Darn, last day of vacation

Well, today’s my last day of the vacation I took last week which allowed me the time to create this new blog site. Keep checking in if you’re interested, I am going to continue to update this with stuff I find interesting. I’m also going to play a little bit with color schemes, so if you find this page totally disgusting one day, please feel free to contact me and let me know!

For now I figured just a quick update, despite the fact there’s nothing really new to report. Just that I had a great weekend, a great vacation and though in part I’m looking forward to returning to work tomorrow, it’ll be a shame simply because I’ve been having fun! What can I say? Had a great dinner Saturday night at Cafe Balaban complete with a great bottle of wine! If you get a chance to eat at this FANTASTIC restaurant, then do so… I highly recommend the Beef Wellington if you’re a fan of MEAT!

As far as flying news; not much. Weather stinks at the moment, but I did talk to my old flight instructor this morning and asked him about getting a Complex endorsement on my license. Figure about 5 hours in a 182 with an instructor to add this rating, then I can fly more complicated planes (retractable gear, constant speed prop). I’ll have to decide if financially it’s going to be worthwhile in the immediate future, but I’ll hopefully get to do it before the end of the year. Here’s hoping, right?

BTW, stay tuned; I’m going to write up a review of the Motorola MPX220 because I just want to talk about the experience a week or so after buying it. It’s a trip…

Babylon 5

Well, I didn’t put an update in yesterday because I didn’t get time. Turned out to be a pretty hectic day all in all.

So what’s new? Well, I wanted to write a quick post regarding the cancellation of a Babylon 5 Theatrical movie that I heard about on Slashdot last night.

For someone who’s been a fan of Babylon 5 since it was first aired on Channel 4 in England way back in the early 90′s, I at first found it a bit of a bummer that “The Memory of Shadows” would never grace our screens. However, on deeper reflection I have to say that this is actually not a bad thing. First of all, the series just wouldn’t be the same without Dr. Franklin (Richard Biggs passed away last year). This was sad news as he was one of my favorite characters. Also, Hollywood want to see a scifi movie have “big name actors”, and there was some discussion about recasting key characters with bigger names. Sure, many of the actors in B5 weren’t A-List actors, but they really made the best of the characters and made me believe in them as real people. They made the characters their own, and without their continued input I just couldn’t see it working well.

Besides, JMS has always excelled at producing extended stories (like the 5 year arc in B5)… a 2 hour movie would either (a) only appeal to die-hard fans with original actors and characters, or (b) be only a movie set in the B5 universe with new characters, and JMS has never exactly excelled at creating a whole new universe in 2 hours. Legend of the Rangers was close… but not quite.

Just my thoughts this Sunday morning.