There will be no reason to listen to KMOX

(via KWMU)

ST. LOUIS, MO (2005-08-04) The Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals will move to KTRS after this season. That means they’ll end their 52 year stint on KMOX.

The KMOX vice president who’s been negotiating for his station told the paper he hasn’t spoken with the team in the past two weeks.

The reason for the move is money. The team or a team owner could buy a stake in KTRS and allow the Cardinals to have more of a say in programming. “For KTRS, they desparately, desparately needed something like this,” say Frank Absher, a Radio historian who runs the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame. “The station was sinking so fast in the ratings that they were having trouble selling advertising and nobody had given them any credibility in the market.”

KTRS doesn’t have as strong of a signal. That means people in more rural areas might not be able to hear the games as well, unless a local station there buys into the Cardinal radio network.

The Cardinals are the only reason I ever listen to KMOX…

Trace Evidence

(via email)



Elizabeth spent the five happiest years of her life as a forensic scientist at the Cleveland, Ohio Coroner’s Office; now she works as a latent print examiner for a Florida police department.

ISBN: 1-4013-0174-6  Hyperion Press     $22.95 Hardcover


“A smashing debut! This is grab-you-by-the-throat suspense, written by someone who has actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator. Elizabeth Becka roars onto the forensic thriller scene with all guns blazing. ”
— Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double

“The combination of a credible, likable hero and a bizarre, chilling story is rare in crime fiction, but in TRACE EVIDENCE, Elizabeth Becka makes the tumblers click perfectly. Protagonist Evelyn James, a forensic scientist, wins over the reader from the opening page, and the author’s ability to speak from different characters’ minds is truly astonishing. Expect comparisons to THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and a nomination for Best First Mystery of the year.”  
— Jeremiah Healy, author of Invasion of Privacy

“Get in on the ground floor of this series, which deserves to go straight to the top.  Elizabeth Becka isn’t just an expert in her field of forensic science, she’s a fine storyteller, and Trace Evidence should win her legions of fans.  Characters you’ll care about, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and fascinating details that never slow the action — just a few of the reasons you’re going to love the Evelyn James series.”
— Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of Bloodlines

“Must-read forensic tale: A Cleveland-based mystery series makes a superb debut with Trace Evidence, a thriller about weary forensic expert Evelyn James and her quest to find a serial killer of young women.”
— Akron Beacon-Journal, July 17

The Space Shuttle doesn’t Work

(via What’s New — Robert L. Park Friday, 29 Jul 05)


Why is everyone afraid to say so? The real problem isn’t foam falling off the fuel tank. The shuttle was sold to Congress as a way to launch things into space more cheaply. On the contrary, it’s the most expensive way to reach space ever conceived. The problems we’re facing now result from the refusal to acknowledge that reality. Initially, anything that went into space, including commercial and military satellites, was required to be launched from the shuttle. With the total cost of the shuttle program at about $150B, the average cost/flight is about $1.3B. The shuttle was strangling space development before the Challenger disaster. Then it was declared to be a science laboratory, but no field of science has been affected in any way by research that has been conducted on the shuttle or space station. The last scheduled research mission was the final flight of Columbia in 2003. The shuttle’s only mission now is to supply the ISS.

An the the only mission for the ISS is to give the shuttle a place to go…

“Clonus” Director May Seek Injunction

(via Satellite News)

“Clonus” director says he’s seen this clone story before:

Here’s an irony alert — and a lawsuit alert: a new movie about clones appears to be an uncredited clone of another movie.

Director Michael Bay’s new science-fiction blockbuster has drawn comparisons to the ’70s classics “Logan’s Run” and “Coma.” But “The Island” looks so much like 1979’s “Clonus,” aka “Parts: The Clonus Horror” (available on DVD from Mondo Macabro, $19.95) that its director says he may seek a federal injunction to stop “The Island’s” distribution.

“Clonus” is an obscure cheapie with a fascinating premise, best known now because of the ridiculing it took in a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episode. Viewing one after the other will make you do a double take.

In Bay’s movie, the closely monitored, mod-clothed, naive residents of a futuristic colony win a lottery to go away to a promised land called “The Island.”

In “Clonus,” the closely monitored, mod-clothed, naive residents of a futuristic colony are chosen to go to a promised land called “America.”

In both movies, a male resident goes on the run when he discovers that the promised land is a lie, and that he’s part of a colony of clones being grown to harvest their organs when the rich human originals ail. Both feature an evil scientist keeping his project a secret from the public at all costs by sending assassins after the runner.

Press materials for “The Island” tout its “original screenplay,” which an enthusiastic Steven Spielberg sent to Bay. The story is credited to Caspian Tredwell-Owen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. There’s no mention of Bob Sullivan, who wrote the “Clonus” story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ron Smith, with an “adaptation” credit going to Fiveson and Myrl A. Schreibman.

Although he’s been talking with lawyers, Fiveson said he doesn’t know what he wants from “The Island” filmmakers or its studio, DreamWorks. “I’m not in this to make money, frankly.” However, he said, “I wouldn’t mind if this thing went to a jury trial at all.”


If there are lots of flashes and bangs, and smoke and fire, either your car has just rear-ended a Pinto or Michael Bay has made a new movie. Sometimes, both are disasters.
— James Berardinelli (on the film The Island)


102 degrees Fahrenheit

St. Louis, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, MO, United States (KSTL)
38-45-09N 090-22-25W 171M
Jul 24, 2005 – 04:51 PM EDT / 2005.07.24 2051 UTC
Wind: from the SSW (200 degrees) at 9 MPH (8 KT):0
Visibility: 10 mile(s):0
Sky conditions: partly cloudy
Temperature: 102.0 F (38.9 C)
Heat index: 106.5 F (41.4 C):1
Dew Point: 66.0 F (18.9 C)
Relative Humidity: 31%
Pressure (altimeter): 29.97 in. Hg (1014 hPa)
Pressure tendency: 0.05 inches (1.8 hPa) lower than three hours ago
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