Les’ Science Fiction Aliens #26: The Thing

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

For today, I’m selecting:

 

The Thing(special makeup effects”John Carpenter’s The Thing”(1982))

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #1: Robby the Robot

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here feeling so good about my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame and my Science Fiction Vehicle/Spacecraft Hall of Fame, that I’ve decided to make it a trilogy and add a Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame.  Let’s face it.  Science Fiction has had a huge impact on artificial intelligence and mechanical advancements in robotics through the wonderful characters that fall into those 3 categories.  Whether it’s a mechanical man, a part man/part machine, or an artificial person, these characters frequently show us personalities that end up being just as, or more human than we are.  And so, I will select a new Robot/Android/Cyborg at a time.  I’ll give it’s origin, abilities, actor portrayal, first appearance and why I think they’re amazing.

 

And, there’s only one robot I can possibly start this series with:

 

Robby the Robot(Frankie Darro/Marvin Miller”Forbidden Planet”(1956))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #10: The Time Machine DeLorean

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

The Time Machine DeLorean(“Back to the Future,”(1985)”Back to the Future Part II”(1989) and “Back to the Future Part III”(1990))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #25: The Blob

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

The Blob(special effect-“The Blob”(1958))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicle/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #9: Starbug

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Starbug(“Red Dwarf”(1989-Present)

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #24: Yoda

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame.  As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Yoda(Frank Oz”The Empire Strikes Back”(1980), “Return of the Jedi”(1983), “The Phantom Menace”(1999), “Attack of the Clones(2002) and “Revenge of the Sith(2005))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #8: Space Battleship Yamato

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

Today I’m selecting:

 

Space Battleship Yamato(“Uchu Senkan Yamato”(1974))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #23: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

For today, I’m selecting:

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(Tamara De Treaux, Pat Bilion and Matthew Demeritt”E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”(1982))

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Two Whovians (Les & Jim) Look at “Power of the Daleks”

 

Jim: Being a fan of classic Doctor Who comes with one huge disadvantage – many of the classic episodes simply don’t exist anymore. The BBC was very short-sighted in considering how influential the show was and didn’t see much value in preserving early serials for future viewing. They didn’t want to set aside the money or storage space for holding the master tapes, so many episodes of Doctor Who, along with a number of episodes from other series produced by the studio, had their tapes wiped for reuse or outright destroyed. It wasn’t until 1978 that the BBC instituted an archiving policy to put an end to this, but the damage was already done. More than 100 episodes, mostly from William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton’s eras, were gone.

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicle/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #7: Discovery One

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame. One of the great things about science fiction is the fantastic ways they show how to get from point A to point B, whether it’s across town or across the Galaxy. I will induct a new craft at a time, give its origins, abilities, first appearances and why I think it’s amazing.

 

For today, I’m selecting:

 

Discovery One(2001: A Space Odyssey(1968))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #22: The Predator

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here feeling pretty good about continuing my Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame series, so I’m going to continue my Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame, as well. As before, I will induct a different alien from film or a television show that made an impression with me. Let’s face it, half the fun of great science fiction is the wonderful characters who came from other worlds. For each alien, I’ll give a detailed bio about their species, who portrayed them, first appearances and abilities and why I think they’re amazing.

 

For this selection, I’m going with:

 

The Predator(Kevin Peter Hall”Predator”(1987))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicle/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #6: The TARDIS

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue an older series I started 2 years ago. In this series, I’m looking at science fiction vehicles/spaceships. One of the great things in science fiction is the ultra modern ways of getting from point A to point B whether it’s across town, or across the galaxy. And so, I’m going to induct a new craft at a time. I’ll give it’s origin, abilities, first appearance and why I think it’s amazing.

 

For today, I’m selecting:

 

The TARDIS

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Ode to the miserable cold that’s sapping my will to ever be happy again(By Les)

 

10-experience the following.  Oh….ow…oh…growlllllrumble…..WHONK!(kleenix)

Achiness….weariness….boredom and wretchedness…COUGH!!

Raw throat…stinging sores OWWWWW…swallowing damned near impossible…

Mucous…mucous…thick, disgusting, viscous and oozing from places within my

throbbing head of discontent.  The pressure on my sinuses threaten to

implode my skull and allow my brain to swell up like a carnival balloon

threatening to pop and drain down my chest and back.

Oh…ow…oh…growllllrumble….groan….I feel 40 years older….and I’m 48 to start with…damn….

If I move my head, it’ll fall off and shatter into a million pieces…COUGH!…argggggghhhh

pain….pain…pain….concussion force of coughs are popping my back ribs out OWWWWWW!!!

My abdominal muscles feel like they’ve been pounded on by a jack hammer OWWWWWW!!!!

Can’t sleep for long…stuffed nose is waking me up to experience more misery…misery…misery…WHONK!(kleenix)

Drink another cup of tea…can’t taste it….keep needing to get up to pee….GRUMBLE….argh…..metalic taste in my mouth….

ACHOOO!!!!!!…FUCK!….my head just exploded again…..WHONK!(kleenix)….owwwwww!!!!

Eyes ache….ears are clogged and popping….even my hair hurts…and I’M BALD!….my hair’s in my ears…nose..back…um….moving on….teeth throb and no matter how much I drink, my lips are drying out!  OWWWW!!!!!

Oh, no….I’ve gotta sneeze again…..aaaaa…ACHOOO!!!!!SHIT!!!!!!!

Somebody just hit me between the eyes with a mallet!!!!!OWWWW!!!!!!

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I’ve got a bad cold(possibly the flu) and it feels like an old BASIC program looping on itself over and over to never end.  I thought I’d share a bit of it with you, my friends.  Pray you don’t catch this one…Peace.

“Love is all around” a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore 1937-2017(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to sing a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore who passed away yesterday at age 80.  She was a tremendously gifted actress who, like the song says, could turn the world on with her smile.  Her best known roles were as Laura Petrie, wife of comedy writer Rob Petrie(“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) and as WJM News Producer Mary Richards(“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”).  My heart goes out to her family.  RIP Mary Tyler Moore.

 

Expressionist of the Year-2017(Whyboy)-(A tribute video produced by Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to present the 2nd annual ”Expressionist of the Year” award for Manic Expression.  Last year, we gave the first award to Fusionater for all his incredible work behind the scenes keeping the site afloat and running well along with his great contributions as a poster in blogs and videos.  To say he left big shoes to fill would be an understatement.  However, I believe we’ve selected a winner who’s up to the task.  To do this, I’m going to bring James on, as it’s our tradition to give the award together….well, the tradition we started last year….

 

LES:  JAMES!  Say hello to all the nice people.

 

James: Hello nice people. So glad to be here with everyone to celebrate another Expressionist. And boy do we have one for you today. If there was a Mount Rushmore of Manic Expression, this dude would be on it.

 

LES:  LOL!  Unquestionably.  Many of you know

Taylor Wyatt(AKA Whyboy)

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Why I’m looking forward to January 20th(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to admit I’m getting excited for tomorrow(the 20th).  It’s a really important and historically significant day for America.  YES!  I don’t think I’ve been this eager to see a day come in a long while.  We should stand up and celebrate this wonderful event.  YES!  Of course, I’m referring to the debut of Season 2 of Netflix’s “Voltron:  Legendary Defender.”

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What’s do damned hard about driving in the snow?(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to rant a bit about a social phenomenon that exasperates me every winter:  Idiots who lose all common sense behind the wheel when it snows.  And it never fails, either.  I’m living in North Carolina where it snows every single year at least 6-8 inches with black ice on the pavement.  You’d think that those locals would’ve figured out how to drive in it since it happens every year, right?…apparently not, it turns out.  On the way to work, I spotted no less that 14 cars crashed and/or abandoned on the side of the road!

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The coolest music video group I’ve ever seen(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to share a recent discovery that, frankly made me nostalgic and blew my mind simultaneously.  It happened as a Youtube commercial that preceded another video I was going to watch.  It was a music video promotion for Morton Salt for a charity event called Walk Her Walk( MortonSalt/WalkHerWalk.com ).  Normally, I cancel pre video ads as soon as it’s possible, but this time, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen for what IS the coolest music video I’ve ever seen(And that includes “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson, “Sledge Hammer” by Peter Gabriel and “Ghost on a Canvas” by Glen Campbell).  That’s the level of awesome creativity and imagination that went into it.  They also have technical mastery to do these videos as one single take and build eye-popping physical props that do amazing things in these videos.

 

The band is called OK Go

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They’re an American Band originally from Chicago formed in 1998 that now operate out of Los Angeles.  If I had to categorize their music, I’d say heavy 1980’s rock influence with 1990’s rhythmic sensibilities.  They’re like a cross between Depeche Mode, Modern English, Weezer and Coldplay.  I do like their music a lot, but it’s their music videos that make this group stand alone.  This group harkens back to a time when MTV first came along and music videos were KING!  This is a group that really knows how to get the most out of a music video.

 

But enough of my telling you about how great this group is.  Let me share some of their videos and you can decide for yourself.

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I got trolled in real life last Saturday(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to share a real life troll story. Sure, we’ve all gotten caught up in internet flame battles before. Since the ‘net leaves the commenters anonymous, the most childishly cruel and stupid remarks have been hurled at complete strangers. The sort of things that people would never say to another face to face since they’d get punched for it. For a long time now, we’ve all learned to never “Feed the Trolls,” since they’re beyond reasoning, decency or logic.

 

Well…I had a troll experience in real life last Saturday. For those of you who might not know, I’m a dueling piano player by profession. I take requests and play the piano and sing to entertain. People write the requests on pre-printed forms and bring them up(tips with them get them performed sooner). Well, someone took the request forms and wrote me some “love letters” instead of song requests. I’ll paraphrase for time efficiency… Read more

I wish I were Ash as the zombies draw near-Secret Santa work of fiction for House(By Les)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to contribute to the Manic Expression Secret Santa project.  And HUZZAH!  I drew House as my gift recipient-WOOT!  Seeing how he’s done some amazing zombie fiction and zombie let’s play action videos, I decided to try my hand at a zombie fiction chapter.  @House I hope you enjoy this, my friend.

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Chapter 5:  I wish I were Ash Williams….

 

“Alright, buddy….You just overstayed your welcome!” I declared 2 seconds before pulling the trigger on the ‘ol boomstick and disconnecting the deaddite’s head from his body. BOOOM!!!!!!! Large bloodsplatter hit me and everything 4 feet from the point of impact. I gave the riffle my customary 2 spins around my finger and repositioned it over my shoulder in the back holster. Read more