Category Archives: sci fi

Ultimate 1980s Cartoon Themes

OK, in honor of President’s Day here in the US, I’ve decided to do something unprecedented: I am finding my Top 10 80s Child Cartoon theme songs (Note: not all of these shows aired exclusively in the 1980s, but they are shows “children of the ’80s” will always cherish).  Also, please note, this is a personal list, so girly favorites may not be included.  Feel free to ream me out about how My Little Pony had the best theme.  Confession: Five-year-old me had quite a crush on Jem:

Ok, now on with the list!

Honorable Mentions

– Inspector Gadget

– Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling

– Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

#10 (tie) –  Dinosaucers and Silverhawks (forgotten favorite)

#9 – Muppet Babies (Muppets in any form are top-notch)

#8 – He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

#7 (tie) – Tiny Toons Adventures and Animaniacs

#6 (tie) – The Snorks and The Smurfs

#5 – Fat Albert

#4 (tie) – Ducktales and Darkwing Duck (When there’s trouble, just call D-W!)

#3 (tie) – G.I. Joe and Transformers


#2 – Thundercats

#1 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as if there was any doubt!)

Let the debate begin!

Jurassic Park for Real?

Holy crap!  This was how Jurassic Park started!  Seriously, if every Spielberg idea came true, we’d have a swashbuckling professor fighting the Nazis, an alien with a peanut butter and chocolate addiction, and three siblings that can read the future.  All of those are coming soon…trust me.

 Frog in amber could be 25 million years old

POSTED: 1:36 p.m. EST, February 16, 2007

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Story Highlights

• In 2005 a Chiapas miner found a tiny tree frog preserved in amber
• The preserved frog would be the first of its kind found in Mexico
• A researcher figures the frog lived 25 million years ago
• He would like to extract the frog’s DNA to identify the particular species

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — A miner in Chiapas discovered a tiny tree frog that has been preserved in amber for 25 million years, a researcher said.

If authenticated, the preserved frog would be the first of its kind found in Mexico, according to David Grimaldi, a biologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History who was not involved in the find.

The chunk of amber containing the almost 0.4-inch frog was uncovered by a miner in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state in 2005 and was bought by a private collector, who lent it to scientists for study.

Only a few other preserved frogs have been found in chunks of amber — a stone formed by ancient tree sap — mostly in the Dominican Republic. Like those, the frog found in Chiapas appears to be of the genus Craugastor, whose descendants still inhabit the region, said biologist Gerardo Carbot of the Chiapas Natural History and Ecology Institute, who announced the discovery this week.

Carbot figures the frog lived 25 million years ago, based on the geological strata where the amber was found.

Carbot would like to extract a sample from the frog’s remains in hopes of finding DNA , but doubts the stone’s owner would allow a small hole to be drilled into the chunk of amber. “I don’t think he will allow it, because it’s a very rare, unique piece,” said Carbot.

Grimaldi called the idea of extracting DNA “highly, highly unlikely,” given that — as other scientists have noted — it tends to break down over time.

But George O. Poinar, an entomologist at Oregon State University who founded the Amber Institute, said extracting DNA is theoretically possible.

“If it’s well-preserved … and none of the frog has been exposed to the outside, where air could enter in and oxidize the DNA, it could be possible to get DNA.”


It’s all fun and games and scientifically fascinating, until the frog turns into this:

Sometimes, the Truth is Stranger than Science Fiction (Star Wars/Chewbacca)

Chewbacca strikes back; performer accused of battery

POSTED: 6:20 p.m. EST, February 3, 2007

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• Police arrest Chewbacca impersonator in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater
• Street performer accused of head-butting Hollywood tour guide
• Tour guide alleges Frederick Young was harassing tourists; violating city law
• Guide: Before head butt, man told him: “Nobody tells this wookie what to do”

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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — A man dressed as Chewbacca was arrested after police said the street performer head-butted a tour guide operator in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Frederick Evan Young, 44, of Los Angeles, California, was booked Thursday for investigation of misdemeanor battery, police Lt. Paul Vernon said.

Police said the 6-foot-4 street performer was seen arguing Thursday afternoon with a tour guide who had expressed concern that the Star Wars wookiee impersonator was “harassing and touching tourists” in violation of city law.

‘You can’t tell this wookiee what to do’

The city passed ordinances last year seeking to crack down on the colorful assortment of actors who perform outside the landmark theater. The move was prompted by complaints from tourists who said the actors were aggressive and abusive if they refused to pay for pictures.

Security guards escorted Young off theater property, but he decided to strike back and head-butted the tour guide, Vernon said.

“The lesson here is you can have the force with you,” Vernon said. “You just can’t use illegal force.”

Young could not be reached for comment. His telephone number was unlisted.

The tour guide, Brian Sapir, told the Los Angeles Times that he asked the Chewbacca impersonator to stop harassing two young Japanese tourists when the actor exploded in anger.

“He said, ‘Nobody tells this wookiee what to do,”‘ Sapir said.

(Note – I came across this super-rare photograph snapped as Chewbacca was taken into custody.  Who loves you??)

When reached for comment, Chewbacca said, “Rrrraaahhhhhhaarrrrrraaahhhharrrrr.”  Translated, that mean, “No comment.”