It's Saturday evening, and I've just heard the news. I'm distraught enough to put some thoughts to paper, but I'm having a hard time coming to grips with reality. It's almost surreal.
Douglas Adams has passed away.
Ever since grade school, when I first read the more and more inappropriately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy, I've had a great deal of respect for Mr. Adams. I always found the series hysterically funny, and I've read it several times end-to-end, each time enjoying it more than the last. Perhaps my most Douglas Adams-related vivid memories are sitting in the computer lab in junior high school, desperately trying to get out of a room in an alien spaceship with just a towel in the old computer adventure game. Man, to this day, I still have never beaten that game, but I still chuckle when I remember some of the inventive things we tried to stop the babelfish from sliding into the drain. And not only was Douglas Adams a sci-fi author, but even more endearing to myself, he was a Mac enthusiast. I remember a really funny article he wrote for an issue of Macworld about five or six years ago, and I think I may have gone so far as to excerpt parts of it for Jason over the phone, though I'm sure my telling of it didn't live up to that of Mr. Adams himself.
If you've never had a chance to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, or any of its sequels, I highly recommend you go out and do so. Douglas Adams's work brought, to my mind, a little more happiness, and a little more humor to the world, and for that, he will be sorely missed.
The CXM boyz want to extend a hearty "thank you" to Scott Green, a friend of Tony's who maintains a comprehensive anime page over at UMJAMS Anime News and also writes a weekly column on anime for the good folks over at Ain't It Cool News (of which I'm a regular reader). Scott was nice enough to give us a link on his page, and the CXM boyz wanted to do him homage in the only manner that could do the favor justice. So Scott Green...this is your life!
Actually, it seems that our budget wouldn't allow the production of Scott's life that we wanted, so...uh...Scott will have to settle for a thank you and a hearty handshake.
Do you know what cultural phenomenon is going to become the next harbinger of international well-being, foo? If you guessed MacGyver, you're not far off: it's The A-Team! According to reports from Evan, our correspondant in Japan, the fabulous four can be seen on Japanese telvision. Evan says that the dubbing used for B.A. Barracus, everybody's favorite '80s pop culture icon Mr. T, is "a Kansai dialect" done by a "funny yakuza-sounding guy." Evan says that he may be wrong about this but "that's good enough for me." We'll keep you posted on the status of The A-Team's great Japanese adventure!
If you're like me, and god only knows that I hope you're not, then you're pretty happy to hear that Voyager is ending this year. Yup, the last Trek series has hit its seven year limit, and will conclude sometime in the next few weeks. So for the first time since the debut of The Next Generation, will there be a dearth of Trek adventures on television next season? Absolutely not. In fact, the production on the fifth Trek series, currently titled Enterprise is already under way. As a key difference, for the first time the Trek franchise has at its helm a well-known figure in the Sci-Fi community: Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap. Bakula has signed a deal with Paramount to play Captain Jonathan Archer, who seems to be a throwback to the Kirk-like leader. Bakula has also picked up a fair amount of creative power on the series, so can we expect to see a return to quality Trek? It remains to be seen. What is known is that Enterprise will be a prequel to the original Star Trek series, set in the early days of the Federation, where humans are just beginning to reap the fruits of a relationship with the Vulcans. I wanna see if they go back to the original special effects too.
Finally, the summer blockbuster season is upon us. And sure, the Mummy may return, John Travolta and Hugh Jackman might do some quality hacking, and Ben Affleck might just singlehandedly prevent the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but if you want to bet on the one film that will sweep up the season, I'm gonna put my money squarely onto these two guys. Trust me on this one.
See you on Wednesday!
Dan Moren is mostly harmless.
Quote of the Day: "Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons."
-The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy