Slice of SciFi #60: Voicemail Show

This show is for you! We’re receiving so much voicemail and email feedback commentary that it just won’t fit in one show anymore. But that’s okay… Keep it coming!

  • Jack Mangan and Charlie the Beer Guy hang out in studio during this show
  • Angelslave in Pawtucket loves the show
  • Thomas from Flagstaff falls deeper and deeper into the books and movies we talk about on all our shows
  • Eric from Orange County clears up Mark From Memphis’ acronyms
  • Mark From Memphis makes up for lost time in submitting voicemails
  • Evo has instructions for viewers of the “Snakes on a Plane” trailer
  • Ed from Texas insists that Evo confess to rigging the Trivia he aced
  • Les from The Signal is now hooked on Killer Bunnies
  • Michael in Nashville comments on the new Star Wars DVDs to be released
  • Andrea with more suggestions on reeling in more women viewers to the new “Doctor Who”
  • Paul from Des Moines has issues with WWE being called “soap operas for men”
  • New listener has an issue with X-Men 3 being called “good” by Michael and Evo
  • Mark from NJ thinks that “Angels & Demons” will be a better movie that “The Da Vinci Code”
  • Darryl from Austin wants tell folks more about “The Dresden Files”
  • Doug from The Back 40 on the “Red vs Blue” characters, X-Men 3, and playing “Soul Blade” on the Playstation
  • Dave from NE Browncoats with the newest updates on the June 23, 2006 Serenity Charity screenings (32 screenings so far)

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. You can call, or email Michael with a comment you’ve recorded yourself!


  1. Paul From Des Moines says

    For the record, I can’t stand WWE. I was forced to watch it Sophmore year when my roomate was obsesed with it. You couldn’t hear it in the show (evo was talking over it) but I disclaimed any ‘truth’ behind my feelings on that. Can’t stand it.

  2. Andrea says

    Please make Darryl from Austin a Frogger bumper- that would amuse me. Also I am definitely excited about the Dresden files.

  3. says

    Paul, sweetie…

    I think people could *see* the sarcasm dripping from your words while that message was playing :)

  4. Grahame from the UK says

    I’ve not listened to this episode yet, nor the Wingin’it (can’t download them – ANYBODY have another link for them, please?).

    But, I’ve just found Samuel L taking about snakes on the MTV awards: Well worth a blast.

    Stay shiny.

  5. Brian from Winnipeg... says

    Summer, after your impassioned comments about CLV/CAV Laserdiscs, I had hoped you would have something similar to say about Anamorphic Widescreen. I am losing confidence in your video-geekiness. :-) Here’s my take on it:

    Old style widescreen DVDs encoded the black letterbox bars as part of the video, wasting 25% of the available pixels. On a low resolution narrow screen, that isn’t a problem. On high resolution wide screen, you lose valuable resolution, and you need to use an extra digital zoom. If you have a large HDTV, this looks pretty bad.

    Almost every widescreen DVD released since about 2000 has used “Anamorphic Widescreen” (a.k.a. “Enhanced for Widescreen Televisions”). This takes the same 720×480 pixels and makes them represent a 16:9 widescreen image (instead of a 4:3 narrow image). That’s why it’s called “Anamorhic” (Latin for “out of shape”). It looks *far* better on most widescreen displays. If you have a narrow TV, your DVD player will add the letterbox box bars. Your DVDs will still be displayed in correct aspect ratio (i.e. they won’t be “stretched”) — it’s just a question of resolution and picture quality.

    If LucasFilm releases the original Star Wars trilogy using old style widescreen, I think a lot of people will be disappointed with how it looks.