My heart goes out to all those in Southern California today who may have had toiletries or nick nacks fall off a low shelf.  The massively unremarkable earthquake had absolutely no effect on Battlestar Galactica.  Click ahead for a video of a bunch of morons doing absolutely the wrong thing in a quake…



Huge, nasty earthquakes that kill are very few and far between.  Stampeding for the door in an effort not to get hit by a bike falling over on its side is much more likely to hurt you.  On the other hand, thanks to this group of young, tough, hardcore bike riders, we have a very entertaining video. 

If not for your safety, please, people of Californina, follow proper procedure during a quake so you don’t end up looking like a pansy on YouTube!


RELEVANT TRIVIA:  Did you know the Cylon “attack” on Los Angeles in the premiere of Galactica 1980  was created using stock footage from the movie Earthquake?   They took scenes from the movie and pasted Cylon fighters over the top of it to look like colapsing buildings were falling over as a result of laser fire.  Brilliant!

17 Responses to “earthquake!”

  1. 1 Chris H.
    July 29, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    First, I am glad you survived the catastrophe.

    Second, let me say that I congratulate you for having the courage to tell your story so soon after the disaster, and for drawing attention to a largely ignored issue.

    I assure you, sir, I shall never forget. From now on, every year on July 29, I will walk into a Walgreens and knock a bottle of Aqua Velva off the shelf.

    Yours in sympathy,

    Brigadier Sir Christopher Heer (Mrs.)

  2. July 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Very clever, but you haven’t actually said there were no Cylons involved in *this* quake.

    I’m on to you, Mojo. Yes I am.

  3. 3 moeskido
    July 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Glen Larson may have been post-1970-television’s cheesiest skinflint ever.

    Also, an idiot. He read von Daniken and thought it was valid enough to create a tv series around.

  4. July 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Wait, you mean that wasn’t a custom FX shot? Next thing your going to tell me is they reused the same shot of a viper shooting, or a raider blowing up, or Starbuck’s hand on the joystick.

    Consider my bubble bursted.

  5. 5 Chris H.
    July 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Clearly, moeskido was in a Southern Californian liquor store during the time of the quake, and had a few bottles of some pretentious merlot fall on him.

    Sober up, sir, before posting stuff on the Internet — that is my advice to you.

    Brigadier Sir Christopher Heer (Mrs.)

  6. 6 Boris
    July 30, 2008 at 8:02 am

    The validity of von Däniken’s theories is irrelevant to the quality of oBSG. If they were valid, the show wouldn’t improve a bit, so I’m not sure why they were chosen as the point of criticism. The theories are featured prominently only in the Kobol two-parter, assuming we go with the obvious interpretation of the thirteenth tribe being responsible for the Egyptian pyramids. The opening narration goes out of its way to emphasize that it MAY have happened, that “SOME BELIEVE that there MAY yet be brothers of man” etc.

    I hope that Ron Moore chose a different explanation for why the Colonials believe in the Greek gods, why the Zodiac is so prominent, etc. Initially, I played around with the idea of humaniform Cylons posing as Greek gods in the past (they are immortal for all practical purposes, but can mate with humans and be wounded) and abducting a set of ancient Greek or Roman tribes to Kobol, where they developed in parallel with our society. However, this would require some sort of time travel (who created the Lords of Kobol who abducted the tribes?), and I doubt Ron Moore would choose such a stale device.

  7. July 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    That stock footage wasn’t Starbuck’s hand on the control, it was _Buck_Roger’s_ hand on the control.

    Or was it the other way around? I forget.

  8. 8 Boris
    July 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    sniglet: Google is your friend. Trust the Google.

  9. 9 ety3
    July 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Fantastic picture.

    My wife wonders why I find those “Never Forget” parodies funny.
    Such as: (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2554331665_fe3f0bc84c.jpg?v=0)

    Maybe it’s because I saw a few too many sincere ones like this:

    And this:

  10. 10 ety3
    July 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    On the subject of Viper control sticks, why did the first episode of the OG BSG have a “STORES” button instead of “FIRE”?

  11. July 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    What? Von Daniken’s theories aren’t a good premise for a SF franchise?

    Who’s gonna tell the guys at Stargate Command?

  12. 12 AJ
    July 30, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I’ll take a little shaky dirt over Katrina anyday.

  13. 13 Boris
    July 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Stargate is supposed to be good? SF fans tend to describe it as watchable in the old-fashioned sci-fi TV way, not as an innovative TV show, which is probably why it lasted as long as an Energizer bunny. I caught one or two episodes and wasn’t impressed. Is Command supposed to be different?

  14. 14 theexilemovie
    August 4, 2008 at 9:00 am

    On the other end of the spectrum, what about Space Mutiny? This classic awful movie (brought to fame by, of course, MST3k) used footage from the original BSG for every. single. space shot.

    Combat, floating around, etc etc…all BSG.

  15. 15 ShipOfLights
    August 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Regarding ety3’s question about the “Stores” labels on some shots of Viper joysticks:

    The original series Viper prop joystick was surplus from an Grumman OV-10 Mohawk airplane. Some stock insert shots were obviously done before labels were replaced. See shots of another one:


    I would love to have one of these puppies!

  16. 16 Boris
    August 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Subjectively, the most awful oBSG effects shot is the spacewalk with visible wires, from “Fire in Space”.

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