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The best in sci fi, fantasy, and horror were honored last night at the 35th annual Saturn Awards in Los Angeles. THE LIBRARIAN 3: CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE (with actor Noah Wyle, the character of librarian/archivist) brought home the honors in the field of TV.
Here's a photo of him doing the typically challenging work of a librarian:
The sunset of analog television will be coming soon. Only full-power stations are affected by this, though. The Las Vegas Valley has a number of low power television stations that will continue analog broadcasts. KTUD is one of them:
KVVU is the designated analog night light station. This is the station that will stay on the air with an analog signal for a period designated by the FCC to ensure nobody is left behind. The night light station goes off the air on June 26th here. Here is an example I caught of their analog signal earlier within the apartment complex:
KVVU's digital signal was able to pierce the walls better:
Of course, subsidiary program streams like this are a key benefit of the switch from NTSC to ATSC for over the air television transmission:
With luck, the DTV transition tonight should go quite smoothly. Only time will tell. ATSC is an outdated standard nowadays that the implementation of which was delayed multiple times. For those with cable television or satellite television service, this should not impact you at all.
The screen captures above were created using an elgato EyeTV Hybrid. The USB stick is a rather good television receiver.
If you had a paperback-sized device that allowed you watch any movie or show on demand, anywhere, for free, would you still read books?
Watch the video promoting the Philippine version of the show here. Find out how much he won and read about his experience here. It's not very prominent on the video, but he wears a "Love Your Librarian" button during the show.
Scott Douglas blogs about his brief attempts to sell "Quiet, Please" to Hollywood, and posts the first episode to a TV Pilot based on the book: http://www.scottdouglas.org/tvpilot.htm. Scott's original blog post is found at http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2009/01/quiet-please-tv-show.html.
From L.A. Times Blogs:
The lifelong Republican from the city of Orange, after all, cast her first Democratic vote in November for Obama. Candice Katayama and her former boss went to an unlikely place, the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, joining about two dozen employees and schoolchildren who applauded as they sat in rows of chairs watching the ceremony on a large TV mounted outside an exhibit on inaugurations throughout history. "It's a little weird," Katayama admits. "But I came to this evolution that this country isn't about labels anymore. It's about hope."
Entertainment Weekly:In the third made-for-cable caper, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (premieres Dec. 7., 8 p.m. TNT), overworked and unlucky-in-love Flynn travels to New Orleans for vacation, but ends up having to stop big bads who want to find and use the chalice to resurrect Prince Vlad Dracul and raise an army of vampires. (He must also make time to mack on the sexy chanteuse, played by Feast of Love's Stana Katic, who guards the cup. That, he does not mind.) Here's more coverage on the series from Variety.
Though the movie's original tagline -- "The world's most unlikely hero is back for his final adventure" -- was enough to break my colleague Alynda Wheat's heart, Wyle assures us that Flynn will live to outwit, outsmart, and outspit-take another day, if fans want him to.
Do you want him to?
As a heads-up to listeners, it should be noted that LISTen #49 will be posted on a slight delay. The podcast rarely has to wait out an embargo. In this case we will do so.
LISTen #49 will have in it a special chat with actress and web entrepreneur Felicia Day. This is as announced verbally at the close of LISTen #48. You did listen to that shorter than usual episode, right?
As such, LISTen #49 will be posted at 0800 UTC on November 24th. You can find what that means in your own local time by visiting this link.
A special feature may post at the normal audio posting time. This remains tentative as some factors remain in play.
In a first for the television industry, CNN used a holographic image of a journalist in their election night coverage.
By positioning Jessical Yellin within a ring of high definition cameras, they were able to simultaneously shoot her body from different angles and beam that information into the CNN studios. At that point, other cameras took over and replicated her image and audio in real time.
And she even has that sort of sheen around her you'd expect holograms to have. After all, Star Wars told us they'd be shiny.
The possibilites for such technology are wide open, but think of this. I need to see an object in a museum or library in New York, but I'm in Arizona. So they put that object within a similar set up and beam the information over. Now that's a new and interesting kind of interlibrary loan.