Tuesday, October 2, 2007


DVRs for tonight:
8pm Pushing Daisies (CW) - saw a sneak preview of this pilot and it is GOOD.
9pm Bionic Woman (NBC) and Private Practice (ABC)
10pm CSI:NY (CBS)

Another featured contributor to The Daily Show gets his own series on Comedy Channel, produced by Jon Stewart: Demetri Martin.

Astronomers have spotted a young star with a belt of dust they suspect is going to form into an Earth-like planet.

GrubHub is a new service in the SF area that shows all restaurants that deliver in your area (you give address, they list restaurants, show menus, reviews, etc.). You can even narrow results to "deliver now" which is useful when you're craving Chinese during a weekend afternoon and the 1st 3 restaurants you call don't deliver until evening (do I sound bitter?). Looking at my address, I find that Hometown Noodle delivers. Who knew? The article where I found out about it is here.

Don't watch this where people with sensitive ears can hear, but Robot Chicken mocks "Buck" Rogers.

A model rocket group have built a 21-foot X-Wing Fighter (they even included the R2-D2) and are launching it this week.

One of the potential new shows to be developed by Rob Thomas for ABC is a new version of Cupid (the 90s show with Jeremy Piven that started Rob Thomas' career).

Nick Park is making a new Wallace and Gromit short film called "Trouble at Mill" to play on the BBC late next year.

CNet has a slideshow of private industry players in space travel.

Rant warning: Copyright issues have gotten completely ridiculous. (As a disclaimer: I will never be the focus of their concern because I don't care that much about music. Most of the music I listen to is on the radio in my car, on a satellite channel from DishNetwork, or on Launchcast from Yahoo. I haven't even played a CD in over a year and I don't own a digital player.) That being said, Sony now says it is stealing if you rip a CD that you bought to play in an iPod for your own use - you should pay for a digital copy as well as the CD copy. All earlier decisions said it was OK to make a back up copy for yourself for your listening - you aren't going to be playing them both at the same time. This is the same Sony that pissed people off a year or 2 ago by putting copyguards on their CDs that acted as viruses. They just make me want to boycott them completely.

They've identified a new dinosaur in Utah: a giant duck-billed vegetarian they are calling Gryposaurus monumentensis.

In pain? Bring on the chili peppers. Research shows that capsaicin, the chemical in chili peppers, may be able to block pain receptors without interfering with other nerves or causing numbness.

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