (puppetry) Ends Now!

  13. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Ab stain

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

  14. 1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

  15. 1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

  16. > “This’ll probably be my last vote for Xena in any forum.”

    You’re going to be supporting Tarzan in the Best Wordless Battle Cry Bracket, then? Good luck to you, but I’ll support the classic Zaghareet over that yodel thing.

    (I assume with your vote against Farscape that you’re not supporting Chiana. BRRRRRRUUUUGHHHH-YI-YI-YI-YAAAAAAH!)

  17. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Angel (8)

    Cruel choice, but Angel trended up, while Buffy trended down.

    2. JUST VISITING
    Twin Peaks (5)

    The owls are not what they seem.

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Addams Family (6)

    Funnier.

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    I might have voted for Who, but this season so far has disappointed me greatly. I think I’m out of sync with the Time Lord at the moment.

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    Not much of a contest.

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    Argo kicks Al in the head.

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)

    Still voting for the grim.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

    Scorpy!

  18. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. Sapphire and Steel (4)

    3. Red Dwarf (3)

    4. Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. Blake’s 7 (3)

    4. Farscape (2)

  19. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS

    Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)
    This is very difficult. I’m going to have to go with Buffy, because of Willow and Giles primarily. But my heart aches for Wesley.

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)
    ARGH! I do love both. But I think I love NewWho a tiny bit more.

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

  20. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)
    Abstain because I simply can’t pick one.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

  21. @Kyra:

    You’re going to be supporting Tarzan in the Best Wordless Battle Cry Bracket, then? Good luck to you, but I’ll support the classic Zaghareet over that yodel thing.

    CHORF.

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  23. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Angel (8)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

  24. Rimward Region – Round 2

    2. JUST VISITING
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    The Avengers (6)

  25. I don’t watch much TV so this is likely to be the only matchup I can vote in.
    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)
    Poor, poor Angel. The Slayer overwhelmed him back then, and she overwhelms him now. With good help from Willow.

  26. Rimward Region – Round 2

    2. Twin Peaks (5)
    4. Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. Life on Mars (9)
    2. Quantum Leap (4)
    3. Blake’s 7 (3)
    4. Farscape (2)

  27. Thanks for the reminder to go read Prufrock. Other than that, I’ve got:

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)

  28. Rimward Region – Round 2
    1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    2. Sapphire and Steel (4)
    3. Red Dwarf (3)
    4. Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2
    1. Abstain
    2. Xena: Warrior Princess (5)
    3. The Avengers (6). Hardest choice yet.
    4. Abstain

  29. 1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)

    Buffy liked that more.

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)

    Twin Peaks

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Doctor Who never been that much of a Stargatefan.

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)
    ST TOS that one is a big clasic and still very watchable

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)
    Quantum Leap that is dificult, but I always like timetravel.

  30. 1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Abstain

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

  31. This is my favourite Halloween song. 🙂

    (This probably dates my eldest sister very accurately…)

  32. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)

    Abstain

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

    Abstain

  33. @Hampus

    I must have watched that film dozens of times when I was a kid. 🙂 There’s a couple of other decent songs, too.

  34. @Hampus

    The Worst Witch (1986) – with Tim Curry (obviously), Diana Rigg, and a young Fairuza Balk as the lead character and a rather different sort of witch than her later role in The Craft. Adapted from the book series.

  35. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    So tough, so tough. Each was must watch viewing. When they were on, each was top game. When they were off, so very much so. If the Cordelia/Connor angle wasn’t so crapping up an otherwise good season, Angel would get the nod.

    2. JUST VISITING
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    This one’s tougher than it should be too. Quantum Leap was an all-around consistently classy show. Had to go with Xena, because of its high notes.

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

    This one’s tough too, geez. Is there an any more inconsistent show than Farscape? I’m not sure, but it reached greatness a few times.

  36. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Twin Peaks (5)

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Abstain, from fearful and Puritanical ignorance.

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Don’t blink.
    Also, my second favorite of Jim’s bracket titles thus far. It will take something special to beat “Pon Farr and the Fangbangers is the Name of My New Band.”

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Again, because they stuck the ending.

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Abstain, due to pained and abstemious ignorance.

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)

  37. Rimward Region – Round 2

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)
    Abstain

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Trailing Region – Round 2

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

  38. Bracketation:

    2. Twin Peaks

    (Glad you didn’t call this one “Season 2”)

    3. Addams Family

    Red Dwarf got truly awful and made me forget why I loved it.

    4. In the room, the women come and go…

    No vote, but Prufrock is one of the few poems I know by hear, and I am now earwormed. I didn’t remember that could happen.

    1. Star Trek: The Original Series

    2. Quantum Leap

  39. 1. Abstain
    2. Twin Peaks
    3. Red Dwarf
    4. NuWho

    1. ST:TOS
    2. Quantum Leap
    3. Avengers. Because catsuits and bowlers.

    Oh hey this round is so easy, no need for…

    Ack. Breaks out forehead cloths, argues with self…

    4. Farscape.

  40. Getting my brackets in under the wire…

    1. Buffy.
    3. Addams.
    4. Doctor Who.

    1. TOS.
    2. Quantum Leap.
    3. Avengers.
    4. Farscape.

  41. FILE 770 LIVE-ACTION TV TOURNAMENT AND BRACKETS

    No nailbiters this time around, but the matches did not lack for upsets in the middle pairings.

    Rimward Region – Round 2 Results

    1. SEASON TWO
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1)
    Angel (8)

    Time is a flat circle. But if history repeats itself, Angel should get another show soon. Final score:

    Buffy 54
    Angel 4

    2. JUST VISITING
    Sapphire and Steel (4)
    Twin Peaks (5)

    This shaped up to be a tough match and a weird one. Sheriff Truman and Agent Cooper counted on two advantages: 1) the Sapphire and Steel were running themselves ragged dealing with temporal anomalies right here at the tournament, and 2) they had access to a diner. “Oh shit,” said Steel upon realizing the latter. Final score:

    Twin Peaks 28
    Sapphire and Steel 17

    3. WE ALL HAVE TO LIVE TOGETHER
    Red Dwarf (3)
    Addams Family (6)

    In space, no one can hear you scream, but everyone can hear you complain about your shipmates. Thus the tight-knit Addams team came in favored over their famously fractious opponents. But the mining-ship crew used this very issue to their advantage by – telling the opposing team all about their problems. At length. “No of course we didn’t feel sorry for them,” Morticia Addams said afterward. “The poor dear boys.” Final score:

    Red Dwarf 33
    Addams Family 26

    4. OH DO NOT ASK “WHAT IS IT?” LET US GO AND MAKE OUR VISIT.
    Doctor Who [New] (2)
    Stargate Atlantis (10)

    Two leaders of the often-maligned Spinoff and Revival Conferences met in a match with honor at stake as well as a place in the Sweet Sixteen. The Atlanteans were ahead early and the turning point came after one of their own scores.

    “Nice one, Colonel.”
    “Thank you, Colonel.”
    “What he said, Colonel.”
    “Colonel.”
    “Colonel?”
    “Colonel.”

    By the time they were done, the Gallifreyan team was handily ahead and never relinquished the lead. Final score:

    Doctor Who [New] 47
    Stargate Atlantis 12

    Trailing Region – Round 2 Results

    1. VISITORS FROM ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS
    Star Trek: The Original Series (1)
    Life on Mars (9)

    “Nobody expected us to be here,” said Martian Sam Tyler before the game. “But we’re not content to just play the top seed. We won’t be happy unless we beat them.” Which was unfortunate. Because of, you know, phasers and stuff. Final score:

    Star Trek: TOS 53
    Life on Mars 7

    2. NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR
    Quantum Leap (4)
    Xena: Warrior Princess (5)

    The QL squad kept it close all game, then hatched what they thought was a foolproof plan: power-forward Scott Bakula would go back in time, take over the bodies of the Xena Xquad in turn, sow chaos and score points against them using their own bodies. What they failed to reckon with is that the time depicted in Xena: Warrior Princess never remotely existed. Final score:

    Xena 31
    Quantum Leap 26

    3. NATION OR EMPIRE?
    Blake’s 7 (3)
    The Avengers (6)

    “Seriously, what is even that science-fictional about those guys?” asked Blake, early in this Brit-on-Brit fracas. (Which is pronounced frah-CAH over there, just so you know.)
    “Actually, it’s about fantasy!” replied secret agent John Steed.
    “The fantasy you could ever beat us,” said Emma Peel.

    Final Score:

    Avengers 33
    Blake’s 7 – 22

    4. GOOD AND BAD PEACEKEEPERS
    Farscape (2)
    Wild Wild West (7)

    “Seriously, Artemus, what is up with the puppets?” demanded James West. “Not sure,” his partner replied. “Some clever-looking ones, though.” Meanwhile, there was befuddlement on the other side. “They’re not even…space cowboys, are they, John?” mused Moya the living starship. “No,” agreed lost astronaut John Crichton. “But they were pretty cool. When I was a kid anyway.” Final score:

    Farscape 41
    Wild Wild West 11

    No rest for the weary after tonight, as the victorious teams immediately move on to Sweet 16 action!

  42. 1. Angel
    2. Twin Peaks
    3. Addams Family
    4. Stargate Atlantis – This really bums me out. The family of Stargate shows comes awfully close to toppling the family of Star Trek shows as my all-time favorites. And I loathe Dr. Who, but recognize that I’m in the minority on that. *sigh* *heavy sigh* *heavy, HEAVY sigh*

    1. Star Trek: The Original Series
    2. Quantum Leap
    3. The Avengers
    4. Farscape

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