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May 2008

The ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Women


Battlestar Galactica is a great show. It has exceptional writing, engaging stories, compelling characters, cool visuals, talented actors and directors and is just plain fun to watch. It also has some really great looking women on it — which doesn’t hurt either.

Here’s some recent pictures of the three main BSG Babes from Interview Magazine. Enjoy.


Grace Park


Tricia Helfer


And my personal favorite, Katee Sackhoff

Oh, and if you’re interested in other things BSG-related, don’t forget to check out BSG Weekly over at ComicMix. It’s a fun read, but sadly, only features myself and BSG Co-Executive Producer Mark Verheiden. No babes, sorry.

Sure, that was a shameless plug, but what the hell? This is my blog after all. If you get one of your own you, can plug the heck out of whatever you want.

That’s what makes America great.

That and the Internet, TV shows like BSG, beer, pizza, movies, dogs, freedom, sex, love and the ability to achieve your dreams if you really want them bad enough.

Is this a great country or what?

Happy 25th ‘Return of the Jedi’

Loved the movie (of course) but I found those short, furry creatures kinda lame. But after this, I gave them a second chance. Maybe you will too.


Excuses are like. . . And new photos too.

Obviously, I have some sort of issue with deadlines. For whatever reason I don’t seem capable of making them. For example, here it is Wednesday and I didn’t post anything for “Photo Tuesday” yesterday. How can I expect people to faithfully read this blog if I can’t even remember to post something regularly?

That’s a good question and one that deserves an answer. Sadly, I don’t really have one for you. Perhaps someone smarter than myself can offer one? That would be great.

Meantime, let’s start with a few links. First off, here’s a couple to direct you to my latest articles from around the internets.

I go out on a limb and pick six of The Best Movies Adapted from Comic Books.

The latest installment of my ongoing BSG Weekly articles.

Rick Marshall on why his life is like Rocky IV.

An interesting, and disturbing, story about a van driven onto the runway in Seattle and nobody notices or seems to care.

Napster offers DRM-free mp3 music.

LAist loves Ikea’s salty balls.

This is funny. TUAW-bashing is always good for a laugh.

And, as I still do try to meet deadlines, even if circumstances get in the way, here’s a couple photos to commemorate “Photo Wednesday.” These were taken by my friend Anthony Dalesandro who, besides being a great director, is also a pretty good photographer too. Enjoy.




I realize I missed this week’s ‘Photo Tuesday’ but I have a good excuse for it. Unfortunately, I can’t say what it was because its a secret — at least for now. Let’s just say I spent some time on Tuesday doing something very cool and I will be revealing just what that thing was shortly.

Until then, let’s take a look at some interesting links for the week, shall we?

My interview with Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley at ComicMix

My latest BSG Weekly at ComicMix

My interview with innovative filmmaker James Liu at TUAW

I thought I had a lot of computers.

If you happen to be in LA on June 1st and want to take a stand against abuse of photographers taking pictures in public places, check out this post.

And just so we have some artwork to accompany this post, here’s a couple of my favorites from Tim Seeley. One from Hack/Slash. Which, by the way, is a great comic you should be reading. And one from his other work on Forgotten Realms: Halfling’s Gem. Enjoy



Writing Stuff

I don’t know about you, but many times when I’m writing a story, a script or something else that calls for a particular character to have a name (which happens frequently — characters need names after all), I sometimes get stuck on what name to use. Fortunately, through the miracle of modern technology, this problem is now a thing of the past.

Behold, the random name generator. Refresh a few times to get the name you want and then use it for all its worth. While we’re on the subject of writing, here’s a few other cool writing-related sites (and sites maintained by writers I like) that I sometimes use for inspiration, knowledge and/or to steal ideas from (No, not actual story ideas. More ‘how’ rather than ‘what’).

In fact, I actually ‘borrowed’ some of these links from fellow writer and all-around-nice-guy (aka ‘non-dick’) Wil Wheaton. Turns out we have similar tastes in writing resources. Who knew?

Jane Espenson

Mark Verheiden

Mark Millar

Garth Ennis

Warren Ellis

4 Must-Read Books for Aspiring Writers

Some Very Helpful Grammar Lessons

And, seeing as we happen to still be on the subject of writing, one of my comic books is inching dangerously close to actually getting art to go along with its wonderfully realized prose — which also means its inching closer to publication too. For now, that’s all I can say. Still, this is very good time for me and may lead to an even better time soon. But as they say in the news biz “More on that story as it develops.”

In other words, I’ll let you know as soon as I know.