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this day in the yesteryear: First episode of Doctor Who Debuts on BBC (1963)

First episode of Doctor Who Debuts on BBC (1963)

This long-running British science-fiction program about a time-traveling adventurer known only as “the Doctor” has, over the years, gained an international cult following that spans generations. The original series ran for 26 seasons, going off the air at the end of 1989. A modestly successful Doctor Who TV movie in 1996 was followed in 2005 by the revival of the series. Over the years, 12 different actors have played “the Doctor,” who travels through time and space using what machine? More… Discuss

this pressed: Ebola virus refuses to stick to the script | Follow Ebola

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC mi...

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What has been revealed over the past two months is how skittish and profoundly insecure we feel, as individuals and as a species, and how fear is a brushfire easily fanned, by memories of best-selling books like Richard Preston’s 1994 “The Hot Zone” — soon to be a television miniseries, directed by Ridley Scott! — and by the fear-mongering of news media and politicians like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Most unnerving is that the virus isn’t conforming to popular expectation. A doctor in the full hazmat regalia still got infected? That’s not supposed to happen. The CDC proving to be as fallible as any human organization? Who’s writing this thing?Well, no one is. That’s how reality works. Things fall apart and get put back together — or not — in ways you wouldn’t believe. Entropy happens.”

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Pathogenesis schematic

Pathogenesis schematic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

this day in th eyesteryear: Peyo Introduces The Smurfs (1958)

Peyo Introduces The Smurfs (1958)

The Smurfs, or Les Schtroumpfs in French, are a fictional race of forest-dwelling creatures that stand just “three apples high” and have blue skin. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world, but English speakers perhaps know them best from the Hanna-Barbera Productions animated television series. The Smurf franchise has spawned movies, television shows, figurines, and countless other types of merchandise. How did Peyo come up with the name for his famous creatures? More… Discuss

Music in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: Nerf Herder


The use of music was a key component in the fictional Buffyverse established by the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Buffy theme

The “Buffy theme” is the music played alongside the opening credits of the show. The theme itself has no lyrics; it begins with several notes played by an organ, a signifier for horror in movie culture from the 1930s onwards. This is quickly replaced by upbeat rock music; an electric guitar riff signifies youth culture and a post-modern twist on the horror genre.

The theme was played by the punk pop band Nerf Herder. In an interview they explain how they came to produce the theme:

“They [the Buffy production staff] had hired some famous theme song composer to come up with a theme and they didn’t like the one he came up with so they were kind of on a low budget, and asked local bands to come up with theme song ideas.” [1]

In the DVD commentary for “Welcome to the Hellmouth,” Whedon explained that part of his decision to go with Nerf Herder’s theme was that Alyson Hannigan had made him listen to the band’s music.

Nerf Herder later recorded a second version of the theme which was used for the opening titles from season 3 on.

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Astro Boy

Created in the early 1950s by Osamu Tezuka—a Japanese artist revered by fans as the “God of Manga”—Astro Boy was an influential and successful comic book series. In 1963, it was adapted into a television program considered to have been one of the first expressions of the style now known as anime. The series follows the adventures of a powerful robot that was designed to resemble a real boy. What iconic American animator did Tezuka meet at the New York World’s Fair in 1964? More… Discuss