The blueprinting project…is cranking up for business!

Darrell Curtis:

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Originally posted on The Nostromo Files:

Greetings!

If you’ve heard the old saying, “One thing leads to another…”, then you’ll understand completely when I tell you that an awesome project is starting up again…

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…one that in its previous incarnation saw the release of the one-of-a-kind USCSS NOSTROMO blueprint poster, with orthographic views, technical callouts, and other interesting tidbits for the fan of such stuff. (Not that he really needed the help of the Propsummit.com group who provided input and conversation, but he did get input from the model-makers themselves!)

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I’ve been in love with Alien, Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror flick, for 35 years now and can attest that, not only does “one thing lead to another…”

…as in Alien Isolation was released by Sega

…but “good things come to those who wait!”

Check out the news, and join the fray!

Best,

Darrell

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“Nerds? What nerds?”, or “How to spend a decade doing something you love.”

 

While I had formed a strong impression that Adam Savage was a card-carrying member of Geekdom, based on the fervor he displays on the Mythbuster show, I was not quite prepared for the level of advance geek-ery displayed with amazing style and grace in the video linked below.  I have been a fan of the film, Alien, since it premiered in 1979, and always enjoy seeing another fan reach some plateau in their own appreciation of the film.

And this is definitely it for Savage.

The research that goes into creating such detailed replicas is astonishing…

 

 

Enjoy!

The Life of Bolaji Badejo

Originally posted on Strange Shapes:

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Bolaji Badejo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, on August 23rd, 1953, the second child to parents Victor and Elizabeth Badejo (née Bamidale). The family included, in order of birth: Akin, Bolaji, a sister Debo, Posi, Boyega, and Deji. Their mother, according to Boyega, was a “welfare administrator, one-time business owner, housewife and a hostess.”

Their father, born Erasmus Victor Badejo on 21st May 1921, was the son of farmer Gabriel Akingbade Badejo and Phebe Aderibigbe Badejo, a housewife. Victor was educated at the boys-only Government College in Ibadan, which had been founded by British expatriates and modeled in the vein of British boarding schools with the purpose of grooming Nigeria’s future leaders and trailblazers. For a time Colonial Nigeria had been ruled by the British as a series of adjuncts governed by telephone with local leaders serving as proxies (a system of governance called indirect rule) but later administrators argued that it was their imperial duty…

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“between galaxies, drifting through empty space…”

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Image borrowed from The Catacombs’ Series Guides

 

Ever have one of those stretches in your life where you have more projects than time?

 

I’m in the thick of one right now…

 

…and the quote that serves as the title of today’s posting seems appropriate.

 

Along about the time of “Dragon’s Domain” (Year One, 23rd Episode).  Helena Russell’s narration opens this haunting episode:

“It was the eight hundred and seventy seventh day since our Moon left Earth. We were between galaxies, drifting through empty space. When Tony Cellini began to believe “

 

A great bit of SF television, IMHO, and one worthy of quoting.  The show features some super-fantastic special effects of Eagles, interplanetary spacecraft, and drama that warranted a parental advisory back in 1975 when it first hit the airwaves.

 

Like the Alphans in Space: 1999, I’m adrift, but in a sea between breathing spaces.  A few more hurdles and I’ll be back in the swing of things.

 

So until I’ve cleared some of my checklist and can carve out some time for more studied postings, don’t give up on Deep Space from the Deep South!

In the meantime, drop in on the folks at The Catacombs for a generous indulgence in all things Space: 1999!

Cheers!

Watching 2D in 3D…Doh!

I was reading yesterday about a guy who has found some interesting newness in old science fiction movies.

How?

Well, seems he’s using his 3D-capable television to watch 2D movies using its 3D conversion feature.

Wow!

<face palm>

Now,

why didn’t I think of that?

In the post I read, it was the ‘Alien’ series that he was watching. Seems the conversion software can pick up and ‘depth-i-fy’ space scenes since dark colors recede into the background while high-spectrum (reds and yellows, etc.) pop out.

So, I’m off to pull a few oldies but goodies and see how it works.

If you have experience with this, please comment and tell us how it worked out for you?

Cheers!

 

Chris Foss

Darrell Curtis:

Some good posts can be found at this blog. Check it out!

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Ever since I read Asimov’s Foundation trilogy as a teenager, I have loved the work of Chris Foss…

It’s Space Opera on a huge scale: big ships adrift in limitless space, alien landscapes, lasers and engine trails, and all painted with a stunning degree of precision and technical ability…. just what a science fiction obsessed teenager needs.

Having not thought about or seen works by Chris Foss for many, many years, I recently came across his own site where it’s obvious he’s still producing some wonderful stuff, as evidenced by the recent publication of a book “Hardware” chronicling his work (looks like something for my Christmas list…..)

Foss was born in Guernsey in 1946 and made his name in the 1960’s and 70’s producing these amazing images of space ships and future technology. His ideas and imagination undoubtedly left a lasting impression on anyone that saw them, and indeed it…

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