12 to Midnight, Family and Friends, Movies and TV

LT, BT, 24, BSG, 12to24, and the Gospel of the Flying Rat

05.02.06 | 7 Comments

A few days before Little Tadpole (LT) came into the world, it occurred to me that it would be interesting to keep a daily diary of how much sleep I was getting each night. Of course, at first I was too sleep deprived and had too little time on the computer to bother. Now, she’s sleeping much better than Big Tadpole (BT) did at that age, so there’s not much point.

When you’ve got an infant, there’s not a whole lot you can do for entertainment other than watch tv or listen to the radio/ipod. It’s hard to read a book and simultaneously hold a baby and bottle. Sure can’t navigate a computer. So I’ve watched more TV in the last two weeks than I have in the last six months. Seriously. I’ve watched the first four episodes of Battlestar Galactica, season 1. I’ve watched the first six or seven episodes of 24, season 1. Both are great shows and I’m thorougly enjoying watching back to back episodes without commercials. Now I have to wait for Netflix to catch up with the next BSG disc, so tonight I might start The Godfather, which I’ve never actually seen.

In the world of 12 to Midnight, I’m slowly trying to squeeze in more time on the computer now, too. I managed to upload our newest product (produced by Dirty Unicorn Games), Infinite Art, to both RPGNow and DriveThruRPG. It looks like I’ll be busy with administrative work again soon, since we’ll be adding yet another online retailer. I also have a long overdue editing project to wrap up, immediately followed by a title awaiting layout. By the time I finish that one, I expect Fire in the Hole to be ready for layout too. Somewhere in there we’ll also have a new set of maps coming from Fabled Environments.

I’ve also started contemplating a non-12 to Midnight super-duper secret project, but I’m not sure 1) it’s something I can pull off, 2) it’s something I have time for, 3) it’s something that will get off the ground even if 1 and 2 work out. More research is necessary.

Finally, I’d like to draw attention to the news that after more than a year’s hiatus, Cerebral Misfire is back. If you’re a liberal you may as well not bother, so this recomendation is for the other 50% of the population. It focuses heavily on current events and politics, although it does stray from time to time. For an example of why you should be reading this blog, check out his recent essay, Gospel of the Flying Rat.

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Comment by DirtyUnicorn
2006-05-02 22:01:32

Television killed the rpg star.

BSG is a great show. I started out not wanting to watch it. I hated the whole idea from the very beginning and I even started to try and rally people to my cause of boycotting the show. After begrudgingly watching the mini series and *wanting* to hate it I had to admit it wasn’t bad. After the episode 33 I was absolutely hooked. Now I really feel that the new Battlestar Galactica is without a doubt one of the best sci-fi shows of all time.

When you get to season 2 things really get tense. Pegasus leads up to a high powered cliffhanger and from there it just gets better in a series of escalating moves. I won’t spoil anything but it definately is one of the most interesting endings to a season I have ever seen.

24 is also very good, but the subsequent seasons get more and more unbelievable. It actually gets draining watching 24 episodes back to back and you begin to realize how 2 dimensional they script Jack Bauer as a character. I also dislike the way the show will discard characters left and right in unsatisfying ways. Some… MOST of the characters die in rather cruel and undeserved manners. The payoff in the end just isn’t worth it :(

BTW – thanx for all your help on iArt. It feels like a real relief to have that out and done! :D

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Comment by allister
2006-05-03 08:05:39

I have never actually seen any BSG episodes. I think it was a bit early for my time. But didn’t they make a remake version of it lately? I don’t see much of it around so i guess it didn’t do so well. I missed the first season of 24 so i can’t follow along with the rest of the world. Instead i replace this with all three CSIs and the all amazing Lost. How can you go wrong?

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Comment by Prest0
2006-05-03 08:24:03

Actually, the BSG to which I’m referring is the new series, not the old one. It’s currently nearing the end of its second season on the Sci-Fi channel. I’m a stickler for seeing shows (and reading books) in order, and since I missed the beginning of the series I never caught up. If you enjoy sci-fi, this show is worth watching.

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Comment by Kyle
2006-05-03 08:24:21

Thanks for the plug!

However, I’d love a few liberals to read it. They might learn something…..:)

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Comment by Kyle
2006-05-03 08:26:36

BSG is probably the best series on television, next to 24. You probably also ought to give THE SHIELD a try on Netflix. It’s pretty well-done, but you have to watch the series in order. Things that happened in the first episode show up in the last season, and the series just builds on itself. Well worth your time. SCRUBS is decent mindless entertainment as well.

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Comment by Ed Wetterman
2006-05-03 09:39:42

24 does require suspension of belief, especially regarding how quickly they can get schematics of buildings and such (like seconds!). However, I love the series, especially the new season. Hell, I like it so much I’m writing a series of adventures designed similarly in scope and pacing.



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Comment by Jerry
2006-05-03 10:18:01

The LT probably sleeps better because you guys are old hat on babies now. Not as nervous as when you brough BT home. Glad you’re getting the rest though. I know it is welcome.

I have not seen the new BSG or 24. Though I am really getting into Lost, Invasion, and Supernatural. Wow! Great shows.

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