March 12th, 2004

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The Titles Of Projects

JMS has confirmed the initials of the new Babylon 5 to be "TMoS". He's also confirmed that it is not "a novel, or a short story, a comic, an animated series, a radio drama or a stage play." That leaves open a television movie, mini-series, full series, or a theatrical film. He does confirm that "it's pretty cool." He has not disappointed yet, so I will take him at his word.

There has been much speculation about what those initials mean, and Joe confirms that one person has guessed correctly. The list of pre-confirmation guesses is on the newsgroup. My honest belief is that "The Memory of Shadows" is most likely the correct answer, followed closely by "The Myth of Shadows". My favorites are "The Minbari of Steel", "Twenty Minbari Order Sandwiches", and "The Mollari of Spoo".

Joe also has a new short story available on Amazon (for free.)

Looking over discussions on the moderated group, someone suggested that Bruce Boxleitner is perfect for a role on "The West Wing", and acknowledged that Gary Cole is equally well-qualified for the role he won (Vice President Russell.) I agree, but given the choice, I would first want to see Andreas or Peter. I think they deserve some time in the mainstream spotlight. People outside science fiction ought to see those guys front and center using the full depth of their talents. (Gary ("Midnight Caller") and Bruce ("Bring 'Em Back Alive, Agent Scarecrow!") have both starred on prime time television before.) It's a pity Aaron Sorkin's left the show. Could you imagine putting Andreas on screen performing a Sorkin script? Jeeeeeesus...
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Local Boy Does Good

Within the last couple of weeks, I was talking to people at the high school about the then-upcoming first game at Petco Park, between San Diego State and the University of Houston. I think it was the girls' basketball team, which would've included assistant coach Mark Embrey. I know that someone (it wasn't me) commented offhand that it would be cool if Mark's son (and Poway grad) Rielly hit the first home run out of the new ballpark, before any of the major leaguers had a chance.

Sure enough, Rielly hit the first jack in the fifth inning last night.
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Odd dreams

Another in a long, lifetime series...

Do not ask me how my mind puts things together like this, but I was assigned to work with Will and Toby on the State of the Union address. And we were running late. (Go figure, nothings on time if I'm involved.) And I think we were writing in DCL.

This is just too logical a dream. The part about me being assigned to the State of the Union aside, if I were a character on The West Wing, and such an absurd thing did come to pass, that's exactly who I would be working with. Dreams are usually much more surrealistic. In a dream, I should have been working with, like, Debbie Fiderer and Kenny (Joey Lucas' sign language interpreter.) Other people who would make no sense on that task.

I went looking for an a more authoritative record than my own memory of JMS's story of being told by folks at NASA and JPL that they draw inspiration from fiction like Babylon 5. Along the way, I discovered that Bruce Boxleitner, like Michael O'Hare before him, is also a Chicago native. I still haven't found my reference.