Pixel Scroll 1/25/17 I Wanted To Know The Exact Pixels Of Scroll

(1) DESIRED FUTURE. While we were wondering if Whoopi Goldberg was getting enough love from Star Trek conventions, the truth came out – what she really wants is a role on Doctor Who. Den of Geek has the story —

“I like the idea of doing things the way y’all do them,” the Sister Act and Star Trek: The Next Generation star added. “You do some really fun stuff like Black Mirror or, you know, I’m still dying to do Doctor Who.”

She added: “I always hope when I come to England the BBC will say, ‘Hey we want you to do something [on Doctor Who]’. I would love that.”

(2) A SECOND HELPING. ScienceFiction.com says Arrival is being re-released immediately to capitalize on its Oscar nominations.

This Friday, January 27th, 2017, Paramount is re-releasing ‘Arrival‘ on the big screen with an added 8 minutes of bonus material! Now, this isn’t an extended cut of the film but could be thought of as more of a preview of the special features from the eventual Blu-Ray. Think commentary and behind-the-scenes material that includes the Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and even more of the cast and crew from the film.

(3) STRINGS ATTACHED. Alastair Reynolds tells more about the stage adaptation of Diamond Dogs in Chicago. He’ll be in the audience next month.

Directed by Nathan Allen, the play is an adaptation by Althos Low , a pen name for Shanghai Low Theatricals, a group dedicated to bring challenging works to the stage. Frankly you couldn’t get much more challenging than a piece of space-operatic dark SF, involving interstellar travel, cyborg prosthetics and a monstrous alien structure – but suitably undaunted, Shanghai Low (with chief adaptor Steve Pickering) have put together what is by all accounts a very striking and inventive production, involving hi-tech stage design, imaginative costume work, and the resourceful and skilled puppetry of Mary Robinette Kowal, already greatly respected within SF circles as a fine writer. The script, which I read some months ago, is clever and involving, and very true to the beats of the original story. This is the first adaptation of any of the Revelation Space stories into another medium, and I can’t wait to see it.

(4) BLAST FROM THE PAST. The Traveler from Galactic Journey has a request — “[January 25, 1962] Shameless Self-Promotion (Nominate Galactic Journey For The Hugo!)”.

Galactic Journey has brought you the latest in science fact and fiction for over three years, since October 1958.  It’s been a tremendous pleasure and privilege to review the monthly sff digests, the new books, the best (and worst!) scientifiction TV shows and movies, enormously rewarding to report on the myriad space shots as they happen.  Coverage of 1960’s pitched election season was eye-opening and exciting.

Though it was not originally our mission, the Journey has become a progressive entity, focusing on the women and minority contributors that add to the diversity and value of our fandom, yet who are overlooked and underrepresented.

Oh, how we’ve grown in three years!  Since this column’s humble beginnings, our staff of two has grown to ten, including an overseas correspondent.  Last June, we began providing the latest news on the right-hand side of our pages.  In August, no less a personage than Rod Serling honored us for our coverage of The Twilight Zone….

It’s the 2017 Hugo he’d like to be nominated for – he’s leaving the 1962 field to front-runners Warhoon and Cry of the Nameless.

(5) PLEASE EXCUSE ME. Charles Stross, on the other hand, asks that fans not nominate his work in this year’s trial Hugo category.

(6) YOG’S LAW ENFORCEMENT. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, in “SFWA Statement on Magazines and the Monetization of Writers”, frowns on magazines cashing in on the slush reading.

In the past year SFWA has seen several examples of magazines contemplating monetizing the writers submitting work to them for publication. Strategies for doing so have ranged from the subtle to the overt, including submission fees, fees for personalized feedback, statements that contributors who are subscribers will get preferential treatment, and other charges.

One tenet that SFWA holds to strongly is Yog’s Law, the idea that money should always flow towards the writer. The organization strongly condemns any practice where a magazine take money from a writer and allows it to or implies it will affect the reception of the writer’s submission(s) in any way.

(7) TODAY IN HISTORY

January 25, 1999 The Blair Witch Project is seen for the first time.

(7a) TODAY’S BELATED BIRTHDAY BOY

  • Born January 24, 1944 — David Gerrold

(8) ASK ME ANYTHING. Authors of The Expanse James S. A. Corey are doing an AMA on Reddit on January 26 at Noon EST (9 a.m. PST) — https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/. Got a question about the series? Go on!

(9) BRING ‘EM BACK ALIVE. The topic for the 2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate is “De-Extinction.” At New York City’s Hayden Planetarium on Wednesday, March 29 moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson and a panel of experts will take on this topic —

Biologists today have the knowledge, the tools, and the ability to influence the evolution of life on Earth. Do we have an obligation to bring back species that human activities may have rendered extinct? Does the technology exist to do so?

2017 Asimov Debate panelists are:

  • George Church – Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard University and MIT
  • Hank Greely – Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford University
  • Gregory Kaebnick – Scholar, The Hastings Center; Editor, Hastings Center Report
  • Ross MacPhee – Curator, Department of Mammalogy, Division of Vertebrate Zoology; Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School
  • Beth Shapiro – Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

(10) PROP AND CIRCUMSTANCE. Here’s something you don’t see every day, Edgar:  “San Jose Councilman Takes Oath of Office With Captain America Shield: ‘I Want to Shine a Ray of Optimism’”.

A new San Jose city councilman held a Captain America shield as he was sworn in on Tuesday night, telling NBC Bay Area that the Marvel Comics character “embodies the ideas of America.”

Lan Diep, a Republican legal aid attorney, received cheers after he said “I do solemnly swear” when the clerk asked if he would defend his oath of office. His final vote of his first meeting? Joining the council in unanimously banning the communist Vietnamese flag from flying in San Jose.

In an interview after the meeting, the proud comic book geek and Houston-born son of Vietnamese refugees said that Captain America stands for the “kinds of things I strive for: equal justice, fair play and democracy.” …

(11) WHO KNEW? Cnet blew my trivia-loving mind by proving “The Star Wars Death Star trench isn’t where you think it is”.

Vaziri has some theories about why the mistaken impression is so widespread, even among hard-core fans.

He points out that the Death Star’s two biggest features are the dish and the equatorial trench. “Our brains want to connect this new trench with something we’ve seen before, and because of their similarities, and the simplicity of that connection, it’s not a big leap for us to (incorrectly) deduce the two trenches are one and the same,” he writes.

(12) SPACEWAY ROBBERY. Remember – being ripped off is the sincerest form of flattery. ScreenCrush lists “The Top Five Most Shameless ‘Star Wars’ Rip-Offs”.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, JJ, Camestros Felapton, Andrew Porter, and Doctor Science for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day m. c. simon milligan.]

56 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 1/25/17 I Wanted To Know The Exact Pixels Of Scroll

  1. (6) YOG’S LAW ENFORCEMENT

    Based on twitter mutterings, I think one of the venues they’re concerned about is Andromeda Spaceways, who now give “priority to writers and artists who are also subscribers to Andromeda Spaceways Magazine.”

  2. @mark re 6: Yeah, I saw that on twitter, and a lot of authors unhappy with that, and discussions about the value of reading the market you want to submit to versus pay to play.

  3. “What is your name?”
    “Sir Jophan of Trufan.”
    “What is your quest?”
    “We seek the Holy Rocket.”
    “What is the pixel capacity of a laden scroll?”

  4. Just posted a comment on the previous thread about the EPH paper by Bruce and me. I’m not sure if I should have posted it here instead so here’s a link.

  5. (9) BRING ‘EM BACK ALIVE.

    Even if we do have an obligation to restore extinct species, what then? Haven’t we also destroyed their ecosystems? Where will they live? What will they eat? Can they survive the continued warming of the planet?

    I’m sure this will come up in the debate, actually. Hopefully I’ll remember the date.

  6. We should restore the quagga just to have more chances to say it. Quagga quagga quagga.

  7. I re-watched episode 4 after seeing Rogue One, and noticed two other things that in 40 years had never registered:

    The technical readouts we see are wrong. In particular, they show the main dish as being placed directly on the equator, when of course in the as-built it’s well to one side. Rogue One faithfully copied everything it could, including this graphic.

    You can see it in this video:

    C-3PO has a silver leg. His right leg below the knee is a much lighter color. (How did I go forty years without ever noticing that one?)

  8. Re: The technical readouts — they explain that in the article. Apparently, an early design for the Death Star did have the dish right on the equator, and that’s the version they sent to the guy who did the computer animation for the scene. When they changed the design, it was too late for him to rework the animation, so it stayed.

    (And it’s something that I’ve always noticed, and that has always bothered me. I’m glad I finally know the reason.)

  9. David Goldfarb on January 26, 2017 at 7:15 am said:

    The technical readouts we see are wrong. In particular, they show the main dish as being placed directly on the equator, when of course in the as-built it’s well to one side. Rogue One faithfully copied everything it could, including this graphic.

    That’s not the dish, that’s the anus, you’re just used to seeing the Death Star from the front. It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that everybody poops. Even battle stations.

  10. Iphinome:

    In the context of internet & other conversations, I call this The Principle of Proctouniversality: “there’s a little asshole in all of us.”

  11. Headcanon re: the Death Star — the plans they stole were preliminary, and the location of the disk was re-engineered in the final build. The exhaust port, however, remained in the same location for the Rebels to find.

  12. (10) Obviously the guy swearing the oath on Cap’s shield isn’t reading the title right now, or he’d know that this is more “ominous and creepy” than “inspiring”.

  13. (6) YOG’S LAW ENFORCEMENT. Ugh.

    (11) WHO KNEW? I should re-watch, but FWIW, there’s no north-south or east-west in space anyway. 😉 To me, it’s always going to be NE to SW.

    @Hampus Eckerman: “IMPORTANT: Zoos are having a #cuteanimaltweetoff.” OMG, thanks! The third pic as I scrolled down was my favorite – the red panda! (There’s another one lower down.) I have a very cute pic of one while we were feeding them during an “encounter” at a New Zealand zoo. I love red pandas. Thanks for linking to the very important tweet off! 😀

  14. Robert Whitaker Sirignano on January 26, 2017 at 6:27 am said:

    Restoring an extinct species: the last thing I want to hit on the road is a wandering Triceratops.

    Well, it probably would be the last thing you hit on the road. 😉

  15. Re: de-Extinction: I can recommend the book “How to clone a mammoth” on what is and what isnt possible with cloning and with morale and legal (!) implications. The author Beth Shapiro is working on a project that may (or may not) bring the passenger pigeon back. Its quite well written (sometimes a but detailed for the layman, but not too much) and contains everything you might want to know…

    Scroll always forward. Never backward!

    There are Four ticked boxes!

  16. Yes, because clouds of passenger pigeons big enough to black out the sun swooping down and consuming crops is exactly what we need to have back again.

    I say forget about the passenger pigeon and bring back the Carolina parakeet.

  17. Darren Garrison on January 26, 2017 at 11:12 am said:
    There’s some thought that they were much less numerous before the European explorers arrived. For one thing, they didn’t leave traces – and their roosts would have been large enough to have long-term traces (think of bat roosts and guano).

  18. There might not be enough old-growth wetland forests to support carolina parakeet nesting requirements–if wikipedia is to be believed, it sounds as though they liked similar habitat as ivory-billed woodpeckers.

    Feral monk parakeets might be the next best thing.

  19. Dont worry, he wont bring back THE passenger pigeon, just A passenger pigeon. Turns out cloning is complicated

  20. Cloning a Dodo is impossible due to lack of material to clone with and lack of close relative to do the avtual breeding. (IIRC, I read the book one and a half year ago and Im a bit fuzzy on the details…)

  21. OT: @knowledgeable persons … I haven’t received my Hugo nominating link yet. It’s not even in SPAM. I was a member of MAC II. Who should I contact? Thanks!

  22. (12) I will always recommend people watch “Star Crash” — Robot Elle, the evil space fortress folding itself into a fist, Marjoe Gortner in general, Christopher Plummer ditto, the stained glass windows. So many good quotes, too.

  23. OT: @knowledgeable persons … I haven’t received my Hugo nominating link yet. It’s not even in SPAM. I was a member of MAC II. Who should I contact? Thanks!

    My Hugo ballot email came from Nicholas Whyte (this year’s Hugo administrator) at hugos@worldcon.fi

    That’s probably the best place to start.

  24. http://www.herogohome.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/StarcrashSprue.jpg

    One thing I noticed last time I watched Starcrash: When they were making the spaceship models for Star Wars, to get detail pieces they went out and bought a bunch of plastic model car, aircraft, battleship, etc., kits; they then repurposed random pieces from the kits as detail elements on the spaceships. (If you ever get a chance to see some of the original models up close, it’s pretty easy to identify some of the pieces they added.)

    Other SPFX houses used the same technique for other spaceship models in other movies. Starcrash did something similar, except instead of (or in addition to) using the actual kit pieces, they just attached the sprues (the rectangular frameworks on which the model pieces are attached when they’re molded) and spraypainted them gold, as per the attached link.

  25. @Jenora Feuer

    That’s always the first one for me. Followed by “The nuclear exhaust ports have been gutted by fire!”

    I’m pretty sure there is a spray-painted Scotch tape dispenser on the White Star model in Star Crash.

    I will also note that the movie Escape From Galaxy 3 can be considered a sequel to Star Crash if you squint — but only in that they reused the FX. Otherwise (story, character, actors, etc) it’s entirely unrelated.

  26. Re (12) Spaceway robbery: I’m not quite sure I agree with the premise that since Lucas put a Kurosawa movie in space, then putting a different Kurosawa movie in space is to rip of Lucas. And it’s also a bit far-fetched to say that having an evil empire in a movie makes the movie an obvious Star Wars ripoff.

  27. @Kevin Hogan:
    A bunch of us in University used to love the ‘Halt the flow of time’ line, especially for the completely straight-faced way it was delivered. (We’d seen the movie at 1am or something like that. Everything’s funny then.) Not exactly the high point of Christopher Plummer’s career, but he did it as well as he could.

    I’m suddenly reminded of a parody script somebody did of one of the early X-Men movies. During some of the character introductions, one of the actors (doing a decent and very earnest impression of Patrick Stewart’s voice) said something along the lines of “I am Professor Charles Xavier, and my superpower is the ability to say these lines with a straight face.”

  28. Kevin Hogan on January 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm said:

    I will also note that the movie Escape From Galaxy 3 can be considered a sequel to Star Crash if you squint

    I’m a great fan of accidental if-you-squint sequels (e.g. ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ being a sequel to the Tom Hardy film ‘Locke’)

  29. Camestros Felapton on January 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm said:
    Kevin Hogan on January 26, 2017 at 3:10 pm said:
    I will also note that the movie Escape From Galaxy 3 can be considered a sequel to Star Crash if you squint
    I’m a great fan of accidental if-you-squint sequels (e.g. ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ being a sequel to the Tom Hardy film ‘Locke’)

    Accidental-if-you-squint sequel: My personal theory is that “John Wick” is a simulation created by the Machine Intelligence to keep Neo entertained after it absorbs him at the end of the final Matrix movie.

  30. @3: A dramatization of Reynolds with Kowal puppets and I can’t get there? WAAAAAAH! I really hope they can get the actors (‘ union?) to agree to having the production taped.

  31. Joe H. on January 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm said:

    Accidental-if-you-squint sequel: My personal theory is that “John Wick” is a simulation created by the Machine Intelligence to keep Neo entertained after it absorbs him at the end of the final Matrix movie

    Interesting – I prefer to think of John Wick as a sequel to Cats and Dogs (the beagle that dies near the start is another dog secret agent) but maybe it’s a franchise cross-over.

    I don’t accept, though, that Look Who’s Talking is a sequel to 2001. Sure one ends with a freaky baby and the other starts with a freaky baby but if the star child in 2001 was Bruce Willis I’m sure we’d have noticed (although…does this explain Armageddon?)

  32. Kevin Hogan on January 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm said:

    @Camestros

    Is not A Boy and His Dog the sequel to Dr. Strangelove?

    Exactly!
    Also Planet of the Apes is the dream sequence of Robert Neville as he dies at the end of The Omega Man.

  33. @John Seavey: I think that Sam Wilson is currently doing an excellently inspiring job of using that shield. It’s true that Steve Rogers is currently being creepy, but he’s not the one with the shield.

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