Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #16: Bender

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. 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.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

Bender(John DiMaggio(“Futurama”)) Read more

Les Plays Guitar #4: “Wichita Lineman” Tribute to Glen Campbell

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to give tribute to one of my idols.  Guitar master and singing superstar Glen Campbell passed away yesterday from Alzheimer’s Disease.  I’d been following his decline since watching his documentary, “I’ll be me.”  It is saddening to realize that this kind hearted musical genius lost his memories in such a cruel way, but his legacy is assured.  He is remembered fondly by those who enjoyed(and continue to enjoy) his incredible talent and showmanship.

 

I took the time today to attempt to perform one of his biggest hits on the guitar:  “Wichita Lineman” by Glen’s longtime collaborator Jimmy Webb.  This is a hard song to do(particularly in the open strings position).  It has 10 chords, 2 of which are barred, and a very intricate turnaround lick after the choruses.  In my defense, I’m no Glen Campbell, but I did do my best to record this song in his memory.  I hope you enjoy it, my friends.  Peace.

Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #23: The Eagle 5

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 Eagle 5(“Spaceballs”)

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #40: Barf

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:

 

Barf(John Candy(“Spaceballs”))

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #15: C-3PO

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. 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.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

C-3PO(Anthony Daniels)

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #22: The White Star

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 White Star(“Babylon-5″(1995-1997)

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #39: Griffin

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:

 

Griffin(Michael Stuhlbarg-“Men In Black III”(2012))

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Our Top 24 Disaster Films(By Les and T-Kun Unusual Wordsmith III)

Greetings, Manic Fans.  Les here to get back into the blogging swing of things by talking about disaster films.  You know, those films that have either natural, man-made or alien threat large scale death and destruction disasters in them.  You get the thrill of seeing things explode, collapse, burn, shatter and watch helpless victims getting snuffed in the process and it really makes you feel a whole lot better about the day you’re having, right?  Ahem!  In order to do this properly, I’m going to need a friend along on this one.

 

*activates Dick Tracy 2 way wrist radio

 

LES:  T-kun?  You there?

 

*Catchy Jazz Theme Dial Tone to Electric Static*

 

Robot Voice: Transmission Delay of Unknown Vocalize Member Reading. Reconnection to Section HK Delta Max Code GINXZ. Please state order of business or have satellite radiation automatic commence will fire on your location for cross trespassing. If not, please turn your dial twice counter-clockwise in the next five seconds . . . four-three-two-

 

*Les looks at his 2 way radio with bemused expression, whips out his sonic screwdriver and deactivates T-kun’s security system.

 

LES:  C’mon, T-kun.  Aren’t we past this yet?  Why do you have such tight security around you…are you expecting some kind of apocalypse or something?

 

*T-kun Looks at the hologram screen in confusion with a box of popcorn in hand*

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #14: Cylons

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. 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.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Cylons(“Battlestar Galactica”(1978-79))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #21: Lightcycles

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:

 

Lightcycles(“TRON”(1982))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #38: Odo

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

 

Odo(Rene Auberjonois”Star Trek Deep Space Nine”(1993-1999)

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #13: Gort

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. 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.

 

Today, I’m selecting:

 

Gort(Lock Martin “The Day the Earth Stood Still”(1951))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #20: The Proteus

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 Proteus(“Fantastic Voyage”(1966))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #37: Princess Allura

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:

 

Princess Allura(Kimberly Brooks “Voltron Legendary Defender”(2016-Present))

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame #12: The Iron Giant

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. 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.

 

Today, I’m selecting

 

The Iron Giant(Vin Diesel “The Iron Giant”(1999))

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Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #19: The RLS Legacy

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 RLS Legacy(“Treasure Planet”(2002))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #36: Thor

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:

 

Thor(Chris Hemsworth “Thor”(2011), “The Avengers”(2012), “Thor The Dark World”(2013), “The Avengers Age of Ultron”(2015))

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Les’ Science Fiction Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of fame #9, 10, 11: Crow T Robot, Tom Servo and Gypsy

Greetings, Manic Fans. Les here to continue my Robots/Androids/Cyborgs Hall of Fame. 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.

 

Today, I’m doing something different as I’m inducting 3 robots, instead of just one.  However, you really can’t have any of them separately in a show.  They all go together, so I’m doing 3 at once here.  Today, I’m selecting:

 

Crow T. Robot(Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett “Mystery Science Theater 3000″(1988-1999(soon to be revived in 2017)))

Tom Servo(Josh Weinstein, Kevin Murphy “Mystery Science Theater 3000″(1988-1998(soon to be revived in 2017)))

and Gypsy(Josh Weinstein, Jim Mallon, Patrick Bransteg “Mystery Science Theater 3000″(1988-1998(soon to be revived in 2017)))

Otherwise known as the ‘bots of the Satellite of Love on Mystery Science Theater 3000.  I know there was a 4th robot called “Cambot,” but since all it did was be the camera shooting the episodes, it would be kind of pointless for me to include him. Read more

Les’ Science Fiction Vehicles/Spacecraft Hall of Fame #18: Agent K’s 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Sedan

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:

 

Agent K’s 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Sedan(“Men In Black”(1997))

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Les’ Science Fiction Aliens Hall of Fame #35: Centauri

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:

 

Centauri(Robert Preston “The Last Starfighter”(1984))

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