Monday, November 24, 2008

Attention Bob Chapin Fans!



My pal Bob Chapin has a great turn as "Elliot" in Episodes 5 and 6 of the webseries Faux Baby, availbale on strike.tv, youtube and hulu. One of the writer/producers on the series is my friend Laura Brennan, who worked on the 6th season of Highlander: The Series and wrote the excellent "Star of Athena" story in the Evening at Joe's anthology.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Listen Up!

The day after Thanksgiving has been designated the National Day of Listening -- a time to sit down with someone and hear their story.

If you're with family, take the time to ask an older relative about their life and their memories, while they're still here to share.

I'll be at LosCon that day, LA's excellent longrunning SF Convention. I'll take the opportunity to really listen to some people who know more than I do about the earlier days of SF, fandom, and TV. Some of the program participants I'm always interested to hear from include Michael Engelberg, D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold, Larry Niven, Steve Barnes, Harry Turtledove, Bill Warren, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman. I'm also planning to make the effort to try some new things, hear some new voices -- I'm particularly looking forward to the rich track of panels by actual scientists and futurists.

On Saturday, I'll be talking as well as listening -- I'll be participating in 3 panels, on Writing for TV, the interaction between TV Fans and Writers/Producers, and something fun entitled "What I Do When I Should Be Writing." (You're soaking in it.)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Amen

There's an absolutely heartbreaking sentiment about our newly-elected President at Postsecret this week.

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I wish I didn't have to carry the same prayer in my heart, but I do.

On the other hand, I adore the graphic on the postcard itself.

(PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Still Immortal After All These Years

What makes one TV show last forever while others, perhaps more successful initially, fade out of memory?

We're always trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Highlander caught it. Even while were were making the show, we knew. Because of the avid fandom and their heartfelt feedback, we knew.

But I couldn't have predicted that more than 10 years after we went off the air, we would all still have it so much in our hearts.

As I mentioned a while back, a new short episode of "Highlander: The Series," featuring the original cast in their roles as Methos, Amanda and Joe, and written by our guiding light David Abramowitz, is now available. And you can see the whole thing for free on hulu.

I feel lucky to have the chance to visit with these old friends again.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Finger Whippin Good

Anthony DeLongis sent me this link to his recent appearance on G4, showing off whip tricks in connection with his recent Indy 4 gig. Had me laughing out loud!

Let The Wookiee Win

Isn't this guy a little young to have such a perfect ear for Star Wars?