Babylon 5 Data Crystals Become Real Tech

These first generation data crystals are made of two thin disks of industrial grade sapphire, approximately 8 inches in diameter. They cost an estimated $30,000 and can store 40,000 pages of data. They are being developed as a very long term (“a million years”) data storage solution to provide data to far future generations about nuclear waste dumps. via...

A Clarification Worthy of the Vorlons on B5 Negotiations

A couple days ago we reported on a statement by Walter Koenig that J.M. Straczynski was in negotiations with Warner Brothers to buy the rights to Babylon 5. Which seemed like a great idea since Warner Brothers has just been sitting on the IP for over a decade doing nothing with it. After news of Keonig’s revelation spread throughout the internets, Straczynski issued a clarification: “I am not in negotiations with WB to develop more Babylon5.” That should but Koenig’s words to rest, but it’s not a straight up denial. Koenig’s and Straczynski’s statements can both be true. If you’re negotiating with Warner Brothers to purchase the Babylon 5 copyright, it’s unlikely they’re the guys you want to contract with to develop more of the IP (intellectual property) you just bought from them. That’s my (overly optimistic) take on what’s going on. Given that Babylon 5 has been out of circulation for so long, creator ownership is probably the last, best hope for a franchise long abandoned by the studio...

Babylon 5 To Be Rescued from Studio Limbo?

For years Babylon 5 has been in this incredibly frustrating limbo with Warner Brothers. Every other year there seems to be some rumor the studio wants to make a movie, or (gag) reboot the series. Maybe, once and for all, that will end. At the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas last Friday, Walter Koenig (Bester) revealed that over dinner with J. Michael Straczynski: He told me that he is in negations to re-acquire the rights to Babylon 5 and it looks pretty good. Now what that portends I am not entirely sure. It could be a new series or it could be a feature film, but he was quite animated about it. He seemed very excited and Warner Brothers is dealing with him in good faith. So you might see another Babylon 5 in the not too distant future. Creator control can be a blessing (The Guild) and a curse (Star Wars prequels). However, I think Babylon 5 was always at it’s the best when there was little studio executive interference. Here’s to hoping for a bright future for the Third Age of Mankind. Learn more at...

Pat Tallman hits your Pleasure Threshold

“Pleasure Thresholds: Patricia Tallman‘s Babylon 5 Scrapbook” is, as the name suggests, a collection of Tallman’s personal photos and anecdotes from behind the scenes of Babylon 5. Show creator J. Michael Straczynski also provides some notes. A special premiere edition will be available at San Diego Comic Con (with a $10 discount no less). The first 50 copies are signed. Patricia will be selling advance copies of her book on Friday, July 22, from 10am to 2:30pm (Table AA10) and on Saturday from 3pm to 4pm (Table AA1). The book will be available for general sale in August through...

Nyan Spoo

Was a little bored today and had a few minutes to make a flying pop-tart spoo. Why should cats get all the fun?

Behind the Scenes of Frightspace

Ever wonder what it takes to make an independent cartoon? What kinds of production values you get based on the credit limit of a Visa card? Here’s a look at how we got voice recordings for Babylon Park: Frightspace

12 Years Late

So I have these files on a busted 30G external drive, about 20 scratched CDs and two betamax video tapes that I don’t have a player for. What to do, what to do….