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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. Source: TrekWeb


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 responded. Source: Dapol


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.

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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, despite the repeated Javascript errors they caused - which prompted 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.

Earl Green
theLogBook.com webmaster/editor-in-chief

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