I hope my brother won’t mind me plagiarizing an email conversation we had on this topic, but Battlestar Galactica has completely confused me. They established in the BSGtime line already that the war with the robotic cylons was 40 years ago, and that it was “robots rising up against their masters”. So humans create cylons, cylons rebel, humans drive cylons away for 40 years, but cylons take that time to create other cylons that look like humans so they can infiltrate and destroy the 12 Colonies. Right? And now we are told that Cylons were also the 13thtribe that colonized earthand got wiped out 2,000 years ago, except for 5 that ended up with the 12 Colonies somehow. How is it then that the robotic creations of humans and the 13thtribe are both called cylons? My head hurts.

I haven’t had time to read any blogs about all of this, but I can’t be the only one who is confused, unless, as my brother said, maybe everyone else has already given up caring. If I put just a little bit more thought into this, though, things seem to get a little clearer. Here’s how I think it works: the 13thtribe colonizes earth, makes their own robots to enslave, who rise up and nuke the earth to free themselves from their masters. Sounds abit familiar. Five of the 13th tribe escape, however, (via scientological means) to the 12 Colonies, thinking all will be well. But the 12 Colonies make the same dumb mistake and create robots, which they call cylons. Meanwhile, the 5 are trying to “recreate their race” but somehow lose their memories and the blueprint for “their race”. That blueprint ends ups with the defeated cylons who have hidden away for 40 years, plotting to destroy the colonies:
 
Centurion 1: How are we going to sneak onto Caprica to blow it up. We look like toasters.
Centurion 2: Hey, don’t we have the blueprint to the 13th tribe? They look like humans. Let’s make seven of them to do it.
Centurion 1: Just seven? Is that enough?
Centurion 2: We can just clone those seven over and over, that way we don’t need to be that creative.
Centurion 1: Sounds like a good idea. What do we call these people?
Centurion 2: Well, let’s be real ironic and call them cylons too, huh?
Centurion 1: Oh, yeah, that’ll piss off the humans.
Centurion 2: And confuse them to no end if any survivors ever make it back to earth and run forensics tests.

So, I think I got it figured out now.

Steampunk, of course. What is steampunk, you ask? Well, let’s ask the most reputable source on all matters, wikipedia:

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date…[read on]”

Here’s where you need to stop imagining Johnny in a corset. But seriously, I like a good steamy tale with a bit of punk in it. Who wouldn’t? Think of it! Feeding punch cards into a steam powered analytical engine. Siding with Sir Rodger Fitzpatrick Rutherford III on Mars while quelling a native rebellion with etheric oscillators. Signing onto an zeppelin crew in search of Her Majesty who has been kidnapped by clockwork steam robots. (All previous ideas copyright (c) 2008 by crodrazine.wordpress.com). The possibilities are only bound by what could be in what once was.

Here’s my top six favorite steampunk odditites (this week anyway):

1. Dr. Grobdbort’s Rayguns: http://www.wetanz.com/holics/index.php?catid=4
2. Steampunk Sith: http://ericpoulton.blogspot.com/2007/02/steampunk-star-wars-lord-vader.html
3. Movie – Steamboy (I even own it): http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/steamboy/index.html
4. TV – The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (when will this series be on DVD? Come on! Maybe you’re lucky and have Space instead of SciFi channel, eh? I might finally give in and pirate it off ebay…): http://www.spacecast.com/shows_3313.aspx
5. Novel – The Time Ships by Steven Baxter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Ships
6. This cool steampunk desktop. Read about it on http://steampunkworkshop.com/lcd.shtml

Honorable mention – Dr. Who Episode, The Girls in the Fireplace: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/episodes/2006/girlinthefireplace.shtml

All in all, though, I like my steampunk to be in a movie, on TV, or in a book. I’m not too sure about steampunk music and fashion. I find it a bit creepy, like adults who trick or treat without kids. There’s a lady where I work who wears black petticoats and corsets and she’s all old an wrinkly. It’s good entertainment from far away, but up close, it gives me the shivers.

What is funnier than a Japanese game show? Darth Vader on a Japanese game show!

Age of Innocence

June 24, 2008

I must admit I have a morbid fascination with Amazon’s “Listmania!”.  I love to see all the lists people make and I even have one or two of these stupid lists myself.

I recently ran across a list that started me think about (you guessed it!) my childhood.  The list contained someone’s idea of the Top 30 Classic Sci-Fi Movies (1950-1960):

http://www.amazon.com/Top-nbsp-30-nbsp-Classic-nbsp-Sci-Fi-nbsp-Movies-nbsp-1950-nbsp-nbsp-1960/lm/3C1LIYKP0D7UK/ref=cm_srch_res_rpli_alt_1

Late Friday night we would watch “Creature Feature” on some local station and invariably they would show a number of these movies.  This is where I first saw, and fell in love with, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.

As an adult living in the age of digital enlightenment (after all we DO have the internet and mobile phones) I look back at these movies with a nostalgic eye that overlooks a lot of the cheese factor in these movies.  They were from a time of everything nuclear (or nucular if you are named George) where there was hope for humanity and a limitless future.

At times the acting was poor, the special effects laughable, and the monsters/aliens rubbery; but they formed a kinda comfort blanket that covered a part of my youth.

Over the years I have seen all of the top 30 on this list and although my numbering would be different you can’t go wrong by pulling one from the top 5 and watching it with an eye toward pure innocent entertainment.

As I’ve admitted to in earlier posts, I’ve been watching Lost via www.abc.com streaming. For those of you in the know, you’ll know there’s two episodes called The Man Behind the Curtain and The Beginning of the End where a man suddenly appears for a brief moment sitting in a seemingly empty rocking chair that was rocking on its own. Watch the clips to get the full impact:

Creepy. And it made me remember. Back in the 70s as a kid, I loved to watch Night Gallery on Friday nights. I only recall one episode actually because it was so freaking scary that it was burned into my memory forever. Green Fingers. It was about an old Lady who loved to garden and claimed she could grow anything. A land developer comes to buy her out, but she won’t sell, so he sends someone to kill her. She outsmarts them, though, and before they kill her, she cuts off her own thumb and plants it. At the end of the episode, there she is, alive and sitting in her rocking chair laughing. Covered in roots, she says, “…everything I plant grows, even me…” It scared the crap out of me! Watch about the first 1:25 of this clip:

OK, I admit it is pretty cheesy watching the video, and the music actually creeps me out more now than the actual scene does, but I swear it was way scarier than that back in the 70s. Forget about those wimpy movies that are considered scary these days, like the Ring and whatever else. This was Way scarier. Way scarier.

So, last night, I get into bed and roll over on my side facing the wall. There between me and the wall is one of our family heirlooms, something that I grew up with and inherited from my mom when she passed away – the ROCKING CHAIR. I literally jumped and scooted as close as I could to my wife. She got a good laugh out of it. Way scarier I tell you.

We have landed

May 19, 2008

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