Daily Archives: December 26, 2014

R.I.P. TV Producer, Writer Roberta Leigh

Roberta Leigh – obituary

Fiftysomething women who were little girls in the early 1960s will probably remember Sara and Hoppity (1962-63), a 50-episode television series about a little girl and her mischievous doll with one leg shorter than the other. Men of a similar vintage will recall Space Patrol (1963, Planet Patrol in America), a 39-episode science fiction series incorporating elements of Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation techniques. It sold around the world, achieving the highest ratings of any children’s show up to that time, and even featured on the cover of Variety magazine.

Planet Patrol, as it was called in the U.S., was — still is — a trip.

When I saw it as a kid, I thought it was a Gerry Anderson production and was disappointed by the poor design. Seeing it as an adult, I marvel at how much more adult the stories were and how they tried to adhere to actual science. And the music itself, not at all like the orchestral Barry Gray, was arguably ahead of its time and had to have been influenced by Delia Derbyshire (who orchestrated the original theme for Doctor Who).

She was basically the “mother” of Gerry Anderson. He produced for TV her puppet shows well before he did his own. He’d probably argue that working for her “typecast” him. But it launched him on his legendary career and led him to create immortal TV series.

After the break, the first episode of Planet Patrol.

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CUBE: January 6, 2015 Announcement

Weibo:

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The Consumer Electronics Show is January 6-9. Everyone will probably make announcements before, during, and after.

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Pipo Will Do Dual-Boot Tablets Too

Weibo:

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All of the graphics are the same ones Onda used! To see them, go to the Pipo forum [Google Translate].

It seems a stampede is beginning. Pipo will be using the same Insyde dual-boot scheme as Onda.

I’m not sure what to make of this. But it seems that these dual-boot machines basically cut the value of single-boot tablets in half.

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Onda Dual-Boot Questions & Answers

Onda held a live Weibo exchange between users and an engineer to answer questions.

It’s two-hundred and forty-two Weibo comments and thirteen screens long. And there’s just no way in hell I’m posting that in here.

Anyone who wants to torment themselves with the out-of-order exchanges should boot up Chrome browser and then hit this link. Once there, translate to English (or whatever language you need).

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Go Home, Weibo. You’re Drunk!

A late start to checking China today.

And now this is what my Weibo home page looks like:

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From time to time Weibo seems to get drunk and lose all of its templates. I don’t know if this is hacking or just gremlins.

Expect more delay.

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CITV: Thunderbirds Are Go In Spring 2015

Thanks again to Ian Jacklin!

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The end title card from the Thunderbirds Are Go trailer with Thunderbird 5 everyone has seen by now. It was aired on CITV in England.

There’s actually a fan-modified version of the trailer that I prefer.

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