Friday, July 05, 2013

Weekly Rundown

            Now this is something we could all be excited about, especially if you have some money to burn for your own personal collection. It’s an auction going on where Apollo 9 spacewalker Rusty Schweickart and International Space Station flight engineer Ed Lu have put up for sale flown-in-space mission patches, flags, medals and pins to support the launch of the private Sentinel space telescope. This telescope is designed to discover, track, and map asteroids that have orbits that approach Earth and are therefore considered being a threat to the planetary life.
            Lu had this to say on the subject. "We want to literally save the world. Not only will the money raised by this auction go to supporting the Sentinel mission, but also we hope the increased attention to our cause will help everyone realize that they really can take a critical role in protecting our planet in a real and concrete way."
            The auction will end on Sunday July 7th. Yeah, I’m late on this one, sorry about that. I just learned about it now due to busy and insane schedule, so anyone with cash to burn, go there and bid quick. The first link is to the article, and the second link will be to the auction site page.

            No, this is not another type of book like Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, or any of the others that have since ripped off that series. This is the title of the first book that will be written by everyone’s favorite astronaut photographer Chris Hadfield. This first book will be published this fall, and will take us “deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.”
             Hachette Audio will also be releasing an audio book version as well, so that that drive to work can be a bit more enjoyable.
            Though Hadfield has done many things, and is even a member of two bands, one being an all astronaut band, he is best known for his latest space expedition due to his flow of photos and videos that have consumed the interest of those like us here. His rendition of the David Bowie song, Space Oddity, received more than 10 million views during its first three days online. Maybe the learning channel should go back to focusing on these guys for one, instead of things like what I will call smeg for brains, (to leave out names and titles that you all already know who and what I am referring to anyway and wish you didn’t).
            There are also quite a few others who are now writing books that have retired and that list is also on the article.

            Well, sort of. There is a new series coming out next year that will be a spin-off of the popular TV series now going strong. It is titled, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.”  It was originally ordered as 13 episodes, but word is that it is falling actually somewhere between 13 and 22 episodes already. Now yeah, this does sound strange, even by todays lunatic TV series ordering system that frankly seems to be done by throwing darts at a board anymore. But here is what co-creator Edward Kitsis has to say about it.
            We really want to tell the story without having to worry about how to stretch it for five years. The upfront order will be it for the season. This is not meant to be a 22-episode season. Whatever it ends up being, we’ll have told a complete story, with a beginning, middle and end.

            It will be telling the story of the romance between Alice and the genie Cyrus, played by Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot. It will be a stand-alone series, so if you have never seen Once Upon A Time, you will not be lost on this one.  I’m a fan of the one that is on now, but usually spin-offs don’t fare well, but we’ll see what happens here. I for one am willing to give it a shot. But it had be as good as the original series that is going on now.

            Yeah, more about the Teenage Mutant Turtles reboot. The more I learn, the less thrilled I am. But then you all know how I hate it when they start changing story lines and characters.  Well, first off they have replaced April’s jump suit with a leather yellow jacket. Okay, can deal with that to a point I guess. Makes sense.  However, let’s get to what isn’t sounding quite right here at all. William Fichtner is playing the Shredder. Now let’s leave out the part that well, he isn’t Japanese.  That kind of seems like a very important point to that character. Let’s instead look at what he had to say when asked about the part and whether he has gotten the Shredder look down.
            ”I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs (Shredder’s name is Oroku Saki). It gets better folks, trust me. Here is more.
            “But Turtles is coming together very, very cool. There is a whole interesting dynamic that happens in the world of Turtles and all I can really say about it at this point while working on it is that the Turtle film, it’s not like anything that I remember about the Turtles before. I feel like this Michael Bay-produced movie is just gonna really be something else. I’m pretty excited.”

            Who knows what is actually what, but considering some idiot put Bay in charge of all this, anything could be going on now. Frankly, I am starting to despise that man with a passion. But again, we will see eventually how he manages to destroy this old favorite of many of us as well. I am personally starting to wonder if there isn't a way to charge him with destruction of art for what he does to things. 

That's all for this week folks. Have another post I am working on getting out before the weekend is up on an upcoming game being re-released soon. And sorry for missing last week. Life schedule just sometimes runs amok and things don't get done that should get done, like the weekly rundown. See you all next week folks.

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