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Spook Tweets

    General Bebop questions/comments?

    I’ve been asked how to post a question about Cowboy Bebop on the blog.

    Well, that’s a good question! I haven’t found a good way of setting up general comments not related to a specific posting, so I’m going to try to use this posting. I made this sticky so it will stay at the top of the main page and easily found. :)

    Got something to say or ask? Please feel free to comment on this posting. If it’s something I can’t answer, I’m sure there is a reader out there who can.

    See you Space Cowboy…

    Please help small and micro webcasters (off topic)

    Apologies for the off topic posting. This is for people who come directly to my blog without first hitting my home page:

    I was a part time internet DJ, paying royalties for the music I played. The pros raised the rates to an unsustainable level for those individuals like me who loves music and loves sharing it with whoever wants to listen. I’m repeating my home page posting here

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SPOOK RADIO – updated 1/24/16

    I had to discontinue Spook Radio this month due to a catastrophic increase in licensing fees that is hitting all streaming stations. At this point I haven’t seen a justification for the amount of this increase, because based on the hours I broadcast and the number of listeners I get, I shouldn’t see such a huge difference – I’m talking from $23/month to over $200/month. For maybe 8 hours per month and MAYBE up to 15 listeners. My pockets aren’t deep enough to absorb this increase. I would have expected that amount to double and I can do that with no problem.

    There are efforts underway to alleviate some of this increase for small and micro webcasters such as myself. Please visit radiodiversity.org and spread the word. Join us to help keep small and micro webcasters going. It’s good for the webcasters, it’s good for the listeners and good for the artists as well.

    More information can be found on pronetlicensing.com. This bears repeating:

    If you haven’t already, please read the following two articles for more background information. Once you have digested them, please share them with as many as you possibly can: As you know, legislative action is where it will have to go ultimately RadioWorld.com, and the second article: Rain News.com.

    EDIT: There is also a petition to bring back the Small Webcaster’s Settlement Act of 2002 that would keep small webcasters going. If you could, please sign the petition at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/opposition-to-copyright-royalty-boards-decision-on-hr-1733/sign.html#se

    Thanks for listening!

    Spook

    Apologies for the outage this past weekend (Aug 1 & 2)

    The disk that holds this and several other sites decided it was getting close to retirement time the weekend spent working on it didn’t go well so it was decided to get a new server. Hopefully this will be accomplished today, so there is likely to be a short interruption this afternoon (Monday, Aug 3).

    Also, sorry so quiet. Life has gotten really busy and I haven’t been watching much anime at all – I know, shame on ME! Most of the busyness is from DJing 4 nights a week, mostly on Second Life and the internet radio station, RadioMetaverse. My home page has the schedule if you think of it and want to give my shows a listen. Mondays are very mellow, but I do rock out on Tuesdays. Wednesdays tend to be heavier on the blues and smooth jazz. All three days, you could very well hear music from Cowboy Bebop! I play my Bebop music quite frequently. :)

    Possibly something new on Live Action Cowboy Bebop

    Got this via my google alert I have set up. Not a whole lot in here that’s new, but the headline got my attention (bastards! LOL). ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live Action Hollywood Movie Shooting This 2015? Anime Continuation Still A Possibility”

    Enjoy!

    Awesome review of Cowboy Bebop in The Atlantic

    Y’all will like this. The Atlantic Reviews Cowboy Bebo on the occasion of the release of the remastered series on blu ray.

    Show this to anyone who may be contemplating checking it out or is resistant to the idea of watching anime.

    Registration issues

    This is cute.

    I just learned that the captcha was broken. I disabled that plugin and am now just using the one that requests email confirmation.

    Register with a username and an email address and it says it will send your password once you confirm. It’ll send you an email with a link that you click that will take you back to the site, where it says it will send an email with your password.

    Either the password email is very slow or it’s not working. If you really do want to register and don’t get that second email, just click the “forgot password” link on the log in page and enter the username and email address and you WILL get an email with a link to click to get back and set your password.

    Sorry about that, still looking at the plugins, this one may need an update to work with this version of WordPress.

    Cowboy Bebop Director Discusses Live Action Movie and Hypothetical Series Sequel

    Basically, it’s not dead but not moving, the live action. No interest at all in following up the series, but possibly, if he thought he could do it better. He doesn’t, so it’s not happening. Yeah, it would be hella difficult to follow that.

    Here’s the article from Anime News Network

    EDIT: The middle section of the interview he talks about the end of the series. :)

    Cowboy Bebop blu ray US release date set!

    Little bit late getting this out, sorry about that. For those who haven’t already seen it, December 16 is the date set for the US release. More here.

    You can pre-order on amazon.com now if you wish!

    Funimation to distribute Cowboy Bebop!

    Word coming out of Otakon says that Funimation will be distributing Cowboy Bebop, picking it up after Bandai gave up distributing anime. More on the good news here!

    This is exciting! People are unable to buy the Anime Legends box set because the price has soared to over $100 since it went out of print. Hopefully it will be affordable again.

    Oh yeah, and the North American distribution of Cowboy Bebop on blu ray should be out next year.

    Very good news!!

    Comprehensive review of part 1 of Cowboy Bebop blu ray

    This is very well written and very comprehensive.

    It’s not the retail version and the writer is in the UK, so is reviewing that region’s blu ray, but I imagine it will be the same wherever it’s released: http://www.myreviewer.com/Blu-ray/157250/Cowboy-Bebop-Collectors-Editi on-Part-1/157275/Review-by-Jitendar-Canth

    It's Official! The Question Finally, Officially Answered

    This showed up in my google news alerts just now. My hands are shaking too hard, so I’ll just provide the link to the report of the English/Japanese interview with Shinichiro Watanabe where he answers The Question, publicly and officially. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/05/26-1/video-rare-english-interview-with-cowboy-bebop-director-shinichiro-watanabe

    EDIT: You have to watch the interview, The Question comes up about 8 minutes in.