I think it’s become no secret by now that I love the Olympics. I really hope to go to them someday. Sadly, not as an athlete, but as a spectator. My sentiment is at its strongest right now, in the closing days of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. I may have missed the Olympics this time around, but I’m already setting my sights on the next Olympics: Vancouver 2010. I will be going to Vancouver. I mean, when’s the next time the Olympics are going to be in my figurative backyard? I’d be stupid not to go. But, I still need to put some kind of a plan in place. As always, the key thing is money.
“Come on, people!” the project manager says. “We have to get all these old records onto computers!” It is a push that dominates offices around the world. Whole staffs are hired with the sole purpose of being hunched over a computer, entering in data, so it will be preserved forever within the computer. “Think of the ease!” the managers tell us. “In 20 years, we’ll be able to pull up any record we want, just with the click of a button! Thanks to this, the miracle of data storage, the 5¼” floppy disc!”
Happy Easter everyone! Yes, even though I’m 28 years old, the Easter Bunny still brings me a basket of chocolate. (One of the pluses of still living at home with a mother that refuses to let you grow up.) Instead of a chocolate bunny this year, I got one of those Laura Secord gourmet cream eggs that are as big as your fist.
Anyway, to the good stuff!
Firstly, this week’s episode of The Targ is up! This week is Episode 2: Who Ya Gonna Call?. I wax poetic on Ghostbusters, the new rides at Walt Disney World, and crank up lots of tunes from one of the greatest movie franchises of the 80s.
So, I was doing one of my nerd hobbies, which is looking at random articles at Wikipedia. And, last week, I was shocked – horrified really – to find that my hometown of Entwistle had no article, when Entwistle’s longtime rival Evansburg had an entry. I spent my past week putting together a Wikipedia entry for Entwistle. I was just so proud of it, that I feel like sharing it here. Enjoy!
One of the more popular things going around Hollywood right now is the whole concept of the remake. It has to do with “established brand names” or some such nonsense. But, once concept that was introduced in recent years is the “re-imagining.” That’s where you remake something but, in your remake, you tend to start all over from the ground up; give new spins on things and more contemporary touches. I believe the term “re-imagining” was first coined by Tim Burton, as he described his remake of Planet of the Apes.
Over in the realm of television, the “re-imagining” concept is also gaining ground. Look at the new re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. It is widely considered by many – sci-fi nerds and mainstream critics alike – to be one of the greatest TV shows right now. The whole politics, society, and war that form the basis of the show have been greatly expended upon and explored. Star Trek meets The West Wing was how one critic described it.
Now, I don’t have RSS quite figured out yet, so you can’t rig iTunes to automatically download the new episode. For the first little bit, you’re going to have to do it old school: come back to my website once a week to download the new one. But, I’m working on it. If I don’t have it set up by the end of the month…just wait longer.