September 29, 2006

SO MUCH to discuss, and such unlimited scope of the Internet space in which to do it....

First things first: Be educated and read this week's M&J predictions.

Next, I just have to give props to Weird Al Yankovic. In his latest album, Straight Outta Lynwood, he includes the following lyric in his ode to his pancreas, aptly titled Pancreas:

"My pancreas attracts all the other pancreases in the universe/
with a force proportional to the product of their masses/
and inversely proportional to the distance between them."

Only Weird Al could incorporate Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation from the way out in left field in a Brian Wilson-ish song about one of his digestive organs. Good times, and a fantastic album. Buy it.

Also, still stoked about the Nintendo Wii, to be released Novemeber 19th to the joy of pimpled, nerdy teenaged boys (and me, who is sadly no longer a teenager). Companies responsible for the launch titles The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Madden '07 have announced that they will be taking full advantage of the innovative controller. In Zelda, not only will you be able to mimic drawing a bow with the "Wii-mote", but you'll also be able to swing it like a sword in order to make Link (the hero) fight against his enemines. In Madden, making passes will be done by flicking the remote with your wrist, the type of pass thrown dependent upon how quick the flick is. This feature would've made NCAA whuppins in the Lewis much more active (as well as having interesting consequences after ruining a would-be shut-out by committing an inadvertant safety while trying to run out the clock. I wonder what Jay throwing punches at me would've translated to on the screen). So, yeah, really, REALLY getting excited.

But that's not even the big news. The big news (though it's not really news, I'm just behind the times) is that they've started discussions making Wizard's First Rule into a miniseries. While not known to many outside the fantasy novel world, the novel is the first in the Sword of Tuth series, written by Terry Goodkind. It's a wondrous, fast-paced tale filled with might and magic whose plot is so deep and so well-scripted that I'd do it no justice (think the breadth of Robert Jordan, but easier to read). To add to my excitement, Sam Raimi (of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 fame) has agreed to direct the series, so the project is being guided by someone that's already exhibited that he can remain true to a story's original plot. The only problem? Doesn't look like it's coming out until 2008. Ah, well -- most great things are worth the wait, and hopefully this will be no exception.


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