August 2009

Monthly Archive

No show today due to technical difficulties

billsimmon 30 Aug 2009 | : episodes, housekeeping

The live stream is down at The Radiator today and the powers that be can’t seem to fix it right away. That combined with a busy schedule for Emily and me and a paltry selection of compelling SF-related topics has led to our decision to put the show off a week. We’ll be back next week with a new show whether the live stream is back or not.

In the meantime I think I can say with some confidence that this week’s winner of Stupid People Saying Stupid Things would have been Glenn Beck.

Also, I plan on panning the film Doomsday next week (I caught it on cable the other night). It’s such an amazing turd that I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a cult classic, ala Showgirls. Check it out for the jaw-dropping awfulness of it. It’s not sure if it wants to be Escape From New York, The Road Warrior or The Postman and falls way short of all of those films.

Thanks to those lurkers who sent me email this week. It’s nice to know you’re out there. See you next week.

RIP, Ted Kennedy.

Episode 79: Beyond the 8th Dimention

billsimmon 26 Aug 2009 | : episodes

We’re back after our break. Sorry for the posting delay. Below are my pre-show notes, verbatim…

avatar trailer
district 9
buckaroo banzai
true blood
new BSG by brian singer
star wars design failures?
warehouse 13 – most popular show syfy has ever had
Being Human
Defying Gravity


*john kyl – no matter what dems do, no h/c reform
*chuck grassley & mike enzi – vote against own compromise bill
*public option or no?
*liberal revolt
*75-80 vote goal post move
*”nuclear option”
*constitutional argument from crazy wingers
*michael goldfarb says steve want us talk to NK but not dems talk to GOP
*history – original SS bill sucked
*gop always wrong in demagoguery

Next week’s PSFR movie is WALL-E.

Original air date: 8/23/09
Total run time: 2:01:29
File size: 55.6 MB

Episode 78: Sci-Fi Eye for the Political Guy

billsimmon 10 Aug 2009 | : episodes

We’d intended to have Chris Mooney, author of Unscientific America, on the show this week but the Radiator’s phone interface was on the fritz so we had to postpone the interview. We did discuss the book at length, however. My pre-show notes follow, verbatim…

Watcmen director’s cut
defying gravity
warehouse 13
being human
Dollhouse – fox to leave joss alone/epitaph one to play a role/original pilot
BSG – The Plan – please. who cares?
The Time Traveller’s Wife (ghost screenwriter – journeyman plot)
4 scenarios for the US’s demise in next 100 yrs


laura ling euna lee
Sotomayor confirmed 68/31
eric cantor going to israel
Unscientific America


Original air date: 8/9/09
Total run time: 1:55:46
File size: 53 MB

Episode 77: Kimota!

billsimmon 04 Aug 2009 | : episodes

My pre-show notes are copied below, verbatim…


Torchwood: CoE
Epitaph One
Miracleman hunt
Buckaroo Banzai
Watchmen Director’s Cut
Defying Gravity?
V looks troubling, despite positive review
BBC Being Human
Dr Who ep.
warehouse 13


Effectiveness of stimulus
healthcare and all that comes with it
Birthers not so much GOP thing as a white southern thing
anne northup – consumer product safety commission
MSNBC/Newscorp thing
Old people euthanized!


Original air date: 8/02/09
Total run time: 1:57:08
File size: 53.6 MB