megotelek: (penny halo)
After twenty-six years, Reading Rainbow is going off the air. Apparently teaching kids how to read is more important than teaching them the love of reading, according to the powers that be.




Linda Simensky, vice president for children’s programming at PBS explained that PBS felt that the mechanics of reading, not teaching the love of reading, should be the priority. “We’ve been able to identify the earliest steps that we need to take,” she said. “Now we know what we need to do first. Even just from five years ago, I think we all know so much more about how to use television to teach.”


That's just sad. I learned to read when I was very young (honestly, I don't remember not being able to read) and I watched Reading Rainbow religiously. I loved the show, partly because it exposed me to new books, and partly because it was hosted by Geordi LaForge LeVar Burton. I also watched Star Trek: TNG religiously...

Which is why I remember one episode of Reading Rainbow in particular:

megotelek: (spock smirk)
My non-spoilery review: LOVED IT SO MUCH MUST SEE AGAIN! Also, McCoy was my favorite, followed closely by Scotty. Followed closely by everybody else. It was amazing; the cast really did capture the characters so well, without being parodies or impressions, and I could see them growing into the original cast.

Okay, spoiler time.

Red alert! Spoilers! )

ETA: It made $76.5 million over the weekend and they're expecting it to keep running through the summer. Great news!

ETA 2: We got great trailers for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In IMAX!
megotelek: (star trek pooh)
Going to see Star Trek tonight. In IMAX!

I'm going to bury my head in the internet-sand until afterwards, though; the sheer amount of hype is making me nervous. Also, reviews starting with "Well, I never really liked Star Trek, but this movie ROCKED!" don't...really give me a lot of confidence. However, I have read positive Trekkie-reviews also.

So I have to shrug off everything and just experience the movie. I'll post later with my thoughts, but going in my skepticism is still pretty high. Just as a benchmark reference.
megotelek: (hulk jack smash)
*sniff*

Ricardo Montalban dies at 88.

Gonna have to watch Star Trek II tonight...

Somewhat amusingly, that article doesn't mention his role as Khan at all, and that is who Ricardo Montalban was to me (never watched Fantasy Island, really, but when I did I was always confused about Khan granting people wishes or whatever).


megotelek: (star trek pooh)
Or at least, of a dynasty. Majel Barrett-Roddenberry passed away early this morning. She was Gene Roddenberry's widow, Number One, Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi, and the ever-present voice of the computer on most of the ships named Enterprise.

We'll miss you, Majel.

From the article: "Her family has asked that donations are made to the CARE Organization or Precious Paws in lieu of flowers."

megotelek: (bellereading)
Okay, this? Seriously makes me want to hurl.

Very meh day so far. Saw the new Star Trek trailer finally, it's pretty meh also. I mean, seriously? Why must the inside of the new/old Enterprise look like an iPod? WHY? Also, no freaking way young!Kirk would ever introduce himself as "James Tiberius Kirk." And don't even get me started on the whole "construction of the Enterprise apparently took place in the cornfields of Iowa" part.

That said? I'm still going to see it. Of course. Hey Mom? Could this be our Easter movie? :D
megotelek: (dr horrible)
So, Thursday.

Bodeen mentioned that they were doing the grand opening of the rebuilt Roseville Galleria and they would be handing out gift certificates Thursday morning (you could stand in line starting at 6am and they would start handing them out at 8). So Elizabeth, Bodeen and I were standing in line at the Galleria at 6:15am (well, I managed to make it there after an unscheduled side trip to Loomis...I'm really not that much of a morning person).

And TV cameras start showing up. I don't start work until 10 on Thursdays, but Bodeen & Elizabeth were supposed to be at a HR seminar starting at 8:30. So they were hiding from the cameras and the overly-perky reporters asking everyone, "So why are you up this early??"

So we finally get our scratch-off cards, and I got a $25 gift card to The Children's Place. Perfect, I think, I'll get something for my 2-year-old niece, Ann. Then I look at the card again. "Only good Thursday, November 13," it says. So I turn to Bodeen & Elizabeth: "It's only good today?" They nod. So I arrange to meet them back at the mall after I get off work at 7. So I work all day, and then go back to meet them at the mall at about 7:45. We have dinner at Il Fornaio (mmmmmpizza) and then have to sprint to get to the store before it closes. But I got Ann the cutest outfit!

My feet were killing me when I got home.

Today we went to see Quantum of Solace. My wanting to go was about 65% the movie and 35% the new Star Trek trailer that was supposed to be shown before it. Yeah, no Star Trek trailer. I watched one of the YouTube bootlegs, but I will be thoroughly unsatisfied until the HD trailer hits the intertubes tomorrow. *pout*

So, yeah. Bond. It was very "eh". I'm not really sure what happened, except that Daniel Craig was hot and Judi Dench rules as M. Which, really, is all you need, I guess.
megotelek: (spock smirk)
First look at the Entertainment Weekly Star Trek cover with Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine.

I...will..not...get...my...hopes....up....

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Sigh. And the new trailer (with actual...scenes from the movie) is due in November. I can feel the excitement and the anticipation and my brain is going NO! REMEMBER NEMESIS!

'Scuse me, I'll be in the corner curled up in a ball, rocking and muttering to myself my precioussssss.

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