Week of March 19, 2001
Berman leaks details about next Trek series.
As fans await more news on the upcoming fourth
spinoff of Star Trek, executive
producer and co-creator Rick Berman has announced that the show will have
a cast of seven regular characters - five human, two alien - and "a
kick-ass spaceship." Berman also mentioned that with this new
series, which is aiming for a fall premiere on UPN, he is building a
stable of behind-the-scenes talent to bring fresh approaches to everything
from the show's costumes to makeup and music (changes which many fans
will probably agree are overdue by at least one entire series). Rumors
have run rampant recently that the series may concern a twenty-second
century starship Enterprise during the early era of the United Federation
of Planets. Despite the looming threat of a summer actors' strike, Berman
hopes to have the two-hour pilot and at least one single-hour episode in
the can before work stops in Hollywood.
Jim Henson Company on the block.
The Jim Henson Company, famous for producing everything from The Muppets
to Farscape, is being sold by EM TV and Merchandising, a German-based
media conglomerate which purchased the Henson Company only a year ago.
But with such assets as The Muppets up for grabs, there is already a
number of interested parties, ranging from Disney to Nickeloedon. Some
other characters, mainly those tied to Henson's long-running PBS Sesame
Street series, have already been sold off.
Source: Electronic Media Online
New Doctor Who figures announced in a new scale.
A recent update at the web site of
Dapol, the makers of Doctor Who action
figures and accessories since the late 1980s, announces that Dapol will
begin making non-articulated cold-cast figures of various Doctor Who
characters in a larger scale, including the second incarnation of the
Doctor (as played by Patrick Troughton), a Yeti, a Zygon and a 1960s
Cyberman (a prototype of which is on display on their site). The first
figure, the Cyberman, will be available in July. theLogBook.com has
attempted to contact Dapol to enquire about the fate of the original
3 3/4" action figure line, but as of press time Dapol has not
The Sims to go online and on TV.
The SimCity uber-spinoff The Sims, which has won bazillions
of readers' choice awards from nearly every gaming magazine under the sun
as well as setting sales records last year, will be growing late this year
or early in 2002 into a persistent online world. And that's not all -
Maxis and parent company Electronic Arts are planning to create a
Sims television series which is part sitcom and part game show.
A normal, live-action family - the series regulars - will interact with
the computer-generated denizens of the Sims Online world, with
plans calling for an appearance by one truly unique user-created
Sims character each week (as well as an appearance by the user
who created him/her/it). According to Daily Variety, fans can
get a taste of what the Sims show might be like in the March 28th
episode of The Drew Carey Show, in which Carey and friends pay a visit
to the Sims' world.
Counter terrorism part two, or
the curious case of MyComputer.com.
Man, it just hasn't been a great year for hit counters on this site!
Ever since we were evicted from ExecPC's counter system a few months
after leaving their servers, theLogBook.com has been making use of
the free counters provided by MyComputer.com. Unfortunately, the
latter has now been hit by the same dot-com bug that's plaguing just
about everyone on the 'net these days, and they will be shelving
their free counter service at the end of March. I was afraid this
would necessitate something I was hoping to avoid with theLogBook.com:
the dreaded "we had X thousand hits between [insert launch date
here] and [insert counter crash date here]" message at the bottom
of the page. This would've been a massive bummer, especially since
some of our pages - ranging from the Phosphor
Dot Fossils retrospective on Pac-Man to the Star Trek: Voyager LogBook - have
racked up impressive hit counts, far beyond what I ever expected them
to do. But fortunately I figured out how to switch out to the
internal counter on my own server without losing count, and did so
last week, though you may have noticed a git of a coding glitch on
my part for a few days. (Hey, just between you and me? The internal
counter just looks better. Especially when I avail myself of
the nearest clue and write the code into the pages correcty.)
MyComputer.com's polls are also going to go bye-bye. (Actually,
me to take the polls off the main page - I'll miss those more than I
do the counters.) No doubt, MyComputer.com is starting to sound like
it's a few months away from going bye-bye too.
With Internet-based businesses taking nose dives all around the
globe, this event begs the question: will theLogBook.com ever
bite the dust? My best answer on that, for right now, is simply
"I sure hope not." I actually do enjoy putting this site
together, getting a rare chance to self-publish my thoughts on my
myriad favorite hobbies, show off my own work, and basically extend
the legacy of all this stuff I used to do on local bulletin board
systems. Our domain name renewal is imminent, and I intend to keep
things up and running. That said, I am under a great deal of
financial stress right now, but even so the thought has not occurred
to close the LogBook's pages. This site actually brings in money
and supports its own weight; not only does it pay for its own
monthly hosting fee, but it buys quite a few of the products which
have been reviewed, be they games, books, music, or movies.
That said, I can't stress enough how important it is for the
readers of theLogBook.com to support the site. If you or
someone you know plan on purchasing anything from Amazon.com,
Amazon.co.uk, or AnimeNation.com, it helps me out every time you
make that purchase from my site's links or search boxes. And
in return, you have my gratitude - and all the fun stuff that's
available on this site, whether the counter says zero or not!
Thanks to everyone for supporting theLogBook.com. It seems
improbable to keep this thing afloat with a mere trio of sponsors
who pay on commission per item sold as opposed to per-clickthrough,
but somehow - with your help - we're still here.