Bored at the Border? Watch Commercials!

Amusement parts, fast-food restaurants and even the U.S. Postal service are using an new method of advertising provided by Las Vegas, Nev., based Border Billboards (BB). Like the giant multimedia advertisements shown in the movie Blade Runner, these advertising billboards placed along the U.S. and Mexico border feature LED video boards, tri-vision ad panels, amber […]

Tips for Having a Better Time at Theme Parks

As The Genre Traveler’s column, “Attraction Update,” can attest (if it could talk, of course), theme parks are a great place for a little genre travel fun. But, theme parks also come with their associated detractions: long lines, expensive entrance fees and food costs, and, if you have children, the potential for cranky tantrums. Here […]

Virtual Travel Agents Pushing Out Flesh & Blood Agents

You’ve seen them. Those offices at the strip mall with large posters of tropical beaches in the window. Inside, there are a couple of desks, a display case full of travel brochures and travel agents. According to a recently released Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA) report, these may be going the way of the dodo. […]

Thoughts of Extinction

Since Threshold was canceled, I’ve become an avid watcher of Invasion. I was a big fan of Sean Cassidy’s other project, American Gothic, and this show has a lot of similarities. But that’s not what I’ve come here to talk about. Yesterday, I read in the news about the last male purebred Columbia Basin pygmy […]

Catching Up with the News

Whew! This week has been a bear. I haven’t been getting enough sleep so I haven’t been able to write posts for this blog. Did you miss me? 😉 Horror Genre Gets Its Own Video on Demand Network Comcast and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced recently that they plan to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) network featuring […]

Support Your Local Museums

Last week, the results of the Heritage Health Index (HHI) were announced, and they weren’t pretty. As you read this, millions of artifacts stored in museums, libraries and other institutions across the United States are slowly disintegrating, due to improper storage. The HHI, the first comprehensive survey ever to assess the condition and preservation needs […]

David and Goliath Meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Oct. 17 issue of Science Fiction Weekly (www.scifi.com/sfw), included a brief note about a San Francisco performing arts group, CounterPulse, planning live performances of “Once More with Feeling” — the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It sounded like something a genre traveler would be interested in, so I went the company’s website […]