scifi mockumentary tv series starring Monty Don wearing prosthetic ears or something called _Gardens of the Galaxy_. i did not and will not web search to see if i'm the first to come up with this

i never saw guardians of the galaxy so as far as i know this is a bit in that movie. does not change the fact that a show with this concept and format would be the most amazing thing ever

okay apparently "gardens of the galaxy" was a whole thing like two years ago. but I really want a fictional scifi gardening show? I guess I'll just have to watch No Man's Sky farming tutorials, that's the closest thing I can think of

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i feel like you could write a phd thesis on any given square yard of nyc sidewalk but you could only write ~1.5 paragraphs on an equivalent area of any nms planet (without immediately diving into general software/platform materiality). (i'm risking operationalizing "interestingness" here which isn't what i mean—i don't think the interestingness of these two artifacts can be compared, but this is why procgen for me is always an exploration of systems & aesthetics, not stand-in for "content")

the primary failure of procgen in nms being that it exists almost purely to bolster a kind of verisimilitude of the infinite—as galaxy set dressing, essentially. very different even from (eg) random gear in borderlands 2, which offers no verisimilitude ("infinite different guns!" isn't an important part of the fiction) but *does* materially affect how you play the game (watching out for drops, adjusting strategies for drops that are good in some ways but substandard in others)

absolutely no idea why i'm still tooting about this, all i wanted was monty don dressed up as spock

@aparrish Keiko O’Brien was head of the plant biology lab on Star Trek: TNG, and several episodes used that as a plot device.

@ramsey yes I want a star trek spin-off about keiko and her botanist pals as they go from planet to planet conducting surveys, except it's not narrative, it's presented in a format like a PBS science show

@aparrish @ramsey kinda sounds like a good frame to hang a nanogenmo on

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@aparrish he looks way more like a doctor who than a spock to me

@aparrish I don't know any of this but I recently discovered Monty Don's series on french gardens on Netflix and it's the best thing ever.

Now I want to watch the parody but I believe I have unreasonably high expectations.

@aparrish It's been interesting to watch the game as they keep updating it. It seems they understand at least some of this criticism because I keep seeing more variety with each update.

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@aparrish for years i've been dreaming about an attenborough-style show that focuses on one planet's biome per episode

@phooky it would be so good. it would also be really fun to *make* (from the writing to the production of the sets and props [whether virtual or physical]). though also probably really expensive to make which is probably why it doesn't exist (other than the fact that it's, you know, a concept with an incredibly niche appeal)

@aparrish maybe the way to get that ball rolling is via a xenonatural history text, with live sketches of bizarre fauna/flora. Maybe something more along the lines of a naturalist

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