December 10th, 2008

Good Omens

Click on the link for the first-ever use of the phrase "blinking Gorn"

Star Trek technical advisor Mike Okuda was interviewed by Wired about his recent job of redoing special effects on Classic Trek episodes:
Okuda says he was initially reluctant to get involved with the project due to scheduling problems, but also because of reservations he had about tweaking the sci-fi classic. Talking with original Trek producer Dave Rossi about the project, Okuda insisted that the new effects would have to be closely based on the originals to retain the visual spirit of the '60s series.

He made suggestions about what to update, and warned about possible pitfalls, with Rossi listening patiently, according to Okuda.

"Finally, he interrupted me and said something like, 'Look, if you feel this strongly about it, why don't you come on board? Otherwise, don't complain,'" Okuda said. "Think about it. If someone offered you a job as producer -- even retroactively -- on the original Star Trek, what would you do? Turn it down? I don't think so."
(I'll say for the record that that headline is just, ugh, awkward. "Star Trek Tweaker Talks Perils of Remastering Original Series." Makes me think of the Simpsons episode where Lisa sees the marquee "Yahoo Serious Festival" and says "I recognize the words but not the order." Plus I think "tweaker" is an ugly word.)

I know from people I trust that Mike Okuda's a good and smart guy. Nice to see more evidence. (His wife and producing partner Denise Okuda is worthy, too. They were visiting the National Air & Space Museum's Star Trek exhibit back in the early Nineties when a visiting young woman fainted. Denise is also a nurse, and she helped make sure she was okay. The girl's parents then realized a Star Trek alum was helping them and started geeking out about that!)

I shouldn't be as amused by this as I am.

Today's Mike O'Meara Show played the Christmas Story clip where the boy gets his tongue stuck to the telephone pole.

Holy shit, the boy sounds as traumatized as Brad Pitt in Se7en. "AAAHHH, WHAT'S IN THE BOX? WHAT'S IN THE MOTHERFUCKIN' BOX?"

...On a much less devious/more non-sequitur-ous note, I know now that I still like Hootie and the Blowfish.
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I have slayed the wild doughnut (Happy, happy, joy, joy Day 4!)

What made me happy Wednesday?

Treating myself after work to Voodoo Doughnut: visiting its new NE Portland location, getting a maple bar plus a mango-flavored filled doughnut (though they were out of their famous bacon maple bar, oh well, I'll go back some other time) and hearing a worker and a patron mightily geeking out over Leonard Cohen.

(What made me happy on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday...)
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