Slice of SciFi #73: Voicemail Show

This is the show for our fans and listeners! 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!

Michael and Evo run the voicemails all alone this week…

  • Enormous from Australia on product placements
  • Leon wants us to ignore his earlier message?
  • Kristin has info on Evil Dead: The Musical extravaganza
  • Christine liked SG-1 Episode 200, and wonders what makes an amateur telescope amateur
  • Sean Farrell comments on SG-1 Episode 200
  • Scott from Tucson requests elaboration on Evo’s “coming out” in 1968
  • Brian from Chicago comments on a VM71 caller comment
  • Rob from Knoxville on DVRs and commercials, and how advertisers might have their conceptions backwards
  • Evo wants you to know that the EFF is fighting a bad WIPO treaty proposal
  • Dale loved the Dragon*Con Podcast track, and offers some gaming reviews
  • Christine from Michigan on music and British TV
  • comment on a digital, ad-supported solution to TV show delivery
  • Lindy Rae from ScapeCas loves their Parsec Award, and comments on TiVo viewer ratings are counted
  • Daz in DC on product placement in James Bond films
  • suggests a new voicemail line intro, and comments on product placements
  • Andre from New Brunswick hated the product placement in The Island
  • Toxic Prof on advertising in America
  • Lon from SciFryGuys also knew who Stephen J. Cannell was, so nyeah to Evo
  • Todd from Seattle on what Indiana Jones 4 should be about
  • comment on the use of the Mini Cooper in the Italian Job remake
  • Tim from NC on a fanfic story
  • Joel from CA suggests using closed captioning for help in understanding “Life on Marsâ€?
  • Rob in Arlington loves commercials, and explains why
  • Paul from Elk River tries to clarify Mike’s Maelstrom confusion
  • Walter from LA comments on SURFACE, Hostel, and Snakes on a Plane
  • Ari from Boston lets Mike & Evo know that they’ve been characterized in a new serial fiction by Robert J. Sawyer in ANALOG Magazine… and Evo didn’t know
  • John in Seattle on the SciFi Channel that first came on the air
  • Paul from NY likes the shows, and Summer, too
  • Scott from Tucson clarifies his message background noises
  • Ed from Texas comments on adding game coverage to the show
  • Bruce from Gilbert thinks Maelstrom sounds just like StarCraft

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. You can now leave a voicemail comment in the comments section of the show, or call, or email Michael with a comment you’ve recorded yourself!


  1. MadMexMario says

    There seems to be a problem with SoSFVM #73, iTunes says “The file might be corrupted, or a file type that iTunes cannot play”

  2. Mike from Miami says

    Similar problem here. Seems that the file that the RSS enclosure points to does not exist. Instead of getting the MP3 from libsyn, is trying to find it in (?) and it gets an HTML page as result.
    I downloaded the MP3 directly from the link in this article, so I’m good for this week.

  3. Paul says

    Hey Guys,

    Paul from NY, here. Just left a voicemail re: Evo’s wish for a Tivo that automatically skipped commercials.

    In short: There was one — the ReplayTV 4000, introduced by SonicBlue in 2002. (I erroneously said 2000 in my v-mail.)

    Read about it here:

    Another neat feature about the DVR — IF you had broadband and knew someone else with a broadband-connected 4000-series DVR, you could SHARE recorded TV programs. (Provided you knew their DVR’s IP address and such.)

    Arguably, that was the real feature that caused the network suits (Damn them!) to unleash their army of the undead… uh, I mean “lawyers” (no, wait… they are the “undead”).. on SonicBlue and kill off ReplayTV –leaving only the much more technically inferior TiVo to ecome synonymous with “DVR” nowadays.

    Still, being a PROUD and AVID owner/user of MY ReplayTV 4080 (80-hours of COMMERCIAL-FREE TV!!!!).. I gotta tell ya, y’all don’t know what you’re missing! (Damn the lawyers!)

    And if being able to AUTOMATICALLY skip commericials — or even SHARE a favorite recorded TV show WITH friends who might have missed taping it — makes me a “bad TV watcher.” Then lock me up!

    Frakkin’ suits and lawyers!!

  4. tllgrrl says

    According to the Google Translate Tool, it means
    “China telescope network, “the latest IT industry professional with binoculars!”

    To which I say: WTF?
    Is this, like, spam or something?