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January 3rd, 2010 1:21pm

Did a huge amount of work on the

Destinies Pages

this week and am pretty happy with the results. Most activity from here has been moved to my

FaceBook Page

where picture uploading is quicker and responses are also quicker.

If I have time.....If I have TIME I will try to write up my favorite conventions of 2009 of which there were many. I also went to a bunch of concerts in 2009 and will try to at least list them all to be able to refer to them in the future.

Here is an interesting post I wrote about music on my facebook page, at least interesting to me, prompted by an article in the New York Times.

All the Rules of the Music Business Have Been Remade - NYTimes.com

Pretty interesting article on the music industry, I still have my RIO MP3 player but I think the author fails to notice the joy of projects like Playing for Change which brought musicians from all corners of the Earth to PC's and MAC's everywhere. Then a film, and a live concert series where the main goal was to work ...for peace through the music. That project used the digital format to it's advantage and avoided the suffocating feel of We Are the World, from years ago. It made it's point in a more honest and interesting way. Anyway, check it out, and didn't musicians always get most of their income from live tours anyway or do have I that wrong?

Plus, is it better to hand an artist $20 at a live show for his own CD that he or she made because after the cost of the disc and jacket (And I've bought discs in paper plain sleeves from artists that I liked) ALL the money goes to the artist. It still sounds like a hell of a lot of work but at the same time, like being a writer you are doing something you love.

September 28th, 2009 12:41pm

Went to the New York Anime Festival this weekend for a few hours with the kids and a bunch of friends, I'll probably post some pics on Facebook first and then make a page and review of the con at some time in the future on this site. But, since this is a hobby that could be anytime in the next ten decades.

I left the Anime festival early with my son to see Ron Moore, the Producer of the new Battlestar Galactica at the New York Television Festival. Tickets were free except for a $3.50 holding fee and the venue was beautiful! I took a tonof pictures and did an audio record of the talk. At one point I got to ask Ron a question which I asked about McCreary's contribution to the series and at the end Ron mentions my beloved Space: 1999.

Coincidentaly I had on the brilliant 2005 Space: 1999 shirt designed by the genius, Ken Scott and printed and sold by the wonderful Anthony Taylor. And yes, they are sold out but I have four so I can keep wearing them to conventions in perpetuity. Who knows, maybe I'll be buried in that shirt!

September 18th, 2009 10:41pm

Posted Destinies shows early tonight, looked into the music of Maurice Jarre, I enjoyed researching his work a bit and found a lot of scores I didn't realize he had done which were among favorites of mine. Especially interesting is the story of how he scored Laurence of Arabia.

Happy Rosh Hashanah and Shana Tova for all my Jewish friends, have a wonderful holiday and enjoy this touching story I read about in the Times about a Rosh Hashanah service that took place on the battlefield in Germany in 1944.

September 17th, 2009 10:04pm

Juliet Landau's webmaster wants everyone to link to Juliet Landau's new photo pages which are quite stunning. Since Juliet's Mom and Dad we're in one of my favorite Sci Fi Television shows about a Moon traveling wildly all over the universe and she was in some other show about Vampires you might like linking to this too!

Juliet Landau
Artist: Mister Sam-Sam Shearon

September 13th, 2009 4:24pm

Ten years ago today.....

Space: 1999 - TV Intro (season 1) HQ (1975) - Click here for the funniest movie of the week

September 12th, 2009 3:12pm

I've added some pages of pictures of my time at the:
Super Mega Show August 2009

Captphil's Super Mega Con August 2009
Pictures and Convention Review!

Check out my adventure with Julie Newmar as well as a drooling encounter with Nancy Allen and more!

September 12th, 2009 2:42pm

Doing some site tweaks and will have the new Destinies show up in a few hours. Also trying to squeeze in time to see the new movie, "9" with Julia who deserves a trip to the movies with all the school work she's been doing the last two weeks.

My friend Michael helped me figure out how to put a FaceBook Streambox on Captain Phil Online which makes these What's New pages a little more up to date as I post more on FaceBook than I do here.

August 16th, 2009 11:30am

Okay, What's New?

There are new Interviews with Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary on the Destinies pages

Check it out!

Also a 2001 interview with author Jeanne Cavealos! Currently Available episodes left click to play or right click
and select "save as" to download

July 31, 2009 The Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Bear McCreary's scores for Battlestar Galactica Season 4 and Caprica, and features a live telephone interview with the composer himself, who returns for his fourth appearance to discuss and introduce selections from the albums.

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August 14, 2009 Christopher DeFilippis waxes poetic about the musical stylings of William Shatner, in volume 2, number 93 of "DeFlip Side," featuring a track from Shatner's 2004 album, "Has Been." Plus, part one of a two-part interview with author Jeanne Cavelos, recorded in 2001, in which she discusses "The Science of Star Wars" and her "Babylon 5" trilogy, "The Passing of the Techno-Mages."

Jeanne Cavelos at the 2004 Worldcon in Boston
picture by Captain Phil

Take the TARDIS to hear all the Classic Destinies episodes including the
July 27, 2007 episode featuring Jeanne Cavalos reading from her Babylon 5 novel Casting Shadows The Passing of the Technomages.

Click for Classic Destinies

April 26th, 2009 1:00pm

Okay, time for a total rethinking of my "What's New pages here on Captain Phil Online. I realize that the one part of this site I update consistently are the Destinies pages so starting today every "What's New" page will have a copy of what's archived on the Destinies page. Also there is a direct link to my Facebook page where I have a more "stream of consciousness" type thing going and it's a bit easier to update even if I just type, "Gee I'm tired tonight."
That's important only if you care how I feel from minute to minute.

More importantly it's easier to upload a quick photo stream instead of waiting to html it here with commentary. So here is a direct link to my Facebook page

Just click on the Blue Monolith.

Now I understand you probably have to have a Facebook account which is probably worth it to see the stuff I write but odds are you probably already have a Facebook page and are filling out 25 things you don't know about me right now!

The what's new page has been so delayed I was even in "What's New" progress on November 25th, 2008 when I never finished or uploaded that post. Check out the cool way I made the images float on the background of the site. Cool huh! Too bad you had to wait for 5 and 1/2 months to see it!.

November 25th, 2008 3:00pm

Happy Thanksgiving time and several updates from recent Sci Fi Convention events. On November 16th I had the pleasure of attending the

in the Penn Plaza Hotel in NYC. There I got to see Roy Thomas, John Romita Sr and a bunch of other classic artists and writers of the great Marvel and DC bullpens of the 1960's and 1970's.

This was a great convention with terrific panels and well worth the money and trouble of getting around New York City in the rain. This past weekend I had fun at the

United Fan Con in Cambridge Mass. They have renamed this event the New England Sci Fi Experiance or some such silliness but I prefer United Fan Con or UFC for short. It's an established name and why change the name of a successful event after 20 years, it confuses the casual attendees.

At UFC I had the pleasure of seeing the 5th Doctor, Peter Davidson

November 2nd, 2008 11:00am

It has been a long time between updates! Since May 2008 I finished up my school year and our program moved buildings. So there was much work and packing there plus work on three graduation ceremonies. At the end of the school year we vacationed in Virginia for a week and the rest of the summer was spent with my wife recovering from a spinal fusion surgery. I did attend several SF/Comic book conventions over the summer but I missed some of my favorites like Readercon.

Then of course September rolled around with it's challenges of unpacking in the new building and getting started again with teaching. Between September and October I've been way too busy to do much besides maintain the excellent Destinies pages and work on a few convention reviews that I've been to this Fall. Of course none of those con review pages are complete but if you want to see the preliminary work click here for my
Albacon review pages (In Progress!)

And then there is Halloween which is my favorite family holiday. You get to dress up, scare people, have the family over for fun and then it's all over then next day! It's a one stop family holiday with none of the extended annoyances of Christmas or Thanksgiving, none of the heat or explosions of the 4th of July and none of the hassle of New Years Eve. I love Halloween. Here is a picture of me running my schools Halloween dance.

May 24th, 2008 10:45am

Over on the Destinies page

Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic

has released the new
Feedback Audio Comic Book
featuring these two guys:

So it's really worth the visit to spend a little time with Stan and Matthew. Why not donate a few dollars to a really good cause to get more books recorded. Who knows, you may even get the opportunity to record a book yourself!

I know everyone is excited about Indiana Jones IV The Kindom of the Crystal Skull but they've just announced Indy V and Captain Phil Online has the movie trailer for the next installment! Check it out!

May 23rd, 2008 10:25am

I still haven't started to upload my

Saturday and Sunday pictures yet and even my pictures from the May Chiller Theater show because I've been tremendously busy at work and not getting much sleep at home.

The good news is I've been involved or in charge of several really good musical/educational events in my various buildings that I can look back on and be really proud of. Of course, that's my job but when job satisfaction and artistic satisfaction meet it's a wonderful thing.

So as of right now I'm heading into summer with almost no regrets and that's good for me. I still have another big event next week and then three graduations to work on in June and then it's over.

In this perfect storm of musical/education mayhem I got the chance to see the Speed Racer movie and you should go out and see it in a theater before it goes away. It's a cool film visually, I've had long discussions with Howard about the film and how it pays tribute to the original cartoon from the sixties.

Mostly I love the fact they used every color imaginable in this film, it was good for the whole family and gave John Goodman a great role as the father. Check out the Speed Racer music video!

This weekend I have yet more schoolwork to do but I've got to see the new Indiana Jones movie because I've been invited to review it on the Destinies radio show next week (I think I'm on next week) and I'd also like to see the new Narnia movie because we saw the cast at the New York Comic Con in April. In fact that's going to be the next page uploaded from that con so I might just get to it this long weekend!

In the meantime here's a little Indy stuff

April 27th, 2008 11:55pm

The Complete Friday Convention report pages from the

are now uploaded with perhaps some minor tweaks and adjustments still coming. I may get to Saturday Part one today but I've got a couple of other projects to go after before returning to work tomorrow. I'm hoping to get more Comic Con content uploaded this week as the pressure is a little off at work now.

Next week I'll be attending

in Parsippany, New Jersey and hopfully get to see the Ernest Borgnine and the cast of the first Clerks movie!

I've also edited this "What's New!" page to make it load faster so for older entries there is

What's Not New Anymore
January 7th - August 14th, 2006

What's Not New Two
August 18th, 2006 - March 22nd, 2007

What's Not New Three
March 25th, 2007 - December 7th, 2007

So I guess there's a lot that's new!

April 26th, 2008 6:40pm

I've finally begun uploading some new convention reviews on my Classic Adventure pages If you click the NYCC 2008 logo it will take you to Part One of the New York Comic Con review, my first panel of the con, Ralph Bakshi!

So far only part one of friday is finished but now that I've got the page format done the next couple of pages ought to come faster. Look for Part Two (Chris Carter!) of Friday to upload later tonight!

April 26th, 2008 2:30am

Tons of new stuff up on the Destinies pages so please check that out plus a big convention report from the New York Comic Con 2008 is coming with hundreds of pictures! Yes hundreds! Including this group Trudy....FYI

And some dude named Ron Perlman who kept getting interrupted by Guillermo Del Toro!

But forget that and immerse yourself in the 25th Anniversary of Destinies-The Voice of Science Fiction. You won't regret it!

April 5th, 2008 1:30am

I really didn't want to post a new, "What's New with Captain Phil" for the last month because I wanted to keep the Barry Morse tribute at the top of the page for awhile. Add to that more usual family and work committments and a month went by.

Well tonight, writing during I-Con 27 I'm posting about the death of another Space: 1999 alum, writer Johnny Byrne.

Picture from the Moonbound 3 Convention in Modena Italy

I plan on writing something up more in depth about Johnny, his wrote some of my favorite Space: 1999 episodes and more importantly passed on the series to the fans with his Message from Moonbase Alpha and his support of POWYS Media's line of Space: 1999 books.

Tonight on Destinies the voice of Science Fiction Howard mentioned his passing and dedicated the show to him. He also promised an upcoming tribute to Johnny in a few months. Here is a clip from the show that mentions Johnny.

The rest of the Destinies episode was the live I-Con 27 mystery guest special and can be heard here on the Destinies page

February 3rd, 2008 11:30pm

I've just learned that Barry Morse, aka Professor Bergman from Space: 1999 has died this weekend at the age of 89. Barry was a great friend to Space: 1999 fandom, attending many of the conventions the fans put on over the years. His last Space convention was in 2005 in Tampa Florida. Complete coverage of that convention and audio of Barry is here on my Space: 1999 convention pages

Barry was much more than a media guest at a convention, he was a real person who stopped and chatted with all the fans and always had a kind word for me and my family at the three conventions I saw him at. He enjoyed his life and inspired a lot of people, he never talked down to the fans, instead encouraged them to achieve their goals.

Barry at the Breakaway convention
in Los Angeles in 1999

Barry Morse speech from the Breakaway 1999 convention
Right click to download

Barry Morse and Catherine Schell at Main Mission 2000 in NYC

Thanks Barry. In 1975 watching you walk around Moonbase Alpha talking about Nuclear Waste I never dreamed I'd actually get to meet you in person. I'm glad I did.

January 19th, 2008 1:30am

Well, I need to get some sleep but I just finished uploading this weekends Destinies show featuring the great John Kenneth Muir! I've known John since the late 1990's when he published one of the first books about Space 1999. I wrote a review, he wrote me back and that was it! Since then I've seen him at conventions, hung out with him and his wive Katherine and chatted about all things Sci Fi and other assorted Geekery. John has the second season of his internet TV series, "The House Between." coming out next week and I encourage you to check it out.

I bet John would love this one of a kind Space 1999 toy currently on EBAY. Imagine the fun with your Mattel Eagle, this custom Hawk and that Mattel Moonbase control room toy they made back in the 1970's.

Now all we need is a matching Martin Bower bomber to really bring us sad old Sci Fi geezers back to 1976.

January 11th, 2008 10:30pm

I'm pretty psyched about tonights Destinies show which will feature a live interview with Matthew Atherton aka


Howard has been talking about it for weeks and he'll be starting the show with a new Destinies promo that Matthew was kind enough to record into my Archos MP3 recorder back at the last Chiller Theater convention. So listen live or in the archive because Matthew is a great guy and this promises to be a great interview.

Some really sad news today, over in Iraq
Major Andrew Olmsted was killed along with Captain Thomas J. Casey and are the first US Casualties of 2008. I usually don't write about what happens day to day in Iraq here on Captain Phil Online (And I'm not a real Captain, the names a stupid Star Trek joke that's about 30 years old now!) but if you poke around a bit you'll figure out how I feel about things. If you look at my links section you'll get a clearer picture on how left I am.

But I'm not going to talk about any of that now except to tell you to read Major Andrew Olmsted's blog right over here:

and pay careful attention to the sort of things he quotes. It seems Olmsted was quite the Babylon 5 fan and I think I would have enjoyed sitting around watching B5 with him. I've always heard B5 quotes in my head whenever I've given the war in Iraq the time it deserves. I'm usually drawn to things Mira Furlan said as Delenn and I've often felt in a lot of ways sometimes this country is Minbari. Well Olmsted was a writer, the type of writer G'Kar became half way through Babylon 5. Unfortunately for all of us Olmsted has joined G'Kar and has gone beyond the rim.

January 1st, 2008 9:10pm

Happy New Year from Captain Phil Online! Had a great visit today from my friend Howard, who is the voice of Destinies which is the voice of Science Fiction. He's bringing me and a bunch of other Desti-fans onto the show this Friday to discuss the best films of the year 2007. Here is the list of films we're choosing from and some notes on who's seen what so far. (I still have a stack of DVD's from Blockbuster to get through!)

Also I have plenty of plans for this lowly little website including...

1) More Convention Reports!
2) Semi-regular Blogging!
3) Revised Destinies pages including the often dreamed of but never appearing Essential Destinies Page (Someday!)
4) More Convention audio!
5) A relaunch of Captain Phil's Podcast (Or would that be Captain Phil's Podcast Re-Imagined?)
6) More Space 1999 Content.

Will any of this happen? Will anyone care? Stay tuned to find out if anything at all happens here on Captain Phil Online!


To make the What's New page load a little quicker entries that are now "Not New" have been moved to a new page. Click on the link to take a trip into What Used to be new on captphilonline.com

What's Not New Anymore
January 7th - August 14th, 2006

What's Not New Two
August 18th, 2006 - March 22nd, 2007

What's Not New Three
March 25th, 2007 - December 7th, 2007

As Victor Bergman might say, "I have learned many things, but most of all I've learned that I still have much to learn."

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