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Galactica adrift in season 2

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 ~ 9pm

I am surprised by how bad some of the second season episodes of Battlestar Galactica are (the second half of season two, out on DVD now). In the span of three episodes they’ve done two cliched stories. One was a “mafia” story that wouldn’t pass muster even on a network tv show, and one was the standard second season exercise of “hostage standoff”. Dead Zone season 2 used that one too — many shows do. Many Earthbound shows do…but I didn’t expect an “Earth-bound” show like Galactica to resort to that kind of tripe.

So far there hasn’t been an outstanding episode in this second half of season two (not after the resolution of the Pegasus standoff, that is), but I’ve got 3 more episodes to view. I’ll forgive the writers’ directionless lull if they can refocus in time for a nice finale. Update: And boom! The next episode knocked it out of the ballpark. Yay for the team.

Update update: I’ve finished the second season. And while this second-half of the second season was erratic, unfocused, and finally far too rushed when it finally acheived a focus, it was still good.

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Crunch sounds like a bad word

Posted in Personal by Will on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 ~ 6pm

Alright, today is the day I am deciding to do something to reduce my stomach size. I’ve been hoping it would go away, but there doesn’t seem to be much value in wishing anymore. I’ve gone online and seen something called “abdominal crunches” which apparently require no exercise equipment except a soft floor.


“Shoulders should only come up about 4″ off of the floor.”
That’s not me in the above pic. I’m not as cute, and I’m a boy.

Ok, here’s the “before” picture, and believe me this is the most flattering shot I got. If this were 3-D, the stomach would be near you. In a frightening way.

(sigh…I knew a girl once who didn’t mind my stomach…)

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Lost *no spoilers, don't worry!

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 ~ 11pm

Ah, no! I’ve just seen the last episode of LOST season 2. I thought there was another disc of 3 or 4 more episodes, since there is another disc in the box, but the last disc is entirely bonus features. So now I’m in the same situation as everyone — I am without LOST for another year or however long it takes them to release the next set of discs.

This second season started out kind of weak, but by the middle of the third disc it started to become really interesting with all sorts of discoveries patterned after computer adventure games (finding locations, finding items in the locations, reexamining those locations for hidden details) and then it maintained that spirit all the way through the end.

They really held nothing back. Usually series like this coast along until they near the very end of the season, when the producer finally drops by to say hello and to give permission for the writers to finally reveal some things. But it looked like the producer (J.J. Abrams) must have stayed with the show for the entire second half of this season, because they were developing the island’s mythology (or at least dropping hints about it) steadily.

Battlestar Galactica remains my favorite show, but this one comes close.

Oh, it looks like my theory of the island being home to some kind of Douglas Adams-esque “infinite improbability drive” is essentially correct. But of course the entire situation of the survivors was improbable so that was not a particularly novel insight on my part.

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David Cherniack's roving RV documentary

Posted in Personal by Will on Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 ~ 3pm

An RV full of Canadians camped outside on my street last night. This morning David Cherniack and his team sat down for an interview about Dr Mack and my perspectives on alien encounters. Apparently Cherniak is making a two-hour documentary as he travels up and down the western part of the North American continent in an RV.

He’s interviewed people I know including Dr Janet Colli in Seattle, and many people I’ve barely heard of (since I try to avoid the whole “ufo scene” as best I can). He mentioned that he has approached author Whitley Strieber but they are unsure if their schedules will coincide. My impression is this documentary may be unavoidably interesting simply because of the sheer numbers of different people he’s interviewed. My interview had no particular arc, so I expect that the intent may be for snippets of perspectives. Which frankly is a pleasure and a relief since it puts the burden upon Cherniack as editor, rather than on anyone as an individual speaker.

I hadn’t done any interviews since a couple years ago, when I’d spoken to documentarians who were checking out the “Clancy/McNally” theories. And I’d done one or two when John Mack died, about what he was like, what it was like working for him.

Cherniak was very nice, as was his assistant Sara and their associate who I want to call Dan (but I may be mistaken).

We chatted a bit about John Mack and the different approach he took compared to Hopkins and Jacobs, and a bit about the Harvard inquiry (though I didn’t have much to say about that since it happened a few years before I started working for him). I spoke a bit about my own perspective as an experiencer.

We tried, briefly, to speak about the McNally/Clancy perspective, but I found that I simply didn’t have any passion to recount that again.

Indeed, I didn’t have as much passion to speak about any of this, my edge being a bit dull after these past couple of years of not working in this area. But I did get two or three good paragraphs out with a suitable level of engagement. I fear I set a new record for using the word “spiritual” the most times in any one interview — I tend to repeat certain points based on the expectation that only a snippet will be used, but if I am wrong, then I may come across as a raver of some kind.

Perhaps I’ll be in the finished piece, perhaps not. It may be a year or two before it airs in Canada. They have another month and a half in the RV, I believe.

On a technical level, Cherniack is recording a 1080p high definition, widescreen image. We shot the interview with a single camera, single perspective, in front of a green screen, which may later play havoc with my eye color (nah – I’m sure they can adjust where the green gets replaced and where it gets keyed out). And particularly pleasant, instead of a lavalier mic he used a boom, which meant I could easily stand up and shake off any nervous energy in between questions (the wires of a lavalier sometimes prevent that). Some nice low-power white LED lights helped fill in the shadows, a much nicer experience than being blasted by hot quartz lamps as in the past.

Not sure what else to say; I just thought I could jot this down here given that everyone and their brother has seen me on The Grays’ Agenda. Oh, also I was having a bad hair day (the increasing lack of it), so that should be interesting.

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