January 25th, 2009

wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

snurched from ktpinto

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever .

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own on DVD (or VCR tape).
4. Post your answers.


50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek

42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python

38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation

36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood

30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers

27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama

24. Twin Peaks

23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder

19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly

13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy

11. Seinfeld

10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire

07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing

03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons
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kenshi

my Sunday feeling

Dragging like whoa this morning, and I have just decided not to go to fighting class. This is partly because of the tired, but also because I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind on the intended writing for the weekend, and I need to get my posterior in gear. If I go to fighting class, I won't even start writing until 3 or 4. I need to get on the horse sooner than that.

To work.............
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schott

Schott's Miscellany 24 January 2009

Lobster thermidor first served, in Paris (1894)


PANDEMIC SEVERITY INDEX

In February 2007, the US government released guidelines to help cities and states prepare for a flu pandemic. The guidelines included a Pandemic Severity Index designed to help officials predict the severity of an outbreak (based on early cases) and enact appropirate "mitigation strategies." All future pandemics in the US will be assigned one of these five categories:

Cat.case fatality *excess death rate **potential no. deathsUS 20thC experience
1<0.1<30<90,000seasonal influenza
20.1-0.530-15090,000-450,0001957 & 1968
30.5-1.0150-300450,000-900,000none
41.0-2.0300-600900,000-1.8milnone
5>2.0>600>1.8mil1918


* The proportion of deaths among the critically ill.
** The rateof death per 10,000 people compared to the normal "nonpandemic" rate.
[Source: US Department of Health & Human Services, 2007]


Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the earth.
Archimedes (c.287-212 BCE)
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wee krad, South Park Keith, South Park Keith #2

tagged by suricattus

Here's the original meme, with the caveat that I'm not following it to the letter:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

I did step #1, and she did #2. The results of #3 are below, but I'm not doing #4 or 5. Sorry....

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chronic rift

The Chronic Rift episode 8, featuring David Mack

The eighth episode of The Chronic Rift is now available on iTunes, from the Rift web site, and from podOmatic's Rift page.

This episode features my interview with David Mack (infinitydog), who talks about the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy and his upcoming original novel The Calling.

In addition, Andrea K. Lipinski reviews Street Gang and Wishful Drinking on "A Case for Books," Orenthal V. Hawkins laments the new Electric Company on "Pop Fiendish," and on "Couch Potato Salad," I present the First Annual Taters, the Irrelevant Irreverent TV Awards for 2008. Plus Andrea, Jay Smith, and I bring stuff to the table, and a good time is had by all.

Oh, and there's a trivia question, for which you might win an autographed copy of the three Destiny books.....

So check it out!
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singular destiny

a couple of casting notes on A Singular Destiny

As a general rule, I don't cast actors for characters I create. There are occasional exceptions, and sometimes I'll suggest casting possibilities for the fun of it. But while I know exactly what Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione from Dragon Precinct and Leader Wol and Dr. B'Oraq of the I.K.S. Gorkon and Domenica Corsi and Bart Faulwell from the S.C.E. look and sound like, those images don't really match any particular actor.

There are some that are inspired by a real person. David Gold and Mor glasch Tev of the S.C.E. are heavily inspired by the characters of Sherman Potter and Charles Emerson Winchester III and the manner in which Harry Morgan and David Ogden Stiers, respectively, played them. President Nan Bacco is based on my great grandmother. Lieutenant Lokor of the Gorkon is pretty much Keith Hamilton Cobb.

All this is by way of leading up to the fact that there are two characters in Star Trek: A Singular Destiny for whom I had particular people in mind cast in the role.

First off, the template for Sonek Pran is Arlo Guthrie, best known as a folk singer, but also an actor (he appeared as himself in the Alice's Restaurant movie, appeared in an episode of Renegade as a fugitive, and was a regular on the short-lived 1990s series The Byrds of Paradise). Arlo's a Star Trek fan, and he and I exchanged e-mails a while back, and when I was developing the character of Sonek (a character type that I've had in my head for a while, to wit, someone who functions entirely on the strength of his words), I realized that he was Arlo -- well, kinda. In any case, he's who I had in mind.

The other one is David Nykl as Bojan Hadžić. I was originally going to use the da Vinci as the S.C.E. ship dealing with Maxia Zeta, but then terri_osborne -- who is much smarter than me -- pointed out that using the da Vinci on top of President Bacco and the Gorkon was getting a little too self-indulgent (even for Mr. Self-Indulgent Me). So I switched to the Musgrave, keeping Stevens as a familiar character. Given the similarities between the S.C.E. and the Stargate franchise, I thought it might be fun to see what it would be like if my favorite Stargate character, Radek Zelenka from Atlantis (played by Nykl), served on an S.C.E. ship. So Bojan Hadžić is pretty much Zelenka transported to the Trek universe.
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