Whilst poking around downtown for interesting things I discovered that ThunderCats has been released to DVD. This doesn't surprise me, inherently; at this point I'm more surprised by the things I used to watch that haven't been released to DVD. What caught my eye was among the listed special features was commentary from fans, like ... Wil Wheaton. This, by my calendar, marks the first time since 1987 that the participation of Wil Wheaton in a project has been deliberately advertised.
And I know, yeah, he has a blog and he's established enough nerd credentials that the people who have opinions on Linux kernel revisions have been desperately retconning their 2,038 messages calling for Wheaton's beheading in alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die to explain that they always admired what Wheaton was doing, they just didn't like the character. Me, I'm on record as liking him, and his character, before the Slashdot community forgave him. And I wish him success in whatever it is he's doing particularly. I just feel mighty strange that Wil Wheaton might be, you know, a fanboy, and find odd the assumption that people who haven't decided whether they'd buy a ThunderCats DVD would find themselves more likely to buy one if an interview with Wil Wheaton is part of the package, which already has that neat tilted-angle changing-image false-depth thing. And I'm really not prepared to hear whether Wesley Crusher ever had an impure thought about Cheetara. I didn't buy the set, although the store clerk had me surprisingly well-pegged by wondering if I'd care to buy any of the Transformers DVD sets, which were part of a strangely themed National Day discount package.
In other news, there's a report of the death of Mel Welles, who played Gravis Mushnik in the original Little Shop of Horrors and the lyrical Digger Smoken in The Undead. According to rec.arts.tv.mst3k.misc he had a PhD in psychology from Columbia University, he produced and directed concerts in Australia, and he directed Lady Frankenstein. You know, the usual sort of life.
Trivia: Snoopy's birthday is (arguably) 28 August. Source: Peanuts strip of 28 August 1951, reprinted in The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952, Charles Schulz. (The arguable part is the other time Snoopy's birthday was mentioned it was a different day, and there's no a priori reason to suppose a strip depicts things of that day, though the 28 August 1951 strip was not part of a storyline.)
Currently Reading: Special Deliverance, Clifford Simak. Simak just pulls together a couple characters, drops them in the middle of nowhere, and sees if a plot develops. It doesn't quite, but there's some interesting characters anyway.