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Lego Organizing: The Adam Savage Method

Having been clued into the number of wonderful Adam Savage videos, I stumbled across this video, which shows the Mythbusting alum take on the daunting task of organizing Legos in the thorough way he is wont to.

We have found working on Lego sets to be a very good use of our indoor time during the pandemic, so I’m not sure if we’re going to try something this thorough, but it does give one ideas…

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Farscape Comic Con Panel

The time-tested pop culture event that is the San Diego Comic Con is virtual this year thanks to the pandemic, so I believe the videos are online sooner than ever before.

On Monday, I posted the Star Trek panel, but as longtime readers may recall, I love Farscape, so of course I watched this panel:

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Star Trek Comic Con Panel

The time-tested pop culture event that is the San Diego Comic Con is virtual this year thanks to the pandemic, so I believe the videos are online sooner than ever before.

So, of course, I’d watch the Star Trek panel…

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That Planet that’s a Large, Gaseous Cloud

No, not Neptune. No, not Jupiter. Don’t make me say it. Okay, fine.

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“I’m standing in a very happy place right now” Behind-the-scenes of Hamilton

As I mentioned the other week, we saw Hamilton along with a good many millions of people at the beginning of the month… and that’s led to listening to the soundtrack non-stop the following weekend, at least one rewatch so far, and delving into all sorts of reading and watching of supplemental material.

Just about none has topped my theater geeky glee quite like seeing Adam Savage looking at the props used in Hamilton.

As many of you know, I worked on both sides of the stage for quite some time, and although I was never the best props maker, I had my moments, I loved most every minute, and there was always a special level of delight in making a prop and seeing it used on stage.

So many moment of “Squee!”

If this isn’t enough to give you your fix, you can also check out Adam Savage exploring:

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The Many Voices of Rob Paulsen

Odds are, you’ve heard Rob Paulsen do voices in any of a number of shows. In this 20-minute video, he returns to his Detroit stomping grounds to deliver a TEDx talk, which was enlightening and entertaining.

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Set Phasers to Fun

Of course, you knew I was going to share this.

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Happy Centennial, Ray Harryhausen

Somewhere in the Heavens, and in glorious Dynamation, Ray Harryhausen is celebrating his 100th birthday.

There’s nothing I can say that can surpass what many, many, many people in the film industry can say about Ray Harryhausen, so I’ll simply link to two videos. The first, a tribute made on his death:

The second, a review of all his creatures, set to music you know you want to do stop action animation dancing to:

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Foundational Science Fiction

One of my favorite aspects of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction is the worldbuilding and its never more apparent in his centuries-spanning Foundation series.

Indeed, the Galactic Empire and the many of the ensuing interstellar governments were ones I kept in mind while fashioning the Imperium for Rogue Tyger. I’m actually re-reading the series while working on new seasons of the show (it’s easily been over 20 years since I last read them).

So imagine the delight when I saw this teaser trailer for a “prestige” TV series adaptation due out next year? I know they’re likely going to make some noticeable changes to some of the characters and connective plot in order to keep a cinematic throughline, but I’m hopeful it will be a great mix of the clear production design combined with the themes that made the novels so engaging.

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How to Pronounce Names in Dune from the Great Maker’s Mouth

I’m still debating whether or not to rewatch or reread the various version of Dune leading up to this Fall’s new film adaptation.

This and other stills come from an April Vanity Fair feature.

One definite thing I want them to get right? How to pronounce all those names. Of course, it might help if we all knew how to pronounce the names. So that’s where one superfan comes in. He’s compiled Herbert saying a bunch of the names, none of which are presumably a killing word (sorry, fans of the ’84 film).