Monthly Archives: September 2006

ADV Launches Download Service

ADV, one of the biggest anime distributors in North America have launched a new anime download service. The files are in windows media (ugh), are dub only (ugh), and cost $4.99 US (double ugh). In other words for 4 episodes that is $20 bucks US, which is the same cost of a dvd, minus extras, flashy menus, top quality picture and sound, but also no Japanese audio with subtitles. RIP OFF!! It is such a shame too since the software and ability has been out there for a few years now to have dvd quality sound, picture, as well as multiple audio and sub tracks all in one file. Not only that they are clearly overcharging for a service that could have had fans, and especially those who download fansubs for free, downloading in droves. They also could have given a nice tip of the cap to the clearly superior open source codec programming people that started out because of the inadequacy of such formats as Windows Media, but have also constantly and consistently trounced anything the big Redmond Monolith could ever hope to produce.

ANN Article

2006-09-15-Hi-Sci-Fi

The show from this week with Jevon running it for half an hour before Irma stumbles on in and things get going as usual.

CJSF 90.1 FM
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2006-09-15-Hi-Sci-Fi

NASA to Test Linux Based Robots

This week in the Arizona desert, NASA will be testing a lunar rover called K-10, which features a Linux operating system. The rest of the command structure is based on an IBM Thinkpad, but it is interesting to see the use of an operating system which has triumphed the open source code movement finally getting its due from NASA. You can also watch the maneouvers performed by K-10 via an online webcam which I have posted.

Online Webcam
Slashdot Website
Site that had the story posted

CBS To Air Trek

Slashdot has posted that in order to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek, and no doubt hype the upcoming film, they will be airing the new Digital Remaster job of Trek complete with its new Digital Effects. Check out the images at news.com which I have linked to. I can already hearing the purists foaming at the mouth.

Images of the New Effects
Slashdot Website

G4TechTV Gets Appoval

The CRTC recently approved the request by G4TechTV to include the broadcast of comedy and drama programming as well as movies. They have restricted comedy and drama for the station to 15 percent of its weekly programming and movies to 5 percent, but it is going to allow for a much more varied programming schedule for G4TechTV. This will open the door to G4TechTV showing anime as it has done in the US, and which has been demanded by fans ever since G4TectTV began airing its anime block down south of the border.

Teh CRTC Descision
Zannen Canada
My friend Jesse's site, who linked me the news

Mamoru Oshii&’ New Film at VIFF

Sept 28 at 10 pm the new film entitled Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters by the director of Ghost in the Shell is having its North American Premiere at the Vancouver Internation Film Festival. Apparently it makes use of live actors, but with a unique stop motion technique that incorporates digital processing into the whole mix. So in other words it should look cool. it also features Koichi Yamadera, who provided the voice for the awesome anime/sci-fi epic Cowboy Bebop. In other words, it has a nice sci-fi pedigree and a weird title, so definately worth a look.

Article Posted on ANN
Vancouver International Film Festival

Hugo Awards

They happened about a couple of weeks back, but I forgot to post about them. Doctor Who even won!!! Here is what gallifreyone.com wrote about it.

Steven Moffat’ first series episodes The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) at the 2006 World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim, California on Saturday, besting two other episodes which were also nominated for the same category — Paul Cornell’ "Father’ Day" and Rob Shearman’ "Dalek" — as well as an episode of the SF series "Battlestar Galactica". The Hugo Awards are the science fiction community’ most prestigious honors, awarded by the World Science Fiction Society at each annual convention; the "long form" Dramatic Hugo was given to the 2005 film "Serenity".

I do not object to any of these choices, however, I did have a particularly big soft spot for the Dalek episodes. Hopefully some of the eps from this season make it two in a row.

Gallifrey One
Doctor Who Website

Rebuild of evangelion Announced

Newtype of Japan has announced in a cover story that the rumored Hideki Anno project is indeed new Evangelion. It will be a series of 4 movies entitled First Story, Second Story, Later Story, and Final Story. Here are some of the details as I read them on the lolitron.org blog:

-The content is quite different though the time base of the story is the same as the original TV series.
– It will be a remake, however, it is not a re-creation but a “new work”.
– The approach will be different than what Tomino-san did with the Gundam Z New Translation films, there will apparantly be a large amount of new material.
– Even if the TV series has not be seen, the viewer will be able to enjoy it. Though the content becomes easy, it is not redundant to those already familiar with the series.
– The technique that purposely scatters difficult words and phrases will not be used any longer.
– As an antithesis to current animation industry segments, it is an attitude on the production side to pull the act in the age that started from Eva.-The content is quite different though the time base of the story is the same as the original TV series.
– It will be a remake, however, it is not a re-creation but a “new work”.
– The approach will be different than what Tomino-san did with the Gundam Z New Translation films, there will apparantly be a large amount of new material.
– Even if the TV series has not be seen, the viewer will be able to enjoy it. Though the content becomes easy, it is not redundant to those already familiar with the series.
– The technique that purposely scatters difficult words and phrases will not be used any longer.
– As an antithesis to current animation industry segments, it is an attitude on the production side to pull the act in the age that started from Eva.

So in other words it is sort of a re imagining of the original. So excited!!!!

Lolitron
Internet Blog on Anime (reader discretion advised)

TV Streaming through Internets

Lately I have been messing around with some very cool programs that let you watch live tv through the internet. As a soccer fan this allows me to get a ton of games in that I otherwise would not, that and you can watch tv where ever there is an internet connection, for free. Much of the streams are in Chinese since most of the software has been developed in China, however this does allow for copious movie channels featuring Chinese Cinema, but also North American and European stuff too. I have yet to find a stream for the SciFi Channel, but who knows, it may show up eventually.

SOPCAST
download it here
TVU Player
download it here
PPStream
download it here

New Anime!

Just read an article over on Matthew’ Anime Blog, which is a fantastic anime blog btw, and it had posted news on some new anime that are coming out including Kino No Tabi (aka Kino’ Journey) getting a new movie. It has a poster of it up, which has got me quite excited. If you have not already seen the brilliant series do yourself a favour and check it out. It is Sci-fi at its best.

Matthew's Anime Blog