Happy Monday to you all. I hope everyone had a geektastic weekend. I spent mine selling off all the junk I’ve collected over the past 11 years.

It’s amazing the amount of clutter people collect over time. I’ve not talking about useful things like toasters and bath towels. I’m talking about that really useless shit that at some point seemed like a good idea to buy, like that Bubba Gump Shrimp Company beach towel and the automatic pet feeder that scares the shit out of your cat everytime it dumps food into the bowl. The battery powered nose hair trimmer that you’ve only used once because it ripped the hairs out of your nose instead of painlessly cutting them as it said it would on the box.

All of those useless items piled up in closets and drawers, taking up space and collecting dust. That treadmill that gets more use as a place to hang clothes than it ever got out of you walking on it. Those endless piles of ugly sweaters that your mom bought you from Christmas that you’ve never worn. And that leads to the old says, one mans junk and another mans treasure. There is no better example of that than the time honored tradition of the yard sale.

People get up at the break of dawn and head out in pack to decend upon yard sale after yard sale. Each on of them, the ultimate bargan shopper, eager to get the best deal on a LED powered Welcome To Miami tie you got from your crazy aunt Peggie. And all I wanted to do is rid myself of the useless crap I’ve accumilated.

Then there are those people who just have to get it cheaper. The battery powered personal fan that I paid $15 for that I have priced for a quarter. They see it, and determine that they will not leave without it. They hold it up and shout, “Will you take a dime for this?” You shake your head in surprise and disgust. You want to yell back at them, “No, you cheap bastard! It’s only a quarter!” Those people are my favorites, right there next to the one guy who buys something for fifty cents and hands you a twenty dollar bill.

Having made it through my third yard sale in six years, I have to breath a sigh of relief. At the end of the day, most of my junk was gone, and I turned a tidy little profit. The rest of the unsold junk made its way to the local Goodwill, where no doubt they will give it a modest mark up and sell it for five times what I was asking for it. But my junk is now gone. Peace and order reigns in my home once again.

The Transformers Movie Score to be released October 9th!
Source: Seibertron

It has just been brought to our attention that Amazon.com now has a listing for the Transformers Movie Orchestrated Score on their website. Folks who are chomping at the bit to get their hands on this CD will have to wait a while longer as it’s scheduled release date is October 9th. You can view the listing by clicking here.

It should be noted that BestBuy.com also has the Score up for release on the same date.

Reeves To Stand Still
Source: Sci-Fi

Twentieth Century Fox has set Keanu Reeves to star in The Day the Earth Stood Still, its re-imagining of the 1951 Robert Wise-directed SF classic movie, Variety reported.

Reeves committed over the weekend to play Klaatu, a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot and a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar.

Erwin Stoff is producing, with Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) directing from a script by David Scarpa. Reeves’ commitment puts the picture on track for a late fall or early 2008 production start.

The Klaatu role was originated by Michael Rennie. The 1951 film’s premise, a response to the rise of the Cold War after World War II, is being updated, and the film will use advances in visual effects.

It also returns The Matrix star to his strong suit in the SF realm.

Duchovny’s Read X-Files 2 Script
Source: Sci-Fi

The X-Files star David Duchovny told Access Hollywood that he has read the script for a proposed second movie based on the hit TV franchise.

“I have,” Duchovny told the entertainment news show. “But I’m sworn to secrecy legally, actually. If I were to tell you anything about, it … I would be sued.”

In July, Duchovny told TV reporters that a second film was in the works and that co-star Gillian Anderson was on board as well. Duchovny played FBI special agent Fox Mulder opposite Anderson’s Dana Scully.

The X-Files’ creator, Chris Carter, and series executive producer Frank Spotnitz wrote the screenplay.

“We’re going to try to keep it under wraps and try to keep it a surprise,” Duchovny said. “You know, unfortunately, I think with so much media attention on show business, … it’s almost impossible to think of, like, a Sixth Sense coming out now.”

Spotnitz told SCI FI Wire last year that the sequel’s story would not rely on the show’s convoluted alien-invasion-conspiracy mythology, but rather would be more like one of the show’s stand-alone episodes.

University Opens Gaming Department
Source: The Feed

If you want to get your education in the the gaming industry, and join the ranks of elite, highly paid gaming professionals, Columbus State University has a deal for you. The institution of higher learning opened a gaming department this year.

But don’t think the program is played in easy mode. According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the program is challenging. Hard enough, even, to put some students off, with them saying the major requires too much math.

“This is a rigorous program,” computer science department chairman Wayne Summers said, “There’s a fair amount of mathematics, and physics and programming.”

“This is a university degree…They will take English and math. The whole philosophy of American education is the broad range of topics.” He added.

Check it out, would-be game designers.

Vick Pleads Guilty In Dogfighting Case
Source: CNN

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge.

Michael Vick arrives Monday at court where he pleaded guilty to charges related to dogfighting.

During Monday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson asked Vick if he understood the charge. Vick responded, “Yes sir.”

Hudson is considering whether to accept a plea deal that calls for a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

The judge set a December 10 sentencing hearing.

“We hope that Judge Hudson will see the real Mike Vick,” Vick’s attorney Billy Martin said at a brief news conference following the hearing.

Vick was met by cheering supporters as his attorneys and federal marshals escorted him into the U.S. District Court in Richmond. A group of protesters holding signs with pictures of injured fighting dogs also was on hand.

Read the entire article here.

In response to the plea deal, the NFL has suspended Vick indefinitely.

Penny Arcade’s Game Going Live
Source: The Feed

Webcomic Penny Arcade is known for both its humor and its strong opinions on videogames, and now it has the chance to put its money where its mouth is. PA’s first full-fledged game is going to his Xbox Live Arcade in 2008.

Hothead Games’ On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is an episodic, downloadable game seriesthat will debut on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

“We’re very excited to be bringing our game series to Xbox LIVE Arcade,” said Vlad Ceraldi, Hothead’s President. “We love Xbox LIVE Arcade’s ability to deliver great content directly to gamers. Digital distribution lets indie game developers innovate and experiment with new gameplay concepts.

It will be interesting to see if Penny Arcade’s sarcastic, dry sensibility will transfer from comic to games, no?

Michael Jackson Whacked by Judgment
Source: FOXNews

Michael Jackson might as well be singing “Lean on Me” these days but calling it “Lien on Me.”

Jackson has just had another lien placed on his two primary residences, Neverland Valley Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., and his parents’ home on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, Calif.

F. Marc Schaffel, Jackson’s former business partner and a sometime gay porno producer, won a judgment against Jackson two weeks ago in Santa Monica for $559,305.25. This was one of the outcomes of a lawsuit Schaffel brought against Jackson in November 2004 for $4 million.

This time, though, Schaffel’s lawyer, Howard King, convinced a judge to issue a lien on both properties until Jackson comes up with the money, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees.

Jackson was served about two weeks ago at Neverland, at an address in Century City for his MJJ Productions, and at 3155 East Patrick Lane in Las Vegas, his last known address.

Read the entire article here.


Parker, Stone Get Rich From ‘South Park’
Source: The Feed

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have not had an ownership in South Park since they originally sold the show to Comedy Central a decade ago. All that is about to change, as the show creators have made a deal with the network to share the unbelievable successful franchise across the internet, a deal that is said to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 million.

The biggest part of this deal, and completely unprecedented, is the fact that Comedy Central is going to share 50% of the ad revenue they generate because of South Park. This is something that’s unheard of in the industry, and a whole new way of doing business for big-time talent on the web.

Good for Trey and Matt. Long may they run!

AT&T Threatens iPhone Unlockers
Source: The Feed

UniquePhones, the group that runs iPhoneUnlocking.com, has been pressured by AT&T to hold off on releasing their software SIM unlocking program. The program reportedly will allow for a full SIM unlock for the iPhone.

This, like other methods, would allow US users to use the iPhone on T-Mobile. It would also allow international users to use the iPhone before it is released overseas.

UniquePhones is “evaluating what to eventually do with the software should they be legally denied the right to sell it,” and the release of the software is officially delayed indefinitely.

Go hackers! Fight the good fight!

Engadget: UniquePhones indefinitely delays release of iPhone SIM unlock software

Kevin Smith To Direct ‘Galactica’
Source: The Feed

Kevin Smith can pretty much do whatever he wants. He decides that he wants to direct an episode of Battlestar Galactica, so they let him. He wants to create a character and write an episode of Heroes Origins, and they let him. That’s a lot of clout, friends. So, what can we expect to see from such collaborations? Well, at least on BSG, likely not much that you’ll notice out of the ordinary, since Smith admits that there’s pretty much a formula of what to do on the show, and he’s not going to deviate much from it.

Now, Heroes Origins, on the other hand, is a whole other ball of wax. They’ve given Smith the run of his episode, allowed him to write and create new characters, and pretty much do whatever he wants to do. So, will we be treated to two superheroes standing around in a mall talking for an hour? Who knows, but it should be worth the watch.